Young entrepreneur wow's Glenn

This morning on radio, Glenn sat down with Joshua Parker, a young entrepreneur. During a local field trip in 2009 to a sugar house, Parker discovered the maple syrup process. At age 11, Parker started his first company, Parker Maple Farm. A business that is still a success today.

Now, Joshua Parker is 17-years-old, graduated from high school, and is gearing up to go to college in the fall. During Parker's conversation with Glenn this morning he wowed Glenn and most of us here with his honest, well-spoken answers. Glenn questioned how a public school in New York was able to turn out a capitalist. Parker's response was amazing, "I think the odds are porbably not in our favor. I think that society as a whole, when we live in a society that's more in favor of people who are just going to take what the government will give them and not-and not live by their own work and fortitude, it's difficult to-it's difficult expect the results that are still happening because the American dresm is not dead."

Hear more of this young man's great interview below, and if you would like to learn more about Parker Maple Farm or purchase some great maple syrup, click HERE.

Rough Transcript Below:

GLENN: What are the odds that a public school in New York turns out a capitalist?

JOSHUA: Well, I think the odds are probably not in our favor. I think that society as a whole, when we live in a society that's more in favor of people who are just going to take what the government will give them and not — and not live by their own work and fortitude, it's difficult to — it's difficult to expect the results that are still happening because the American dream is not dead. Even though we're taught in English class that the American dream is unattainable. That we read The Great Gatsby and we look at it as an unattainable goal. But there's still kids —

GLENN: I don't want to live like The Great Gatsby.

JOSHUA: Neither do I.

GLENN: That was a really bad — that's a sad, tragic, awful, hang-yourself-at-the-end kind of story.

JOSHUA: Yes.

GLENN: That's a, hey, can't obtain that. Good. Good.

JOSHUA: Yes. But the American dream is not dead. There are still kids out there.

PAT: You must have great parents.

JOSHUA: Yeah, the support I've had from my parents has been nothing short of amazing.

GLENN: You realize that, if not them, you certainly will be headed towards a reeducation camp at some point.

JOSHUA: I hope not. I hope not.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, hope is a step away from despair, isn't that right?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: So what do they do?

JOSHUA: My dad owns a company for park and line striping that stripes parking lots down the east coast. And then my mom is a guidance counselor at a public high school.

GLENN: Wow.

JOSHUA: It's — I think that I get the entrepreneurial spirit, if that's what you'd like to call it, from my dad.

GLENN: What do you call it?

JOSHUA: I would call it the entrepreneurial spirit. But it's just the willingness and ability to work for what you want. Have a vision and fulfill that vision. You — I just set goals and don't let myself fall short. And if I do, then the next goal has to be even higher and I have to work even harder for it. The maple season is not easy.

If you ask any maple producer, it's the most fun four to six weeks of the year. But it's the most — the most tiring. There's barely any sleep. There's I think three or four times a season where I went over 45 hours without sleep. Because I wake up in the morning. I go out. I get everything ready for the day. I go to school. Then I come home from school probably around 11:00. Because that's just the way it has to be.

GLENN: 11:00 p.m.?

JOSHUA: 11:00 a.m. Yes. I cut the door — I mean, the day in half. And I come home and I get everything ready in the woods. And get everything collected. And by the time I start boiling, it's usually 9 o'clock. I boil until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning.

PAT: Jeez, really?

JOSHUA: And sometimes 5:00 or 6:00.

GLENN: You do it all yourself? Do you have any employees?

JOSHUA: I have a few part-time employees in the beginning of the season to help me get started. But anything more than that, I try to do by myself.

PAT: Well, you can't collect all 3500 —

JOSHUA: There's a tubing system in the woods. There's no buckets.

GLENN: Holy cow.

PAT: Of course there's no buckets.

GLENN: Now he's taking this cute little story, and now we find out it's big business.

PAT: It's big syrup business.

GLENN: Okay. Tell us about these tubes.

JOSHUA: Yeah. So the process of making maple syrup really exemplifies the beauty and complexity of nature. Because we're taking a sap from the trees, a small percentage —

GLENN: Taking. Go ahead. Keep saying it. Taking it. Stealing it. Ripping it right out of the —

JOSHUA: I think it's from God, so it might be okay.

GLENN: Ripping it right from the root system.

JOSHUA: We're taking a small percentage of the sap that the tree produces. Using it to — it's mineral rich. Full of — it only has 2 percent when it comes out of the tree. So it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. We take it. We collect it through a tubing system. It comes to one collection point. We bring it back to the sugar house. Run it though a reverse osmosis system.

GLENN: Pretend we don't know what a sugar house is.

JOSHUA: Okay. So a sugar house is a farmer's word for a factory. Right?

GLENN: Right. I know this. Don't talk down to me. I, of course, know what a sugar house is. I grew up in a sugar house.

JOSHUA: But it's — a lot of times, the wooden building that we bring the sap into — and that's where we convert the sap into syrup. And by sap, I mean maple water.

GLENN: Right.

JOSHUA: That's the same thing. They're synonyms. So we run the sap through the reverse osmosis system, which saves — cuts down on boiling time, boiling costs. And at Parker Maple Farm, we're boiling on the first wood pellet evaporator in New York State. So we're trying to save the earth. Right? Give back to the earth.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.