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 Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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