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

Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

Watch the full episode below:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

Watch the video clip below:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

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."

Watch the video below to hear more form Glenn:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

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."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation, or enjoy the full podcast here or wherever you listen to podcasts:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.