Prager University: Today we begin a special presentation of Dennis Prager’s speech at this year’s ProFamily Legislators’ Conference in which he outlines the differences between the ideologies of the left and the right.
Air Date: 12/27/2016
Guests: Dennis Prager, Radio Talk Show Host
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Pro-family Legislators Conference.
We’ve got a really special series. The rest of this week, actually, is going to be a four part series with Dennis Prager. We had Dennis at our last Legislators Conference and for those of you that are longtime listeners, you know once a year we bring in a lot of state reps and senators from across the country and give them a chance to do the iron sharpening iron thing. They literally come together and exchange ideas. They talk about what’s working in their states what’s not working. We have a lot of great speakers that come in and share with them.
This year we had some fantastic speakers. A couple of them we’re going to be able to share with you. We had Dr. Frank Turek with us last week here on WallBuilders Live. He had spoken at the Legislators Conference. You can get that presentation right now in the archives section of our website at WallBuildersLive.com website.
This week we’re going to have Dennis Prager and it’s going to be a four part series. As I mentioned earlier, just a wealth of information. Really, we enjoyed having Prager with us this week.
If you haven’t watched any of the the Prager University videos you are missing out. You need to google that. Go to YouTube or their website and watch Prager University. Virtually every topic is covered and they’re short, they’re quick, and they’re powerful. In five minutes, I learned more about a subject than if I sit through a one hour lecture or even take an entire class on it. They just do a fantastic job.
So if you’re not familiar with Dennis Prager that’s one of the things that he’s incredibly well known for. But he’s also known well for his national radio program and his books and just an incredibly powerful public speaker.
So we want to share it with you. Make sure he if you’re going to miss any of the programs the rest of this week you can get them on the website WallBuilders Live. So go there. And at the end of the week take all four programs and make sure you send the links to your friends and family and share with them or send them a link today so they can listen throughout the rest of this week. So let’s join Dennis Prager at the Pro-family Legislators Conference.
Dennis Prager With Prager University
(Crowd welcomes Dennis with applause.) Thanks a million. Nice to see you. I just want you to know, for what it’s worth, it’s such an honor for me to to address you. And the proof is that I came here. *laughter* To fly from L.A. to Dallas then you realize, I know you’ll have no sympathy for this, but if you knew my body rhythm you would. It is now 6:30 in the morning. I never see 6:30 in the morning. I need you to understand that. God knows when I woke up here.
So I treasure you and your work. I have to tell you, I’m sure this is not a shock to any of you. When I first accepted the invitation to come, I didn’t think I would arrive here under the circumstances that currently prevail in our country. It could be America’s saving. That’s really the way I would put it to you.
And that’s what I’d like to address, a few things, because you are of the people I most want to speak to. It is very possible that there are things that I will say that you may not even agree with. So let me put it in the context of we are philosophically brothers and sisters. That is no question. And you might agree with every word but these are an outsider who has been looking inside for all of his life some thoughts on Republicans and Democrats on the left and the right and the country etc.
The Left Fights The Right; The Right Fights Individual Candidates
My biggest,single message to Republicans on the national, state, and local levels is that a major mistake has been made. The Left runs against us but we don’t run against the Left. It seems to me that my whole life I have watched a, thank God, nonviolent war in America– cultural wars the way it is often put.
However, it seems that really only one side has been fighting. The Left fights the Right. And the Right fights individual candidates. This is, in fact, what happened in every national election where you are running against Barack Obama. Or you are running against John Kerry or you are running against Hillary Clinton. But as I have said over and over it’s irrelevant. And it is irrelevant in your case in state legislatures. They are interchangeable.
If every single Democrat were removed by extra terrestrials to a heavenly body –I wish them no ill. I want to make that clear. All right? I am not talking about, God forbid, a disease or anything like that. But removed to a better place and I don’t mean death– where they only could speak to Democrats. That heaven– now that would be heaven –where only the New York Times and CNN were available. I mean, I could draw a heaven for you– a heavenly this-world existence.
Hey guys this is Tim Barton with WallBuilders. And I know you hear my dad and Rick talk a lot about our Founding Fathers about the original intent of our nation, a constitutional heritage that we have. And really we’ve seen how far we slipped away from that. And I know a lot of us as we hear my dad and Rick talk think, “I wish there was a place that I could go where I could see these documents and I could read and learn about the Founding Fathers firsthand. See the things they did.”
I want to give you some websites today that can help you accomplish that very thing. If you get online you can go to places like Library of Congress and you can look under their century of lawmaking or historical documents. You can go to the Avalon Project, to the Founders Constitution, Google Books, or even the internet archives.
Or you can just go to WallBuilders.com. We have a section for our library. And under that section we have different subgroups for historical documents, historical writings. Even a place where you can get helpful links to find out more information about other websites. Where you can do research for yourself and find the truth for yourself. Friends, this is the time that we need to know who we are and where we came from. WallBuilders.com is a great place to go.
From Birth Virtually Every Child Is Immersed In The World Of The Left
Let me just make a point. I often do this, but I do go back to my original point. There is no comparison in terms of exposure to the others ideas, between right and left in America. From birth virtually every child is immersed in the world of the Left. From television, to movies, to social media, and to school.
I don’t just mean the universities, I mean elementary schools. In many schools in America it is the law that they be taught about global warming starting at third grade. And it’s not taught scientifically. It is taught as a doctrine.
The Right Practically Doesn’t Exist To The Left
So they, however, have no such exposure. The greatest black thinker in the United States, in my opinion, is Tom Sowell. Tom Sowell is also one of the greatest thinkers in the United States of any color, But he is unknown to the world of the Left.
The New York Times doesn’t cover him. We don’t exist as it were. So that’s why I made the reference to heaven would be, well actually now that I think of it, it would be very similar to what they have here. Exposure to only what they think. And by the way, then they try to suppress what is thought.
We Are Impacting Millennials
I am proud to have started this prayer university project. This year we have 150 million views. We are the largest conservative– and let me tell you, according to Facebook and YouTube, our largest single group is under 35 years of age.
So this five minute, best ideas from the finest minds is working. By the way, interestingly, and totally, of course, who would know– we did two videos by a woman who is a scholar about the Electoral College. Most Americans have no clue what it is. We are big defenders of it because it’s the United States of America. And in the last two days there have been 15 million views.
Because if you go on the Internet and say, “Well, I don’t know what the Electoral College is.” We pop up. It’s the first time in effect that the thing that first pops up is conservative. It doesn’t happen! Fifteen million views in two days. We would never-on the Electoral College? I spoke to my wife about this driving here from DFW last night and she said, “If we put a list of every single one of our courses and ask which one hit 15 million views in two days, no one think it was the Electoral College video.”
YouTube Has Restricted 20 Of Our Videos
It’s not exactly sexy in terms of what is available out there. But what my point is though, is that we have gotten so successful that YouTube has restricted 20 of our videos. Which means it cannot be seen in libraries, cannot be seen in schools, cannot be seen in any home with children that has filters, cannot be seen. Two editorials in the Wall Street Journal within a 10 day period, just two weeks ago, major editorials on behalf of Prager University and what YouTube is doing.
The Left Is Intolerant to Opposing Views
I’m not advertising this to you. I am explaining how they are so not used to ideas with which they differ, that they try to suppress them when they happen.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was was disinvited to Brandeis University. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a black, African woman from Somalia. Raised a fundamentalist Muslim and– only because she writes about this and talks about this herself –had the female mutilation process that is undergone.
The woman borders on genius. She fled Somalia to Holland and became a member of the Dutch Parliament. Can you imagine that? Just a mastering of Dutch. Aside from the mastering of another civilization and now she lives in the United States and is at Harvard.
She was invited to Brandeis University but when they found that she was critical of Islam they disinvited her. So I have a question. Have they ever disinvited a lecturer who was critical of Christianity? It’s not possible.
As I say, all of our language has been hijacked. Islamophobe is anyone critical of Islam. But if a man puts a crucifix in a jar of urine, he’s not only not a Christianophobie, he gets a national grant. It is shown in museums around the United States of America.
This is a Jew saying this. You’ll enjoy this because I love transparency. So I work for Evangelical Christians, Salem Radio Corporation. I love them and they love me. One day we’re flying cross country on the Salem Jet and one of the top officials said, “You know Dennis, we really would love you to come to Christ. But the truth is, you’re much more valuable to us as a Jew.” The reason you are laughing is because it is true.
This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. Around 1790 the infamous Thomas Paine wrote his Age of Reason attacking religion and Christianity. Interestingly, one of the strongest defenders against Payne’s attack was Benjamin Franklin.
In fact, he stiffly rebuked Paine told him, “He that spits in the wind spits in his own face. Do you imagine any good would be done by this attack against religion? Think how great a portion of mankind consists of youth who have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice to support their virtue. I would advise you not to attempt unchaining the tiger but to burn this piece before it is seen by any other person. If men are so wicked with religion what would they be if without it.” Benjamin Franklin believed that the practice of religion was one of the greatest assets of American society.
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Truth Has Nothing to Do With Who You Are
So often I read comments on my columns and my speeches that are on YouTube. They fascinate me. Periodically, you will get a comment like, “ Heh, another Christian right winger.” And then somebody will respond, “He’s Jewish.”
If you defend that notion that the country was founded on Biblical principles you’re assumed to be a Christian. Which I totally understand, it’s a non-issue. But it’s just, you should be an atheist and say that. Truth is truth. Truth has nothing to do with who you are.
All of this is relevant because these are the fights- and then it comes to the big picture. I’m just giving you little details. I fought in California to retain the cross on the county seal of Los Angeles County. I led the fight, in fact, and spoke at the board of supervisors against removing it.
It was the smallest item, by the way, on the seal. The cow was bigger, the oil derricks were bigger, the biggest thing on that was a Roman goddess. Which no Christian ever objected to a pagan goddess on the seal of Los Angeles County.
Anyway, I went in and I said, “I want you to understand this has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with my history. I am a Los Angeleno and I am a Jew and it’s irrelevant. You are robbing me of my history. Los Angeles was founded by Christians, Catholics specifically. That’s why it’s called Los Angeles. Not Los Secularistos.
What This Political Race Is About
We live in a world that reminds me in part, because this is my field of study was the Soviet Union. I studied Russian. And I was in the Soviet Union a number of times. They had a dissident joke and I told this to the Board of Supervisors how this Soviet dissident joke is taking place in my county of Los Angeles. And that is they used to say, “In the Soviet Union the future is known. It’s the past that’s always changing.”
That’s what the Left does, they change the past. Changing the past. You know what a young American sees when they see the iconic paintings of the Founders signing the Declaration of Independence? Or any of the founding paintings. They see white, male, slave owning, rich people. That’s what they see. They don’t see great people. They see whites.
You know what we have come to? What we have come to that that has happened? Alright, so back to the big picture.
When a Republican runs for office- I believe- otherwise, we will lose the big fight. We might win election after election but we’ll lose the big battle for the country. I am running against a man or woman of the Left. I have specific problems with this person. That’s perfectly legitimate. But please understand what this race is about. There are two utterly competing outlooks on what America should be, on what my state should be. That to me, has to be the universal message of every Republican who runs for office. Because if your opponent, God forbid had a heart attack, it wouldn’t matter.
Good Human, Bad Values
The whole race was about Hillary Clinton. Ok- you have to do what you have to do to win. Hillary Clinton is particularly a corrupt individual and I say this would only sadness, only sadness. These are not words that come easily to me, this is not my mode of speech but she is.
But as I said on the radio or so often, “Non-corrupt, Amish Leftists do as much damage as corrupt Leftist.” There are honest, lovely Leftists. I know, they’re in my family. Remember, I’m Jewish. I’m surrounded like a black would be. I’m surrounded by people who vote Democrat.
Are all of my extended family jerks or bad people? It’s nonsense. By the way, it’s a very complex thing, human nature. You can be a fine human with bad values. You can be a bad human with fine values, just doesn’t apply to you personally. But you can have an insight into how America should be and not be a particularly honorable human being and can be quite the opposite. This is what needs to be understood.
Run Ideologically Not Just Personally.
You may run against an opponent who is just a wonderful human being, but who will just as readily, if their policies prevail, hurt your state as much as the most corrupt person in the Democratic Party. We have to run ideologically, not just personally.
The issue isn’t to defeat that person. It’s to defeat the Left. That is my overriding message to you today. It’s my overriding message my whole life when I understood from my earliest days what the Left was doing to America. It wasn’t difficult when I watched the left-wing rioters at the Columbia University where I was at graduate school. In the name of love and peace and brotherhood, wrecking the university, taking over classrooms.
The American Trinity
This is what needs to be understood. Here is the way I put it. It’s good for you to hear, I think, because that when the big picture is clear the details follow. The United States has a trinity just as Christianity has a Trinity. The United States, I call it the American Trinity.
Bring A Speaker To Your Area
Hey, this is Tim Barton with WallBuilders. And as you’ve had the opportunity to listen to WallBuilders Live, you’ve probably heard a wealth of information about our nation, about our spiritual heritage, about the religious liberties, and about all the things that makes America exceptional. And you might thinking, “As incredible as this information is, I wish there was a way that I could get one of the WallBuilders guys to come to my area and share with my group.”
Whether it be a church, whether it be a Christian school, or public school, or some political event, or activity, if you’re interested in having a WallBuilders speaker come to your area, you can get on our website at www.WallBuilders.com and there’s a tab for scheduling. If you’ll click on that tab, you’ll notice there’s a list of information from speakers bio’s, to events that are already going on. And there’s a section where you can request an event, to bring this information about who we are, where we came from, our religious liberties, and freedoms. Go to the WallBuilders website and bring a speaker to your area.
Moment From America’s History
This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. Federal courts have made several amazing rulings recently ordering the removal of a cross from cemetery, banning religious holiday displays, removing the Ten Commandments from public view, prohibiting student prayers whether verbal or silent, and numerous other similar restrictive rulings. As one current justice has noted, “The Supreme Court has now become “a national board of theology.”
Our Founding Fathers would be astounded. They designed the First Amendment to keep the federal courts completely out of this issue as Thomas Jefferson forcefully declared, “I consider the federal government as prohibited by the Constitution from meddling with religious exercises. The First Amendment was designed to keep decisions on religious expression out of the federal courts and in the hands of the local communities.
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No Other Country On Earth Has That Trinity
I discovered it one night emptying my pockets getting ready to go to bed. And I looked at the coins and the bills that I took out of my pocket. I noticed that that definition of conservatism was in my pocket since I was a child. Liberty in God we trust E pluribus unum. That’s the American Trinity no other country on earth has that Trinity. None.
You know what the trinity of Canada is? I’ll tell it to you in the way I learned it. I had Charles Krauthammer on the show one day. And I don’t ask him him political questions when he is on. Because everyone knows him from Fox and from his column, how he thinks. So, I like to ask philosophical questions. He’s a thoughtful man.
So I said, “Charles, you grew up in Canada. What’s the biggest difference between Canada and the United States?” And to his great credit he had an immediate and terrific answer. He said, “Well the American Declaration of Independence and shrine’s life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The motto of Canada is peace, order, and good government.”
The big difference. That’s why you go to Canada. That’s what you feel. Peace, order, good government, and nothing is happening. It’s not an exciting place like America’s an exciting place. By the way, it may be great and better to live in an unexciting place. It’s a curse to live in interesting times. It may not be a blessing but it is different.
No one had our American Trinity. And they are all necessary. The Left has successfully labeled those of us who believe in the “In God We Trust” part as fanatics. As outside of mainstream American history.
Pro Family Organization.
Well. friends we’re out of time for today. That was Dennis Prager that you were just listening to speaking at our Legislators Conference we do every year -the Pro-family Legislators Conference. And we’re going to pick up with Dennis Prager tomorrow. This will actually be a four part series. So we’re going to have Dennis with us the rest of the week catching his presentation from the Legislators Conference.
And while we’re at it, just want to let you know, you can invite your state legislator to attend that conference. So check out ProFamily.com and share the website with your state rep or state senator and let them know it’s a very encouraging weekend for these legislators when they come in and share ideas. Check that out they’re ProFamily.com and share that with your legislators.
Dennis Prager again with us tomorrow we’ll pick up right where we left off today. Thank you for listening to WallBuilders Live.