The 'Parkland Promise' only absolves personal responsibility

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Remember the "PROMISE Program"? That was the initiative adopted by the Department of Education under Obama to basically keep teenage criminals out of jail and back in classrooms.

The rationale was that if we counsel teenagers instead of arresting them for committing small crimes, those teens could avoid developing a criminal record at such an early age. That way they'd have more of a fighting chance to escape the life of crime that society, and especially Republicans, want to pigeonhole minority students into.

Broward County school district says the program "…focuses on the situation as being the problem rather than the individual being the problem."

Classic progressivism – it's never your fault if you make a bad choice.

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After the high school shooting in Parkland, there were many questions about the shooter and the dozens of warning signs that authorities apparently missed. People wondered how police could be called to the shooter's home as many as 45 times over the years and yet, he was still be able to access firearms.


Some, like Senator Marco Rubio, even dared to ask whether the shooter had been part of the PROMISE Program. In the days after the tragedy, Broward County school district superintendent Robert Runcie repeatedly insisted the shooter had "no connection" to the PROMISE Program.

If they're not held accountable, it will just reinforce the key flaw in the PROMISE Program – absolving individuals from any responsibility for their own actions.

Well, over the weekend, the school district meekly admitted that the shooter was in fact referred to the PROMISE Program for vandalizing his middle school in 2013.

Oops.

It remains unclear whether he ever actually attended the program, but regardless, it represents yet another way that his behavior and criminal activity were swept under the rug, preventing him from showing up on any criminal background check.

Superintendent Robert Runcie was either incompetent or he was lying about the shooter's connection to the PROMISE Program. Either way, he was likely covering his backside because the PROMISE Program is his baby. He developed the program in 2013, which then caught the eye of the Obama Education Department.


Superintendent Robert Runcie, and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel need to be held accountable for their lack of candor about the PROMISE Program when it comes to the Parkland shooter. If they're not held accountable, it will just reinforce the key flaw in the PROMISE Program – absolving individuals from any responsibility for their own actions.

Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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