Obama’s Transgender Order Was Shut Down By The Pentagon: Good News Friday today on WallBuilders Live!   In this episode, we discuss things such as, how the Pentagon has shut down the Obama transgender order for the military, how a woman with a gun saved the day, and what caused an 85% drop in food stamp participation, and so much more, right here on WallBuilders Live! 

Air Date: 03/30/2017


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! Where we’re talking about today’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture, always looking at it from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective.

We’re having that conversation with David Barton, America’s premiere historian our founder here at WallBuilders. Also, Tim Barton with us today president of WallBuilders, national speaker, and pastor. And my name’s Rick Green, I’m a former Texas state rep, national speaker, and author.

You’ve joined us on a Friday. Well, folks, that means it’s Good News Friday. We love these Fridays, it’s an opportunity to share some good news with you from across the nation and around the world. Virtually every Friday we get a chance to do this.

David and Tim collect these great stories that are happening that just aren’t covered in the news and so on a Friday we do sort of a rapid fire report of these various stories. Some of them are few weeks old and some might be a couple of months old some might of happened just in the last couple of days.

David Barton is going to lead us off with some good news. David, what’s the first piece today?

Rolling Thunder Isn’t A Motorcycle Group, It’s Much More

David:

Well, I’m going to start with a little kind of addition to a previous story. We talked in a previous story about how that the Vietnam Memorial wall often does not get clean the way it should. It gets clean once a month by the National Park Service. But with pigeons and everything else it really kind of looks bad. So once a week veteran groups roll into Washington, D.C. and literally take toothbrushes and go over those 50 some odd thousand names there on the wall.

And lo and behold in a recent week one of the guys who showed up was a former SEAL but he is the secretary of the interior. Really cool guy. He actually rode to his first day of work on his horse. He’s taken people, crowds, and groups, and common people down under the catacombs below the Lincoln Memorial. And so he’s just really good guy.

And pointed out that on that particular day he joined with Rolling Thunder and I commented that Rolling Thunder was a motorcycle group and then I heard from one of the leaders of Rolling Thunder and found out that it’s really not just a motorcycle group, I’m going to issue a little correction here, it’s really pretty cool.

He says, “That while many members of Rolling Thunder are veterans and many ride motorcycles neither qualification is a prerequisite. Rolling Thunder has members that are old and young, men and women, veterans and non-veterans, but they’re all united in the cause to bring full accountability for the prisoners of war and the missing in action of all wars. Reminding the government, the media, and the public that our watchwords are, ‘We will not forget.”

So they have 90 chapters across the U.S. and they often do come in with motorcycles. But as he points out, it’s a whole lot more than that. It’s people who really want accountability for POWs and MIA’s.

So that’s reviewing the good news, but correcting that. So, if you don’t ride motorcycles and you’re not a veteran and you want to be part of Rolling Thunder. Good group to get involved with.

Rick:

Yeah, that’s new news to me for sure. I didn’t realize that.  I thought the same thing.

David:

I appreciate them sending us a note because we want to get things right. So he sent the note and said, “Actually, we’re little more than that.” And so that’s great.

The Military Paying For Transgender Procedures

Speaking about veteran types of things, I’m going to talk about the Pentagon for just a second. Because before the election with Trump, knowing that it was down to Trump and Hillary, we were able to help put together a meeting where the 137 major military folks that got with Trump, four-star generals right on down. They wanted to introduce him to and surround him with good guys from which he could make choices.

So on that particular day, he allowed us to ask a number of questions. And one of the questions was, “Will you stop the social engineering that’s happening in the military?” And he said, “Absolutely, yes. Military is supposed to be the best fighting force out there, it’s not supposed to be social engineering.”

And particularly under- and prior to that under Clinton, they had used it as a way to expand social programs and a way to expand experimental programs etc. So what happens is if you happen to be transgender and you want a sex change operation, it’s really, really expensive, but get in the military and they’ll do it for you.

And so there are about 7,000 transgenders who have gone in the military and some of them they served with distinction. But a lot of them go in because that’s a good way to get insurance and cover the sex change operation, etc.

And it’s a really difficult thing for the military because once you have that operation you are offline literally for weeks, sometimes for months. And so there are slots that you’re supposed to fill, if something comes up you have to deploy, you can’t deploy, now you’ve got a hole in the unit and so it’s a real problem. Of course, the previous administration didn’t care what inconveniences that made on the military. We just want to have social engineering.

Trump Shutting Down Obama Transgender Order

Well, now that Trump is in he has followed through on that. And so we have news here that the Pentagon has rolled back the Obama transgender order in the military. So that now stops, that’s no longer going to be an invitation to come in the military as a transgender. You got to be able to meet all the physical requirements and do all the things required in the military.

That still leaves 7,000 transgendered in the military. But no longer will this be a place for social experimentation. That’s really good news that we’re starting to get the military back to saying, “Look, we’re more interested in the military standards than we are in politically correct standards.”

Rick:

Alright, Tim Barton will have another piece of good news when we come back from the break. So stay with us folks.  We’ll be right back, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live on Good News Friday.

Moment From American History

This is Tim Barton with another moment from American history.  As the American war for independence began, the president of Yale was the Reverend Naphtali Daggett. When New Haven, the home of Yale, came under attack about a hundred citizens rushed out to meet the British.

The Reverend Daggett galloped by them on horseback, his clearable robes flowing behind him in the wind. He took up a solitary position atop a hill. The twenty-five hundred British soon put the townsfolk to flight but the Reverend Daggett continued to stand alone firing down on the advancing troops.

A British officer confronted him, “What are you doing there you old fool? If I let you go, will you ever fire again on the troops of his Majesty?” Nothing more likely was the preacher’s reply. America’s early pastors personally confronted danger and courageously led their communities.

For more information on Pastor Daggett and other colonial Patriots, go to WallBuilders.com.

A women With A Gun Saves The Day  

Rick:

And were back on this Good News Friday here at WallBuilders Live! Be sure visit us online today at WallBuildersLive.com. Tim Barton is next with good news. Tim, what’s your first piece of good news today?

Tim:

We are going to Franklin, Ohio. There’s a local woman who’s been nicknamed “Annie Oakley.” Now, anytime a woman gets the name, Annie Oakley, I am excited to hear this story because I have a feeling I know why she’s been called Annie Oakley.

Now, the details were yet to be discovered when I first heard the name but certainly, Annie Oakley was known for being an incredible sharpshooter, women’s rights, so many things that she did. But really, most of them revolved around the gun.

Well, there’s a lady, Mary Moore, who was minding her own business, driving down the road, and some young punk came along, a man with a gun, came up to an 84-year-old woman and stole her purse. H went running down the street.

Well, Mary Moore is driving down she saw the incident happen saw the man running away. So she hits the gas, she U-turns, whips around, chases down the man in the car, and jumps out.

Well, she is a concealed weapon permit holder, happened to have her weapon with her at that time, so she gets out, confronts the man, who by the way had a gun, confronts the man with a gun and says, “Hey, give the lady her purse back.” The man says, “I’m not going to do it.” She raises their gun and says, “Give the purse back.”

The guy drops the purse and takes off running. One of the things we’ve pointed out is that most bad guys are really cowards. They don’t want any trouble. He’s confronted by a lady with a gun and all of a sudden his conscience is smoked and says, “You know what? I’ll give this back.”

So Mary Moore is a hero. This is kind of a fun piece of good news where you have citizens who, number one, have a gun wanting to do the right thing, didn’t discharge a firearm, didn’t do something that makes gun owners go, “Oh no, bad representation.” And yet she’s looking out for people in the community. That’s one of the reasons we encourage people to do firearms training and to become proficient with the weapon. I encourage most of the individuals in our staff and the young ladies that I meet, “Hey, you need to get a gun. You need to train, you need to practice so that you can defend yourself if the situation arises.”

And so you have a situation where you have a female individual, and a situation arose so to speak, and she felt competent, and she was able to save this elderly lady’s purse, and money, and who knows whatever else was in that purse. But just fun and neat piece of good news.

Textbooks Used To Train Kids On Riflery

One of the things that you often hear- because, Tim, you’re advocating people get guns-

Tim:

Absolutely.

David:

And you get the counterargument, “Well, guns scare me. I really don’t know how to use them. And I’m afraid of an accident.” Go back to the Founding Fathers John Quincy Adams and others pointed out that you’re more likely to have accidents when you don’t know how to use a gun. If you know how to use it you’re not going to have it.

If you put a 12-year-old behind the wheel of a semi truck, you’re probably going to have an accident because they don’t know how to do that.

But if you’ll train them how, and show them how, they can avoid accidents and confidence goes up. So if you get the training, you become qualified. By the way, one of the things we have in this collection of huge documents we have is a lot of textbooks.

Tim, I know you got a textbook out of the 1960’s. That’s a P.E. textbook for public schools that has a whole chapter on?

Tim:

On riflery. And actually, you said in the 1960’s. That’s when the book was first published. But we have one that was printed all the way up into the 70’s. It was still used in public schools. So public school in the 1970’s is still teaching a riflery.

And not only do they teach riflery, the book really is kind of fun. And I think we’ve actually done a social media video on it so you might could go to the Facebook page, or to Instagram, or even go on YouTube and you can see this video on this early riflery book.

But it showed people the parts of the rifle, it showed them how to hold the rifle in different positions that you can shoot with the rifle, and it showed various targets how to score targets, and it also-

David:

How to take the gun apart and how to put it together.

Tim:

The significant thing was it showed how to build a target that you could shoot at this target indoors so you could have your own indoor range to practice. And it recommended that use a gym or a cafeteria when it’s not being used. But they said, “If you want more- and this is the public school textbook, it said, “If you want more details of how you can build your own indoor range contact the NRA and they can give you plans, and designs, and details.” This is public school endorsing the NRA.

But he goes back to the idea that you’re mentioning, we understood that guns in themselves are not the problem, but we want to make sure people are properly trained with guns and then it builds your confidence.

Police Officers Can’t Escort Every Person

I bet this 84-year-old woman would have much preferred if she had an armed escort, if a police officer was walking with her, I’m sure Mary Moore, this Annie Oakley hero, would have preferred if they were a police officer on every corner and nothing happened.

David:

But that’s not the case.

Tim:

The reality is that we just don’t live in a place where you have that security, where you can be- and by the way, where good guys have guns protecting you.

David:

Even Steve Scalise had policemen with him and it didn’t keep him from getting shot. And by the way,  had the rest of the team had guns that guy would not have got off the 50 to 70 shots. Last week, we had that interview with Barry Loudermilk, Congressman Loudermilk. As it turns out- I got a text from him today. He had more shots fired at him than any other congressman and said the shed that he was hiding behind, they found a bullet that hit within eight inches of his head and it hit that shed instead of his head.

But Barry said, “If I’d had my gun with me it wouldn’t have been shooting fish in a barrel.” And so back to the point, if you are nervous about guns, and if guns make you nervous, you’re a perfect candidate to go get some training on guns. You’ll get over that nervousness. You will have confidence, you may never want to use a gun, you may not pick it up again, but get over that fear of guns and the best way to do that is go get some training with them and you’ll find that they’re really not as difficult as you think they are.

Rick:

And you know, I used to have this attitude of kind of, “It’s not going to happen to me. I know it happens in places, but if we avoid those places it won’t happen.”And I mean, 1.2 million times a year some kind of crime like that happens and it’s so important for people to realize it could happen to you.

And that’s probably with this lady that you were talking about Tim, probably never thought it was going to happen to her but I’m sure she was glad that she was ready when it did. So you guys are exactly right, everybody out there.

And David, I’ve heard you quote, I think it’s in your book on the Second Amendment. James Wilson said about if someone is robbing your house it’s your own fault and negligence. So it’s our duty and responsibility to be ready.

Let’s take a quick break. We’ll get some more good news when we come back. Stay with us, 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.

An 85% Drop In Food Stamp Participation

Rick:

Welcome back to this Good News Friday, WallBuilders Live! David Barton is up next with some more good news, David?

David:

We’re going to Alabama. And actually, there’s several pieces of good news related to state legislation starting in Alabama.

Alabama has seen an 85% drop in food stamp participation. Now, think what that means. Because food stamp participation is for those who are in poverty and are unable to make ends meet etc. Eighty five percent! You know what created an 85 percent drop?

Rick:

I’m awfully curious, that’s huge.

David:

They put a work requirement in and they said, “No, you can’t get food stamps unless you’re doing work. And so simply putting a work requirement in lowered those who participate in poverty programs by eighty five percent!

Tim:

And I actually remember reading that article, I think there were 16 counties that they had gotten that steady from. And so my recollection is that they didn’t have the numbers for the whole state yet. But if we’re talking about only a few counties and you’re already seeing that big of a difference, imagine if we could apply this across the board.

Rick:

Yeah, the whole nation not just Alabama.

Tim:

That’s right, what kind of difference would this make in every single state for the national debt, for state debt, what a difference it makes. Because, really, what that tells me is that you have people that are physically capable of work, that have chosen not to work-

David:

“You see, this is why we need illegal immigration because Americans won’t do the jobs. Oh, wait if you require them to work. They do the jobs.” Low and behold, what a strange thing that is. But yeah you’re exactly right Tim, they’re doing the work, and look at what a difference it makes.

The Biblical Reasons To Work

Rick:

And it’s better for them too, right? I mean, it’s not just the system, and the debt, and the finances. I mean, human nature is if you’re just going to give me the money, and I don’t have to work, and nobody ever taught me work ethic, or the joys and the pleasure of putting some sweat equity in, I’m just going to keep taking the check.

So for all those people that have been doing that now all of a sudden they’re getting the reward of real work. I guarantee you, they may not at first think they’re going to enjoy that, but at the end of the day, and at the end to doing that for a while and setting that example for your kids, they will be much happier as well.

David:

Well, the Bible is counterintuitive in many ways. Because if you want to find yourself you have to give yourself. You want to save your life you lose all the things the Bible tells us that are really counterintuitive.

And one of the things that tells us is that all hard work is profitable. And you let the work of your hands praise you. You find it to be self-satisfying, you find gratification with work. It’s hard stuff to do and it doesn’t seem like working hard would be that of big a deal, but it is. It does make a difference.

One of the things is Alabama, whether it knows it or not, is headed in a very Biblical direction because in the Bible God always provided for the poor. He made sure that landowners, and vineyard owners, and those who owned olive groves, that they left stuff for the poor.

If they were harvesting wheat fields, any sheaves that they forgot to pick up they had to leave them for the poor. They had to round off the corners, not harvest the corners, leave that for the poor.

Rick:

In the corners of the wheat wheatfield.

David:

Corners of the Wheatfield, that’s right. And if you have a vineyard you’re only allowed to go pick grapes one time on it. Any grapes that you forgot to pick the first time you leave those are the poor.

So all this provision for the poor, the same thing with the Sabbath Year. Every seventh year you are to make sure the land rest and you don’t plant any agricultural stuff every seventh year.

So the poor get all of that. But guess what, the poor had to go get it. They had to harvest the corners of those fields where the wheat was, they had to go in and pick up the sheaves to get it out, they had to go over the vineyards to get the grapes that had not been picked or left behind, they had to go into the fields that were being left for the year and harvest-

Rick:

Wait, you mean the government didn’t come to everybody’s field, take a bunch of all these corners and everything, harvest that with employees that were being paid for by other people, and then take that wheat and those benefits and deliver it to the people that were wanting it?

Tim:

That’s not how I recall it working when I read it this year, Rick. A little different.

Rick:

Interesting.

Tim:

What’s also interesting, to Rick’s point,  this was something God told individuals. God never told the government to take care of the poor. The only thing God told government is give them justice and don’t show favoritism against them because they are poor.

And this is where when we talk about the Bill of Rights and everybody has the same rights, where we are all created equal, but not everybody has the same outcome of life. And this is that thought that government is not supposed to determine the outcome and they’re not supposed to take care of the poor and sustain the poor. God challenged individuals to do that.

Biblically it’s so different than what we think and see. But even with the government helping people if you require them to go out and do some of the work, which is certainly what God told the individuals, “You make an allowance where they can come and work and earn something.” Well, when you had to work to earn something all of a sudden now it looks different. And the people in Alabama, eighty-five percent said, “Yeah, we’re not that interested in it. That’s ok, we’ll do something else.” And all of a sudden now tax dollars are going to go a lot further in other directions because you don’t have this bogus welfare thing carrying on.

Modern Experience Has Proven God’s Way To Be Right

Rick:

I’ve lost count of how many times on this program we found God’s way to not only be right but work best. Think about all of the cultural societal finances, and effort, and everything that works better in that system? You don’t have all those government employees collecting the harvest for those people that it goes to they’re helping, they’re the ones coming in and doing the work, and you’re getting the blessing by the landowner to know that they’re helping. But they’re not having to do it all themselves and write all the checks. There are people actually that need the help. It’s just better overall I mean everybody benefits when you do it God’s way.

David:

And that’s one of the things that Ben Franklin pointed out, “If we would get back to God’s command, six days shalt thou work.” He said, “If you would do that then you would see that for the poor there would no longer be holidays on St. Monday and Tuesday.”

And so when you get back to working- and you know, that’s what all productive people do, Rick. You, me, Tim, our listeners. We all have jobs, we work hard, we put a lot of effort in, God made us to be able to do that. That’s what He tells us to do, He gave us the command, “Work six days.” And by the way, it’s always been my observation that so many people have some of the greatest health problems- and I say that in the sense not physical health but often times over stress and all the pressure they have and all the heart attacks because the stress and pressure, they’re the guys that aren’t working the 14 hours a day like the farmers put in from sunup to sundown.

They’re the guys that are trying to get out in 40 hours a week or less, let’s go to 30, let’s make it 25. You know, those are the ones that have more stress. It’s counterintuitive but it’s God’s way. When you work and you work hard it is very fulfilling, very satisfying, and it is profitable. It will cause you to prosper and increase.

I love Alabama having done this. Again, whether they know it’s Biblical or not, American history, world history, and now modern experience has proven God’s way to be right.

Rick:

And that’s good news! Just to know that, just to know that principle and be able to teach that to our kids and people around us. Gotta take a quick break, got a little more time for just a little bit more good news when we come back. So stay with us, 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.

An Act That Legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live, Good News Friday, today one more segment of good news. I’ve lost count, I think Tim is up, right?

Tim:

I am up this time, this is something coming out of Vermont. This is interesting-

David:

Woah, good news?

Tim:

Well, it is good news. But not necessarily because of Vermont. It’s coming from Vermont though. So up in Vermont, several years ago, their Governor Shumlin, I don’t know if I’m saying that right. There is an act they passed that legalized physician-assisted suicide. And there were Christian doctors in Vermont who said, “We do not want to promote, we don’t want to endorse, and we don’t want to facilitate this.” And essentially they said they were told, “You don’t have an option. If you are a doctor in this state and you have someone that is in a critical condition. They were required under a law to suggest one of the options was the physician-assisted suicide. This is something you can do, you can end your own life.”

I’m sure the way they would use the terminology, “All the suffering and pain can be over.” Or however, they tried to sell the death they’re doing.

Well, this was the appealed. Alliance Defending Freedom was a group that came in and we’ve talked about them many times. On Good Friday and interviewed many of those attorneys on various shows.

Pro-Life Victory

But this was appealed to a lower court but the lower court ruled in favor of the doctors who were doing the physician-assisted suicide. So it was appealed to the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Second Court of Appeals.

And at this point, the suicide group for whatever reason decided that they were done trying to fight this. And so they withdrew the appeal, ended up losing the case. So resigned or whatever the position was. But the significant thing about it is the acknowledgment that came down is that medical personnel should be able to follow their convictions without fear of government punishment.

So the really good news from Vermont is that these Christian doctors are allowed to follow their religious held beliefs, their religious convictions when it comes to practicing medicine. Which, I know it’s kind of a novel thought, Doctors have a conviction that they want to help people get better and not just kill people. But at least now in Vermont they have won this decision.

So doctors, these Christian doctors can once again practice their faith as doctors and not promote death to individuals that are sick.

Rick:

And that’s a pro-life victory, right? I mean, we always think a pro-life as an abortion issue but end of life pro-life issues are important as well.

Tim:

Absolutely. It’s a big deal for the issue of life in general because we believe that not only did God orchestrate the beginning of our life but the Bible says that it’s not something that is up to us. God’s the one that pre-determines that. So again, a strong life position that we say, “We leave that in God’s hands.”

Rick:

Well folks, more good news is available at our website. Visit WallBuildersLive.com, go to that archive section, you can find some of those previous Friday programs for Good News Friday. But really, throughout the week we always have some good news here, so catch us Monday through Thursday as well as Friday. Thanks for listening to WallBuilders Live.