'The Peanuts Movie' reminds us life can be simple, hopeful and fun

If you're like me, you've always enjoyed reading Peanuts in the newspapers and catching the holiday specials on TV.

As a matter of fact, it's a family tradition of mine to sit and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year and I will continue to do so 'til the day I die. Peanuts was actually such a memorable part of my childhood that despite my age, I proudly sat in the theater with all the families full of kids.

I'm happy to see Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy reaching a new generation of Americans with their timeless experiences. I'm also thrilled to say The Peanuts Movie stays true to the character of Charles Schultz's original comic strip and Hollywood didn't butcher it, thank goodness.

Here's why I loved the movie:

1. The Charlie Brown plot is a good one to show today's youth.

2. The Snoopy timeline is classic and fun.

3. Even adults can be reminded there's still some good, clean fun in this world.

Basically, the plot of the movie is the pursuit of love. Charlie Brown discovers a new girl has moved into his neighborhood and he's instantly smitten. Numerous times he'll begin to pursue her, but will back down out of fear and lack of self-confidence. Nevertheless, he pushes forward noticing little details about her and the things they have in common and he keeps finding new ways to get her to notice him.

I appreciated how the movie chose to present his pursuit of the Little Red-Haired Girl. Charlie Brown didn't try to be the bad boy, class clown, or sports jock. Instead, he practiced magic tricks for the talent show, learned to dance for the Winter Dance competition, and read War and Peace for a book report, all in order to impress the girl.

Charlie Brown shows boys how to pursue the girl with wit and genuine personality as opposed to setting his sights on something lower like being the "cool kid" in order to get her attention.

As far as the Snoopy timeline is concerned, I loved it!

Snoopy is such an interesting character and his vivid imagination is always great fun! In the movie, he fights his nemesis, the Red Baron, in his attempt to rescue the girl. All along, he's got his buddy and pal, Woodstock, there beside him for his adventures and it was a great separation of entertainment to switch back and forth between the Charlie Brown timeline and the Snoopy timeline.

Finally, I would argue even adults would enjoy this movie. Why?

Because it's a reminder there's still good in this world, and our perception of reality can make or break our day. We all know the world can be a dark place, and we all have our own battles to fight. It's very easy to get discouraged or get caught up in the daily grind. However, Peanuts reminds us that life can be simple, life can be hopeful and fun if we look for it.

The Peanuts Movie takes such a simple concept (boy pursues girl), and makes it engaging and fun. We should all take note and follow in Charlie Brown's footsteps of pursuit: never, ever give up and things always turn out alright.

Here's the trailer to help convince yourself to go see it this weekend...

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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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.