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Peace Through Strength

With America’s foreign policy seemingly challenged on all fronts in recent months, we come full circle to the lingering question: Why must our military maintain its dominance? In this edition of Prager University, renowned British historian Andrew Roberts tackles the consequences of a weak America versus a strong America and what each means to peace and prosperity in our world.

America Needs a Challenge

On a pleasantly warm afternoon at Rice University in Houston in 1962, our youthful, brash president challenged America. President John F. Kennedy laid out the country’s plan to put a man on the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the others things, not because they are easy but because they are hard,” he said. That was 52 years ago. Where have the challenges gone and what do we strive for today? PJTV’s, Bill Whittle says, “Nothing we do is audacious anymore. Everything we hear from this president (Obama), and to be fair, for many, many years before he arrived, is hectoring and prissy and trivial and beneath us.” Check out this edition of “Afterburner” as Whittle eloquently dishes out a mix of passion and intellect.

Good Values vs. Feelings

Radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager analyzes the age-old question: What is the most important thing in life? Most of our answers fall into three categories–love, money and happiness. Prager contends all three of these things are crucial components in one’s lifetime, but not at the top of the heap. Prager suggests the most important thing in your life are good values. “Values are what you consider to be more important than anything else,” Prager says. “And above all, values are what you consider to be more important than your feelings.” He elaborates in this edition of Prager University.

Time’s Up for Racism

Wild Bill dazzled a captive crowd at Gettysburg over the weekend at an event hosted by Harlem Mayor Dr. James David Manning. Wild Bill’s theme? Racial conciliation. Tune in as Wild Bill tells the crowd it’s time to finish racism in America.

A True Patriot

As we celebrate 238 years of independence in our great country today, it rekindled memories of the late, great comedian Red Skelton and his tribute to America in 1969 with his expanded version of The Pledge of Allegiance. Skelton explains that he first heard this recitation from his grade-school teacher and it stayed with him to his final day.

A Matter of Personal Freedom

Indeed, there are many important issues that conservatives and Libertarians agree on. But don’t be fooled. There are others where they passionately disagree, such as the war on drugs and gambling. Libertarian John Stossel debates former U.S. Rep. Allen West and Alex McFarland of the American Family Association on both of these issues in this edition of LibertyPen.

 

The Sky is Not Falling

Let’s face it, Americans love bad news. Whether scare warnings or disasters, it doesn’t matter, we soak it all up. Author Matt Ridley, who authored the recently released Rational Optimist, says there’s plenty to be positive about. “Back in the 1970s the future was bleak,” he says. “The population explosion was unstoppable, famine was inevitable, pesticides were going to shorten our lives,bird flu was going to kill us, the Ice Age was coming back, acid rain was killing forests. All these things were going to go wrong. So I was kind of surprised when I grew up that actually things have been getting better, much better.” In this edition of LibertyPen, host John Stossel continues his discussion with Ridley and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce over this Chicken Little mentality.

Earning Our Own Success

Ask most liberal professors, of which there are many in our institutions of higher learning, and they’ll tell you that free enterprise is selfish and greedy. Their premise is that free enterprise benefits us materially but the cost in not worth it. Social scientist Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, disagrees. “Free enterprise is not just materially fulfilling. It’s a moral imperative,” he says. “One big reason is that free enterprise enables us to become truly happy. Because it enables us to earn our success.” Check out this edition of Prager University as Brooks tells us our forefathers had the right idea.

The Solution is Self-Control

The loons are on the loose again and public shootings are reaching a crescendo. Perhaps the most publicized incident  in recent weeks focused on Isla Vista Shooter Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara (California) City College student and son of a famous film director. The shooting and those that have followed have stirred up the left wing loonies and sent them on yet another rampage on gun control. Alfonzo Rachel has certainly taken notice and is speaking out. “Why is it that liberals focus more on controlling everything but self-control is taboo to suggest,” Rachel says. “They want gun control, birth control, environmental control, population control, but they don’t talk about self-control. ‘Don’t tell me what to do with my body, you fascist.’ Meanwhile liberals demand universal healthcare, which invites the government to be more invasive about your body and health.” In this edition of “Zonation” on PJTV, Rachel spells out the truth about the gun control debate.

Evil: Rational Or Irrational?

Nationally syndicated talk show host, author and columnist Dennis Prager poses the ever-perplexing question, “Is evil rational?” Or, he says, “Can we depend on reason alone to make the world a better place. Since the 18th century and dawning of the so-called Age of Reason, most of the best educated people in the world have been absolutely certain  that  reason alone will lead us to goodness and a good world. We don’t need a God, we don’t need religion, all we need is reason.” But Prager contends that the assumption that reason equals good is wishful thinking. He says the justification that reason might argue for being good, can also argue for doing evil. Check out this episode of Prager University as he further expands his thoughts.

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