In The Marketplace: Why ‘American Made’ Matters (part 5 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. In this five-part series on “American Made” small businesses, we learn about the people behind the shops in The Marketplace by TheBlaze. Read Part 1 of the series HERE, Part 2 HERE, Part 3 HERE, and Part 4 HERE.

In this five-part series on American-made small businesses, we’ve introduced you to The Marketplace by TheBlaze and our goal of assembling the world’s finest collection of unique small businesses. The Marketplace looks for quality products but more importantly, we look for quality people—entrepreneurs living their own version of the American Dream.

We’ve introduced you to Minuteman Watches, designed, assembled and tested in the U.S. with a portion of profits supporting America’s veterans. We told you about ChristWreath – the ultimate symbol to help put Christ back into Christmas. Part three of the series shared Constitution Questwith you, a smart, engaging and entertaining board game used by teachers and families across America. Part four of the series told you about Nebraska Star Beef, a family-owned small business for generations.

We’ve highlighted the achievements these small businesses have made and we’re proud to offer their products in The Marketplace. These small businesses refuse to lower their standards, despite the obstacles they face. Thanks to their commitment, we enjoy the benefits that come from manufacturing within American borders—job creation, less foreign dependence and keeping money circulating in our own country.

While the American-made movement has been around for years, there is an ever-growing list of resources available to support American businesses and manufacturers. Aside from the American Made collection in The Marketplace, we’re pleased to join an array of small businesses, agencies and nonprofit organizations—all dedicated to promoting and continuing the American made movement. We’ve assembled our favorites below:

Maker’s Row: Dedicated to simplifying the manufacturing process, Maker’s Row has compiled an exceptional, visually impressive database of American-made manufacturers. They put USA-made manufactures on the map, literally, with in-depth, location-specific profiles. Maker’s Row manufacturers are divided into two categories: Apparel/Accessories and Furniture/Home Decor, with more industries being added. Discover how it works and why Maker’s Row is one of the best ways to support the American-made movement.

Made in America Movement: The Made in America Movement is dedicated to encouraging consumers to buy American made products. The MAM provides its members with resources to expand their use of USA-made products. They work to connect American manufacturers, suppliers, production companies and distributors across the country and lobby for these businesses, while striving to tell Washington to bring American jobs home.

American Made Matters: This organization’s mission is to educate consumers that buying USA-made products strengthens the American dream. They also connect consumers with American made retailers and wholesalers through a massive compilation of American made businesses on their website. You may shop by product category or by company. Check out their website for compelling reasons to buy American and eye opening American manufacturing statistics.

Whether you support the American-made small businesses through The Marketplace or by joining one of the above organizations, when you support the American-made cause, we all win. To learn more about the remarkable entrepreneurs in The Marketplace, take a look at all of our small businesses HERE.

Roger Stone is kind of a scumbag but the outrage over his commutation by President Trump has gone off the rails. Thus far in his presidency, Trump has commuted the sentence for 11 individuals while in comparison, Bill Clinton had 61. Even worse, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of 1,715 criminals! Just by the numbers, the outrage is insane. But then add in that both Obama and Clinton commuted or pardoned the sentence of terrorists and/or "friends" of the the president and the double standard is outrageous.

Here is a list of just a few of the worst offenders:

Bill Clinton Pardons/Commuted sentences

Terrorists

  • Commuted the sentences of 16 members of the FALN, a Puerto Rican paramilitary organization that set off 120 bombs in the United States, mostly in New York City and Chicago. There were convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery, bomb-making, and sedition, as well as firearms and explosives violations.
  • Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were both commuted and both were members of Weather Underground and the May 19 Communist Movement, and were convicted on weapons and explosives charges.

Case similar to Trump/Roger Stone

  • Susan McDougal was sentenced to 18 months in prison on contempt charges for refusing to testify about Clinton in the Whitewater scandal only to have Clinton pardoned her.

Pardons/commutations that look like a response to bribes

  • Carlos Vignali was convicted for cocaine trafficking. Almon Glenn Braswell was convicted for mail fraud and perjury, and was under investigation for money laundering and tax evasion. Vignali was commuted while Braswell was pardoned, but they were also both caught paying approximately $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham, to represent their respective cases for clemency.
  • Marc Rich fled the U.S. after he was caught owing $48 million in taxes and was charged with 51 counts for tax fraud. Everyone was surprised when Clinton pardoned him. It was later revealed that Rich's wife made substantial donations to both the Clinton library and to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign.

Pardon for a member of Clinton's family

  • Clinton pardoned his brother, Roger Clinton, who had been convicted on drug charges. A year after the pardon he would be charged for Drunk driving and disorderly conduct.

Drug Cartel lawyer

  • Clinton commuted the sentence for Harvey Weinig, a former NY lawyer who was sentenced in 1996 to 11 years in prison for facilitating an extortion-kidnapping scheme and helping launder at least $19 million for the Cali cocaine cartel.

Obama Pardons/Commuted sentences - the most since Truman: Obama granted clemency to nearly 2,000 individuals, including 212 pardons and 1,715 commutations.

Terrorist

  • Obama commuted the sentence of another FALN terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Traitors

  • Chelsea Manning: the former Army Intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking documents that revealed classified information on military and diplomatic activities all around the world only to have her sentence commuted.

Case similar to Micheal Flynn or Roger Stone

  • Obama pardoned General James Cartwright, who had been convicted for lying to the FBI (sound familiar?!). Cartwright was considered "Obama's favorite general".

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck goes where the Left and the media don't want us to go. The protests, riots, pandemic — it's all one big distraction being weaponized to shield the Deep State from the big reveal.

The case against General Michael Flynn is bigger than a phone call with the Russian ambassador; it exposes everything. Glenn reveals multiple cogs in the Deep State wheel that tried to destroy Donald Trump's presidency.

This story has everything: secret meetings, spies, glamorous European locations. Glenn puts all of the pieces together and interviews the man who was an eyewitness to all of it — former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Specifically targeted by this Deep State coup, his reputation and life may never be the same. He reveals the names of those he believes were behind his setup and the coup against the president.

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The Washington Post wants Native Americans to hate the name "Washington Redskins" so badly that that it is willing to mock its own study that proved otherwise.

On the radio program Tuesday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn Beck) discussed the "woke insanity" of the WaPo's most recent poll, which, like its 2016 counterpart, found that the vast majority of Native Americans are not offended by the NFL team's name.

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As the left tries to erase America's history and disparage nearly everything about our nation's founding, Glenn Beck set the record straight about the Declaration of Independence, what it really says, and why he believes it is the "greatest mission statement of all time."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn read something you've probably never heard before: a section of the earliest known draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson in July 1776 and lost for more than a century and a half.

"This wasn't found until 1947; the original draft of the Declaration was found in a bunch of Thomas Jefferson's writings, in a box in the Library of Congress," Glenn said. "This takes everything that you have learned about Thomas Jefferson and turns it upside down. It also explains why we didn't eliminate slavery. It also explains that our Founders felt passionately about slavery, that they tried to end slavery. I want to read just this paragraph to you. This changes absolutely everything."

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