David Buckner: Nothing is Sacred

by David Buckner

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Permission to Think, from David Buckner

We live in a world filled with differing and often very divergent opinions. This is as they say “what makes the world go round”. When taken as a whole, these varied views of life can offer us a buffet of choices, a myriad of options and even a plethora of vistas from which to view and experience life. However, if such diversity of opinion or difference in viewpoints is limited or becomes a standard by which we judge, incriminate, and dismiss, we have lost the very gift that separates us from other forms of life in this world we call home. We lose the opportunity to THINK, DISCUSS, celebrate the texture we call life, and LEARN from the journey of others. We lose the ability to HOPE for better days, seek better opportunities, and create more innovative ways of doing things.

We find ourselves at a time in history where we have more information available than ever before. We have a buffet of choices with limitless options for discovery and debate. We can vote with our wallets, approve with the click of a button, or reject with the change of a channel. And yet, with so much at stake we find ourselves increasingly shackled by those who would limit this choice, dismiss the dialogue or simply control the possibilities. Under the guise of political correctness or moral high ground, we are increasingly being told to limit debate, control the message, or dismiss the messenger. Seeking more is greed and innovation is arrogance. And with any challenge to this position comes a blanket indictment of “ignorance” or “naivety”.

It was on a business trip to China I saw first hand the limiting affects such controlled debate has on the power to innovate, create and expand the possibilities. I had been invited to spend three days with a group of highly skilled managers, responsible for building their business in their respective regions. I started the event out with a challenge to elevate their thinking. I encouraged them to open the discussion and dialogue by thinking more broadly about the cause and effect of certain economic conditions. I encouraged them to challenge conventional thinking, discuss what we can learn from the past, and work to align with others in the room to build a better future.

Surprisingly, as our discussion shifted to the marketplace and how we can become more competitive, build our businesses and go to the next level, one participant began to speak out consistently. She challenged the concept of profit making, wealth creation, and spoke of corporate governance as a duty best managed by governments and politicians. Her comments, while welcomed in the spirit of adding to a dialogue, tended to be naturally off topic, consistently gravitating toward political banter and full of venom for certain politicians and political parties. Other contributions she often dismissed as “ignorant,” “naïve” or “stupid”. Little rationale was offered for her position but contrary challenges were quickly dismissed and labeled as “right wing” or wrong. Truly surprised by this shift, I pressed forward using only economic principles and laws as the foundation for discussion. Time and again, when she discovered that the economic principles did not support her agenda, she aimed her comments at the person rather than the principle. The room quieted, the discussion became more muted and the three days felt like a single item menu than a buffet.

Lost was the opportunity to seek a better understanding of how the markets work. Mired in the dogma of one way of thinking, true innovation was limited, and the final result was an email condemning every person who sees the world through a different lens. She went so far as to suggest, “I find it difficult to credit that any follower (referring to those who think differently than she does) can actually read or think past a third-grade level.” The attack on the person rather than the principle is tragically characteristic of those who cannot embrace the full thinking process or simply prefer to be told what to do. Such a response from someone culturally encouraged only to think one way or to limit dialogue might be understood or excused. But that was not the case. For this woman did not come from the host country. She did not come from nor represent a nation with a history of limiting debate, quashing hope and controlling possibilities. She was one of us, the product of a market economy. She came from the breadbasket of America. She was the beneficiary of all the wealth created by market systems. She was a product of U.S. schools and a recipient of free market opportunities. Yet somewhere along the way, she had been told that HOPE can only be achieved by giving up choice and limiting debate.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Hope comes from knowing what is TRUE, seeking what is POSSIBLE, discussing and debating what is OPTIMAL, and celebrating what is ACHIEVABLE.

In a world where hope is left on the doorstep of political correctness, and dogmatic criticism, we must now more than ever stand up for a more vibrant debate, a more innovative discussion, and more thoughtful action. The deep deficits, decline in output, and suffocating debt we are witnessing around the globe can only be remedied with better ideas, more innovation and increased engagement. Anything or anyone that limits that process, fights the very HOPE we seek and eliminates the possibility that we can navigate our way out of the problems we face.

Glenn Beck: Here's how YOU can fix the Great Reset's housing crisis

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How's the housing market looking these days? Because under Build Back Better (aka the Great Reset), investors are grabbing up homes at a record pace.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn discussed a recent Redfin News report, which shows that almost one in five homes sold in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2021 was purchased by an investment firm, and many are paying tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

"Think of that, one in every five homes that are sold are going to a big investment firm," Glenn said. "Investors bought more than 90,000 homes, totaling more than $63 billion, representing 18% of all homes sold in the quarter. The numbers broke all records."

"The same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors, because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals," he continued. "And now they can charge higher rents. Rent for single-family homes surged by more than 10% in the 12 months, through September. The fastest annual rent inflation in 16 years."

"And nearly 77% purchased were bought in an all-cash transaction," Glenn added. "That's not your average person. These investment firms, like BlackRock, are going in and buying entire neighborhoods. They are the people that come in, and say, 'I'll give you $70,000 over the asking price.' ... Now, why would investment firms think they will just be able to make money paying $70,000 over the asking price? What is it that they know, that you don't know? Could they know, as the Great Reset states, that by 2030, you will own nothing and you'll like it?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn offer his thoughts on how you can solve the Great Reset's housing crisis:

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On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck exposes the radical plan to flip the United States from capitalism to socialism and into a lawless nation. It's an old strategy that mirrors a communist Cold War playbook. The goal now, as it was then, is this: How do they get a revolution without all that civil war stuff? It’s a five-step plan, and we're deep into several of the main steps RIGHT NOW.

Our justice system has been infiltrated by woke leftists, and something called "the progressive prosecutor movement" is methodically transforming Main Street USA into Main Street Gotham City. We can see it all over the country in places like San Francisco, with the Waukesha massacre as a terrifying glimpse into more of what's coming. And the media? They're currently running interference in one of the largest misinformation operations in history.

It’s happening at the city, state, AND federal levels. And President Trump might be one of the biggest victims of them all, a fact that even Trump critic Joe Rogan has realized on the Russia collusion hoax: “No one is being held accountable!” That ends now, as Glenn calls on Americans to push back on the lies that keep us divided in a cold civil war.

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A "one-world government" is being formed right now and it’s called the Great Reset, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. And now, rebuild plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral hint at the formation of a global church, too.

In this clip, Glenn detailed plans for the iconic, 850-year-old church’s "woke" renovations that sound more like a 'politically correct Disneyland' complete with a "discovery trail," "emotional spaces," and 14 themed chapels.

"Notre Dame is now being built back better as a 'woke theme park' dedicated to environmentalism and social justice," Glenn explained.

"There will be several different chapels within, [for example] a chapel for social justice, and then chapel for environmental justice," he continued. "Which leads me to this point. The 'one-world government' is being formed, right now. One-world government. It is being formed and it's called The Great Reset."

Glenn went on to predict that one of the first steps in the direction of a one-world government will be a push for a global religion.

"I think we're seeing the first church now being dedicated to the new global religion — and it is social justice, environmental justice, and all this gobbledygook. We all know, it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. That's the first church, the cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, is the first global church. Mark my words. Christian, Jews, Muslims ... this global church will bring darkness unlike you've ever seen."

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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