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Bold Leadership and the Defense of Personal Liberties in Contemporary Politics on Good News Friday

February 09, 2024 Tim Barton, David Barton & Rick Green
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Bold Leadership and the Defense of Personal Liberties in Contemporary Politics on Good News Friday
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Today is Good News Friday, so we’re going to work through David and Tim’s stack of good news articles, and bring you encouraging and uplifting stories that the mainstream media doesn’t cover- Mike Johnson continues to unify the Congress, California’s requirement for a background check before buying ammo is blocked by the courts, the philosophy behind sanctuary cities continues to fail, Nuclear power is beginning to be recognized as an reliable source of energy.

Embark on a journey through the corridors of power as we unveil the strategic brilliance of Speaker Mike Johnson. His unwavering commitment to principle has galvanized a narrow majority in the House, leading to legislative victories that resonate with our conservative values. You'll gain insight into his tactical decision to protect funding for our ally Israel from the entanglements of unrelated political issues, a move that exemplifies bold, clear-eyed leadership. Discover the interplay of biblical, historical, and constitutional wisdom that guides Johnson's approach to governance, and how it shapes our political landscape.

This episode also brings to light a landmark decision in California that champions the Second Amendment right to bear arms. We track the reverberations of a federal judge's ruling against restrictive ammunition laws, underscoring the fundamental importance of ammunition access. Through this lens, we analyze the contrasting worldviews fueling the gun control debate and the critical role of self-defense in our society.

We navigate the turbulent waters of sanctuary city policies, considering their unintended ripple effects on local governance and the mayoral pleas for federal intervention amid immigration challenges.

Tune in for a compelling narrative that connects the dots between upholding freedoms and tackling the pressing issues of our time.

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Rick Green:

Welcome to the intersection of faith in the culture. Thanks for joining us today. On WallB uilders. We're taking on those hot topics from a biblical, historical and constitutional perspective. The hot topics today are all going to be good news. All right, we're sharing good news with you on Friday, like we always do, and I always look forward to. But we appreciate you listening. Hope you visit our website today at wallbuilders. com. Lots of great tools and materials there for you. Also a great place for you to contribute. This is just a great ministry to support folks. WallB uilders have been out there for decades restoring the foundation, rebuilding the walls, just like we're told in Nehemiah to do, and giving that example where we, you know we do it right wherever we're planted. And you've got work to do right there in your community and I promise you, you will find inspiration and things that you can do in your neighborhood with your family, your church, right there in your town and in your particular state. And so check that out at wallbuilders. com today, get some good stuff there and then get active right there in your community. And, by the way, my name is Rick Green. I'm America's Constitution Coach and a former Texas legislator, honored to serve here at Wall uilders alongside David Barton and Tim Barton. Tim Barton is a national speaker and pastor and president of WallB uilders. David, as everyone knows, is America's premier historian. We are blessed I'm blessed to get to work with these guys, to get to just to be around the Barton family and the good work that they've done for decades to help restore our country. It's just a privilege to be a part of this and you know, if you've been listening for very long, the impact is deep and it's making a difference out there in the culture. All right, I'm excited to get some good news. I need some. I need some pick me ups fellas. So I hope you got a lot of good news in your stack to share some of the good things going on out there that most people probably never heard. This piece of good news is going to come from David Barton.

David Barton:

Well, the good news I'm going to start with actually deals with the new speaker, Mike Johnson, and I'm just amazed at how well Mike has done in a very tenuous position he currently only has a one-vote majority in the house and he's been able to get some really good things done, working with a whole lot of people who are not very conservative. I mean, most of the New York delegation certainly is not on the conservative side but he's been able to get some really good things done and really held the line in a lot of ways that I just I'm amazed he's been able to pull off because he just doesn't really have the votes. So I think that's a testament to his leadership, testament to his character, still hearing so many good things, people just like him. He's done very well of Western World National Media. He's been very articulate, spoke some very easy to like very- He just gets along well with everybody, seems like. So with that, one of the things I've been really pleased with that we hadn't seen previously is he's just not going with the package deals that the house and the Senate normally do, and so in the case of Israel, for example, he said we're not going to tie Israel funding to Ukraine. We're not doing that. We're going to stand alone Israel. You're going to take a hard vote whether you're for Israel and want to support Israel or not. And so they've got scheduled, coming up here in a few days, a stand-alone vote, which is a bold move by the house, and that move to vote to support Israel, what they're doing. And now already, since Mike was in there, they had a vote on a $14.3 billion aid package to support Israel on the was with HAMAS, and then Biden came through and wanted to tie the aid to Israel. But what they did with that when the Mike did is they said well, what we're going to do is that $14.3 billion that needs to go to Israel, we're going to take it out of the IRS budget and all this thing where you've been driving more Americans into this enforcement thing you're trying to do to get more money up. You're spending more money, but you're putting a squeeze on Americans to give more money. And so he said we're going to take $14.3 billion out of the IRS to fund Israel. Well, of course, democrats didn't go along with that. So now they've got a package for $17.6 billion and it's coming as stand-alone vote and it is not tied to Ukraine, and that's the other thing. Conservatives supported Ukraine because they didn't like Russia, but the more money that was given to Ukraine didn't know what it was being spent for, and it turns out it's coming back to Democrat coffers. They didn't like that either. They want Israel to stand alone without being tied to Ukraine.

Tim Barton:

Well, this is something too that, when you look at the Biden, well I guess really it's the Senate, the Southern border bill, but really it's the Biden backed Senate bill. That was one of the major issues we saw with that Senate bill this week was how much of the funding as we're talking about the Southern border and the immigration issues and securing the border, there was still so much money tied to the funding for Ukraine, even in securing the Southern border, and this has become the consistent theme of what's happening in Washington DC, which I think one of the things that ties in very similarly and closely with that is it's almost like whatever name they put on the bill, you can know it's something other than what that is. And, dad to your point, Mike Johnson has been one of the leaders, and certainly not the only one. There's been many Republicans advocating for this, but he's now in a position that he can be the leader saying well, let's, actually let's have a bill covering what the topic entitled is. So if it's support for Israel, let's have a bill that actually just deals with supporting Israel, not all these other pet projects along the way, and so that is really, really encouraging that you have a leader who is trying to be much more honest and representing what the bill actually is, not misleading the American people, not deceiving the American people about what the bill is, and not taking American tax dollars and giving it to people all over the world with no accountability.

David Barton:

And within that leadership that Mike's got I mean, Tim, just your point, now what he's doing is so good. One of the other things he's doing is he's really making the US Senate go on defense, because he's pointing out that, look, we all know that for a measure to pass, it has to go through the Senate and the House. And if you Democrats are really serious about getting this stuff done, you want this border bill and you want to help Israel, you, say this is what he pointed out. He said you guys say that, he says the Senate appears poised to finally release the text of their supplemental package after months of behind closed doors negotiations. Their leadership is aware that by failing to include the House and their negotiations, they have eliminated the ability for swift consideration of any legislation. He said you guys in the Senate keep saying you want this to pass, but you have never talked to us in the House, you have never met with us to see what we'll accept or what we want to accept. You're just coming out with what you want. Then you're going to throw it at us and try to blame it on us. And I love the fact that he's saying look, here's how the process works and you guys know that you're playing pure politics with this. If you really want to help Israel and other things, you know how to do it. And so to that end, Tim, as you were even mentioning the stuff on the border, I mean, Mike texted and, bless his heart, it was so good. He said that bill is dead on arrival over here. You guys never talked to us. You never had any input from us. You didn't want any input from us. And here's again where he's able to keep a majority together with only one vote majority. They're still not talking to the House. So Mike's leadership and what they're doing is really good. I hope that vote for Israel goes really well next week. And, by the way, just other people know what's happening with that vote. What it is is that it would repay the US in so many ways for the military equipment we've been giving to Israel. We've already seen Biden has given so much away to Ukraine, everywhere else. Our own reserves are really low. Part of that money would say, hey, the stuff we've given to Israel, we need to repay the US military. Let's get that back in our military arsenals. And on top of that, we want to give it for military use in Israel. All the missiles they've had to do, the anti-missile stuff, the iron dome we want to actually going to the war, and so he's been really clear what this money is going for. And, Tim, as you said, I mean they're actually appropriating this for what it should be, rather than having other things hidden in it, which is the way the House usually operates. It's a real good change.

Rick Green:

And you guys remember when he first got, chosen speaker and we talked about, our knowing him and seeing him in action and being a man of character and somebody that had the right demeanor for all of this, and we also said remember, we warned everybody, this is a very narrow margin of majority. He has an impossible task ahead of him and so let's give him some room to maneuver and get the best that he can out of these kind of situations, and there's been, several times where our base and the people that we love have been very critical of him. I have to admit I got a little bit upset with some of the budget stuff, but there's no doubt, man, for such a time as this, we needed him in that seat right now and you know Lord Willing will get a significant majority for him to be able to do a lot more after this next election.

Tim Barton:

Well, and Rick, one thing I would add to that for people to understand when we're looking, because you mentioned the budget deal and how it's frustrating. All of us on this program were frustrated with some of what's going on.

Rick Green:

He was probably far more frustrated than all of us, right.

Tim Barton:

That's exactly what I was going to say. I mean, people forget he was part of the Freedom Caucus. He was mentored by Jim Jordan. He's not a sellout. He is someone who is strategic and recognizes that in order to have any progress at all, you have to keep the group together. And in order to keep the group together, you cannot always go as hard or as strong in the direction that you would want to, because if you're leading a team, you have to keep the entire team in mind. Now you can push them, you can motivate them, you can challenge them to go more, to do more, to accomplish more, but it's a far different task than him just saying here's what I want to do and we're going to do it. He is one vote margin and actually, we could talk about how there's been some Republican sellouts with different votes and so at times he isn't even the one vote margin. There are squishy Republicans who are not supporting conservative issues, but that's what he's having to navigate. And so, as we see these issues with him and sometimes it's frustrating from the outside going, why is it Mike being the kind of leader he should be? He's probably being the exact kind of leader we need him to be to keep the Republican delegation and majority together and, as Rick originally, he's probably more frustrated than we are with how things are working out, but I have absolute, not just confidence but gratitude to the Lord for putting him in that position. Rick, and as you mentioned, for such time as this.

Rick Green:

Hey, man, no doubt. All right, guys, let's take a quick break. We got a lot more good news to get to stay with us. Folks You're listening to The WallBuilders Show. Have you noticed the vacuum of leadership in America? They're looking around for leaders of principle to step up, and too often no one is there. God is raising up a generation of young leaders with a passion for impacting the world around them. They're crying out for the mentorship and leadership training they need. Patriot Academy was created to meet that need. Patriot Academy graduates now serve in state capitals around America, in the halls of Congress and business, in the film industry, in the pulpit and every area of the culture. They're leading effectively and impacting the world around them. Patriot Academy is now expanding across the nation, and now is your chance to experience this life changing week that trains champions to change the world. Visit www. patriot academy. com for dates and locations. Our core program is still for young leaders 16 to 25 years old, but we also now have a citizen track for adults. So visit the website today to learn more. Help us fill the void of leadership in America. Join us in training champions to change the world at www. patriotacademy. com. Welcome back to The WallBuilders Show. Thanks for staying with us. It's Good News Friday, Tim, since David had that whole first half of the show, I think you should get the second half for however many good news stories you want, right? Well, at least give us one good one.

Tim Barton:

I'm going to start in California and this is going to be a good enough one we could celebrate for the rest of the show, but we probably will squeeze more in. This title of the article says California's Ammo Background Check Law Permanently Struck Down by Judge. Now what this means; in California they actually passed a law that if you were going to buy ammunition you had to undergo a background check, just like you would if you bought a firearm. For those of us who are living in the other free states inside of the United States, this is a almost mind boggling concept to imagine. That for me to buy some ammunition I have to undergo a background check? Well, that is a law that was passed in California. Fortunately, there was a federal judge who issued a permanent injunction blocking the enforcement of the state law mandating background checks for every EVERY ammunition purchase. That was US District Judge Roger Bonitas. He was a George W Bush appointee and the article goes through breaking down some of the details of what the law was, of how it was applied, of the case that came before the court and how it was challenged. But the bottom line is it's really good news for Second Amendment in California. We've seen a couple of Second Amendment victories coming out of California and, partly because they've been so outrageous and extreme, they have very clearly overstepped this basic notion of what we understand the Second Amendment to be, of our constitutional right to right of self-defense. I think we'll continue to see some of these onerous gun laws struck down in California. But this one is really encouraging and, guys, as I was reading it, I thought about it at times. I will be on a website Now, whether it is a Palmetto Armory in Midway, usa, and you know different websites that I will go to to purchase and acquire different things maybe needed for different tools that I have in my arsenal, right? It's always interesting that there's these little caveats at the bottom that will talk about that certain things can't be sold in California or there's exceptions of California, and when I just read this article, it actually highlights it was illegal ILLEGAL for people in California to purchase ammunition from another state. I literally cannot even wrap my mind around that. As someone living in Texas who's enjoyed freedom for pretty much my entire life, that is mind boggling to me. So it makes it even better news that a federal judge struck this down, recognizing this state law was clearly unconstitutional. That is really good news. And, guys, I think we talked about this a couple of years ago when we were seeing a crackdown on ammunition. I think early in the Biden administration there were some ammo shortages. The federal governor was buying up ammo. We saw this a little bit under Obama as well, and one of the things that we heard from Democrat strategists is the Second Amendment very clearly protects the right of individuals to own firearms for their defense, to keep firearms with them for their self preservation, defense of their life, their family, etc. But one of the things that Democrats talked about is that the Second Amendment likely did not apply to ammunition and so they could regulate attacks ammunition so significantly. It would make it virtually impossible for people to get ammunition for their guns, and this was the move that California was making. So it's really great that this was struck down permanent injunction by this judge. I would imagine that probably there's going to be some state attorney this was attorney somebody who's going to challenge this, who's going to try to appeal this for California. But at this point, this is really good news for the Second Amendment coming out of California.

Rick Green:

Yeah, and like you said, Tim, I mean you can hear it in your voice too. It's like it is literally shocking when you think about the things that they come up with out there, and it explains why so many people are fleeing, right? They know in their gut this stuff is not pro-freedom. This is not, It's constantly taking decisions away from the individual to do things that are are literally natural rights, like defending yourself and and the right of self-defense. It's just I can't get inside their heads or I can't understand why they think like they do and why they want so bad to prevent you For being able to defend yourself.

David Barton:

Rick, let me jump in there, I want to help you on this because we really want to help her friends on the left. We know that they pass these gun laws because they're concerned about saving innocent lives. They know that guns kill people and they don't want people killed and that's why they want to control guns and ammunition. And we know from FBI statistics that a really high cause of death is from blunt instruments. It's from baseball bats, it's from knees and it's from fists and it's from hammers, etc. And so, interesting saving lives, I think they should pass a law for Background check on everyone who buys a baseball, because if you baseball, that means you have a baseball bat, and if you have a baseball bat that is a lethal weapon in FBI stats. I mean look at all the deaths from baseball bats. And in the same way I mean not only baseball bats, I think that anyone who buys a nail should have a background check, because if you have a nail you certainly have a hammer. You wouldn't buy a nail if you didn't have a hammer and if you got a hammer that's a lethal weapon. And I think we could stop so much death in America if we and\ would have background checks on baseballs and nails.

Rick Green:

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No, I get what you're saying, man, and I think too, you're right. I think I think most liberals that are for this kind of stuff it really is a well is from a well-meaning position. They genuinely think that the gun is the problem and that if they take away the bat or they take away the gun or they take away the weapon, that somehow it's gonna stop the sin, it's gonna stop the heart of man and stop people from doing bad things and I guess, guys, that really is a worldview thing. Right, that's why we talk so much about worldview. It's, it's just a, it's a different way of seeing the world, and it's certainly a non-Christian worldview, because they think that man is good on their own and it's the gun that's corrupting them, whereas we know man is bad on their own and the gun is just a vehicle. That's why we need a savior and we need a Lord, and and we need religion because, as George Washington said, religion and morality are absolutely necessary if we're gonna have freedom. So, anyway, it's a great topic and, Tim, I share your shock and I'm glad to know that your dad is not a legislator and passing an outline of nails and hammers, but I create I and back over to the guy with the nails and the hammers, who's used them probably more than you and I both, Tim. Yeah, David, what's your next piece of good news?

David Barton:

The next one is actually how that I and I guess this is a backhanded admission that that people are starting to figure out that their ideas don't always align with what happens in real life. But we have the mayors from so many sanctuary cities now going to Biden and saying you got to help us with all the money that this, as sanctuary cities, were taking immigrants and we can't handle it. You need to pay for this for us. So, number one, you're admitting that your ideas don't work well and that they cost a whole lot of money, and then you can't sustain them on your own, and so they're asking Biden to help with all the problems they've got. And you know, just on the stats, Denver spending right now almost two dollars a week on shelter for illegal immigrants. When you go to New York City, it's about 1.7 billion they spent on illegal immigrants. New York City, Chicago has 320 million. So all this stuff that Biden is doing and keeping the borders open, now you're getting the most blue Democrats in the bluest cities in the nation saying, hey, this is not a good deal, we need help on this and it's interesting. So they they have their own plans and their plans are just about as as logical as my suggestion of having background checks on those who buy baseballs and nails. Here's what they want Biden to do. They want Biden to take every city that is not a sanctuary city and make it into a sanctuary city and make them pay for all the immigration stuff. So if you're not a sanctuary city and if you believe in upholding the laws on the border, we want you to pay us sanctuary cities for all the money is costing us for the people coming across the border illegally. Now, you know, explain that one to me. That's about as logical as that California law on doing a background check on bullets. So this is where they are and it's significant that they're starting to see some real consequences as well. There were a hundred and seventy two people last year alone that are known to have come through, who were on the terrorism watch list, and we know that nine out of ten they don't identify. So out of the ten percent they do identify you looking at about a hundred and seventy two, and back when the borders were closed under Trump, you were looking at about eighteen people a year that would come through that would be found on the terrorism watch list, and that's when they were really stopping nearly everybody. So they're looking at these numbers, they're not liking the numbers and I don't know what the good news out of this is, except that they're coming to realize that their own philosophies and and their own practices are not working out the way they thought they should and they're wanting to see everybody else come feel their pain and they might just think about changing their ideas and philosophies to help stop some of the pain they're feeling. But the good news is they understand their stuff is not working.

Rick Green:

All right back over to Tim. We got time for at least one more good news, Tim, what you got.

Tim Barton:

This was a report that came out of Congress and actually dealing with Pat Fallon, a Texas congressman and he is acknowledging actually is on a subcommittee on economic growth, energy policy and regulatory affairs. He's a chairman of that subcommittee and they got into the necessity of the nuclear power and America's nuclear power capacity and so they had a report coming out and he identified that nuclear power plants generate 20% of our nation's electricity. They're the most reliable source of power generation. It's also extremely clean form of energy production, producing zero carbon emissions. It's responsible for more than 70% of the US non greenhouse gas emitting power generation. One single nuclear reactor can produce as much power as over three million solar panels or 431 wind turbines, and and on and on this this press release goes, detailing the information on the nuclear power plants. But the reason this is, to me, so encouraging is when you are looking at things, for example, like solar panels or these wind turbines. We are seeing wind turbines, solar panels, go up all over the United States. Why are they going up? Well, because the government is giving subsidies for those to go up, but it meaning the government is paying companies to put these up all over the US. So the, idea that there are businesses making money doing this. Well, they're not making money because they have a product that's really successful. They're making money because the federal government's taking our tax dollars and giving it to them. Well, windmills were the really big thing for the last couple years, but now it's moving into solar panels. Well, there's some irony behind it. Where do we get the majority of solar panels or the materials used in creating solar panels? China. So we are funding nations that are not friendly to America, nations that and China being one example, but nations largely that. There should be sanctions against those nations. Then, nations that are not environmentally friendly. That the way China is creating new coal plants all the time, every week, every two weeks, every month. They're producing new coal plants and and they don't have the same kind of standards for clean energy that we even have for coal plants here in America, for power plants here in America. So there's so much pollution as they are creating these solar panels that we are buying the government subsidizing to put up. None of it makes sense, which is why, to me, this article was so encouraging that at least somebody in Congress is paying attention, at least somebody is following this notion. It always boggled by my when people talk about we need clean energy. What is the most reliable form of clean energy? Well, that would be a nuclear power capacity or a nuclear power plant or a nuclear reactor. Nuclear is the cleanest, most reliable, because we know that solar is not gonna be reliable for much of the year. If you live in Alaska right For five or six months of the year, you will get no benefit from your solar panels. Well, similarly, we know there's places where windmills will not be effective at all, and I'm not knocking the fact If there's individuals listening and they like solar panel, I support the free market. If you wanna put some solar panels up on your roof, man, God bless you, you do that. But the federal government is being dishonest, our leaders are being dishonest, and how they're taking tax dollars or spending our money, arguing they're doing it for clean energy. Now, if we really cared about what was clean and what was the most reliable, what was the best, that would be a Nuclear. So the fact that we have congressmen, we have a committee that is now proposing, supporting and endorsing this is really encouraging that we're at least having some people being honest about this issue.

Rick Green:

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