Glenn's fav founding father

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Che Guevara shirts fit for terrorists

Glenn: We were just talking a little bit about history and I'm wondering if anybody did anybody see if the history lesson I gave on about Che Guevara? It made it even into the top 10. Usually we're the No. 1 or No. 2 most read story when we publish an editorial, but this week we had Che Guevara and it was it's quite amazing when you actually look at the history of who this guy is. Everybody buys the T shirts because it's cool. Everybody thinks communism is neat and it amazes me how nobody knows the history not only of killers but of our own country. Dan, what was the thing you got from the history channel on our founding fathers?

Dan: Yeah. This was a special that I downloaded on the founding fathers and founding brothers and the description and the show description of Sam Adams is this. It says Sam Adams was a rumpled pugnacious man who failed as a variety of professions before finding his niche as a revolutionist with a knack for inciting violence.

Glenn: By the way, joined by my best friend Pat who is filling in for Stu today who is sleeping because it was a long night. Anyway, give me John Hancock. I love that one.

Dan: Oh, yes, a wealthy aristocratic merchant, was also a known wine smuggler and he had a junior economic stake in breaking away from Britain.

Pat: It was all about the money for him.

Glenn: I didn't like the way the HBO John Adams special portrayed Franklin, as a real womanizer. There is absolutely no evidence, there is not a single letter, there's not a single there's no evidence of that, none whatsoever.

Pat: But it's just absolutely 100 percent embraced now, just as the Sally Hemings thing is with Thomas Jefferson.

Glenn: Didn't the DNA say.

Pat: No. The DNA said it was one of 26 members of the Jefferson family. That's what DNA said in 1998. One of 26 potential members of the Jefferson family. Thomas Jefferson, it could have been him, more likely it was either his brothers or one of his nephews. One of 26 Jefferson men.

Glenn: So, I don't

Pat: His daughters

Glenn: It wouldn't surprise me with Jefferson.

Pat: Oh, it would surprise me a great deal. It was not in his character.

Glenn: Tell me Jefferson's character. You know, he used to be my founding father. Good God. How did this train go off the track? Stations, I apologize for the there isn't a soul listening. I don't know, Pat. I think my favorite founding father is Thomas Jefferson. Geez

Pat: Founding fathers are interesting.

Glenn: George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, my favorite founding fathers.

Pat: What's the problem with Jefferson?

Glenn: I loved Jefferson but he was too conflicted. I see him as the most human out of all of them.

Pat: Yeah.

Glenn: And he was because he was very conflicted, you know, he was against slavery, yet, he died with slaves. He was you know, he was he couldn't overcome his own human nature, where I think Franklin didn't necessarily do that, but Washington definitely did.

Pat: Oh, yes. There's never been a better man on the earth.

Glenn: Never been. There's by far never been a better President but quite possibly

Pat: You're forgetting Jimmy Carter. Right?

Glenn: Oh, you're right.

Pat: Yeah. Jimmy Carter.

Glenn: Yeah. He only had the burning helicopters. Washington had

Pat: And double digit unemployment and

Glenn: Yeah. He was great

Pat: Interest rates.

Glenn: George Washington never won a Nobel prize.

Pat: No, he didn't do anything with Israel and Egypt.

Glenn: By the way, speaking of this ADD moment, have you read Brad Thor's book, "the Patriot"?

Pat: No, but I've seen a lot of stuff from you guys on it.

Glenn: It was the No. 1 book last night.

Pat: Is he the Salmon Rushdie of America?

Glenn: This guy is

Pat: I want to read that.

Glenn: If you love Thomas Jefferson, you have to. It is the Di Vinci Code of Islam and the you know, instead of Leonardo Di Vinci, it's Thomas Jefferson.

Pat: They're going to stinking kill this poor guy.

Glenn: I think they will. He says he takes it seriously and I know that he's got some

Pat: I heard him on your show. It doesn't sound like he takes it seriously.

Glenn: He should, but he doesn't. You know, he was as cavalier as I was, you know, four years ago.

Pat: Kind of know better now, don't you?

Glenn: Oh, yeah. Well, stop me from saying what I believe is the truth.

Pat: Right.

Glenn: But I at least know.

Pat: And you've got to take some precautions.

Glenn: He is taking precautions. You've got to read it. So, anyway, we were talking about some history and stuff like that and this is how out of control we've gotten in this country. I had an incident with a battle flag of Gonzales.

Pat: You've always liked the Come And Take It flag.

Glenn: It's a Texan flag.

Pat: It was a flag from the battle of Gonzales. The settlers are Texas were given a cannon from the Mexicans, from the Mexican government, and then they wanted it back and they tried to take it back and the settlers were going to give it back and so there was a big battle over, we want to take it back and we're not going to give it back to you. So, they said

Glenn: This is the worst version of this story. So, it's the worst. You've got it all wrong. I mean, there was a cannon involved there was a skirmish between the Mexicans and the it was not a gift to the Texans.

Pat: It was given to the Texans.

Glenn: It was given to the governor of the Texas region that it happened in and the Texas

Pat: Was he a Texan?

Glenn: No, he wasn't.

Pat: The governor was living in Texas at the time.

Glenn: It's my understanding that Mexico had come in and had a big battle. They were occupying that area.

Pat: Yeah, well

Glenn: But that the governor was given this deal, he was out when the Texans kicked all of the

Pat: I'm not even going to listen to you anymore. I don't even have any idea what you're talking about.

Glenn: I know that. So, anyway, it was a big deal. The flag said Come And Take It. It has a cannon on it.

Pat: Yeah.

Glenn: And it's just the greatest it is the way America should be. Really? You want a piece of this? Come And Take It, with the implication you know, the implied threat of, we'll kick your butt if you try to!

Pat: Yes.

Glenn: And I was flying that at my house and my neighbors complained because they thought it was wildly aggressive and so and so I wanted to hang the Benjamin Franklin, you know, from the Thomas the John Adams series, I love the flag with the snake on it, it's cut up and it says Join Or Die. I actually had it changed to unite or die because I was afraid, after what I went through with the Come And Take It.

Pat: That would be too aggressive.

Glenn: That Join Or Die, they would say he's running a compound cult and he's going to kill us all. I hate my neighbors.

Pat: So, how did unite and die go over in your neighborhood?

Glenn: I haven't had a complaint.

Pat: Did you explain it to them? Did you explain the story to them?

Glenn: Are you ready?

Pat: Yeah.

Glenn: I had to explain it at a zoning meeting.

Pat: And how did it go over?

Glenn: Not well, no, no, huh uh

Pat: It was ugly, then.

Glenn: There were, like, 23 people on the zoning committee where I had to explain the flag. No, no, no, no, no, didn't go well. Didn't go well. But thanks for asking

Pat: Sure.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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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.

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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.