Tea Party Activists Person of the Year

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“The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.” - Thomas Jefferson

What would a reasonable person do after the government spends $787 billion of their hard-earned money? An estimated one million Americans answered that question by getting off the couch and demonstrating their discontent at Tea Party protests across America. It is because of this patriotic spirit that we honor these grassroots activists as our “Person of the Year.”

It’s pretty clear by now that the stimulus package didn’t really stimulate anything except outrage. Even more remarkable was that the people attending the rallies were not the usual suspects. They didn’t have ready-made cardboard signs in the garage and they weren’t used to the whole protest scene. But, because they felt great passion at the disconnect between America and its government, they went out and stood shoulder to shoulder with their fellow citizens and showed Washington what “we the people” really look like. I think history will show that the 2009 Tea Parties were the beginning of a Refounding that brought America back from the progressive abyss.

Many protestors hit a tipping point when they began to see the staggering spending our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will never be able to crawl out from under. People started talking to neighbors, friends, and friends of friends…and the numbers grew.

The Tea Parties were a great awakening because there has been a storm of discontent brewing for quite some time now. Republicans seem to be abandoning conservative principles, Democrats are pushing socialist policies and no one sent to Washington appears to remember they are there to represent the people. These so-called representatives also seem to have forgotten that, when they spend money, it’s not Monopoly money—it’s real money coming from someone’s paycheck. If the Tea Party attendees said anything, it was We are not checkbooks; we are human beings.

The mainstream media didn’t get what all these people were upset about and, no surprise, didn’t bother to find

out. But it isn’t rocket science. It’s not about donkeys or elephants, it’s about fiscal and individual responsibility. Being asked to accept an almost total makeover of the values upon which America was founded, on top of reckless spending, does not go down easily. It’s inspiring to see that people are paying attention and are willing to make their voices heard. This is how real change will happen.

For speaking out, protestors were called every name in the book. The media, Hollywood, and even members of the Obama administration labeled them as partisan, racist, extremist rednecks. Remember, for the last eight years we’ve been told that exercising one’s freedom of speech is honorable and vital to earnest debate…but only if you’re part of the liberal elite. Citizens of flyover states aren’t supposed to have a voice. They aren’t Ivy League, they’re not coastal, and they don’t summer in the Hamptons, so they were discredited, denigrated, mocked, and dismissed. Anti-war groups can show up at a soldier’s funeral to harass the grieving family and any actor with a microphone can accuse George W. Bush of war crimes, but criticizing President Obama’s policies at a peaceful rally while wearing a flag pin is apparently over the line.

The Tea Party Activists are vitally important because they represent the engine that runs our nation. America thrives because people get up and work every day to create, inspire, educate, transport, manufacture, heal, develop and learn. We the people are the core of this country; the foundation of her success. Our representatives cocoon themselves in the bubble of Washington and forget there are miles and miles of America outside the Beltway that they are supposed to be representing. America doesn’t function because out of touch politicians sit in the Capitol and squabble over language in a 2,000-page bill. We the people make America function.

We honor the Tea Party Activists for making the first great rumblings toward America’s brighter future. They reminded us that we aren’t powerless in this fight. We can take back America, one community at a time. We can hold politicians responsible and we can ask questions, the most important one being, “If I don’t save my country, who will?”

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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