Glenn Beck: Does Congress read before voting?

GLENN: We're going to have to make sacrifices and choices now and so it's going to test the bands of social cohesion. We are in headed for trouble, but there's all kinds of and tonight on television I'm going this segment tonight on just the vice, the vice that is going to start squeezing all Americans, not left or right, all Americans. And so the pot is going to start to boil. It's going to get hotter and hotter and hotter and tensions are going to get rise higher and higher and higher. Got it? That's just the way it's going to be. One of those people in the vice is what's actually in this bill, what they've actually done. Here's one of them and Pat has the audio vault and explain set this up.

PAT: A reporter, a young guy walked into the halls of Congress, into the Capitol, and was walking down the hallway with Alan Grayson and was just introducing himself and being very friendly and talking about the health care bill and congratulating him on having such a big part of its passage. So, Grayson is warming up to him and starts to ask him about his favorite parts of the bill and the reporter asked Grayson what he liked best about it and Grayson starts telling him. And then he says, Well, what about these other provisions that are in the bill?



Why would Alan Grayson want to give your money over to Native American child molesters?

VOICE: What about the House, the house portion that provides funding for Native American child molesters and the Senate portion that provides

VOICE: (Inaudible.)

VOICE: that mandates no. This is the bill.

VOICE: It doesn't sound like it.

VOICE: This is in your bill that you voted for.

VOICE: Okay. Have a nice day.

VOICE: 1950 provides funding for Native American is this not in your bill? Do you not know what's in your own bill that you voted for?

GLENN: That is so great.

PAT: And then there's

VOICE: the Senate bill that says employers must mandate a break time for breast feeding. This is also in your bill.

VOICE: Get a life. What about getting a life?

GLENN: You're a Congressman, sir. Your life is to represent the people, not the Native American child molesters.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: And you notice they don't respond. They never do.

PAT: No.

GLENN: They never do.

PAT: And you notice was the response was, when he told him about the provision that is in the bill

GLENN: What? Are you crazy?

PAT: Are you a kook? Are you a kook for voting for this thing? I didn't put in it there. I didn't vote for it. You did.

GLENN: Can you that's video, right?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Not just audio?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Could you send that over to TV so we could show that video tonight? And let's put that in the free e mail newsletter today.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Because that is the kind of stuff you need. That shows you a couple of things. One, the kind of pressure that is coming your way, because look what's in the bill. Look what's in the bill. Two, look at what they've done. They don't even know what's in the bill.

PAT: No. Of course they don't.

GLENN: They didn't read it.

PAT: They have no idea.

GLENN: And why is it bad to now ask the questions of what's in the bill, because that's what we were told by Nancy Pelosi, you have to wait until the fog clears, we have to pass it and then you'll see what's in the bill. Okay. So, now we're seeing it. You still don't want to answer questions about it? We're seeing it now.

And then the last thing you have to learn about this is: What have they done? As soon as you do ask, because that's what Nancy Pelosi told us to do, Wait until it's passed and then you'll be able to see it. We see it, we read it, and then we ask and they call us a kook! I mean, I never you know, I never related and I still don't think we can relate, but I could never relate to the founders on the Declaration of Independence, on that big, long list where they said, We've tried and we've tried and we've tried and we've tried, we've begged you, we've begged you, we've told you, please don't do this. Then we appealed to the British people and said, Please. That's the only thing that we haven't done yet, I guess, is appeal to the good Democrats. I have, but we haven't appealed to the good Democrats and say, Help us, please, help us. Help us. You love the country as much as we do. You're not in with these radicals. You're not come on. You are not for giving money for child molesters in Native American communities. You're not for that! Help us, please, please.

And I have a great faith, because I've seen it, I've seen it, and that's why they have to paint us as violent, because they cannot let anybody on the left peel off. They can't let anybody from the Democrats peel off and come over here. They've got to pulverize their base, they've got to make us into haters and racists, because you've seen it. I have friends, I have strong democratic friends who have said, Glenn, I can't do it anymore. I can't do it. I mean, I have I don't want to give names. Hang on just a second.

Okay. Do you know who she is?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Okay. I just said to Pat the name of the person I'm talking about. Could you meet a stauncher liberal?

PAT: I don't think so.

Glenn: Okay.

PAT: I don't think so.

GLENN: This is a woman who, I mean, makes my head explode.

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Her husband came in this week and said, Glenn, I just want you to know, she can't do it anymore. She can't do it anymore. The lies, the corruption, what they're doing, she's not with it. That's incredible. That is incredible. When you have people who are lifelong Democrats and liberals who say, I can't stand with these people, we must reach out to those people, we must find our way to those people. We must find our way to the reasonable Democrats. It cannot be about politics. It must be about values and principles. It must be about honor an integrity. It must be about those things, and that's the exact opposite direction of where they're going. Where they were campaigning and they wanted to make it about hope, now they're making it about fear. That is a losing hand. In the end it is a losing hand, but if God is with us, who could stand against us? Churches, boy, oh, boy, do we need you. Boy, does America need churches. Our faiths must come together, they must come together. We need a Christian coalition, but I think and I don't speak for Christians, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think the Christian coalition was used by politics and politicians. I think the Christian coalition, the problem with that thing is it became about politics and about a party. This has to be about principles. We need a Christian coalition that is about principles and not parties. We must come together again. We must. We must come together as neighbors and friends and Americans and put our parties last and our principles first.

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.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

For one night only at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, on December 7th, join internationally-acclaimed radio host and storyteller Glenn Beck as he walks you through tales of Christmas in the way that only he can. There will be laughs, and there might be a few tears. But at the end of the night, you'll leave with a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face.

Reconnect to the true spirit of Christmas with Glenn Beck, in a storytelling tour de force that you won't soon forget.

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