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.

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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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