In The Marketplace: Why 'American Made' Matters (part 2 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 stories highlighting businesses in TheBlaze’s eCommerce channel.

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In this five-part series on “American Made” small businesses, we learn about the people behind the shops in The Marketplace by TheBlaze. To read the first part of this series, click HERE.

The small business owners who create American-made products for The Marketplace are extraordinary people, crafting exceptional products while working tirelessly to earn your trust. Beyond their warmth is a passionate desire to fulfill their own version of the American dream. If you haven’t already explored The Marketplace, you might not realize what incredible shop owners have joined us as partners. In this second segment of our five-part “American Made” series, we’re introducing four more shops that demonstrate the impact that comes from producing in America.

BEARCREEK BILLIARDS

As the owner and master craftsman behind Bearcreek Billiards, Jason Saunders creates pool tables that are true works of art and deserve a place among the finest antiques and high-end furniture in any home.

When you ask Jason what he does, he casually says, “I build pool tables … build them out of pine, juniper, cedar, aspen and barn wood.” What makes his tables extra-special is that all of the timeless, beautiful wood Jason uses originates from the soil of Montana.

Jason’s innovative passion for creating ruggedly beautiful pool tables, plus his work ethic and care for customers is what helps him succeed. “I’ve designed and built close to 400 tables and never had a complaint or had someone not be happy with what I made for them,” Jason says.

Bearcreek Billiards embodies the American-made movement: Beautiful wood sourced from Montana, tables constructed by hand and a relentless drive to produce a gorgeous heirloom.

SWEET VINTAGE WRAPPING PAPER

Raised in a part of Omaha, Neb., that was originally settled by immigrants a century ago, Kim Brokke has the immigrant drive for the American dream running through her veins.

It’s this drive that nudged her to launch her own small business, Sweet Vintage Wrapping Paper, to provide unique and timeless wrapping paper from days past. As a full-time mom of five who plays the harp and sings the National Anthem at local events, Kim’s faith and love of country coalesce into her inspiration to continue her business.

As Kim puts it, “Our history needs to be told, embraced and celebrated, and I think my papers and cards do just that!” Since creating her first vintage gift wraps for a fundraiser at her parish school, Kim’s gift wraps and gift tags have all been locally made in Omaha.

CHRISTWREATH

As we approach the holiday season, The Marketplace is proud to be joined by ChristWreath, a growing business dedicated to empowering Christians to proudly display symbols that represent the true meaning of Christmas.

Since its beginnings, ChristWreath has been committed to upholding the freedom of religion as expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

This fresh wreath is the perfect symbol to put Christ back in Christmas. Take a look at these beautiful, inspiring symbols to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy.

BUFFALO BILLFOLDS AND BELTS

Since 1991, Buffalo Billfolds and Belts has been making and selling some of the finest belts and wallets available, and all of them are made right here in the USA.

The quality of their products starts with the values lived by the company’s employees. Owner Ron Snider says, “We try to operate on biblical principles, be honest … do what we say we’re going to do and provide good service and a good product to our customers.”

On top of that, Ron is committed to countering the throw-away mentality by creating products that will last for years. Buffalo Billfolds and Belts are always made of 100 percent pure American cowhide, the kind you can’t get overseas. In addition to making some of the best American-made belts and wallets money can buy, they also sell tack, Western silver jewelry and custom trophy buckles.

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At The Marketplace, we celebrate small business owners who overcome hardship, conquer adversity and sift through failure to come out triumphant, ready to wow the world. We hope you’ll consider The Marketplace to be like Main Street in your own hometown—a place where honesty and integrity are just as important as revenue and profit.

Step into The Marketplace and meet these amazing Americans. Learn their struggles, celebrate their triumphs and share in their dream of rebuilding America. Thank you for supporting these small businesses and helping to uphold our nation.

Keep learning why “American Made” matters as we continue this series, featuring our incredible partners at The Marketplace. If you haven’t already, please read our first segment on Why ‘American Made’ Matters (Part 1 of 5).

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

Watch the video clip below for more details:

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

Watch the video clip below for more details:


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Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

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