Glenn Beck: Olbermann advising Obama?

GLENN: Could we please play the audio from Keith Olbermann from earlier this week from his interview with Barack Obama. I want you to listen to this carefully. I played this yesterday right after Barack Obama spoke at that school about the lipstick on the pig. I want you to listen to what Keith Olbermann said on Monday to Barack Obama. Here it is.

OLBERMANN: At your convention, maybe the most compelling speech in Denver was that one strongly voiced word, "Enough." A lot of people who have felt angry about what's been done to this country in the last seven or eight years have that same sense of urgency and simplicity to it. Have you thought of using on the campaign trail and in your speaking engagements more exclamation points? Have you thought of getting angrier?

GLENN: Okay. Have you thought about getting angrier and saying things like "Enough!" Have you done that, have you thought about that. Well, I don't know if he had before but he certainly has after the Keith Olbermann interview because here's Barack Obama yesterday on the lipstick of the pig thing.

OBAMA: Because then we go another year or another four years or another eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough!

GLENN: Okay, he's angry. Enough! We go another four or eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough! He's taking advice now from Keith Olbermann. Barack Obama, may I give you a piece of advice. Do not become angry. Do not start screaming "Enough." Do not follow Keith Olbermann. Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann is a ticking time bomb. Keith Olbermann I believe is a very unstable individual and a ticking time bomb. You want to lose the election? Become angry. This guy is doing everything that I cannot believe that he's actually doing. He's taking from my playbook exactly what he would have to do to lose this election. He's doing it all.

I said right? ?you know what, I think it was after Iowa that I said, you're looking at the next President of the United States... unless, unless he starts exposing himself as someone? ?he's got a very high bar that he's got to hurdle every single time. He cannot be perceived as the average politician. He cannot start flip flopping on the issues. He's vague enough to where he doesn't have to flip flop on the issues. He's flip flopped on almost every issue now. The flip flop list? ?we'll give it to you tomorrow or Monday? ?is enormous. He's flip flopped on almost everything. If the media were looking for it or pointing it out, it would kill him. Just that would be enough. He's flip flopped on almost everything.

Then he said, "I'm tired of the politics of division. Enough! He said, we're a new kind of campaign. We're different.

Well, he's proving that he's not. He's doing the same kinds of things. He's playing these same kinds of commercials. He said that he wasn't going to involve himself in the 527s. He's now going after the 527s. Go ahead, put your money into John McCain because he's losing. He's violating every principle that he stood for. He stood for hope and change, and his people? ?because the media never did it. And Hillary Clinton never did it. Nobody ever defined him as somebody who's not an agent of change. He's never changed anything. In the Illinois Senate, in the United States Senate. You cannot. You cannot effect change and have any enemies. He has not changed? ?it goes to this. Just let me use religious terms because I know that Barack Obama speaks in religious terms and I know Steve Cohen who? ?do you have the audio of Steve Cohen? I don't want to just higgledy piggledy say that Democrats used religious teams but play Steve Cohen.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Okay, that's congressman Steve Cohen yesterday in the well of the House of Representatives. So you know you can understand it really disturbs him. When you take the moat out of your own eye, then you can, you know, worry about everything else. Barack Obama wants to take the sliver out of somebody else's eye and I'm talking politically speaking on the parties. Take the moat, that's what? ?that's the change America wants. America doesn't want the two parties blaming each other. We think they're both corrupt. That's why Sarah Palin is doing so well, because she took the moat out of her own party's eye before she turned the cannons on the other party. Turn the cannons on yourself and you'll have credibility. But now the message of hope and change, a positive message. If he starts saying "Enough," if he gets angry, he will lose the election. And there are going to be? ?because, look, the reason why he's gone this far, he would never have gone this far, being as liberal as he is, if he didn't somehow or another embody this hope thing, you know, to embody this feeling of, "Yeah, we can be better." That's all he's got going for him. If he loses that, he's done. And it's amazing that he has made it this far because of his policies. Usually people who have his policies are angry, frustrated socialists. They are people like Michael Moore who nobody wants to have Michael Moore in the office. There are people like Keith Olbermann. Keith Olbermann is a bitter, angry man, who's a ticking time bomb. Barack Obama, do not listen to the ticking time bombs. Do not listen to that. You want to win? You've got to stay positive. You've got to be the man of hope and change. I can't believe I'm giving you this advice. The good news is you think I'm a hate monger racist. So why would you ever listen to me.

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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