'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.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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