The Oval: “The Right to Feed”

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Good afternoon.

It seems there’s a limit to brotherly love in the city of Brotherly Love.

The city of Philadelphia has outlawed the feeding of people outdoors.

If you’re living on the street, you used to be able to go to the oh-so-appropriately-named Love Park and get fed. No questions asked. Just line up, get a plate and eat.

Someone from the Chosen 300 Ministries was there to hand out the food. The students from The Mathematics Civics and Sciences Charter School raised money to buy the homeless food and toiletries. Volunteers from across the city would do their part.

You can imagine how important those meals – and that love – was to the homeless.

Now, the city wants it to end.

They want the homeless fed indoors. In special zones of the city only. In places the city approves. Away from where tourists might see them.

As Reverend Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries says: These rules “are designed to tuck the homeless in a corner and pretend that the problem does not exist in our city.”

In the city which gave birth to American freedom, they have banned the freedom to give out food.

In the city of brotherly love, they have banned brotherly love.

They have banned it, because they are threatened by it.

I have always argued, and continue to believe, that the worst thing about big government is not the cost.

No.

The real problem is that big government competes with community service… with volunteerism… with charity… with the caring in our hearts.

Big government crowds out small acts of love.

The bigger government gets, the less it wants competition – especially when it comes to caring.

When ordinary citizens do the kinds of things big government thinks it should do, guess what happens next?

They invent reasons to ban community service and charity.

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg banned food donations to government-run homeless shelters. Why? Because the city wants to assess the nutritional content of the food. I guess Mayor Bloomberg would rather the homeless go hungry than get a little more sodium than the USDA thinks advisable.

In Washington State, the Department of Health has banned homemade food from ALL donations to homeless shelters and food distribution sites. Who cares that you make the best lasagna on your street? The homeless of Washington State might enjoy it, but the bureaucrats at the Department of Health are afraid of the elevated LDL that might come from the mozzarella.

And here’s the amazing thing: When they announced the rules, they said: Don’t worry, if you throw away your leftovers instead of giving them to the homeless, you’re not wasting. You’re – and I quote -- “actually protecting the at risk hunger community that we help feed.” End quote.

In Macon, Georgia, they told volunteers that it would be better to donate grocery food cards rather than actual frozen turkeys at Thanksgiving time. I don’t know about you, but at Thanksgiving, when I want to give people what they need for the special meal, I want them to have a turkey, not a piece of plastic.

In Morristown, New Jersey, and Delaware, and Arizona, and Illinois, they are reclassifying food donation centers and feeding kitchens as restaurants. What that means is that these places have to get inspected… they have to hire consultants to tell them how to redesign their kitchens to pass the inspections… they have to meet all kinds of new expensive regulations.

What does it all mean? Big government makes community service harder… more expensive… more difficult to do. It’s a tax on charity and service. And it’s wrong.

Let’s be honest: This isn’t about protecting people who need a meal. If big government cared about the health of people who needed a meal, there wouldn’t be any need for new regulations. We’d just say: “If you want to feed someone, knock yourself out. God bless you for your efforts! And please, do as much as you can with as much love in your heart!”

This is about power. This is about the power of government bureaucrats. They want to take away the right to care. The right to feed. The right to show another human being the simple dignity of a warm meal, no questions asked.

Erike Younge is a writer at the One Step Away, a Philadelphia-area newspaper which is a voice for the city’s homeless. Here is what he said: “Feeding people and serving the needs of the people is a fundamental right.”

Erike is correct. Feeding people is a fundamental right because it’s a natural moral impulse. When you see someone in need, you want to help. You do your part. Not because someone tells you, but because you know it’s the right thing to do.

Now we have government bureaucrats who tell us it’s the WRONG thing to do. To give someone the leftovers from our lunches and dinners. To hand someone a chafing dish with Aunt Lillian’s lasagna. To set out a table in a public park, and say to all who need a meal: Come and eat!

Our hearts say this is right. Our government says it is wrong.

We are better than this. As Americans, we don’t want the government to take control of our lives. We don’t want government to take control of our hearts.

We have the right to feed. The right to care. And we must exercise it.

So during this Week of Service, do your part. Bring those doughnuts and those bagels and those salty snacks to your neighbors in need. They need the calories. They need the help. They need your love.

And don’t let any government official get in the way of your heart.

Thanks for watching.

May God bless you, and may God bless the Republic.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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