Marketplace Op-ed Series: The Answer Is Yes, I Did Build This.

by Patty Gattner, Harper Grace Boutiques

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. 

Did I Build This?  The answer is YES, I DID BUILD THIS.  And all by myself. I am the PROUD owner of Harper Grace Boutiques, which are 3 e-commerce websites starting withwww.HarperGraceMaternity.com, www.HarperGraceBaby.com,  and www.HarperGraceOrganics.com. I am a working mom of two little boys, 3 & 6. I have a career in the Medical industry and launched my websites to eventually be fully self employed. I would be afraid to not work, given the economy, I would never want to feel the stress of financial pressures as many do today.

My instincts as a mother tell me to be with my children, as it is difficult to leave them everyday, but it is something that I have to do. With that said, I do enjoy working, I just would like to be able to make up my own schedule to fulfill all of my boys needs and be home with them when they are sick, instead of having my mother stay with them.  Or between my husband and I taking turns using our sick days when my older son broke his leg -  I just wanted to be home with him. I feel very grateful to be employed, don’t get me wrong – but I just have a different vision for myself and family.

I grew up in a home of entrepreneurs, so it comes naturally to me, it in my blood. My mother and father were and are still very hard working people. They started many little businesses when they were young to save money for a down payment on their first home. So I understand the value of working hard and earning things.  And you know what, NOTHING is more rewarding than being able to say to yourself “I did this, I worked hard and earned all of this.”  You feel proud and want to be better and keep doing more. This mentality is something that seems to be going away. And I do NOT want my children to think they can be handed everything.

I want them to have that same proud feeling that I get when I open my computer every morning at 4:30am to squeeze in some work and SEO before my family wakes up and the rush of the day starts. Or that feeling that I accomplished so much that day – when my kids are in bed and I open my computer again and check and fulfill orders for my customers. Do I want to do that every day?  No I don’t, but it is something that I have to do, and am now obligated to do to gain and keep the respect of my customers.

We live in the GREATEST country in the world, one in which I feel proud of and respect deeply, and that as Americans we are offered the ability to prosper and fulfill our dreams. I don’t want to see that go away – and when the President of the United States of American is trying to appeal to the masses by saying “You didn’t build that” it really makes my blood boil. What is that message saying to our children? Not the one that I grew up with and believe in.

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!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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