WELCOME - Fusion Magazine, September 2010

That sentence is as true today as it was when Thomas Paine wrote it in a series of articles collectively titled, The Crisis, back in December 1776. And it’s that undeniable truth that inspired my new book, Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure.

It’s not in my nature to tell you a version of the truth that I think you’d most like to hear. That would make me a liar, or as they’re usually called these days, a politician. I’ve framed this issue of Fusion around the ideas covered in Broke, and that’s because I feel the timing of this book and these conversations are critical. We’re at a crossroads in this country, and there’s not a moment to waste.

We’re coming up on fall, and the November mid-term elections are just weeks away. This is exactly the time those running for office (and from the truth) want you to believe that everything’s going to be OK…that there’s no need for concern…that they know just what to do to turn this country around. Now, more than ever, you can’t believe the hype. When did they come up with

these answers, and why does implementing them have to wait until they get re-elected? Desperation and honesty don’t tend to go hand in hand, and there’s nobody quite as desperate as a DC desk jockey looking to keep his cushy job. It’s time to ask the hard questions and accept nothing less than painfully honest answers in return.

What are the problems facing America? Race? Things are better, but they’re far from fixed. Illegal immigration? Muchos problemos. Foreign terror? Answer for yourself as you strip down at airport security. Health care? The proposed "cure" is worse than the disease. I could go on, but I’d only be listing things that have always challenged America and will likely continue to. However, the crisis of our economy is unique in that it is the one that could truly end America as we know it. It doesn’t get any more plain-spoken than that, and here’s why that kind of unflinching honesty is so important.

Let’s say you go to your doctor, and he diagnoses you with a potentially fatal disease. Is that diagnosis hate

speech? Of course not! It’s exactly the kind of unvarnished truth that gives you the necessary information needed to work toward a cure. This is exactly what we need from Washington when it comes to the economy! You know it’s bad, and someone telling you that we can solve our economic problems through severe "shared pain" is only adding to the problem by refusing to address it head on.

This is a new age in America. Our grandfathers were asked to storm beaches, but today we’re being asked to sacrifice in a different way. That’s not a new concept to Americans—we’ve always tightened our belts when times were tough and come out of those scrapes stronger and more prosperous than ever. But we’ve usually had the benefit of honest leaders, and I’m sorry to say that’s just no longer the case. What’s saddest of all is that there are really smart people thinking about our crises, and they’re coming up with

realistic solutions that can and would get us back on track. I talk to these people all the time, and I believe the answers to even the hardest questions are out there. Forget recession—it’s a boom time for American ingenuity! But too few are listening, and it’s those with too much power who hear the least. That’s why I wrote Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure, because the more people who know the truth, the harder it will be to peddle a lie.

Thomas Paine’s last entry in The Crisis, penned in 1776, begins with this sentence: "I thank God that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it." This is how I feel—I do see a way out, and by the time you read this issue of Fusion and my new book, I believe you will too. Now if only Washington would get its head out of the sand.

 



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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

Don't miss the full interview with Eric Weinstein here.

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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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