Whenever you see a list of the ten best presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln almost always comes in at number one. And with exception to the Gettysburg Address, his most important speech may have been his second inaugural address. Joining us today to talk about this is Diana Schaub (loyola.edu), Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. She examines Lincoln's humility, his desire to move away from vengeance once the war was over, his use of religion in the speech, and his need to unite a divided country. She and John also look at the spirit of 1776 versus the hopelessness of 1619.
Today we bring you part 1 of a 2-part interview with Neil Kiernan (v-radio.us), host of the V-Radio podcast. He and John discuss the nature of biased journalism, namely how advocacy journalists inject emotion into pieces to keep people interested, but then people act on those emotions, making bad decisions. If we are to reach out to people on the other side of the ideological divide, we need to ignore hyperbolic slogans, be patient, and focus on listening and sticking to the facts. More and more people are sick of all the craziness and irrationality.
Join us tomorrow for part 2 of the interview. John and Neil have a more casual conversation as the recorder kept rolling after the interview was over.
Critical race theory and the 1619 Project have set up shop in America's schools, but more and more parents are starting to realize that their children are being fed a steady diet of hate and incorrect history. April Few (uspie.org), Communications Director at U.S. Parents Involved in Education (U.S. PIE), describes how her organization has been involved in the fight against critical race theory and offers some solutions for parents who are facing this in their child's school. Critical race theory teaches children to hate our country and to hate each other. And April correctly identifies the ultimate goal behind CRT.
Jam packed show this week. Whether we are entering the End Times or the Great Reset – or both – Christians need to be ready. First up this week is Jeff Kinley (jeffkinley.com), Founder of Main Things Ministries. He discusses the gradual reawakening of America's churches following months of lockdowns. Religious freedom has been threatened but some Christians are starting to fight back. Returning to meeting together and studying the Word will ground us in the Truth.
Liberation theology, social justice, and critical race theory have merged out of Marxism and have landed in Western schools. Next up this week is Steve Stotsky (camera.org), Senior Research Analyst at CAMERA. In order to combat moral-based Judeo-Christian education found throughout Western schools, educrat Marxists have pushed forward a distorted and narrative-driven curriculum. To push back, parents need to be more proactive, be more aware of what their children are learning, and not be afraid to make themselves heard.
The Founding Fathers created the Constitution with limited federal powers in mind. Eventually though, states' rights were usurped by a bigger, expanding government. Our last guest this week is Robert Curry (claremont.org), Member of the Board at the Claremont Institute. He takes a look at the plan to wrest control away from the states and into the federal government. This eventually eroded national sovereignty. That plan is almost complete … unless Americans learn the truth and put a stop to it.
John finishes up this week with a brief analysis of how media craft narratives. It's our job to recognize what they're doing and stand firm on the solid rock foundation of the truth.
We are told that we are divided and a no-good country. But a lot of times we see ourselves as exceptional compared to the rest of the world. Today, we welcome someone from across the Pond to analyze America's exceptionalism and the pros and cons that come with it. Joining us from France is Howard Burton (ideas-on-film.com), Founder and Creator of Ideas on Film. He points to America's stellar academic institutions and its share of intellectual experts in nearly every field as proof of its exceptionalism. He compares and contrasts the perceptions of America from people abroad with those who live here. Few people here think about their own country's exceptionalism and some Americans even think we're far from outstanding. It's important to know your strengths and weaknesses and do so in truth.
Once a month, John is a guest on local radio station KYMS here in the Inland Northwest with host Lee Lancaster. This month, John and Lee discuss how the mainstream media insists on reporting that America is severely divided, despite the fact that most people don't feel that way. They also cover the shooting in Boulder, Colorado and the false assumption narratives perpetuated by the media and politicians before any of the facts came out. John also gives a sobering report on persecution in Nigeria, Myanmar, Mozambique, and China.
We are facing a critical moment in America's history – will we continue to further the ideological divide or can we truly keep this the United States? Joining us today is Dr. Richard Land (ses.edu), President of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He looks at the growing discontent among fly-over folks at being unheard and censored. And media does nothing but throw gasoline on the fire of division with their biased reporting and alternative definitions of not only the truth but even individual words. The education system is to blame as well, teaching children from a young age that this is a horrible and racist country. Is there anything we can do to turn this highly divisive tide?
A mighty whirlwind of angst is blowing through the country and the result is a distinct division between red and blue areas. Are we headed for a revolution or a civil war? Is secession of certain areas around the corner? Michael Rectenwald (michaelrectenwald.com), author and free speech activist, joins us to discuss how red and blue areas are stuck in the their own echo chambers, causing the division and rising tension in this country. The totalitarian tactics of the left are alienating people on both sides and it's only a matter of time before the division becomes irreparable.
In this time of intense division, it is easy to see those from the other side of the ideological aisle as being the enemy. But the first step in bridging the divide is to try and have a conversation. John reaches out on today's podcast to Mark Sommer, an award-winning radio and print journalist – and noted progressive – to have that conversation. They use climate change and alternative fuels as their conversation catalyst. Unless people can push aside their differences and come up with realistic solutions that work on the ground, the divide doesn't get bridged and nothing is ever accomplished.
Why is it that the division and rancor is so great today but a few decades ago, it wasn't nearly as bad? In the second of our post-election shows, John takes a look at the differences between then and now in terms of commonality of worldviews. We didn't get here overnight; it took years to create the divide.