So, you’re a Glenn Beck listener. Bless your soul. It’s getting kind of scary out there, right? Believe me, I get it. I am one of those people who REALLY wants to do the right thing. If you’re reading this, I bet you are too.
But sometimes I don’t know HOW to do the right thing. So, because I want to make sure my family is prepared (and I would love for the whole Great Reset thing to not pan out), I tried following Glenn Beck’s advice. Here are some takeaways from my own personal experience.
Switching to a Local Bank
1. Know your why.
You have to know why you are doing what you are doing. “Glenn Beck told me to,” isn’t good enough. Research your current bank and its connection to ESG, WEF, EDI, and all the other questionable acronyms.
I bank with Wells Fargo. Here is why I decided it may be time to part ways: Wells Fargo embraces ESG, which means they toe the global line. To defeat the fast-approaching globalization, we have to take the air out of this centralized power balloon — starting with our money.
2. Talk with your family!
This step is CRUCIAL. You may feel rushed for time, but you and your family have to make these choices together. Switching banks takes effort on everyone's part, and will likely be an inconvenience. Avoid friction by working as a team.
3. Find a bank.
Option 1: Ask a friend. If you are part of a community that shares your values, lean on each other. Your friends may have already done the leg work.
Hello, my name is ______. I am looking to switch my money to a locally owned bank. Is your bank connected to a larger bank in any way? Also, what is your bank's stance on ESG’s? Yes. I will hold, thank you.
Calling your Legislators
1. See if your state has already passed a related bill, or has one in the works.
- Watch for bills that are labeled “anti-ESG” but are only designed to protect certain industries. Texas has a bill like this that only protects certain energy companies.
2. Find your State Representatives.
- You can find your State Senators and Representatives pretty easily online, or you can call your State Capitol. Pick the Representative who appears most sympathetic to your cause. You may have to go outside your district for this. If so, make plans to contact both your Representative and the Representative who is most likely to support you.
- Know your information.
- Be incredibly kind and confident.
- Follow-up via call and email. (They will ignore you.)
Hello, does Representative ______ have any plans to propose or support anti-ESG legislation? This is very important to me. I did my research and saw we have/have not passed a bill on this topic in the past. I am hopeful that we will see a bill that protects all citizens from ESG, not just specific industries.
As a young person, I invested just in time for Glenn to say it’s time to divest. That put me in a real pickle. Here is my advice:
1. Find out where your money is going.
My husband and I have an investment account that is managed by a financial advisor. Here’s how our first meeting went:
Advisor: Do you want to make money?
Us: Yes, we do.
Advisor: A lot of money?
Us: As much as possible.
Advisor:Great. We are on it.
And we were off.
I read The Great Reset (which you need to do, by the way) and thought, “I should check those investments.” Almost all my investments were BlackRock! I recoiled in horror and went to text our advisor. Then I stopped. What the heck do I say?
2. Talk to your investor.
In an interview for Glenn's podcast, investment expert and New York Times best selling author Carol Roth encouraged people to work with an advisor who shares your values. Well, up until basically yesterday, my only investing value was "make money." I knew I had ground to make up.
I trust my advisor, but he isn’t up on the Great Reset, so I took the time to explain to him that I want to invest in alignment with my values. He taught me how he arranges my portfolio, which I knew NOTHING about. It was really overwhelming trying to find every Great Reset-proof company, so we decided to take baby steps. Step one for us is determining which companies we do NOT want to be investing in. I can handle that!
That is as far as I have made it so far. I will keep you updated on my journey as I go.
I promise, you can do it, and it does get easier.