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?”

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

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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Joe Biden's administration is getting ready for something historic, but we're all being distracted. And now that Biden has hired at least 14 former or current executives from Big Tech — experts at colluding to censor unflattering news about Biden — Americans must be laser-focused on what's coming.

On January 20, the most corrupt president in American history will be inaugurated, and it looks like some of his cabinet choices were picked specifically so everything just – poof – goes away. The administration nominees appear to be all about preserving corruption, crony capitalism, and executing a Great Reset. Those same people also have one more thing in common: Ukraine.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn exposes their radical agenda in their own words and gives U.S. senators the questions they must ask before confirming corrupt nominees to some of the highest offices in the country.


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