Intern Blog: Perry goes to Washington

As if moving from a mountain in Tennessee to New York City isn’t scary enough, imagine working for a powerful company run by Glenn Beck and being sent to DC the second week on the job.

My first week working for TheBlaze consisted of analyzing app reviews, selecting pictures for the website, reading through a bazillion fan mail e-mails and meeting the one and only Glenn Beck (this all being much more than I’ve done in my other five jobs combined). During this busy week, I was also told I would be attending a quick trip to DC with two other marketing interns. We were asked to tag along to a reception hosted by TheBlaze, which promoted getting TheBlaze on cable and the event also discussed the importance of media in the future. This event had cream of the crop speakers including Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, Representative Marsha Blackburn, and Senator Mike Lee.

After waking up at 5:00 AM we embarked on a train to DC - this train was slower than the cars on the interstate - and arrived in the nation’s capital around 11:00 AM and went straight to the venue.

Arriving in DC was incredible. It was very refreshing to see blue sky without skyscrapers obstructing the view and smell fresh air without the smell of sewage (but don’t get me wrong, I heart NYC). Upon arriving at the stunning and delicious Acadiana restaurant, we stuffed 150 gift bags that contained some great info on how to get TheBlaze. After running out of red tissue paper with only a few bags left, Nancy and I went to the closest convenient store looking for the essential ingredient to make the gift bags look like a fiery blaze. The women at the CVS said there was a “great gift shop a few blocks away”, but I learned a few blocks in DC doesn’t mean the same thing in New York. After a hike to this “gift shop”, we arrived at the address and gift shop it was not. Actually it wasn’t even remotely close. It was a grocery store and butcher shop. So unless the woman at CVS just wanted us to stuff the bags red meat, the thirty-minute trip wasn’t worth it.

We finally arrived back at the restaurant and eagerly waited for the guests to arrive. Although a minor role, our job was to man the welcome table and hand out nametags and gift bags. I loved this job for two reasons. One because we were lucky enough to greet the guests and meet the all the wonderful congressmen who spoke at the event. Being the star struck young adult that I am, when Senator Ted Cruz and Rand Paul approached the table I started to slur my words when we thanked him for coming. The same thing happened when Glenn Beck walked by and I shot him an awkward smile and wave, as if we had been friends for years. We haven’t. Clearly I panic in the presence of greatness.

The second reason I loved working the welcome table was because we were next to the kitchen and all the food that was brought out on trays came by our table first. And being a college student interning in NYC, receiving free food is like having a birthday every day.

Unfortunately we were not able to be in the room with all these fabulous people, but the good news is we could hear everything that was being said. It was truly amazing to hear these politicians speak, and it was even more amazing to me that senators who have so much influence in government came to support this company. When I had a little free time, I slipped into the room a few times to hear Senator Cruz joke about Glenn Beck broadcasting from jail one day, and Senator Paul imitate the silent monologue by Glenn Beck from his show the night before.

I was lucky enough to meet and take a picture with Senator Ted Cruz, but of course with my luck something went wrong. My camera must have had the same reaction I did in the presence of greatness and panicked because THIS is what the picture looked like.

I don’t think I will ever be in a room with such influential people in my life. Being in this room full of people who are so passionate about what they do is truly inspiring. Every single person who works for this company is so passionate about TheBlaze and it really shows. My role in the reception was pretty minor, but it was by far the best and most memorable day of work I’ve ever had. TheBlaze is making their imprint in history, and yesterday I saw a glimpse of how truly amazing this company really is.

- Perry

Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

Watch the full special below:

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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