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Freedom’s Foundations and Freedom’s Future: A Fourth of July Special

Townhall Review – July 6, 2018

In this special Fourth of July edition, Dennis Prager and British writer Paul Johnson examine George Washington’s role in the founding of our nation. Michael Medved looks at one of the most memorable events at the beginning of America, the Boston Tea Party. Hugh Hewitt and Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, talk about the Declaration of Independence. Dennis Prager looks at the Declaration of Independence if it were written today. Michael Medved returns to share about the American Revolution and how Americans were determined to defend what God had given them, freedom.

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Michael Medved: Problems Beyond Politics

I’m sure I’m not alone in knowing several families that are prosperous, hard-working and deeply religious and yet lose children to the world of drugs, out-of-wedlock birth, welfare dependence and hopelessness.

It’s also increasingly common to see solidly middle-class couples who, after 20 or 30 years of seemingly successful marriage, suddenly break up, causing pain to themselves, their children and even their grandchildren. In spite of a booming economy and increased opportunity, so-called “deaths of despair”—through suicide, alcoholism or drug overdoses—have reached unprecedented levels.

This explains the seeming disconnect between our prevailing prosperity and the big majorities who believe America’s on the wrong track for our future.

The essential problem involves the collapse of family life, and with neither liberals nor conservatives addressing the issue in meaningful ways, our politics seems to offer only a sideshow rather than a solution.

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Medved: Taxpayer Funding for Abortion is Not Pro-Choice


Joe Biden’s abandonment of his long-standing support for the Hyde Amendment has not only damaged his campaign, but should bring permanent changes to the language we use on the abortion issue.

Biden and other Catholic Democrats often insisted that they personally disapproved of abortion, but they didn’t want government to interfere with a woman’s so-called “Right to Choose.”

But if the Hyde Amendment is removed, that means the “Right to Choose” becomes a right to government funding for terminating your pregnancy. Many of those who said they wanted government to stay out of the abortion decision, now insist that government must get directly involved—by providing federal funding.

This is not a “Pro-Choice” position—it’s a “Pro-Abortion” position, demanding government subsidies. In the future, liberals who favor such funding should accept the “Pro Abortion” designation just as proudly as conservatives acknowledge that we are anti-abortion—and pro- life.

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Michael Medved: The Key Lesson of the D-Day Prayer

On the night of June 6, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke on the radio to announce the initial success of the D-Day invasion.

“Almighty God,” he began, urging the nation to join him in prayer. “Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

President Trump read those words 75 years later to commemorate the occasion.

Liberal hero though he was, FDR defined part of the war’s goal as defending “our religion.” He didn’t deny the crucial Protestant-Catholic divide, or ignore the presence in the ranks thousands of Jews and other non-Christians.

But Roosevelt’s words strongly implied a shared faith in America as an instrument of divine Providence “to set free a suffering humanity.” In today’s turmoil, may Americans rediscover that sense of common purpose.

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Michael Medved: The Issue of “Reparations” May Doom the Dems

More than a half-dozen Democrats running for president officially endorse the misguided notion of paying “reparations” to those whose distant ancestors were enslaved more than 150 years ago.

The New York Times recently explained that of 47 million Americans who identify as “African American,” only 30 million would receive payments—based on proof that an ancestor had lived in the pre-emancipation South.

This means Barack Obama would not receive reparations, because his father was born in Kenya, and his ancestors hadn’t been enslaved. But because Michelle Obama did have slave ancestors, the President’s daughters would qualify for payoffs.

Does this make any sense? Sasha and Malia grew up in wealth and luxury—why should they get compensation when their father, raised in much harsher circumstances, would not?

Obama, by the way, opposes reparations. He’s right. It’s an un-American idea that judges people on ancestry, not achievement, and will doom the Dems if they keep backing the concept.

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Michael Medved: A Popular but Under-Rated Genius: Herman Wouk

On May 17th, America lost one of the 20th Century’s most significant, popular but under-rated writers, when Herman Wouk died just ten days before his 104th birthday. Author of “The Caine Mutiny,” “Marjorie Morningstar,” “Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” nobody could deny this Pulitzer Prize-winner’s gifts as a story teller.

But as a World War II Naval officer, his America-loving, pro-military and richly religious themes led the critical establishment to frequently denigrate his work. His perennial best-seller “This Is My God” remains the best single-volume introduction to Jewish faith and Wouk, a Talmud scholar of profound insight, showed that vigorous observance and artistic achievement—in literature, on Broadway, and even in Hollywood—can flourish together.

Wouk will be deeply missed and richly deserves the traditional Jewish tribute—“Zecher Tzadik Livracha”–may the memory of the righteous be blessed.

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Michael Medved: A “One State Solution” Means No Safe Haven

Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, says “I want a safe haven for Jews.”

The question she hasn’t been asked and cannot answer is: where do you think that “safe haven” should be? She obviously doesn’t think it should be in Israel, the ancestral home of the Jewish people, since she favors the so-called “One State Solution”, meaning the end of any Jewish State in the Middle East.

The idea that any Arab Palestinian state could provide a “safe haven” for Jews or other non-Muslims is ridiculous, considering the terrible record in treatment of Jews, Christians and other minorities in all of the 22 existing Arab Muslim states.

If her Democratic colleagues continue to defend and excuse Tlaib’s incoherent extremism, then all voters who care about Israel’s security should work to end the Democratic House majority that shamelessly sanctions extremism.

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