It's sad 'free-range parenting' has to be legislated, it used to be common sense

It’s good to be reminded now and then that common sense is not completely dead --- on life support maybe, but it still has a heartbeat.

For example, Utah has passed the nation’s first “free-range parenting” law. The law means children in Utah will be allowed to do radical things like play outside unattended, maybe even in a park without their parents.

“Free-range parenting” is a fancy label for the regular parenting that occurred in America for over two centuries, until around the 1990s. That’s when progressives really stepped up their game in telling you how to parent your children. Remember? "It takes a village."

This is how far we’ve come --- we have to pass a law to allow kids to be kids. But at least Utah is officially protecting that right.

Most parents can figure this out without government guidelines.

Under the new law, children may “walk, run or bike to and from school, travel to commercial or recreational facilities, play outside and remain at home unattended,” as long as children’s basic needs are met, and if they’re old enough to “avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm.” The law does not specify a sufficient child age for this free-range activity, but most parents can figure this out without government guidelines.

In Utah at least, child-welfare agents will not be allowed to take children from their parents if the children are found playing alone at a park, for example. That’s what almost happened to a Maryland couple in 2015 when they were charged with child neglect for letting their ten-year-old son and six-year-old daughter walk home alone from a park where they’d asked their parents to let them play. Child Protective Services opened an investigation on the family, but the parents were cleared of all charges.

A New York City mom coined the phrase “free-range parenting” in 2008. Her nine-year-old son asked her to let him use a map and a metro pass to try riding the subway home by himself. She finally let him one day and she wrote about the experience in her column for the New York Sun. Some called her “America’s worst mom,” but others were glad to finally hear someone speak up in favor of “free-range parenting.”

That Free-Range Mom’s nine-year-old survived his subway adventure and made it home safe and sound. Kids are resilient like that.

Independence, common sense and freedom are pretty great things. Progressives should try those sometime.

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.

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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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