Marketplace Op/Ed: 'You didn't build that', Word's without knowledge

By Ryan Beckley, Mavericks Coffee

This column is part of our ongoing series of op-eds this election season from small business owners working with The Marketplace by TheBlaze. We often hear politicians talk about what small business owners want, and if elected, what public officials could do to help these entrepreneurs. But we haven’t heard enough from small business owners themselves. This series will feature small business owners discussing their business, ‘how they built that,’ and what it has been like trying to sustain and grow their business over the last 4 years. 

Hearing President Barrack Obama’s now infamous statement “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen,”  I was reminded of Job 38 in the Bible. “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?”

The president’s words are not only without knowledge, but they obscure to the rest of the world the genius of America’s founding by veiling its beacon of freedom, and shrouding the shinning city on the hill that America has been since its inception. But more perilous than denying America’s exceptionalism to the rest of the world–which gives hope and opportunity to many yearning for freedom–the president’s remarks conceal and deceive those within the United States of the unprecedented opportunity that is within their grasp.

The road blocks to small business in America right now are great and profound. When small business owners all across America embarked on our journey as entrepreneurs, we committed our working life and that of our family’s as a sacrifice to reach our goals. We rise early and stay late. We scrimp, save, and when we run short, we do without.  Yet we all remain focused to succeed.

Most businesses don’t start big, they start small. New small businesses enter into the marketplace daily and breathe new life into the United States economy. From new innovation and beneficial competition, to an increase in overall economic activity, our work leads to improved products, new efficiencies, and lower prices that benefit society. The general economy is stronger, and people are wealthier because the necessities of life are more abundant and require less of their wealth to purchase. At the same time, the circumstances of the business and the people it now employs are improved.

The roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that the president hypnotically charms the people with are only a means or a conduit for economic activity.  Production is wealth. It is through the efforts of production in a society free of burdensome regulation and meddling politicians, that the power of the market is released. Historically, the United States has protected the entrepreneurs and fostered production, but sadly the assault on production has been consistent and certain. This president has hastened the advance of declining American production.

Since starting my business, I have learned governmental permission is required at every step. From placing a sign on my business to erecting a Christmas tree during the holidays. Both require a permit and, of course, a fee even if the permit is not granted. Even the traditional round door knob is illegal.

In California, where additional burdens are placed on business, the local municipality requires paying local business taxes on estimated revenue before it is generated. Also paying traffic impacts fees for customers that may never patronize your business.

Governments purview extends from regulating and taxing chairs and decorations in your business, to pleasant in person meetings with health inspectors, fire inspectors, building inspectors, assessors and various other regulators. In fact, during a recommended voluntary training session that became mandatory when I said “no thank you,”  California’s Franchise Tax Board (they are California’s version of the IRS just not as polite), I learned I can charge any sales tax rate I want above the minimum sales tax rate as long I send them money. For most entrepreneurs, too much time is spent complying, documenting compliance, and wondering if someday compliance will even be possible at the expense of running their business.

I got into business to serve my customers, not the government. The government is our servant not our keeper. Sadly, the assault on business and its production is a threat to everyone that consumes or produces in the United States.

Statutes, regulations, codes, and ordinances now suffocate business at every turn. Innovation is now only seen by government as it develops new ways to disrupt, displace, and confiscate wealth and its creation. The invisible-hand that once guided the voluntary interactions between individuals in the marketplace has now been replaced with the chocking hands of government, strangling production and draining the very life breathed by the entrepreneurs into their business.

In the Bible Job was posed a series of questions that he could not answer.  “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?”

President Obama, were you there when I started my business? Where were you when my business was capitalized? Is that your name on the mortgage? Or your signature under penalty of perjury and  incarceration?

Clearly, the president does not know and he does not understand, nor does he wish to know or understand, the foundations of freedom in the United States. This willful ignorance from President Obama and others in positions of authority at all levels of government imperils the people and hinders meaningful progress for every man, women, and child in the United States.

I would remind President Obama: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Job understood when he said “I put my hand over my mouth,” and he would not speak. The president would be prudent to do so as well.

"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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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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