Three Things You Need to Know - September 11, 2017

Why Is a Horrific Tragedy the Price We Must Pay?

Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys Sunday morning, then made its way up the west coast of Florida, weakening to a Category 2 by the time it hit Tampa overnight.

Irma’s eye did not strike Miami directly, but the city, along with most of the southern and western coast of Florida were hit with storm surges and widespread flooding.

It’s too early for a complete picture of the overall damage, but it’s safe to say it’s already one of the worst storms in Florida’s history.

The combination punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma come just as we’re reminded today --- the sixteenth anniversary --- of one of the most tragic days in American history. The human toll of these hurricanes, thank God, doesn’t approach the horror of September 11, 2001, but the enormous loss of property and livelihood provides a similar opportunity for us to wrap our arms around American neighbors who need our help.

We felt a unique national harmony in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks. America was on the same team for a while. You could feel it in the air and it was refreshing.

Now we have the opportunity to rally again. To get on the same page about something outside ourselves --- serving our neighbors. After Katrina, the city of Houston opened their arms to the people of New Orleans. Now, New Orleans wants to return the favor. The city captured this spirit in a heartfelt message to Houston in Sunday’s Houston Chronicle:

The way of life you love the most will carry on. You taught us that. Your courage and care continues to inspire our whole city. We couldn't be more proud to call you our neighbors, our friends, and our family. Texas forever. We're with you.

This attitude of service is a big part of what inspires us about America. But, why is a horrific tragedy always the price we have to pay to get there?

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During World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt called America “the arsenal of democracy.” Today, what we’re seeing in Houston is America as the arsenal of generosity.

Let’s continue to be known for that.

9/11 Changed Everything

16 years ago today the world changed forever. Kids today will never know America the way we did.

High school graduates in 2001 saw the world through a much different lens than students today. A tank of gas cost about $1.46 a gallon --- which of course seemed absolutely outrageous.

For the most part, the world seemed peaceful. The Gulf War was a good decade ago. America was invincible.

Islamic terrorism was never something we really worried about. It was the third story on the 10 o'clock news.

Then 9/11 happened.

High school graduates today have never known an America not at war. “Peace Time” is a distant era they’ve read about in their history books.

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For our kids, terrorism is something they have to take into account every day. Attending a 4th of July fireworks display, planning a trip to Europe, going to the mall --- it’s become part of their life.

What was it like going to a New Year's Eve celebration and not worrying about a terror attack? What did it feel like to graduate high school and see the world as completely accessible, where you could plan a trip to Egypt to see the pyramids or maybe even France or Spain?

Would anyone feel comfortable sending their kids to any of those places today?

For our children, the constant threat of terror is completely normal. It’s just the way it is.

We’re still discovering how much our country --- and the world --- changed on September 11, 2001. But one thing is for sure. We will never be the same.

Dangerous Dogma?

"The dogma lives loudly within you."

That’s what Senator Dianne Feinstein told a nominee for judgeship on the 7th Circuit.

Amy Barrett is a Notre Dame Law School professor and mother of seven. She’s also a Catholic.

Barrett’s Catholicism came up a number of times during her hearing, but never as disturbing as in Feinstein’s line of questioning:

Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that, you know, dogma and law are two different things? And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.

The dogma lives loudly within you.

Can you be both a person of faith and serve on one of the nation’s high courts?

Better question: can you be both a constitutionally illiterate person and serve in the United States Senate?

Well, the answer is obvious there.

These lines of questioning are not new.

And the truth is they say more about the dogmatic views of the senators asking them.

Amy Barrett’s real sin is not her Catholic faith, it’s that her personal views, specifically on abortion, don’t align with Senator Feinstein’s dogma.

The danger here is the increasing hostility toward faith or, to get to the point, religious bigotry. That dogma seems to live in the hearts of far too many in Washington.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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