2 States Pass Bills Requiring Schools To Teach The Evils Of Communism – Tune in to be encouraged by some good news! Arizona and Florida pass bills that require their schools to teach the evils of communism, 2 states send some of their troopers to assist with border crisis and more!

Air Date: 07/16/2021

On-air Personalities: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Rick:

You find your way to the intersection of faith and the culture. Thanks for joining us today on WallBuilders Live. We’re taking on the hot topics of the day from a biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective. You can find out more about us at our website, wallbuilderslive.com. There’s three of us here. It’s Good News Friday. The three are, number one, David Barton, America’s premier historian, and our founder here at WallBuilders, Tim Barton, national speaker and pastor and president of WallBuilders, and I’m Rick Green, former Texas legislator and America’s Constitution coach.

And today since it’s Good News Friday, David and Tim have been compiling stories of things that have been happening out there over the last few weeks or months. I’m going to guess that every story we’re going to talk about today, you probably haven’t heard much about it. They don’t talk about good news much in the major media. But David, Tim, I appreciate you all gathering it and giving us kind of a pick me up at the end of the week here. Share some good news with us. David, what’s the first piece of good news?

David:

I’m going to start with some legislation, a couple of states have passed something somewhat similar, doesn’t look like they were talking to each other, just kind of got on the same page. But I got two articles here. One says the Arizona house passes bill requiring the schools share stories from people who fled from communism. And then here’s one that says new law requires Florida students to be taught about “the evils of communism.”

Now the reason I think this is really significant is so much of what’s going on right now with schools is here’s what we don’t want to be taught. We don’t want 1619, we don’t want critical race theory, whatever. But here, they’re saying, here’s what we want to be taught. And it’s interesting, the Bible tells us in Romans 12:21 that the way you overcome the evil is with the good. And so rather than focusing on the evil, what you want to do is start putting the good in there. So if you don’t want the 1619 project, what you need to start doing is teaching the good, teaching all the black history heroes that no longer get taught, teaching what happened with America, and where America was in dealing with race.

Tim:

And let’s clarify. We’re not saying that we should ignore parts of American history, it actually happened. But if the only thing you focus on is the moments where there was evil, then you’ve lost the fact that how did that evil end in America, that who were the people opposing that, who were the people doing other things? And it’s also if you’re saying, well, Jamestown was really evil, okay, what about Plymouth? You’re ignoring other areas where there was so much positive and so much good happening. And so in this notion that you overcome a lie with the truth, right, you overcome the evil with the good.

And it’s not to say that in history that we’re going to ignore the fact that evil existed, that we’re going to ignore bad things that happened. Rather, it’s saying, let’s tell the whole story; be truthful, be honest. Because the story of America is not simply the story of evil people, it’s the story of people in general, and imperfect, fallen, sinful people doing perfect fallen sinful things. And yet God consistently raised up people in this nation, to oppose those evil moments, to do something new, to do something different.

And really, America is one of the most exceptional nations where you have consistent stories of the good overcoming the evil. But so much of what’s being taught today is not the good overcoming evil. It’s just that evil actually happened, which doesn’t make America special in that regard, that makes America normal to everywhere else in the world. Where we are special is recognizing acknowledging that America has been a consistent overcomer, a consistent conquer of evil. And that is part of this incredible legacy of this nation.

David:

And so this type of laws help tell that story. And actually, the other thing I thought was really significant here is we’ve gone through a number of years where that we didn’t want to say what was good or what was bad, we just kind of let everybody make their own truth, everybody make their own values. And now we’re at the point where we’re saying, no, no, there are systems that don’t work, and there are systems that have bad consequences.

And one of the things that history has not done in a number of years is teach cause and effect, that ideas do have consequences, and you can’t just have the idea you want without consequences. And so now we’re saying that because we haven’t taught rights and wrongs, there’s this super high support for Marxism, socialism, etc. And we’re saying, well, wait a minute, let us show you the outcome of what happens in these type of governments, let us show you the consequences of these ideas. And just because we don’t show the consequences, doesn’t mean they’re going to work well in America just because we might want to try Marxism or socialism.

So the fact that we’re now going back to showing causes and effects, we’re showing consequences, we’re showing outcomes of ideas, this is really, really encouraging. When you start now saying, no, wait a minute, that sounds like a good idea, but what’s the outcome going to be? What’s the effect going to be? And so we’re actually back into teaching values now, which is a strange thing. I guess we’ve been teaching values are long, just some really weird kind of values. But now we’re teaching values based on what actually works and what doesn’t work.

And so this trend with Arizona and with Florida, this is really good and indicates what I think is a very positive change that’s happening with the American people right now. And I think they’re starting to happen with what we’re doing in education as well.

Rick:

Well, it’s a change that needs to happen and happen probably for a whole generation because they’ve been pouring the poison in for multiple generations. It’s going to take some time to basically reeducate, bring the truth out, and make sure that multiple generations of Americans begin to learn this truth to counter all of those lies over the years. So it’s very good that people are waking up to that. Alright, Tim, what’s our next piece of good news?

Tim:

Alright, guys, I’ve got several and I’m going to try to go through a couple quickly. And mostly this first one, I’m going to go quick on it because I don’t remember if I’ve already talked about it or not, because this has happened a lot where there’s another city in Texas that has come out that their city council voted unanimously to become a safe haven for unborn children. And this was from Sterling city, they’re the 32nd in the nation, they’re the 29th in Texas to pass a prolife ordinance. Their Mayor, Lane Horwood came out and he said he was excited to be part of this grassroots opportunity for what was going on.

And I’m going quick on this because I can’t remember if I talked about Sterling or not. So if I did, I don’t want to just repeat the whole story. But if not, I want to acknowledge this is happening. And guys, this is something as I just read from this article, is a 32nd city in the nation to come out as a safe haven for the unborn, as a safe zone for unborn babies. Anyway, really positive things we’re seeing happen around the nation in the prolife area.

This one, it goes to deal with the Second Amendment. Now I’m going to go to Missouri. And in Missouri, Governor Mike Parson signed a Second Amendment Preservation Act in June. And one of the things that happened when he signed this was he made a statement that caused some frustration, the Department of Justice came out opposing part of what he said. So let me give a little context.

Governor Mike Parson said that local and state police were not allowed to enforce federal gun laws, and a violation of the state law could result in a $50,000 fine. Well, the Justice Department came out and said, Governor, you cannot tell the police not to enforce federal law. They cannot ignore federal law.

Now here’s what’s interesting. He didn’t tell them necessarily to ignore federal law, but not to enforce federal law. And by the way, I thought it was super ironic that Justice Department was saying you can’t just ignore federal law, because I’m pretty sure there’s a bunch of cities that are ignoring immigration laws. I’m pretty sure there’s a bunch of cities ignoring, we could go down a litany of laws that are being ignored, that they don’t seem to be bothered by. But in this one, because it deals with the Second Amendment, and the Biden administration has not been favorable toward the Second Amendment that they’re not happy with.

Here’s where it gets interesting to me. Is governor Parson said Missouri is not attempting to nullify federal law, instead, Missouri is defending his people from federal government overreach by prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies from being used by the federal government to infringe Missourians right to keep and bear arms.

So it really was a very strategic, maybe brilliant tactical move in Missouri, where they said, if the federal government comes out with crazy regulations saying that you’re not allowed to have certain guns or certain magazines if they’re wrong capacity or whatever kind of law they come up with, and that is something the federal government passes or the Biden administration makes some kind of executive order, the state of Missouri said, well, you can make that law, you can make that executive order, but our agencies here in the state of Missouri will not assist you in enforcing that law, which is their prerogative. They’re not required in this situation to enforce that federal law.

And they said that there’s up to a $50,000 fine if you go, which one of the assumptions of many Democrats have come out saying we need to go and confiscate some of these weapons. And this is Missouri saying, we’re not helping you do any of that kind of stuff because we believe that people in Missouri have a right to keep and bear arms. And guys, we’ve talked about this on many programs before on Good News Friday, where we’re starting to see many states begin to stand up and defend their state sovereignty, which according to the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution, there’s a lot of state sovereignty that they should be defending and protecting because there’s a lot of state’s rights the federal government does not have the power and authority to all the states what they can do in every measure if it’s not in the Federal Constitution.

With all that being said, it’s really encouraging to see the state of Missouri saying we’re going to protect our citizens Second Amendment rights, and we’re not going to let the federal government come in and use our state agencies to take away our citizens rights. So congratulations, kudos to Governor Mike Parson for standing up with courage and boldness, kudos to the legislative body for passing this piece of legislation with what’s going on. Just overall good news on the Second Amendment coming from Missouri.

Rick:

Yeah, Tim, I mean, just from a general perspective of the proper role of government, and of course, we teach this in the Constitution Alive class, in the Biblical Citizenship class, and David, you go through the whole thing of authority and jurisdiction and who’s supposed to do what. And it’s just a great reminder that it’s not just one federal government with all the answers and all the authority at all. In fact, it’s supposed to be a limited federal government. And the states have a say, they have jurisdiction, they have authority. The family has a say, has jurisdiction, authority, the church, the local government, all those things. So it’s a great reminder that we need to have those proper jurisdictional lines and that when one area of government is overreaching, the other areas of government have to stand up and push back on that. So very, very good news. Guys, we’re going to take a quick break, we’ve got a lot more good news to share with folks. Stay with us, you’re listening to the Wallbuilders Live.

AMERICAN STORY

Hey, guys, we want to let you know about a new resource we have at WallBuilders called The American Story. For so many years, people have asked us to do a history book to help tell more of the story that’s just not known or not told today.

And we would say very providentially in the midst of all of the new attacks coming out against America, whether it be from things like the 1619 project that say America is evil, and everything in America was built off slavery, which is certainly not true or things, like even the Black Lives Matter movement, the organization itself, not out the statement Black Lives Matter, but the organization that says we’re against everything that America was built on, and this is part of the Marxist ideology. There’s so many things attacking America.

Well, is America worth defending? What is the true story of America? We actually have written and told that story starting with Christopher Columbus, going roughly through Abraham Lincoln, we tell the story of America not as the story of a perfect nation of a perfect people. But the story of how God used these imperfect people and did great things through this nation. It’s a story you want to check out wallbuilders.com, The American Story.

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us today. It’s Good News Friday. We’re diving back into that good news. David Barton’s turn, David.

David:

Well, we’re going to Texas kind of, really kind of deals with what you and Tim were talking about just before the break, that we’re starting to see people stand up, see government stand up and say, hey, here’s what’s supposed to happen, here’s what the role of government is, here’s what our purposes, and we’re going to make that happen. So what we see down in Texas over the last several weeks as the Biden administration has refused to enforce federal laws regarding immigration, we’ve seen just explosive numbers come across the border, or just the increase in drugs, is just unbelievable. Same with sex trafficking, same with violent crime, same with property crimes, is through the roof. And then Biden administration is like well, we don’t care about the effects because we want anybody to come in that wants to come in. And so, this not upholding the laws.

So as a result, all across the southern border, you’ve seen a lot of states start taking action on trying to uphold laws that are currently existing. So in the case of Texas, Governor Abbott said, hey, we’re going to build the wall because we can build this on state land, this is state property, we can do this, this is not federal land we’re building this on. We’re going to go ahead and build a wall here in Texas. And by the way, we already have all these laws against illegals. You can’t do property damage. You can’t do whatever. So we’re going to start arresting illegals, particularly those that committed the kind of crimes.

And so we’re seeing sheriffs in Texas stand up and saying anybody that comes in our county that is illegally shouldn’t be here, we’re going to arrest, and the crimes are committed, we’re going to prosecute. So we’re seeing a lot of that happen. Now, with that, it’s like well, you know, Texas, I guess can fund some of that, we certainly have a budget. But then the governor opens up and says, hey, anybody that wants to fund upholding this law, we’ll take your funds. And then he said and anybody wants to help enforce the security here at the border.

And so what we’re seeing now is in Nebraska, Governor of Nebraska has said, hey, we’re sending some rural law enforcement folks to Texas to help you over in Texas, and Ron DeSantis over in Florida said, hey, we’re sending people to help. Now, these are not states necessarily they have any border that’s been violated in that kind of way. But they just want the border secure, because what happens across that southern border doesn’t just happen to Texas, and Arizona and New Mexico and California, it happens all over. And we’ve seen states all the way up in New Jersey and elsewhere, saying hey, we’re not going to take these minors that are being shipped up here. We’re just not going to receive those minors. That’s a violation of law and we don’t have the facilities to do it. And it’s taxing our services, etc.

And one of the things that happens even with the census that we conducted last year, is you count every single person because you need to know what services you need to provide. Now you only count citizens when it comes to voting, but you are going to have to provide health care for these illegals because if they show up at a hospital, they’re going to get taken care of whether they have insurance or not. They’re going to be going to school, so you need to know what kind of money you have.

So now you’re taxing all the money of all these local cities that have this influx of illegals that are not being stopped, and now you’re going to have to have another 10-15% on the school budget, that means we’re going to have to raise taxes, and on and on it goes. And so it’s really interesting to see how many entities are starting to step up to say, hey, we’ll help you enforce the border laws. The federal government’s not doing it, but they got to be enforced, and we’re going to help you do that. And the latest of which is Nebraska and Florida now sending officers to Texas to help guard the borders here in Texas. So amazing what’s going on across the nation.

Rick:

And it’s also a good sign that we’re not the only ones, right, that think that this is a problem and that needs a solution. People in other states recognize it as well and are willing to be a part of that solution. So let’s move over to Tim, what’s your piece of good news next?

Tim:

Alright, guys, I’m going to California and I got a feel good story from a 16 year old boy, Michael Marino. And this is something that back in June, he was filmed doing a good deed, it went viral. And he had finished school, which is already in my mind a little weird that he was finished with school for the day in June, because that just seems like you’re in school way too long, if you’re in school in June. That’s a side note, I’m going to leave that alone.

But he decided he wanted to get some food, so he went to Taco Bell, went to the drive thru. And while he was going to the drive thru, he noticed that there was a man coming up to cars, and asking for help, asking for change. And one of the things that this article highlights he was interviewed, his mom was interviewed after the fact, and he said that he and his mom had learned in his family they had talked about, if you see someone in need, and you want to help them, you can. Obviously, be smart, be careful.

And one of the things they discussed is that sometimes the best way to help people in need is not just throw money at them, because you don’t know where they’re going to spend the money, what they’re going to do with it. So he decided he wanted to get this homeless man some food. So he ordered three extra soft Tacos, he ordered a drink, and he brought it to the man. And then he decided that he wanted to have lunch with this man.

So he parked his car in the parking lot of the Taco Bell. He was in a pickup truck. He lowered his tailgate and then he and this homeless man sat on the tailgate, and for 45 minutes had a conversation, there was a woman in the parking lot he watched them and this whole exchange happened. And she began just filming and she’s actually the one, she posted it on TikTok. In a matter of just a day or two, had more than a million views, and this thing just blew up with her talking about how incredible it was for this young man to do this.

And so then Michael gets interviewed afterwards, and media outlets want to come meet this 16 year old who was doing this good deed. And one of the things that was really interesting he said in this article is that he and his family talked about the fact that sometimes there can be really good people who just have had bad situations. And he said it occurred to him that probably a lot of these people that are homeless, they don’t get to interact with a lot of people, and maybe he just wants to have a conversation.

So he said, “So I sat down having conversation with him, and I really didn’t have to ask very many questions, and he just started talking.” And for 45 minutes they talked, he said, I don’t know if I’m ever going to see that guy again. But I knew I was doing something good on that day. And, you know, guys, we talked about often about these good deeds and good Samaritans, where people just out of the goodness of their heart, we would talk about the love of the Lord right in this moment where they’re just loving on people, that they’re doing something really significant.

And I also appreciate it at the end, he said, I think more people need to do this. And then he cautioned, he said, not all homeless people are bad, but you do have to be careful because there are some bad people in the world. And coming from a 16 year old, there was just so much wisdom, so much maturity, and much what happened in his interview, but certainly for a 16 year old to be driving to get some food after school, and then to take notice of somebody to buy them food, and then take 45 minutes of your afternoon to sit there and talk with them to just make them feel special, to make them feel important. Guys, that’s so impressive. And so I want to say, Michael Marino, you are an inspiration in what you did in that moment. So a really cool feel-good story coming out of Fresno, California from a 16 year old young man just at the drive thru the Taco Bell.

Rick:

A WallBuilders Live shout out to Michael Marino. Very cool story. And, you know, it’s actually a great reminder that we look at all this stuff happening in the country, and we think we can’t do much and it’s out of our control and all that. Man, you can make a difference in an individual’s life every single day. Look at what Michael did. What an awesome example for the rest of us, a good news story. Alright, David Barton, next piece of good news.

David:

Well, we’re going to Randolph township in New Jersey. They have made a lot of news that was not good news for the ones who made the news. And this is the school district that said, hey, we don’t want anybody be offended with holidays, so we’re going to take every holiday off the calendar and just say it’s a work day off. So we’re not going I have Christmas or 4th of July or anything at all, because some holidays are going to offend somebody and we don’t want anybody to be offended. Yeah, the people who get offended or the people who think holidays are not important, and they did get offended.

And look into this community, there’s about 25,000 in the community. And I got really curious and wonder how many people voted in the school board elections. And so I looked, it looks like about 1,000 votes is what it takes to get elected there, so that’s about 4%. That’s actually pretty high for a school board election, is usually down around 1%.

But what got the school board’s attention was that after they made this move to take all holidays off the calendar and just call it work day off, what happened was 4,000 people signed a petition to get rid of every single school board member. Now, that’s a whole lot more than voted for them. So they suddenly had an epiphany, and they saw the light, and they reversed their policy, and were back to happy holidays, less school district now. So…

Rick:

It’s amazing how they see the light when they feel the heat, right?

David:

Exactly right. Exactly right. And it’s great that people get involved over that, rather than just kind of saying, oh, those guys are crazy, I get so tired of those guys. They actually went out and did something and just put a scare into them that really was good. Now hopefully, those same 4,000 will go find different people to be on the school board, people who actually think correctly. And not that these people on the school board right now aren’t good people, but you’ve got to be thinking wrong to say, hey, we can’t offend anybody. That’s an impossibility. And to say that we think having no value is of the right value, that’s an impossible, you’re going to have values. So hopefully, they’ll get some good people recruited who understand that and who understand what education is all about, and who will do the right thing.

Rick:

Alright, fellows, is time for one more good news story. Tim, take us home.

Tim:

Well, we might get a few more in, but let’s start with one right here…

Rick:

Depends on how fast you talk, right?

Tim:

Well, we’re known for being fast talkers at time. So we’ll see how much we can do and how much we can get in. This one is about another individual who decides he’s just going to get involved and do what he can. This was a dad who built a filtering platform, an internet filter to protect kids from a lot of propaganda that happens on the internet. And so this dad creates a filter.

And one of the things that he says really led him to do this is that he saw his kids being systematically exposed to false ideas about human sexuality from school, and even from school homework. And he thought, this is crazy, I don’t want my kids being exposed to all this. So this dad creates a filter, and he calls it, it’s Free Filtering Blocks that blocks the bad stuff on the internet. Now, he included the bad stuff to be pornography, information about abortion. So helping kids find out how to have abortions and get that information, LGBTQ+ propaganda, he goes to a whole list of stuff.

But he built this filter specifically for his kids. There’s more than 2 million websites that get filtered out with its content. And the way the system works is, it’s connected to a Wi Fi router, and then any device using that platform will not be able to access those, I guess, different websites that have that bad stuff on it. And so this is something now that is actually out there for lots of parents to use, it’s freefiltering.org. And there are now lots of people already doing it. Bloggers are already talking about it. There actually are news pieces that it really interesting are criticizing this.

So the New York Daily News came out, they published a piece very critical of this that kind of mocking this dad, Michael Lee Mason that he was concerned about the wiles of the devil and that’s why he did this. Well, I got to tell you, if you’re going to make fun of me for being concerned about the wiles of the devil like that, that’s okay. I’ll take that scorn because that’s not something is going to cause me to back down from wanting to do what is right. Anyway, just really cool.

Guys, we’re consistently seeing individual standing up, we’re seeing individual standing up at City Council, at school board, parents standing up, now a dad just doing this filter, right. We’ve talked about a 16 year old at Taco Bell. We are seeing so many great individuals standing up and doing significant things. And it really is encouraging to see this kind of stuff happening.

Rick:

Well, you are right, Tim, we do have time for more. So David, what do you got?

David:

Going to a US Supreme Court decision that just came down on a California law, there is a law in California, and I can’t imagine California would pass a goofy law. Yeah, laugh, laugh. They passed a law that says, hey, the Union has a right to go into your private property and recruit your workers to work for a Union. And they can do that for three hours a day for up to 120 days a year.

So here we are at WallBuilders and if I’m in California, Union guys can come in to this office for 120 days a year, three hours at a time and recruit people to be part of the Unions. Guess what, that costs me a lot of time, a lot of money, productivity goes down. You know, that’s 360 hours essentially that are gone, which is like the equivalent of nearly nine weeks of work that I lose.

There’s a farmer there in California. He has a big nursery and they were doing strawberry harvest, at the time, he had all of his workers on there. And suddenly here comes the farm workers union shows with their bullhorns, and for three hours, they just lobby these guys, you got to be part of the Union. You don’t want to be doing work for this guy, you want us to be in charge of it. And they go after this for and they can do this up to 120 days year.

So he filed a suit under the Fifth Amendment. He said, this is the Takings Clause, government is taking money away from me, they’re not letting me use my own private property. They’re saying my private property is open to outsiders. They’re not letting me kick these guys off my own private property. And US Supreme Court agreed with him, 6-3 margin says, yep, the Fifth Amendment, if the government’s going to do this, they’re going to have to pay you for all the time you lose doing it. And you do have the right to kick people off your property. So we’re upholding property rights. Great decision by the US Supreme Court striking down that California policy.

Rick:

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