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.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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