Glenn Beck: Dems block more judges

US Senator Orrin Hatch

GLENN:  I saw a story in The Wall Street Journal, it was last week, where Arlen Specter is threatening to shut the Senate down because George Bush can't get any of his judges approved.  The last two years of Jimmy Carter's administration, 44 judges were approved.  If you want to know why we're all screwed up.  Ronald Reagan had 17.  George H. W. Bush had 20.  Bill Clinton in his last two years had 15.  George W. Bush, six.  And they're all stacked up and the Senate won't even talk about it.  Nobody will even talk about it.  The Democrats just are going to shut everything down, and Arlen Specter is spitting mad and Orrin Hatch is also a little bit upset.  How are you, Senator?  Senator, are you there?

SENATOR HATCH:  Hello?

GLENN:  Senator hatch?  How are you?  We're on.

SENATOR HATCH:  Great.

GLENN:  Are you following with Arlen Specter in wanting to shut down the Senate?

SENATOR HATCH:  I can tell you this.  You mean with regard to judges?

GLENN:  Yeah.

SENATOR HATCH:  What's happening here is they are just not living up to even remote historical standards.  I think the last time we've had this dearth of judgeship confirmations in the United States Senate was in the 1800s, way back then.  And that was when it was extremely partisan.  Well, it's extremely partisan today and I have to say the Democrats on the committee are not doing the job.

GLENN:  You know, you've told me before, you said -- I'm trying to remember.  I think it was a year ago we actually happened to be at a function together and we bumped into each other and you said, Glenn, in all of my years, I have never, ever seen it like it is now.  It's absolutely unworkable.

SENATOR HATCH:  Well, it really is.  And I have to tell you it's so partisan that it's just unbelievable.  You know, it just seems to happen every time when a Republican President is in office.  We've had nothing but hard slugging the whole way through to get the judges on board that we have.  You know, they are at least 50 judgeship nominations behind what we did at the end of Clinton's administration.  I mean, it's just unbelievable.

GLENN:  So what happens?

SENATOR HATCH:  Well, we just have to put some pressure on them and I have to say that, you know, they don't seem to care.  You know, the vast majority of the media is extremely liberal.  They don't take them to task.  So they don't seem to care.  And they just blatantly just ignore decent rules that really mean that we ought to get these judges on the bench.  For instance, in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the whole court of appeals, the press is vacant.  The press has nominated four of the five vacancies.  These are all judicial emergencies and they are not going to go to any of them.  There are a couple of them that are just absolutely super.  They are the highest recommendations by the American Bar Association.  In fact, all four of them are.  And they just won't even call them up.

GLENN:  And what's their excuse?

SENATOR HATCH:  Well, we know their excuse is that it's never given because the media doesn't hold them to task.  But the fact of the matter is what's really involved here is they are afraid, for instance, of Peter Keisler.  He's brilliant.  He actually ran the Justice Department until Mukasey got there.  He's a brilliant, brilliant young fella who undoubted by would be on the fast track to the Supreme Court and they just plain do not want something like that..  And yet by any measure he has been honest, decent, honorable and somebody who would respect the rule of law.

GLENN:  You know what, our government is broken.  How are we headed for --

SENATOR HATCH:  It's broken because of this partisanship.  There are things -- partisanship isn't always bad but when it's always partisanship, it's bad.  That's what we have right now.  It's just awful.  I've got to tell you I've been here 31 years.  By anybody's measure I think a successful 31 years but in all honesty we've only had -- we haven't had one day where the conservative philosophy was the majority in the United States Senate, not one day.  Because we always have five, six, seven or eight mavericks or liberal Republicans who go with the almost all liberal Democrats.

GLENN:  Well, you know, but a lot of people would say that you are that guy, too, that you've had some real liberal moments.

SENATOR HATCH:  Not very liberal moments but you can just count on -- whenever you see a Hatch/Kennedy bill or Hatch/Dodd or Hatch/Waxman, you can bet your bottom dollar they had to come way to the center on many times to be able to work with me on legislation and some of the legislation we've worked on, though some conservatives decried, has worked out to be some of the best legislation in the history of the country.  Hatch/Waxman created the moderate drug industry.  Waxman's one of the most liberal members of congress in the whole congress but yet it created the modern generation drug industry and basically has saved taxpayers and consumers $10 billion every year since 1984, just to mention one.  But no, I don't --

GLENN:  Senator, let me --

SENATOR HATCH:  I don't give up my principles.

GLENN:  Let me ask you this about Barack Obama.

SENATOR HATCH:  Sure.

GLENN:  I don't know if you followed the latest two spiritual advisors.  One was featured in his ad campaign.  Have you seen these guys?

SENATOR HATCH:  I haven't.

GLENN:  Oh, my gosh.

SENATOR HATCH:  I saw Wright.

GLENN:  Oh, no.  This is the same stuff.  Two new advisors that are saying, you know, basically, you know, there's a lot of African-Americans that are house N words that are just doing the bidding of white men and it's -- I mean, it's amazing, shocking, horrifying stuff.  Can you tell me?  Barack seems like a nice guy but show me your friends and I'll show you your future.  He's surrounding himself with these creatures that are off the deep end in race stuff.  Have you ever had any, have you ever had any indication at all that he's not what he presents himself as?

SENATOR HATCH:  Well, I have not had any indication.  He is basically a very nice person, he's very bright, he is articulate.  But I've got to tell you, you are known somewhat by the friendships you keep and, you know, how you live your personal life.  I think from what all I can see, he lives a very good life.  He's a decent, honorable man, but he is considered the most liberal guy in the whole United States Senate.  Now, if that's what we want in this country, that's a far cry from what I think the majority of the people.  If you look at the polls on almost every issue, the people in this country are basically moderate to conservative.

GLENN:  But you know what?  The same polls will show -- and I love this one.  I just saw a poll, I have it for tomorrow's show some place.  Basically 70 something percent of the American people say I want smaller government and I want lower taxes.

SENATOR HATCH:  Yeah.  On almost every poll you find people really believe in conservative principles.

GLENN:  But look at what they're voting for.  Look what they're moving towards.

SENATOR HATCH:  But guess what.  You know, Rossman and Lichter, two Democrat political scientists that are honest men a number of years ago did a poll of the media and they concluded that the media was 89% far left liberal, mainstream media.

GLENN:  Yeah, I know.

SENATOR HATCH:  So we don't ever get -- we can't get our ideas totally across.  That's one of the problems.  Now, thank goodness for people like you who, you know, make people think and make people see both sides.

GLENN:  Well, Senator, best of luck to you and you just tell us what we need to get out to help you guys get some judges through in the Senate, but do what you have to do and batten down the hatches, brother.

SENATOR HATCH:  Best of luck to you and, you know, it's nice to have a senator who isn't running for President get on one of these programs.

GLENN:  We'll talk to you again, senator.

SENATOR HATCH:  Hang in there.  We love you.

GLENN:  Bye-bye.

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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.