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GLENN: Let me go to Scott Rasmussen first. He's a pollster. Scott Rasmussen from the Rasmussen Reports. Hey, Scott, how are you?

RASMUSSEN: I'm doing great, Glenn. I've got to tell you I always enjoyed being on your show on CNN and appreciated your staff as well.

GLENN: Well, thank you very much. Are you -- I mean, you go over to Fox, too? You do stuff over all of them, right?

RASMUSSEN: I'll answer questions from anybody who asks.

GLENN: Okay, good, good. Because I've enjoyed our relationship, Scott, and I like the way that you think and your polling is very accurate and I have just a few questions that I wanted to get down to the bottom with. One is the Bradley effect. Can you explain the Bradley effect? And then also, do you even believe in the Bradley effect?

RASMUSSEN: Yeah, those are two different things. The theory is that there is a, at least as it's become a myth that there are a number of people who will tell a pollster they are going to vote for an African-American candidate and then in the privacy of their own voting booth, they won't do it. It comes down to an election in California a generation ago, nearly 30 years ago. There are a number of factors that actually went into, you know, Bradley not winning after he had a big lead in some polls. Race may have been one of them. However, I've just got to emphasize that was a generation ago.

GLENN: 30 years ago. 30 years ago.

RASMUSSEN: Right. Look, we called in Tennessee two years ago in Harold Ford's race an African-American running in Tennessee, a place if there was going to be a Bradley effect, you would have seen it. It didn't show up. You know, is it possible that there are some people who refuse to vote for an African-American? Absolutely. In fact, 8% tell us that in our polls, that they will not vote for an African-American.

GLENN: You're ridding me.

RASMUSSEN: No. Now, it's largely generational, and there are more questions about people's peers, you know, would your family, friends and neighbors vote for an African-American. But, you know, this is not something that is -- and I know, believe me, I get e-mails all the time from people who are hoping that John McCain's going to pull off an upset here in the last days saying that because of the Bradley effect, our polls that show, you know, Obama ahead with a narrow lead really mean McCain's ahead, and that's just not the case.

GLENN: Okay. So let me go here because this is my theory. I don't believe in the Bradley effect. I don't believe that -- I shouldn't say this. I don't know anybody that would do that. I mean, the racists I meet are pretty clear, you know?

RASMUSSEN: Exactly.

GLENN: So, you know, they are pretty proud to say, "I'd never vote for, you know, an African-American." But I don't know those people, but I'm sure they exist. Here's what I think is a possibility. Today's world is so unbelievably politically correct, the culture has and the campaigns have made it in such a way that if you say you're against Barack Obama or you're not going to vote for him, you are just like... it just leads to no good. Is there a possibility that there is some margin here that is -- just wants to be left alone? You know what I mean? And they will say whatever they have to say just to get off the phone, just to move on with life. And the reason why I ask this, Scott, is I saw an interview. Where was it? I think it was on Fox in the morning. They were doing a live interview in a diner in either North or South Carolina, and the reporter went up and said, "So who are you going to vote for." And one guy said, "I'm voting for Barack Obama." The other guy said, "I don't know yet. I'd rather not comment." And I was struck with, I think he does know. He just doesn't want to say it. And the next guy said, "I don't, I don't want to say."

RASMUSSEN: Yeah. You know, look, I think what you're describing, there's a little bit of reality to it. I think there are some people who say they are not sure who actually are leaning towards John McCain. If you look at our poll compared to other surveys, we almost always get the same results for Barack Obama's total. There's some variance among the number of people who say they are going to vote for John McCain, and I think that variance helps explain some of the differences in the overall poll results and it also plays right into what you're describing. But having said that, you know, there's a million details. Putting a poll together in theory is easy. Making it work in practice is a great challenge. I'll tell you the things that worry me this election cycle. The biggest one is youth turnout. And the reason I say that is if young voters really show up in large numbers as the Obama camp hopes, that would be unusual historically and it would be very good for a campaign Obama. On the other hand if after all the hype the youth don't come out and vote in big numbers, then the shift will be a couple of points in the other direction towards John McCain. And it is issues like this that, you know, as a pollster we hope they all cancel each other out by the end of the day and that our estimate really is right on the money. And I have to say when I look at all of the data and everything else, it's a very stable race, it has been very stable ever since this economic meltdown began, and I believe what's happened is it's not so much a question of John McCain versus Barack Obama anymore. It's become a referendum on the Bush years, and part of the reason I say that is what we're seeing in John McCain's slippage in the polls over the last month we're also seeing in Senate races and other indicators.

GLENN: Is there any -- is there any indication at all that you get that -- let me ask it this way. Congress has the last number I saw was a 9% approval rating. How is this not translating to the Democratic members of congress?

RASMUSSEN: You know, we just did a poll and we found out that about 38% blame the Bush administration for our problems with the economy right now, 27% blame congress, 11% blame the Clinton administration, you know. So there is some bipartisan blame going around. But part of what you're describing has been created by John McCain. If you watched the debate the other night and if you've listened to Barack Obama in the last week or two, he keeps talking about this is the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. If John McCain were more comfortable talking about the economy, what he could say is, no, actually it's the worst economic situation since Jimmy Carter was in the White House and that's why we needed Ronald Reagan to come in. And there would be, you know, better positioning for him. But he has not taken advantage of that in any way, shape or form.

GLENN: What do you think about the youth vote? Is there any way to measure? When you say that historically they never have come out to vote, I'm trying to think. I mean, Bill Clinton -- well, I guess Bill Clinton kind of connected with the youth but I've never seen a movement before like Barack Obama. Have we seen anything like this ever before?

RASMUSSEN: No. And, you know, let's face it. 18 to 21-year-olds have only been voting for a generation and, you know, the biggest reason those youngest voters got to vote is because they told congress, if we're old enough to go to war, we should be old enough to vote. What those folks wanted was an end to the draft. Congress gave them the right to vote and they just never took advantage of it. My suspicion is youth turnout will be up a little bit this year. Not so much because of the movement aspect or the enthusiasm aspect but because Barack Obama's team has been very organized and they have taken advantage of Internet technology and I believe they will be reminding young people of the vote and to get their votes in early and they have taken the steps to register them. So I think there will be some increase but I don't think it's going to fundamentally alter the demographics of the electorate.

GLENN: So if that doesn't fundamentally alter and the race is this tight, who wins?

RASMUSSEN: Right now it will be Barack Obama. The reason I can say that is with such comfort is not only has he been stably ahead in our model, what we see in our polling -- we always have to try and gauge. We have a series of questions to determine who's going to show up and vote, and we are seeing some increase but not a dramatic increase among the youngest voters. But the reason I'm so comfortable saying Barack Obama would win today is because if you look at the electoral college and you look at the states where the candidates are competing in, there is not a single state won by John Kerry four years ago that John McCain is ahead in. There are nine states that George Bush carried four years ago that we show as either tossups or leaning towards Obama and, you know, when he start talking about Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina all either tossups or leaning a little bit towards Obama, that's pretty dramatic. John McCain has to win them all to win the White House. Barack Obama would need to pick up one of those.

GLENN: So the Senate race, do they have 60 seats, the Democrats? Do they get 60 seats at the end of this?

RASMUSSEN: Right now the answer is no, they would be close. There have been some indications in the last few weeks that the Senate numbers are starting to shift in favor of the Democrats, and we probably won't know until right before election day. In fact, if you recall, two years ago control of the Senate wasn't decided until the wee hours of the morning when George Allen finally lost in a very close race. You know, we may know earlier how close they are going to be. And my suspicion is if the economic turmoil keeps up, if the market keeps being highly volatile and mostly in a negative direction, the Democrats will get very close to 60 and it will be -- if that happens, the first time since Lyndon Johnson that we'll have a president elected with such a large majority in the Senate.

GLENN: Yeah. Before that it was 1933. The idea of voter fraud, is this -- with an election this close and the idea of voter fraud -- and I'm not a voter fraud expert but have you seen anything like this before? Has this kind of voter fraud happened over and over and over again and we're just very, very sensitive to it at this point? Or is this something new, Scott?

RASMUSSEN: Well, I think there have been problems with voting probably since shortly after George Washington was sworn in, but most of the time it doesn't matter because we haven't had very close elections. But the last several elections have been so close, we're starting to see more flaws in the process. And on top of that, the new technologies and the new communication vehicles for getting people to register to vote I think have opened up some new opportunities. And what it's really done is it's undermining the very legitimacy of the process. Only 53% of voters in Ohio are very confident that their votes will be accurately counted and the right person declared the winner this year.

GLENN: That is really staggering. Have you ever seen a number like that before?

RASMUSSEN: No. I mean, we have seen -- there's a little bit of humor you have to put in all of it. Only about half of Americans typically say that elections are fair to voters but that's sort of in a generic sense. What we see is when the Republicans are winning, Republicans say elections are fair and Democrats say they're not. And when Democrats win, we see the reverse. But something specifically like this in terms of having their votes counted, it's a new high.

GLENN: In California Proposition 8, this thing is going to change. Opponents say this will change absolutely everything. Proposition 8 is to make marriage between a man and a woman -- this is going to change, and we're going to do something on this next week. This is going to change the way schools behave. I believe this could be the end of school choice, quite frankly. This is going to be -- change the way everything is in America. It will probably -- your church, if you stand for marriage between a man and a woman, your church could lose its tax-exempt status, your church could be deemed a hate organization. I mean, the possible ramifications from Proposition 8 are just astounding. Have you done any polling on this?

RASMUSSEN: We have not polled on that issue and it's something that is obviously a big question in the State of California and all around the country. I think the implications you are talking about actually have more to do ultimately with what happens with the judges that are appointed in the next four or eight years. You know, and that's something that is directly under the control of the next President.

GLENN: Well, I mean, it's already happened when California -- and believe it or not, you know, one of the certain court of appeals actually overturned it but I mean, one judge has already said you don't have right to teach your kids in school.

RASMUSSEN: Right.

GLENN: It's madness. How about Colorado and the union measures there that also are going to fundamentally change the way America does business in America? I mean, unions are really trying to make a play here. This happens to be -- and correct me if I'm wrong, Scott. I believe this election is the liberal dream come true, or at least the possibility of the liberal dream come true.

RASMUSSEN: Oh, absolutely. And in fact, when I mentioned a few moments ago that this would be the biggest Senate majority since Lyndon Johnson, we tend to forget what happened with Lyndon Johnson. He was a very skilled politician, an incredible legislative genius when he had a narrow majority to work with when he was the Senate majority leader. But when he became president and had no checks on him, his personal instincts took over, nobody checked them and he couldn't even stand for reelection four years later. Barack Obama, if he gets elected with a 60-seat majority in the Senate, is going to face a challenge. The left is going to have a lot of pent-up demands. They want to destroy anything that was left from the Reagan era and they are going to be pressing Barack Obama to push through an agenda that is far to the left of where most Americans are. If Obama is unable to resist, it probably will have some negative implications for Democrats going forward. But who knows what happens in the meantime.

GLENN: Okay. Scott, I appreciate it. We'll talk to you again, my friend.

RASMUSSEN: Look forward to it.

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history.

The Allied invasion force included 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 planes, and almost three million allied soldiers, airmen and sailors. Despite such numbers, the location and timing of the invasion was still an enormous gamble. The Nazis fully expected such an invasion, they just didn't know precisely when or where it would be.

Despite the enormous logistics involved, the gamble worked and by the end of June 6, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops were ashore in Normandy. The human cost was also enormous – over 4,900 American troops died on D-Day. That number doubled over the next month as they fought to establish a foothold in northern France.

There were five beach landing zones on the coast of northwestern France, divided among the Allies. They gave each landing zone a name. Canada was responsible for "Juno." Britain was responsible for "Gold" and "Sword." And the U.S. had "Utah" and "Omaha."

The Nazis were dug in with bunkers, machine guns, artillery, mines, barbed wire, and other obstacles to tangle any attempt to come ashore. Of the five beaches, Omaha was by far the most heavily defended. Over 2,500 U.S. soldiers were killed at Omaha – the beach so famously depicted in the opening battle sequence of the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan. The real-life assault on Omaha Beach included 34 men in that first wave of attack who came from the same small town of Bedford, Virginia. The first Americans to die on Omaha Beach were the men from Bedford.

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America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it.

America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it. Maybe that's because it wasn't a government project and it's not in Washington DC. It was initiated and financed by veterans and private citizens. It's tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Why is the memorial for one of the most famous days in modern world history in such a tiny town? Because, as a proportion of its population of just 3,200 at the time, no community in the U.S. sacrificed more men on D-Day than Bedford.

There were 34 men in Company A from Bedford. Of those thirty-four, 23 died in the first wave of attacks. Six weeks after D-Day, the town's young telegraph operator was overwhelmed when news of many of the first deaths clattered across the Western Union line on the same day. Name after name of men and families that she knew well. There were so many at once that she had to enlist the help of customers in the pharmacy's soda shop to help deliver them all.

Among those killed in action were brothers Bedford and Raymond Hoback. Bedford was the rambunctious older brother with a fiancée back home that he couldn't wait to return to. Raymond was the quieter, more disciplined younger brother who could often be found reading his Bible. He fell in love with a British woman during his two years in England training for D-Day. Like in that opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, Bedford and Raymond barely made it down the ramp of their Higgins Boat in the swarm of bullets and hot steel before they were cut down in the wet sand.

Bedford and Raymond Hoback's mother, Macie, learned of both their deaths from two separate telegrams, the first on a Sunday morning, the second the following day. Their younger sister, Lucille, remembered her mother's devastation, and her father walking out to the barn to cry.

The day after D-Day, the killing field of Omaha Beach was already transforming into the massive supply port that would help fuel the American drive all the way to Berlin over the next year. A soldier from West Virginia was walking along the beach when he saw something jutting out of the sand. He reached down and pulled it out. He was surprised to find it was a Bible. The inside cover was inscribed with: "Raymond S. Hoback, from mother, Christmas, 1938." The soldier wrote a letter and mailed it with the Bible to Raymond's mother. That Bible, which likely tumbled from Raymond's pack when he fell on D-Day, became Macie Hoback's most cherished possession – the only personal belonging of her son that was ever returned.

Of the 23 Bedford men who died on Omaha Beach, eleven were laid to rest in the American cemetery in Normandy.

These men, many of them barely out of their teens, didn't sign up to march to the slaughter of course. They had hopes and dreams just like you and I. Many of them signed up for adventure, or because of peer pressure, and yes, a sense of honor and duty. Many of the Bedford Boys first signed up for the National Guard just to make a few extra bucks per month, get to hang out with their buddies, and enjoy target practice. But someone had to be first at Omaha Beach and that responsibility fell to the men from Bedford.

Over the last several years, the D-Day anniversary gets increasingly sad. Because each year, there are fewer and fewer men alive who were actually in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The last of the surviving Bedford Boys died in 2009. Most of the remaining D-Day veterans who are still with us are too frail to make the pilgrimage to France for the anniversary ceremonies like they used to.

It's difficult to think about losing these World War II veterans, because once they're all gone, we'll lose that tether to a time when the nation figured out how to be a better version of itself.

Not that they were saints and did everything right. They were as human as we are, with all the fallibility that entails. But in some respects, they were better. Because they went, and they toughed it out, and they accomplished an incredibly daunting mission, with sickening hardship, heartbreak, and terror along the way.

So, what does the anniversary of D-Day mean in 2019?

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough.

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough. You can't learn about the logistics of the operation and above all, the human cost, and not be humbled. But as a society, we have not emphasized well enough the story of D-Day and all that it represents. How can I say that? Because of an example just last weekend, when common sense got booed by Democratic Socialists at the California Democrats' State Convention. When Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said during his speech that "socialism is not the answer," the crowd booed loudly. When did telling the truth about socialism become controversial?

Sure, socialists, and communists and other anti-American factions have always been around. America certainly had socialists in 1944. But the current socialists trying to take over the Democratic Party like a virus don't believe in the D-Day sacrifices to preserve America, because they don't believe America is worth preserving. They are agitating to reform America using the authoritarian playbook that has only ended in death and destruction everywhere it is followed.

Ask a Venezuelan citizen, or an Iraqi Christian, or a North Korean peasant why D-Day still matters in 2019.

The further we move away from caring about pivotal events like June 6, 1944, the less chance of survival we have as a nation.

At the same time, the D-Day anniversary is a reminder that we're not done yet. It's an opportunity for us to remember and let that inform how we live.

Near the end of Saving Private Ryan, the fictional Captain Miller lays dying, and he gives one last instruction to Private Ryan, the young man that he and his unit have sacrificed their lives to rescue in Normandy. He says, "Earn it."

In other words, don't waste the sacrifices that were made so that your life could be saved. Live it well. The message to "earn it" extends to the viewer and the nation as well – can we say we're earning the sacrifices that were made by Americans on D-Day? I cringe to think how our few remaining World War II veterans might answer that.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more. I don't want to believe it's too late for us to rediscover those traits as a nation. I want to believe we can still earn it.

The challenge to "earn it" is a lot of pressure. Frankly, it's impossible. We can't fully earn the liberty that we inherited. But we can certainly try to earn it. Not trying is arrogant and immoral. And to tout socialism as the catch-all solution is naïve, and insulting to the men like those from Bedford who volunteered to go defend freedom. In truly striving to earn it, we help keep the flame of liberty aglow for future generations. It is necessary, honorable work if freedom is to survive.

The end of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is remarkably relevant for every anniversary of June 6, 1944. This is what D-Day still means in 2019:

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Letter from Corporal H.W. Crayton to Mr. and Mrs. Hoback – parents of Bedford and Raymond Hoback who were both killed in action on June 6, 1944

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July 9, 1944 Somewhere in France

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hoback:

I really don't know how to start this letter to you folks, but will attempt to do something in words of writing. I will try to explain in the letter what this is all about.

While walking along the Beach D-day Plus One, I came upon this Bible and as most any person would do I picked it up from the sand to keep it from being destroyed. I knew that most all Bibles have names & addresses within the cover so I made it my business to thumb through the pages until I came upon the name above. Knowing that you no doubt would want the Book returned I am sending it knowing that most Bibles are a book to be cherished. I would have sent it sooner but have been quite busy and thought it best if a short period of time elapsed before returning it.

You have by now received a letter from your son saying he is well. I sincerely hope so.

I imagine what has happened is that your son dropped the Book without any notice. Most everybody who landed on the Beach D-Day lost something. I for one as others did lost most of my personal belongings, so you see how easy it was to have dropped the book and not know about it.

Everything was in such a turmoil that we didn't have a chance until a day or so later to try and locate our belongings.

Since I have arrived here in France I have had occasion to see a little of the country and find it quite like parts of the U.S.A. It is a very beautiful country, more so in peace time. War does change everything as it has this country. One would hardly think there was a war going on today. Everything is peaceful & quiet. The birds have begun their daily practice, all the flowers and trees are in bloom, especially the poppies & tulips which are very beautiful at this time of the year.

Time goes by so quickly as it has today. I must close hoping to hear that you receive the Bible in good shape.

Yours very truly,

Cpl. H.W. Crayton

It's not as easy as it used to be for billion-dollar entertainment empires like The Walt Disney Company. It would be more streamlined for Disney to produce its major motion pictures in its own backyard. After all, abortion in California is readily available, as well as a protected, cherished right. And since abortion access is critical for movie production, right up there with lighting equipment and craft services, you would think California would be the common-sense choice for location shooting. Alas, even billion-dollar studios must pinch pennies these days. So, in recent years, Disney, among other major Hollywood studios, has been farming out production to backwater Southern lands like Georgia, and even Louisiana. Those states offer more generous tax breaks than Disney's native California. As a result, Georgia for example, played host to much of the shooting for the recent worldwide box office smash Avengers: Endgame.

But now it looks like it's Georgia's endgame. The state recently passed what is known as a "heartbeat" bill – a vicious, anti-woman law that would try to make pregnant women allow their babies to be born and actually live. It's a bridge too far for a major studio like Disney, which was largely built on creating family entertainment. How can Disney possibly go about making quality movies, often aimed at children, without access to unfettered abortion? It's unconscionable. Lack of abortion access makes it nearly impossible to shoot movies. So, what's a major studio to do? Disney might have considered migrating its business to Louisiana, but that state too has now signed a heartbeat bill into law. It's utter madness.

These monstrous anti-abortion bills, coupled with having to live under President Trump, has led Disney to seek a new home for its legendary movie magic. Last week, Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, announced that all future Disney movies will now be filmed on location in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda.

"Disney and Wakanda are a match made in heaven," Iger told reporters. "Wakanda was, until recently, a secret kingdom, much like our own Magic Kingdom. With this new partnership, we'll not only get to continue our legacy of making movies that parents and children everywhere enjoy together, but we'll get to do so in a safe space that reveres abortion as much as we do."

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion.

As home to the most advanced technology in the world – and with the planet's highest per-capita concentration of wokeness – Wakanda offers women painless, hassle-free abortion on demand. As the Wakandan health ministry website explains, the complete absence of any white-patriarchal-Judeo-Christian influence allows women in Wakanda to have complete control of their own bodies (with the exception of females who are still fetuses). As winner of the U.N.'s 2018 Golden Forceps award (the U.N.'s highest abortion honor) Wakanda continues its glowing record on abortion. That makes it an ideal location for Disney's next round of live-action remakes of its own animated movies in which the company plans to remove all male characters.

Iger says he hopes to convince Wakandan leadership to share their top-secret vibranium-based abortion procedure technology so that American women can enjoy the same convenient, spa-like abortion treatment that Wakandan women have enjoyed for years.

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion. Disney plans to boycott and/or retaliate against the other 51 African nations, as well as any U.S. states, that restrict abortion. Specific plans are being kept under wraps, but sources say Disney's potential retaliation may include beaming Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the offending territories on a continuous, indefinite loop.

When asked how Wakanda's futuristic capital city and distinctly African landscape would be able to double for American movie locations, Iger said, "I guess America will just have to look more like Wakanda from now on."

One potential wrinkle for the Left-leaning studio is the fact that Wakanda has an impenetrable border wall-shield-thing designed to keep out foreign invaders as well as illegal immigrants. Iger said he understands Wakanda's policy of exclusivity, adding, "After all, not everyone gets into Disneyland. You have to have a ticket to get in. Anyone is welcome, but you have to go through the process of getting a ticket." When one reporter pointed out that Iger's answer sounded like the conservative argument for legal immigration under the rule of law, Iger insisted that the reporter was "a moronic fascist."

What if the unthinkable happens and Florida also enacts its own "heartbeat" law? That would be problematic since Walt Disney World is located in Florida. Iger responded that Disney would "cross that bridge if we get to it" but that the most likely scenario would entail "dismantling Disney World piece-by-piece and relocating it to the actual happiest place on earth – Wakanda." As for whether Disney would ever open character-themed abortion clinics inside its theme parks, Iger remained coy, but said, "Well, it is the place where dreams come true."

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice.

When pressed about the cost of ramping up production in a secretive African kingdom that has no existing moviemaking infrastructure (which could easily end up being much more expensive than simply shooting in California) Iger said, "You can't put a price tag on abortion freedom. Wakanda Forever and Abortion Forever!"

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice. And that will be welcome relief to traditional families all over the world who keep the Walt Disney Company in business.

*Disclaimer: The preceding story is a parody. Bob Iger did not actually say any of the quotes in the story. Neither is Wakanda an actual nation on planet Earth.

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One of these times I'm going to go on vacation, and I'm just not going to come back. I learn so much on a farm.

You want to know how things work, go spend a summer on a farm. You're having problems with your son or daughter, go spend a summer on a farm.

My son changed. Over two weeks.

Getting him out of bed, getting him to do anything, is like insane. He's a 15-year-old kid. Going all through the normal 15-year-old boy stuff. Getting him on the farm, where he was getting up and actually accomplishing stuff, having to build or mend fences, was amazing. And it changed him.

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Our society does not allow our kids to grow up, ever. I am convinced that our 15-year-olds could be fixing all kinds of stuff. Could be actually really making an impact in a positive way in our society. And what's wrong with our society is, we have gotten away from how things actually work. We're living in this theoretical world. When you're out on a farm, there's no theory here. If it rains, the crops will grow. If it rains too much, the crops won't grow.

If there's no sun, they won't grow. If there's too much sun, they'll shrivel up and die. There's no theory. We were out mending fences. Now, when I say the phrase to you, mending fences, what does that mean? When you think of mending fences, you think of, what?

Coming together. Bringing people together. Repairing arguments.

I've never mended a fence before until I started stringing a fence and I was like, "I ain't doing this anymore! Where is it broken? Can't we just tie a piece of barbed wire together?"

Let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

That's called mending fences.

And why do you mend fences? So your animals don't get out and start to graze on somebody else's land. When your fence goes down, your cow is now on somebody else's land. And your cow is now eating their food.

We look at the phrase, mending fences as saying, hey. You know, we were both wrong. Mending fences has nothing to do with that.

Mending fences means build a wall. My neighbors and I, we're going to get along fine, as long as my cows don't go and steal their food, or their cows don't come over and steal my cow's food.

We're perfectly neighborly with each other, until one of us needs to mend a fence, because, dude, you got to mend that, because your cows keep coming over and eating my food.

You know what we need to do with Mexico? Mend fences.

Now, that's a phrase. You hear build a wall. That's horrible.

No, no, no. We need to mend fences.

In a farming community, that means putting up an electric fence. That means putting up barbed wire.

So the cows — because the cows will — they'll stick their head through barbed wire. And they'll eat the grass close to the road. Or eat the grass close to the other side of the fence. And they'll get their heads in between those fences. And they can't get out sometimes. Because the grass is always greener on the other side. You look at these damn cows and say turn around, cow — there's plenty of stuff over here.

No. They want the grass on the other side of the fence.

So you mend it.

And if it's really bad, you do what we do. We had to put an electric fence up. Now, imagine putting an electric fence up. That seems pretty radical and expensive.

Does it really work? Does it shock them? What does that feel like to a cow?

The cows hit it once, and then they don't hit it again. They can actually hear the buzz of the electric fence. There's a warning. Don't do it. Don't do it. They hear the current and they hit it once and they're like, "I'm not going to do that again."

So you mend fences, which means, keep your stuff on your side. I like you. We're good neighbors. You keep your stuff on your side and I'll keep my stuff on my side and we'll get together at the town hall and we'll see each other at the grocery store. Because we're good neighbors. But what stops us from fighting is knowing that there is a fence there.

This is my stuff. That's your stuff. But we can still trade and we'll help each other. But let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

You can have a tough fence. It could be a giant wall. It could be an electric fence. But you need one. And that's how you come together.

The side that's having the problem, mends the fence.