Glenn Beck: We the Chimps


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GLENN: Hey, you know what's really, you know what's really great? Did you hear -- this is so good. Did you hear about H. R. 80 that was passed yesterday by the house?

STU: Actually I don't know if -- I don't know why you didn't come by, but we did have that H.R. 80 party yesterday.

GLENN: Yeah, we were so excited about H.R. 80. A lot of people don't know what H.R. 80 is, but the science is settled on the people that don't know about H.R. 80.

STU: Can you imagine living your life not having knowledge about H.R. 80?

GLENN: No, uh-uh. That, of course -- let me talk down to you -- is the Captive Primate Safety Act. H.R. 80, of course, is our government hard at work for you.

Stu, let's just call the conversation that we had about 7:00 this morning when you were sitting in my office and the sun was starting to rise over the beautiful Chrysler building and the eagles on the sides of that building were being struck by the sunlight and the ribbons that are going down the front of the Empire State building were just being kissed by the sunlight in the morning and it was just a beautiful rosy red sky this morning and I said to you, Stu, they just passed the chimp act in the House of Representatives. And you said, "Oh. So now you can't have any monkeys at your house?" And I said yes. Look at that beautiful sky. Breathtaking.

STU: It was, wasn't it.

GLENN: And I said, Stu, why would you say that they passed that?

STU: Is it because chimps might be tearing the face off of people?

GLENN: That was a good idea. The chimps might be tearing the face off of people. That's a good reason to pass H.R. 80, sure, okay.

STU: Could it be that they're worried that chimps being pets may lead to more cartoons that are offensive?

GLENN: That's a possibility.

STU: Could be that.

GLENN: Stu said to me because of the chimp thing, and I said, okay, now be your cynical self, your most cynical self. What was the answer? Do you remember your answer? Or were you too busy looking at the glistening of the sunlight?

STU: I was too stunned by the beauty of the ribbons.

GLENN: It's morning in America. Whew, it's going to be a very bad day if this is morning in America. Here it is. I said to Stu, what is your most cynical way to look at this? And you say -- and he said it was just because it was on TV.

STU: In the news, everyone was talking about chimps for some reason, let's make a law about it.

GLENN: So it wasn't even about saving people having their face ripped off. It was because, look at us, we're involved in doing something, we're helping people. I said, even you are not cynical enough. Listen to the name of H.R. 80 again: The captive primitive safety act. I'm sorry, primate. I don't have my glasses on. Captive Primate Safety Act. This was a bill introduced in congress by the humane society to make sure the chimps, like the one that ripped the face off of a human being, would never be held captive in a cage at a home because that's cruel and unusual punishment. They weren't doing your bidding. When you thought you were being cynical and thought to yourself these people are just trying to get their name in the paper, they're just trying to look good like they're just helping people out, they're wasting time banning monkeys in our country. Oh, yeah, I don't know about you but, boy, do we have -- my neighborhood is just riddled with chimpanzees. It's crazy with chimpanzees. Everybody's got a chimpanzee ready to rip your face off. How is this possible? When you are cynical and you think they're wasting your money on a chimpanzee problem, then you realize, "No, you're not cynical enough." This was to protect not you but the chimpanzees! I can't --

STU: Is this not --

GLENN: I can't take it.

STU: -- essentially like they pass a law saying that you can't create an engine that sucks birds into it? Because it's not protecting the people.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: It's protecting the birds.

GLENN: Yes, yes. This would be like them saying there's a new "You can't land planes on rivers anymore. We're going to have a new superjet engine that we're designing right now so that won't happen again." When you find out that it wasn't about the people that landed in the river and it wasn't about a jet. It was about to make sure that there's no jets in the sky because they might hurt the poor little birds. Who the hell is running this country? Oh, no, I'm cynical enough to answer that question. I know exactly who's running this country. Crazy people.

 

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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