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GLENN: The new governor of Texas, who is the last governor of Texas, Rick

Perry, just off his win is in New York. Sorry you have to leave Texas to come

New York.

PERRY: This is a great city and they need less taxes and less litigation and it

would be better place to come to.

GLENN: It would be nice if it were more like Texas. You are somebody that you

have a new book out called


Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington. You're a guy, Rick, and

I told you this before off the air and I will tell you on the air, I believe

Texas can lead the way out of this nightmare because Texans generally still get

it. A lot of America doesn't, but it's going to take it's going to take a man

with big boots to be able to stand against Washington.

PERRY: And that's really why I wrote the book. This book is about freedom. It's

about freedom from overtaxation, overregulation, overlitigation, yes. But it's

about freedom from a centralized government, putting what I consider to be

rather tyrannical pressures about the states. Telling us how to deliver

healthcare, telling us how to build our highways and educate our children and

the list goes on and on and that's not what our founding fathers had in mind for

us at all. They clearly enumerated those powers to the federal government and

said, you know, you states get out there and compete against each other and that

is what you are talking about in terms of Texas leading this country out of this

recession and forward  and doing it with freedom, freedom to let the

private sector work.

GLENN: I never had a problem with Massachusetts having their own healthcare

system. They want to have universal healthcare, they can have it all they want,

just don't force it down my throat and Texas should be allowed to buy insurance

across state lines, wherever they want and they should be able to invent what

they want to do in Texas. How do you break the spine of the federal government?

For instance, California, I'm telling you there will be a massive tax revolt. I

don't know when it will happen, but it will happen just like the Tea Party

started, it will happen at some point if California goes down the crapper after

electing Jerry Brown going on the same policies times ten and they start going

down the crapper. At some point, a group of people will stand up and say I am

not paying for my own destruction. You are destroying our wealth. You're

destroying our dollar. You're destroying our freedom. I'm not going to do it.

PERRY: They're already doing that and they're moving out of California to

Texas. 153 businesses since the first of the year, Glenn, have moved out of

California to Texas. That is happening all across the country.

GLENN: What do you do? You take on healthcare, education and education is off

the rails. How do you break the back of that?

PERRY: I think last Tuesday was the first indication that the American people

are ready to stand up and say to Washington we no longer want you messing in our

business. The Republicans elected to the House of Representatives, the work is

now in front of them. They must turn back the clock, if you will, on this Obama

Care. They must realize that we're not going to send more money to Washington,

D.C. and let them distribute it the way they think fit. One of our important

goals over the next two to four years is to really have a good, open, honest

discussion about things like Social Security because it is a Ponzi scheme. My

children are 27 and 24, and they know this thing is totally broken.

GLENN: This isn't how it works.

PERRY: 1981, cities in Texas opted out. Those people are well taken care of.

Let's have that discussion. I'm not afraid. Matter of fact, that's the reason,

you know, people ask me, will you run for the presidency of the United States? I

said no. I don't want that job. Have it best job in America. I wouldn't have

written this book if I were talking about running for the presidency of the

United States because there are some very, very sensitive issues in here, but

the fact is Americans want answers. They want solutions. They're in this book,

"Fed Up."

GLENN: OK give me one, give me the first thing that you think people have to do.

PERRY: Let's have a time out on spending. I mean, Washington, D.C. needs to

stand up and say, you know what, we're going to get this spending under control.

If the Republicans in Congress really want to send a powerful message, a time

out on spending, get it under control. Stop the earmarks.

GLENN: If you did that, if you had a chance of doing that, you wouldn't have a

president who is spending $2 billion to experience the Festival of Lights in

India. There's no chance of them. The president is not going to turn.

PERRY: Right. I don't think so.

GLENN: It's up to you guys.

PERRY: It's the Republicans in the House of Representatives and hopefully in

2012, it will be the Republicans in the U.S. Senate and a new president that

puts this country and Washington, but the governors in the states have to stand

up and say no when they try to blackmail you into taking money and changing the

way that you do business. We've done that in Texas. Unemployment insurance, $550

million they tried to send to us. Our money I might add coming back to the

states and I said no, because they wanted to change the way we put that program

into place. Race to the top, education money, sounds great. Everybody is for

racing to the top. Well, but the strings were attached. National standards,

national tests and I said no. Our legislature and the case of the unemployment,

the small businesses said Governor, you're right, we don't want to change the

way we do those. And that is what this discussion in the book Fed Up is all

about. Let the states get back to being the laboratories of innovation. Let the

states be where if you want to try out a new way to deliver healthcare, let me

tell you, Bobby Jindal in New Orleans, a bright, capable fella, and he will put

healthcare reform into place in Louisiana, and we'll go over and look at it and

go, you know what, that will work right there. This one won't, but that will. We

will take that and put that in our state. Look, I don't agree with issues like

medicinal marijuana. I don't agree with that, but if California wants to vote on

that and that's what they want to do in their state, they ought to be able to do

it.

GLENN: Right.

PERRY: The reason I joined the lawsuit against the federal government on the

Arizona law. It's not perfect by any sense of the imagination. There are things

in it that I don't want our legislature to do like creating a new cause of

action against our police officers, but it should be Arizona's sovereign right

to be able to do that.

GLENN: When it comes to the federal government not doing their primary job, and

that is, protect the borders, protect the people, if they're not doing it, the

constitution is not a suicide pact. By the things that they have done to the

states, they are putting us in a suicidal position. A governor has to decide.

Governor, the day that California defaults and the United States government has

to bail them out and just has to take it over. Basically, you lose the star on

the flag because now the federal government is just paying for everything.

They'll say that it's the eighth largest economy in the world. It can't. It's

too big to fail. You can't let them fail. What do you say on that day?

PERRY: That's one of the reasons that I worked as hard as I could for Meg

Whitman. Unfortunately, the people of California what we say that day is that's

their issue. They've got to deal with that. That's not Texas. I mean, we're

going to continue to be a place where their businesses move and at the end of

the day, California may fail

GLENN: It will.

PERRY: The job creators will be living in Texas or other states like ours

GLENN: Let me ask you this question. I'm just I'm not going to have my company

here in New York forever. Texas is a place that I would move. However, honestly,

Texas, the border is so out of control and you have you have hostiles down in

South America that would love all the communists and all that stuff is coming

over the border. You know it and I know it. You have Al Qaeda and worse coming

over. You and I both know it. And then you have a drug system that is armed and

equipped by the United States government.

PERRY: And in charge of over a thousand miles of the U.S. Mexico border. They

have operational control of over a thousand miles of the border. That's our

department of Homeland Security.

GLENN: How does Texas remain safe?

PERRY: It is a great concern to us, and at the end of the day, it's a federal

responsibility. We spent $230 million of Texas taxpayer money over the last two

legislative sessions. You know,, we only meet every other year for 140 days and

again, in my book, I talk about maybe that is one of the things that the feds

need to look at, too, a meet every other year to deal with these issues rather

all the time. Getting back to the border we have increased our assistance to the

Sheriffs and the local police departments. We have a Texas Ranger recon team

that we constituted and put down there. I have national guard troops and various

insundry roles, and it's not our responsibility to defend that border. You know,

my dad, who is a wise man, said three things the federal government should get

really well. Three things that they have great responsibility for, deliver the

mail, preferably on Saturdays and on time, defend our border and have the

military. The third thing is the only thing we get right out of those three. The

federal government needs to quit doing everything else that they're doing until

they get those two right. Defend our border. Put the troops on the border. I've

asked since 2005, Glenn, I asked the department of defense to put predator

drones. We train our pilots in those drones every day and they're flying

somewhere up and down with all the bells and whistles, infrared, forward

looking, none of that information.

GLENN: But they won't do anything.

PERRY: None of that information is being used for law enforcement purposes. You

can secure that border. It requires a commitment. It requires focus. It requires

boots on the ground, the technologies you can defend. Strategic fencing in

metropolitan areas, it works. You can secure that border and then you know what,

we can have a debate about immigration reform at that time. You can't until

then.

GLENN: The name of the book is


Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington by the Governor of Texas,

Rick Perry. Always good to see you.

PERRY: Thank you.

 

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.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

Photo by Jim Dale

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.