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The Era Of Stupidity

Sorry to break the bad news to you, folks, but we’re in the era of stupidity, the dumbing down of America. Or as political commentator Bill Whittle succinctly puts it, “We are a nation of watchers, not doers.” We still have American citizens who believe that the moon landing was a hoax, although every conceivable misconception has been debunked. And we have those who are adamant that 9/11 was a U.S. conspiracy. “We live in the age of the great unlearning,” Whittle says. “A time where more and more people simply walk away from the library of hard-won knowledge and achievement because they’re bored with it.” Although Millenials shoulder a lot of the blame for the shift, the problem bridges several generations. Yes, including the Boomers. Whittle finishes his point and offers solutions in this edition of “Afterburner” on PJTV.

Left is Really Right

“All success in life is based on conservative principles,” says Greg Gutfeld, popular host of “The Five” on Fox News and author of How To Be Right: The Art Of Being Persuasively Correct. There’s no doubt that successful liberals live by conservative values. Says Gutfeld, “Success relies on absolute truths, on supply and demand, on work and reward, on competition and on achievement, not group identity.” Gutfeld explains further in this instructional edition of Prager University.

The Lie Of the Left

African-American Star Parker, syndicated columnist, Republican activist and founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, shatters “the big lie” perpetrated by liberals that you must be white in this country to fully achieve the American Dream. Radical activists and politicians have long contended that there are too many obstacles for blacks, Hispanics and other minorities to move forward. Parker says she bought the big lie and lived in an out of poverty before a conversion to Christianity opened her eyes. “Freedom lovers understand American exceptionalism, they understand the American Dream, they understand what we were founded on–of traditional living, of free markets of limited roles of government,” she says. “So once you grab a hold of that, you can be whatever you want in America.” Parker continues her discussion with John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Syrian Disaster Obama’s Fault

There’s little doubt President Obama is crafty and shifty. Some would even go as far as to call him calculating. His dithering policy in the Middle East has public officials–both here and abroad–questioning his competence, his patriotism, even charging malfeasance in office. The ISIS crisis is a case in point. Veteran foreign affairs journalist Michael Weiss, author of The New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, believes Obama never had any intention to confront ISIS. “I can speak glibly about no-fly zones, but at this point I just understand this administration is never going to do anything to rescue the Syrian people or prevent Assad, Iran and Russia from killing everybody they want to.” Weiss tells Reason TV’s Anthony L. Fisher that Obama revealed his foreign policy hand shortly after ISIS began its reign of terror in Syria. “You’ve had this ambiguous, schizophrenic, self-contradictory policy from Day 1,” he says. “And the Russians, Iranians and the regime in Syria have all called us on it.”

It’s All About Freedom

In the aftermath of another mass shooting in Oregon, political commentator Bill Whittle issues a tongue lashing to the father of the murderer and rebuts the cries from the deranged left for stricter gun control measures. “Liberals think that banning knives or guns or human-driven cars or big soda drinks will make America safe,” Whittle says. “But guess what, America wasn’t designed to be safe. America was designed to be free. You can have freedom without safety, or you can have safety without freedom.” Listen to the rest of Whittle’s argument in this passionate edition of “Afterburner” on PJTV.

The Rockefeller Legacy

John D. Rockefeller was America’s first billionaire, perhaps the richest man who ever lived, but a generous philanthropist. “Rockefeller was an oddity, the first billionaire in U.S. history, but nobody could outgive him,” says historian and Hillsdale College professor Burt Folsom, author of The Myth of the Robber Barons. “He was more responsible than any individual for the creation of the American middle class and the development of America as a great industrial power.” Join Folsom in this edition of Prager University as he reveals the truth about the Rockefeller empire.

An Equation For Happiness

Our Declaration of independence states that all human beings were given the unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness by our Creator. So why is it that not many of us are happy? Says Dennis Prager, author of Happiness is a Serious Problem, “The single biggest obstacles to being happy, is that people naturally compare themselves to other people and assume nearly all of them are happier than they are.” Prager says he has formulated an equation that can predict your exact degree of happiness: U = I – R, which translates into Unhappiness equals Image minus Reality. He explains and offers solutions to a happier life in this edition of Prager University.

Defending the 2nd Amendment

Legendary actor and president of the NRA from 1998-2003, Charlton Heston, was a voracious supporter of the Second Amendment and its undisputable guarantee of freedom for Americans. “Freedom has only one enemy, and that is negligence,” Heston said. The late cinema icon lays out his point with clarity and power in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Blame the Grievance Industry

Whether it’s Black Lives Matter directing its hatred at law enforcement or the Reverend Al Sharpton spewing vitriol, our disadvantaged neighborhoods continue to wallow in the self-pity and victimization culture that has swallowed up these communities. Celebrated economist, social theorist and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Professor Thomas Sowell, blames this very grievance industry for promoting the prevalent self-defeating welfare state vision. Sowell explains in this interview with host Peter Robinson on Liberty Pen’s “Uncommon Knowledge.”

One Nation Under God

Speaking to a men’s breakfast at a prominent church in Daytona, Florida, Wild Bill issued a challenge to a typical American church in light of the country’s fall from moral grace. “I challenged the men to be men of God, to do their duty as ambassadors of Christ,” he says. “The Christian church withdrew from the American culture, and guess what took over. I told the men that Ronald Reagan once said that, ‘If we ever forget that we are a nation under God, we will be a nation gone under.”

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