WWII Veteran’s Advice – Love God And Be Nice To Other People And More – Hear a WWII Veteran’s advice for a long life, Herschel Walker runs because he “loves America and wants to fight for America,” and much more today!

Air Date: 10/15/2021

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


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Rick:

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I’m Rick Green, former Texas legislator and America’s Constitution coach. And I have the honor of being here with David Barton, America’s premier historian and our founder at WallBuilders, and Tim Barton, national speaker and pastor and president of WallBuilders. And guys, I know you got a ton of good news. So I’m just going to kick it over to you, David, first piece of good news today.

David:

Well, I’m going to start with really kind of what I would call a feel good story. I just love this story when I read it. It’s not like some earth-shattering news that Congress did this or that Supreme Court did this, or whatever. This deals with a birthday party that happened in New Orleans. And New Orleans is the home of the World War II museum. And by the way, if you’re on the road and get down there, you need to see that museum. It’s unbelievable what they’ve got. It’s really, really, really good stuff.

But they have a veteran in New Orleans that is the oldest living World War II veteran. And so the museum every year for the last eight years has thrown a party for him, and he’s getting blown up in years. And they started this last year because of COVID. So nobody got out with COVID. So what they did was they brought the party to his house. So it’s a huge parade that goes in front of his house with two brass bands, and a vocal trio, and the victory bells of the national World War II museum, and chocolate cake and all the stuff that goes with this. It’s a big parade in front of his house, which is really cool.

So he goes back to World War II being drafted before the war started. Now he came from a family, there were 15 kids in the family. So he’s drafted in World War II in 1940 before the war starts, and he says all the way through the final end of the war. So he’s there all the way from start to finish. And I means he’s got such a good legacy now because he and his wife, they had five kids, and now they have 13 grandkids and 22 great-grandkids. And it’s just really cool that the city just turns out that way for him. Now, here’s the question I got for you. He’s America’s oldest living World War II veteran, how old you think he is?

Rick:

Man, I’m going to say at least 100.

Tim:

He got to be over 100. But I know, there’s people that are 102. So I’m going to say he’s got to be at least 105, maybe older.

David:

You need to go with the maybe older part. You got to keep going up.

Tim:

Let’s say 110.

David:

Maybe older.

Time:

112.

David:

You got it. 112 years.

Rick:

I was going to do the prices right thing and come in and say Tim said 110, so I’m going to say 110 in one day.

David:

Yeah, we’ll go they over under stuff. So 112 and I love 112. They asked him, and by the way this year, he actually shut up for his own parade this year in a wheelchair. Every other year he’s walked and had the cane. And so World War II museums as well, he’s starting to slow down a little bit, 112, which I love it. So they asked him what’s your advice to other people? You know, you’ve lived so long, what’s your advice? And I love his advice. He says serve God and be nice to people. You know, that’s a great life verse, you know, just kind of make that into your life mantra, Serve God and be nice to other people.

Tim:

It’s pretty similar to what Jesus said were the greatest commandments, right: love God, love people. So it’s pretty close to what he’s driving up there.

David:

So a really, really fun story out of New Orleans, so I just think it’s really great to honor a veteran but really great that he’s just got the perspective he does. And I love the fact community gathered round and made a big deal of his birthday. It’s good stuff.

Rick:

I love the fact that they brought the parade his house. It’s just cool. No, a great way to honor those who did so much for us and encourage people at home, do the same thing for the veterans in your life, whether they’re World War II, and the few that we have left there, or any of our other wars for those inactive duty. Just be sure and thank them. With this whole Afghanistan debacle and some of the things that have been going on in our country right now, a lot of our veterans are questioning whether or not their service was valuable, and we need to remind them just how valuable it was and how much we appreciate it. So, next piece of good news, Tim, where are we headed?

Tim:

Alright, guys, this was in Georgia, and this is dealing with a candidate for US Senate from Georgia, Herschel Walker. I am not old enough, or maybe it wasn’t cognizant enough I was alive. I’m not sure. I’m not old enough to remember the run Herschel run chance. Apparently, that was a thing. I guess I could look up online and probably find some of the chances, either one of you guys remember Herschel Walker’s career or chance…

Rick:

Number 34.

David:

Absolutely man, Herschel Walker, I go back one earlier than Herschel Walker, Robert Newhouse, Dallas Cowboy, was a fullback back when you really used fullbacks. And each of his thighs was 26 inches around each thigh. My waist at that time was about 25. So it’s like, it was just unbelievable. And Newhouse, they called him a “Fireplug”. You couldn’t tackle him. He’d run over anybody. And Herschel Walker was that kind of a guy.

And I remember when Dallas got Herschel Walker, what do we trade, we trade to eight or nine players to get Herschel. It was crazy.

Tim:

Most of the team, it was ridiculous.

David:

And then he came in and he was like Robert Newhouse, he ran over everybody and run Herschel run, man. When he got the ball, he made something out of it. He was great.

Tim:

Well, so Herschel Walker is now running for US senator from Georgia. And he recently did a rally, President Trump was there to endorse and to encourage people to support…

David:

Now say Trump is old enough. He probably said run Herschel run when he endorsed Herschel.

Tim:

So yeah, he recognized that phrase. What’s interesting, and the reason I have this article up for Good News Friday is what Herschel said at this event at this rally that was going on. He pointed out the being a conservative is just part of being American. But here’s what he said at the rally. He said, “Someone told me I’m a conservative and I was literally confused by that. I said I’m conservative because I like law and order. I’m conservative because I like school choice. I’m conservative because I like border control. I’m conservative because I like fair elections. I’m conservative because I like what’s right. I like the Constitution.”

And I liked that he was pointing out so many things that were just seemingly common sense. This should be American to support, but here’s where it got better, where he pointed out part of his distinguishing features where he’s really different than Senator Raphael Warnock, and remember Warnock, guys, and we know but just for everybody listening, Raphael Warnock is a pastor. And actually dad, I think he pastors the church where MLK used to pastor, right?

David:

Yeah, Ebenezer Street Baptist Church, that’s where MLK was, and that’s where Warnock is.

Tim:

He’s got quite a legacy of a mantle of who’s gone before him with MLK. But Raphael Warnock is a guy that is in favor of Planned Parenthood. He does not support any kind of restrictions on abortion; thinks abortion all the time, however far you go. He supports LGBT causes. He complaints against voter suppression. He thinks showing ID is racist, etc. He thinks climate change…

Rick:

Not a candidate that MLK would have supported himself, based on those issue positions

Tim:

Exactly. This is where he’s supportive of the climate change agenda. But even he took some heat this Easter when he delivered a sermon that was arguably very unbiblical, which is not super surprising, considering that most of his political positions are also very unbiblical. Let me back up. Here’s why again, I was highlighting in this article for Good News Friday, Herschel Walker said the reason he’s running is because “I love America, and I’ve got to fight for America.”

The fact that we have people in the midst of 1619, in the midst of critical race theory, in the midst of this woke culture, the fact that you have someone the caliber of Herschel Walker coming out and saying, I love America, guys, that is so encouraging and no surprise that someone like President Trump would want to support something like this. When President Trump, as he was talking about making America great again, and people question well, was America ever great? And they would make the accusation well, America wasn’t ever really great. And there was so much negative stuff to hear people actually just come out and against the myths of cancel culture, against the woke mob say no, America is great, I love America.

Obviously, he’s not saying America was perfect, but it still is a great nation. And it’s encouraging to see someone, again, the caliber of a Herschel Walker come out, and being very openly pro-America. I am excited to see him run in Georgia and certainly, we are cheering him on and hope that he wins that seat in Georgia.

David:

Yeah, it’s interesting that so many others have announced for that same senate seat. So I think there’s like six or seven running there, and Herschel’s from one of them now. And I think Herschel is going to suck the oxygen out of the room. I think he’ll be the guy when it comes to it.

But even right now, with all these others in it, Warnock is the only Democrat and he’s an incumbent, and already Herschel just having an analysis, even in the polling numbers with Warnock and that’s without any other effort going forward. So I think there’s a really good potential there of seeing a change in Georgia, which would mean a change in the Senate, which would be a really big deal.

And with Herschel, you really do have a good guy. He’s a good guy on faith, he’s a good guy on America, he’s a good guy with so many things. Just a good-hearted guy. And I think that’d be a real tone changer in the Senate to have somebody like Herschel there if Georgia decides to choose him. By the way, the thing I like about Georgia is Georgia like Texas and few other states, doesn’t matter how many gets in the primary because you have to have a majority to win. So you’re going to have a runoff probably unless these other guys get out.

Tim:

Well, right now the polling is saying that he has 75% of the Republican votes. So if he can win the primary, there is no runoff for the primary. And it’s looking right now like he’s not going to have a serious contender or challenger in the primary. And not to say there might not be other good people who are throwing their hats in the ring. But certainly, he is by far ahead in the polling right now. And he would be a great person to go against Warnock because you do have two very outspoken black voices coming from very different philosophical positions: one who loves America, and one who has embraced the 1619 critical race, woke agenda of America, hating America. So it would be a very interesting showdown. And again, certainly, it’s excited to see Herschel Walker in that seat.

David:

And so with Herschel there, even with the other guys do run, I think they’ll mostly get out. It’s so different. Because if I look at Wyoming right now, and you have Liz Cheney, there’s just a lot of dissatisfaction with Liz Cheney, because she voted against Trump and the impeachment stuff. Well, she’s got, I think, eight people run it against her because she just doesn’t represent what most Wyoming people are. But she’ll probably win reelection with only 21% or 22% of the vote.

Because in states like Wyoming, or states like Missouri or others, is whoever gets the most votes wins. And the more people you have in the election, the more likely you are that is not going to be a good guy that wins, which is different in Georgia, in Texas, in places that require full majority of votes. So if Herschel doesn’t get it on the first time, which I think he will, there will be a runoff and so he’s likely to be the guy that’s just a lot healthier for the system when you have a state that has a full majority requirement to elect somebody to office as opposed to a plurality like you see in Michigan and all these other states. You just don’t get the same quality of candidates a lot of times. But good news is Herschel’s running to Georgia, and I think he will be the guy.

Rick:

Yeah, two quick things about Herschel I’ll say, number one, folks, if you go Google or go to YouTube, or wherever and look for Republican convention, Herschel Walker, you’ll get to watch his speech that he gave at the convention last summer. I thought it was really powerful, very good. And secondly, look, I’ll just say it. He’s one of the few people that I’ve donated to outside of Texas politics.

And I’ve donated to Larry Elder because I thought that was important for what was happening in California. And I feel the same way about Herschel Walker. He’s got a real chance to win. And we all know, you know, the three of us went and traveled all over Georgia for that barnstorming tour last year, because we know how important Georgia is with those two Senate seats. And so, this is a really, really important race for the future of the country.

And I agree with you guys, of course, maybe I’m nostalgic, I mean, I go back to number 34, think about watching him play and all that. But it’s really based on the speech he gave and the things he’s saying right now exactly as you said, Tim, the fact that he loves his country and he knows he needs to fight for his country. Really encouraging for everyone across the country to see what’s happening in Georgia right now. Quick break, guys, I know you got a lot more good news. Let’s jump to it when we come back. Stay with us, folks, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

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Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us on this Good News Friday. We got more good news for you at our website, so be sure and visit wallbuilderslive.com. For right now, let’s jump back into the good news. David, what’s our next piece of good news?

David:

Well, I’m going to go to a bill that just recently passed in DC and it’s not a good bill at all. And it’s the bill where that Pelosi his house and the Democrats got together and said, we’re going to pass a bill that is going to federalize all abortion issues. We’re going to say that not a single state can have any state law that goes against Roe v Wade, abortion on demand, up to nine months.

And so what they did in this bill that came out of the Pelosi House was they now legalize abortion all the way till the day before birth. So I mean, we’re not just talking viability anymore, which is where Roe v Wade originally started, they’re now talking literally almost infanticide. I mean, right up to the point, the moment of birth is fine for abortion, they’re saying the states are not allowed to offer any regulations against abortion, and all abortions have to be publicly funded. So even if you’re adamantly opposed to abortion, you’re going to publicly fund abortion. So they got rid of what’s called the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment goes back to Congressman Henry Hyde, who is out of Illinois, which Illinois was largely pro-abortion state. And Republican Congressman Henry Hyde, great guy, I had just good memories of him, good time being with him. When he was alive, he was a prolife champion in the House. And the Hyde Amendment says you cannot use any federal dollars to pay for abortions. Now you may be pro-abortion, but it’s not the business of the federal government to be taking sides and pushing one side or the other.

So even pro-abortion people who supported at that time supported the Hyde Amendment and said, yeah, that’s like, requiring everybody to fund the Anglican Church in Virginia at the time of Jefferson and those guys, and that’s what Jefferson fought against is, alright, you can fund churches, but you shouldn’t be required to fund a church you don’t attend. And so that was the intent of the Hyde Amendment. And so they basically wiped out the Hyde Amendment and said, alright, abortion for any reason all the way up to the point of birth. This is the good news.

There was a single Democrat in the House, and that’s not good news, but the good news is, there was at least one Democrat who said no, this is way too radical, this is not right. We’re not going to do this. Over the last election, we knew there was a couple Democrats left that were still prolife, and in this last election, last fall, the Democrats spent a bunch of money to take out prolife Democrats, even guys that have been in the House like 20 years, Dan Lipinski, and so they took him out because he was prolife. So this party has become super intolerant of anyone who does not agree with their view.

But there was at least one Democrat congressman who voted no against Pelosi, now it still passed. You guys have any clue who that Democratic congressman might be that at least would be considered moderate? I don’t think he’s conservative, but I think he’s considered reasonably and moderate. Any idea?

Rick:

I bet it’s my former colleague in the Texas House, Henry Cuellar of Texas,

David:

You get it right. That is the US congressman.

Rick:

He’s the one guy that’s been willing to stand up to Joe Biden on the border and a Nancy Pelosi on some of these things, so I was hoping it was him.

David:

Yeah, he is the one. Now, this thing goes over to the Senate, and over in the Senate, you got to have a vote to pass it there. And you now have a Democrat who stood up and said, no, I’m not going to vote for anything if it doesn’t put the Hyde Amendment back in it. And that’s Joe Manchin of West Virginia. So Joe Manchin has made it really clear that we’re going to keep the Hyde Amendment, otherwise, it’s not going to happen. And he’s even doing that with the reconciliation bill where they’re trying to put this pro-abortion stuff in the infrastructure bill. He said any spending that’s going to go over here it’s going to have the Hyde Amendment, or I’m not voting for it. And if he doesn’t vote for it, Democrats won’t get it. So it’s really good that we have two Democrats that have kind of shown out now.

Tim:

Well, let’s point out to with Senator Manchin, he’s not someone that is likely going to stop the spending bill on some of these things from going through because eventually, he will compromise with them on some level, just historically. We’ve not seen him stand up and remain against his party. So the good news is he’s not allowing them to get their ultimate Christmas wish list.

But it certainly is something that the reason like we can go back to Herschel Walker running, the reason we can be encouraged that there are other people running for these positions and looking favorably in those states, the reason it’s so important for Christians to get involved is so that we don’t have to be in a position where we’re waiting for that one Democrat to stand up against their party to try to stop them from doing something crazy like saying an unborn child is an unborn child. Like it’s so bizarre that we’ve come to the place that’s the extreme ism of the Democrat Party, and yet that’s what we’re seeing.

So the good news is, that at least Joe Manchin is not letting them to go as far as they want to go. That is the good news. Again, we don’t think he’s going to stop this thing altogether from going through as far as these I’m the best in spending bills, and etc. But this again is why, Christians, we have to get involved in the process So the good news is not going to go as far as it would have gone without him, but we don’t want it going as far as it likely will go. And that’s why we have to get involved.

Rick:

Yeah, I’m like you David, I have fond memories of Congressman Hyde. I actually have a picture with him when I was 19-years-old, believe it or not, he was one of the first guys I met in Congress. But I’m thinking about this, the way you describe that it just makes you realize just how far out there these leaders in Washington are. They’re essentially to support, not only support, but require even tax dollars to be used for infanticide. That is the San Francisco mindset, the San Francisco cabal that is running Washington DC, and we’ve got to get them out of our schools, out of our neighborhoods, out of our churches, and let our communities restore sanity.

So we got to get this federal running of everything. Instead of leaving it up to the states, we’ve got to stop that mindset and get back to proper jurisdictions just like you teach in our Constitution classes. So yeah, there’s a lot of work to be done. But the good news is there’s a few people there with the finger in the dike. So that gives us some time, not much time, but gives us time to get our friends and family and neighborhoods involved and make sure we’re involved in these elections coming up so that we can turn the tide. Alright, next piece of good news, Tim, what you got?

Tim:

Alright, well, this one is coming from a couple from New York City. It is a Jewish entrepreneur and his Rabbi wife, is what the art says, it is Mark and Erica Gerson. And what was super interesting. This was highlighted in the end of September is they donated $18 million to help primarily Christian doctors who have traveled to Africa to provide medical care to Africans through medical missions.

Now, when I saw this article, and it said a Jewish entrepreneur and his Rabbi wife are donating to Christian doctors, I thought that’s super interesting. Now, certainly, if you start investigating how many organizations do medical missions outside of Christianity, you’re just not going to find a lot of medical mission doctors out on the field.

But what’s really cool about this couple is they decided to give this $18 million. And as I mentioned, he’s a Jewish entrepreneur, the organization that he helped found several years ago is an investing firm. However, he decided not to invest from the profits from his investing firm, they decided to take $18 million from their savings account. And it does make you just pause and wonder, okay, what is your savings account look like that you had $18 million just kind of hanging out?

David:

And what bank handles $18 million savings accounts, since you only get $250,000 of insurance on accounts and bank?

Tim:

Well, and I love the quote from them. They said, “The best investment that one can make, whether in business context, or nonprofit context is by supporting Christian missionary doctors working in Africa. So again, you have a Jewish entrepreneur, a rabbi wife, and so these are not Christian people, arguably some level of probably liberal Jews, political leaning ideology, whatever else, but certainly not Christian…

David:

And by the way, we’re not just saying they’re liberal because they’re Jews, is because this would be a reformed rabbi. The only side of Judaism she can be a rabbi and is reformed which is the liberal side of Judaism. So that’s why we would say, yeah, they’re likely liberal folks.

Tim:

But identifying that Christian missionary doctors are the best people you can fund and support this is really good news. Also, the testimony of those Christian missionary doctors, that of all the people they saw, they said, no, these are the very best. And so the article highlights in 2010 is when Mark Gerson alongside with Dr. Jon Fielder, they founded African Mission Healthcare. And their goal was to try to get Christian missionary doctrine, or really to try to get doctors to go over to Africa, but it just kept being Christian doctors who wanted to do these missions over in Africa.

And so they have several stats in this article about when they started investigating this, there was only one doctor for every 10,000-40,000 individuals, depending on where you were looking at that Africa has 24% of the world’s diseases but only 3% of global health care workers are in Africa. So, a lot of problems very little in the way of solution. They highlight this money is largely going to go to Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Sudan, Liberia, Burundi, and Ethiopia. In the midst of this, they highlight where some of these operations are going, how it’s going to help women.

Nonetheless, what’s really cool about this, first of all, is that a couple gave $18 million to medical missionary, specifically largely Christian medical missionaries, but secondly, that this Jewish couple identified the people doing the best most effective work, the people they encouraged supporting the most were Christian missionary doctors. So that is a really positive testimony for what those Christian doctors are doing.

Rick:

Yeah, very good news there. David, we’ve got time for probably one more. Go ahead. What’s our last piece of good news going to be today?

David:

Well, this one deals with the fact that you now have the Biden administration and the Justice Department that are going to investigate parents at school board meetings. And we see in the school board meetings where parents are saying, hey, we don’t want critical race theory taught, we don’t want this radical age, inappropriate sex education taught, etc. You now have the Justice Department that’s going to treat them as domestic terrorists. Now imagine that! It’s like the guys who blew up the towers in 9/11 and parents who protest at school board meetings, and go to meetings, and like we see on Loudon County with what’s happening there. And suddenly, now we’re going to be treated as domestic terrorists.

And then on top of that, even with parents voicing what they’re voicing against bad history in schools, and we want accurate history taught, what you’ve got is also now educators are doing online seminars, teaching other educators how to get critical race theory into the schools, even if your state bans it. So you have this effort now to indoctrinate kids with bad history that’s not accurate. And even if your state law says you can’t do it, here’s how you do it.

See, I look at stories like that and just you scratch your head, but I’m loving the fact that what this is going to do and what are you see it doing it’s driving people out of the system, it’s driving people out of that public school system, which means the public schools at one point are going to have to retool and say, hey, we want to compete, which means they’re going to have to compete, which means education is going to be a whole lot better off.

So what we’re seeing is a real explosion that’s going right now in homeschooling. We’re seeing charter schools and Christian schools going through the roof. Just in the last couple of weeks, I’ve been in probably six or eight Christian schools, and I mean their numbers are blowing up like 50-60% increase in enrollment and single year. So that’s really good. It just came out of North Carolina.

We had a series of meetings across North Carolina. And North Carolina is one of the states that says, hey, we give every kid $4,250, I think it is, you just go redeem it at the school of your choice. And so as I was speaking of schools in North Carolina, it was so interesting to see Christian schools, there were so many black students and Hispanic students and white students. Because of the scholarship opportunities, you’re seeing different kids get involved in education that are getting a much better education. So I really think that the extremism that’s going on right now is good news for the overall health, the educational community, because I think it’ll push choice in a direction that really needs to go, and that is to create some competition against public schools that’ll make the whole system better.

Rick:

Yeah, that’s the main thing that will turn around education in our country. We need a revolution in education. It’s the people that have to make that happen. And we’ve got to put the pressure on our legislators to make school choice happen all across this nation. So much more good news to get to, folks, but we are out of time for today. So be sure to visit wallbuilderslive.com, in the archive section, you can choose some of those Friday programs for some more good news, or you can dial back to Thursdays for our Foundations of Freedom Thursday programs or Monday through Wednesday, some of the great guests that we’re blessed to have here on WallBuilders Live. Check it out at our website, wallbuilderslive.com.

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