Israel Apartheid Week Investigated and Confronted, Good News Friday

Israel Apartheid Week Investigated and Confronted, Good News Friday: We call it Good News Friday because it’s a chance for David and Tim to share some good news from across the nation and around the world. In this episode, we talk about how a sheriff took down a shooter in Great Mills High School. How new legislation requires Tennessee schools to prominently display, “In God We Trust”. We talk about how we are on the verge of using presidential impoundment. How Palestinian lies are being combated on a university campus. And more!

Air Date: 04/13/2018

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


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Faith And The Culture

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture.  This is WallBuilders Live! We’re talking about the day’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture. But we always do that from a biblical, historical, and Constitutional perspective.

We’re here with David Barton and Tim Barton. David’s America’s premier historian and the founder of WallBuilders. Tim Barton’s a national speaker and pastor, and president here at WallBuilders. My name is Rick Green, I’m a former Texas legislator.

It’s Good News Friday, I love Good News Fridays, I love Fridays, because it’s Good News Friday. It’s a chance for David and Tim to catch us up on a lot of the good things that have been happening out there usually ignored by the major media. Certainly if it’s good from our perspective of biblical, historical, and constitutional.

I want to encourage you to go to our websites because at WallBuildersLive.com you can get more of these good news programs. And we can all use a good pick me up every once in a while. And this positive new news you’re going to hear today is definitely going to pick you up.

But also check out WallBuilders.com, that’s our main website, because there’s a lot of great tools there that you can share with your friends and families. So, check out our websites today.

I’m ready to dive in. David, Tim, you all got some good news to share with us today?

David:

Absolutely.

Rick:

Alright. Who’s first? David–

David:

I’m going to say it first, Rick.

Rick:

Okay.

Presidential Impoundment

David:

The good news is that we are at the verge of using presidential impoundment.

Rick:

What?

David:

Now, I’d like guys to find out before I tell you the good news.

Tim:

Now, I know what impounding is, but what would the president be impounding?

David:

What is impounding?

Tim:

Well, so, if police come and impound your vehicle–

David:

That’s not precedential impoundment though.

Tim:

Right. So, I don’t know what the president would be impounding. I give up.

David:

Rick, explain it to him.  

Rick:

You know, I did a long intro, I don’t want to take any extra time on the program, so I was just going to let Tim try and answer this one.

Tim:

Wait a second, is this like when the president takes a dog to the pound, so the president’s impounding– is that different?

David:

I think this actually goes back to Thomas Jefferson and it was–

Tim:

He impounded dogs?

Bear At the White House

David:

Yeah, his two bears, his pet bears at the White House that he kept.

Tim:

So, that’s not a joke. He actually did have bears for our listeners who think we’ve derailed. I did derail. Jefferson actually had pet bears at the White House which is kind of cool and crazy at the same time. But he probably didn’t impound those.

David:

No, he did not impound them.

Tim:

Kept them on a leash probably. I don’t know how you keep safe from bears at the White House.

David:

Yeah, I don’t know that, but a presidential impoundment was used by presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Richard Nixon. That doesn’t give you any clues?

Rick:

Hmmm.

Tim:

No.

David:

Presidential impoundment, it’s a pretty cool constitutional tool. What happened–

Tim:

Now, wait a second, you said “constitutional tool”. I’ve read the Constitution – I don’t recall– Rick, I don’t know if you can help me out– I don’t recall an impounding phrase in the Constitution.

Rick:

I don’t remember the impoundment clause, so I have to plead ignorance on this one.

David:

Alright, so let me take it this way.

Rick:

I think, Tim, that we have failed the test today. Whatever the test was.

Tim:

I think he might be making stuff up.

Rick:

I think he might be!

David:

You guys. This is great. What happens is Congress appropriates money–

Rick:

We’re out of time for today, folks. We’ve got to go. Thanks for– This is real. What you’re saying is real.

The Federal Budget

David:

This is real. Congress appropriates money through the federal budget, they appropriate money. The president decides, “I’m not going to spend all that money. I don’t feel obligated to spend everything, so I’m impounding some of the money. I’m saving it in the budget, we’re not going to spend as much as the budget allows.” Now, there’s nothing that says you have to spend everything in the budget. A budget is what you work off of, that you’re working stuff, but there’s no requirement to spend 100 percent of what’s budgeted. You don’t do that in a family budget. If you can come in under budget that’s a good deal.

So, what happened was presidents across time from Jefferson to Nixon decided, “I’m not going to spend all that money.” It may be appropriated, and Congress may have said we can spend 48 billion dollars doing– studying the sex lives of snails or whatever Senator Tom Coburn used to point out.

Tim:

Right. So, you’re saying that those are things that Congress actually has funded. The research on the sexual behavior of insects which–

David:

And snails too was what it was.  

Tim:

That’s why I said insects meaning snails, so whatever category they fall in – it’s been a long time since junior high biology, whatever that was.

Rick:

I wasn’t even going to try. But, yeah, so looking at– I remember there was one on salamanders and then just all these bizarre things that Congress was funding somebody to go and study the sexual behavior.

David:

Now they were– say it differently because they were providing the funds for. But if the president decided he wasn’t going to spend those funds because all of those come through the executive branch. Those are all Cabinet level departments. That’s what Congress funds.

You Now Have to Spend it All?

David:

And so the president is over cabinet level departments, so it’s a slight distinction, Tim, but it really is a distinction that just because Congress funds it doesn’t mean the president has to spend all that money. And so that’s what impoundment was, was the president said, “No, I might be willing to spend half that or whatever.” Or, you know, we’re 21 trillion in debt. I’m not going to spend all of that.”

Well, that was what was happening up until Richard Nixon and then Congress got really ticked at Richard Nixon in 1974 and they said, “No, we insist that you spend the money we’ve appropriated.” So, what they did was they gave a caveat they said, “Okay, President Nixon, if you say you’re not going to spend money for something then that has to come back to a vote in the House and the Senate within 45 days. And if we agree with you that we don’t have to spend money on that then you don’t have to spend money on it. But you’ve got to get our permission not to spend the money.”

Tim:

Which, by the way, so this is something that still happens in government today where they, when they give you a budget if you come in under budget, they remove that money from your budget for the next year.

So, if you were budgeted two hundred thousand dollars and you only spent 128 thousand dollars, the following year you are only given 128000 dollars because they think that’s all you need for your budget. So, you have different government agencies that will work to waste the money they did not need to spend because if they don’t spend all their money they won’t get that same amount next year to be able to allocate and use where they want to.

And so it seems like maybe this is where it started where they’re saying, “Hey, you cannot let something go unfunded because you don’t think it’s worth funding. You are required to fund everything.” Is what it sounds like they told the president.

No More Flexibility

David:

Yeah, at the time of Nixon, prior to the time of Nixon, the president’s could decide, “That’s too much money. I don’t need that much. I’m running this branch, or I’m running the military, I’m running whatever, and we don’t need all that money, we don’t have to spend all that.” And so he had that flexibility. Not anymore.

But that brings us to right now. You remember the bill that just passed, the funding bill that goes through September one point three trillion dollars?

Tim:

Oh yes, I remember that one.

David:

Yes. And so do many people that are ticked off. It is an expensive– it was called an omnibus bill. Instead of doing what the law requires which is there are 12 different funding bills, and you pass a funding bill for each of the– for military, you pass a funding bill for Health and Human services, for Department of Transportation. They threw it all in one and you only get an up or down vote on it and you can debate over the various provisions. Which is why the Democrats got 500 million in it for Planned Parenthood because the Republicans, if they voted it down, are voting down the military funding as well.

Well, through impoundment, President Trump is able to go through and say, “Oh, I’m not going to fund the 500 million for Planned Parenthood.” And then the House and Senate have 45 days to vote. But this time it does not take a cloture vote. In other words, it does not take 60 members of the Senate to say, “We’re going to vote for this.” It only takes 51.

Cleaning Up the Mess

David:

And so he can go through and through the use of impoundment he can cut out billions, and billions, and billions, that he did not want in that bill anyway. But since it had to be an up or down vote, he signed it because, again, he wants to fund the military. So, through the use of impoundment there is now a tool available. Now, it was not used by Obama, it was not used by George W. Bush, it was used up to those presidents.

So, we have an opportunity now and he’s working with House and Senate leaders to get this going again where that he can shave off all of this stuff and really clean up that terrible bill that really was written more by Democrats than Republicans. But that’s what it took to get that vote over in the Senate because it’s such a narrow margin in the Senate.

Rick:

Sounds like very good news. And I’m looking forward to that tool being used. Let’s take a quick break. We’ll be right back. We got more good news for you here on WallBuilders Live.

Share a veteran’s story

We Want To Hear Your Vet Story

Rick:

Hey friends! If you have been listening to WallBuilders Live for very long at all, you know how much we respect our veterans and how appreciative we are of the sacrifice they make to make our freedoms possible. One of the ways that we love to honor those veterans is to tell their stories here on WallBuilders Live.  Once in awhile, we get an opportunity to interview veterans that have served on those front lines that have made incredible sacrifices have amazing stories that we want to share with the American people.

One of the very special things we get to do is interview World War II veterans. You’ve heard those interviews here on WallBuilders Live, from folks that were in the Band of Brothers, to folks like Edgar Harrell that survived the Indianapolis to so many other great stories you heard on WallBuilders Live.

You have friends and family that also served.  If you have World War II veterans in your family that you would like to have their story shared here on WallBuilders Live, please e-mail us at [email protected]  Give us a brief summary of the story and we’ll set up an interview. Thanks so much for sharing here on WallBuilders Live!

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us on this Good News Friday. Tim Barton is up with our good news next. Go for it, bro.

Tim:

Alright, guys, this is out of St. Mary’s County Maryland, it came from Great Mills High School. If you guys remember not long ago there was the what was called, “March For Our Lives.” The march in D.C. that was largely funded by a Hollywood big wigs and different kinds of personalities. And they tried to make it look like it was a kid’s march, that kids were protesting all the violence that happened in schools, and guns in schools. Really, they tried to make it seem like it was all kid initiated and ultimately there– I think estimates were there were only 10 to 15%of the rally that was actually students that were actually marching. The majority were adults, were middle aged people, who were out marching.

Anyway. I don’t know if you remember all this that happened just a couple of weeks ago. What was interesting is just before that March there was actually another incident of a school shooting. But this is Good News Friday, so there is good news involved in this. Well, the good news involved in this is that the shooting did not have nearly the devastation, didn’t have the death toll, that actually had happened very recently. The school shooting that the march was against the Stoltmann Douglas High School, that was recognized because of all the people that died, the devastation that happened.

This School Shooting Was a Little Different

Tim:

Well, this one was a little different and the reason it was different is there actually was a a sheriff involved and this time the sheriff did not stand outside of the school and watch all this unfold. The sheriff heard gunshots, the sheriff drew his own firearm, and the sheriff engaged the shooter, and the sheriff took down the shooter. At the end of the shooting the school shooter had shot two individuals, a male and a female, and then was himself shot.

So, still obviously a terrible incident, there was another school shooting. But the good news is you had a bad guy with the gun who was stopped by a good guy with the gun. You had a sheriff who actually was there doing his job protecting students. So, as often as police officers get a bad rap, they get thrown under the bus. There are so many scenarios surrounding this. In this situation you had someone engage an active shooter.

Which, guys, we’ve done a lot of handgun training in our life. Rick, you actually have done several Constitution classes that were surrounding the Second Amendment. I actually came, my wife and I came, and did one with you very recently. We’ve done a lot of handgun training, and yet with all the training it would be pretty daunting to walk into an active situation where there is a shooter with a gun currently shooting. And then the shooter turns and you have to deal with that – that’s a pretty daunting scenario and so–

Rick:

No doubt.

Tim:

–the fact that you have police officers, and sheriffs, and sheriff’s deputies, willing to put themselves in front of fire to protect people, this is very heroic.

Rick:

Yeah.

Tim:

But what’s amazing about this is instead of having another one of these massive shootings, this was a shooting that was ended very quickly. And at the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. I don’t think they mentioned the fact that there was another school shooting that was ended very quickly, a sheriff did their job, took down the bad guy. It just is a little different narrative, but there’s good news that you have good guys with guns protecting innocent people from bad guys with guns.

Because of a Good Guy With a Gun

Rick:

Yeah. This guy did not hesitate at all as, this officer. He went immediately, he went towards the shooting, engaged. They said he shot at exactly the same time that the shooter shot. And at first they didn’t know whether the shooter shot himself once he was knew that he was about to be stopped by this officer. Which I think it turns out that may have been the bullet that actually killed him. But the officer certainly having engaged him is what, that’s what stopped this shooting.

And, guys, this is not the first time this is a school shooting has been far, far, less than what it would have been because a good guy with a gun.

David:

And this is not the first time that the news has not picked up on this like it picks up the others.

Rick:

Ignored it completely.

David:

This is the kind of stuff that you could say, “Oh, if you want to limit school shootings, look at all these examples of how you do that.” You give good guys guns to go in and shoot the bad guys with guns. No, the other side says, “No, no, no, we just don’t want any guns at all. If there’s no guns at all, that’ll fix it.

Rick:

I actually saw a quote from one of the people at the rallies saying exactly that, saying, “No, no, no, if there were other people, if there were good guys with guns, there’s just that much better chance that somebody is going to end up getting shot. So, we don’t want them to have–” So, we we’re going to let the bad guy walk around and just continue to kill people. Just common sense tells you, man, those teachers that died at these other schools that are protecting kids, wanting to protect the kids. If they’d had a gun they would have been able to stop the bad guy.

And sometimes it’s been not a school officer, sometimes it’s been a teacher going to their car, and getting a gun, and coming back in, and stopping the bad guy with the gun. It’s just, it’s good news when you see it happen the right way. Lives were saved exactly like in Sutherland Springs when the NRA instructor with the AR 15 stops the bad guy with the gun. You put the guns in the good guys hands, you get them trained, and you can reduce this evil. Evil is out there. The question is, what are we going to do with it? How are we going to respond? It was a great story, Tim.

We’ve got to take a quick break, guys. We’ll be right back. More good news when we come back. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

Avalon Project

Tim:

Hey, guys, this is Tim Barton with WallBuilders. 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 WallBuilders 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.

National Bible Bee

John 3:27-31

John answered, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth.

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. That young lady that you just heard quoting scripture was Annabel Chin. That was the Bible Bee, the National Bible Bee, and it’s starting again this year. It’s a great opportunity for you to get your kids learning God’s word and putting it in their hearts. You can go to BibleBee.org and find out more. Now is the time to sign up. It’s a phenomenal, phenomenal, organization and a great, great, opportunity.

David:

And, by the way, Rick–

Rick:

Yeah?

David:

–she was not reading scripture she was quoting memorized scripture.

Rick:

Yes. Yes. And we just heard a small portion. David, we’ve both been there and watched these students sometimes recite verse after verse. In fact, I think they memorize, the older kids it’s about 1000 verses and the younger ones it’s six or seven hundred verses. And it’s high school down to, I think the youngest is 7 or 8. But you’re exactly right. They’re not reading that – that is from memory. And you watch them and it is just so cool because you can see in their face – this isn’t just rote memorization, it’s in their heart. They’re saying it and it’s just powerful. It’s a really cool deal.

David:

And by the way, for those that don’t know there is a Bible verse in Psalms 119 verses 9 to 11 that says, “Your word have I hid in my heart…” Rest of the verse says, “…that I won’t sin against You.” Great way to stop sinning against God–

Rick:

Amen.

Hiding the Word in Your Heart

David:

–is to put His word in your heart, to memorize that word, to get it in there. What’s in your heart is what directs the way you talk, the way you think, the way you behave. If you get God’s word in there, it’s going to really replace what might be bad behavior, bad words, bad thoughts, otherwise. And that’s the scripture Psalm 119 verses 9 through 11 and that’s what these kids are doing. They have hid His word in their heart. It changes their behavior, it changes their countenance, it changes everything about them. That’s what God tells all of us to do.

Rick:

That’s almost a Good News Friday story right there just the fact that there’s thousands of kids doing this with the Bible Bee all over the country. I really encourage our listeners to get involved and bring it to their church, or to their family, and get them involved as well. It’s a fun way, right, to actually go in and study and learn that scripture. And it gives them a chance to know that they’re part of a wonderful organization across the country. So, check it out at BibleBee.org.

I think, let’s see, Tim, you had the last segment, so David you’re up with the good news next.

David:

I’m going to start with something that happens in the spring every year. And it’s–

Tim:

Baseball season.

David:

Well, that does happen in the spring every year.

Tim:

I said that only for Rick’s benefit because–

Rick:

Yes. Surely we’re talking about opening day. If you start with that we have to be talking. So, what’s the good news, did the Rangers–

Something Sad in the Spring?

David:

Now, wait a minute, I was headed the other direction. Something that happens in spring every year that’s really, really, sad.

Rick:

Oh. Oh.

Tim:

Basketball is over. The end of March Madness.

David:

That’s right.

Rick:

I was going to say sometimes Rangers opening day is sad. That’s my team, I shouldn’t say that.

Tim:

Yeah.

Rick.

March Madness, basketball, uh-oh – now we’re into bad news Friday.

David:

Well, yeah, it’s bad news that basketball is over. It’s bad news that Rangers don’t have much of a team at this point. There are several things. Alright, back to good news.

Rick:

Yes, yes.

So, back to good news is on campuses across the country, thousands of campuses, they have what’s called, “Israel Apartheid Week,” where the Students for Justice in Palestine who have their chapters on, again, hundreds of campuses. They hold this week to show how terrible Israel is, how that they are racist against the Palestinians, how that they are apartheid believers like the South Africans were. And so they go through this big thing showing how terrible Israel is and they do everything they can to give Israel a bad image. And by the way, for those that know truth that is not what happens. It is exactly the opposite in nearly all cases – it’s the Palestinians who create all the terrorists, the Israelis who give them all the rights and protection et..

Students for Justice in Palestine

David:

So, at UC or University of California at Irvine the Students for Justice in Palestine filed this complaint with the school officials about how they had been confronted, and assaulted, and how this pro Israel group on campus was going after them, violence, whatever.

And so it turns out the group they were charging was Reservists On Duty. And you may recall Reservists On Duty is some of our friends in Israel. These are the guys that are in the Israeli military who are not themselves Jewish who go to campuses across the United States saying, “Hey, what you’re hearing from Palestinians is not true. I happen to be a Christian who serves there, I happen to be a Muslim who serves there, I happen to have an Arab who serves there, and we have more rights, more civil rights, more protection.” And so they give a whole different view of Israel than what the Palestinians do.

So, the Palestinians filed all these complaints and there were ten written complaints that were signed off by these Palestinian students. And so, lo and behold, the university investigates and they come back and following a six month long investigation, they completely rejected the Palestinian claims and completely cleared the activists on the Israeli side. What happened was, as we know from Reservists On Duty, they take videos of all this stuff. So, when the administration looked at all the videos there weren’t any confrontations going there except those started by the Palestinians. It wasn’t the Jewish folks doing it, it wasn’t Israelis. And when they tried to interview the 10 people who filed written complaints, none of those 10 would talk to the administration.

So, it was a concocted thing that was really done to make Israel look bad and it backfired and it made the Palestinians look like the activists they are in trying to stir up this hatred for Israel that really has no place being there.

So, good news is that even at University of California Irvine the facts were clear enough that they did not have any difficulty coming to a position that exonerated those from Israel and made the Palestinian activists look bad.

Rick:

Another piece of good news. We’ve got to take a quick break. We’ll have time for one more piece of good news from Tim Barton when we come back. Stay with us. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

Bring A Speaker To Your Area

Tim:

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 make America exceptional.

And you might be 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.

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us. It’s Good News Friday today and we’ve got time for one more piece of good news. But you can get more at our website, WallBuildersLive.com. Tim Barton, you’re closing us out – what’s our piece of good news to close out the day?

In God We Trust

Tim:

This one comes from Tennessee and this is something their state House did to actually follow what their state Senate unanimously passed was the In God We Trust piece of legislation. This was done in the state House by Rep Susan Lynn and it passed overwhelmingly 81 of the 99 members voted in favor of it.

But what this piece is– we’ve seen several states do In God We Trust legislation. What’s unique about this piece is this bill requires, requires the school to display the motto in a prominent location. So, not only is there a requirement – so this is not optional – it has to be in a prominent location such as the school entryway, a cafeteria, or a common area, where it’s visible for students.

Now, in the legislation it does give the school the option if they want to put it in a plaque, if they would have an art class do artwork and display the art, but the schools are required to do this.

So, it passed unanimously in the Senate, has passed overwhelmingly in the House, so now it’s going to the Governor. But this is just another piece of good news when it comes to this In God We Trust legislation. We’re seeing a lot of states move that direction where we are once again promoting this national motto, but helping bring a God consciousness and God awareness back to schools, back to the classroom. So, students once again can have this idea there’s something in life beyond themselves. Maybe even help shift their morality in the right direction.

What Our Nation Was Built Upon

Rick:

It’s almost as if the legislators in Tennessee recognize it’s a good thing for kids to know that our nation actually trusts in God and that our nation was built on that.

Tim:

Absolutely.

Rick:

Good stuff out of Tennessee. Good stuff all the way across the program today, guys. Thanks for bringing us that good news. I know you’ve got more, but we’ll have to save it for next Friday. Don’t miss Good News Friday next week as well. You’ve been listening to WallBuilders Live.

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