In The Marketplace: Why 'American Made' Matters (part 1 of 5)

Editor’s note: This article was written by Colin Balfe, Director of The Marketplace by TheBlaze, and is part of a series of articles highlighting businesses in TheBlaze’s eCommerce channel.

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In this series, we’ll introduce home-grown American shops that recently joined The Marketplace by TheBlaze, a small business marketplace focused on remarkable people, extraordinary small businesses and exceptional products.

In addition to high quality items, The Marketplace looks for quality people -- entrepreneurs who are living their own version of the American dream. Each of these shops are U.S.-owned and operated, with products made in America for Americans. These are people who have built their small businesses with hard work and integrity, with a goal of improving the nation. By refusing to outsource, they drive our nation’s economy by creating jobs, paying taxes, giving to charities and keeping the American spirit alive.

1. Georgia Chair

A lot of things change in 100 years, but since 1914, Georgia Chair has been family owned and operated with a commitment to American-made quality and excellent service. At Georgia Chair, faith in God and family tradition are infused into their products, allowing them to transform fine-grained oak heartwood into the most beautiful, solid oak furniture on the market. Using a manufacturing process that blends old fashioned, hand crafted methods of wood working with modern industrial techniques, every piece of solid oak furniture is crafted with heirloom quality. All of the wood Georgia Chair uses grows within 300 miles of the company headquarters to ensure top quality while staying rooted in American greatness.

2. Meco Grills

Meco Grills has been producing American-made grills since barbecue grilling became an American tradition. Since their beginning in 1969, Meco has continuously manufactured grills from their factory in East Tennessee while standing for “Honesty, Integrity, and Fun” as a family-owned business. Whether you’re shopping for an electric smokercharcoal combo water smokerelectric table top, or the swinger, you’ll find an American owned and oriented family business steeped in barbecuing lore from the very beginning. As the originator of the classic square charcoal grill—almost a necessity in American homes—Meco is now one of the very few remaining USA manufacturers of barbecue grills. Having always believed in “made-in-America” as the only sustainable strategy to uplift the lives of all Americans, they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

3. Patriot Outlet

Patriot Outlet began when an uncertain economy made one family want to become more self-sufficient. They decided to sell a variety of high quality, American-made outdoor equipment to supply hard working, self-reliant people like themselves. When asked for his business philosophy, Patriot Outlet’s founder, Gregory Sprading says, “I think the Christian principles of freedom, self-reliance, hard work, and determination are the real drivers behind our business.” In a society that is continuing down the path of entitlements, Patriot Outlet enables its employees to make ends meet for their families, while at the same time, promoting the values of work and self-reliance to customers through its products and messaging.

4.  Minuteman Watches

The owner of Minuteman Watches, Thomas Carey, has a soft spot for active and former military, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS professionals and other civic duty servicemen and women. His father, who is the CFO, is a disabled Vietnam veteran. When Thomas decided to launch his own watch brand, it was only natural that it would be a US focused brand with a military flavor. Like the Minutemen who responded to the call of freedom during the American Revolution, Minuteman Watches represent the same passion, sacrifice and pride that gave birth to our nation. With the Minuteman logo proudly displayed on each watch, Minuteman Watches are designed to remind us of our nation’s beginnings and the liberties we enjoy. A company inspired by the veterans it employs, Minuteman Watches are designed, assembled and tested in the U.S. and 25% of profits go to charities to support America’s veterans.

As you can see, The Marketplace is made up of amazing small businesses. But more importantly, we’re made up of extraordinary people. Generations of family businesses, husband and wife teams and veterans all tirelessly working to earn your trust. Thank you for supporting them and proving how important small business is in America. If you're interested in discovering more made in America products, visit the made in America page in The Marketplace.

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

Read the full story from TheBlaze News here.

'We DON'T destroy books'

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?" - Glenn Beck. Download the podcast here.

Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

"Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment'"- Chad Prather. Download the podcast here.

Dr. Seuss BANNING Bonanza! New Progressive Book Titles Revealed! 

In this 7+1 segment-- Crowder uncovers, new, unreleased Dr. Seuss titles that will be released in the near future (parody). Download the podcast here.

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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