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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In just the past few days, the Senate passed an unprecedented $740 billion spending bill amid an inflation crisis, we found out that the IRS purchased nearly $700,000 worth of guns and ammo ahead of plans to hire 87,000 new "enforcement" agents, and on Monday the FBI raided the home of a former U.S. president. It's pretty safe to say that there's a whole lot going on in this country that we've never seen before, and conservatives had "better wake up," said Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Program."

"This is the beginning of an entirely new kind of America. And when it is all implemented, look out! The only other thing that I think [Democrats] could do to really polish us off is [use] emergency orders. If [President Joe Biden] goes for emergency orders and declares a national emergency over the weather, we're going to be cooked," Glenn said.

Glenn went on to explain why he believes a new "season" is on the horizon for our nation, but it’s not all bad news. He said he's hopeful for a new class of politicians to enter Washington, D.C., and, while no politician is perfect, a few such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis can still surprise us.

DeSantis always seems to be ahead of the curve on hot-button issues, and he tackles them the legal way without abusing his power. Just look at how much the media is trying to paint him as evil. That’s a telltale sign that "he’s on the right track, at the right speed. And he's taking all of it on," Glenn said.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.





Here are 3 ways the 'Inflation Reduction Act' WILL impact you (Hint: NOT by reducing inflation)

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The Senate has passed President Joe Biden's $740 billion "Inflation Reduction Act" over the weekend, but the only way this deceptively-named bill will reduce inflation is by crushing your buying power. The massive spending bill includes the largest climate spending package ever passed and will allocate a whopping $80 billion to make the IRS bigger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined. And just wait until you see how the bill will affect our farmers.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck broke down three rather "terrifying" components of the 755-page bill and how they will impact you.

Watch the video clip below. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter had a shocking moment of clarity Sunday when he acknowledged what everyone but the liberal media has known since before the 2020 presidential election: President Joe Biden's son Hunter has been up to some seriously dubious dealings overseas, and his father was almost certainly involved despite his repeated claims to the contrary.

On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, Stelter spoke with first lady Jill Biden's former press secretary, Michael LaRosa, about whether Biden is likely to seek a second term in 2024.

“I hope he runs, and I know he’s going to run. I think he's planning to run ... I don't see why he wouldn't run,” LaRosa stammered.

"What about his son? What about Hunter?" Stelter cut in. “Hunter [is] under federal investigation, charges could be coming at any time. This is not just a right-wing media story. This is a real problem for the Bidens."

Unluckily for Stelter, "The Hill's" Joe Concha can remember all the way back to the fall of 2020:


On a recent episode of Glenn TV, Glenn Beck discussed the most recent findings in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Don't get distracted by the seemingly endless stream of scandalous photos and videos, Glenn warns, it's what's coming out about Hunter's overseas business dealings that should be all over the media, because Joe Biden is involved too.

Watch the video clip below or find the full episode here.

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VOTE: You decide who gets a Badge of Merit (Round 3)

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The Purple Heart in George Washington's time was not given for being wounded. This award went to ordinary soldiers for doing something of merit—something that would find favor in the eyes of God. Washington knew they couldn't win if they weren't on God's side. And if they were on God's side, God would bless them.

I've been looking for people who deserve a George Washington badge of merit. Many of you have submitted nominations. Thank you for the love, respect, and consideration you have shown in doing so.

From your hundreds of nominations, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Now, it's up to you to decide who gets this honor.

Here are this week's candidates:

1. Dana, the Mom to Many

Dana and her husband Brian run a nonprofit called Dogwood Ranch in southwest Missouri. According to their website:

Dogwood Ranch was created by family, for family. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live the life for which they were created. Our mission is simple: to provide support for survivors of trauma as they journey towards wholeness. This includes creating a new heritage for foster children and youth who have been abused and neglected, by providing them with safe and healthy forever families. We are also committed to offering a place of belonging for foster teens through individualized transitional living services. Additionally, we offer specialized support through our equine assisted counseling program, which focuses on bringing restoration to foster youth and other at-risk populations, including our honored military veterans and their families. Through the operation of Dogwood Ranch, our desire is to allow those we serve a new way to experience life, family and true redemption. Everyone deserves a chance to find their way home.

According to her nominator, on top of their work at the ranch, they personally foster young girls and have had "over twenty foster girls they now call family."

Her nominator wrote:

They take the toughest cases that come up. On several occasions, I would reach out to see if she could go out, and she would say she couldn’t because they were on suicide watch that night. Young girls have tried to stab her, have stolen her car, and have come to call her Mom…She is an incredibly hard worker, no-nonsense, and full of life and joy. She is constantly making our community and our world a better place.

2. Francine, the Joyful Servant

Francine, who also goes by “Frannie,” and “Fran,” not only has multiple names, but wears multiple hats. At home, she is the mother of two boys with serious disabilities. At work, she is a caretaker for the elderly, and everywhere she goes, she is a ray of sunshine.

Her nominator entrusted her mother, who has since passed, to Francine's care at a nursing home. She said, whenever Francine was working, she would breathe a sigh of relief. She wrote:

While most of the aides looked at the work as just a paycheck, and some of them were actually cruel to the most needy patients, Fran treated each and every one of them like royalty. She saw each individual as unique and worthy of love and understanding. Every patient adored her, because they knew they were in good hands.

Her nominator wrote that she saw treatment of elderly patients that “made her skin crawl.” There was a woman at the nursing home with severe dementia who had become so antagonistic that other aides, to avoid feeding her by hand, would simply not feed her. When Fran was working, she made sure to sit with her while she ate. She even hosted “dinner parties” with multiple residents to ensure they were fed, and happy.

Her nominator wrote:

When Fran was on shift, people who needed help going to bed never had to wait long. Besides, they didn't mind waiting for FRANNIE. She always did everything with such love and care and class! Then, after a long eight hours (or sometimes a double shift!) she would go home to more of the same routine. And in spite of it all, she did it all with a smile on her face. I've never known anyone like her. She was a godsend to my mother. If it hadn't been for her, and a handful of others, Mom's time at the home would have been unbearable. This woman really does deserve an award.

3. Michael, the Godly Father

Michael was nominated by his three children for modeling how a true man of God lives, loves, and serves his community. After serving as a corpsman in the Vietnam War and then working as an elementary school teacher, his children say he was the “solid, and consistently Godly male role model” in his grandchildren’s life. His children wrote:

My father helped raise his grandkids when my sister was a single mom, even though he had already raised his own kids.

Michael shares the gospel in one-on-one Bible studies with young people who have just gotten out of jail. He raises donations for clothing, food, and blankets for the homeless. He meets weekly with young men for Bible studies, to mentor them, and help them mature into men of God.

Michael has taught true love to his children by the way he treats their mother–his wife of 42 years. They wrote:

He is a solid rock of unwavering love for her, which has had a huge impact on how my brother and I treat our own wives. Mike's steadfast love for our mother has taught us the meaning of loyalty, love, commitment, sacred covenant, compassion, honor, and what a true husband looks like.

Most importantly, they say their father "instilled in us an absolute love for our Creator and compassion for our fellow man. He is our number one role model showing us what a godly man is.”

Who do you think deserves a badge of merit? Cast your vote below.