Who do we want to be, America? Glenn re-visits an Ohio town that proves more government doesn’t always have to be the answer

Three years ago (nearly to the day), Glenn and his staff visited Wilmington, Ohio for his America’s First Christmas special. The trip was aimed at bringing awareness to the remarkable work Wilmington was doing to lift themselves out of hard times without government assistance. Unlike their neighbors to the north in Detroit, Wilmington has come together as a community – time and time again – to rebuild what is broken and provide for one another.

Glenn opened tonight’s Glenn Beck Program with a simple question: As a country, do we want to be more like Wilmington or Detroit? For any hard working American, the answer should be simple. Wilmington is a prime example of why charity is always better. While the town is not without its problems, Glenn sent a camera crew back to Wilmington and what they found is remarkable.

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Robin Morris of Wilmington House of Prayer and Allen Willoughby of Sugartree Ministries joined Glenn in studio to discuss the role God and private charity has played in the rebuilding of Wilmington. Times have not always been easy, but Allen and his ministry have been able to hold to true to their promise of never accepting any money from the government to fill their shelves. Likewise, Robin has been able to work with churches and temples of all denominations in the community to provide for those most in need. Glenn offered both Robin and Allen a gift that will hopefully allow them to sleep a little easier tonight.

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  • Charles Hurst

    Our entire country was founded on innovation and the ability to self sustain. That was the hard drive that gave us the resiliency of the coyote and fierceness of the grizzly. After WW II the baby boomer generation began to eat from food they never had to hunt–their fathers did it for them. Over the years with one progression after another, starting with the hippie movement then the Me Generation X we have now produced a vile Generation Y which wants to be taken care of.

    That town in Ohio is an example of why we do NOT need the government to forge our own destinies. If this attitude were spread across the nation we would indeed return the greatness we once were.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL.An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE. A true conservative’s weekly.

    • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)


    • Anonymous

      You are so correct. We have lost our Americanism and we need to get it back. We are not so different from our forefathers that we couldn’t get back to that time again. I realize times have changed, but I think deep down inside we still have the same cravings of wanting a more simpler and less complicated way of life. We have to slow things down and try to get this country back on track – or we are going to lose it. Almost there!!!

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Good to see this, thanks Glenn.

  • BlueMN

    Media Matters reported Wilmington, Ohio took about $13 million in Stimulus Package money and emergency funds after DHL left since 2009. That’s not a government bailout?

    • Anonymous

      Media Matters isn’t exactly known for its accuracy…

    • Anonymous

      And I say give us the proof! Or maybe it was a promise, just like Obama’s promise to New Jersey after hurricane Sandy.

      • BlueMN

        Here you go.

        go to recovery.gov zip code 45177

        $7,413,281 awarded (see pic below)

        The Columbus Dispatch 2/9/2011
        “WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The federal government is providing another $2.9 million to help southwestern Ohio workers hurt by the relocation of a DHL Express air-shipping facility.”

        “U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said while visiting the state yesterday that the money will cover job training and other re-employment services for 729 more workers affected by layoffs at Wilmington Air Park. About 1,600 Wilmington workers benefited from two earlier rounds of assistance totaling $8.3 million.”

        WHIO story where both Senators and the Congressman ask for even more Federal aid.


        • tobias smit

          If every one of those workers got an equal part of that it would be less than $5200 . But if you subtract the money paid to implement those hand outs, where did that money come from? out of that 8.3 mil? And how much went to the Senators coffers and their backers in the form of contracts?? I doubt the workers saw half of that money!

          • BlueMN

            Um…no. A huge pile of cash is not deposited on a Senator’s lawn for them to hand out as they please. The recovery.gov site showed exactly where the money went, to city schools, county employment offices, for “job training and other re-employment services.” and the Ohio DOT, etc.

    • Anonymous

      Who believes them? They report nothing but lies.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Glad to hear that things are still moving.

  • Obie Wan

    I was recently thinking about this town,remembering Glenn’s show about it from three yrs back. I guess in spite of the distain by progressives against anyone who doesn’t bow to government for everything, Wilmington,Ohio shows there’s still something to be said for that faith,hope and charity idea !!!

    • Anonymous

      You bet, something that we need more of…..

  • George Allegro

    One of the most dangerous misconceptions of democracy is the notion that future powers should be determined by today’s fleeting majority.

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