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  • The State of the Union Address 2016

    · 01:04:28 · State of the Union with Jake Tapper

    President Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I've come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I'm going to try to make it shorter. I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I also understand that because it's an election season, expectations for what we'll achieve this year are low. Still, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the constructive approach you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget and make tax cuts permanent for working families. So I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse. We just might surprise the cynics again. But tonight, I want to go easy on the traditional list of proposals for the year ahead. Don't worry, I've got plenty, from helping students learn to write computer code to personalizing medical treatments for patients. And I'll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing. Fixing a broken immigration system. Protecting our kids from gun violence. Equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage. All these things still matter to hardworking families; they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done. But for my final address to this chamber, I don't want to talk just about the next year. I want to focus on the next five years, ten years, and beyond. I want to focus on our future. We live in a time of extraordinary change - change that's reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world. It's change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away. It's change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate. America has been through big changes before - wars and depression, the influx of immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, and movements to expand civil rights. Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the "dogmas of the quiet past." Instead we thought anew, and acted anew. We made change work for us, always extending America's promise outward, to the next frontier, to more and more people. And because we did - because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril - we emerged stronger and better than before. What was true then can be true now. Our unique strengths as a nation - our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law - these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come. In fact, it's that spirit that made the progress of these past seven years possible. It's how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations. It's how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector; how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans, and how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love. But such progress is not inevitable. It is the result of choices we make together. And we face such choices right now. Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together? So let's talk about the future, and four big questions that we as a country have to answer - regardless of who the next President is, or who controls the next Congress. First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy? Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us - especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change? Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman? And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what's best in us, and not what's worst? Let me start with the economy, and a basic fact: the United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. We're in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history. More than 14 million new jobs; the strongest two years of job growth since the '90s; an unemployment rate cut in half. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. Manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years. And we've done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters. Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction. What is true - and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious - is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit and haven't let up. Today, technology doesn't just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can be automated. Companies in a global economy can locate anywhere, and face tougher competition. As a result, workers have less leverage for a raise. Companies have less loyalty to their communities. And more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top. All these trends have squeezed workers, even when they have jobs; even when the economy is growing. It's made it harder for a hardworking family to pull itself out of poverty, harder for young people to start on their careers, and tougher for workers to retire when they want to. And although none of these trends are unique to America, they do offend our uniquely American belief that everybody who works hard should get a fair shot. For the past seven years, our goal has been a growing economy that works better for everybody. We've made progress. But we need to make more. And despite all the political arguments we've had these past few years, there are some areas where Americans broadly agree. We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job. The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start, and together, we've increased early childhood education, lifted high school graduation rates to new highs, and boosted graduates in fields like engineering. In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing Pre-K for all, offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one, and we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids. And we have to make college affordable for every American. Because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red. We've already reduced student loan payments to ten percent of a borrower's income. Now, we've actually got to cut the cost of college. Providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student is one of the best ways to do that, and I'm going to keep fighting to get that started this year. Of course, a great education isn't all we need in this new economy. We also need benefits and protections that provide a basic measure of security. After all, it's not much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber. For everyone else, especially folks in their forties and fifties, saving for retirement or bouncing back from job loss has gotten a lot tougher. Americans understand that at some point in their careers, they may have to retool and retrain. But they shouldn't lose what they've already worked so hard to build. That's why Social Security and Medicare are more important than ever; we shouldn't weaken them, we should strengthen them. And for Americans short of retirement, basic benefits should be just as mobile as everything else is today. That's what the Affordable Care Act is all about. It's about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we'll still have coverage. Nearly eighteen million have gained coverage so far. Health care inflation has slowed. And our businesses have created jobs every single month since it became law. Now, I'm guessing we won't agree on health care anytime soon. But there should be other ways both parties can improve economic security. Say a hardworking American loses his job - we shouldn't just make sure he can get unemployment insurance; we should make sure that program encourages him to retrain for a business that's ready to hire him. If that new job doesn't pay as much, there should be a system of wage insurance in place so that he can still pay his bills. And even if he's going from job to job, he should still be able to save for retirement and take his savings with him. That's the way we make the new economy work better for everyone. The 2016 race, Obama's legacy, congressional gridlock - get the most important political news delivered to your inbox. By subscribing, you agree to our privacy policy. Enter email address Subscribe I also know Speaker Ryan has talked about his interest in tackling poverty. America is about giving everybody willing to work a hand up, and I'd welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support, like expanding tax cuts for low-income workers without kids. But there are other areas where it's been more difficult to find agreement over the last seven years - namely what role the government should play in making sure the system's not rigged in favor of the wealthiest and biggest corporations. And here, the American people have a choice to make. I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there's red tape that needs to be cut. But after years of record corporate profits, working families won't get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered. Food Stamp recipients didn't cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did. Immigrants aren't the reason wages haven't gone up enough; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns. It's sure not the average family watching tonight that avoids paying taxes through offshore accounts. In this new economy, workers and start-ups and small businesses need more of a voice, not less. The rules should work for them. And this year I plan to lift up the many businesses who've figured out that doing right by their workers ends up being good for their shareholders, their customers, and their communities, so that we can spread those best practices across America. In fact, many of our best corporate citizens are also our most creative. This brings me to the second big question we have to answer as a country: how do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges? Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn't deny Sputnik was up there. We didn't argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon. That spirit of discovery is in our DNA. We're Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers and George Washington Carver. We're Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride. We're every immigrant and entrepreneur from Boston to Austin to Silicon Valley racing to shape a better world. And over the past seven years, we've nurtured that spirit. We've protected an open internet, and taken bold new steps to get more students and low-income Americans online. We've launched next-generation manufacturing hubs, and online tools that give an entrepreneur everything he or she needs to start a business in a single day. But we can do so much more. Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they've had in over a decade. Tonight, I'm announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he's gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I'm putting Joe in charge of Mission Control. For the loved ones we've all lost, for the family we can still save, let's make America the country that cures cancer once and for all. Medical research is critical. We need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources. Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You'll be pretty lonely, because you'll be debating our military, most of America's business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it's a problem and intend to solve it. But even if the planet wasn't at stake; even if 2014 wasn't the warmest year on record - until 2015 turned out even hotter - why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future? Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history. Here are the results. In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power. On rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs more Americans than coal - in jobs that pay better than average. We're taking steps to give homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy - something environmentalists and Tea Partiers have teamed up to support. Meanwhile, we've cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain't bad, either. Now we've got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy. Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future - especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That's why I'm going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet. That way, we put money back into those communities and put tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system. None of this will happen overnight, and yes, there are plenty of entrenched interests who want to protect the status quo. But the jobs we'll create, the money we'll save, and the planet we'll preserve - that's the kind of future our kids and grandkids deserve. Climate change is just one of many issues where our security is linked to the rest of the world. And that's why the third big question we have to answer is how to keep America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or trying to nation-build everywhere there's a problem. I told you earlier all the talk of America's economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It's not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that's the path to ruin. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead - they call us. As someone who begins every day with an intelligence briefing, I know this is a dangerous time. But that's not because of diminished American strength or some looming superpower. In today's world, we're threatened less by evil empires and more by failing states. The Middle East is going through a transformation that will play out for a generation, rooted in conflicts that date back millennia. Economic headwinds blow from a Chinese economy in transition. Even as their economy contracts, Russia is pouring resources to prop up Ukraine and Syria - states they see slipping away from their orbit. And the international system we built after World War II is now struggling to keep pace with this new reality. It's up to us to help remake that system. And that means we have to set priorities. Priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorist networks. Both al Qaeda and now ISIL pose a direct threat to our people, because in today's world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life, including their own, can do a lot of damage. They use the Internet to poison the minds of individuals inside our country; they undermine our allies. But as we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence. That's the story ISIL wants to tell; that's the kind of propaganda they use to recruit. We don't need to build them up to show that we're serious, nor do we need to push away vital allies in this fight by echoing the lie that ISIL is representative of one of the world's largest religions. We just need to call them what they are - killers and fanatics who have to be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed. That's exactly what we are doing. For more than a year, America has led a coalition of more than 60 countries to cut off ISIL's financing, disrupt their plots, stop the flow of terrorist fighters, and stamp out their vicious ideology. With nearly 10,000 air strikes, we are taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, and their weapons. We are training, arming, and supporting forces who are steadily reclaiming territory in Iraq and Syria. If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL. Take a vote. But the American people should know that with or without Congressional action, ISIL will learn the same lessons as terrorists before them. If you doubt America's commitment - or mine - to see that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden. Ask the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, who was taken out last year, or the perpetrator of the Benghazi attacks, who sits in a prison cell. When you come after Americans, we go after you. It may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limit. Our foreign policy must be focused on the threat from ISIL and al Qaeda, but it can't stop there. For even without ISIL, instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world - in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in parts of Central America, Africa and Asia. Some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorist networks; others will fall victim to ethnic conflict, or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees. The world will look to us to help solve these problems, and our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet bomb civilians. That may work as a TV sound bite, but it doesn't pass muster on the world stage. We also can't try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. That's not leadership; that's a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately weakens us. It's the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq - and we should have learned it by now. Fortunately, there's a smarter approach, a patient and disciplined strategy that uses every element of our national power. It says America will always act, alone if necessary, to protect our people and our allies; but on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight. That's our approach to conflicts like Syria, where we're partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace. That's why we built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war. That's how we stopped the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Our military, our doctors, and our development workers set up the platform that allowed other countries to join us in stamping out that epidemic. That's how we forged a Trans-Pacific Partnership to open markets, protect workers and the environment, and advance American leadership in Asia. It cuts 18,000 taxes on products Made in America, and supports more good jobs. With TPP, China doesn't set the rules in that region, we do. You want to show our strength in this century? Approve this agreement. Give us the tools to enforce it. Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America. That's why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people. You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere? Recognize that the Cold War is over. Lift the embargo. American leadership in the 21st century is not a choice between ignoring the rest of the world - except when we kill terrorists; or occupying and rebuilding whatever society is unraveling. Leadership means a wise application of military power, and rallying the world behind causes that are right. It means seeing our foreign assistance as part of our national security, not charity. When we lead nearly 200 nations to the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change - that helps vulnerable countries, but it also protects our children. When we help Ukraine defend its democracy, or Colombia resolve a decades-long war, that strengthens the international order we depend upon. When we help African countries feed their people and care for the sick, that prevents the next pandemic from reaching our shores. Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria - something I'll be pushing this Congress to fund this year. That's strength. That's leadership. And that kind of leadership depends on the power of our example. That is why I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo: it's expensive, it's unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies. That's why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn't a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith. His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot I stand tonight that "to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place." When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn't make us safer. That's not telling it like it is. It's just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country. "We the People." Our Constitution begins with those three simple words, words we've come to recognize mean all the people, not just some; words that insist we rise and fall together. That brings me to the fourth, and maybe the most important thing I want to say tonight. The future we want - opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids - all that is within our reach. But it will only happen if we work together. It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates. It will only happen if we fix our politics. A better politics doesn't mean we have to agree on everything. This is a big country, with different regions and attitudes and interests. That's one of our strengths, too. Our Founders distributed power between states and branches of government, and expected us to argue, just as they did, over the size and shape of government, over commerce and foreign relations, over the meaning of liberty and the imperatives of security. But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn't work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest. Too many Americans feel that way right now. It's one of the few regrets of my presidency - that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. There's no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I'll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office. But, my fellow Americans, this cannot be my task - or any President's - alone. There are a whole lot of folks in this chamber who would like to see more cooperation, a more elevated debate in Washington, but feel trapped by the demands of getting elected. I know; you've told me. And if we want a better politics, it's not enough to just change a Congressman or a Senator or even a President; we have to change the system to reflect our better selves. We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around. We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics, so that a handful of families and hidden interests can't bankroll our elections - and if our existing approach to campaign finance can't pass muster in the courts, we need to work together to find a real solution. We've got to make voting easier, not harder, and modernize it for the way we live now. And over the course of this year, I intend to travel the country to push for reforms that do. But I can't do these things on my own. Changes in our political process - in not just who gets elected but how they get elected - that will only happen when the American people demand it. It will depend on you. That's what's meant by a government of, by, and for the people. What I'm asking for is hard. It's easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn't possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don't matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future. Those with money and power will gain greater control over the decisions that could send a young soldier to war, or allow another economic disaster, or roll back the equal rights and voting rights that generations of Americans have fought, even died, to secure. As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don't look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background. We can't afford to go down that path. It won't deliver the economy we want, or the security we want, but most of all, it contradicts everything that makes us the envy of the world. So, my fellow Americans, whatever you may believe, whether you prefer one party or no party, our collective future depends on your willingness to uphold your obligations as a citizen. To vote. To speak out. To stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable, knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. To stay active in our public life so it reflects the goodness and decency and optimism that I see in the American people every single day. It won't be easy. Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I'll be right there with you as a citizen - inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far. Voices that help us see ourselves not first and foremost as black or white or Asian or Latino, not as gay or straight, immigrant or native born; not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first, bound by a common creed. Voices Dr. King believed would have the final word - voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love. They're out there, those voices. They don't get a lot of attention, nor do they seek it, but they are busy doing the work this country needs doing. I see them everywhere I travel in this incredible country of ours. I see you. I know you're there. You're the reason why I have such incredible confidence in our future. Because I see your quiet, sturdy citizenship all the time. I see it in the worker on the assembly line who clocked extra shifts to keep his company open, and the boss who pays him higher wages to keep him on board. I see it in the Dreamer who stays up late to finish her science project, and the teacher who comes in early because he knows she might someday cure a disease. I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over - and the business owner who gives him that second chance. The protester determined to prove that justice matters, and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect, doing the brave, quiet work of keeping us safe. I see it in the soldier who gives almost everything to save his brothers, the nurse who tends to him 'til he can run a marathon, and the community that lines up to cheer him on. It's the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he's been taught. I see it in the elderly woman who will wait in line to cast her vote as long as she has to; the new citizen who casts his for the first time; the volunteers at the polls who believe every vote should count, because each of them in different ways know how much that precious right is worth. That's the America I know. That's the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. That's what makes me so hopeful about our future. Because of you. I believe in you. That's why I stand here confident that the State of our Union is strong. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

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  • Show 561 Newt Gringrichs’ book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. Prager and Medved talk to author. Audio MP3

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 561 First, Dennis Prager talks to Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, Chairman of American Solutions, and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His new book is To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. Next, Michael Medved talks to author.    EXPOSED by Newt Gingrich: the corrupt, ruthless radical Left's plan to transform America into a weak secular-socialist state -- and how we can stop this plan now To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine by Newt Gingrich "America as we know it," says Newt Gingrich, "is now facing a mortal threat." The Left, he explains, is ignoring the lessons of history and moving further into ideological extremism -- reacting to their meager popular support by seeking to impose a corrupt, Chicago-style political machine on the entire country. The leftwing Democrats who currently control the White House, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and many state capitals are committed to a secular-socialist ideology that is alien to America's history and traditions.   "This danger to America," Gingrich says, "is greater than anything I dreamed possible after we won the Cold War, and the Soviet Union disappeared in December 1991. We now face a dire threat to America here at home. We stand at a crossroads: either we will save our country or we will lose it.” That's why he wrote To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine.   The Left, Gingrich explains, has expanded their power through their control of academia, the elite news media, union leaders, trial lawyers, the bureaucracy, the courts, and lobbyists at the state and federal levels. They share a vision of a secular, socialist America run for the interests of the members of the political machine that keeps them in power. It will be an America where government dominates the people rather than represents them. In short, they want to use government power to change who we are and how we think. And Barack Obama is working hard to impose that vision upon America right now.   Gingrich explains why "secular-socialist machine" is the only way to describe the Left; exposes the lies that Leftists have told America; explores the secular-socialist machine's health bill disaster and involvement in ACORN's vote fraud; and even details why Big Business and the secular-socialist machine are not enemies, but are actually natural allies. He exposes the Left's immense corruption as well, including the corruption of climate science and corruption at the United Nations.   But that is not all: Gingrich offers a plan to defeat the secular-socialist regime and herald a new era of America prosperity in which small businesses flourish, the entitlement state is dismantled, better healthcare is available at a lower cost (without healthcare fraud), religious liberty is protected, and the education crisis is solved. It's a bold vision for a bold people -- and the need for it is urgent. "The secular-socialist machine," Gingrich argues persuasively, "represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did." That's why saving America is the fundamental challenge of our time -- and To Save America essential reading for anyone who loves America.    Gingrich sounds the alarm:   How the America in which we grew up is vastly different from the America the secular-socialist Left wants to create   Barack Obama: how everything we cherish about America is something he thinks is not so special, not so very different from any other country   How, if the Left stays in power, it will transform America into a radically different nation -- a union- dominated, bureaucratically controlled, high-tax, low- growth country in which powerful politicians impose their will on an exhausted, submissive citizenry   Why we must repeal the 2010 big-government healthcare "reform" -- passed on a narrow partisan basis with extraordinary corruption and bribery -- and start over in the right direction with the right policies   How the U.S. government traditionally regarded the protection of American lives as its top priority: our primary concern with captured terrorists (or pirates, their old equivalent) was interrogating them and using that information to stop further attacks – but now the secular socialists want to give our enemies the same constitutional protections we afford our own citizens, effectively placing the rights of terrorists ahead of the lives of Americans   The extremist environmental movement: how it asserts that we will soon face global warming-induced environmental catastrophes that can only be avoided by forcing Western capitalist nations, especially America, to adopt devastating energy taxes, ruinous new environmental regulations, and a massive wealth transfer to developing

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  • LetraCast 13 – Bob Marley: Buffalo Soldier

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       Neste episódio é a vez de analisar as entrelinhas da música Buffalo Soldier de Bob Marley. Saiba como a escravidão, soldados, os índios, o velho oeste e dreadlocks originaram este mega hit. No primeiro LetraCast sobre Reggae, nada melhor do que começar com um canto conhecido como um Deus nesse movimento musical.A LETRABob Marley - Buffalo SoldierBuffalo Soldier, Dreadlock RastaThere was a Buffalo SoldierIn the heart of AmericaStolen from Africa, brought to AmericaFighting on arrival, fighting for survival I mean it, when I analyse the stenchTo me, it makes a lot of senseHow the Dreadlock Rasta was the Buffalo SoldierAnd he was taken from Africa, brought to AmericaFighting on arrival, fighting for survival Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock RastaBuffalo Soldier, in the heart of America If you know your historyThen you would know where you coming fromThen you wouldn't have to ask meWho the heck do I think I am I'm just a Buffalo SoldierIn the heart of AmericaStolen from Africa, brought to AmericaSaid he was fighting on arrivalFighting for survivalSaid he was a Buffalo SoldierWin the war for America Dreadie, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoeWoe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo, woe yoe yoe(repeat)Buffalo Soldier, trotting through the landSaid he wanna ran, then you wanna handTrotting through the land, yea, yea Said he was a Buffalo SoldierWin the war for AmericaBuffalo Soldier, Dreadlock RastaFighting on arrival, fighting for survivalDriven from the mainlandTo the heart of the caribbean Singing, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoeWoe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoe(repeat) Treading through San JuanIn the arms of AmericaTreading through Jamaica, a Buffalo SoldierFighting on arrival, fighting for survivalBuffalo Soldier, Dreadlock RastaWoe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoeWoe yoe yeo yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoBob Marley - Soldado BuffaloSoldado-búfalo , rastafári de dreadlocks.Havia um soldado-búfaloNo coração da América,Roubado da África, trazido para a América,Lutando na chegada, lutando pela sobrevivência... Eu quero dizer, quando eu examino o fedor,Para mim, isso faz muito sentido:Como o rastafári de dreadlocks era o Soldado-Búfalo,E ele foi tirado da África, trazido para a América,Lutando na chegada, lutando pela sobrevivência... Disse que ele era um Soldado-Búfalo, rastafári de dreadlocks,Soldado-Búfalo no coração da América... Se você conhecesse sua história,Então você saberia de onde está vindo.Então você não teria de me perguntar:Quem, inferno, eu estou pensando que sou? Sou apenas um Soldado-BúfaloNo coração da América,Roubado da África, trazido para a América...Disse que ele estava lutando na chegada,Lutando pela sobrevivência.Disse que ele era um Soldado-Búfalo,Venceu a guerra pela América... Cara de trancinhas, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoeWoe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo, woe yoe yoe(repete)Soldado-Búfalo, andando pela região,Disse que ele quer fugir, então você quer ajudar,Andando pela região, sim, sim... Disse que ele era um Soldado-Búfalo,Venceu a guerra pela América.Soldado-búfalo, rastafári de dreadlocks.Lutando na chegada, lutando pela sobrevivência.Levado do continentePara o coração do Caribe... Cantando, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoeWoe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoe(repete) Andando por San Juan,Nos braços da América.Andando através da Jamaica, um Soldado-Búfalo,Lutando na chegada, lutando pela sobrevivência,Soldado-búfalo, rastafári de dreadlocks...woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoeWoe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoeAté a próxima letra!ESPALHE O LETRACAST

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  • How America Saved Irish Music #169

    · 00:46:48 · Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

    Enjoy a special feature of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast as we play the entire album of How America Saved Irish Music by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuser from start to finish, all absolutely free. www.celticmusicpodcast.com If you enjoy this show, then subscribe to our Celtic Music Magazine. This is our free newsletter and your guide to the latest Celtic music and podcast news. Remember to support the artists who support this podcast: buy their CDs, download their MP3s, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. Remember too, when you buy through our affiliates at CD Baby, Amazon, or iTunes, you support the artists AND the podcast. Today's show is brought to you by Lunarpages Intelligent web hosting for intelligent people. Do you need a website for you blog, podcast, new business? Lunarpages offers reliable, high-quality web hosting that you can afford. I tried about a dozen web hosts over the past fifteen years. Lunarpages won the long-game by offering the best service. I highly recommend it for your web needs.     Notes: - Your guide to the Best indie Celtic music online - Join Song Henge! - New Patreon Page. Support the podcast!We reached the first Milestone. When you become a patron of the site, you'll get the first three seasons for free. If I can reach $50 per episode then I will release a two Celtic music special. - I WANT YOUR VOICEMAIL: Post a comment on our Facebook fan page or call 678-CELT-POD to leave a voicemail message. That's 678-235-8763. Or just record an MP3 and send it to music@celticmusicpodcast.com How America Saved Irish Music   This Week in Celtic Music 2:511. "A Stor Mo Chroi" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 5:112. "Star of the County Down" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 8:573. "Gypsy Rover" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 12:164. "Men of New Basin Canal" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 15:305. "Bridget's Prayer" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 17:386. "Ais Vis Lo Lop" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 21:007. "Black Velvet Band" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 24:338. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 27:179. "Streets of Laredo/Bard of Armagh" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 30;3610. "Whiskey, You're the Devil" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 33:0411. "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 36:0612. "Mrs. McGraw" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 39:1513."Leaving of Liverpool" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music 42:2014. "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuserfrom How America Saved Irish Music The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. If you enjoyed the music you heard, support the artists in this show. Buy their music. Then tell your friends to visit www.celticmusicpodcast.com

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  • Show 1232 Dinesh D'Souza Documentary America- Imagine a World without Her

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 1232 Dinesh D'Souza Documentary  America- Imagine a World without Her   America- Imagine a World without Her by Dinesh D'Souza   Overview of the Documentary- Conceived in liberty... ...or in oppression?   Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder, or is America still the hope of the world?   New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise. It is the Progressive view that is taught in our schools, that is preached by Hollywood, and that shapes the policies of the Obama administration. If America is a force for inequality and injustice in the world, its power deserves to be diminished; if traditional America is based on oppression and theft, then traditional America must be reformed—and the federal government can do the reforming.   D'Souza, an Indian immigrant to this country, and proud American citizen, fears for America's future. He loves this country and fears that unless the Progressives' anti-American arguments are met forcibly and on their own terms, America will cease to be the beacon of freedom and hope that it always has been.   In America: Imagine a World without Her D'Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country. In this book, you'll learn: Why it is a pernicious myth that English colonists "stole" America from the Indians or that American settlers and soldiers "stole" the southwest from Mexico Why the descendants of slaves—and the successive waves of immigrants to the United States—are better off here than in their old countries How America, more than any other country, is based on rewarding the enterprise and hard-work of the common man How traditional American virtues sustain prosperity and freedom, and Progressive arguments about "liberation" and "justice" undercut them How Progressive demagoguery about "inequality" expands the power of government and its grasp on the taxpayer's wallet Why we should fear the Progressive agenda of "reform" which is in fact an agenda of totalitarian control of the state over the individual Why national decline is a choice—a choice that it is still not too late to reverse   Provocative in its analysis, stunning in its conclusions, Dinesh D'Souza's America will be the most talked about book of the year.   Watch instantly on Amazon Prime or Netflix.   Buy the DVD from Amazon. This is a must have in every Conservative library. 

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  • Show 507 Book- Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Audio MP3

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 507 Book- Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Audio MP3  Show 507 Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Michael Medved interviews author Marc Thiessen.    How the CIA's enhanced-interrogation program prevented a "second wave" of attacks on America -- and how President Obama is putting us in danger again Few Americans know of al Qaeda's 2006 plot to hijack seven American passenger jets and blow them up as they crossed the Atlantic. Fewer still know that this was just one of many post-9/11 terrorist plots that were foiled thanks to information obtained by waterboarding the captured 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ("KSM”). Yet, immediately upon taking office, President Barack Obama began to dismantle this vital program, and released reams of documents describing the techniques used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists -- claiming that such techniques not only constituted "torture" but were also ineffective. While Obama's release of these documents has done enormous damage to our national security, it has also make it possible to prove that he is wrong on both counts.  Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack contains some of the most sensitive intelligence information our country possesses: the secrets behind how the CIA successfully interrogated the men who killed thousands on September 11, 2001, and stopped them from killing thousands more. Written by former Bush administration insider Mark Thiessen -- who spent countless hours with the individuals who ran the CIA program -- Courting Disaster tells the story of how America's dedicated intelligence professionals went head- to-head with the world's most dangerous terrorists, got them to tell us their plans, and kept America safe for eight years -- until Barack Obama exposed their secrets to the enemy, unilaterally disarmed in the face of terror, and invited the next attack. In exposing these secrets, writes Thiessen, President Obama repeated a number of lies about the CIA program -- falsehoods that have been widely echoed in the news media and have become part of the conventional wisdom. Courting Disaster challenges that conventional wisdom, and refutes the false arguments that have been made Obama and the critics of the CIA program. For instance:  Obama and other critics have charged that enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding are "torture." Thiessen shows why they are not.  Obama has said the CIA program "did not make us safer." Thiessen proves that it did.  Obama has said that America could have "gotten [the] same information without resorting to these techniques." Thiessen shares the secret behind the success of the CIA program -- and why we could not have gotten the vital intelligence it produced without these techniques.  Obama said that releasing highly-classified information about the CIA program did not damage our security because "so much of the information. . .had been publicly acknowledged. The covert nature of the information had been compromised." Thiessen provides specific examples of how the information Obama released -- information that was not publicly known -- will aid our enemies and put America at greater risk of another terrorist attack.  Obama went to the CIA and told the men and women who work there "you'e got my full support." Thiessen shows how Obama's actions have decimated morale at the CIA, damaged our ability to recruit and retain quality officers for the counter-terrorism mission, and made our intelligence community increasingly risk-averse at a time when we need them leaning forward to stop new attacks.  Obama has said the CIA program is not "consistent with who we are" and that it "corrodes the character of [our] country." Thiessen shows why the program is not only essential to our security, but fully consistent with the values of our country.  Obama has said that the CIA program damaged America's reputation and "undermine[d] our moral authority" in the world. Thiessen shows why it is the critics -- not the men and women of the CIA -- who have damaged America's reputation with false accusations of torture, and shameful comparisons of the actions of CIA officials to those of the Khmer Rouge and Japanese war criminals. Among the most revealing disclosures in Courting Disaster are the many specific terrorist plots that were foiled thanks to from interrogations of terrorists in CIA custody. You'll discover, for instance, how information from detainees in CIA custody led to. . .  . . .the arrest of al Qaeda terrorist Jose Padilla, who was sent to America on a mission to blow up high-rise apartment buildings using natural gas  . . .the capture of a cell of Southeast Asian terrorists which had been tasked by

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  • Show 1522 Prager University Part 18

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 1522 Prager University Part 18 This ACU show consists of 13 five minute segments from Prager University.   Who's More Pro-Choice: Europe or America? Are abortion laws more conservative in America or in Western Europe? Would a pregnant woman seeking an abortion have an easier time getting one in Texas or in...Germany? The answers, as talk show host Elisha Krauss explains, may just change how you think about America's abortion laws.   What ISIS Wants ISIS has conquered territory across the Middle East and northern Africa. It has terrorized its occupied cities, sown terror across Europe, and spread its ideology around the world. But what does ISIS want? What does it believe? Where did it come from? And can it be stopped? Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains.   Be a Man. Get Married. Is bachelor life really the good life? Playing the field, traveling the world, and focusing on career sounds better than tying the knot. But is it possible that married men have more sex and make more money than their single counterparts? Brad Wilcox, sociologist at the University of Virginia, explains.   Why Are There Still Palestinian Refugees? It's been seven decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and yet there are still an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees...and zero Jewish refugees. With so many nearby Arab allies of the Palestinians, how did this happen? What does it say about Israel? What does it say about its Arab neighbors? Dumisani Washington, Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, explains.   Why Private Investment Works & Govt. Investment Doesn't From transportation to energy, and everything in between, should the government invest money in as many promising projects as possible? Or would that actually doom many of those ventures to failure? Burt Folsom, historian and professor at Hillsdale College, answers those questions by drawing on the fascinating history of the race to build America's railroads and airplanes.   Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy To make earth cleaner, greener and safer, which energy sources should humanity rely on? Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress explains how modern societies have cleaned up our water, air and streets using the very energy sources you may not have expected--oil, coal and natural gas.   Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say? Climate change is an urgent topic of discussion among politicians, journalists and celebrities...but what do scientists say about climate change? Does the data validate those who say humans are causing the earth to catastrophically warm? Richard Lindzen, an MIT atmospheric physicist and one of the world's leading climatologists, summarizes the science behind climate change.   Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College? Is it true that 1 in 5 women are raped on America's college campuses? If so, what does that say about our universities and the people who run them? If not, how did that statistic get into the mainstream? Caroline Kitchens, Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute, looks at the data and explains the very significant results.   Baseball: As Unique as America Why is baseball called "America's pastime"? What makes it any more unique than, say, football, basketball, or hockey? George Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and the author of two bestselling books on baseball, explains why the sport known as "America's pastime" may really be just that.   Islamic Terror: What Muslim Americans Can Do What must the United States do to prevent more Islamist terror attacks like recent ones in Brussels, Paris, and San Bernardino? Khurram Dara, a Muslim American activist, author and attorney, explains why it is Muslim Americans who must take the lead in identifying and combating Islamic extremists within their communities, before what's happening in Europe comes to our shores.   America's Socialist Origins Was America once socialist? Surprisingly, yes. The early settlers who arrived at Plymouth and Jamestown in the early 1600s experimented with socialist communes. Did it work? History professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton shares the fascinating story.   The Impact of PragerU What impact does PragerU have? When it comes to Americans' views on politics, culture, economics, and religion, how big of a difference can five-minute videos make? Founder and president Dennis Prager explains   Did Bush Lie About Iraq? Did George W. Bush lie to America about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction? Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, covered the lead up to the Iraq War for The New York Times, and settles once and for all the big lie ab

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  • Can Trump Make America Great Again? – Ep. 151

    · 00:36:40 · The Peter Schiff Show Podcast

    We have some key primary elections coming up tomorrow and I want to take an opportunity to do a podcast on Donald Trump and the Trump phenomenon A lot of people are under the impression that I am endorsing Donald Trump because I have said some positive things about him and his campaign But I want to make it clear that I am not doing that I am not convinced that he is going to be a good President, although it's possible that he could I think there's no chance that Hillary Clinton would be a good President, that's clear Donald Trump is a wild card I do have a lot of problems with much of what Donald Trump says What is more telling is that he has so much support because he is tapping into a vein in the Republican Party, in fact, outside the Republican Party because he is getting Independents and Democrats to cross over and vote in Republican primaries because some people find his message so appealing The country is in much worse shape than the media or the Federal Reserve or Congress are leading people to believe Everybody keeps talking about the recovery, especially President Obama, but the people who are showing up for Trump at these rallies know there is no recovery In fact, the economy is in even worse shape than even Donald Trump recognizes, but at least he is talking about the enormity of the problems He's right - America isn't great. There are a lot of people who are in denial They say we don't have to make America great again, because it's still great No, it's not Based on any measure, the U.S. economy is far from its greatest Donald Trump recognizes that American has lost her greatness and he wants to restore it Voters want to make America great again and they believe Donald Trump can do it Donald Trump probably believes he can do it and that is part of the problem, because he can't make America great again Only free market capitalism can make America great again and I'm not sure Donald Trump understands this He believes America is in trouble because we're run by a bunch of idiots, by incompetent people who are in charge of the country - and he's right about that They are incompetent, but just changing the politicians, having more competent leaders is not going to make America great again If we have big government, it doesn't matter whether Donald Trump is in charge or the current crop of politicians There is no way to make big government work Smarter people at the helm won't steer this massive ship any straighter Donald Trump believes that because he's successful in business and he's built a high net worth that he can run the U.S. government and make it profitable for American citizens He thinks he can get in there and get rid of the waste, fraud and abuse and we're going to negotiate better trade deals and this is going to bring our jobs back, and America will be great again None of that is true We don't need better negotiators.  We don't need trade deals. We just need free trade The problem with trade deals is that they're not free - they're managed There are all sorts of nonsense in these agreements The fact that the U.S. has these huge trade deficits, and the fact that we're losing all our high-paying manufacturing jobs is not because we got outsmarted by the Chinese in negotiations Our trade deficits are a symptom of the problem - they are not the cause of the problem The reason we have deficits with everybody is not because we have bad trade deals It is because we have too much government Even if Donald Trump is the leader of that government, he's not going to make it work any better What he needs to do is to talk about how he is going to dismantle government Not how he's going to make America great again, but how the American people will make America great again when they are free from government If Trump is going to dismantle all the regulations and the spending and the taxes that are the source of our problem,

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  • Show 958 Part 2 of 3. Making of America: One Day Seminar from the National Center for Constitutional Studies

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 958  Part 2 of 3.  Making of America: One Day Seminar from the National Center for Constitutional Studies. This is highly recommended by ACU.   We have also included the accompanying Seminar Guide as a free download and strongly encourage the use of this guide as you listen to this audio presentation.  Download Study Guide at: http://nccs.net/seminars/making_of_america_seminar_guide.pdf From NCCS- What do we do at a Making of America seminar? Here is the general outline and timing of our one-day Making of America seminar: 8:30am-12:00 noon - "Developing America 's Great Success Formula" This is the exciting exploration which Jefferson, Adams, Franklin , Washington and others made in order to rediscover the key to the creation of the first free nation in modern times. We trace their adventure from 1400 B.C. to A.D. 1787   12:45pm-4:30pm - "The Perfect Plan of Liberty " A refreshing look at the solid political and economic principles from the preamble through the amendments to the Constitution. You learn perhaps for the first time, how nearly every problem in America today can be solved by restoring these successful concepts. We recognize that many people would like to attend a live NCCS seminar, but are unable to because we simply cannot go everywhere. We recently recorded a seminar and have made it available for anyone to view as they have time. We have also included our Seminar Guide as a free download and strongly encourage the use of this guide as you listen to the Seminar.  Download Study Guide at: http://nccs.net/seminars/making_of_america_seminar_guide.pdf Now you can bring our "Making of America: One Day Seminar" into your own home. This package includes our seminar guide that you would receive at one of our live seminars, plus a DVD recording of an all day seminar for just $15. Visit    http://www.nccsstore.com/The-Making-of-America-Seminar-Guide-DVD/productinfo/MOASEM/   Detailed Description- "The Making of America is about the world's greatest political success formula. In a little over a century, this formula allowed a small segment of the human family -- less than 6 percent -- to become the richest nation on earth. It allowed them to originate more than half of the world's total production and enjoy the highest standard of living in the history of the world." "But Americans have more to share than their wealth. They have the world's greatest political success formula to share. In this respect they have been at fault. They have been too self-conscious about their system and its accomplishments. At times they have been almost apologetic that they have had such a remarkable system when the rest of the world did not. The world needs to know this formula." - From the introduction to the Making of America In this seminar you will learn the Founding Fathers' story. Much of it is told in the words of the Founders themselves. You will feel the power of their minds sweeping away centuries of bad government and bad laws to formulate a whole new society based on human freedom. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   For many great productions on the constitution and U.S. History visit The National Center for Constitutional Studies at:    http://www.nccs.net/

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  • Show 957 Part 1 of 3. Making of America: One Day Seminar from the National Center for Constitutional Studies

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 957 Part 1 of 3.  Making of America: One Day Seminar from the National Center for Constitutional Studies. This is highly recommended by ACU.   We have also included the accompanying Seminar Guide as a free download and strongly encourage the use of this guide as you listen to this audio presentation.  Download Study Guide at: http://nccs.net/seminars/making_of_america_seminar_guide.pdf From NCCS- What do we do at a Making of America seminar? Here is the general outline and timing of our one-day Making of America seminar: 8:30am-12:00 noon - "Developing America 's Great Success Formula" This is the exciting exploration which Jefferson, Adams, Franklin , Washington and others made in order to rediscover the key to the creation of the first free nation in modern times. We trace their adventure from 1400 B.C. to A.D. 1787   12:45pm-4:30pm - "The Perfect Plan of Liberty " A refreshing look at the solid political and economic principles from the preamble through the amendments to the Constitution. You learn perhaps for the first time, how nearly every problem in America today can be solved by restoring these successful concepts. We recognize that many people would like to attend a live NCCS seminar, but are unable to because we simply cannot go everywhere. We recently recorded a seminar and have made it available for anyone to view as they have time. We have also included our Seminar Guide as a free download and strongly encourage the use of this guide as you listen to the Seminar.  Download Study Guide at: http://nccs.net/seminars/making_of_america_seminar_guide.pdf Now you can bring our "Making of America: One Day Seminar" into your own home. This package includes our seminar guide that you would receive at one of our live seminars, plus a DVD recording of an all day seminar for just $15. Visit    http://www.nccsstore.com/The-Making-of-America-Seminar-Guide-DVD/productinfo/MOASEM/   Detailed Description- "The Making of America is about the world's greatest political success formula. In a little over a century, this formula allowed a small segment of the human family -- less than 6 percent -- to become the richest nation on earth. It allowed them to originate more than half of the world's total production and enjoy the highest standard of living in the history of the world." "But Americans have more to share than their wealth. They have the world's greatest political success formula to share. In this respect they have been at fault. They have been too self-conscious about their system and its accomplishments. At times they have been almost apologetic that they have had such a remarkable system when the rest of the world did not. The world needs to know this formula." - From the introduction to the Making of America In this seminar you will learn the Founding Fathers' story. Much of it is told in the words of the Founders themselves. You will feel the power of their minds sweeping away centuries of bad government and bad laws to formulate a whole new society based on human freedom. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   For many great productions on the constitution and U.S. History visit The National Center for Constitutional Studies at:    http://www.nccs.net/

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  • Join The Journey To Find Out What's Wrong With America Trailer Episode)

    · 00:05:09 · America On The Fritz

    This is the trailer episode of America On The Fritz, a podcast about the America of today. An attempt to find answers to this question: what is wrong with America right now? During America On The Fritz, I will go places in this country, speak to Americans about this country, listen to stories that this country has to tell.This is not a podcast about daily events and news items. America On The Fritz goes deeper. America On The Fritz is an attempt to understand the underlying factors of what is going on with America. From an outsider’s perspective. My perspective.With every episode, I will learn a bit more about this fascinating country. This country that is not doing so well right now. And you are invited to join me on this discovery tour of the America of today.Get ready for interesting, funny, surprising stuff happening on the episodes. Come along and find out what’s up with America.Artwork by the fabulous Laurens Hebly. Theme music 'Fire Escape' by Peter Salett.

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  • Show 1255 The Triple Package- How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 1255 The Triple Package- How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America by Amy Chua  and Jed Rubenfeld    Michael Medved talks to the authors.   About the book- That certain groups do much better in America than others—as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on—is difficult to talk about. In large part this is because the topic feels racially charged. The irony is that the facts actually debunk racial stereotypes. There are black and Hispanic subgroups in the United States far outperforming many white and Asian subgroups. Moreover, there’s a demonstrable arc to group success—in immigrant groups, it typically dissipates by the third generation—puncturing the notion of innate group differences and undermining the whole concept of  model minorities.   Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.   Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control—these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success. The Triple Package is open to anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. It’s been losing that edge for a long time now. Even as headlines proclaim the death of upward mobility in America, the truth is that the old fashioned American Dream is very much alive—but some groups have a cultural edge, which enables them to take advantage of opportunity far more than others.   •   Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of America’s most successful groups believe (even if they don’t say so aloud) that they’re exceptional, chosen, superior in some way. •   Americans are taught that self-esteem—feeling good about yourself—is the key to a successful life. But in all of America’s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves. •   America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of America’s most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control.   But the Triple Package has a dark underside too. Each of its elements carries distinctive pathologies; when taken to an extreme, they can have truly toxic effects. Should people strive for the Triple Package? Should America? Ultimately, the authors conclude that the Triple Package is a ladder that should be climbed and then kicked away, drawing on its power but breaking free from its constraints.   Provocative and profound, The Triple Package will transform the way we think about success and achievement.

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  • Show 574 Newt Gingrich discusses his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. Audio MP3

    · American Conservative University Podcast

    Show 574 Newt Gingrich discusses his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine on American Solutions.   To view the video of this interview visit:  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/7423560   Visit Newt Gingrichs site at http://newt.org/   Publisher's Summary- In times of adversity, a strong voice to lead the people must emerge. In his new book, Newt Gingrich steps up to offer a bold plan to save America.   In his blockbuster new book, To Save America, former Speaker of the House and best-selling author Newt Gingrich issues a dire warning for America. Gingrich argues that the big-spending, big-government programs and bureaucracies of the secular socialist Left are the greatest threat to our nation's survival since the Civil War. By spending more than we can afford, sacrificing conservative values for the sake of easy answers, and electing the most liberal president ever, America is at risk for its very survival. The Obama administration is conspiring to transform our America of free enterprise, faith, and personal freedom into their America of endless bureaucracy, secularism, and state control - despite overwhelming opposition from the American people. "Our federal government is broken," Gingrich states, "we must 'replace, not reform' our leaders and our policies."   Gingrich offers concrete strategies for dismantling the machine and replacing it with policies and institutions that work. Gingrich shows how Republicans can make a comeback in the 2010 mid-term elections and win the 2012 presidential election, and reveals how listeners can help restore our nation to its fundamental values. But we must act fast, Gingrich warns, or our children will inherit a secular, socialist America transformed beyond recognition.   Fresh, inspiring, and resolute, To Save America is Gingrich's most powerful book yet.

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  • Show 291 The 10 Big Lies About America. Combating Destructive Distortions About America. Audio MP3

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    Show 291 Hugh Hewitt interviews his fellow Salem Radio Broadcaster Michael Medved, author of the brand new book The 10 Big Lies About America.  Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation. 34 minutes 8MB About this Book -  "It ain't so much the things we don"t know that get us into trouble,nineteenth-century humorist Josh Billings remarked. "It's the things we know that just ain"t so.”  In this bold and brilliantly argued book, acclaimed author and talk-radio host Michael Medved zeroes in on ten of the biggest fallacies that millions of Americans believe about our country—in spite of incontrovertible facts to the contrary. In The 10 Big Lies About America, Medved pinpoints the most pernicious pieces of America-bashing disinformation that pollute current debates about the economy, race, religion in politics, the Iraq war, and other contentious issues.  The myths that Medved deftly debunks include:  Myth: The United States is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery and based its wealth on stolen African labor.  Fact: The colonies that became the United States accounted for, at most, 3 percent of the abominable international slave trade; the persistence of slavery in America slowed economic progress; and the U.S. deserves unique credit for ending slavery.  Myth: The alarming rise of big business hurts the United States and oppresses its people.  Fact: Corporations played an indispensable role in building America, and corporate growth has brought progress that benefits all with cheaper goods and better jobs.  Myth: The Founders intended a secular, not Christian, nation.  Fact: Even after ratifying the Constitution, fully half the state governments endorsed specific Chris­tian denominations. And just a day after approving the First Amendment, forbidding the establishment of religion, Congress called for a national "day of public thanksgiving and prayer” to acknowledge “the many signal favors of Almighty God.”  Myth: A war on the middle class means less comfort and opportunity for the average American.  Fact: Familiar campaign rhetoric about the victimized middle class ignores the overwhelming statistical evidence that the standard of living keeps rising for every segment of the population, as well as the real-life experience of tens of millions of middle-class Americans.  Each of the ten lies—widely believed among elites and taught as truth in universities and public schools—is a grotesque, propagandistic distortion of the historical record. For everyone who is tired of hearing America denigrated by people who don't know what they"re talking about, The 10 Big Lies About America supplies the ammunition necessary to fire back the next time somebody tries to recycle these baseless beliefs. Medved’s witty, well-documented rebuttal is a refreshing reminder that as Americans we should feel blessed, not burdened, by our heritage.  About this Author- MICHAEL MEDVED is the host of one of the most popular talk-radio programs in the country, reaching more than four million loyal listeners. He is the bestselling author of ten other books, including Right Turns, Hollywood vs. America, and What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? A member of USA Today’s board of contributors, he also writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. For more than a decade he served as cohost of Sneak Previews, PBS’s weekly movie-review show. Medved graduated from Yale with departmental honors in American history and attended Yale Law School as well. He lives with his family in the Seattle area. To download some of Hugh Hewitts shows visit his website at Hugh Hewitt http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=5   Look up American Conservative University on Itunes.   Click here to start your free subscription to the American Conservative University newsletter   http://kb.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?Sub=278205 We will send you notice each week about our new shows.    Click here for all ACU Podcasts http://acu.libsyn.com/index.php?post_category=Click%20here%20for%20all%20podcasts   To download this show, right

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  • Show 1612 Slavery and the Founders- The Four-Part Series By The Glenn Beck Program

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    Show 1612  Slavery and the Founders- The Four-Part Series By The Glenn Beck Program America’s Founding Fathers, admired and revered by generations of grateful Americans, have been increasingly disparaged over the past 100 years. The progressive left would have you believe the Founders were all rich, white, uncaring, racist slave owners — but the truth is something entirely different. What did the Founding Fathers think about slavery? Were they all slave owners who refused to free their slaves? This definitive four-part series on the Founders and slavery sets the record straight. Slavery and the Founders Part I: Thomas Jefferson Fifty-six Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Of those 56, we know that 15 owned slaves and did not release them, nor did they want to. This minority of Founders is what we would call, in effect, racist. So what about the other Founders, those who did not own slaves or those who did but wanted to free them? Thomas Jefferson, in particular, has been singled out as a hypocrite who spoke against slavery, but didn’t free his own slaves upon his death. Why? Let’s begin with the obvious: America’s Founding Fathers grew up in colonial America under English tradition and English rule. The colonies were an extension of Great Britain. It was the British, not our Founders, who brought slaves to this continent, and they did so for about 140 years. Thomas Jefferson, who grew up in 1700s Virginia where landowners owned slaves, began inheriting slaves at 14 years old. Even so, as he matured and considered the issue, Thomas Jefferson became decidedly anti-slavery. So why didn’t Jefferson end slavery in his own home? State law in Virginia was very clear, and Jefferson wrote about it, saying the laws would not permit him to “turn them loose.” One law regarding slavery stated that if there was debt, slaves could not be freed and must be held to pay off that debt. Jefferson was, in today’s dollars, $2.5 million in debt. So by state law, he could not free his slaves. Black civil rights leaders from multiple eras — Benjamin Beneker who personally knew Jefferson, Henry Highland Garnet, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. — praised Jefferson for his relentless efforts to end slavery. When he was elected to the legislature of Virginia and took office in 1769, one of the first measures he introduced, along with senior legislature Richard Bland, was to end slavery in the entire state of Virginia. They were severely chastised for the measure with a clear message: You will not speak out against slavery — but Jefferson continued to do so. He went to court on two occasions and fought for slaves to receive freedom, pointing out that all men were created equal with equal rights under their creator. When he was elected to the Continental Congress, he introduced a measure to end slavery in all of the United States. That measure fell by one vote. In his diary and memoir, Jefferson lamented that slavery did not end: Oh, to God, that he would have changed one heart. What one heart, one vote of one man would have done. Jefferson sought measure after measure, both at the state and national level, to end slavery. He even became involved in international efforts to end slavery. Two weeks before his death, Jefferson was still saying slavery had to end. Slavery and the Founders Part II: George Washington America’s Founders are often painted as selfish, hypocritical and evil because, while men like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington spoke out against slavery, they both owned slaves. It’s forgotten that these men from the 18th century are being judged by 21st century sensibilities. Additionally, slavery was instituted and engrained in colonial society by the British. The Founders were simply recipients of a system that had been in place for well over a century. It was the British who stopped the original abolition movement in America. In 1773 and 1774, states like Rhode Island and Connecticut and Massachusetts and Pennsylvania passed anti-slavery laws. But in 1774, King George III vetoed every anti-slavery law in America. That’s what caused Thomas Jefferson to write a clause in the Declaration which favored ending slavery (three southern states demanded it be removed). When America separated from Great Britain in 1776, those states were the first ones to end slavery. Once America was free from the British empire, the ending of slavery began. By 1800, every northern colony had abolished slavery in America. George Washington and the other Founders who favored abolition knew they could not immediately end slavery in the United States and still have a United States. They would have instantly lost all of the Southern colonies, weakened the union and wound up without a nation. That’s why Washington favored a gradual or, shall we say, “progressive” end to slavery. Despite having inherited his first ten slaves when he was 11 years old, Washington grew to despise the practice. Up

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  • How the World Sees America

    · Zero To Travel Podcast : National Geographic Type

    Have you ever thought about how the world sees America? Do you feel like you are representing not just yourself, but your entire country while you are traveling abroad? Plus, how does the world perceive America and Americans? You'll hear the answers to these questions and more from René Zografos. He's a best-selling Norwegian-Greek author and veteran journalist. His book, Attractive Unattractive Americans: How The World Sees America, reveals world insights about 'American perception' from thousands of interviews. Special thanks to italki for sponsoring today's show. Connect with native speakers from around the world and take your language learning to the next level! Get a free lesson (buy one, get on free) as a Zero To Travel Podcast listener. Listen in to Learn: How perception can change (before, during, and after travel) Why you are really a mini-ambassador for your country when you travel Is Houston, TX a good place for your first American adventure? How to get a 're-appreciation' for your home country The best ways to understand and appreciate new cultures and places Suggestions for Americans who want to start traveling What the world admires about the people in America How the 'American Dream' is more about happiness than money Reality vs illusion of chasing your dreams in America How to do something you love everyday How to spot American tourists vs seasoned travelers And much more! Resources: italki René Zografos Attractive Unattractive Americans: How The World Sees America And don't forget to visit the archives for more Zero To Travel Podcasts!

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  • Character Corner: Sam Wilson - Falcon/Captain America

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    We're back to discuss the character of Sam Wilson, aka Falcon aka Captain America. This was an interesting and fun Character Corner to do because both Dpalm and I learned a lot of new things about Sam Wilson that we never knew before. We had a lot of preconceived notions about the character particularly his Snap Wilson past. We also tie our discussion into the current talk about diversity in comics and how Marvel embraces its past while also realizing it needs to also improve.  Check out the episode and let us know what you think . Key Issues: Captain America #117- 119 - First Appearance Captain America #170 - Black Panther gives him wings on a new costume Captain America #174 - Professor X confirms  the empathetic link to Redwing Captain America  #186 - Red Skull reveals he turned Sam into Cap perfect partner using the Cosmic Cube and hid Sam's "Snap Wilson" persona Avengers #181 - Joins to the Avengers Avengers #194 - Leaves the Avengers. Tired of feeling like the Token Captain America & the Falcon 1- 14  - Christopher Priest's series Captain America Vol 7 #25 - Given the mantle and shield from Steve All New Captain America 1-6 Check out our sponsor TweakedAudio.com using the code ‘reviews’ to get 33% off & free shipping. Shop at our Amazon Store to support the site DPalm - @dpalm66 - dudeyoucrazy.net Contact Us: MTrailerReviews@MovieTrailerReviews.Net Check us out on Youtube Twitter – @InsanityReport & @MTrailerReviews

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  • Show 1296 Robert Spencer book- Arab Winter Comes to America The Truth About the War We're In

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    Show 1296 Robert Spencer book- Arab Winter Comes to America The Truth About the War We're In Book Discussion on Arab Winter Comes to America Robert Spencer talked about his book, Arab Winter Comes to America- The Truth About the War We’re In, in which he argues that there are radical jihadists working in the U.S. that are part of a larger international network that has been involved in many events over the past years, including the Arab Spring. Mr. Spencer spoke at an event hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles. Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In by Robert Spencer    Overview of the book- Overlooked by our media, purposely obscured by our own government, and unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans, the turmoil of the Islamic world’s “Arab Spring” has become an “Arab Winter,” bringing new threats of terror to America. New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam and terrorism, reveals why America is shockingly unequipped to face this threat. In Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth about the War We’re In, you’ll learn why the Obama administration has opted to appease rather than confront Islamic extremists in the United States; how Muslim organizations are pressuring witnesses to terror crimes not to cooperate with authorities; why the Justice Department has buried select news stories; and much, much more.   The “Arab Spring” uncorked a jihadist genie in North Africa and the Middle East. It is about to wreak its mayhem here, with renewed terrorism. Americans need to inform themselves of the threat—and ensure that their elected government in Washington takes action. Robert Spencer’s Arab Winter Comes to America sounds the alarm and shows what needs to be done. It is essential reading.    

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  • SPACEPORT AMERICA IN NEW MEXICO

    · Mysterious Topics

      Located in the desert in New Mexico is a new type of airport, and it is not truly an airport but rather a spaceport.  It is named Spaceport America, and it was officially declared open on October 18, 2011. Spaceport America has been described as "the world's first purpose-built spaceport", and its tenants include Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.  Construction of the first temporary launch facility at the spaceport site began on April 4, 2006, and early operations used this temporary infrastructure, with some of it borrowed from neighboring White Sands Missile Range. There have been a series of delays in Virgin Gallatin beginning flight operations at Spaceport America, and the inflight breakup and crash of the first SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VSS Enterprise, in October 2014 has raised questions about the future of the spaceport. The Spaceport America concept is exciting and innovative, but the funding for the project has and will probably continue to be a problem.  Convincing the residents of the area to support the project can be a daunting task, despite the potential economic benefit to the area if the spaceport proves successful, and the project may need funding from state or local authorities in New Mexico just to keep the basic fire,  security and administrative functions in operation. In May, 2014 Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate routine space missions launched from Spaceport America, setting out how they will be integrated into the National Airspace System.  Virgin Galactic flight operations at the new spaceport have been delayed several times, and as of November, 2014, have not begun nine years after the Virgin project was started. Virgin Galactic is billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism venture, which was begun in 2005.  The company has plans for flights that will carry customers to  the edge of outer space and back for $250,000 a ticket. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaceport_America   http://spaceportamerica.com/   https://www.google.com/search?q=virgin+atlantic+spaceship+airport+in+Truth+or+Consequences+NM&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=631&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=zpncVKHqC8WeNvSpgYAK&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&dpr=1.5 The post SPACEPORT AMERICA IN NEW MEXICO appeared first on Mysterious Topics .

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  • Show 626 The Roots of Obama’s Rage 1 of 2 Dinesh D’Souza Audio MP3

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     Show 626 Dinesh D’Souza fills in for Dennis Prager and discusses his new book: The Roots of Obama’s Rage. Part 1 of 2. September 30, 2010 Radio Show REVEALED: The real motives that drive Barack Obama as he works to destroy America "The most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama." -- Newt Gingrich   The Roots of Obama's Rage by Dinesh D'Souza Barack Obama: even as his presidency approaches the halfway point, he remains to a great degree an enigma to friend and foe alike. Conservatives have pointed out his hardcore socialist ideology, his immersion in African-American radicalism, and his uncritical endorsement of the failed policies of big government liberalism. But now bestselling author argues that all that is not what is really driving Barack Obama to make the disastrous decisions he continues to make as president. In his shocking new book, The Roots of Obama's Rage, D'Souza explains that the real reasons why Obama appears bent on working to destroy America from within can be found in the first of our callow and self-absorbed president's two autobiographies, Dreams From My Father.   This is no secret. In fact, Obama himself admits in the book that his earliest experiences formed the outlook that he has carried through his political career. Obama, says D'Souza, is his father's son, and his dreams are derived from his father's aspirations and failures. The Roots of Obama's Rage thus focuses on the deeply hostile anti-colonialism that Barack Obama, Sr., instilled in his son -- a worldview that has led the man who is now president to resent America and everything for which we stand. Viewing Obama through this anti-colonialism prism and drawing evidence from the president's own life and writings, D'Souza masterfully demonstrates how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad -- in accord with the picture of America as the world's bogeyman that he internalized in his early youth.   D'Souza shows how Obama, as he enacts crippling financial reforms and sets artificial withdrawal dates in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama is not working in America's best interests by any measure. Instead, he is trying to muzzle the capitalism that he is convinced is exploiting the weak. Likewise, Obama is more concerned with reining in what he regards as America the Oppressor than he is with actually winning the war on terror.   There are numerous other examples of Obama's embarrassment with and distaste for Western civilization and its legacy of freedom. D'Souza also points out that the Churchill bust in the Oval Office -- given to the U.S. by Tony Blair after the September 11 attacks -- was banished from the Obama White House almost immediately after the president took office, and unceremoniously sent back to Britain. He reveals how Obama's conference on Iran and North Korea's nuclear weapons programs ended with nothing being done about Iran and North Korea, but with reductions in the Soviet and American stockpiles. D'Souza even explores the ominous implications of Obama's twenty years in the Afrocentric church of the Reverend Wright, noting that Obama was first attracted to this racist, far-Left church by a sign outside that said: FREE AFRICA.   The Roots of Obama's Rage uniquely reveals Obama for who he really is: a man driven by the anti-colonial ideology of his father and the first American president to actually seek to reduce America's strength, influence, and standard of living. Controversial and compelling, The Roots of Obama's Rage is an original and revealing look at the most dangerous president of modern times.   Meet the real Barack Obama:   Why understanding Obama's formative history is crucial to understanding who Obama is now   Obama's supreme struggle: to try to reconcile the Africa of his father and the America of his mother in order to develop a cohesive sense of identity and place   Barack Obama's hatred: how his experiences with his father filled him with hatred -- a calm, ideological hatred derived from the debris of the anti-colonial wars and their impact on his family and especially his father   Why it is not entirely accurate to call Obama a socialist   How Obama seeks to castigate and expose the rich, whom he views as a neocolonial force within American society, so that they cease to be exploiters of the rest of the population   How Barack Obama, a man of Arab African and white American ancestry

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