Robert Godwin's Legacy Is Evident in His Children's Message of Forgiveness

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from April 18, 2017.

Did you ever think about your legacy? I mean, I know dictators do that. Presidents do that. But have you really ever thought about the legacy you are building? What will you leave behind?

None of us are really going to be remembered by a monument. Most of us will never have a book in the library that people go to read. What are the intangible things that you leave behind just because of the way you live your life?

Last night, I sat with my eldest sister Coletta, and we sat around the dining room table for about an hour or so. She's writing a book. She's writing a pie book. It's a recipe book. She said it may just be, you know, for her family, the kids. I am consulting on it, kind of, and I suggested to her one of the last lines. I said, consider this: I remember people because of pies. I remember my grandmother used to make lemon meringue pie for me. Every time, it was just for me. And she would make pie for each of us kids, but she would make a lemon merengue pie for me. Every time I would come to her house, I remember walking in the front door and smelling it. I must have been eight years old. The legacy that she left for me was that lemon merengue pie means, I love you.

What is it that we're passing on to our friends, our family and our children? For better or for worse, what you do today is building your legacy.

I'm going to tell you about a man that was born in 1942, when the world was in the thick of fighting World War II. He was a teenager when the segregation of American schools was just getting started. He was in his 20s during the heart of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He worked as a foundry worker --- we don't have foundries really anymore --- taking metal and melting it down then pouring that liquid metal into a mold creating new shapes, new tools, new parts.

Foundry workers worked with their hands. They would pour that liquid metal in, and then they would remove that new shape from the mold and they would sand the rough edges. They would scrub the molds and prepare for the next batch. It was hard, honest and old-fashioned work.

This man raised nine children, had five daughters, four sons. It wasn't easy. It's not for any of us, especially when you get a divorce --- and he had a divorce. He fixed cars on the side just to help keep food on the tables and clothes on the backs of his children. He was a dad that was there. One of his daughters, Debbie, said he always taught her and her sisters that they needed to fend for themselves and not depend on a man to provide for them. She said he was gentle and sweet. One of his sons said he was quiet and always respectful.

Eventually, he retired. His daily trek to the foundry was now replaced with fishing on Lake Erie. His kids had grown. He had 14 grandchildren. Among them, they affectionately called him the "junk man" because he would pick up things off the street and fix them. He would pick up bikes and fix them. He'd go on long walks, usually on the weekends, and carry an empty plastic shopping bag, collecting cans and turning them in for money. Debbie said he didn't need the extra money, it was just something that he did.

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He was 74 years old. His name was Robert Godwin, Sr. He was on one of his long walks this last Sunday afternoon, and he was carrying a plastic bag. He held that empty plastic bag up as if it were a shield in the last moment of his life. I accidentally saw yesterday his shooting by the so-called "Facebook killer." I'll never get that image out of my mind. He held that empty bag up as a shield and said, "No, wait, I don't understand."

He was carrying that plastic bag, looking for cans along East 93rd Street in Cleveland, when what he had left of his life was cruelly stolen from him and his family. And none of us would ever know his name had it not been for Facebook. He would have just been another guy and a statistic on the streets of Cleveland.

The real tragedy of Robert Godwin, Sr. is that he wasn't done creating his legacy. He still had a lot left to give to his family. He had just left his son's home to pick up some basketball equipment and take it to one of his other sons on Easter morning. He wasn't done creating his legacy.

We pray today for the family of Robert Godwin, Sr. and that the memories he created sustain and comfort them in the days ahead.

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In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

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  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.