Glenn Beck: Progressives Three Tactics




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The other day, we put up one of our "chalkboard trees" about Fox News and the White House attack on free speech. Just as an aside, I listed the three things they were saying about us to try to discredit the network. That's when it hit me: They're the same three things progressives use to discredit their opponents on every issue.

The three things they continually use in disparaging any dissent are that those involved are: "wrong thinking"; the ideas presented are a "danger"; or that those opposed are simply in it for "profit." Meanwhile, their goals are always right, their methods safe and healthy and their motivation pure, enlightened and for the betterment of humankind and Mother Earth.

What we realized is that you can plug in any topic and find that the White House or their progressive allies have responded in essentially one or all three of these ways. Whether the issue is oil companies, the health care debate, the Chamber of Commerce, the stimulus package, immigration, Fox News, or the ever-popular "we inherited the problem" discussion.

This was part of a Barack Obama campaign ad on the evil, big oil companies, like Exxon:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Now Exxon's making $40 billion a year and we're paying $3.50 for gas. I'm Barack Obama. I don't take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists and I won't let them block change anymore.

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There was a little of everything, just in those few seconds: the wrongness of Exxon overcharging; the danger that oil companies pose by standing in the way of change; and of course, he's going to take away their profits with a "windfall tax."

Hillary Clinton got in on the act too:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON: The other day, the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative, smart energy.

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Gee, profit sure does sound like a very bad thing in the world of the progressive, doesn't it? It almost sounds like it should be illegal. Although, I haven't seen a single one of them donate all of their money to heal crippled baby seals or buy condoms in the Congo or even do the "patriotic" thing Joe Biden said, and step up and donate it all to the IRS.

And I'm sure that's what Obama will do with the $1.4 million he's getting for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. If not, it would make me think that maybe he just doesn't know any better and we should probably do what Hillary said and just take it from him. Because I mean, that's just a lot of filthy profit for him that he, quite frankly, just doesn't need.

Let's try a few more topics and see if our theory fits. Health care, for instance. There's wrong thinking; listen to Congressman Alan Grayson:

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REP. ALAN GRAYSON, D-FLA.: The Republicans' health care plan for America: Don't get sick. That's right. Don't get sick. If you have insurance, don't get sick. If you don't have insurance, don't get sick. If you're sick, don't get sick. Just don't get sick.

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And, there's danger:

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GRAYSON: The Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. That's right, the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.

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And, we have crazy man Bill Maher, tackling awful profit:

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BILL MAHER: I mean, really, what is the health care system in America but insurance companies making money by [expletive] people out of coverage even if it kills them... which it does, at least 20,000 a year.

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Here's all three, rolled up into one, from Barack Obama — wrong thinking, danger and profit:

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OBAMA: There are still significant details and disagreements to be worked out in the coming weeks. And there are still those who would try to kill reform at any cost. The history is clear: For decades rising health care costs have unleashed havoc on families, businesses and the economy. And for decades, whenever we have tried to reform the system, the insurance companies have done everything in their considerable power to stop us.

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Hmm… my theory seems to be holding up so far. Let's try it out on the Chamber of Commerce. Here's Barney Frank on the skeptics' wrong thinking: "There's a strong, very conservative ideology there... they're more like the Heritage Foundation than they are like an economic association."

It's also dangerous. Here's what White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki says about the Chamber: "We have an open door to the ideas and suggestions of the business community including the Chamber... but it does give us pause that they continue to throw millions of dollars against productive efforts under way to reform the regulatory structure, provide access to affordable health insurance for more Americans and reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions — all plans essential to the continued growth and recovery of our economy."

But surely, there's no profit argument here?

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OBAMA: They are very good at this because that is how business has been done in Washington for a very long time. In fact over the past ten years alone the Chamber has spent nearly half a billion dollars on lobbying, half a billion dollars.

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Now, let's check out the argument for the tea party movement. Wrong thinking, anyone?

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JANEANE GAROFALO: This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks.

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Danger? You bet:

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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw, I saw this myself, in the late '70s in San Francisco… this kind of rhetoric was very frightening and gave, it created a kind of climate which violence took place.

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Could there be a profit putdown there?

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PELOSI: This initiative is funded by the high end. We called it Astroturf, it's not really grassroots movement, it's Astroturf by some of the wealthiest people in America.

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So, the argument works every time. But now that it's exposed, will it continue to work or will logic now kick in? Because, you see, if we add up all of these things, it doesn't make any sense.

For instance: I'm against health care, but because it's big, bloated government — all of the perks go to special interest and it destroys the free market system. When you give back the $60 billion lost in Medicare and Medicaid fraud, then you can come back to me and ask for another program!

I'm against cap-and-trade because it has been shown in Europe not to work. It's a special interest game. And you know who wanted it? Enron.

I'm for oil exploration and drilling because at no time in the history of the planet has anyone ever lasted as a society by cutting off their energy supply. You can't grow the economy and provide opportunity for prosperity for your people without energy.

I could go on and on explaining my reasonable reasons for opposing this president's agenda, but, if I listen to the logic of the left: If I oppose health care, I'm against the poor; if I oppose their ridiculous climate change bill, I hate the planet and I'm a flat-Earth, moon-landing denier; if I oppose illegal immigration, I'm anti-Hispanic; if I oppose the stimulus package, I'm against the president because he's black; if I oppose the massive deficit increasing exponentially by this administration, I loved it the previous eight years; if I support the troops, I'm a war-monger; if I attended a tea party, I'm crazy; if I favor traditional marriage, I'm a homophobe; if I oppose abortion, I'm against women; if I oppose the Fairness Doctrine, I hate diversity; if I oppose strong-arm unions, I'm against workers.

So, taking all of their arguments, one by one, and adding them all together, I guess it would be safe to assume that according to the inclusive, diverse progressives that I'm just a crazed, poor person-hating, flat-Earth believing, moon-walk denying, deficit-loving, homophobic, xenophobe, who is a homogenous, women-hating, racist, that loathes hard-working, blue-collar Americans.

Oh, did I mention I'm a warmongering, jingoistic fatso? That hates children? And puppies? And spits on trees? And shoots gerbils, just for sport?

And if I don't hate, I'm simply dangerous. A fearsome, mob-inciting, redneck, flesh-eating monstrous, rhetoric spewing, out-of-control religious zealot, bent on blowing something up, maybe even before the end of the show.

For good measure, I'm also in bed with huge multi-national conglomerates and special interest groups — like Goldman Sachs and unions. Wait, it's kind of tough to make that work if you've ever seen a single one of my shows, but let's not let logic get in the way of the White House's hysterical insults.

Now, which is more reasonable: That I'm all of these things or that I'm a person who takes things issue by issue? And doesn't it seem reasonable to now say that the "politics of the past" are those who judge things based on party or by group? And moving forward, what we're starting to see more of are individuals, who look at each issue differently and don't base their opinions on political affiliation or union membership or right versus left, but right versus wrong.

See, they have to shout you down. They have to say that you're a bigot or that your only concern is profit, because you're a greedy hate-o-phobe — or whatever — because they have no logical argument. Because, if they had any logic at all, we'd never have this from Republicans or Democrats.

No logic ever gets you there — that's selling our children's future. That's indefensible. So what is their real agenda? Control. All of these things that I wrote up on the board last night, they are all about control.

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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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