Glenn Beck: Mexico out of control

Another Man's Sombrero

by Darrell Ankarlo

GLENN: We go to Darrell Ankarlo now who is in Phoenix with a couple of updates for us on the border now in Mexico. Things are completely out of control. On Meet the Press yesterday Gates said, you know what, we might start doing some joint military action.

ANKARLO: Isn't this nice? Hey, Glenn, how are you doing, man?

GLENN: Okay, I want to talk to you quickly about two things because we have the returning hostages that were held by FARC for so long, we have them in the studio and we want to get to them real quick.

ANKARLO: Oh, very cool.

GLENN: But I wanted to talk to you a little bit about a couple of things. First of all, who is organizing the protests in Phoenix this weekend, you know, saying stop cracking down on illegal aliens?

ANKARLO: Yeah, they would like to say that they're a hodgepodge of just American citizens, but there's no doubt that La Raza was definitely involved in this. And by the way, one of the signs -- the guy got arrested, by the way -- one of the signs said death to our pile equals freedom for America, yeah, that's what we need. By the way, these peaceful protestors, a couple of thousand of them through the streets on Saturday, several of them were taken into custody for guns, having dye packs, having fake police badges. You know, it's just a friendly protest in the streets.

GLENN: Yeah, the guy who had the gun that I read about this morning, he had a Los Angeles police badge.

ANKARLO: It looked like one, yes.

GLENN: They said he was taken away for the gun to see if he had a permit for it. I wanted to know was the badge real. Because he doesn't need a permit if he's got a badge.

ANKARLO: Right. It was not a real badge. It turned out, Glenn, to be a money clip of all things. But obviously he wanted to make it look that way. And there was another guy with a gun. He was not arrested, but they did take his gun away from him. So, you know, the peaceful just want to work here in America, protests apparently not quite as peaceful, I Bess.

GLENN: Darrell, I have to ask you this because this really bothered me. As you know, because we're friends and we've talked for a long time, there's nobody that has a bigger love for our military and our police and our sheriffs than me. I respect these guys. I think they're on the front lines. I don't think that they get the credit they deserve. I know in many cases they don't get the pay they deserve. They really are on the front lines of anything that could come our way. They were on the front lines on September 11th. But I have to tell you, the police -- I had a sergeant on the TV show last week and he was talking about the 300 and, what is it, 46 people that have been kidnapped that we know of that have been reported and he got on television and he got on television and he actually tried to make the case that, oh, well, that's -- you know, those are just illegal aliens.

ANKARLO: Right, right, yeah.

GLENN: So are they less than people because they're illegal aliens and if you would stop the illegal aliens from coming in, you wouldn't have the illegal alien problem where you have to have a special task force to stop the kidnapping and killing.

ANKARLO: The fun part of it, Glenn, is you get it, I get it. Janet Napolitano, our new Homeland Security director did not get it the whole time she was the top dog here in Arizona and she and Joe Arpaio, our sheriff, they have not seen eye to eye. So the fact that she's opening up investigations into Sheriff Joe, very intriguing to me. But what I told you a couple of weeks ago still stands true in this story. For every one that we know about, there's at least two to three behind the scenes that we don't know about. In San Diego a businessman's daughter gets kidnapped from a mall. She's taken down to Mexico and then they start asking for ransom and they said, "Look, here's the deal. We've got her in another country, you're not going to get your kid back unless you pay up the money." So what I've said all along is if this is left unabated, then we're going to have the collateral damage of just regular joes getting kidnapped off the streets. And we've had kidnappings in malls here, by schools here, by churches here and I don't care if they are illegals or not, eventually it's going to be Glenn or Darrell or somebody that they know.

GLENN: I don't even understand, I don't even understand the thinking. Is it just that, who's -- Darrell.

ANKARLO: Yeah.

GLENN: Who is at the top of this food chain that's the problem here? Because I can't believe the guys with the badges are like, "Oh, well, they're just illegals. So I'm just going to go fight the illegals now and I'm not really worried about, you know, kidnapping." That doesn't make any sense. It's making your whole community unsafe.

ANKARLO: You take a look at Los Angeles. It is a safety city, sanctuary city. San Francisco probably the worst in the country. New York, a sanctuary city. Phoenix up until about a year ago I would have called a sanctuary city. Now, the city moved in, the cops moved in, the sheriff moved in and made some moves that made it a little, a little, Glenn, more difficult for illegals to make their way around Phoenix proper. As a result we started to ratchet it up and we've had less illegal immigrants in the last year than we've had for years and years and years and years. So something is working. What frightens me is if we don't take this at its face value, then we're going to start seeing these people come back in and with them will be the riffraff. The coyotes are coming in, the cartels are definitely already here. You saw that on 60 Minutes last night. They did a great piece on America and if we don't stop the cartels now, we are in big time trouble. So all of that's playing around here in Phoenix, and finally people are starting to wake up to it.

GLENN: All right. Thanks, Darrell, I appreciate it.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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