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Potus on the edge of Midnight

 

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Sixteen Hundred Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. It was the American version of 10 Downing Street, the Kremlin and the Vatican all rolled into one. Guarded like no other residence in the world, it was often schizophrenic in its internal makeup, namely the people who occupied its footprint. Either calm or chaos could reign here on any given day. Tonight, in the most important room in the building, calm could lurch to chaos at any moment.

These thoughts ran through Press Secretary Kole Fletcher's nimble mind as he surveyed the confines of the Oval Office. Like reading a baseball manager's lineup card, he scored the persons in the room. National Security Advisor Patricia "Patsy" Foss was short, squat and had thirty years worth of political body armor plated over her thick torso. She neither sweated fools nor left survivors to turn on her. Senator Gordon Becktel, one of the leading players on Capitol Hill, had played the Washington two-step as hard as Foss had, and yet to many he remained inscrutable. If he wasn't a politician, Fletcher thought the man could have ruled high stakes poker in Vegas.

Saving the most important for last, Fletcher's gaze flitted over his boss who sat behind the irreplaceable Resolute Desk behind which virtually every chief executive since Rutherford B. Hayes had sat. President Raymond Warner was nearly sixty, tall, active, still handsome in an immaculately coiffed newscaster sort of way. He was not as incompetent as his opponents painted him as being, nor was the man as intellectually formidable as his supporters insisted he was.

This impromptu meeting had been called to clear the air and digest some distressing news received from the Russians via unofficial channels. Yet each of these people Fletcher felt sure would not be entirely forthcoming as to what they actually knew. And this assessment, Fletcher had to admit, would have to include himself.

His recent interactions with Nick Roberts, his former deputy, and Nick's wife Ashleigh had caused Fletcher to irreversibly throw in his lot with them. It had turned out to be a painful decision. His body still ached from where he'd been Tasered while meeting with them. And the cut and bruise on his face where Nick had belted him with a pistol was still sore. He'd lied to his colleagues and even the president, telling them he'd run into a door while texting on his BlackBerry. It was an explanation that everyone here accepted without question because they had all done the same thing.

If Nick and Ashleigh went down, and right now the odds were not good that they would survive, he would go down with them. It was not a pleasant feeling. In fact, he was finding it a bit hard to breathe as Warner began the meeting.

"My understanding is that Moscow is one step away from arming its nukes and putting all personnel on stand-by to launch status. My inclination, after discussions with Patsy, is to throw my chips in, match their move and put us at DEFCON Three. I know that's a ballsy move and it's not one I take precipitously. I'm prepared to have Kole announce this order to the White House Press Corp shortly, but I wanted a better grip on what the hell is going on before I do."

Before Fletcher or Foss could say anything Becktel moved to the center of the room, his gaze dead on the president. "DEFCON Three I believe is the bare minimum we need to do at this time, Mr. President." Bare minimum?

Everyone in the room stared dumbstruck at the tall senator. DEFCON Three was basically one step below probable nuclear annihilation for millions of people.

"What the hell are you getting at, Gordy?" snapped the president. A vein started to throb at his wrinkled temple and the palms of his hands moistened with sweat. It was at moments like this that the leader of the free world more than earned his annual $400,000 paycheck.

"I believe that the DHS threat level needs to go right to high. In addition, constitutionally mandated continuity of- government protocols need to be reviewed, updated if necessary and put on instant readiness."

Foss said incredulously, "Are you preparing us for Armageddon, Senator?"

Fletcher looked from one to the other. Foss's features were showing what Fletcher was thinking.

The man sure as hell knows something we don't.

The President had evidently sensed this too. "What is it, Gordy?"

Becktel stood up straighter, if such a thing were even possible. "We have received intelligence from overseas that is truly disturbing."

"Overseas intelligence?" said Foss sharply. "You received it and I know nothing about it?"

"I've been doing this a long time, Patsy," Becktel snapped. "I've built up a lot of sources over the years. I can't very well force them not to contact me, now can I?"

"What did these sources say?" the President wanted to know.

Becktel used the edge of the Resolute Desk to support himself. "Iran."

"What about it?" demanded the President.

"My sources have intercepted credible chatter that supports the conclusion that Tehran is plotting an attack against this country either in the Middle East or more likely here on domestic soil."

The President paled and Fletcher swung his gaze first to Foss and then to Becktel. Fletcher could sense the battle of wills that was taking place here.

Foss stepped forward. Where she could not match the senator in height she could in sheer bulk and chutzpah.

"We have heard of no such threat, Mr. President. And to take the steps outlined by the senator based solely on unconfirmed reports would be foolhardy at best."

"They will have to be confirmed, of course," Becktel said perfunctorily, but also with the air of a man who thought such confirmation would quickly be forthcoming. "And I will work with Patsy to do so. But that cannot prevent us from taking prudent actions right now. This is a situation that demands that we are ahead of the curve. If we're behind it...well, I think we all know where that could lead."

A few more snatches of conversation occurred and the president adjourned the hastily called meeting. As Fletcher ushered Foss and Becktel out, he looked back at his boss. The man was reaching for the secure phone that linked him directly to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, his top military advisor.

Sweat broke over Fletcher's brow as he watched the president's finger hit the one button necessary to connect him to the admiral whose chest dripped with medals and who was known as a hawk among hawks at the Pentagon. No sane man would want a nuclear war, but, once given the order, Admiral Wayne Tinsley would be as prepared to launch as any man living.

Fletcher was not a particularly religious man—he hadn't attended Mass in years—but he started praying as soon as he shut the door.

President Warner spoke into the phone, relaying the gist of what Becktel had just told him. "I want a full briefing on this country's military readiness in two hours."

"Yes, sir, Mr. President."

"And Wayne?"

"Yes sir?"

The President paused and then chose his words carefully. "I also want everything you have on the status of Little Big Boy."

 





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Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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