Freedom's Harvest

Everyone knows the old saying “you are what you eat.” Food builds our bodies and supplies us with daily fuel. But what happens when “what you eat” is no longer your choice?

by James Rollins

In 1791, the Bill of Rights defined a set of personal liberties unique to our country: the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, along with many other inalienable rights of the individual. But one personal liberty was overlooked: the freedom to control what we eat.

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Over the last few decades, this fundamental right has been slowly eroded away and placed into the hands of corporations and government committees, with frightening results. Seed production is now under control of petrochemical companies like Monsanto. Last year for example, 90 percent of soybeans grown in U.S. soil and 80 percent of corn was genetically modified. These basic foods (along with rice and wheat) are no longer natural plants, but products of genetic laboratories. At the same time, cows, pigs, and chickens are being pumped with more and more antibiotics and hormones, creating antibiotic-resistant super-bugs and deadly E.coli outbreaks.

This is the modern American diet.

And do not be fooled. Control of the American diet isn’t just about profit. In this new millennium, food production is more about power and control than nutrition and health. For example, a sign at a local animal feed store recently read: “Due to the Bioterrorism Act, we must have your name, address and phone number to sell you feed.” This is literally a sign of the times. If the government can control it, they will control it.

When we hand over the freedom of “what we eat,” we give over control of our bodies and the health of our children. One only has to look at the childhood obesity epidemic to know that something is dreadfully wrong. For the first time in U.S. history, the life expectancies of our children are growing shorter. Something is horribly awry, and now is the time for serious and fundamental changes.

So what do we do? How do we preserve this freedom of choice? The answer is simple. It’s one word: self-sufficiency. We only have to remember the thousands of “victory gardens” grown during World War II. Half the homes in America grew such gardens, enough to feed their entire families.

It’s high time we did the same, to take back control of “what we eat,” to teach our children how to grow and tend gardens for the new millennium, what people are now calling Freedom Gardens. What better way to spend a summer day with your kids than to teach them where food truly comes from, to have them learn how the Earth sustains us, and to let them experience firsthand how much better a homegrown cucumber or vine-ripened tomato tastes compared to something bought from a store?

So start small. Work with your children in the garden. Take it step by step. If you’ve got a backyard, cordon off a small space for a dedicated garden. If you’re living in an apartment or condominium, there are books on how to grow an edible garden out of hanging pots. While you might not be able to sustain yourself right away, every little bit helps. And for what you can’t grow, seek out local farmers. What better way to spend quality time with your children than to pile them into the car for a Sunday drive through the country, stopping by roadside fruit and vegetable stands or going apple or berry picking?

Also that bounty doesn’t have to end with summer. Almost anything you grow can be preserved via canning, dehydrating, freezing, or fermenting. It’s a way to make the summer’s bounty last deep into winter. Again many resources are available for those unfamiliar with canning. Oregon State University has a whole series of publications that can be ordered online that teaches about preserving everything from fruits to seafood. Another good resource is the National Center for Home Food Preservation (see side bar for website).

Our bodies are indeed what we eat. But such lessons of independence and sustainability will yield an even greater harvest—it will grow children who are stronger and more self-reliant. Who could ask for a greater bounty during the summer?


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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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