The Charlottesville Lie

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The Charlottesville Lie

 
 
Steve Cortex
Did President Trump call neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017? The major media reported that he did. But what if their reporting is wrong? Worse, what if their reporting is wrong and they know it’s wrong? A straight exploration of the facts should reveal the truth. That’s what CNN political analyst Steve Cortes does in this critically important video.

Politicians lie.

We all know that.

That is not an indictment of all politicians—it’s simply part of the game.

It’s our job, as informed citizens, to figure out the truth. And that’s where journalists and the media come in. They are supposed to help us ferret out fact from fiction. So when they get a fact wrong, that’s bad.

When they get a fact wrong, know it’s wrong, and don’t correct it, that’s worse. That’s not getting a fact wrong; that’s a lie. And that’s journalistic malfeasance.

The best (or maybe worst) example of this followed a presidential press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

You remember what happened that previous weekend: A group of white supremacists held a

“white pride” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The ostensible reason was to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. 

An Antifa group showed up to counter-protest. The mayor and the police were totally unprepared to deal with the violence that ensued. Tragically, a young woman, Heather Heyer, was run over and killed by a neo-Nazi.

The press conference itself was raucous. The media was antagonistic. The president was combative.

Out of it all, one phrase eclipsed the thousands of words exchanged: The media reported that President Trump described neo-Nazis as “very fine people.”

Only, he didn’t. In fact, he didn’t even hint at it. Just the opposite: he condemned the neo-Nazis in no uncertain terms. So then, who were the “fine people” he mentioned?

The answer: He was referring to another group of Charlottesville demonstrators who came out that weekend—protestors who wanted the Robert E. Lee statue removed and protestors who wanted to keep the statue and restore the park’s original name. 

This is what President Trump said about those peaceful protestors: “You also had some very fine people on both sides. . . .  You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of—to them—a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

A few moments later, in case there would be any misunderstanding, he makes his meaning even more explicit.  “…I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally.”

Lest you have any doubts that good people were in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the Robert E Lee statue, the New York Times confirmed it in a story they published the next day, August 16.

“‘Good people can go to Charlottesville,’ said Michelle Piercy, a night shift worker at a Wichita, Kansas retirement home, who drove all night with a conservative group that opposed the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee. After listening to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, she said it was as if he had channeled her and her friends… who had no interest in standing with Nazis or white supremacists…”

There’s another simple test that we can employ to prove that the president was not referring to the neo-Nazis as “fine people.” It’s so obvious, it’s painful to mention: The president’s daughter and son-in-law are Orthodox Jews. His grandchildren are Jewish.

And if that is still not enough to convince you, how about this: Does anyone believe that Donald Trump thinks there are “good” Antifa, the leftist thugs who were counter-protesting the neo-Nazi thugs? After all, if those two groups were the only ones involved, and there were “fine people on both sides,” that means the president believed that there were fine Antifa people.

Even MSNBC should have found that hard to swallow.

Again, the “very fine people on both sides” President Trump described at the press conference were the people who wanted to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and the people who wanted to keep it. Both of these groups were non-violent protesters—fine people with very different ideological views.

The scandal of Charlottesville is not what President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s what the media said President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s a scandal because news reporting is supposed to be about gathering facts, not promoting an agenda.

 In Charlottesville, they got it exactly backwards. We have been living with the consequences ever since. 

Plainly put: ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the others spread a malicious lie that has poisoned our national dialogue.

 They should apologize to the American people for what they have done. 

Don’t hold your breath.

 Actually, I have a better idea. Let out a big sigh of relief. 

Because now you know the truth.

I’m Steve Cortes, CNN political commentator and columnist for Real Clear Politics, for Prager University.

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President Trump Speech at the United Nations 2018

President Trump Speech at the United Nations 2018

Best speech ever? Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity think so

President Trump Returns to the U.N.—with a Mountain of Evidence for ‘Peace Through Strength’

September 25, 2018

 

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Trump at UN 2018

President Donald J. Trump helped kick off the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City yesterday. Along with a series of bilateral meetings with allies this week, the President is addressing the full Assembly in a major speech Tuesday morning.

“The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based,” President Trump told the Assembly last September. “They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.”

One year later, the bold diplomacy of the Trump Administration has diminished many of the threats the President cited that day, including the most critical ones from North Korea, Iran, and ISIS.

Among these accomplishments, the historic Singapore Summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un stands out, marking the first-ever face-to-face meeting between an American President and a North Korean head of state. At the summit, the two leaders committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

At last year’s UNGA, President Trump foreshadowed this development. “It is time for North Korea to realize that denuclearization is its only acceptable future,” he said. Just last week, leaders from both North and South Korea met to reaffirm that vision and begin drafting a plan to achieve it.

Last year’s speech identified another significant threat to the American homeland: terrorism originating from turbulence in the Middle East. Two bad actors, ISIS and the Iranian regime, share much of the responsibility for the death and destruction. “We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology,” President Trump said. The President has also condemned regimes’ and terror groups’ use of hostage-taking and prioritized the recovery of Americans held hostage or detained overseas.

To eradicate the first of these threats, ISIS, President Trump changed the rules of engagement on the ground, empowering U.S. commanders with broader authority. The results are unmistakable.  ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory, more than half of which was liberated in less than 18 months under the Trump Administration.

The chips fell quickly. In October 2017, ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city of Raqqah was liberated. By December, the Iraqi government announced that all Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS control.

On Iran, President Trump used last year’s UNGA speech to reiterate his profound objections to a nuclear deal that put the interests of diplomats ahead of the Iranian people—and, indeed, peaceful people the world over. By lifting sanctions and unfreezing financial assets, the Obama Administration’s deal gave the Iranian regime a cash windfall while failing to advance America’s national security interests.

“Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors,” President Trump said. “This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.”

In May, the President made good on his promise to withdraw the United States from that deal. A new agreement, he emphasized, must permanently deny Iran any path to a nuclear weapon and address the totality of the regime’s malign activities, including its support for terrorism.

While North Korea, ISIS, and Iran constituted three of the biggest threats to peace, they were far from the only aggressors President Trump called out in New York last year:

  • “The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens—even innocent children—shock the conscience of every decent person.” In April, the United States joined Britain and France in launching precision air strikes on targets associated with those chemical weapons capabilities.
  • “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.” In March, the Trump Administration expanded its sanctions against Venezuelan leaders, upping pressure on the corrupt Maduro regime.
  • “In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs. In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty.” In keeping with that vision, National Security Advisor John Bolton announced this month that the Trump Administration would take all necessary steps to protect American soldiers and citizens from unjust prosecution by the unaccountable International Criminal Court.

By prioritizing peace through strength, the rate of progress for American foreign policy over the past 12 months has been staggering. President Trump makes it clear that this work is only just beginning. On Tuesday in New York, he will build on last year’s message to the U.N.—that strong, sovereign nations must work side-by-side to confront the gravest threats to our civilization.

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”

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Governor Bevin Explains Gun Control vs Cultural Issues

Governor Matthew Griswold Bevin is an American businessman and politician serving as the 62nd and current Governor of Kentucky since 2015. He is the third Republican elected Governor of Kentucky since World War II.

Gov Bevin challenges Evan Davies on Gun Control vs Cultural Issues

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hi my name is Evan Davies and I’m just

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an independent consultant I’m not

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affiliated with a organization

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I really admire the work that you’re

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doing to help foster children and you’ve

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said a number of times that you know the

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children’s lives is most important we

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had a murder a little while ago where

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seventeen people including eight kids

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were murdered in their schools and how

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do you reconcile the children’s lives

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are most important with the comments

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you’ve made to the media about it’s

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naive and premature to talk about gun

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control and that it’s culture and not

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guns that is causing these these

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horrible things I’ll tell you exactly

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how I reconcile that first of all month

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ago in Kentucky we had this very similar

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situation made a very concerted effort

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to make sure that we removed the media

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circus from the healing process so

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within 24 to 48 hours you’ve probably

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not even aware of most people aren’t

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that I had a 15 year old come into a

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school in Kentucky last month and shoot

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16 children at point-blank range two of

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whom died a set of twins were both shot

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and taken to a level 1 trauma center

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they lived this is very real to me I’ve

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sat with these families you also

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probably are not aware of the fact that

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I’ve buried my oldest child died under

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different circumstances but went to

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school and didn’t come home she was 17

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years old I know exactly not exactly

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it’s not possible to know exactly what

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another person’s going through but I

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know exactly what it feels like to bury

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your oldest child I know what the impact

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is on a family I don’t come at this with

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a sense of sympathy but empathy the

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point that I’ve made that’s been largely

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misconstrued

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I’ll reaffirm with you and tell you

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exactly why it comes from where it comes

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from this idea just as solving this

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issue is able to be solved with a single

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law or rule or change is naive and

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delusional and so we shouldn’t allow

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ourselves to entertain naive and

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delusional thoughts it is part of a

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broader construct just as this issue is

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and the point that I made that I’ll

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reiterate is that if we think that

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part of what we are seeing is not a

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cultural problem we’re kidding ourselves

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and the point that I’ve made is this

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what has shifted in the last 10 20 30 40

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50 years it’s not the percentage of guns

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that we find in homes and you can give

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me a statistic at that there’s now more

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guns fair enough I’ll submit that that

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may be true I’m not gonna argue with you

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but the reality is there’s fewer homes

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that have guns in them than there were

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50 years ago when children didn’t walk

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into schools and shoot themselves and

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shoot each other that’s a fact you can

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confirm that but I’ll tell you this when

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I was a kid kids brought guns to school

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kids brought guns on the school bus kids

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brought guns to school in their own

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vehicles it didn’t shoot each other with

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so some things have not changed what has

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changed we as a culture as a society and

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it’s very germane to this topic as well

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we don’t value human life like we did we

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remove increasingly respect for the

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dignity of other people you look at how

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rampant pornography is the degradation

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and disrespect for women and for human

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life in general it is so systemic people

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of our age have not been exposed like

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our children have been there’s not a

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child in America that hasn’t been

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exposed to pornography I guarantee you

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if they’re above the age of 12 that’s a

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fact

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it is so systemic it’s horrific and it

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desensitizes us at every turn

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and so we’re desensitized to the value

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and dignity of human life we’re

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desensitized through and this is to the

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heart of what I said that you seem to

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take exception with is that through

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violent video games where literally you

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are encouraged you can roll your eyes

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all you want man but I will say this

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you’ve explained to me the value of a

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game that encourages somebody to go back

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and finish him off where you get points

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for four kill counts and you slaughter

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people

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we’re desensitizing people to the value

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of life and we see it through the lyrics

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and music and we see it through

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television shows we see it through

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movies we see it in the fact that the

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mores of this nation

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have changed we see it through the fact

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that we increasingly want to remove any

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sense of moral authority from everything

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here’s I’ll tell you again this we could

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have a thousand sidebars and you could

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agree or disagree as it relates to what

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I’m about to say but in a nation where

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over the last 40 years we’ve aborted

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50-something million children and we

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have multiple states with medically

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assisted suicide being provided by

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doctors at both ends of a life spectrum

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we’re losing the value for life that we

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once historically had you can say that’s

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good you could say it’s bad but it’s a

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reality you couple that with the fact

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that all these other things are changing

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that we’re removing any sense of

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authority it used to be that you had

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different levels of authority starting

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in the home itself only a third of

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children in a recent Pew study say that

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they have no interaction for all intents

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and purposes with their own parents when

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their parents live in the home they say

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their parents have no clue what they’re

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even learning in school there was a

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study recently in an article that was

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derived from that and other studies it

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was in the Atlantic encourage you to

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look it up about the impact and you can

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smart and you can smile but if somebody

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who’s an independent consultant I find

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it remarkable that you’re so smug and

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you’re so disregarding of my opinion

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when in fact I’m just trying to have an

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honest dialogue with you based on a fair

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question but but I will say this look at

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this article in the Atlantic this

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article in the Atlantic talks about how

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young people are increasingly becoming

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suicidal and depressed because of the

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use of social media in the use of these

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personal devices in on screen time all

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these are part of a cultural issue in

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this cultural issue if we’re not

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addressing it we are kidding ourselves

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because it also affects this issue we

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came here to talk about today which is

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why these homes are broken why so many

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children are finding themselves in

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government care which is not the best

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solution the government should not be

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raising our children period it just

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shouldn’t the fact of the matter is we

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need people in the position like I am

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and I had the same conversation less

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than an hour ago with the President of

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the United States and I said to him he

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should I should this whole room was full

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of cabinet secretaries and governors of

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other states those of us who that are in

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a position of influence and the ability

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to say something shame on us if we don’t

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step up and call people to a higher

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authority and there will always be those

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including many in the media whoever the

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messengerís they’re gonna find the

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imperfection in that messenger so if the

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messenger says we should do XYZ as it

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relates to this issue or adoption of

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foster care

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people will say well who is this person

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they’re an imperfect person well so is

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every one of us there’s not a perfect

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person in America but that doesn’t mean

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we don’t strive for perfection there’s

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not a perfectly morally upright person

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in America that doesn’t mean we don’t

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espouse in a spire to reach for moral

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higher authority and expect more and

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demand more of our children shame on us

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if we don’t sound the alarm you want to

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take any kind of morality and change the

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mores of a nation remove any sense of

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higher responsibility try to pin it on

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any one thing and assume the government

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and a piece of regulation the rule is

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the solution and then we’re shocked when

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these things happen we’re kidding

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ourselves

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yes sir

 

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