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GLENN: There's a story today. You'll see it on the front page of the Drudge Report. Here comes the Fairness Doctrine, gang. The Fairness Doctrine is coming. They are going to do everything they can to silence our voices. And if you don't think so if you think that's just a lot of hot air -- well, speaking of hot air, the science is settled. They didn't even have a conversation with anybody. They refused to have a debate with anyone because the debate has been settled. What do you think the debate is going to be like after they win with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Murtha, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy, all of these incredible liberal people. They thought that it was a shift to the left on the last election. Don't you see what the messages we're sending these people.

Can you tell me, please help me. What the hell is wrong with America what the hell happened to America? Do we need an alarm clock? How big does the alarm clock have to be? I swear, I'm looking for the guy with the bells, the bells. I mean, I can't stop hearing the bells. How is it that we can have a guy who is a socialist and people know he's a socialist? "Oh, well, it's change." Yeah, that's change all right. Boy is that ever change. What do you think they are going to do when they get in? Inspire, transform, you know, to that new generation that's coming.

Colin Powell says because he's reaching out all across America. I don't even know what the hell that means. Of course he's reaching all across America. He's running for President of the United States. What, is he going to go, "No, I'm only talking to Tennessee." He's reaching out across America. He's reaching for our wallets all across America. Because of who he is. Barack Obama? What do you mean because of who he is? Because he actually had a tough upbringing, made something of himself and then spends his whole life convincing others that they can't make it without him? I mean, it doesn't make any sense. Because of his rhetorical abilities. Oh, because of his rhetorical abilities. Oh, okay. Well, he went with Barack Obama, I was basing my vote on his rhetorical abilities, I was going to go with Mark Twain. Because of his rhetorical, he has both style and substance. Now, you're describing John F. Kennedy. That's the standard of being successful President, being an exceptional President. What's the standard? I don't even know. He also has two other reasons for not liking -- for going with Barack Obama. He didn't like Palin as the VP choice, and he said "I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court." What? How could you possibly -- are you conservative? What are you talking about you'd have a problem with two more conservative -- excuse me? I don't want a conservative on the Supreme Court. I want a constitutionalist. I want a strict constructionist. Somebody who actually knows the name of some of the signers of the Constitution. What do you think?

Oh, my gosh. Stu, did blood shoot out of your eyes? Did it just come right -- how far? Were you looking in the eyes of your lovely wife and she's like, Stu, you got blood all over me."

STU: Yeah, that's the problem. When you watch the news over the weekend, you're bound to get blood all over the room or you are bound -- it's bound to go all over the new furniture. You know, something's going to happen. I don't even understand it. I mean, it's like, you know, we knew, as someone who -- you know, as people who watch this stuff all the time we knew that, you know, Colin Powell was not exactly a hard core conservative but you just -- like it doesn't even seem. You read the list of the reasons he presented on Meet the Press. Where are they? Where's the substance in his reasoning for this endorsement?

GLENN: It's a new generation coming.

STU: It seemed like, honestly like a 14-year-old's, you know, list of requirements.

GLENN: No, he's a transformational figure.

STU: They are all hope and change, are they not?

GLENN: No, because of who he is.

STU: Because of who he is? What does that mean?

GLENN: No, because of his rhetorical abilities.

STU: Is that hope or change? I'm not sure which one.

GLENN: I'm not sure what it is. I mean, look, you know, here's the thing. I think that the Barack Obama campaign has a few of these coming and I think they are just going to start dogpiling here. I think these people are just going to start coming out of the woodwork, people that you trust. You know, again I know that everybody says, "Oh, Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, she's a moron." Let me tell you something. Out of all of them, Sarah Palin is the only one I would really go out and campaign for. And people say, she can't handle what's going on. Well, neither can these people! Do you -- I mean, look at the things that we have going on in this country. Look at the things that are going on. You know, we look at our congress and we expect our congressmen to deal with the issues of the day. The issues of the day? The issues of the day is radical Islam trying to kill us. The issues of the day is possible Weimar Republic from the printing presses and the digitization of our money supply that the Treasury department and the Fed has done. The issues of the day? Running out of energy. The issues of the day. Barack Obama says he wants to outlaw and make CO2 a pollutant. The issues of the day? England. England actually talking about the family, too big, because of the food supply. People should reduce the size of their family. "Well, I'm going to go smother my -- I'm going to go smother a couple of my teenagers to help. The issues of the day? The issues of the day of trying to knit this country back together.

You know, I don't know if anybody saw that Jon Stewart interview, or the Jon Stewart comedy tour that he was up. I think it was up in Boston where he told Sarah Palin to F off? He told her to F off because, oh, here we go again with the small towns in America are the real America. Well, you know what? They are. They are. And only people that are arrogant, so unbelievably arrogant, closed-minded and never leave a big city understand that.

You know, there is something to be said for the America that has been left in the dust and ridiculed and made fun of. Thomas Jefferson talked about farmers. He trusted farmers. Well, you know what? Maybe that's because they had pitchforks, but I'd like to see congress have a few more farmers in it. I'd like to see the White House have a couple of farmers there. I'd like to see my grandfather standing there in the Oval Office the whole time and going, "Well, wait a minute, that doesn't -- what the hell are you guys even talking about? That doesn't make any sense. There's something about the kindness of America. There's something about the rallying together that happens in small towns all the time but is lost on towns like New York and Los Angeles. It took 9/11 to rally a town. In small towns all across America, New York, it needs something to size of 9/11. In small towns all across America it means, it means that Mrs. Holt has cancer. There's something to be said. America is the greatest country on the Earth, but we have turned that into, because of our economic power, because of our military might. We've become the policemen of the entire world, and we have become hated for it. Exactly what happens in our big cities but not our small towns. Our big cities, our police force is hated. Why? Why? Because of political correctness, in some cases because of corruption. In our small towns, our police officers are our friends, our sheriffs are our friends. They are our neighbors. They are here to help us. Our children look up to them. Well, we have become the New York City or the Los Angeles PD of the world. We just look like bullies. There's nothing about protect and serve. We've got to reconnect. We've got to reconnect with that small town that Jon Stewart apparently hates so much. We've got to reconnect with that small town that lives in big cities. We've got to reconnect. We are a beacon. That's why so many people look to the United States. That's why we have so many people attacking us all the time. That's why we have changed the world. We're a beacon for our entire existence. People have looked over across the oceans and seen us and went, "Wow." They don't now, and it's not just our foreign policy.

What do we stand for? I told you after 9/11 we're in bed with Saudi Arabia, we're in bed with Egypt. Of course they hate us in the Middle East. What do we stand for? We don't stand for anything. We'll get into bed with damn near the literal devil for oil. We're going to give people freedom? What does freedom mean anymore? What does freedom mean? We've got to reconnect with the real principles. This is a divine land. This is a land that was preserved for a special purpose. If you go back and you read the history of this land and you'll see every time somebody came to our shore, every time somebody came to our shore and it became about gold and wealth and power and manipulation, they were destroyed, every single time. The Lord has preserved this land for a special purpose. Well, if we become about greed and wealth, believe me as a guy who, man, I've been humbled and I've asked for humility. Lord, help me be a humble man. Oh, never ask for that unless you really want it because he's got a humility hammer that he just starts hammering you on the head with.

To be a real beacon we need to know what's real. We have to know that we're in charge. We have no know what freedom means. We have to look at these polls. Nobody's saying, well, Barack Obama, this is oppressive government. He's going to take away our right to speak if we disagree with the Fairness Doctrine. He's going to take money away from some people and give it to other people. You work hard for every single dollar that you have. 40% think of, 40% of the population, think of the people that you run into every day that you think, how does this person even keep their job? How does this person even make it to the convenience store? How does this person -- they are so unbelievably inept, how do they make it? How do they get hired at this fast food restaurant? Those are the people that are going to be taking money directly out of your pocket, and the middleman is Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They are going to take money out of your pocket and put it into the pocket of the people that have screwed up your order every time you go there! And apparently the rest of the world -- the rest of the country is thinking our problems are so big that we can't handle them. You know what? I just, I don't know what to do. I'm busy taking care of my family. I'm just busy. I just want to be left alone. I don't want to listen to it anymore. That's what they're counting on. Our problems are not that big. I can't tell you the number of people who are in the financial, in the financial world who have come to me. I mean, first was two weeks ago, a friend of mine who said, Glenn, I've been making fun of you behind your back for a long time because you don't have any financial -- you don't know. You don't know what you're talking about. He said I'll never -- he just told me in this weekend: I will never doubt you again on this. Said, how did you know? Because the world is not as complex as you think it is. There are only about five things that we have to believe in. It's not that complex. It's right and wrong. It's common sense. And when everybody starts to make it so unbelievably complex, that's where we go wrong because you start compromising and you start saying, well, okay, yeah, it is complex, we do need that oil; so let's go in there and maybe we can be friends with these people. You can't do it! And for us to survive, which we will, and for us to do more than survive but to thrive and to be that beacon, that shining city on hill again, we're going to need to learn that. And unless America has a leg up, we're going to learn it the hard way. Because again, the Lord doesn't have a hard time just doling that one out. "Here you go. Oh, you didn't get it? Okay. I'll wake you up." I'd much rather wake up on my own, and we have time to do it. Those with eyes will see. Those with ears will hear. Hello. Are your friends hearing?

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history.

The Allied invasion force included 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 planes, and almost three million allied soldiers, airmen and sailors. Despite such numbers, the location and timing of the invasion was still an enormous gamble. The Nazis fully expected such an invasion, they just didn't know precisely when or where it would be.

Despite the enormous logistics involved, the gamble worked and by the end of June 6, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops were ashore in Normandy. The human cost was also enormous – over 4,900 American troops died on D-Day. That number doubled over the next month as they fought to establish a foothold in northern France.

There were five beach landing zones on the coast of northwestern France, divided among the Allies. They gave each landing zone a name. Canada was responsible for "Juno." Britain was responsible for "Gold" and "Sword." And the U.S. had "Utah" and "Omaha."

The Nazis were dug in with bunkers, machine guns, artillery, mines, barbed wire, and other obstacles to tangle any attempt to come ashore. Of the five beaches, Omaha was by far the most heavily defended. Over 2,500 U.S. soldiers were killed at Omaha – the beach so famously depicted in the opening battle sequence of the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan. The real-life assault on Omaha Beach included 34 men in that first wave of attack who came from the same small town of Bedford, Virginia. The first Americans to die on Omaha Beach were the men from Bedford.

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America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it.

America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it. Maybe that's because it wasn't a government project and it's not in Washington DC. It was initiated and financed by veterans and private citizens. It's tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Why is the memorial for one of the most famous days in modern world history in such a tiny town? Because, as a proportion of its population of just 3,200 at the time, no community in the U.S. sacrificed more men on D-Day than Bedford.

There were 34 men in Company A from Bedford. Of those thirty-four, 23 died in the first wave of attacks. Six weeks after D-Day, the town's young telegraph operator was overwhelmed when news of many of the first deaths clattered across the Western Union line on the same day. Name after name of men and families that she knew well. There were so many at once that she had to enlist the help of customers in the pharmacy's soda shop to help deliver them all.

Among those killed in action were brothers Bedford and Raymond Hoback. Bedford was the rambunctious older brother with a fiancée back home that he couldn't wait to return to. Raymond was the quieter, more disciplined younger brother who could often be found reading his Bible. He fell in love with a British woman during his two years in England training for D-Day. Like in that opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, Bedford and Raymond barely made it down the ramp of their Higgins Boat in the swarm of bullets and hot steel before they were cut down in the wet sand.

Bedford and Raymond Hoback's mother, Macie, learned of both their deaths from two separate telegrams, the first on a Sunday morning, the second the following day. Their younger sister, Lucille, remembered her mother's devastation, and her father walking out to the barn to cry.

The day after D-Day, the killing field of Omaha Beach was already transforming into the massive supply port that would help fuel the American drive all the way to Berlin over the next year. A soldier from West Virginia was walking along the beach when he saw something jutting out of the sand. He reached down and pulled it out. He was surprised to find it was a Bible. The inside cover was inscribed with: "Raymond S. Hoback, from mother, Christmas, 1938." The soldier wrote a letter and mailed it with the Bible to Raymond's mother. That Bible, which likely tumbled from Raymond's pack when he fell on D-Day, became Macie Hoback's most cherished possession – the only personal belonging of her son that was ever returned.

Of the 23 Bedford men who died on Omaha Beach, eleven were laid to rest in the American cemetery in Normandy.

These men, many of them barely out of their teens, didn't sign up to march to the slaughter of course. They had hopes and dreams just like you and I. Many of them signed up for adventure, or because of peer pressure, and yes, a sense of honor and duty. Many of the Bedford Boys first signed up for the National Guard just to make a few extra bucks per month, get to hang out with their buddies, and enjoy target practice. But someone had to be first at Omaha Beach and that responsibility fell to the men from Bedford.

Over the last several years, the D-Day anniversary gets increasingly sad. Because each year, there are fewer and fewer men alive who were actually in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The last of the surviving Bedford Boys died in 2009. Most of the remaining D-Day veterans who are still with us are too frail to make the pilgrimage to France for the anniversary ceremonies like they used to.

It's difficult to think about losing these World War II veterans, because once they're all gone, we'll lose that tether to a time when the nation figured out how to be a better version of itself.

Not that they were saints and did everything right. They were as human as we are, with all the fallibility that entails. But in some respects, they were better. Because they went, and they toughed it out, and they accomplished an incredibly daunting mission, with sickening hardship, heartbreak, and terror along the way.

So, what does the anniversary of D-Day mean in 2019?

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough.

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough. You can't learn about the logistics of the operation and above all, the human cost, and not be humbled. But as a society, we have not emphasized well enough the story of D-Day and all that it represents. How can I say that? Because of an example just last weekend, when common sense got booed by Democratic Socialists at the California Democrats' State Convention. When Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said during his speech that "socialism is not the answer," the crowd booed loudly. When did telling the truth about socialism become controversial?

Sure, socialists, and communists and other anti-American factions have always been around. America certainly had socialists in 1944. But the current socialists trying to take over the Democratic Party like a virus don't believe in the D-Day sacrifices to preserve America, because they don't believe America is worth preserving. They are agitating to reform America using the authoritarian playbook that has only ended in death and destruction everywhere it is followed.

Ask a Venezuelan citizen, or an Iraqi Christian, or a North Korean peasant why D-Day still matters in 2019.

The further we move away from caring about pivotal events like June 6, 1944, the less chance of survival we have as a nation.

At the same time, the D-Day anniversary is a reminder that we're not done yet. It's an opportunity for us to remember and let that inform how we live.

Near the end of Saving Private Ryan, the fictional Captain Miller lays dying, and he gives one last instruction to Private Ryan, the young man that he and his unit have sacrificed their lives to rescue in Normandy. He says, "Earn it."

In other words, don't waste the sacrifices that were made so that your life could be saved. Live it well. The message to "earn it" extends to the viewer and the nation as well – can we say we're earning the sacrifices that were made by Americans on D-Day? I cringe to think how our few remaining World War II veterans might answer that.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more. I don't want to believe it's too late for us to rediscover those traits as a nation. I want to believe we can still earn it.

The challenge to "earn it" is a lot of pressure. Frankly, it's impossible. We can't fully earn the liberty that we inherited. But we can certainly try to earn it. Not trying is arrogant and immoral. And to tout socialism as the catch-all solution is naïve, and insulting to the men like those from Bedford who volunteered to go defend freedom. In truly striving to earn it, we help keep the flame of liberty aglow for future generations. It is necessary, honorable work if freedom is to survive.

The end of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is remarkably relevant for every anniversary of June 6, 1944. This is what D-Day still means in 2019:

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Letter from Corporal H.W. Crayton to Mr. and Mrs. Hoback – parents of Bedford and Raymond Hoback who were both killed in action on June 6, 1944

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July 9, 1944 Somewhere in France

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hoback:

I really don't know how to start this letter to you folks, but will attempt to do something in words of writing. I will try to explain in the letter what this is all about.

While walking along the Beach D-day Plus One, I came upon this Bible and as most any person would do I picked it up from the sand to keep it from being destroyed. I knew that most all Bibles have names & addresses within the cover so I made it my business to thumb through the pages until I came upon the name above. Knowing that you no doubt would want the Book returned I am sending it knowing that most Bibles are a book to be cherished. I would have sent it sooner but have been quite busy and thought it best if a short period of time elapsed before returning it.

You have by now received a letter from your son saying he is well. I sincerely hope so.

I imagine what has happened is that your son dropped the Book without any notice. Most everybody who landed on the Beach D-Day lost something. I for one as others did lost most of my personal belongings, so you see how easy it was to have dropped the book and not know about it.

Everything was in such a turmoil that we didn't have a chance until a day or so later to try and locate our belongings.

Since I have arrived here in France I have had occasion to see a little of the country and find it quite like parts of the U.S.A. It is a very beautiful country, more so in peace time. War does change everything as it has this country. One would hardly think there was a war going on today. Everything is peaceful & quiet. The birds have begun their daily practice, all the flowers and trees are in bloom, especially the poppies & tulips which are very beautiful at this time of the year.

Time goes by so quickly as it has today. I must close hoping to hear that you receive the Bible in good shape.

Yours very truly,

Cpl. H.W. Crayton

It's not as easy as it used to be for billion-dollar entertainment empires like The Walt Disney Company. It would be more streamlined for Disney to produce its major motion pictures in its own backyard. After all, abortion in California is readily available, as well as a protected, cherished right. And since abortion access is critical for movie production, right up there with lighting equipment and craft services, you would think California would be the common-sense choice for location shooting. Alas, even billion-dollar studios must pinch pennies these days. So, in recent years, Disney, among other major Hollywood studios, has been farming out production to backwater Southern lands like Georgia, and even Louisiana. Those states offer more generous tax breaks than Disney's native California. As a result, Georgia for example, played host to much of the shooting for the recent worldwide box office smash Avengers: Endgame.

But now it looks like it's Georgia's endgame. The state recently passed what is known as a "heartbeat" bill – a vicious, anti-woman law that would try to make pregnant women allow their babies to be born and actually live. It's a bridge too far for a major studio like Disney, which was largely built on creating family entertainment. How can Disney possibly go about making quality movies, often aimed at children, without access to unfettered abortion? It's unconscionable. Lack of abortion access makes it nearly impossible to shoot movies. So, what's a major studio to do? Disney might have considered migrating its business to Louisiana, but that state too has now signed a heartbeat bill into law. It's utter madness.

These monstrous anti-abortion bills, coupled with having to live under President Trump, has led Disney to seek a new home for its legendary movie magic. Last week, Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, announced that all future Disney movies will now be filmed on location in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda.

"Disney and Wakanda are a match made in heaven," Iger told reporters. "Wakanda was, until recently, a secret kingdom, much like our own Magic Kingdom. With this new partnership, we'll not only get to continue our legacy of making movies that parents and children everywhere enjoy together, but we'll get to do so in a safe space that reveres abortion as much as we do."

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion.

As home to the most advanced technology in the world – and with the planet's highest per-capita concentration of wokeness – Wakanda offers women painless, hassle-free abortion on demand. As the Wakandan health ministry website explains, the complete absence of any white-patriarchal-Judeo-Christian influence allows women in Wakanda to have complete control of their own bodies (with the exception of females who are still fetuses). As winner of the U.N.'s 2018 Golden Forceps award (the U.N.'s highest abortion honor) Wakanda continues its glowing record on abortion. That makes it an ideal location for Disney's next round of live-action remakes of its own animated movies in which the company plans to remove all male characters.

Iger says he hopes to convince Wakandan leadership to share their top-secret vibranium-based abortion procedure technology so that American women can enjoy the same convenient, spa-like abortion treatment that Wakandan women have enjoyed for years.

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion. Disney plans to boycott and/or retaliate against the other 51 African nations, as well as any U.S. states, that restrict abortion. Specific plans are being kept under wraps, but sources say Disney's potential retaliation may include beaming Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the offending territories on a continuous, indefinite loop.

When asked how Wakanda's futuristic capital city and distinctly African landscape would be able to double for American movie locations, Iger said, "I guess America will just have to look more like Wakanda from now on."

One potential wrinkle for the Left-leaning studio is the fact that Wakanda has an impenetrable border wall-shield-thing designed to keep out foreign invaders as well as illegal immigrants. Iger said he understands Wakanda's policy of exclusivity, adding, "After all, not everyone gets into Disneyland. You have to have a ticket to get in. Anyone is welcome, but you have to go through the process of getting a ticket." When one reporter pointed out that Iger's answer sounded like the conservative argument for legal immigration under the rule of law, Iger insisted that the reporter was "a moronic fascist."

What if the unthinkable happens and Florida also enacts its own "heartbeat" law? That would be problematic since Walt Disney World is located in Florida. Iger responded that Disney would "cross that bridge if we get to it" but that the most likely scenario would entail "dismantling Disney World piece-by-piece and relocating it to the actual happiest place on earth – Wakanda." As for whether Disney would ever open character-themed abortion clinics inside its theme parks, Iger remained coy, but said, "Well, it is the place where dreams come true."

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice.

When pressed about the cost of ramping up production in a secretive African kingdom that has no existing moviemaking infrastructure (which could easily end up being much more expensive than simply shooting in California) Iger said, "You can't put a price tag on abortion freedom. Wakanda Forever and Abortion Forever!"

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice. And that will be welcome relief to traditional families all over the world who keep the Walt Disney Company in business.

*Disclaimer: The preceding story is a parody. Bob Iger did not actually say any of the quotes in the story. Neither is Wakanda an actual nation on planet Earth.

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From his suicidal days and his battle with drugs and alcohol, it was his wife Tania and his faith that saved him. All his ups and downs have given him the gift of empathy and he says he now understands the "cry for mercy" — something he wishes he'd given out more of over the years.

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One of these times I'm going to go on vacation, and I'm just not going to come back. I learn so much on a farm.

You want to know how things work, go spend a summer on a farm. You're having problems with your son or daughter, go spend a summer on a farm.

My son changed. Over two weeks.

Getting him out of bed, getting him to do anything, is like insane. He's a 15-year-old kid. Going all through the normal 15-year-old boy stuff. Getting him on the farm, where he was getting up and actually accomplishing stuff, having to build or mend fences, was amazing. And it changed him.

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Our society does not allow our kids to grow up, ever. I am convinced that our 15-year-olds could be fixing all kinds of stuff. Could be actually really making an impact in a positive way in our society. And what's wrong with our society is, we have gotten away from how things actually work. We're living in this theoretical world. When you're out on a farm, there's no theory here. If it rains, the crops will grow. If it rains too much, the crops won't grow.

If there's no sun, they won't grow. If there's too much sun, they'll shrivel up and die. There's no theory. We were out mending fences. Now, when I say the phrase to you, mending fences, what does that mean? When you think of mending fences, you think of, what?

Coming together. Bringing people together. Repairing arguments.

I've never mended a fence before until I started stringing a fence and I was like, "I ain't doing this anymore! Where is it broken? Can't we just tie a piece of barbed wire together?"

Let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

That's called mending fences.

And why do you mend fences? So your animals don't get out and start to graze on somebody else's land. When your fence goes down, your cow is now on somebody else's land. And your cow is now eating their food.

We look at the phrase, mending fences as saying, hey. You know, we were both wrong. Mending fences has nothing to do with that.

Mending fences means build a wall. My neighbors and I, we're going to get along fine, as long as my cows don't go and steal their food, or their cows don't come over and steal my cow's food.

We're perfectly neighborly with each other, until one of us needs to mend a fence, because, dude, you got to mend that, because your cows keep coming over and eating my food.

You know what we need to do with Mexico? Mend fences.

Now, that's a phrase. You hear build a wall. That's horrible.

No, no, no. We need to mend fences.

In a farming community, that means putting up an electric fence. That means putting up barbed wire.

So the cows — because the cows will — they'll stick their head through barbed wire. And they'll eat the grass close to the road. Or eat the grass close to the other side of the fence. And they'll get their heads in between those fences. And they can't get out sometimes. Because the grass is always greener on the other side. You look at these damn cows and say turn around, cow — there's plenty of stuff over here.

No. They want the grass on the other side of the fence.

So you mend it.

And if it's really bad, you do what we do. We had to put an electric fence up. Now, imagine putting an electric fence up. That seems pretty radical and expensive.

Does it really work? Does it shock them? What does that feel like to a cow?

The cows hit it once, and then they don't hit it again. They can actually hear the buzz of the electric fence. There's a warning. Don't do it. Don't do it. They hear the current and they hit it once and they're like, "I'm not going to do that again."

So you mend fences, which means, keep your stuff on your side. I like you. We're good neighbors. You keep your stuff on your side and I'll keep my stuff on my side and we'll get together at the town hall and we'll see each other at the grocery store. Because we're good neighbors. But what stops us from fighting is knowing that there is a fence there.

This is my stuff. That's your stuff. But we can still trade and we'll help each other. But let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

You can have a tough fence. It could be a giant wall. It could be an electric fence. But you need one. And that's how you come together.

The side that's having the problem, mends the fence.