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February 08

The Original Pursuit of Happiness and Contemporary Struggles in School Choice on Foundations of Freedom Thursday

On today’s Foundations of Freedom Thursday, we take the time to answer some listener questions- What is meant by “pursuit of happiness” in “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness?” What is the status of school choice in the current legislative landscape? And what is the controversy surrounding the 23rd amendment? Unlock the deeper meaning of "the pursuit of happiness" as we share enlightening perspectives on how this cherished concept has morphed from a constitutional right to a modern quest for pleasure. Discover the stark contrast between the founders' vision of happiness and the self-centered interpretation that emerged in the 1960s, and learn why a return to biblical and constitutional principles is crucial for solving today's cultural challenges. This dialogue promises to enrich your understanding of America's historical foundation and its implications on our present and future. Dive into the hot issue of school choice vouchers in Texas, where the battle for educational freedom rages on. Listen as we discuss the philosophical underpinnings of modern education. This is a critical conversation for anyone invested in the future of education and our children's right to quality education. Wrap your head around the complex issue of Washington D. C. representation as we dissect the historical reasoning behind its unique status and the framers' intentions. Grapple with the challenges of governance and representation that have arisen and consider the broader impacts of constitutional amendments on the nation's capital. This episode not only provides a deep dive into the legislative intricacies affecting D. C. but also invites you to participate in an ongoing dialogue on the Foundations of Freedom. Be part of the conversation that's shaping our understanding of America's past and steering its course towards a more informed future. Support the show

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About WallBuilders Live!

WallBuilders Live! is the daily, half-hour program of David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders. David is a nationally known Christian author and historian. Together with co-host Rick Green, WallBuilders Live! meets at the intersection of faith and politics, capturing the ideas of America’s Founding Fathers and applying them to the news and issues of today.

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Election Duty and Constitutional Wisdom in the Modern Era

Today is Foundations of Freedom Thursday, so lets get to some of your questions- What is the Biblical perspective on rights? Where in the constitution does it say spending bills originate in the house? Is it true that a bill is being introduced to limit the amount of security a church can have? Could you imagine a world where faith and culture merge seamlessly, influencing the very fabric of our constitutional rights? That's exactly the journey we embark upon. Together, we navigate the intricate relationship between biblical values and pressing societal issues, dissecting Thomas Jefferson's insights on the power of the people and their inherent liberties. Through a vibrant exchange, we dissect the Founding Fathers' interpretation of 'rights, ' unraveling the historical foundation of privacy and the significance of the free exercise of religion, property ownership, and freedom of the press. Embrace the call to action as we underscore the sacred duty of voting; not as a mere preference but as an essential civic and moral responsibility. In response to a curious listener, we delve into the constitutional roots of revenue-raising bills, sparking an illuminating conversation on the interplay between taxation and spending. The American Constitution has spurred unparalleled progress. As we dissect the Origination Clause's impact on the power of the purse and examine a contentious bill that could hinder the church's ability to defend itself, we emphasize the necessity of electing leaders with a robust understanding of these constitutional precepts. It is our duty to protect our families and our community. Join us for an episode that not only enlightens but ignites a fervent appreciation for the liberties we hold sacred. Support the show

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Yesterday

Unveiling the Tapestry of America's History: Leadership, Unity, and the Nation's Founding Principles

Embark on a voyage through the woven narratives of our nation's founding as we unearth the underpinnings of America's history. This episode promises to bridge the gaps in your understanding of our nation's development, from the exploratory voyages of Christopher Columbus to the pivotal drafting of the Constitution. We dissect the Founding Fathers' engagement with the issue of slavery, advocating for a nuanced appreciation of America's role in abolition. Prepare to have your perspective broadened as we recount the tales that have sculpted the very essence of our republic. A call to leadership rings loud and clear in today's America. As we delve into the rich tapestry of American leadership, spanning from the controversial tenure of Andrew Jackson to the legacy of Ronald Reagan, we tackle the erosion of history education and why it matters. Through exhaustive research and captivating storytelling we reveal the transformative power of historical narratives in shaping our societal pillars that inspire us to become active participants in this ongoing dialogue. We scrutinize the stark juxtaposition between Monroe's aspirations for a united nation and the entrenchment of slavery, drawing lessons from this era that resonate in today's political landscape. By revisiting the guiding principles from the Declaration of Independence to George Washington's farewell address, we provide you with an indispensable historical compass for navigating the challenges of contemporary governance. Join us in this enlightening exploration of The American Story, where past insights illuminate the paths of our future. Support the show

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February 20

Navigating America's Founding Legacy: Faith, History, and Principled Leadership

Discover the profound connections between faith, history, and the founding principles of America with David and Tim Barton, as we celebrate the release of their latest book, "The American Story: Building the Republic. " Our conversation spans the epic journey from the era of Columbus to the end of slavery, and illuminates the lives and leadership of the first several presidents. Their stories, often clouded by misconceptions, are brought to light, offering a blueprint for leadership that resonates in today's world. This episode peels back layers of history, challenging the modern "cancel culture" that threatens to erase the complexities of our nation's founders. We indulge in a satirical twist, imagining Andrew Jackson in the age of social media, to underscore the folly of judging the past by current standards. Our dialogue also touches on the lingering influence of George Washington's ideals  and on the emergence of the "spoils system" under Jackson, drawing parallels to contemporary political practices as election season approaches. Finally, we consider the critical role of education in perpetuating the values upon which our Republic was built. "The American Story" emerges as an indispensable resource for families and educators alike, setting the stage for a deeper appreciation and understanding of American history. Join us as we explore the power of historical education in shaping the minds of future leaders. Support the show

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February 19

The Courage to Lead: Faith Communities Igniting National Transformation

Prepare to arm your spirit with resilience and your mind with understanding as we join forces with special guest Lance Wallnau to navigate the turbulent waters of cultural and spiritual decay. Discover how the lessons from the biblical book of Nehemiah can provide us with the blueprint for rebuilding the moral fortifications essential in today's society. Our discussion takes a deep dive into the symbiosis between faith and politics, emphasizing the critical role Christians play as stewards in government. With the approaching elections casting a long shadow, we dissect the strategic political maneuvers at play and offer insights on how to stay vigilant and decisive. Tune in to be part of a movement that champions courage over complacency. Drawing from global examples, including the transformative leadership of El Salvador's president, we explore the 'Cyrus' archetype's potential to guide nations through trials. The conversation pivots to the all-important question of political engagement in America, focusing on the significance of key states in an era that echoes the tensions of 1863. By the end of our talk, you'll be inspired to educate, engage, and reshape the destiny of our communities, armed with resources from WallBuilders.comthat are as informative as they are empowering. Support the show

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February 16

Championing Liberty in the Face of Government Overreach on Good News Friday

It’s time to tackle the stack of good news articles, here on Good News Friday- House republicans impeach Mayorkas over his mishandling of the southern border. The US Supreme Court rules that it is okay to sue the Biden administration. After an unconstitutional seizure of Beverly Hills safe deposit boxes, the court rules that the items must be returned. In Pennsylvania, a ban was lifted, allowing individuals under 21 to once again be able to carry their firearms. And two hostages were rescued from Gaza. As we grapple with the pressing concerns of government overreach and accountability, we find ourselves face-to-face with history in the making. Imagine a world where the weight of one vote can tip the scales in Congress. That's exactly what we're discussing as we unravel the complexities behind the historic impeachment proceedings against cabinet official Alejandro Mayorkas. We examine the strategies that can reignite debates within our legislative chambers and dissect the rare political climate that allows for the accountability of high-ranking government officials. Step into the courtroom with us as we celebrate a triumph for individual liberty, dissecting the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' bold stand against the FBI's unconstitutional seizure of property. This legal milestone resonates with America's core values, drawing a line in the sand against governmental overreach reminiscent of pre-Revolutionary times. By connecting the dots from historical instances of abuse to today's challenges, we underscore the critical need for internal reform within our law enforcement agencies. Join us as we navigate these crucial issues, aiming not only to inform but to ignite a passion for preserving the liberties that define our nation. Support the show

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