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GLENN: Michele Bachmann has been here since the beginning and she has an idea

of now a Constitutional Caucus in the House of Representatives, and I wanted to

get her on, first of all, Congresswoman, congratulations.

BACHMANN: Glenn, thank you. It is so awesome to see what happened last evening

and it really was the fruition of a few years' work by a tremendous number of

coalitions saying we've got to be serious about taking our country back and you

are the nation's educator. You are the one who motivated people to get

off the couch. You taught us from your blackboard so that people today know the

head of the SEIU, the AFL/CIO, the Tide, how all of this works together. That

highly educated and motivated people to such a great extent that people were

able to go and explain to their friends and neighbors what was going on and the

coalition grew and grew and some people maligned it

and called them derogatory terms but last night after Congress not listening,

the people had their voices heard at the ballot box and it was overwhelming and

astounding. On one side you might say it was negative because it was a full scale reputation of

Obama, Pelosi and Reid, their agenda that they had passed but on the other it

was an extremely positive vote because it was an affirmation for the future,

republishing our heart to the fidelity and the principles of the constitution

and Bill of Rights. I think this is a vote that America will go on. That's what I saw last

night. I'm excited about the direction of the country.

GLENN: Michele, I spoke to you two weeks ago when I was in Minneapolis, and you

said and I thought this was very, very smart, you said we need a Constitutional

Caucus. Not a Tea Party caucus. Explain. What are you thinking?

BACHMANN: This is a broader caucus. It would be called the Constitutional

Conservative Caucus and the purpose is to bring all of these wonderful, new

people in that just ran for office that have the pulse of the American people

and bring them in. Because quite quickly within a matter of two months, people

can be co-oped into the Washington system and it's easy to lose your way. So we want

to bring together in a group so that every week we're studying the Constitution,

The Declaration, Bill of Rights. I want to invite in our Supreme Court justice,

other legal experts to come in who understand our nation's founding documents,

David Barton would have a lot to say about that as well. Bring them in and then

every week, an hour before we take our first vote have our weekly class so that

we're reminded of our constitutional

juristical limits, and then we can be a very powerful group.

GLENN: How many do you need to cobble together? This is what the progressive

caucus has done. They have cobbled together power and they don't move and they

move together.

BACHMANN: That's right. And that's why if enough of us can stick together, maybe

even 20 to 25, we can stop any bill from passing. We need 218 votes to pass a

bill and Republicans have now more than 218, but if you have a very small group

of members, 20 to 25 members, if we can hang together and if an unconstitutional

bill comes before us, something like a stimulus or government takeover of

healthcare, we can stop that bill. So this is a very powerful influential group

of people and that's why I want to encourage all of your listeners to contact

your new member of Congress or your existing member of Congress, encourage them

to become a member of the Constitutional Conservative Caucus and go to my


Facebook site if you want to we'll have information on these new classes every

week. I encourage them. You need to get into a habit. When you get into

Congress, you have so many opportunities of meetings that you go to. You need to pick a

few and go to them and encourage your member early on to become a member of the

Constitutional Conservative Caucus because then they'll have a group of people

they can hang with and stay solid with so we can encourage each other based upon

our nation's founding principles.

GLENN: As a listener, I want you to understand. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is

about to happen. I want you to go back and watch that movie. It's about to

happen, and the only thing that will save it, the only thing that will save this

movement is if they are not co-oped. Michele Bachmann is the real deal. I don't

say that lightly. I bet

there's less than five people I would say that about that. Michele Bachmann is

the real deal, this is her caucus. I urge you to call your new members of of Congress and tell them

to please get into this caucus. Michele has the right idea on this. If we can

get them, if we can hold

onto them and don't lose their soul and tie themselves to the constitution and

to each other, they won't be lost. Michele, let me ask you what's happening with

the fed today they're going to decide if they're going to monetize our debt,

which Ben Bernanke testified and said they would not do. They will do quantitative

easing QE2, between 500 billion and a trillion dollars of buying their own debt

and printing the money.

BACHMANN: That's right. The original announcement was a trillion dollars, and I

think was a shock wave sent through the financial markets and now they're

backing off and saying they might start with a couple hundred billion up to 500

billion. It doesn't matter. Every bit of it that they monetize for debt, as you

said, will mean a reduction in the value of the dollar. We're looking now

potentially at losing 20% of the value of the dollar if they go forward with

this. I wrote a letter several weeks ago to the Federal Reserve Chair Ben

Bernanke and begged him not to do this and forestall that decision before he

comes before the financial services committee, of which I have a seat on and

chaired by Barney Frank. This is a very serious move by the fed. What this means,

Glenn, is intentionally the Federal Reserve will be spiking inflation. They

think that's good for the country. Does anyone honestly believe adding inflation

would be a good thing to the country while the Federal Reserve does this? This

is a disaster.

GLENN: It is for anyone who holds large reserves of cash or has debt to pay off,

like the federal government, or your homes. It is good for that. It is awful,

awful for anybody who doesn't have a lot of money.

This is quintessential the rich get richer. Wall Street will spike. All that

money being pushed in, Wall Street people will dump it into the stock market and

the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer on this.

BACHMANN: That's right. They have done this, Glenn, since the early part of the

last century. They have so devalued the dollar that the dollar is worth about 4

cents what it was back in about 1915 and 1920 because of this issue of

inflation. The government continues to overspend. When they overspend, they

inflate the dollar and they pay their debt off with cheaper dollars, but they

are literally robbing the sustenance out of every American because they're

taking away the value of our dollar and the ones who will hurt the most are

senior citizens.

GLENN: Unbeknownst to the American people, we shipped a lot of gold over to

Germany and Europe after World War II. Can an average person go in and see the

gold that we have? Can you as a Congressman go in and eyeball the gold reserve

that we have and get an actual, legitimate estimate on what we have?

BACHMANN: I don't believe so. It's in Ft. Knox. That is something I can ask for.

GLENN: Could you ask?

BACHMANN: My understanding is that it virtually isn't there anymore.

GLENN: That's what I have heard. It would be interesting to know what they did

with our gold.

BACHMANN: I will track it down and I will get an answer for you.

GLENN: One more thing. Last night you were on with Chris Matthews and he insisted you look hypnotized and

we thought you looked great, that you did a great job but you had a great slam. Do we have the audio? You had

a great comeback for Chris Matthews and I would like to play it for the

listeners and get your response.

MATTHEWS: You want to see the democratic members of Congress investigated by the

media, you put it that way, you wanted to us investigate the Democrats for

un-American attitudes. I just want to ask you, do you stick with that plan? Do you

want us to do it, or will you do it with the subpoena power? Who do you want to

investigate the Democratic members of Congress for un-American thinking?

BACHMANN: Well, the plan I've been talking about is really four things. I would

encourage the new Republican leadership to take this on as the agenda in 2011

and it's very simple. It's keep the current tax policies so no one has increased

taxes. Number two, we need to put a full scale repeal of Obamacare passed

through the house, hopefully it can get through the Senate, and then number three, we

need to make sure that we secure the United States borders and number four, we

need to make sure that we don't have a huge increase in national energy tax.

Those are the four issues that the American people want the Congress to deal

with because they want to get certainty back into the economy.

MATTHEWS: Right.

BACHMANN: This election shows that people believe in this country. They love

enterprise and love capitalism. They want to make sure we have jobs going

forward.

MATTHEWS: Congresswoman, has someone hypnotized you tonight? Because no matter

what I ask you, you give the same answer. Are you hypnotized? Has someone put

you under a trance tonight that you give me the same answer no matter what

question I put to you?

BACHMANN: I think the American people are the ones finally speaking. We're

coming out of our trance. We're coming out of our nightmare. I think people are

thrilled tonight. I imagine that thrill is maybe not so tingling on your leg

anymore.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: Michele, I love you. That was the greatest. He was very upset about that.

After you got off, he went on and on about it.

PAT: It wasn't a tingle. You said it was a thrill not tingling up his leg.

GLENN: He said he's emotionally moved by people speaking highly about this

country.

PAT: Yeah remember him saying that about Bush all the time, all of his speeches were like that.

GLENN: Or about 8/28 or about half my show. So Michele

BACHMANN: Chris Matthews continually, prior to the clip you had played, accused me of being in

a

trance and being hypnotized and he was extremely insulting and I was trying to

be responsive to him on questions but at the very end I thought that his true

colors were showing, and well I meant it in all good fun.

GLENN: You are not trying to have them investigated by Charlie McCarthy

BACHMANN: No.

GLENN: Charlie McCarthy would be fun wouldn't it. I mean we could have a

puppet do it.

Congressman Bachmann, thank you very much.

BACHMANN: Thank you, Glenn. We appreciate you for everything you have done.

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Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.