It's a special weekend bonus podcast with Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of the Israel office of CAMERA. More than 500 journalists signed an open letter recently calling for more pro-Palestinian coverage and less flattering reports about Israel. She discusses the letter and her organization's response to it. She points out how many of today's journalists have thrown the clearly-defined code of ethics in their profession out the window.
Israel is very much in the news right now but the media narratives are not matching the facts on the ground. John flies solo today, giving you the truth rather than the spin machine. He looks at the Temple Mount riots, the violence in East Jerusalem, and rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and Israel's response. It's important to understand the truth of what's happening, both geopolitically and historically.
It's always important to remember that reality always becomes real. But often we are blind to what's really going on because the media choose to focus on unimportant things. Not so with us. In today's boralogue, John looks at the results of the Israel-UAE peace deal which was brought about largely due to a change in the philosophy among Middle East peace narratives. After years of Palestinian leadership refusing to negotiate, the new strategy is to apprehend reality and upend the status quo. This has brought about alliances no one could predict, but once the old paradigm assumptions were removed, it became obvious those alliances were actually needed.
We remember the 9/11 victims and their families who suffered 19 years ago today when reality became all too real in New York, DC, Pennsylvania, and across America. Our prayers are with them.
The Deal of the Century – the new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan – has been proposed, but what is the hang up? In this week's boralogue, John looks at the need for a viable peace partner. He shows how both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have not exhibited a willingness over the years to work toward peace with Israel. Whether or not they cooperate, the peace train may soon leave the station. And Palestinian leadership may wish they would have boarded.
Socialism has never been successfully implemented simply because it can't be. Author and political forecaster Gerard Lameiro (www.greatnewsforamerica.com) is back with us to discuss several examples of failed socialist governments and how it only stays afloat when capitalism supports it behind the scenes. He also gives his predictions for the 2020 election and the future of the Democrat Party.
Socialism isn't the only example of government interference and dysfunction. Howard Husock (www.civilsocietyawards.com), Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, describes how federal dollars from our government have changed the character of local civil organizations away from grassroots values and serving the community.
Separation of church and state has been overused in legal arguments and somewhat misunderstood overall. We round out the show this week with Andrea Picciotti-Bayer (www.thecatholicassociation.org), Legal Advisor for the Catholic Association, who examines the Blaine Amendment in relation to public funding for Catholic schools.
John's quote of the week:
"What happens with socialism is you have big amounts of money, bureaucrats see it, they use giving to XYZ impoverished group as the rationale for taking it. They then seize the money, usually through taxation or other means. They take a huge chunk for themselves. Then they pass along a fraction of what they've seized and give it to the target group. That's the immorality of the system."
On this week's extra segment, we play a double feature on the European Union from days of Steel past. First up is Robert Congdon from February 2012 followed by Pat Caddell from June 2018. Both give predictions about the future of the EU and it's interesting to see the difference in opinions that six years makes.