America has two very distinct choices this November the 6th on election day. One candidate believes all things flow from government while the other believes limited government intervention is the best way to go. Polar opposites. Which does America prefer? That was the question Glenn encouraged listeners across the country to ask themselves on radio this morning when he told the story of Duncan Hines, an American entrepreneur who managed to leave his mark on America without relying on the government.
"In forty-two days America will decide. Probably the most important thing that the America has decided in maybe a 150 years," Glenn said.
Glenn said that Americans have the choice in November to support a philosophy that holds redistribution as a core tenet. They can vote for a man who believes that government programs and institutions are essential to and indivisible from personal success. Or they can vote for someone who believes in individual success and small government, who thinks that solutions are found at home with families and with faith.
Glenn said that Americans need to remember great individuals who succeeded despite the personal challenges they faced. He recalled the story of Duncan Hines, whose mother died at a young age and whose lawyer father sent him to spend most of his childhood with his grandmother. It was with his grandmother that he learned to appreciate good cooking, and as an adult he travelled the country with his wife compiling lists of good places to eat.
"Well the list that he and (his wife) Florence had put together had become so popular and it was passed around so much, and they became inundated. And that's when they realized that nobody had compiled a list of places to eat in America. In 1936 he wrote a book called the " The Adventures in Good Eating". He wrote about all sorts of places including one in Kentucky a little coffee half a mile from Corbin. You could get fried chicken, potatoes, biscuits, vegetables, a drink. All that for a buck tops," Glenn explained.
That restaurant near Corbin, KY turned out to be the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Hines's review was one factor in Col. Sanders's deciding to franchise the restaurant.
"In 1952 he introduced his own bread to the world. A year later he sold the rights to this bread. He made a fortune. And then he licensed his name to other food products because the country had grown to trust the man with the name that symbolized good food," Glenn continued.
"He was renowned food critic and author. He found a niche in America, a need that wasn't being fulfilled and he filled it. And in doing so, in finding that on his own he built something. He became wealthy through his own hard work and his dedication, and in his ingenuity."
"And we don't know him anymore, we just know Duncan Hines cake mix. In just a few days we're going to decide if Duncan Hines didn't build his cake mix, who did? Was it the government?"
"Soon we decide."