Sharpton: Rush can say what he wants... except

GLENN: I'm telling you I've never seen anything like this. It is so well coordinated. While everyone is talking about the Julian Assange thing, you have and that is huge. Huge. You have the other hand doing something insidious. Pat's going to set up the clips that we have here, but we are looking at the end of the Internet as you know it, the end of talk radio as you know it, the end of cable news as you know it, most likely the end of communication, newspaper, et cetera, et cetera, as you know it.

Now, anyone who says this is crazy, this is not what they are going to use for it, you are a fool. You are a fool. You listen to Mark Lloyd who talked about the glorious revolution of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. He is a diversity czar at the FCC. If you look at who is involved now at the FCC, it's members of Free Press.

I had somebody who was with the NAB who shall remain nameless that was at a White House function and they were standing there and they didn't know who he was; he didn't really know who they were. He had no idea this is about a year ago no idea what was really going on and he said he started talking to people and they just openly said, "Oh, yeah, well, we're going to do this to the Internet and to radio and these things." And he said they were openly discussing it, until they found out that he was a member of the NAB and then they got a little quiet. It's coming. And we must be aware of it and, you know, if people say, oh, well, you know, oh, they are not going to do it, fine. Move on from those people. But you have to prepare.

Now, listen to the case that they are building now.

PAT: Well, the FCC, just had the audio of the FCC commissioner Michael Copps from last week and then there was new audio about him talking about how the FCC needs to control the Internet. And not only the Internet but prime time television and minute details like the characters that are developed, how many minority characters they have on prime time television, the kind of programming that the TV stations program. Virtually everything.

GLENN: Do we have we have this. This is all up on The Blaze, isn't it?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: That was posted yesterday. So let me look what that is so you can go right to TheBlaze.com. You have free Internet, a civil right. Quote, quote: For every nappy headed child.

PAT: We have that, too.

GLENN: That is FCC commissioner Clyburn. Then you have power grab, FCC commissioner calls for government run values test.

PAT: That's the one I was just talking about.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: Where everybody has to go up for licensing renewal every four years.

GLENN: Four years.

PAT: It's eight years now and it's virtually assured. I mean, if you are not doing something really illegal, your license is going to be renewed. He's talking about some sort of test now where they really scrutinize every single individual radio station.

GLENN: And I've told you before, I told you I think this two years ago that they were going to come forget about do you remember me saying forget about the Fairness Doctrine. That's not nearly big enough. They're not going for the Fairness Doctrine.

PAT: Nope.

GLENN: And I said that they were going to go for local boards. Have you heard any talk yet about local boards? Because what they'll do is they will put people in charge locally to monitor the radio stations, et cetera, et cetera. And this is, voices like mine will be gone. Voices like Rush Limbaugh, gone. No doubt about it.

Now, I want you to listen to some of the audio.

PAT: Al Sharpton is out really pushing this stuff. He is

GLENN: Now, just so you know, we're not saying that this is going to happen because Al Sharpton. What we're doing is we're laying a case that the left is surrounding this whole issue. And I do I do believe that the Julian Assange thing is going to also play a role in it. The Internet is going to become intentionally designed, going to become so dangerous that they are going to say, we've got to clamp down, we've got to clamp down. Do not give them the power to do this. Congress is not. Congress said no; the Court said no. The FCC is voting on this. They are going to do it anyway through regulation. Cass Sunstein, our regulatory czar, they are going to do it through regulation December 21st is when they're voting on it.

PAT: And here's what Sharpton said yesterday.

SHARPTON: Rush Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants to say.

STU: What's his name?

SHARPTON: He does not have

PAT: Rush lumbar.

STU: Rush lumbar?

PAT: Lumbar. Like that back support that you have in your car or something?

SHARPTON: Rush Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants to say. He does not have the right to do it, though, on publicly regulated airwaves. The FCC has the responsibility to set standards to say the public cannot be offended based on their race or their gender.

STU: What?

SHARPTON: In this country

GLENN: Stop.

PAT: That is amazing.

GLENN: You don't have a right to not be offended.

PAT: Nope. It's discrimination. You don't have the right to discriminate against anybody based on race

GLENN: Anything.

PAT: or gender or sexual orientation.

GLENN: But listen.

PAT: You can offend people because you can't set that standard. How do you set the standard that you can't offend someone?

GLENN: But I want you to go back to Mark Lloyd and the audio that we played over two years ago or year and a half ago of him saying that it is time for people to step down so others can have power. He is they are not this is Al Sharpton's angle, that you can't be offended. But the other is, well, this is about minorities, this is about discrimination because the other point of view is not heard and minorities don't own radio or television. Only like, what is it, like 3% or 5% own radio or television networks. And so that needs they need to be minorities that do that. This is why ACORN got into radio. ACORN has radio. Did you know that? Yeah. Yeah. Why? Why do you think?

All right. So here's some more.

PAT: So this is Bertha Lewis now speaking of ACORN.

GLENN: ACORN.

PAT: And she is beating the same drum that Al Sharpton is, just a little bit louder.

BERTHA LEWIS: And when you have an outlet like Fox which is so insidious, you know, this is what should be investigated. These people are using our airwaves.

GLENN: No, they're not.

BERTHA LEWIS: The public airwaves.

GLENN: Cable!

PAT: First of all, Fox is cable. Cable.

STU: Cable and not

PAT: Not public airwaves.

GLENN: That is why

PAT: Cable. Different delivery system.

GLENN: That's why HBO and Skin emax can show nudity. That's why you can say the F bomb a hundred times on cable. Because cable is unregulated. Airwaves are not. Now they're making the case that cable needs to be regulated.

PAT: Same with the internet.

GLENN: Yep.

PAT: They don't belong in that, either.

GLENN: Yep.

BERTHA LEWIS: And when you have such an organization and have these vast resources that can repeat and repeat and repeat and say, "Oh, mainstream media, progressive media, why aren't you covering what we're talking about" and you get folks that go along and it's lazy journalism. Even today, after pounding us I have to admit it was so overwhelming, it was a political tsunami, you know, beating us to a pulp, not having defenders, not having the resources to defend ourselves and

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

BERTHA LEWIS: beating us to death.

PAT: Other than the president of the United States.

BERTHA LEWIS: Right now it's not enough that we won, we beat ACORN, we beat them down, the largest community group and so we cleared the way for the fake Tea Party, now we've become political necrophiliacs. Not only did we kill this organization but we're going to dig them up and we're going to have all kinds of congress kick the corpse over and over again. So political necrophiliacs like Beck, like Murdoch, like Fox, like Limbaugh, like Mr. Breitbart.

STU: I love the host, though.

BERTHA LEWIS: They should be called out for what they really are. They're (inaudible) eaters, they're nasty, they're evil, they're liars, thieves and cheaters.

PAT: Jeez.

STU: That's it, though.

PAT: That's all.

BERTHA LEWIS: And I think we should use this because now folks

PAT: If anybody knows liars, it's the people at ACORN.

BERTHA LEWIS: They say that's it, enough is enough, we know what these guys do.

PAT: Wow.

BERTHA LEWIS: And so we might as well fight.

GLENN: Might as well fight.

BERTHA LEWIS: Because if you cower and you back down, they come after you even harder.

GLENN: Oh, believe me, I know.

BERTHA LEWIS: Why is why, you know, the old ACORN chapters reorganize, regroup. I formed the Black Institute working, you know, with the New York

STU: Exactly what you said was going to happen.

GLENN: Yep, I said they would just go undercover, change names.

BERTHA LEWIS: We're not going to go away.

GLENN: Exactly right.

BERTHA LEWIS: But Breitbart and all of the rightwing blocks continue.

PAT: She just contradicted herself. First she says they're dead, they are not going to go away. Then she admits exactly what Glenn predicted, that they just changed their name and went somewhere else.

STU: Yeah, her whole point is that they keep coming after her even though they're dead.

GLENN: We're going to come back to this here in a second, but I want to say this: I want you to understand very clearly. Listen to the language she's saying. They're evil. They're evil. You have Jim Wallis doing the same thing. You have Van Jones last week, the audio where calling Fox evil.

PAT: Satan.

GLENN: Satan, Satan is into everything, Satan is into everything. We are entering a period of time unlike the world has seen in a very long time. We are entering good versus evil, I mean truly good versus evil. And there is no middle ground. I think I said this to you a year or two ago. There's going to come a time where you cannot stand on the sidelines. There will be no sidelines. You are on one side or the other. You must, if you know anyone who is close to opening their minds, you must get them to open their minds now. Because the lines are being drawn now and those who are sitting silently by and think, "Well, I'm not having to make a decision," they are making a decision. They are. And it will be too late. The boat will sail and they will find themselves on one side or the other. You must know what is true. You must search everything inside of you. Get any kind of darkness outside of you. Get stop all lies in your life. Clean everything out. Because everything will burn down to the ground. Everything will. Julian Assange is just part of it.

When we don't have time to communicate, when we don't communicate with each other anymore, if they pass these things in the FCC, if they do these things, I cannot tell you a year from now that we will have access on the Internet to each other. I cannot tell you that we will be on Fox. I cannot tell you that I will be on radio. I don't know. But I will tell you this: Look for me in your town square. Because I will, just like Whitefield, go from town to town to town. You will have to imprison me or kill me to keep me silent. And I challenge you to have the same kind of commitment to what you believe in, and I challenge you to have the commitment of peace and love because the Lord will conquer. You just must be on the right side. You must be standing in His will. He doesn't pick a side. We do. And we I'm telling you He will not fail. He will not fail. We will if we think the way we always have. If we think this is just no big deal. If you don't think out of the box. The world is changing, and you and your family will survive if you align yourself with things that are true. But it's hard to do in America today. It's hard to do in this world today. Everything is set up against it and everyone is trying to make you feel stupid or crazy for doing it. Don't let that stop you. Let them call you every name under the sun. Let them chastise you. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. Great and powerful darkness and great and powerful light are coming. Make sure you know the difference between the two because when you have to choose, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the two.

 

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.

"Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris," is a podcast featuring conversations about how faith has guided newsmakers and celebrities through their best and worst times. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a much maligned religion so Glenn joined the podcast and took the time to explain what it means to him and how it changed his life.

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.