99% vs 53%

Which side do you want to be on?

The Blaze has been covering the story of the 53% all week, explaining, "The 53% is a group of responsible young people organizing across the country. However, this group is not camping out in parks around the country and demanding the entire capitalist system be destroyed." The movement is a response the the "We are the 99%" meme that has emerged as Occupy Wall Street Protests have spread.

Now, what are the different cases being made for each side? The guys read some of the winners on air.

On the "We are the 99%" side/Occupy Wall Street

I'm the founder of an independent game development company.  When we finally launch our product, we will be drowned out in a flood of Blockbuster corporate games and our message will be lost.  I am the 99%. ("He's going to face competition once he finally gets up and rolling." - Pat ... "Where is the government to pay him for the crappy games he's making?" - Stu)

I am from an upper middle class family. I'm graduating from college this fall.  I'm fortunate enough to have a job.  I'm fortunate enough to have parents that can aid me with unexpected costs. I am fortunate to live in a state that has full scholarships dependent on GPA.  So I have no student debt. I do not deserve more than anyone else because I have been this lucky but I feel responsible for my fellow human beings.  We are the 99%.  We are all human.  Corporations are not.

I live communally with 100 people in Virginia.  We run a miniature society with government and businesses we collectively own and products, produce lots of our own food.  We aren't tuned in to TV or iPhones.  We everyone earn $5,000 a year on average and all the money goes to the community.  By sharing what we have, seven big houses, fifteen cars, a variety of talents and skills, we get by on very little.  We have no leader and there is always plenty of food, comfortable shelter and no trouble getting bills paid. We're all lucky to be secure and happy with our lives.  I choose to live this way because corporatism is destroying American government and society and because I am the 99%.

For the 53%/Non-Occupy Wall Street

I served in the U.S. military.  I had a botched back surgery.  I got out and I worked construction 50 to 70 hours a week, in pain every day. I went back to school at 30.  I've worked for everything I have.  I continue to work 60 to 75 hours a week.  I support my own family.  I don't whine, I don't pout to others what I have or what has happened to me or what I'm entitled to.  Shut up.  Get a job.  Work for what you want.  I'm tired of supporting everyone else.  I am the 53%.

I work three jobs.  I have a house I can't sell.  My family insurance costs are outrageous.  I don't blame Wall Street.  Suck it up, whiners. I am the 53% subsidizing you so you can hang on Wall Street and complain.

I was middle class until I was 8 and then I became poor due to my parents' divorce.  My mother worked a full‑time job, I had a paper route for a while, and so did she.  She couldn't get food stamps or welfare because they worked, as a paper boy.  We lived in crummy apartments.  It was all we could afford, and at that time there were restrictions on children in most places.  We lived in low‑income apartments for about eight years.  I quit school, I got a full‑time job at 16, but I had to quit and I went to live with my sister to care for her three small children while both her and her husband worked two jobs to keep their small home.  It was miserable there.  Unfortunately their marriage ended and the house was foreclosed on.  So I got a job through job corps and I got a GED.  Thankfully God led me through a couple of other jobs and sent me as a supervisor in a stable workplace where I now make more than anyone else in my family.  My income is now $56,000 a year.  Thankfully my truck, my mom's SUV, and my brother's car are all paid for now, by me.  I have never had cable.  I've never had satellite TV in my whole life.  My DSL connection is the only luxury I have, and I'm blessed to give 15% to charity. I never went to college.  My GED scores I guess would say that I had done well according to my teachers.  I love my country.  I care very deeply about the state of the nation.  I am the 53%.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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