President Trump Repeals Obama’s Executive Orders: Good News Friday today on WallBuilders Live! Lately, we have more good news than we have time to share, which is good news in itself! Tune in now to hear about some of the good things that have been happening in our country recently. In this episode, we discuss things such as scientific discoveries, the immigration test going into high schools, president Trump repeals Obama’s executive orders, and so much more! 

Air Date: 04/21/2017


Guests: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Welcome

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture, this is WallBuilders Live! You’ve found us on a Friday which means it’s Good News Friday. Today we’re going to bring you good news from around the nation, sometimes around the world.

I’ll be joining that conversation into various topics on policy, faith, and the culture.  Everything we do here on WallBuilders Live is done from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective. David and Tim Barton will be sharing that good news with us today.

David Barton is America’s premiere historian and Tim Barton is president of WallBuilders. My name’s Rick Green.  I’m a former Texas state rep and I’m just kind of moderating the conversation today.

So, guys, looking forward to some good news.  If folks want more than what we give them today they can get it at WallBuildersLive.com where you can get some of the archived programs. And also at WallBuilders.com where your articles and other things are going to be available.

Just A Spoonful Of Sugar

So, David, Tim, lots of good news to share today. Who’s going first?

David:

I want to start first.  I want to start with Mary Poppins or at least part of that.

Tim:

Is that because you’re practically perfect in every way?

David:

Oh yes. No one else voted that but I voted yes.  Yes, that’s right.  But you remember when she has children Michael and Jane and she says, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” and the presumption that medicine doesn’t taste good? And so what you need is something sweet to go with the stuff that’s not good.

Tim:

But I can’t clarify that because I remember growing up and sometimes we would stay at your parents’ house and they gave us medicine and it was disgusting. We had to take a spoonful of something.

Now, I mean there are pills. But then I remember disgusting medicine. So, if there are millennials listening they might not understand how disgusting this medicine actually used to be. Rick, Dad, you guys know well better than I do, but medicine used to be disgusting.

Rick:

No doubt.

David:

Can I tell you that I remember my great grandmother taking teaspoons of coal oil? Which we might call kerosene.

Rick:

You had a fire breathing grandmother.

David:

As she said if she was feeling puny she would take a spoonful of coal oil.

Tim:

That ought to solve the problem – gasoline and diesel too.

Rick:

The closest thing I’ve got to that is my great Grandpa always thought you had to have lemon juice, honey, and whiskey. And that was what would you get rid of whatever it was that was ailing.

David:

I bet it would get rid of something.

Rick:

So medicine used to taste bad unless you had our grandparents.

Can You Pass The Immigration Test?

David:

Medicine used to be bad news. So I’m going to start with the bad news and come back to the good news. So the bad news is that the ISI, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, they measure every year to see if citizens really know enough to be an American citizen.

You live in the country, you grow up a steward of the country.  You’re handing it off to the next generation.  What will you hand off?

And so one particular year they said, “You know what? If you have lived your whole life at the South Pole, you’ve never seen a global map, or never watched TV, you don’t know what America is but somehow you came north and you got to this land of American. And you say, “Yeah, I really like this place. I think I’ll stay here.”

Then they say, “Well, you can’t do that unless you’re able to become as a legalized immigrant. To do that you have to pass immigration test.” “Ok, I’ll do that. What does it take?”  

“Ok, I’ll do that. What does it take?”  

“Well, you study about three months for the 100 questions we’re going to give you. If you can answer those 100 questions then you can be an immigrant.  You can live here.  You’ll be legal.”

“Alright, I’ll do that.”

So, goes to school for three months and studies those 100 questions. Right now between 91-92 % of immigrants coming to America pass the immigration test. The questions, I would think are basic.

“What are the three branches of government?  Who is it in government that vetoes a bill?” You know, things that we think are basic.

But Intercollegiate Studies Institute took 13 of the most basic questions off the immigration test and gave it to Americans who have lived here their whole lives.  In giving it to them they found that 71% of Americans who spent their whole life here could not answer the 13 most basic questions on the immigration test. So, that’s the bad news.

Rick:

And you said 91% of immigrants could?

David:

Between 91-92% of immigrants can answer those questions. And those who spent their whole life in America 71 % cannot answer the 13 most basic. Not the hard ones that the immigrants also get. But the most basic ones.

So they don’t even know enough to be citizens of the country in which they live. They can’t even meet the minimum standard. So what does that tell you for the future?  

Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation, the philosophy of government in the next.” And clearly what we’re teaching in the school room is not good. And that’s not good for the future.

The New Addition To The High School Exit Exam

So, some interesting things have happened. There’s a group in Arizona called, “The Joe Foss Institute.” Which we brought in as part of the pro-family legislative network where we have these hundreds of legislators across the country. We get together once a year for a conference.

So we had the Joe Foss Institute to present and show, “This is how bad it is in schools. Why don’t you just think about maybe doing what we did here in Arizona and let’s just make the immigration test a high school exit test? You can’t get out of high school if you don’t know as much as an immigrant does who comes here. You’ve lived here your whole life, you ought to know at least as much as what an immigrant can learn in three months when they come here.”

Kentucky and Arkansas

So, that particular test caught on and we let all these other states know about it and what’s going on in it. And it’s really picking up steam now. Just a couple of weeks ago two more states have added that to the high school exam. Kentucky and Arkansas recently just did it.

There are now 17 states that use the immigration test as the basis of a high school exit exam. And even Rhode Island, bipartisan, Democrats, and Republicans in Rhode Island are co-sponsoring a bill to do this.

I mean, even the Democrats are concerned about this. This has been a conservative issue for a number of years but now it is much more than that. And that’s really good news that just since 2015, in two years, 17 states have now picked this up and made this the basis of graduating from high school, knowledge of at least of what’s on the immigration test.

Rick:

So that means they have already passed it or they’re carrying the bill now?

David:

That means they have already passed it.  17 have done it in the last two years.

Rick:

That’s quick.  That’s fantastic news. Hopefully, it will spread all the way across the country. Some people at home may be going, “Oh, that’s just the basics.” Yeah, and 17 percent can’t pass the basics so obviously we need to be doing.

David

Oh, by the way, Rick, I’m going back to medicine for a minute. We had the sugar.  I also gave those 13 questions to elected officials. And whereas 71% of citizens failed, 78%  of elected officials failed.

Rick:

So the ones actually making and enforcing the laws did worse than the general public, 78%.

David:

Yeah, but the good news is that now we’re setting a new standard.  You’re not going to have just 13 questions we want to know the 100 questions or whatever part they pick off the test. But now there are 17 states in the last two years have made that the basis.

Rick:

That’s fantastic! Good news!  A lot of work still needed, obviously, all across the country but great news that that trend is occurring.

Quick break.  We’ll be back in a moment with some more good news on WallBuilders Live!

Moment From American History

This is TimBarton from WallBuilders with another moment from American history. In the early seventeen hundreds, the Reverend John Wise preached that all men were created equal, that taxation without representation was tyranny, and that God’s preferred form of government was the consent of the governed.

All of which is language recognizable in the Declaration of Independence. Why? Because in 1772 the Sons of Liberty led by founders Sam Adams and John Hancock reprinted and distributed the Reverend Wise’s sermons.

Four years later much of the Declaration reflected the language of those sermons by John Wise.  In 1926 on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence President Calvin Coolidge affirmed, “The thoughts in the Declaration can very largely be traced back to what John Wise was saying.”

Few today know that the Declaration was so strongly influenced by the Rev. John Wise.  For more information on this and other stories go to WallBuilders.com.

Lifting Each Other Up

Rick:

Welcome back! Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live today, Good News Friday. We’re here with David and Tim Barton sharing good news from across the country and sometimes around the world. Sometimes our good news comes from e-mail.  So David, Tim, if you don’t mind I was going to read an e-mail from one of our listeners.

David:

Go for it, sounds great!

Doug Cobb’s Encouragement

Rick:

Alright, so this one comes from Doug Cobb.  He said, “I was just listening to your interview with Michael Reagan.”

The interview with Reagan was about a year ago if you want to go on our website in the archives section you can hear that.

“I’m so glad to hear you point out how bad O’Reilly’s book about Ronald Reagan is.  It’s a shame that so many people will think that is a true representation of President Reagan.   First of all, I just want to say thank you for what you’re doing.   You guys are getting the truth out to so many people.  The information that you put out is things that would never see the light of day if not for you.  The education that you’re giving to people that would otherwise never hear these things is immeasurable.   I’m involved in local politics and have been in the fight a good while.  So it’s encouraging to hear the things you guys are doing.”

“But I want to tell you something else that you may not realize. I make a point to listen to you every morning at 6:30 a.m. on my local station in Spartanburg, South Carolina.”

Yeah, that’s 92.9,  by the way, folks.

“Your program and David’s positive comments just lift me up every day. Sometimes just hearing his perspective on the Founding Fathers and their determination as well as their faith and belief in God many times gives me that little boost that I need to keep fighting and not throw in the towel.

We’re in the fight of our lives. And when it looks like no one else is paying attention or cares it’s nice to see that you’re on the front lines. I know you don’t hear it enough so thank you for what you’re doing. You’re reaching people and having effects that you can’t even know. Thanks so much, Doug Cobb.”

Doug, thank you. Man those are great points! David, Tim, he points out so many important things here about just the fact that sometimes we need that good news.  We need to know that other people are in the fight, that we’re not alone. I mean here’s a guy that’s, like he said, been involved in local politics, in the fight, and the education that we’re giving to the program and the good news and the encouragement lifts him up on a daily basis. Doug, really appreciate that good news that you shared with us through your e-mail. David, Tim-

I mean here’s a guy that’s, like he said, been involved in local politics, in the fight, and the education that we’re giving to the program and the good news and the encouragement lift him up on a daily basis. Doug, really appreciate that good news that you shared with us through your e-mail.

David, Tim-

David:

That’s really encouraging. That’s a really cool e-mail, that’s great that he is going out and doing something with it too. That is really good.

Tim:

I am impressed that he is listening at 6:30 a.m. every morning.

David:

That’s right!

Tim:

That’s the part where I’m like, “Wow, Doug, you’re a champ right there. That’s great.”

Share The Good News With Others That Need Encouragement

Rick:

No doubt. And you know what? I bet you can just tell by the way he’s writing it, and I hope a lot of our listeners do this. If you get encouraged by what you hear on WallBuilders Live that other people need to hear it as well. It sounds like Doug’s probably sharing it with other people in his life. I hope that our other listeners would consider doing that exact same thing. When you hear a program that lifts your spirits or there is something in an interview that we do on a day or whatever it is, if it lifts you up if it peaks your interest, there are other people in your life that would like to hear it as well.

So grab that link on our website send it out through e-mail or post it on Facebook and let other people get some of that good news as well. David, Tim, let’s take a quick break.  We’ll come back and pick up more good news from you in just a moment. Folks, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live!

Patriot Academy

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This is a generational Challenge.  And we must have a generational solution.  God is raising up a generation of young leaders with a passion for impacting the world around them. They’re crying out for the mentorship and leadership training they need. And we need to equip them for the purpose God has laid on their hearts.

Patriot Academy was created to meet that need. You, the listeners of Wallbuilders Live, have supported Patriot Academy over the years.  You have sent your children and grandchildren to the program and the results have been remarkable.

Patriot Academy graduates now serve in state capitals around America, in the halls of Congress, in business, in the film industry, in the pulpit, in every area of the culture. They’re leading effectively and impacting the world around them.

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Scientific Breakthrough

Rick:

Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live  Good News Friday today. Tim Barton, it’s got to be your turn, man, because I think your dad took the whole first segment and then I took that whole second segment.  So it’s all yours, Bro.

Tim:

Well, I appreciate the generosity of your time, allowing me to say something at this stage of the program.

Rick:

We did kind of cut you off a lot there didn’t we?

Tim:

Alright, so, this good news actually is coming on behalf of your face. Or, I guess, it could even be other parts of your body.

Rick:

Wait, my face or my faith?

Tim:

Your face, face like your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Rick:

That’s not generally good news to other people, to have to think about my face.

Tim:

So Rick, what do you call someone who has six eyes, two noses, and three mouths.

Rick:

Hmm. I don’t know, extra blessed?

Tim:

Ugly.

Rick:

Ok.

Tim:

But that’s not the case of what I’m looking at on your face. It’s more normal.

David:

This is twisting out of control.

Rick:

Yeah, I thought you were going to say, “At least that person has an excuse with six eyes.”

Tim:

Yeah, your face is more normal than that one.

Rick:

But no excuse for the ugliness.

Tim:

Well, I don’t want to get too much more derailed.  I’m having generalized thoughts.

Rick:

Well, what is the good news about my face?

Tim:

So, the good news about your face, my face, my dad’s face, Justin’s face, everybody that is listening, their face, they did some really neat scientific stuff about the way God made our bodies where everything we ever touch will leave behind trace elements of a chemical molecule, a microbe.

So one of the fun things is that through some science technology there are new breakthroughs where if just practical utilization of this, if a police officer or crime scene investigators show up, we watch whether you’re watching NCIS or CSI or whatever crime show you watch. When those guys show up they can find a let’s say a cell phone as a great example. Even if it’s several months old on this crime scene they can pick it up.  And because of the way God designed our bodies where everything we touch we leave a piece of ourselves on whatever we touch.

So, if you use a cell phone what’s amazing is they’re able to go through, and several professors from different medical universities, from different pharmaceutical schools, have been leading this study. But what they showed is they actually did a research study.  They took 39 adult volunteers. They just wanted to use this as an example so they took their cellphones and they were able to determine if the people had used any kind of skin cream, if they had done any kind of bleach or hair treatment of their hair, if they were taking antidepressants, if they had used eyedrops. They could tell about the food molecules, what kind of food you’d been eating, if you’ve had citrus, caffeine, herbs, or spices. They can tell if you’ve used sunscreen or mosquito repellent.

This could be even up to months after. From these 39 adults they could even give a sample of something they had touched months before, but from it, they could tell if the individual was more likely a male or female. If it’s a female does she use high-end cosmetics? They could tell if she dyed her hair, they could tell if she drinks coffee, they could tell if she would prefer beer over wine, they could tell if she likes spicy food,  if she’s being treated for depression, if she’s wearing sunscreen, if she were wearing bug spray, and therefore she’s more likely to spend time outside.

All this from a skin cell a molecule, a microbe that you left behind months ago on a cell phone. Just incredible the way God created our body that our bodies.  Whatever these little trace elements we leave behind, whatever we touch that scientist, or in this case, maybe even a crime scene investigator could tell what kind of people we are, what kind of things we’re into, and what kind of things we enjoy. Just really incredible the way God designed our body and the way science is now discovering elements of the way God designed our bodies. So just kind of a cool story in the midst of science and the way God created our body.

Rick:

I mean the miracle of how our body works and the individuality. That’s another thing I really got from what you were talking about was just the individuality of God’s creation. We are actually like snowflakes when everyone is different. And science has proven that.

David:

The Bible says we’re fearfully and wonderfully made. And the more we get from things like this in science the more we see how true that is. However, now, think of how far science has come in the last hundred years. I mean, antibiotics, the first time antibiotics is used on D-Day. Now antibiotics are so common.

What did we do for essentially 5,000 years before we had antibiotics? Think how far we’ve come in the last hundred years. The vaccine for polio and for chicken pox and measles. So many things we have now that would have killed you even a century ago.  And so even with this, with what Tim is talking about with the ability to take just a molecule off a cell phone.

I bet you God is sitting up there saying, “Well, gosh, you finally made it to K3. Wait till you see what I have for you in K4.”

For me, there’s gotta be so much more. We think we’re so smart and we are nowhere close to what we have yet to discover. There’s just no end to what you can discover with what God created and made. But that’s a really cool story again reaffirming that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And David didn’t even have a clue how myself was true back then. Man, look how far we are today and I think 100 years from now it will be so much further.

Rick:

No doubt, stay with us folks be right back with more good news. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

Constitution Alive

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the United States Constitution but just felt like, man, the classes are boring or it’s just that old language from 200 years ago or I don’t know where to start? People want to know. But it gets frustrating because you don’t know where to look for truth about the Constitution either.

Well, we’ve got a special program for you available now called Constitution Alive with David Barton and Rick Green. It’s actually a teaching done on the Constitution at Independence Hall in the very room where the Constitution was framed. We take you both to Philadelphia, the Cradle of Liberty and Independence Hall and to the WallBuilders’ library where David Barton brings the history to life to teach the original intent of our Founding Fathers.

We call it the QuickStart guide to the Constitution because in just a few hours through these videos you will learn the Citizen’s Guide to America’s Constitution.  You’ll learn what you need to do to help save our Constitutional Republic. It’s fun! It’s entertaining! And it’s going to inspire you to do your part to preserve freedom for future generations. It’s called Constitution Alive with David Barton and Rick Green. You can find out more information on our website now at WallBuilders.com.

Update On Executive Orders

Rick:

Thanks for staying with on WallBuilders Live! One more segment of good news today. And I think David is up. What’s our next piece of good news?

David:

It’s executive orders.

Tim:

That is good news.

David:

By the way, what do you know about executive orders? Any idea?

Tim:

The president delivers an order.

David:

And?

Tim:

That’s the executive order.

David:

And?

Tim:

And then people do it.

David:

Alright, do you know how they’re numbered? Where they go back to?

Tim:

Well, George Washington.

David:

Yeah. You know there’s only one president who has not issued executive orders?

Rick:

I didn’t know that there was one.  I thought they all did.

David:

No.

Tim:

Interesting.

David:

William Henry Harrison. You remember his inaugural speech was so long he died as result?

Tim:

So he didn’t have a chance.

Rick:

He didn’t make it back to the White House to sign those executives.

David:

Well, made it back but he was so sick for so long and never got anything done. So every president except William Henry Harrison has issued executive orders. And by the way, who holds the record for executive orders?

Rick:

FDR?

David:

FDR is it! 3,522 executive orders.

Rick:

I was just guessing because he was in office for so long but also because he was such a progressive trying to do things on his own.

David:

He reshaped government in so many ways. Didn’t like what it was doing so we’ll just make it a new.

Rick:

That’s not to say that all executive orders fit that category. They don’t it. If it was going to be abused he would have abused it.

David:

He did. Who’s number two on the list?

Tim:

Obama?

David:

No. Obama issued 147 executive orders.

Tim:

Only.

David:

Only 147.

Tim:

Woah.

David:

But each one had the impact of a federal law.

Rick:

But, hey, at least like four or five of those hundred forty-seven were constitutional, right?  I mean, so he only had like 130 that weren’t.

David:

I don’t even know, you’re in over my head. There may have been 15 or so that were constitutional, maybe not.

Rick:

I bet he had 70 or 80 that were. But even just five that aren’t is incredibly dangerous. And they were big ones like getting rid of welfare reform with the stroke of a pen.

David:

That’s right.

Rick:

Anyway, sorry, I digress.

David:

Well, it was acting in the role of the legislature in so many of them. It was, “I’m tired of waiting on Congress. I’m just going to do it myself.” You can’t do that. So he only issued 147 but who second place?

Tim:

Woodrow Wilson.

David:

Woodrow Wilson with 1,803.  Who is third?

Rick:

I feel like, Tim, we should be getting a prize or something here.

David:

You’re doing good. Who is number three?

Tim:

Now, I have not seen your list, but I know someone who is very conservative who actually had a lot of executive orders but they were overturning previous executive orders was Calvin Coolidge.

David:

That’s right, Calvin Coolidge is number three on the list with 1,203. Ding-ding-ding-ding.

Tim:

But we’re the majority of those overturning in Woodrow Wilson’s?

David:

They were overturned with Woodrow Wilson’s bad executive order. So Calvin Coolidge was a lot of executive orders but it was trying to straighten it out and get back the constitution.

Calvin Coolidge, outside of George Washington and the Founding era presidents. I think Calvin Coolidge is the most constitutionally minded, constitutionally based president we have had in the United States period since the Founding era. I mean, just hands down. And so he issued a ton of executive orders but it was to correct all the goof ups that came from activists like Woodrow Wilson.

By the way, the number system for executive orders goes to 1907. That’s when they started numbering of executive orders. But they postdated it back to Abraham Lincoln in 1862. So Executive Order Number one is from Abraham Lincoln. They didn’t they didn’t go back to the time before that. So they’ve been numbering this sequentially since Abraham Lincoln.

President Trump Repeals Obama’s Executive Orders

So, President Trump now issued an executive order and this executive order repeals Obama’s executive order number 13673, Obama’s executive order number 13683, and Obama’s executive order number 13738. Because those executive orders said, “You can’t do business with the federal government unless you are LGBT.”

Now, used to be you could do business with the federal government if you had the best contract, the best program, the best whatever. And he said, “No, we’re punishing those people who do not hold LGBT views. And so if you’re a traditional value person you can’t do business with the federal government.”

So Trump has issued with the stroke of a pen, striking back those three executive orders that Obama did. In one executive order, he got rid of three. But this is what he starting to do.  He starting to issue executive orders that back up what the previous administration has done and get back to really a more constitutionally sound position that says, “We’re dealing with every individual on the basis of them being an individual not on the basis of whether they embrace LGBTQ.”

Rick:

And when you say “back up the previous administration” you don’t mean like he’s got there back.  You mean he’s reversing it.

David:  He’s reversing it. In fact, he’s backing up the wrong progress made by the previous administration trying to get back to a constitutionally sound position.

Rick:

Which is a legitimate executive order function.

David:

That’s Calvin Coolidge type stuff. That’s exactly what you’re supposed to do.

Rick:

If what he is pushing back was an executive order not pushing back on a congressional act or something.

David:

There are executive orders issued by Obama that took activist positions and made policy outside of Congress.

Rick:

Folks, for more information on what a constitutional executive order versus what is a non-constitutional executive order, get our Constitution Alive program. There’s more information there on our website. We go through that specifically because it’s very important to understand an executive order can be constitutional as long as it’s not making new law.  It’s implementing what the Congress party passed.

Thanks for listening today. We’ll have more good news for you next Friday. If you’d like some before then, visit our website and visit some of those programs on our website WallBuildersLive.com Thanks for listening to WallBuilders Live!