The American Revolution: Who Cares?

John Adams said: "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."

Today that’s becoming an increasing problem.  If we as a nation don't know why this country was founded, what the great creed of the Declaration of Independence is, or what the Constitution - the nation’s blueprint - proclaims, we lose the ties that unite us: the principles and ideals won by the American Revolution and forged by our founding documents--what Abraham Lincoln famously called “the mystic chords of memory.”

The American Revolution Center recently commissioned a national survey of adult Americans to assess their knowledge of the American Revolution. The good news: overwhelmingly (90 percent) said knowledge of the American Revolution is important. When asked to grade their own knowledge, 89 percent gave themselves a passing grade.

But when tested, 83 percent failed, with an average score of 44 percent. Surprisingly, more than a third thought the right to assemble, march, protest, or petition the government is "important but not essential" or "not that important at all." More than half thought the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the War of 1812 came before the Revolution. Yet, 81 percent easily identified Michael Jackson as the singer of "Beat It" and "Billie Jean.”

Our kids aren’t doing much better as evidenced by the recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. A history test was given to 31,000 students nationwide in public and private schools. Three quarters of all students tested performed below the proficient level.  Scores sink lower as students’ age.  While 20% of fourth graders score at or above the proficient level, only 12% of high school seniors meet that mark.  Less than half the graduating seniors demonstrated a basic knowledge of American history.

Given these scores, how can rising generations of Americans keep the spirit of the American Revolution alive?  How can our young people defend their liberties if they can’t define them?

The American Revolution Center is building The Museum of the American Revolution—the first national museum dedicated to telling the entire story of our founding. The Museum will be located in historic Philadelphia, just steps from Independence Hall.

The Museum will connect visitors to the extraordinary stories and people of the founding generation through the Center’s distinguished collection of objects, firearms, works of art, manuscripts and rare books from the Revolutionary era. Visitors will see these authentic “witnesses” to our nation’s birth, including ten silver camp cups from General Washington’s field equipment made in Philadelphia in August 1777, as well as original letters written by Washington during the War of Independence.

Many of the national treasures in the collection have not been on public display for decades, including the tent George Washington used as his sleeping/office tent throughout the Revolutionary War. It is perhaps the greatest relic of the Revolution (the first “oval office” of the first Commander-in-Chief of the United States).

The collection includes the iconic painting The March to Valley Forge by William B.T. Trego, Patrick Henry’s law books, two original copies of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, a major collection of Revolutionary War arms, and documents that include Baron von Steuben’s Oath of Allegiance to the United States, signed at Valley Forge.

The Museum will proudly display the Commander-in-Chief Standard, believed to be the earliest surviving 13-star American flag. It was used to mark General Washington’s presence at his headquarters and on the battlefield. Please visit www.AmRevMus.org/content/make-gift and consider wearing a replica of the Commander-in-Chief Standard as a lapel pin, honoring George Washington and supporting the Center’s efforts to build a living memorial to the Revolutionary generation.

Now more than ever, America needs a museum dedicated to the people, events and ideas that forged our freedoms, inspired our greatest achievements as a nation and sustained us through our darkest moments. For more information about how you can help, please visit www.AmRevMus.org/content/support.

The above op/ed represents the opinion of  the author who is in no way affiliated with Glenn Beck

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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