'Thank God I'm American'

by Sara Johnson

Have you ever stopped to consider how many choices we have in one aisle of the grocery store? Seriously, we have entire aisles devoted to one type of food. Take cereal for example; there are hundreds of different types of cereals. In how many other counties in the world is that possible? Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Special K, Cookie Crunch... I doubt I could even name half of them.

The blessings surrounding us in America are so easy to take for granted that many don’t even think of them as blessings. Something as simple as “what type of cereal I want” seems so trivial, but when you begin to think about how many families could be fed from one aisle of a grocery store, it is easy to see how much we take for granted.

Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way, shape, or form an attack on what we have in America, or a message saying we have too much. Believe me, “I gotta have my pops.” But, do we slow down enough every day to recognize how lucky we are to simply live in this country?

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” It’s a simple saying. We’ve heard it a million times, and most would agree, but we don’t seem to learn from it. I think America has a problem. (Okay, America has a LOT of problems, but I think this is at the root of many of them.) Americans are suffering from a severe case of situational gratitude. We don’t seem to appreciate anything until we no longer have it.

As a new resident of NYC I look up in awe at all of the massive, larger-than-life buildings surrounding me as I walk to and from the office every day. I think that’s a mild version of what it would be like to take 99% of the rest of the world into a Super Walmart or a Kroger. What we have in America is amazing, so why is everyone complaining? We are turning into the land of the free, and the home of the whiners.

I can’t help but think that our founders must be incredibly disappointed in us. George Washington didn’t have a Northface jacket, fleece-lined boots or an REI tent to sleep in, while he was fighting against the British for independence from an oppressive government. He certainly didn’t have free healthcare, food stamps, or public education. There was no life insurance for Martha if he took a cannonball to the head.

There is a movement sweeping across our country with a message against “corporate- greed.” Not to be confused with anti-greed, as we are seeing their list of demands grow and grow every week. We’ve lost touch with what it means to be an American so much, that these protests are attracting 20-somethings across the country who, A: don’t have a clue what real oppression is, and B: from the looks of their iPhones, iPads and Macbooks, love corporations. They are clueless as to whom they are standing with, and what they are standing for. These kids actually believe they are being oppressed because they took out student loans, and that it is wrong for a cop to use pepper spray on someone actively breaking the law.

Any why wouldn’t they? They’ve been told their whole lives that they deserve a job and they deserve an education. These are the kids who got the “most-improved” trophies on the soccer team, and didn’t realize it solidified that they were the worst player at the start of the season. Basically, they’ve been raised to be the spoiled brats they are acting like. They don’t know how good we have it in this country—a country where cops use pepper spray, not tanks and missiles.

We need to start actively showing how grateful we are to live in America. We need to live it through our actions, our service, our speech, and our worship. The government and the media were not actively pushing God out of the mainstream when the majority of Americans, who say that they’re Christian, actually lived like they were Christians. Tim Tebow should not be a phenomenon for standing up for a faith that over 70% of Americans says they believe in. In an interview with Skip Bayless on ESPN, Tebow said he vocalizes his gratitude to Jesus Christ because he is thankful for the sacrifice He made for him.

Shouldn’t we all be doing that for the things we are thankful for?

We live in the most exceptional country on the planet—the only country that protects our God-given freedoms by law.

Americans have more freedom and more choices in every aspect of their lives than the citizens of any other country: brands of food, clothing, cars, modes of transportation, who we want to vote for, what we want to do in life and most importantly the freedom of religion. I know what I’m thankful for and Who I am thankful to this “Thanks-giving.”

Thank you God, that I am an American.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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