Election choice: You are stupid or you are the key



TheBlaze: Maher: Americans Are ‘Too Stupid…They‘re Like a Dog’

GLENN: I believe we're going to start with the George Lopez program which, of course, I never miss an episode.

PAT: Who does.

GLENN: I think everybody including George Lopez and his family. But Bill Maher was on and he has done it yet again. But I want you to, I want you to really listen to what Bill Maher said last night and George Lopez who went right along with him.

MAHER: We have Democrats for one reason: To drag the ignorant hillbilly half of this country... (cheers and applause)... in the next century which in their case is the 19th.

LOPEZ: Yes, absolutely, I agree. And there's how do you think that

GLENN: Amazing.

PAT: Wow.

LOPEZ: Barack Obama is doing halfway through his term?

MAHER: You know, I mean, look, Democrats are always disappointing. That's why they're Democrats. But given the hand he was dealt, I give him an A, you know? (Cheers and applause). I'll tell you this about Americans, about the American electorate, the voter.

GLENN: Listen to the crowd.

MAHER: They love a winner. As soon as he passed healthcare, it went up 15 points. They don't understand the issues. They're too stupid. They are like a dog. They can understand inflection, they can understand fear, they can understand dominance. They don't understand issues. But when he won on that issue, he went up.

LOPEZ: Right.

PAT: Don't you wish Bill Maher was the leader of the world? It would just be great.

GLENN: I do.

PAT: He would just round up all the stupid people and get rid of them.

GLENN: Wouldn't it be great? Did you cut it off there?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Oh, okay. You have to come back. We have to come back to the rest of it because he went on to say if Tiger Woods would have come back and won the Masters, he could have killed all of the women that he was sleeping with and America would have been fine with it.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Okay? Now, obviously that is a joke, but he really believes these kinds of things. He says, remember, America is a dog, they understand fear, they understand dominance and they just want a winner. Well, let me ask you something - Wouldn't that be the German people in the 1930s? Because if you're just a winner, if that's all you care about is being a winner and they understand fear and they understand inflection but they don't understand the issues and they understand dominance, well, then all you need then, he's making a case for a dictator. Which brings me to the next thing. If you really, truly believe is that this is the way Americans are, well, then if they're dogs, if the dog is causing a problem for the family, don't you get rid of the dog? If the dog is in pain, don't you put the dog down? And I'm not talking about just any pain. I'm talking about a deeply suffering dog. See if this sounds familiar. The lady on the BBC, she was talking about putting a deeply suffering child.



TheBlaze: UK Pundit to Shocked TV Host: Suffering Children Should Be Smothered

IRONSIDE: I think that if I were a mother of a suffering child, I would be the first to want I mean a deeply suffering child, I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face.

VOICE: Dr. Peter Evans is from

IRONSIDE: As I would with any suffering thing and I think the difference is

GLENN: Any suffering thing. A dog, a deeply suffering child. Put a pillow over a deeply suffering child.

NEWHALL: I think we're all under threat, uh, any day, anyone who provides abortion services. Uh, as I've said before, though, I'm much more frightened by a world where women don't have reproductive freedom.

GLENN: Stop for a second. Now listen. This is an abortion doctor here in the United States. Listen to what she's about to say (get speaker).

NEWHALL: Than I am personally. I really believe that this is, uh, excellent medicine, this is mandatory for public health and for women's health and all of our health, children's healths.

GLENN: Children's health.



TheBlaze: Leftist Logic: ‘Women Have Abortions Because They Care About Motherhood’

NEWHALL: Women have abortions because they care about motherhood. I don't

GLENN: Women have abortions

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: because they care about motherhood.

PAT: What?

GLENN: And this is abortions, good, medical help for children. Hmmm. Killing the child is the best medical help we can give them. Well, only a deeply suffering child, or a child that may be deeply suffering because mom cares so much about motherhood, she's afraid that she won't be a good mother. Okay, so now we're back to, now we're back to a society that is self centered, that because I can't do it, no one can. So the best thing is to put the child out of his deeply suffering state.

America, I want you to understand, and I want you to listen to this and ponder this carefully. I said this on stage the other day and, you know, I've been telling you that I don't know where I'm going to be a year from now. I've been telling you that I'm not sure, I'm not sure I'm going to be doing the things that I'm doing today in a year. I don't know if I'll be doing it in six months. And it will be by my choice.

There comes a point when Paul Revere put the bell down because work had to be done. I haven't known where I was to go and what I was to do, and I have been afraid that I have missed a window because I have stood where he's asked me to stand for the last many years every time, but I did not stand where he asked me to stand one time and I was afraid that maybe I lost I passed a window or a doorway or an exit ramp and that was going to put me in another place because I feel strongly that I need to be in a different place.

Well, I figured it out yesterday. I know exactly where I'm going. I know exactly where I'm what I'm supposed to do. And things will change, but they will be bigger and they will be more powerful. Go ahead, Darth. Strike me down. I know exactly where I'm supposed to go. Because I said something on stage that has been haunting me. And as I said it on stage, I asked I told the audience, I said, I hope this haunts you. I hope this haunts you, and it haunted me. It is this phrase: I am blank. You fill that in. I am what? The name "I am" is a name. It is the name of God. When Moses said who shall I say sent me? He said I Am that I Am. I believe and always have that taking the Lord thy God's name in vain means why why in scriptures is I Am always capitalized? Because it is the name of God. Thou shalt not take it in vain, that means be careful. Be careful of what you say you are. I am... blank. Because you will create it. It is the oldest battle known to man, the battle of I Am. And we were in it now. I am worthy. I am capable. I am free. I am in charge. I am responsible. But this society, the whole global, the spooky new world order is telling you that's not true; you are not responsible, you are not capable, you are not free. Instead this system is teaching you this: I am not capable, I am not responsible, I am not able, I am not truly free. I am the collective. That is a lie, and if the name of God is I Am, who shall I say is behind I Am Not? I know exactly where I'm supposed to stand, and I am going there.

The winning slogan for the presidential campaign in 2008 was Yes We Can. That will not be the winning slogan in 2012. If it is the winning slogan in 2012, the republic will die. Because that implies the collective. You must find yourself in a place to where you say "Yes, I can." We work together, but we are a collection, not a collective. We are a collection of strong, powerful individuals. The individual will lead. Yes, I can. Because I Am.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.