Nudge to Shove? Maryland dad arrested for asking questions about Common Core

Glenn opened the radio this morning with a disturbing story out of Towson, Maryland. A parent with children in the district – Robert Small – was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to implement Common Core standards in its curriculum. Small now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine after being charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.

“My weekend started with a little video from Towson, Maryland. It was really exceptional. It was the beginning of what I believe is shove – from nudge to shove, then shoot,” Glenn said. “Now, this is clearly in the shove category… I believe it is a warning sign to the American people. I believe my job is to tell you the signposts. My job is to tell you how far down this road are you and how much farther do you have to go. Not much.”

TheBlaze reports:

Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum.

The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask questions or comment. Parents and other attendants were instead asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and officials would read them

However, Small began speaking out against the district’s use of Common Core, prompting a security guard, who was also a police officer, to approach him and order him to leave. “Let’s go!” he said sternly.

Watch the incident unfold below:

As he is being dragged out of the room there are audible gasps from the crowd, Small urges his fellow parents to not stand by idly. “Don’t stand for this,” he said. “You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?”

“You're starting to hear the crowd go a little crazy when the cop takes his arm and twists it behind his back to drag him out,” Glenn said. “And the audience is verbally and visually shocked by this.”

“Because the guy wasn't doing anything,” Pat said.

“He's not doing anything. He's not resisting arrest. He doesn't strike him. He did nothing,” Glenn continued. “Here's the thing: These people do not want any questions. They don't want any questions from you. You will accept it. Is there anything more important than your children's education, and you just will accept it. And what's sickening about this is the people on the stand, the people who are in charge are all smiling. You notice that? They are all smiling. None of them have a problem with this at all. And they twist his arm. They take him out. They handcuff him and they arrest him. The reason why he can't be on the program today is because he is facing 10 years in prison. They are claiming second-degree assault of a police officer.

Glenn often speaks of ‘road sign’ and ‘push cart’ moments that may seem small at the time, but, in the larger scheme of things, actually prove to be monumental. This incident could very well be one of those instances.

“This is the push cart. Remember I said, when the guy set himself on fire in Tunisia and that was just, that was an international story. That was not a big deal. That wasn't going to lead to anything, right? Everything was just, ‘Please, relax.’ And I said at the time, ‘That push cart is going to set the entire Middle East on fire and eventually the world,’” Glenn explained. “That push cart was the last stop before significant unrest and possibly World War III. And as it's turning out, that's exactly right. I am telling you with everything in me, warning: The people sitting down and being cattle. And what they did to this man and are doing to this man is a significant road sign on the road on which we are traveling. This is not America. I've never seen anything like this before. You know how you see these videos sometimes and you're like, ‘Okay. Well, you shouldn't have done that.’ There's nothing this guy did wrong. Nothing... except ask a question.”

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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