Glenn Beck: Political Geek Update

Its sad when our best hope is that the Democrats don’t get 60 seats in the Senate...

GLENN: Let's go quickly to Stu and get our election report.

STU: We're focusing on the Senate again, Glenn, trying to keep the Democrats away from 60 seats. That is the big number. The four must-win states for Republicans: Mississippi where they are currently leading by at least one, in other polls even more; Georgia by two they lead; Texas by 6 they lead; and the other one is in Kentucky where McConnell leads by 4 and a couple of other polls are actually even more optimistic about that. But an interesting thing has happened in this race. There was a debate the other day and after the debate was over, basically where you could have tape recorders that you could put on the little, on the podium and when the debate was over, McConnell's opponent, the Democrat, stole the tape recorder off -- stole the Republican tape recorder off of the podium.

GLENN: How would he --

STU: Now, this is all on camera because, of course, it's a debate. Now, you wonder why you would put a tape recorder on the podium. Some people was saying because there were audio problems, the other people were saying they were trying to catch him saying something under his breath. But it was apparently allowed by the rules. So we have actually the tape. What happened was he took the tape. It started going between some of his aides. They eventually erased it but they digitally recovered the tape. This is actual audio of the tape. You can hear -- what you're going to hear here basically is a lot of static, a lot of rustling around in this tape recorder because they were stupid enough to steal it but not turn it off. So it was continually recording. You can hear what appears to be the Democratic opponent saying "Don't give it back to them."

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

STU: It's unbelievable. And then at the end you'll actually hear them walk into the bathroom and hear toilets flushing and they still hadn't turned it off. Eventually --

GLENN: Turn the music off for a second, Dan, so we can really hear. This is very difficult for you to hear. It's very obnoxious audio, but listen to this.

(Audio playing)

STU: Rustling around, walking toward the bathroom now. Hear the audio cut down a little. And there's the toilet flushing.

GLENN: That's just unbelievable. I mean, can you -- I mean, look what we're looking to put into congress, people who steal -- we've got 4-year-olds stealing tape recorders and saying, don't give it back to them, don't give it back to them.

STU: It's unbelievable.

GLENN: That should -- you know what? Let me tell you something. I know the good people of Kentucky. You should not vote for anybody, I don't care what side that was on, I'd be saying if it was McConnell, you do not vote for somebody who is a thief, a knowing thief because he's going to come in the middle of the night and check your wallet.

STU: We project two more states in the presidential race today with 100% accuracy. Today Iowa for Barack Obama and Idaho for John McCain. The current electoral vote count, McCain 131, Barack Obama 95.

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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