Hope in Tough Times

It seems that every time I turn around, some sandal-flapping survivor of the ’60s or indulgent, self-important child of the 21st Century is posting ultra-liberal crap on Facebook: save the illegals, save Sanctuary Cities, impeach Trump. If not that, one of the “objective” conventional media is reporting a celebrity moment in the spotlight: “We are all one” or “Resistance Grows” or whatever the headline-grabbing fake problème du jour. Some days, the darkness seems so suffocating that I can’t draw a free breath without a government permit or a fist-waving minority to approve it. Do you ever feel this way?

Yet there is hope for those of us who believe in a nation of law, a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values, a constitutional republic wherein citizens participate in self-governance (only involved citizens govern) and where citizens prevail over criminals, freeloaders and foolish pseudo-intellectual “internationalists” who blame the U.S. for every problem — from world hunger to the conceptual expansion of the universe. There are media other than our traditional Fox News or Rush Limbaugh which believe that we have the right — indeed the responsibility — to care for ourselves, including the right to self-defense.

I listened to Mark Walters of Armed American Radio the other day and liked what he and his guest had to say. You can hear Mark on quite a few local stations and if he is not available in your community, you can visit ArmedAmericanRadio.org for live commentary or archived programs. Mark is, of course, sponsored by Delta Defense, the parent company of Concealed Carry Magazine. He is one of us and therefore tends, like Rush, to direct his narration to those of us who already believe in responsibly armed Americans.

Despair not! There are media outlets besides Fox News, NRAtv.com and Rush Limbaugh that take a conservative, constitutional approach to news and opinion. Our own Mark Walters narrates at Armed American Radio, and I have spent a number of happy hours listening to or watching presentations from Dennis Prager’s Prager University. Let the light shine in!

In addition to listening to Mark whenever I get a few minutes, I’ve found another media outlet which I really like, a series of short programs that present well-reasoned social and political commentary that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan — and you and I — can accept. It is Prager University at PragerU.org.

Founded by Dennis Prager in 2009, PragerU presents 5-minute videos on subjects such as global warming and the demand for a $15 minimum wage and, recently, “Is Gun Ownership a Right?” Prager is a “conservative” — he’s on our team — and the presentations are given (with no shouting, screaming or arguing) both by himself and by well-known analysts and thinkers: political commentator George Will, American jurist Alan Dershowitz, former Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar and Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA. Prager says he created PragerU to challenge the “unhealthy effect intellectually and morally” of the American higher education system. Despite what left-leaning media claim, Prager is no mouthpiece for Israel or a corporate system; and speaking fluent Hebrew, Russian and French as well as English, he’s no dummy.

Now, I have no affiliation whatsoever with Dennis Prager or Prager University except that I am a listener … and a believer, just like when I listen to Mark Walters. Both Armed American Radio and Prager University have recently hosted UCLA’s Volokh. The law professor’s analysis of the 2nd Amendment ­—A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — surprised and delighted me. The 2nd Amendment, he says, was not written simply for active Government Militias, but was indeed written specifically so that individual citizens could protect themselves from despots, tyrants, criminals, fifth column agents and foreign invaders. So check out Prager University’s “Short Videos. Big Ideas,” including its definitive pro-gun stance on the American Constitution and let the black clouds of doubt blow away.