Tea Party Activists Person of the Year

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010


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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?”

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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