Prayer For Election: Congressman Bob McEwen discusses how nations across the world are praying for the leadership of America and that prayer won this election. He compares our free market system and the current struggle in American politics to maintain our freedom.
Air Date: 2016-12-21
Guests: Former Congressman Bob McEwen (OH)
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Politics Easy as PIE (Part 1)
You’ve found yourself at the intersection of faith and the culture. This is WallBuilders Live! Where we’re discussing today’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and culture.
Just think about it. Any issue that you address today. It could be a parenting issue. It could be a government issue, it could be an entertainment issue. It could be a policy issue, an election issue whatever it is. If we will take a Biblical approach to that, if we’ll step back and look in the context of history and if we’ll make sure we’re applying good, solid, constitutional principles. We’re going to arrive at the right position and the right action steps for that particular item.
So you get to find out a lot of those things right here listening to our program. But we also want encourage you to visit our website WallBuilders.com. Wealth of information there on these very subjects. And also WallBuildersLive.com. That’s our radio website. And if you’re new listener and haven’t been there before or maybe you’ve been with us a while, we’ve got a brand new website you want to check that out.
Lots of great information there as well. You get a list of all of our stations, find out where to listen to us. And also you can go back and listen to some of the archived programs. Our hosts here on the program are David Barton, America’s premier historian and our founder and president of our program. Tim Barton, national speaker and pastor. And my name is Rick Green, I am a national author and speaker, former Texas state representative.
Pro-family Legislators Conference
Normally, the three of us would be the ones here on the program today. But we’ve actually got a special program for you. None of the three of us are going to be on the rest of the program.
We’re actually going to take you to the Pro-family Legislators Conference. We had a chance to do this with Dr. Frank Turek last week and we’ll be doing this with Dennis Prager. It’s just a great opportunity to share with you some fantastic presentations that we had the chance to enjoy during the legislators conference.
If you’re not familiar with our legislators conference that is once a year when WallBuilders brings together state legislators, state reps, and senators and others from across the country and gives them an opportunity to exchange ideas and get the opportunity to, you know, really challenge each other but also to encourage each other. It’s that iron sharpening iron, sharpening each other’s countenance, type of environment.
Bob McEwen, Former Congressman From Ohio
So we have a great time there. We get to hear from great speakers. And then these legislators get to go home encouraged and fired up and fighting for liberty in their individual states. But sometimes the speakers are so good, the presentation is so good and applicable not just to legislators but also to us as citizens. And when that happens we like to bring it to you our listeners here on WallBuilders Live. So Bob McEwen, former congressman from Ohio and just a great patriot and great leader was with us at the legislators conference and shared a great program that we wanted to bring to you.
It’s going to take three episodes for us to get this out there to you. So today is the beginning and then tomorrow we’ll get the middle and then Friday we’ll have the conclusion. And they’ll all three be available on our website at the end of the week. So let’s jump right in. Here’s Congressman Bob McEwen at the WallBuilders Pro-family Legislators Conference.
One Man’s Impact
Thank you very much. What difference can one man make? And yet all of us that speak, who are dedicated, all of us who that when we launch out and feel jittery, we turn and reach back and grab what David Barton has said or done or written or produced and that impact has been throughout the entire nation.
Such that people people are more bold today than they were 40 years ago about standing up for righteousness. Now, the truth of the matter is, our opponents are more outspoken as well. But we now understand the underpinnings of what America is. There is no one in the nation more responsible for that than David and Cheryl and Tim and Gabby, as well. And I just I just want to say thank you for what he’s done and what he’s meant to all of us.
Me in particular, because people like to have have electronic assistants. And that wasn’t the case a few years ago. I mean, Jesus literally got up and spoke to thousands with neither a PowerPoint or even a microphone. And now if the church has three rows it has to have a P.A. system. So all of this is because he’s been so gracious and helpful to me. And as I say to Gabby and Tim is the next generation and and because I love my country I am grateful for what he has done.
Politics Easy As Pie
You have in your packet a DVD. It was made of this presentation, Politics Easy As Pie. Christine wanted me to go back through it because after a few years, last year we talked about the Middle East and the Muslim Brotherhood and things. But to go back because there’s a reason why America is what it is. And that’s understanding free enterprise and understanding capitalism versus socialism.
And we have a whole generation now that doesn’t know the difference and it’s hard to learn because we aren’t teaching it. And I think that you’ll find that helpful. And the observation that I would make about our nation is that this place is well out of all proportion to the rest of the world. The sixth largest nation on earth, God bless Arkansas here, let’s just take Arkansas. The GDP gross domestic product of goods and services produced by the state of Arkansas is larger than the sixth largest nation on earth of over 200 million people.
Louisiana Has The Same GDP As The Fourth Largest Nation In The World
Louisiana– the fourth largest nation on earth is where our president grew up. In Indonesia is a member of Mopac, produces oil, and so the population of Indonesia is about the same as the United States, 300 million. And yet the GDP is smaller than the state of Louisiana. Now just picture if everybody in America had to live off the wealth that was generated by the state of Louisiana.
We can go on. 91 million Filipinos produce less wealth than three million Oklahomans. The production of America is out of all proportion, the richest nation on earth. As we say, “Created more books, plays, symphonies, copyrights, inventions, and created the airplane, light bulb, telegraph, telephone, and global positioning.” There’s a ship parked in the Singapore harbor at this moment using a global positioning system that was conceived, invented, and maintained by Americans.
There’s a Mercedes dealer in Buenos Aires is ordering parts from Frankfurt using an internet that was conceived, invented, maintained by Americans. Then once you establish that Facebook and Twitter are all by Americans. 4% of the population of the world has blessed the entire planet. The question is why?
Why Is America So Blessed And Able To Bless So Many Nations?
It’s important that we know the answer to that question, lest we want to elect people who want to fundamentally change America. And then there’s no place else for us to go. Now in the course of creating that wealth, if you do the right thing, you’ll prosper. There’s a car dealer on one corner this prospering and car dealer or another corner that’s failing. There’s a reason. There’s a church on one corner this prospering and a church on another that is failing. There’s a reason. There’s a nation on one side of a river this prospering and nation on the other side of a river that’s failing. There’s a reason. And it’s important that we know the answer to that.
Now in America over the last eight years, 91 percent of all the wealth created in America has gone to the top 1%. And if we don’t know why that is, which is a lot of folks, then they stumble around and attacked the entire nation. Which is why over 80 percent of the people in the country feel that our system of government is fundamentally flawed. That’s very, very dangerous. It has always been in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 percent. So that’s where you and I come in. We need to communicate why it is that America is unique.
DVD On Common Core
Hi friends! This is David Barton of WallBuilders. The current condition of education in America is abysmal. Not only is educational achievement plummeting but every year, some 19 percent of high school seniors who graduate is completely illiterate. They can’t read at all but it was not always this way.
For generations, we taught students how to think. But after the progressives took over education the early 20th century things began to radically change. Education shifted from thinking to learning which made the emphasis on the teachers rather than the students. And that elevated indoctrination above knowledge.
At that time progressives also made massive changes in the way we tested students. They extended school from 8 to 12 years. They introduced graded education and they added compulsory education. Statistics prove that these changes have harmed education rather than helped it. And now the progressives are pushing common core.
In our new DVD on common core, we give you eight reasons why this current approach is so dangerous to our kids and our culture. We also show you an amazing history of education. So get this new DVD at WallBuilders.com.
Mojave Desert Case
If you do the right things, you prosper, if you do the wrong things, you fail. America has been doing the wrong things economically, politically, morally, and elsewhere. We came to the precipice where, as was mentioned about religious liberty, that we rejoice the fact that that the Mojave Desert Case was five to four. But four justices, four, two appointed by Bill Clinton and two appointed by Barack Obama. Four of them said that the Constitution prevents any religious display in public. That meant you would have to take a sandblaster to virtually every courthouse in America, to every cemetery- America was on the precipice, just on the precipice of fundamentally changing forever.
And if it happened, I’m not sure when it would come back. Economically, they establish a banking system under the heading of free trade. All of us believe in free trade and so what the Left has done is that they get a bill that is not even remotely free trade. Because free trade says, “I can sell to you and you can sell to me.” One paragraph done.
TPP is 13,000 pages. Why thirteen thousand pages? And because we have such weak members of Congress, it’s not that we don’t have any backbone. They don’t have two vertebrae. The Obama administration has said that they cannot read TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership -that they cannot read it. It is available to them. They can go down and look at it. But they cannot take notes. Article 1 Section 1 of the Constitution says that they run the place…
But nevertheless why would you need 13,000 pages? Because you played all kinds of games. What they’ve done with the banking system is we used to have community control and values. Now with Dodd-Frank, which we are going to change, has taken 80 percent of the wealth so that all of the money is sucked out of our towns. It’s sent to New York where it’s invested internationally for their benefit, where they benefit tremendously. And mainstream America has been sucked dry. Republicans and conservatives have not been sufficiently economically literate to explain what they were doing.
They Outspent Us 6 To 1
So subsequently every living Goldman Sachs chairman or president endorsed Hillary Clinton. All of Wall Street, 87 percent of Manhattan voted for Hillary. So those people have upset the apple cart because we allowed them to do it. And that’s what we want to focus on, because we are right, as Margaret Thatcher said, “If we are right, if what we want to do to help the poor is right, then they should vote for us.” So it’s our responsibility to communicate that. And that’s what we’re about to do.
During the course of this campaign there were other forces involved that you and I cannot take credit for. We did not win this Tuesday night because of our “Get Out The Vote” effort, because there wasn’t any. We didn’t win it because of those slick ads that created presentation in Morning America that everybody watched, because there were none. We didn’t win this election because we had the greatest surrogate program that governors, legislators, and mayors all across the country were coming to the to the support of our candidate for president because no one was. We didn’t do it because we raised more money than them because they outspent us six to one.
FBI Agents Slammed Down Resignations
What happened? Well for one thing a bunch of FBI agents walked into the director and slammed down their resignations, stacks of them. And he’s sitting there thinking, “I’m destroying everything unless I bring some balance to the crookedness I did earlier in the year.” Now, no political consultant could arrange that.
And then private communications between staff members in a political campaign that even the candidate didn’t know, were spread on the front page of the papers. “Here’s what they really think about her, and here’s what they think about Catholics, and here’s what they think about Christians, here’s what they think about Americans, here’s what they-”
We didn’t do that.
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 and 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 to 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
When we prayed, when we asked that this lighthouse for the gospel to be preserved–I’ll just give you on the side. We have a gathering of nations that meet every year. That we established prayer groups in the 1990s in the parliaments of the Balkans. When we met there in May, they all prayed about America, it was what they focused on.
Eight weeks ago I did the prayer breakfast in Ukraine. The two speakers were the president and myself. But then they have prayers by the diplomatic core members of parliament and etc. They only prayed about two things. They prayed about the fact that their country has been invaded by Russia-
Ukraine Had The Largest Nuclear Arsenal In The World
Just as a quick aside– historically, if you remember, if when they got their independence they then had the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world. It was expensive to maintain and dangerous and they wanted to give it to America. So the United States said, “No, no, we won’t do that.” Then they said, “Well then we’ll give it to anybody in the world but one nation. We will give it anybody you say but we don’t want to give it to our enemy, the Russians. We just got out of them after 350 years.”
And so the United States said, “Well that’s good. That’s who we want you to give them to.” They said, “But we don’t trust those people. Catherine the Great said, ‘You lose your crane you lose your head.’ Those people aren’t happy that we’re independent. Why would we want to give it to them?”
So the United States in Budapest signed the Budapest Accord. The president the United States signed that the United States of America just as we guarantee Japan’s sovereignty, South Korea, and members of NATO, we said to the Ukrainians, “If you will do that, the United States of America will guarantee your borders.”
No contract is worth any more than the integrity of the person signing it. I don’t care what it says. You’re going to spend your all of your time in court trying to implement it. If the guy is going to be a crook, he’s going to be a crook. No contract is worth any more than the integrity of the person signing it.
And when America signed a contract, you could count on it. But when you elect people who lack character and integrity, then when the tanks come rolling across the border into Ukraine and they turn to the United States and they do absolutely nothing. And they take Crimea and they they take these cities and these people flee. And 6 million displaced Ukrainians, they have to leave their homes and their businesses. But their parents and their grandparents don’t want to leave because they don’t know where to go or what to do so they’re behind the tanks but they can’t go visit them. They can’t send help. They care and they’re concerned about- and so the prayer focused on that.
Their Prayer Focused On The 6 Million Displaced Ukrainians AND The Leadership Of USA
The 6 million displaced Ukrainians and the leadership of the United States of America. Every single payer. They were praying that America would stand by its word and be what it should be that there are. Christians are being decapitated as we speak because of our failure four years ago to choose proper leadership for our nation.
So the entire world is on its knees in support and subsequently something is happening that nobody could see. But then there was an analysis Tuesday night in which there were several people saying, “What’s happening? What’s happening?” They still don’t see it. If you saw Joe Scarborough yesterday- and I wanted to say to him- next time I see him I am saying, “Joe I want you to go back and spin the dial and pick any given day over the past two years and watch your program. You are clueless about America. Clueless. You don’t know the country.”
None so blind as those who will not see. They were on there yesterday lecturing Trump and the rest of us on what we needed to do. I think you know, you you are so far out of sight you don’t understand. But there was a political consultant. I don’t know she was with Barna Group or whatever, but there was one who did a quick 25 second observation of what exactly the fight was about and how it took place. And I wanted to just share it with you if I could.
Lady from clip:
“Oh Devil. You just got your butt kicked. My God is faithful. My god is powerful, and MY God – he’s in charge. You can’t fire him and he will never retire. Thank you Jesus! Glory Hallelujah! My God!”
Prayer For Election
There’s why we won, by the way. We would be very unwise to take credit for what we’ve done. He has pulled us back from the brink. The nation would never have recovered. Never have recovered. It is important and legitimate for us to rejoice. At this moment, there are more legislative bodies controlled by Republicans than the history of the Republic, significantly so.
The high watermark on governors was in 1922, we had 32. We had those last week. Now we’re going to have 34. It’s never been like that before. We control both houses of the Congress. That’s only happened 48- less than 60 months in the last 87 years. We control both. In Ohio, Ohio is no Republican state at all. Out of the 88 counties 80 of them were carried by more than 60 percent.
The governor was attacking our candidate. The state party refused to support him or mention him in any conversations. And in his daily newsletters and the sample ballots were not even support our candidate. And with that tepid, worthless support of the state party, they carried 60 percent in 80 of the 88 counties. Which says, “That’s a good thing.” I’m on the state committee, too. So in this operation, we have reason to rejoice. He has given a reprieve.
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.
America: The Longest Ongoing Constitutional Republic In The History Of The World
This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. Shortly after the American Revolution, America had become the envy of the world. It still remains a wonder of the modern world as 219 years later America has become the longest ongoing constitutional republic in the history of the world.
What was the foundation upon which our Founding Fathers established this great nation? According to John Adams, that foundation was Christianity. John Adams declared, “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. Now I will avowed that then believed, and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. According to Founding Father John Adams, it was the principles of Christianity which formed the foundation for American government.
For more information on God’s hand in American history contact WallBuilders at 1 800 8 REBUILD.
We Are Winning. Let’s Fight Like Never Before.
If you’re the opponent and you’re walking home at four o’clock on Wednesday morning and you’re thinking to yourself, “They’re going to appoint one, two, three, maybe four justices to the Supreme Court.” And your perverted ideas are going to be kicked out for the rest of your lifetime. It’s never going to happen.
Not everything is going to be rosy, but that’s the way life is. If you think that raising children is just a bowl of cherries then you call up your 13 year old who has said, “I can’t stand you,” and slams the door. So what went wrong? No this is part of it. Ten years from now, when she’s in her fourth months of her pregnancy, she’s going to call you and you’re going to talk and you’re going to be like you never -this is the — but this is the way raising children works.
It’s Never Been As Good As This
And in politics, people don’t roll over and play dead and you don’t win every battle. There’s a struggle. But nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade places. The average age of their leading candidates for presidents is 72. So four years from now, they’re going to be 76 or 78. Their bench is invisible. I’ve got to win a state legislature someplace. It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s never been this good, ever. Lincoln didn’t have it like this. You know McKinley didn’t have this. It’s never, if we’re not happy now. We can’t be happy. And so we’re going to have to fight. And when we do, we do it on the fact that we’re winning. The reprieve that He has given us.
Well folks, we’re at a time for today. That was Congressman Bob McEwen you were just listening to. He was speaking at the Pro-Family Legislators Conference that WallBuilders puts on once a year. We’re going to pick up tomorrow right where we left off today.
We’ll still need Friday to get the entire presentation in. So there will be three parts to this series. All of it available at our website, WallBuildersLive.com. So don’t miss tomorrow. Tune in and we’ll pick up right where we left off today with Congressman Bob McEwen at the Pro-family Legislators Conference. Thanks for listening to WallBuilders Live.