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Address the Causes of Key National Issues

Constitution expert, David Barton, shares key issues and solutions to political, moral, and cultural crises. Read Transcript


- Well it may seem as ifAmerica's in the middle

of another gilded age.

The economy is roaring ahead.

It's up.

Unemployment has reached record lows.

But author David Bartonsays don't be fooled.

We are at a precariousmoment in our history.

- [Reporter] David bartonis a constitutional expert

and a founder of Wall Builders,

a national pro-family organization.

He says we must address certain issues,

like racial division, agrowing immigration crisis,

and declining church attendance

if we are to survive as a nation.

- Every single revivalwill affect public policy.

It will change your laws,it will always do that.

- [Reporter] As the co-authorof This Precarious Moment,

David highlights the causesfor chaos in our country

and offers urgent steps we can take to be

a part of the solution today.

- Well David Barton's here with us.

He's the author of thisnew book, it's called

This Precarious Moment,

Six Urgent Steps That WillSave You and Your Family.

David, what's precarious?

What's happening?

Good to see you.

- We're kinda standing on thebrink in six specific areas.

And they're all areasthat we've dealt with

in history before,

but this generation,

we're trying to decide whether we're gonna

walk off the cliff or not.

And so, we have some decisions to make,

these areas.

No nation has ever come back

if they've made the wrong decision,

so we do have some decisions to make.

- Those that heed,

fail to heed the lesson

is doomed to live 'em again.

- That's right.

- What

are some of these precarious steps?

- Well, one of the,

first thing we pointto is racial relations.

Where we are with the racial relations

and what we do is we say

these are things that canbe solved individually.

So what we do in the book is say

here are individual thingsthat you as a person can do

to make a difference in this area.

So racial relations, immigration,

where we are with ourrelationship with Israel,

and although President Trumphas made it so much better,

we're at a point now where that last year,

we had 16 hundred anti-Israelevents on campuses,

we have doubled hate crimesagainst Jewish people

in the last year,

right now, millennials,

66% of millennials havenever heard of Auschwitz,

22% don't know what the Holocaust is.

- Come on.

66 have never heard of Auschwitz?

- Never heard of it.

- Come on!

- And so we're losing ourhistorical memory on things

so we're deciding,

no, Jews aren't that great.

And so what we're seeing with Airbnb

with what they're doing with,

with not wanting to rent to Jewish folks

because of what's happening in Israel.

That kind of antisemitism is up,

but we can fix that individually.

We point to millennials,where millennials are.

Right now in college,75% of college students

want us to be a socialistic nation.

- [Pat] Come on, are you serious?

- 75%.

75%.

- Do they know what socialism is?

- That's the thing.

They do not.

Talking to George Barna,he recently did a poll

where 41% of Americans want socialism,

but he went and asked anadditional 41 questions

and once they found out what it was,

only two percent actually wanted it.

So what happens is theydon't know what it is

but they want it.

And we have 53% of studentsin college right now

who think that free speechshould not be protected

and 19% of college students think that

violence is an acceptable response

to free speech you disagree with.

These are all precarious moments.

So what do we do to change it?

And that's really what we focus on.

- You mentioned immigration.

What did the founding fathers say about

immigration?

You've brought up Jefferson'sthoughts and others.

What do they think about it?

- You know, it's interesting.

They were huge pro-immigration guys

in the sense that of the 39 guys

who signed the Constitution,

seven of 'em were immigrants.

And the immigrant guys said,

"Man, if we had voted whenwe first got to America,

"we would've made America likethe countries we came from."

They said you need time here

because this is such a different nation.

And so they're the oneswho set up the time

parameters.

One of 'em, Pierce Butlerfrom South Carolina said,

"Look, I'm an immigrant,

"nobody should be allowedto vote in America

"til you've been here 14 years."

Well they actually settled on five years

is what the Constitution says.

So they did not allow immigrants to vote

til you've been here five years,

you learn the system, youknow what's happening.

We've got in California right now

registering illegals to vote.

Well that'll make America

just like the country they came from.

Founding fathers were huge pro-immigration

but they wantedassimilation and they wanted

education to go with it.

- I've read that about,

that about...

The illegal immigrants are about,

what is it?

Four million

that are on welfare?

- It's higher than that.

It's about 63% now, they get some...

- [Pat] 63?

- They get some form ofgovernment assistance.

- They're illegal immigrants?

- And the foundingfathers were very adamant

that if you come to Americaand go on public assistance

within five years, you'll be deported.

You have to supportyourself when you get here.

- [Pat] Are you serious?

- That was founding father policy.

- You've been here for five

and you don't support yourself,you gotta be deported?

- You gotta be able to supportyourself for five years

and you can't come

unless a religious societygives a recommendation

of your character.

So you had to have good moral char--

the extreme vetting iswhat the founding fathers

had got started back in the beginning.

- Why is everybody so...

Who wants this open borders thing is,

is the idea you've got an,

an uninformed electoratethat they'll be malleable

and therefore they'll vote democratic?

Is that the idea?

- Well,

there's such a progressive thinking

and this is what we seein schools with the kids

wanting socialism,

that progressive thinking says,

"We're globalists, we're all one,

"you shouldn't have anyborders anywhere in the world."

And so we see that with Europe,

with Poland pushing back now saying,

"No, we're not doing the immigration thing

"the EU's doing, and the Czech Republic,

"and Hungary and others."

Those younger European nationsare going in the direction

that America went,

but here in America,they're trying to push us

in the direction of that,

that globalism.

But that's the progressive thinking.

That's just

what we face for years.

- You talk about Americabeing a post-modern,

what do you think and

why do you think so?

- Well,

we don't know our history anymore.

I mean, quite frankly,

we just do not teach history.

We see right now that

we have

92% of immigrants who come to America

can pass the history test in America.

Only seven percent of high school seniors

can pass the immigration test.

Our kids who have 12 years in school

don't know anything about this country,

the immigrants coming inknow much more than we do.

- Is this a

plot from the

teacher's union somehow

to dumb down our citizens?

I mean, the kids wherethey can't read and write,

I mean, they get through...

- Yeah, we have 19%--

in any given year right now--

19% of kids graduate from school,

100% illiterate.

19%, one out of five kids.

- Graduate from public school,

19% are illiterate?

- They cannot read or write at all

and that's after wespend $164,000 for them

to get an education.

19% of them are illiterate.

So we have a

very messed up education system,

it does not do well,

we no longer do thetesting the way we used to.

We used to have internat--

we used to have national tests, we said,

"Oh, Texas is 45th andMississippi's 32nd,"

now every state does its own test

so you can't compare the statesto see where education is.

Everybody feels good about themselves

because they've got their own tests.

- What do you think is going on?

Has it been a deliberate attempt?

I mean, you know, this

new way of reading, you know,

this is a monkey, you learn to...

Course he's got a tail,

they don't

do phonics, they don't learn math,

they don't learn these practical

skills.

- They don't learnthese skills anymore and

even in history, whichis something we both love

and believe that you can learn from.

Whatever generation you're in,you can learn from the past.

Right now, of the top 76universities in America,

if you go there as a history major,

in 64 of those 76universities you will not take

a single course on American history.

You get everybody else's history,

you will get no American history.

And that's just a history major.

So we, we're moving,

University of Wisconsinis dropping history

as a major at all,

you can't even take thehistory major if you want it.

So we're determined to moveaway from who we've been.

We don't anybody toknow what we've done or

what our government is.

The average length of a constitution

in this history of the world is 17 years.

Newsflash, we've had ours 231 years.

That's good.

But we don't even tellkids that we're different

from other nations, we saywe're just like everybody else.

No, America's special,

but it won't stay special

if we do what everyother nation's done and

we just can't do that.

And that's really why we wrote the book.

- Was this a communist,

I mean, who's behind all this?

I mean, somebody's gotta be behind it.

- Pat, it's a worldview thing.

Because quite frankly, ifyou believe in evolution,

then you've got to believe that man

is always moving forward.

I mean, the founding fathers used horses,

we can't learn from them, we've got--

And so, the first thing you drop

in evolution is history.

Because we've evolvedpast where they were.

We can't learn from history.

We won't make the mistakes they did.

So you move history.

And if you're always evolvingthen you believe that

man is inherently good.

Which means you don't needrestraints on government.

Big government is what youneed because man's good

and they'll do the right thing for you.

And so it's a worldviewissue that you get into.

And when you have thatnon-Biblical worldview

or progressive, secular worldview,

you get rid of history,

you have big government,you have social programs

because the government'sgonna take care of you

because we're inherently good

and that's just not what the Bible teaches

and that's not what history teaches.

- Well that sounds likethe French Revolution,

it's Rousseau.

- It is.

It is.

But that's,

you're talking history, Pat.

(laughter)

You can't talk history, nobodystudies history anymore.

- They chopped a bunchof people's heads off

because of that.

You remember the guillotine.

- 40,000

in a short period of time,they used the guillotine on.

- David, I hope people get this book.

It's available wherever.

This Precarious Moment,

where do they sell this?

Amazon?

- Any major book distributorwill have it online.

WallBuilders.com, Amazon,any of 'em will have it.

- Alright.

David Barton is a

brilliant scholar.

I just appreciate his viewand what he's got to say.

He's a fountain of learningand I think this book,

I commend to all of you.

David, thank you so much.

- Thanks, Pat.

- God bless you.- Bless you, bro.

- Alright.

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