Glenn Beck: Valkyrie



What a better way to spend Christmas Day than in the movie theaters watching a movie about World War II and the Nazis...

GLENN: So I went to see Valkyrie, I think it was on Christmas Day. I said to a friend who I went with, we took our older kids and I said, there's nothing like the holiday, you know, to celebrate like a good Nazi movie. And we both found it really intense. And I was sharing in the break with Stu a couple of things that I thought of, and I want to share them with you. First of all, I thought of -- the first thing that I thought of was this is really a dangerous time for a movie like this to come out because it can give people just crazy ideas. And I thought, well, wait a minute, how long does it take for a movie to be made? This was made -- and I have no idea who was involved in it, what their motivation was but, you know, just liberal Hollywood. Was this movie made as a statement on George W. Bush, that he's taken us to fascism? Which I agree that they've laid -- both parties have laid the foundations for fascism. Whether we get there or not, I don't know. I hope not. But they've laid that foundation.

So was this a liberal thing to say that? And then on the other side, God forbid if you're not -- and I mean this sincerely. Please, if you pray with your family, please pray every night for our Secret Service, please pray that they are wide eyed and aware and they have God's finger behind them because, gosh, if anybody does stupid in today's world, we are just in for just nightmare trouble. So please pray for the Secret Service and our President and our incoming President.

Anyway, but you take all of that stuff out of it and then you look at it from this perspective. At what point do citizens say, "This is not my country anymore?" What was the line that Tom Cruise said, "I'm sworn to serve the German..."

STU: Country, not the party.

GLENN: Which is not true. They changed that. You swore an allegiance to Hitler.

STU: Oh, yeah. Specific allegiance to the man, not just the party but the man.

GLENN: So at what point do you say it's gone too far? At what point was the population of Germany saying holy cow, did we make a huge mistake and it's too late now, you know? I wonder if there's any good books on that or any good movies or documentaries. Has anybody ever read anything where it traces back the tipping point? Where is the tipping point on fascism? Because it doesn't just appear overnight. You know what I mean? It's a series of events that plant the seeds. And where is the tipping point in fascism?

STU: Well, you've talked about a bunch of times how Hitler was not elected with a majority. You know, he wasn't widely supported, but he wound up winning with a, you know, kind of mish mash sort of coalition. And then there were plenty of Nazis who saw him going too far. I don't even know that they -- did they even turn on fascism per se or did they turn on the -- 

GLENN: No, they didn't. Mussolini was wildly popular.

STU: Wildly popular.

GLENN: In the United States.

STU: In the United States. I mean, with Jonah Goldberg's book, you read that, Liberal Fascism, it was among the left, Mussolini was very popular.

GLENN: Oh, FDR. Hitler loved FDR. Mussolini was loved by FDR. I mean, it's -- you know, I went and I looked some stuff up in Mein Kampf. Do you know that Hitler wrote about the American civil war and states rights?

STU: No.

GLENN: Did you know that?

STU: Didn't reed Mein Kampf.

GLENN: Oh, you didn't?

STU: That's not on my Kindle.

GLENN: Oh, you should read Mein Kampf. It will blow your mind.

STU: It's poorly written, isn't it? I've always heard it's poorly written.

GLENN: But it will blow your mind, Stu, at how clear everything is and nobody really paid attention to it. And it sold more copies than the Bible. So everybody was reading it. Because I read it. When I first started trying to figure out what I believe in, I went back, because I am -- Beck obviously the last name and German, German descent although my people were over here in the 1800s and -- we saw it coming. And so I go back because I thought, what did the people that I'm obviously related to, what did they -- did they know? How do you do that? How do you go down that road? So I went and I read Mein Kampf. It's been 15 years. It will blow your mind. It will blow your mind. And in it he talks about, you know, the American civil war, or he has writings on the American civil war where he talked about the state creates -- the regime creates the states; the states don't create the regime. And he flipped it all upside on its head. And he was trying to do the same thing.

I mean, there was a tipping point for Hitler, and at what point did people say, "You know what, I shall say something," but they didn't. And then they said, "Gee, now it's too late." And the other thing that I thought of in watching that movie is -- and I don't know if you noticed this, Stu. Did you notice how many people were willing to step gladly to the table to topple that regime but only when they thought they were winning? If it didn't look like they were going to win, they were on the other side, strongly on the other side. "I'm against you, unless you're winning. Then I'm for you."

STU: I took that more as they actually did believe Hitler was bad, but they were just afraid.

GLENN: Oh, terrified.

STU: I mean, and it's easy to go back and say now, "Oh, well, this guy was a hero and everything and if I were back there, of course I would have wanted to kill Hitler.

GLENN: I don't -- I honestly -- see, that was the thing that wore me out. I'm not sure who I would have been in that movie.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: You know what the best -- and I don't want to give it away, but at the ending there was just some words on the screen. I actually breathed a sigh of relief when I read the last part of it. Do you know what I'm talking about? See, we're not the same people on this. I breathed a sigh of relief because I kept thinking the whole time, I'm like, who are these people and what happened to them? And, my gosh, who would you be? Would you put your family at stake? Would you put your life at stake for that?

STU: Yeah. I think it would be so easy to convince yourself someone else will do it.

GLENN: Someone else.

STU: "I can't risk my family's life, I can't do all these things." And it's like -- you know, and not to mention that maybe I should work within the system to try to fix it. Maybe there's still a way.

GLENN: Or, "It can't last."

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: "It can't last. It's got to fall apart."

STU: Because this happened when the war was coming to a close.

GLENN: To a close. And so it's going to fall a part, it's going to fall apart, it can't last." Or the things that the Germans did say afterwards was, "No, we didn't believe those stories."

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Because you don't want to believe those. Can you imagine if somebody said, "Yeah, your government is gassing Jews." You would say no way.

STU: They say that about Bush. They say, oh, he's torturing people here and he's killing people there indiscriminantly. There are some things, obviously there's always, you know, mistakes and tragedies and everything else but, you know, I do not believe -- and this goes for Clinton, for Bush, for Obama, I don't believe these people have the hearts to go in and murder people indiscriminantly. That's not the way we are.

GLENN: Remember when they were saying that Bill Clinton was bombing aspirin factories just to get his name out of it. Do you remember what I said, Stu? I said at the time if you believe that our President could kill innocent people to take his name off the front page of the newspaper, we are in bigger trouble than I think we're in. I just don't, I don't believe that and I don't want to believe that. And maybe that's the tipping point to where you really understand. Because right now I don't believe that. But when you do believe that but you choose not to believe it.

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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