Of Fox and friends

Of Fox and friends.

I have been writing notes for the last week working on an entirely new way of doing business that if The Lord gives me more time and a bit more insight I think we can really change the way the world gets our information and inspiration.

Everything is about to change. Everything. The world can be a frightening place, but I believe this is the most exciting time to be alive. If we keep our heads and focus on Love we will write chapters than few men have even dreamt.

When I left FOX News in 2011, I had a question in my mind that I couldn't stop thinking about. Can man rule himself? Can a guy with a dream, surrounded by a team of committed individuals, disrupt the system and pioneer a new kind of media company? I built TheBlaze because I believe the answer to be ‘YES’.

I am free to say what I want without interference. No one limits my speech. No one holds the power of the platform over my head. Believe me, this is the future.

Someone wrote to me this week and said, “Your voice is too important to be behind a paywall and the world needs to hear from you.”

I know that not all of you have been able to join me on this new phase of my career, and I completely understand. We have found new ways to connect, with many more coming in the future.

But today I’m lucky enough to give some of you who miss seeing me on TV the chance to see what we’ve been building over at TheBlaze.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, DISH has removed FOX News and given TheBlaze TV their spot in the channel lineup. That means if you have DISH, you can now watch TheBlaze on channel 212 and channel 205. 100% free.

I have no idea how long TheBlaze will be on in place of FOX News. But for those of you looking for a channel that shares your values and principles, I hope you will give TheBlaze a chance.

I’m on vacation until Monday 1/5 (this came up after my family headed to the mountains for the holidays), but we’re going to be airing some great programming over the next couple of days until I get back to Dallas. And I have some exciting shows planned after the holidays.

We’re not looking to replace FOX News. In fact, I think TheBlaze offers you something completely different. We will provide insight that no one else gives, but in the coming months you will also see the beginning of a effort to change the culture.

If you’re a DISH subscriber, I invite you to take a few minutes over the next couple of days and see what we have to offer. I think you'll like it.

In early January my team is working on a three day series that will explain something that I have not heard anywhere else. It will be mocked as they mocked in 1999 when I warned NYC of Osama bin Laden, or 2007 when I warned of a crash or when no one could see the start of the caliphate. When I warned of the rise of nazis it was crazy, yet last month 15000 nazis marched in the streets of Germany.

This may be the most frightening thing I have pieced together yet. I believe it to be real and relatively imminent. I don't have the exact date yet as we are rushing it into production but it should be in mid January. If we are still on dish in the fox position I believe it will be due to divine providence. It is my hope that the maximum number of Americans will hear this warning. If we are no longer on dish at that time, those who need to hear it will. I pray that it will be you and your family.

As my friend, thank you for standing by a guy the world deemed crazy. Thank you for sharing the vision.

Because I have been sick, I do feel as though I failed you and Him in some ways. I couldn't keep up the pace that was needed to guard the vision. But I have begun to really change the way we see our goals and WHY we do what we do.

I have never been more on edge than I am now. Not because of possible failure, but because of what it will mean when we succeed.

It isn't about my family or the families of those who work with me. It is literally about all of those families all around the globe, the fifty million unique visitors every month that look to us to help them and their families make sense of the world.

We have just begun. Together, with your help we will do the impossible.

We will change the world.

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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