Glenn Beck: Obama fears 'on your own' society


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GLENN: Obama has warned, "George Bush called this the ownership society but what he really meant was 'You're on your own society.' And John McCain apparently wants to continue this." Yes! Is this a trick question?

Stu, you want to continue a "You're on your own" ownership society?

STU: Is that one of those things where if you were to go into a store and purchase something, you would own it yourself?

GLENN: You would own it yourself. You wouldn't have anybody else -- but what that implies, Stu, what you're saying is you wouldn't be able to go up and give them food stamps.

STU: No, no, of course not. Let me ask you this. Let me ask you this question because I want to make sure I'm understanding this. You are talking about a society in which I would exchange currency for product.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: But I would not have any right to reclaim that currency because I needed it?

GLENN: You are exactly right. This is crazy, this is crazy. Let's say you start a business, all right?

STU: Right.

GLENN: And you fail.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Because of whatever, economic conditions, you put it in the wrong place, you suck, your last name is Ebola and you thought, hey, the Ebola Eatery is a good idea. No! You fail.

STU: So you fail and then, of course, the government comes in and they give you the money.

GLENN: No, no. What John McCain wants to happen is you fail, too bad for you.

STU: So you are saying that they will say something to you as they are giving you the money back that you lost.

GLENN: No, they don't give you the money and they done even say anything. It's just, you fail.

STU: Well, wait. How do you have your money with your business?

GLENN: You don't have the money. That's the kind of society that John McCain wants. But not Barack Obama. He's giving a speech now on shared prosperity. By the way, I believe that's code for socialism. Here's a comrade -- what did you say, Stu?

STU: That's not code. That's pretty much, that's the slogan. He's not hiding it, is he?

GLENN: I don't know. Here's Mr. Barack Obama now.

SENATOR OBAMA: Committee on banking supervision, the international accounting standards board and the financial stability forum to address the same problems abroad. The goal should be to ensure that financial institutions --.

(Soviet national anthem playing.)

GLENN: So we need more regulations. Got it, okay.

SENATOR OBAMA: Third, we need to streamline a framework of overlapping and competing regulatory agencies, reshuffling bureaucracies should not be and end of itself.

GLENN: Hold it just a second. Wait a minute. Could you replay that a bit, Dan? What did he say? Go ahead. Play it again.

SENATOR OBAMA: Third, we need to streamline a framework of overlapping and competing regulatory agencies. Reshuffling --

GLENN: Stop, stop. I would like to cancel repeating and overlapping government bureaucracy. What do you say? Competing government agencies? The only time these people believe in capitalism is when it's inside the government itself? But yet it can't fail. "We'll have it compete against each other but we'll never let either one of them fail." This is communism on steroids. We're combining the two. What a nightmare. I can't -- you know what, stop, stop. Stop.

You know, here's the thing. This is where Barack Obama's preacher comes into play and I wouldn't have been able to tell you this had I not done the homework on Black Liberation Theology. First of all, I don't believe that Barack Obama, in his heart of hearts, hates the white man. I do believe that Jeremiah Wright does. That's just my guess. I don't believe that Barack Obama does. I don't believe that he's like, oh, yeah, slavery, we've got to be repaid. His church believes that. He doesn't, I don't think. He will go along with it. I do believe his wife believes it. I do believe his wife has no real affection here. She doesn't see America the same way we do. She sees it much more the way Jeremiah Wright does, but let me tell you something. Wives influence, big time. Just ask Bill and Hillary Clinton. However, I do believe what Barack Obama -- he says, oh, I heard a lot of offensive stuff but, you know, that stuff, you know, I don't agree with that. If I would have heard more of that, I would... what is he hearing in Black Liberation Theology? Black Liberation Theology is shared prosperity. It is Marxism. It is about government. It's barely a religion. It takes religion and puts it on top of government. It shows you how you're supposed to frame a government through religion. It is Marxism with Jesus instead of Karl Marx. And it's a black Jesus that hates you, honky. That's what Black Liberation Theology is.

Now, I'm not saying that Barack Obama says, yeah, Jesus hates you, honky. I am saying that he has taken the part of the Jesus which I don't know what color he thinks Jesus is. It doesn't matter. I hope it doesn't matter to Barack. But he has heard the message of Jesus that shared prosperity is the thing to do. Hope, change, Marxism. This guy is a socialist and all you have to do is listen to his words. And once you've listened to his words after you've read the words of his pastor and spiritual advisor and you've read the words of his spiritual advisor's spiritual advisor and you've done your homework on Black Liberation Theology, you know you don't have to listen for the code. You know it. He's saying it. He just speaks a different language than you do or I do because he's been attending a -- his framework is his church. Shared prosperity. He warns again -- and I just want to quote this. This should chill you to your bone. George Bush called this the ownership society but what he meant is that a "You're on your own" society. Yes, you are on your own! What happened to us? Before World War II, before the Great Depression and the New Deal, people down South were looking at the federal government when they came in under Hoover after a big flood and they said, get the hell out of here! Who are you, the federal government, to come in and try to rescue us? That's who America was! How did we lose that?

I heard a woman in Arkansas actually say we have waited for FEMA, we have waited for the trucks to arrive, we have waited long enough! And I thought to myself, yes! You have! Do it yourself! Get the hell out! I don't ever remember -- I remember, I grew up in Mount Vernon, Washington. Small town. I remember bagging sandbags for the Skagit River. It used to flood all the time. I've been in touch with my hometown recently. They are still redesigning the downtown. They are still trying to make it flood-proof. Still floods. Still need flood insurance. Why? Because the Skagit comes up. I remember sandbagging with my dad when the town was flooded. Had to do everything we could. My dad took his back out. Couldn't work for a week. Not once did I hear my father say, "Where was the government? Where were they? I put my back out." Not once did he say, "I should sue somebody. The city is involved, they should have done this." He didn't. He was part of a "You're on your own" society, and I for one want to be a part of an "On your own" society. I don't think that's a bad thing. Doesn't mean we don't help each other, doesn't mean we don't care for one another. You don't expect anybody to do anything! Your spirit hasn't been crushed. Good heavens, are we not Americans?

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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