Welcome, Fusion Magazine June 2010

Photo Courtesy of George LangeEvery year it happens again. You almost forget it’s coming, but then just as soon as the weather turns nice and you start thinking about all the things you can finally get done around the house…everything changes. Your once calm and peaceful existence is shattered as you’re plunged into a world of disorder and chaos. No, I’m not talking about the coming of a plague like locusts or the American Idol tour making a stop in your town, but of an annual event so terrifying that it sends a chill up the spine of every parent in America.

Your kids are home for summer vacation.

OK, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but suddenly school is not occupying their attention and now it’s all about you. And I say…GREAT! Yes, schools are good at teaching reading, writing and ’rithmatic (well, most of the time anyway), but there’s so much more that our children need to learn—lessons that will help them not only be good students, but good Americans. And when it comes to that, you’re the best teacher they could ever hope for.

When I think back to the summers I spent with my family at my grandparents’ farm, I realize that I learned more there than every moment I ever spent in a classroom. My grandfather had a Ph.D. in Real Life, and one of his favorite courses to teach was WorkEthic 101.

But before I get to Grandpa, let me ask you this. Is it just my neighborhood, or has the “kid with a lawnmower” been put on the Endangered Species list? I remember when kids were more competitive than Microsoft and Apple in trying to see how many lawns they could mow in a summer. And when the leaves fell, they traded mowers for rakes, and then rakes for snow shovels. We’ve got just as much grass, leaves and snow today as we did back then, but you’d need to be Indiana Jones to find so exotic a treasure as an industrious kid with grass-stained sneakers. And I’ve been looking! Kids don’t even mow their own lawns any more—what happened to chores? I promise you, before my kids ever dream about driving a car, they will be experts at operating a different motorized, four-wheeled machine. (Hint: It has a bagger attachment that catches clippings.)

OK, back to my grandfather. He had a berry farm, and we’d spend a lot of time there in the summer, and he’d pay each of us kids to pick berries. I’d go down a long row of bushes and then show my grandfather what I picked. He’d say something along the lines of, “OK, that’s a good start. Now go back again and get all the ones you missed.” And I would, reluctantly. Invariably my grandfather would end up saying that same phrase again and again, and I’d make three or four passes for each row. My sisters? One pass and there wouldn’t be a berry in sight. See, life “on the farm” didn’t come easy to me. I was a little lazy. That was all right with my grandfather. That just meant he’d have to spend a little more time with me to set me straight. I’m glad that he did.

My grandfather instilled that same work ethic in my father, Mt. Vernon, Washington’s hardest working baker, and both those men drove it into my thick skull. They did it because it needed doing, but they also did it because they loved me and knew what it really took to be successful in life. We’re all blessed to be born Americans, but to thrive and prosper here, you need more than luck—it takes character, commit-ment and good old-fashioned hard work.

Somewhere along the way, that idea seems to have faded into the background as progress has made everything better, faster and easier. I fear that we’ve lost touch with what it feels like to sweat a little get our hands dirty…get down on our hands and knees to reach the berries way at the back of the bush. My grandfather taught me that the effort made those berries all the sweeter, and he was right. I believe this summer gives you and me—all parents really—an excellent opportunity to remind our kids that negotiating a handout may pass for a “work ethic” in Washington, but it won’t fly at home.

Moms, dads and grandparents, this summer “teach your children well.” Don’t let them sleep in or spend all day in front of the computer or TV. Every day there are opportunities to instill a work ethic in your kids, and I say don’t miss out on one. Whether it’s mowing the lawn or taking out the trash…setting the table or doing the dishes. Heck, even if it’s learning how to play actual baseball instead of video baseball, let’s get our kids involved in the process of making themselves better people and, as grand as it sounds, better Americans. We owe them that much. And who knows—when you introduce your kid to the wonderful world of mowing neighborhood lawns for money, you might just be training the next great entrepreneur! And then send ’em to my house—Raphe’s still too short to reach the mower and my backyard’s a mess.


 


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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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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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