Glenn Beck: Who said it?


The Obama National Anthem...

GLENN: Our new National Anthem and we bought it for a pair of Michelle Obama's earrings which, you know, under $600. What are you going to do with it? Write a song or buy some earrings? Welcome to the program. You know, I was just talking to Stu when we first did this and we actually couldn't get a professional singer in New York to record that. We couldn't get one in Philadelphia to record that, either. No professional singer would do it because they said we're not going to make fun of Obama; it's just not right to make fun of Obama. This is when he was a candidate. And we thought, "Oh, boy, are we in trouble." And I remember saying to Stu -- and Stu, do you remember this when we were kind of like, you know, hopefully he's going to get in. But I mean, he's got such spooky stuff, but -- and we get calls: "Oh, he's not a Marxist. This stuff is crazy. He's not going to do..." can you believe how far we've come if four weeks?

STU: I don't think we've ever said the sentence, hopefully he gets in and stopped there. There's a little bit more to that, just clarify.

GLENN: I mean, hopefully he gets in and none of this is going to happen.

STU: We all hoped for change.

GLENN: Yeah, from his, like, from his past, not his stated policies. I'd take his stated policies at this point.

STU: Well, he's one of the guys that if you listen to the words he says, they are not particularly horrible all the time.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: It's the policies that he tries to implement that are that bad. Like he's not saying these things overtly. He is trying to couch them --

GLENN: May I --

STU: What sounds like conservative values sometimes.

GLENN: You are such a hate monger and I don't know why. May I, may I share, in the effort to be fair.

STU: In the spirit of hopity changism?

GLENN: In the spirit of the fairness act, let me present the other side, okay?

STU: Sure.

GLENN: Because not everybody hates him. Not everybody -- and I don't hate him. I just think he's going to destroy us. I mean, I just -- but not everybody -- you know, hey, I'm crazy maybe. You know what I mean? I say he's a Marxist. That's crazy talk, right?

STU: Right.

GLENN: So let me just, let me give the other side. You tell me who said this. This is from a speech. It happened just at the end of last month: I was standing on the Washington mall on inauguration day alongside nearly two million other people and proudly watched the first African-American take the oath of office in our nation's history. That alone made the day deeply memorable and joyful and historic. But I couldn't help but think -- and I'm sure millions of others had the same thought -- that the transfer of power from Bush to President Obama not only tore down a barrier that once was thought near impenetrable but also signified the fading away of one era and the beginning of another.

So far, yeah, I think so. Who said it. Any idea?

It was not hard to think that on this cold day in our nation's capital that the worst of the past 30 years of right-wing extremist rule is behind us and that an era of progressive change is within reach, no longer an idle dream. Just look at the lay of the hand. A friend of labor and its allies sit in the White House. Larger Democratic majorities control congress. A feeling of renewal and hope is in the air. Public opinion polls show a high favorable rating among our new president and the labor and the people's movement that was so instrumental in the election's outcome after a short holiday pause is off and running. Meanwhile the Republican Party notwithstanding its efforts to distance himself from arguably the worst president in our history is on the defensive. Its grassroots constituency is dispirited and its governing philosophy of free markets and minimal government, fear and division and especially racist division has been discredited.

You know who it is yet? Any name? Know who it is, who might be saying that?

Given the situation, the Obama administration faces daunting challenges. Nevertheless the president in my view is off to a quick start. In less than two weeks he has issued an order to close Guantanamo and end torture, practices that stain our image, violate our Constitution and endangers our troops on the field. He signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill that would give much greater scope to workers' discrimination claims as well as a bill that would extend healthcare to millions of children. Who likes discrimination? Nobody. How about children? Who wants to see them, you know, die of malaria or whatever disease they may have that they don't have insurance for? Nobody.

He's released funds to clinics that serve women's healthcare needs in developing countries. He's expressed support for higher fuel efficiency standards for motor vehicles, something United Autoworkers union also supports. He opened up greatly needed dialogue with the Muslim and Arab world. He dispatched George Mitchell to the Middle East in hopes of mediating the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a conflict that cannot be solved by military means. The president met with military generals to map out withdrawal plans for Iraq. Of course, the Obama administration's immediate challenge will be to revive the economy and the overarching question is, from where will the economic recovery come from in the near term?

By the way, do you know who this is yet? Any idea who might be saying these words?

The only answer is through massive injections of money from the federal government into the economy, into the hands of people who will spend it. Lagging demand for goods and services is the problem. In this regard the president stimulus bill passed this week in the house should be welcomed and supported. Despite what Republicans say, it's a good bill that will ease the pain of this crisis, create jobs, begin to reinflate the economy. Some economists like Paul Krugman say it isn't enough, that a trillion dollars plus an additional infrastructure spending would be better. I'd agree with Krugman, but I'd also see the current bill as the first installment of the administration's recovery plan. In fact, Krugman may have the economics right but the politics are wrong.

Any idea? Who do you think it is, Stu? Any idea yet?

STU: No, I have no idea.

GLENN: It could be anybody really on the, you know, the Democratic -- could be Nancy Pelosi. Do you think?

STU: Yeah, could be.

GLENN: Could be?

Both economic stimulus and political economic restructuring are necessary if the U.S. economy is to have a chance of resuming developmental growth past that is robust sustainable, in a double sense, economically and environmentally.

Ah, got to be Nancy Pelosi. Now we're getting into the environment.

STU: Seems like it could be in the mainstream party.

GLENN: It favors the working class and its allies. So let's beat up on the rich a little bit. If this is the case the Obama coalition and the broad case that supports him will almost inevitably have to consider -- and they already are considering -- some of the following measures. So they are already -- so it must be somebody in the know because they know they are already considering these. Public ownership of the financial system and the elimination of a shadow banking system. Okay, well, I mean, we know that because they're talking about that. Public control of the Federal Reserve Bank. Countercrisis spending of a bigger size and scope to invigorate and sustain a full recovery and meet human needs, something that the new deal never accomplished. Strengthening of the union rights. Okay, they are doing all of these things. Trade agreements that will have at their core the protection and advancement of an international working class interest. Democratic public takeover of the energy complex. Well, they are kind of doing that, aren't they? I mean, we're talking about now the coal plants are going down, et cetera, et cetera? A readiness to consider the takeover of other basic industries whose future is problematic in private hands. We're talking about that with GM and Chrysler now. Turning education, child care and healthcare into no-profit zones. Aren't we really doing that? Aren't we doing that now as we give more universal healthcare and we're talking about free education, universal education all the way through college? Rerouting investment capital from unproductive investment, military, finance and so forth, to productive investment in a green economy and public infrastructure. We're doing that, aren't we? Changing the direction of our nation's foreign policy towards cooperation, disarmament and diplomacy. We're doing that. We're talking about dismantling, you know, the idea of having some sort of a missile shield. We're talking to everybody. Clinton was in Syria talking. A full scale assault on global warming -- we're doing that. And the last one is serious and sustained commitment to assisting the developing countries which are locked in poverty and misery. Well, that's a good thing that Gordon Brown is in town speaking to congress today because that's what he'd like to do as well.

We can disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Our tone should be respectful. We now not only have a friend but we have an advocate in the White House. Who's saying this, Stu?

STU: This is impossible. I mean, it could be anybody in the Democratic Party.

GLENN: Could be.

STU: Could be anybody, any politician on the left. I have no idea.

GLENN: Staring us in the face are immediate challenges. Finally -- this is what he says, we've got to do these things: We have to support the passage of the president's stimulus bill in the Senate. It passed. Second, we have to block any Republican efforts to derail the nomination of Hilda Solis, the nominee for the secretary of labor. That's already -- she's already been confirmed. This is the first round in the battle to pass the employee free choice act. So it's got to be somebody very pro union. Which will dramatically expand the right to join a union in this country. Third, we have to join others in resisting evictions and foreclosure, not to mention cutbacks and layoffs at the state and city level. Fourth, the wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan have got to be brought to a close. In any case we have our work cut out for us, but I think we can confidently say that change is coming and we will build a more perfect union. Yes, we can.

Could have been anybody, but unfortunately it was Samuel Webb, Sam Webb. He was speaking in Cleveland, Ohio January 31st, 2009. Who is Sam Webb? He is the national chairperson for the Communist Party of America. He may not be a Marxist. He may deny it. But you've got the Communist Party of America standing up. Go to communistpartyUSA.com or whatever it is. I bet it's a nonprofit organization. I bet they found a way around those taxes. Go and search for the website. I mean, it's the hammer, the sickle, it's all of it, it's all of it. And there's even programs for your youth. And they are all behind President Barack Obama.

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.