Glenn Beck talks with Trace Adkins


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GLENN: We have the one, the only Trace Adkins with us which, Trace, this must be killing you to be listening to Britney Spears.

ADKINS: I'm a big fan, man.

GLENN: Of Britney Spears?

ADKINS: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: I can just see you in your hat listening to...

SENATOR OBAMA: Baby, baby.

GLENN: Hey, let me ask you. Before we -- because I want to talk to you about something else but before we get into that, tell me about what -- did you hear the quote from Barack Obama on the baby?

ADKINS: No, no.

GLENN: You didn't listen? Play the whole clip, will you? This is the speech he gave. I'd just like to get your -- are you willing to go down this road or not?

ADKINS: You just, you drive the car. I ain't going to jump out.

GLENN: All right. Here we go. Listen to this clip and tell me what you think.

SENATOR OBAMA: I've got two daughters, now 9 years old and 6 years old. I'm going to teach them, first of all, about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. Baby, baby.

GLENN: What do you think? Punished with a baby.

ADKINS: Wow. I had not heard that. When did he say that?

GLENN: He said that over the weekend. It just came out.

ADKINS: Oh, wow. Yeah. Well, that's going to stir something up, isn't it?

GLENN: Yeah. Do you think a baby is a punishment?

ADKINS: Well, it's not in my world, but I don't know.

GLENN: Let me ask you this question.

ADKINS: He's going to have to explain that, isn't he?

GLENN: Yeah. I made a -- and I may have been a little too higgledy-piggledy on making this prediction, but I believe that in your world Eliot Spitzer would have been plowed under one of your fields with your tractor.

ADKINS: Well, you know, I know this. The boy's not a Wal-Mart shopper, you know.

GLENN: Yeah.

ADKINS: He's not getting some -- he's not getting good deals, I know that. But you know Eliot Spitzer. You know, I guess you have to live up there to care, you know.

GLENN: No.

ADKINS: I really don't.

GLENN: No, we live here and we don't really care, either.

ADKINS: Okay. Well, I'm glad you're over it, getting past it.

GLENN: That's what we expect. So you were on the Apprentice, and I have to tell you, couldn't be a more disappointing ending. I mean, it was billed as good versus evil and evil won.

ADKINS: Yeah.

GLENN: What's up with that?

ADKINS: Yeah, what's up with that, yeah. You know, that was just -- you know, that was Trump just, you know, --

GLENN: Being Trump?

ADKINS: Trying to be a fight promoter, you know. That dude's not evil. I mean, you know, he's all those adjectives he used to describe himself, you know. Not a pleasant human being, but he's not evil. He's not tough enough to be evil. So --

GLENN: You would plow -- if he was evil --

ADKINS: I've got to be honest with you. I was. I was disappointed. I really was.

GLENN: If he was evil, you would have plowed him underneath your field in your tractor, wouldn't you?

ADKINS: Well, if we hadn't been playing on a show that was, you know, supposedly all for charity. And that's the spirit that I approached the whole thing with, you know. Had it not been that way, I wouldn't have lasted as long as I did on the show and neither would he.

GLENN: I have to tell you I didn't -- I'm sorry, Trace, but I just didn't have time to watch the show. But I have friends who were watching it and they would tell me every week. They would say, oh, my gosh, Trace is amazing. You were just, you were a straight arrow the whole time. And I think what was great, I think it was the episode before the last one maybe when you came in and said, "You should fire me. I mean, I'm the guy who's responsible, you know, you should fire me." And I think Trump was a little shocked by it, by, wait a minute, you are not supposed to say that, you are supposed to be a dirtbag and blame it on somebody else.

ADKINS: Right, yeah.

GLENN: Isn't this the way that business is supposed to work? I mean, in the world the way I think, Trace, the way you and I both see it, isn't that the way business is supposed to be? It's not supposed to be just about the bottom line. You can make a bigger bottom line if you're a decent person. Don't you think?

ADKINS: Yeah. Well, I agree totally, you know. With all due respect to Mr. Trump, you know, I think the decision he made sent the wrong message to young people in America. I mean, you know, I think the message he sent was just make the most money; it doesn't really matter how you go about it or how you conduct yourself or who you stomp on in the process, just as long as you come out on top, you know, as far as your windfall profits, and I just, I still feel that that was the wrong decision.

GLENN: So let's be honest, okay? Probably this will be -- this will take more courage than probably anything you've ever had to answer in an interview. Are you ready?

ADKINS: Yeah.

GLENN: I met Donald Trump before. Yes or no: The first 15 minutes you did everything you could. You were just saying in your own head, "Do not look directly at his hair, don't look at his hair." And every time he would look away, you would look at his hair. Yes or no?

ADKINS: Yeah, I was --

GLENN: Exactly.

ADKINS: I was staring at his hair.

GLENN: Now. The second part --

ADKINS: And then he pulled -- he saw that I was staring at his hair. So he pulled on it to show me that it was real.

GLENN: Yeah. See, when I met him, all I could think of was, don't look directly at his hair, don't let him catch you looking at his hair. So the second part of that question is it's weirder in real life than it is on television, isn't it?

ADKINS: Yeah, it is, it is. I mean, it is a marvel. You just stand there and you look at it and you try to -- you know, you try to see, you know, where it's pinned on or whatever and you just, you can't find it, you know. And I looked.

GLENN: My wife and I, we met him at a party and both of us were thinking the same thing. And we walked away and I said -- as soon as we got away from him, I said, honey, I have no idea. And she said -- and she didn't say anything. That was the first thing I said. I said, "Honey, I have no idea." And she said, "I can't figure it out, either." Neither of us. But we didn't have enough time to really look well. Somebody else was distracting him. We could not figure out how that's constructed up there. Any thoughts? Any theories? You were around him for how many weeks?

ADKINS: Well, yeah. No, I don't have any theories. I'm telling you it's a marvel. It's just, it's amazing. It's one of those mysteries that we'll just never know the truth about it, I'm afraid, you know? And I've looked closely. I couldn't figure it out, either.

GLENN: So now what are you doing?

ADKINS: What am I doing?

GLENN: Yeah. Are you going to go on tour?

ADKINS: Yeah, we're still touring and doing some weekend stuff right now. I'm out in Los Angeles today and going to start doing some movie stuff.

GLENN: What are you doing? You're in Los Angeles?

ADKINS: Yes.

GLENN: That's like matter and antimatter. I mean, the whole universe could collapse on itself. What are you doing in Los Angeles?

ADKINS: You know, I'm doing some movie things, you know.

GLENN: So you are not in Los Angeles. You're with Hollywood people. Get out!

ADKINS: Yeah, but I'm with a pretty good crew of Hollywood people that I don't think get invited to all the parties, either.

GLENN: Of course not. They're hanging out with you.

ADKINS: That could be the reason, but --

GLENN: What is the movie project you're working on?

ADKINS: Well, it's just, it's this thing that they don't want me to really talk too much about right now. It's going to be a very timely political type thing. They are kind of flying under the radar with it right now.

GLENN: Well, not anymore. I mean, not anymore. You are right.

ADKINS: Yeah, everybody knows about it.

GLENN: Just, you know you're on air, right?

ADKINS: Yeah, but you said that it's the third most listened to station. That's not very many people.

GLENN: You're right. You are right. When you're right, you're right, and you're right.

ADKINS: I mean, if it was the second or the first most listened to, I would not even bring this up, but it's third.

GLENN: All right, you jerk.

ADKINS: So we're safe.

GLENN: Trace, it's always good to talk to you, man.

ADKINS: All right, man. Somebody's got to smack you around to keep you in your place every now and then.

GLENN: I know. I appreciate it, Trace. You've been great, man.

ADKINS: Thanks, man.

GLENN: I've lost my ears. Did Trace hang up? Hang on. I've lost --

STU: His headphones are --

GLENN: This is why we're the third most listened to.

STU: Yeah, like as Trace --

ADKINS: This is professional radio right here.

GLENN: For some reason -- Dan, can you check the board? Maybe I'm not getting any feed.

STU: Trace, this is the problem here is that again if we were number one or number two, all of our equipment would work.

ADKINS: Exactly.

GLENN: So now I got it. I got it. How are you doing, Trace?

ADKINS: Maybe when Rush gets through with that board he is using now, you guys can borrow it.

GLENN: We've got a third hand board that we're using. It's all hand-me-down stuff.

ADKINS: He uses it and then the number two uses it and then you get it.

GLENN: Okay, thanks.

ADKINS: Y'all suck.

GLENN: Well, I was going to ask you about your charity that you were playing for but I don't think I'm going to now.

ADKINS: Oh, man, you're mean.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah, that's the way it is.

ADKINS: Yeah. Well, I'm going to tell you you don't have to ask me. It's the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network and it's a group of the most loving, caring, giving people that I've ever really been associated with and I'm proud to be, and they are doing a lot of good work and I'm going to continue to work with them and hopefully we'll make some progress and, you know, raise an awareness and combating this problem.

GLENN: I didn't listen to a word you just said. How is that, huh?

ADKINS: It was good, though.

GLENN: I bet it was. All right, Trace, great talking to you, man, we'll talk to you again.

ADKINS: You, too.

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We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


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Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


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-AND-

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Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


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At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


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Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


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This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


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It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

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.