Glenn gets the blogs buzzing




Worst-Case Scenario No. 3


Glenn Beck on Fox News, Feb 20, 2009.

GLENN: I tell you this because of what happened on Friday's television show. Something that quite frankly if you saw it, I hope you saw the shock on my face. I had Michael Scheuer, and Michael Scheuer was the head of the CIA Bin Laden unit. He was the guy during the Clinton administration who was saying, "Please let's go get Bin Laden, please let's go get him. Really we've got to do something." They didn't. He was the guy who was coordinating getting him in the caves after 9/11. He stayed on with George W. Bush because he said neither side is serious about this. The Republicans and the Democrats. Neither will do the right thing. He told me at one point about the chatter that he heard. I mean, he was there. The cave was there. Bin Laden was in the cave, escaped because the White House wouldn't move fast enough. And that was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back for Michael Scheuer, guy who I quite honestly hated the first time I spoke to him because I was still in bed with George W. Bush. I was still thinking, "No, no, come on." And I hated him the first time, but I listened to him because I'm the kind of guy that I listen to both sides and I listen to extremes to be able to find out what the truth is, and it's usually some place in the middle. This guy is, he's credible. I had him on. Tim Strong was also on. He was with special forces. He was one of the first guys into Iraq this time around. You know, he's a guy who knows. He is also a guy who has been watching what's called the Bubba effect and that is something happens down at the border, somebody's protecting their land, somebody gets killed or there's drugs or whatever and something happens and normally most people would say, okay, you've got to go get that guy because he killed somebody, or whatever. And the police come in, the FBI or ATF come in and because there's such dissatisfaction and such distrust of our government that the people who normally would stand with the FBI or whatever turn on the FBI and say, "You know what, I don't agree with what he did, but you're part of the problem. So you've got to come through me to get him." And then all hell breaks loose. Well, we've been talking to you about this now for two years. It is something that I sensed in my gut when I went down to Texas over two years ago and I said, "Warning, America," and that's when I really started ringing the bell and I told every senator, every congressman I heard. Every time I would get in touch with them, every time I would speak to them, "Please, you must not injure the American people because something's coming. Something is brewing." Well, now it's brewing overseas and you're already starting to see the riots overseas. The reason why I bring this up is because I got in this morning and Stu said to me, "Glenn, did you see all of the blogs about you left and right from Friday's broadcast." What I said on Friday's broadcast when they told me, when Michael Sauer was on and he said -- you know, I said explain the Bubba effect. And he said people are going to take, you know, into their own hands. And I said, okay, what do we do to stop this. And he said, quite frankly, Mr. Beck, you don't. And I said, excuse me? And he said, "You don't. There are people that feel that, you know, this government has betrayed the American people and you don't. You let that play out." And I said -- I hope I did at least, I know I was thinking it -- "That's crazy. You can't do this." So we're going to pursue that line of thinking on the television show. And Stu said that blogs came after me hard left and right for what we did on Friday. What did they say, Stu?

STU: Well, I mean, you kind of would expect, I suppose, the left wing, you know, attacks which were generally, I would furious and --

GLENN: Well, are they -- you know, I don't read any of this stuff. So I don't know. Were they just coming after me because they were saying, "Oh, well, he's just coming after Obama," et cetera, et cetera? Is that kind of the --

STU: I would say yes. Most of them seemed to think that you just started talking about disenfranchisement in the last four weeks.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Which is interesting because all the research you'd need to look at our, I don't know, free e-mail newsletter for the last two years, I mean, it's a lot of research.

GLENN: I know.

STU: But I mean, anyone who would bother doing any research has known you were talking about that for a long time.

GLENN: Yeah. And I want to make this really extraordinarily clear. I've got a couple of things to say on this, but let me give you this one first and that is this is not a Republican/Democrat thing. It may be, it may have been even worse if John McCain were elected. I don't know. But it is not about Obama, it is not about Bush. It is about both sides. First of all, it was on the left feeling disenfranchised in 2000 with Al Gore and the way that was played. And then the right started playing that as well, and they just started attacking each other and so people just got polarized into their positions and couldn't see logic anymore and then George Bush and the Republicans betrayed the American people that voted and fought for them because they got into this big government, they didn't protect the border, they weren't making common sense as conservatives saw it, and I believe that the Democrats, when they are honest with themselves, when it finally dawns on them, are going to feel the same way about their party as the Republicans feel about theirs right now and that is they don't really stand for anything. So this is not a right/left Republican/Democrat. This is a power/money/corruption thing.

STU: Right. And I think actually if it's more -- it's a better fit actually with the McCain thing because what it started was that your side letting you down and so you feel like even when you win, I have no power. That's really the disenfranchisement you've been talking about. It's like even when the guy I elected gets in office.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: The things we were told was going to happen are still not happening.

GLENN: Yeah, they are taking us to the same destination. It doesn't matter who wins. One's taking us quicker there than the other. I would not give George Bush the power of the PATRIOT Act today, and I would have given it really to Bill Clinton had he asked for it. You've got to remember you most likely don't know because you may not have listened to me for very long, but I'm a guy who fought for Bill Clinton going in and shooting Osama Bin Laden, you know. And as crazy -- you have to -- remember, my job is to bring you messages. My job is to bring you the news as I see it, not anything other than my analysis of the news. That's my job. Okay, I did that in 1999, and the right reared up and, "How dare you. You're just trying to..." when I said there will be bodies and buildings and blood in the streets of New York if you don't get Osama Bin Laden. You've got to listen to this guy and take him at his word. He's bluffing. And the right came after me because the right thought I was trying to defend Bill Clinton. We have got to stop talking about politics and look at the hard truth. Had we gone in in 1999 or 1998 and gotten Osama Bin Laden, the world may have been completely different. We may not have had -- we may have, but we may not have had 9/11.

Now, we can either make this about politics, we can make this about the messenger or we can listen to the message and say, "We don't want this to happen." And anybody who is in the sound of my voice, if you think that I am for you and a civil uprising, you're out of your mind. And let me explain why. If you think you're going to be Thomas Jefferson and the blood of patriots will have to be spilled so it will replenish the tree of liberty, if you think that this is 1776, you're sadly mistaken. This is the French Revolution that would be coming our way, not the American Revolution, and there's a huge difference. One of them ended really badly. One of them ended with a guillotine, one of them ended with really bad people taking charge. It didn't work and here's why. Because in France they had disconnected from God. They didn't -- they were not rooted in God and honor. It was a totally different thing. Benjamin Franklin said, "I don't think we can do this revolution. I don't think we can have it," until he started listening to the people and realizing that the people were honorable, that they were God-centered, that they were not in it for blood, they were not in it for power, they were not in it for their own agenda. They were doing it because they felt that it was the right thing to do, it was right for the freedom of man. You've got another thing coming, jack, if you think the majority is ready for a revolution and is even mentally prepared spiritually to be able to pick sides and know which is right. There are crazy people that are in the Aryan Nation, that are in the 9/11 truthers, that are in -- that are just pure anarchists, there are Marxists, there are foreign countries that would like this land. You are crazy to do anything to destabilize this country, crazy. We must work within the framework. We must be people to get together and sit down and talk. We must vote people out and only vote people in that have some shred of honor and common decency. The world is a very dangerous place and if anybody thinks that I am calling for or wishing for or hoping for, you're out of your mind. I understand what this means. I understand no one wants to hear it. I understand that it puts my job, my life, everything in jeopardy. I get it. But it's not going to stop me from telling you the truth, and the truth is we are headed for rage. And the truth is if anybody acts on that rage, we are in deeper trouble than even I think we're in.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

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.