Three Things You Need to Know - September 13, 2017

American's Don't Know the Constitution

America has a serious problem --- it doesn’t know who it is. Even worse, it may not even care that it doesn’t know.

Only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of our government. This depressing news brought to you by the annual Constitution Day Civics Survey.

According to the survey, more than one-third of Americans cannot name any of our First Amendment rights. Not a single one. How is that even possible in a nation where you have to attend school by law?

We have less excuse than any previous generation of Americans for not knowing the basic mechanics of our government. We have more tools and resources at the touch of a button than our ancestors could ever dream of. Yet, they would be sad to know how little we know. It’s pathetic that the generation with the most information would be the least informed.

A populace that doesn’t know the basic function of its government, and doesn’t know its fundamental rights, is just asking to be taken advantage of.

Our Constitution has a pretty great track record at 229 years and counting, but that doesn’t make it invincible. It’s still an experiment that requires participation and care from Americans --- a whole lot more than we’re apparently giving it.

This isn’t a scolding --- it’s a plea for action. Let’s help each other learn the basics. Let’s fix this before it’s too late.

The story goes that when Benjamin Franklin exited the Constitutional Convention, some citizens asked him what sort of government the delegates created. He replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”

A New Feeling for Liberals

Our friends on the left have discovered a new feeling: skepticism of government.

Since Trump announced he might rescind DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), there has been growing fear on the left that the information collected under this program might be used to find DACA recipients and deport them.

The 800,000 illegal immigrants who applied for temporary protection under the DACA program gave the government a lot of personal information: where they lived, worked, went to school.

They gave them their photographs and fingerprints.

This is the problem with trusting government when your guy is in.

Power changes between the major parties and on a regular basis.

For those who have preached that the government should not be entrusted with or given access to your personal information --- it’s easy to say we told you so.

But my better angels tell me this is an opportunity for all of us to learn.

There’s a reason for separate but equal branches of government.

There’s a reason for checks and balances.

Power should not be concentrated.

And there’s a reason for healthy skepticism of government. Just ask yourself, “what will the next guy do?”

Apple's Latest Abomination

Facial recognition? Spooky, sure. Better camera? Great.

But 1,000 bucks?

How many people who cry poverty and oppression will have one?

Apple is a domestic phone because people in most countries cannot afford $500 and yet, here, go to some of the poorest sections of town and you will see flat screens and Apple iPhones.

$1,000 for a phone that will be upgraded to an Apple 11 within 18 months says something about how oppressed we really are.

This "best of humanity" company called Apple pits rich against poor, and yet sells the $1,000 phone.

Apple, which is so good and ethical, has suicidal slaves making those $1,000 phones in China paying the workers less than $4,000 per year. 12 months of work has less value than four iPhones.

The great socialist-loving, share-the-wealth company Apple, who tells us how to live, had to admit last year they paid men more than women. They also own $52.6 billion in T-bills, which is more than most countries. They keep billions of dollars offshore to avoid taxes.

But the biggest thing that pisses me off about Apple is their obsession with the clown cars of power cords. Why? Really, I want to know why they insist on making a product that can make Tom Cruise look huge. They make them all freakishly short and unusable while making sure anyone who makes a real power cord can't make one that will work with their Apple made-in-China-by-slaves products.

To me, this screams: don't trust these people --- they may be the spawn of the devil. And yet, in the end, I too will buy one of their stupid phones and love it. Unless I have to use it while it is charging.

MORE 3 THINGS

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

Don't miss the full interview with Eric Weinstein here.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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