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8 minutes | 2 years ago
The Charlottesville Lie
The Charlottesville Lie Steve Cortes 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. PRAGER UNIVERSITY IS NOT AN ACCREDITED ACADEMIC INSTITUTION AND DOES NOT OFFER CERTIFICATIONS OR DIPLOMAS. BUT IT IS A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE FREE TO LEARN. © 2019 Prager University
36 minutes | 2 years ago
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 5 minute read SHARE: ALL NEWS 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.”
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Illegal Immigration by Bill Clinton - Harry Reid - Tim Kaine - Hillary Clinton - Barack Hussein Obama
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9 minutes | 3 years ago
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 00-00 hi my name is Evan Davies and I'm just 00-02 an independent consultant I'm not 00-03 affiliated with a organization 00-06 I really admire the work that you're 00-08 doing to help foster children and you've 00-10 said a number of times that you know the 00-13 children's lives is most important we 00-16 had a murder a little while ago where 00-19 seventeen people including eight kids 00-21 were murdered in their schools and how 00-23 do you reconcile the children's lives 00-26 are most important with the comments 00-28 you've made to the media about it's 00-29 naive and premature to talk about gun 00-32 control and that it's culture and not 00-35 guns that is causing these these 00-36 horrible things I'll tell you exactly 00-40 how I reconcile that first of all month 00-43 ago in Kentucky we had this very similar 00-46 situation made a very concerted effort 00-49 to make sure that we removed the media 00-52 circus from the healing process so 00-55 within 24 to 48 hours you've probably 00-57 not even aware of most people aren't 00-58 that I had a 15 year old come into a 01-00 school in Kentucky last month and shoot 01-03 16 children at point-blank range two of 01-07 whom died a set of twins were both shot 01-10 and taken to a level 1 trauma center 01-12 they lived this is very real to me I've 01-15 sat with these families you also 01-17 probably are not aware of the fact that 01-19 I've buried my oldest child died under 01-21 different circumstances but went to 01-23 school and didn't come home she was 17 01-24 years old I know exactly not exactly 01-28 it's not possible to know exactly what 01-30 another person's going through but I 01-32 know exactly what it feels like to bury 01-33 your oldest child I know what the impact 01-36 is on a family I don't come at this with 01-39 a sense of sympathy but empathy the 01-41 point that I've made that's been largely 01-42 misconstrued 01-43 I'll reaffirm with you and tell you 01-46 exactly why it comes from where it comes 01-48 from this idea just as solving this 01-52 issue is able to be solved with a single 01-55 law or rule or change is naive and 01-58 delusional and so we shouldn't allow 02-01 ourselves to entertain naive and 02-03 delusional thoughts it is part of a 02-05 broader construct just as this issue is 02-08 and the point that I made that I'll 02-11 reiterate is that if we think that 02-13 part of what we are seeing is not a 02-15 cultural problem we're kidding ourselves 02-18 and the point that I've made is this 02-21 what has shifted in the last 10 20 30 40 02-25 50 years it's not the percentage of guns 02-29 that we find in homes and you can give 02-31 me a statistic at that there's now more 02-33 guns fair enough I'll submit that that 02-35 may be true I'm not gonna argue with you 02-36 but the reality is there's fewer homes 02-39 that have guns in them than there were 02-41 50 years ago when children didn't walk 02-43 into schools and shoot themselves and 02-45 shoot each other that's a fact you can 02-48 confirm that but I'll tell you this when 02-51 I was a kid kids brought guns to school 02-53 kids brought guns on the school bus kids 02-55 brought guns to school in their own 02-57 vehicles it didn't shoot each other with 03-01 so some things have not changed what has 03-04 changed we as a culture as a society and 03-07 it's very germane to this topic as well 03-10 we don't value human life like we did we 03-15 remove increasingly respect for the 03-18 dignity of other people you look at how 03-21 rampant pornography is the degradation 03-24 and disrespect for women and for human 03-26 life in general it is so systemic people 03-30 of our age have not been exposed like 03-32 our children have been there's not a 03-35 child in America that hasn't been 03-36 exposed to pornography I guarantee you 03-39 if they're above the age of 12 that's a 03-41 fact 03-41 it is so systemic it's horrific and it 03-44 desensitizes us at every turn 03-46 and so we're desensitized to the value 03-49 and dignity of human life we're 03-51 desensitized through and this is to the 03-53 heart of what I said that you seem to 03-54 take exception with is that through 03-57 violent video games where literally you 03-59 are encouraged you can roll your eyes 04-01 all you want man but I will say this 04-03 you've explained to me the value of a 04-06 game that encourages somebody to go back 04-09 and finish him off where you get points 04-12 for four kill counts and you slaughter 04-14 people 04-15 we're desensitizing people to the value 04-18 of life and we see it through the lyrics 04-20 and music and we see it through 04-22 television shows we see it through 04-24 movies we see it in the fact that the 04-26 mores of this nation 04-27 have changed we see it through the fact 04-30 that we increasingly want to remove any 04-31 sense of moral authority from everything 04-35 here's I'll tell you again this we could 04-38 have a thousand sidebars and you could 04-40 agree or disagree as it relates to what 04-42 I'm about to say but in a nation where 04-44 over the last 40 years we've aborted 04-48 50-something million children and we 04-51 have multiple states with medically 04-53 assisted suicide being provided by 04-55 doctors at both ends of a life spectrum 04-57 we're losing the value for life that we 05-00 once historically had you can say that's 05-02 good you could say it's bad but it's a 05-03 reality you couple that with the fact 05-06 that all these other things are changing 05-08 that we're removing any sense of 05-10 authority it used to be that you had 05-12 different levels of authority starting 05-14 in the home itself only a third of 05-16 children in a recent Pew study say that 05-19 they have no interaction for all intents 05-21 and purposes with their own parents when 05-23 their parents live in the home they say 05-25 their parents have no clue what they're 05-26 even learning in school there was a 05-28 study recently in an article that was 05-31 derived from that and other studies it 05-32 was in the Atlantic encourage you to 05-34 look it up about the impact and you can 05-37 smart and you can smile but if somebody 05-39 who's an independent consultant I find 05-40 it remarkable that you're so smug and 05-43 you're so disregarding of my opinion 05-46 when in fact I'm just trying to have an 05-48 honest dialogue with you based on a fair 05-50 question but but I will say this look at 05-54 this article in the Atlantic this 05-56 article in the Atlantic talks about how 05-58 young people are increasingly becoming 06-00 suicidal and depressed because of the 06-03 use of social media in the use of these 06-06 personal devices in on screen time all 06-10 these are part of a cultural issue in 06-14 this cultural issue if we're not 06-16 addressing it we are kidding ourselves 06-19 because it also affects this issue we 06-21 came here to talk about today which is 06-24 why these homes are broken why so many 06-26 children are finding themselves in 06-28 government care which is not the best 06-30 solution the government should not be 06-33 raising our children period it just 06-36 shouldn't the fact of the matter is we 06-39 need people in the position like I am 06-41 and I had the same conversation less 06-43 than an hour ago with the President of 06-44 the United States and I said to him he 06-46 should I should this whole room was full 06-48 of cabinet secretaries and governors of 06-51 other states those of us who that are in 06-53 a position of influence and the ability 06-55 to say something shame on us if we don't 06-57 step up and call people to a higher 06-59 authority and there will always be those 07-01 including many in the media whoever the 07-03 messengerís they're gonna find the 07-05 imperfection in that messenger so if the 07-07 messenger says we should do XYZ as it 07-09 relates to this issue or adoption of 07-11 foster care 07-12 people will say well who is this person 07-13 they're an imperfect person well so is 07-15 every one of us there's not a perfect 07-17 person in America but that doesn't mean 07-19 we don't strive for perfection there's 07-21 not a perfectly morally upright person 07-23 in America that doesn't mean we don't 07-24 espouse in a spire to reach for moral 07-27 higher authority and expect more and 07-31 demand more of our children shame on us 07-34 if we don't sound the alarm you want to 07-38 take any kind of morality and change the 07-40 mores of a nation remove any sense of 07-43 higher responsibility try to pin it on 07-46 any one thing and assume the government 07-48 and a piece of regulation the rule is 07-49 the solution and then we're shocked when 07-51 these things happen we're kidding 07-54 ourselves 07-54 yes sir
28 minutes | 3 years ago
President Donald Trump Addresses the World Economic Forum
President Donald Trump Addresses the World Economic Forum President Trump speech in Davos, Switzerland Transcript 00-00 Thank You class very much it's a 00-01 privilege to be here at this forum we're 00-03 leaders in business science art 00-06 diplomacy and world affairs have 00-08 gathered for many many years to discuss 00-12 how we can advance prosperity security 00-15 and peace I'm here today to represent 00-18 the interests of the American people and 00-20 to affirm America's friendship and 00-23 partnership in building a better world 00-26 like all nations represented at this 00-30 great forum America hopes for a future 00-33 in which everyone can prosper and every 00-36 child can grow up free from violence 00-38 poverty and fear over the past year we 00-43 have made extraordinary strides in the 00-46 u.s. we're lifting up forgotten 00-49 communities creating exciting new 00-51 opportunities and helping every American 00-53 find their path to the American dream 00-56 the dream of a great job a safe home and 01-00 a better life for their children after 01-03 years of stagnation the United States is 01-07 once again experiencing strong economic 01-11 growth the stock market is smashing one 01-15 record after another and has added more 01-18 than seven trillion dollars in new 01-21 wealth since my election consumer 01-24 confidence business confidence and 01-27 manufacturing confidence are the highest 01-30 they have been in many decades since my 01-34 election we've created 2.4 million jobs 01-38 and that number is going up very very 01-42 substantially small business optimism is 01-46 at an all-time high 01-47 new unemployment claims are near the 01-50 lowest we've seen in almost half a 01-53 century african-american unemployment 01-56 has reached the lowest rate ever 01-58 recorded in the United States and so has 02-02 unemployment among Hispanic Americans 02-07 the world is witnessing the resurgence 02-10 of a strong and 02-12 prosperous America I'm here to deliver a 02-16 simple message there has never been a 02-18 better time to hire to build to invest 02-22 and to grow in the United States America 02-25 is open for business and we are 02-28 competitive once again the American 02-31 economy is by far the largest in the 02-34 world and we've just enacted the most 02-37 significant tax cuts and reform in 02-40 American history 02-42 we've massively cut taxes for the middle 02-45 class and small businesses to let 02-47 working families keep more of their 02-50 hard-earned money we lowered our 02-54 corporate tax rate from 35% all the way 02-57 down to 21% as a result millions of 03-02 workers have received tax cut bonuses 03-04 from their employers in amounts as large 03-07 as $3,000 the tax cut bill is expected 03-12 to raise the average Americans household 03-15 income by more than four thousand 03-17 dollars the world's largest company 03-20 Apple announced it plans to bring 245 03-24 billion dollars in overseas profits home 03-28 to America their total investment into 03-31 the United States economy will be more 03-33 than three hundred and fifty billion 03-36 dollars over the next five years now is 03-39 the perfect time to bring your business 03-42 your jobs and your investments to the 03-46 United States this is especially true 03-49 because we have undertaken the most 03-51 extensive regulatory reduction ever 03-55 conceived regulation is stealth taxation 04-01 the u.s. like many other countries 04-05 unelected bureaucrats and we have 04-08 believe me we have them all over the 04-11 place and they've imposed crushing and 04-13 anti business and anti worker 04-15 regulations on our citizens with no vote 04-19 no legislative debate and no real 04-22 accountability 04-24 in America those days are over I pledged 04-28 to eliminate two unnecessary regulations 04-32 for everyone new regulation we have 04-36 succeeded beyond our highest 04-39 expectations instead of two for one 04-43 we have cut 22 burdensome regulations 04-47 for every one new rule we are freeing 04-52 our businesses and workers so they can 04-54 thrive and flourish as never before we 04-58 are creating an environment that 05-00 attracts capital invites investment and 05-03 rewards production America is the place 05-07 to do business 05-09 so come to America where you can 05-11 innovate create and build I believe in 05-16 America as president of the United 05-19 States I will always put America first 05-23 just like the leaders of other countries 05-27 should put their country first also but 05-32 America first does not mean America 05-36 alone when the United States grows so 05-40 does the world American prosperity has 05-43 created countless jobs all around the 05-46 globe and the drive for excellence 05-49 creativity and innovation in the US has 05-52 led to important discoveries that help 05-55 people everywhere live more prosperous 05-58 and far healthier lives as the United 06-03 States pursues domestic reforms to 06-06 unleash jobs and growth we are also 06-08 working to reform the international 06-11 trading system so that it promotes 06-14 broadly shared prosperity and rewards to 06-16 those who play by the rules we cannot 06-21 have free and open trade if some 06-25 countries exploit the system at the 06-27 expense of others 06-30 we support free trade but it needs to be 06-34 fair and it needs to be reciprocal 06-38 because in the end unfair trade 06-41 undermines us all the United States will 06-45 no longer turn a blind eye to unfair 06-48 economic practices including massive 06-51 intellectual property theft industrial 06-54 subsidies and pervasive state-led 06-57 economic planning these and other 07-01 predatory behaviors are distorting the 07-04 global markets and harming businesses 07-07 and workers not just in the US but 07-09 around that low just like we expect the 07-13 leaders of other countries to protect 07-15 their interests as president the United 07-19 States I will always protect the 07-21 interests of our country our companies 07-24 and our workers we will enforce our 07-28 trade laws and restore integrity to our 07-31 trading system only by insisting on fair 07-34 and reciprocal trade can we create a 07-37 system that works not just for the US 07-41 but for all nations as I have said the 07-45 United States is prepared to negotiate 07-48 mutually beneficial bilateral trade 07-51 agreements with all countries this will 07-54 include the countries in TPP which are 07-57 very important we have agreements with 08-00 several to them already we would 08-03 consider negotiating with the rest 08-05 either individually or perhaps as a 08-08 group if it is in the interests of all 08-13 my administration is also taking swift 08-17 action in other ways to restore American 08-20 confidence and independence we are 08-23 lifting self-imposed restrictions on 08-27 energy production to provide affordable 08-29 power to our citizens and businesses and 08-31 to promote energy security for our 08-35 friends all around the world no country 08-38 should be held hostage to a single 08-41 provider of 08-42 energy America is roaring back and now 08-47 is the time to invest in the future of 08-49 America we have dramatically cut taxes 08-53 to make America competitive we are 08-56 eliminating burdensome regulations at a 08-59 record pace we are reforming the 09-02 bureaucracy to make it lean responsive 09-05 and accountable and we are ensuring our 09-08 laws are enforced fairly we have the 09-13 best colleges and universities in the 09-15 world and we have the best workers in 09-17 the world energy is abundant and 09-20 affordable there has never been a better 09-22 time to do business in America we are 09-25 also making historic investments in the 09-29 American military because we cannot have 09-31 prosperity without security to make the 09-34 world safer from rogue regimes terrorism 09-37 and revisionist powers we are asking our 09-40 friends and allies to invest in their 09-43 own defenses and to meet their financial 09-46 obligations our common security requires 09-51 everyone to contribute their fair share 09-54 my administration is proud to have led 09-57 historic efforts at the United Nations 09-59 Security Council and all around the 10-02 world to unite all civilized nations in 10-05 our campaign of maximum pressure to de 10-09 nuke the Korean Peninsula we continue to 10-15 call on partners to confront Iran 10-17 support for terrorists and block Iran's 10-19 path to a nuclear weapon we're also 10-23 working with allies and partners to 10-24 destroy jihadist terrorist organizations 10-27 such as Isis and very successfully so 10-30 the United States is leading a very 10-34 broad coalition to deny terrorists 10-36 control of their territory and 10-38 populations to cut off their funding and 10-41 to discredit their wicked ideology I am 10-45 pleased to report that the coalition to 10-48 defeat Isis has retaken almost 100 10-51 percent of the territory once held by 10-54 these killers 10-56 in Iraq and Syria there is still more 11-00 fighting and work to be done and to 11-04 consolidate our games we are committed 11-08 to ensuring that Afghanistan never again 11-11 becomes a safe haven for terrorists who 11-14 want to commit mass murder to our 11-17 civilian populations I want to thank 11-20 those nations represented here today 11-22 that have joined in these crucial 11-25 efforts you are not just securing your 11-28 own citizens but saving lives and 11-30 restoring hope for millions and millions 11-34 of people when it comes to terrorism we 11-38 will do whatever is necessary to protect 11-41 our nation we will defend our citizens 11-44 and our borders we are also securing our 11-47 immigration system as a matter of both 11-49 national and Economic Security America 11-54 is a cutting-edge economy what our 11-58 immigration system is stuck in the past 12-01 we must replace our current system of 12-04 extended family chain migr
20 minutes | 3 years ago
President Donald Trump remarks while signing Tax Cut Bill
President Donald Trump remarks while signing Tax Cut Bill Also, comments on missile defense, continuing budget resolution 00-00 good morning everybody thank you very 00-01 much for being here and Merry Christmas 00-03 Happy New Year have great holidays we 00-07 are going to sign some very important 00-09 things today 00-10 one is a continuing resolution that very 00-16 importantly gives us the right and we 00-19 are ordering four billion dollars worth 00-21 of missile defense equipment and 00-24 missiles themselves very important 00-27 top-of-the-line best in the world we 00-30 make the best military product in the 00-32 world nobody is even close so we're 00-35 ordering four billion dollars worth of 00-36 missile defense and that will be done by 00-40 signing right here and also by notifying 00-44 the Speaker of the House and president 00-48 of the Senate designating the missile 00-50 defense as emergency defense fund so 00-53 it's four billion dollars for that and 00-56 seven hundred million dollars for 00-59 various other military forms of 01-02 equipment and I'm very honored to be 01-04 doing that our military has been doing a 01-05 fantastic job in so many ways with Isis 01-07 and everything they're touching lately 01-10 has been working out so we're signing 01-12 that 01-23 this is the letter to Mitch McConnell 01-28 and separately to Paul Ryan authorizing 01-32 that having to do with missile defense 01-52 okay 02-00 very important so that's being done 02-02 today and that's going to be sent out 02-04 and then when I watched the news as you 02-07 know we had the largest tax cuts in our 02-10 history just approved and I was gonna 02-14 wait for a formal signing sometime in 02-16 early January but then I watched the 02-18 news this morning and they will say will 02-20 he keep his promise will he sign it by 02-22 Christmas you are one but will he sign 02-26 it by Christmas and I called downstairs 02-29 I said get it ready we have to sign it 02-31 now 02-31 we're gonna wait till January 7th or 8th 02-34 and do a big formal ceremony but every 02-37 one of the networks was saying will he 02-39 keep his promise will he sign it for 02-41 Christmas before Christmas and so I 02-44 immediately called I said let's get it 02-46 ready as you know three point two 02-48 trillion dollars in tax cuts for 02-51 American families including the doubling 02-53 of the standard deduction and the 02-55 doubling of the child tax credit the 02-59 typical family of four earning $75,000 03-02 we see an income tax cut of more than 03-05 two thousand dollars many much higher 03-08 than the slashing their tax bill in half 03-11 and they're gonna start to see that 03-14 because we're signing today they're 03-16 gonna start to see that in February the 03-18 numbers will speak one of the big things 03-20 that happened you have some great 03-22 companies I want to thank AT&T; who 03-24 actually was the first out of the box 03-26 and Boeing and Sinclair and Wells Fargo 03-29 and Comcast even though they owned NBC 03-31 which is not so nice to the presidency 03-35 or the president but Comcast also they 03-39 all have made tremendous contributions 03-42 to their employees and tremendous 03-45 contributions to spending money in this 03-47 country because of the tax bill and they 03-50 all said it it's because of the tax bill 03-52 so they're making tremendous investments 03-54 that means jobs means a lot of things 03-57 and we're very happy so that's AT&T; 03-59 Boeing Sinclair Wells Fargo Comcast and 04-03 now many other companies as you 04-05 in fact just this morning I see three 04-06 more companies came on friend of mine 04-09 Bob Kraft called me last night he said 04-12 this tax bill is incredible 04-14 he owns the New England Patriots but 04-16 he's in the paper business too and he 04-19 said based on this tax bill he just 04-21 wanted to let me know that he's going to 04-24 buy a big plant in the great state of 04-27 North Carolina and he's going to build a 04-30 tremendous paper mill there or paper 04-33 products plant and I've had many calls 04-36 such as that people that are 04-39 entrepreneurs people in business they're 04-41 going out and they're going to buy 04-43 frankly factories that are closed 04-45 abandoned and now they're not going to 04-47 be abandoned and they love this is 04-49 having an even bigger impact faster than 04-52 I thought the corporate tax rate as you 04-54 know will be lowered from 35 to 21 04-57 percent that means that more products 04-59 will be made in the USA a lot of things 05-03 are going to be happening in the US and 05-04 we're going to bring back our companies 05-06 that they've already started coming back 05-07 I think they had certain confidence in 05-10 me they figured we're going to get this 05-11 done but they have already started 05-13 something very important to me the 05-15 family farmers and small business owners 05-18 who lost their business because of the 05-20 estate tax most of them won't have any 05-22 estate tax to pay it will be a great 05-26 thing for their families you can leave 05-27 your farm to your family you can leave 05-30 your business your small business to 05-31 your family not even so small because 05-33 the numbers are pretty big here so 05-36 they'll be exempt from having to pay 05-38 estate tax which will be tremendous 05-40 they'll keep their farms and their 05-41 businesses in the family businesses will 05-44 be able to deduct 100 percent of the 05-46 cost of their capital investments in the 05-48 year the investment is made that's 05-50 called expensing and to do one year 05-53 expensing I think is going to be one of 05-55 the biggest things in the bill frankly I 05-56 think people are going to go out and 05-58 absolutely go wild over expensing Bob 06-01 Kraft mentioned that last night in this 06-03 telephone call the the fact that they 06-06 can expense - when you're expensing is a 06-08 fantastic asset historic small business 06-12 tax cuts and pastures now are made 06-15 really really good for the business 06-17 owner you know they're high 06-18 people I see it on television I'm 06-21 reading about it all over where people 06-22 are hiring a lot of people right now to 06-24 go to work the small business tax cut 06-27 and the passages are now really 06-30 incentivizing people we're going to 06-32 bring back probably four trillion 06-34 dollars from overseas nobody knows the 06-37 exact number but it's massive it'll be 06-39 over three trillion it could be five 06-40 trillion but it's a tremendous amount of 06-42 money that was caught overseas that the 06-45 bureaucracy plus the tax laws didn't 06-48 allow it to reasonably be brought back 06-50 into our country so we think at least 06-53 four trillion dollars is going to be 06-55 brought back and if you look at that 06-59 it's going to be brought back right 07-01 under the code this is something that 07-03 Republicans wanted for years and 07-05 Democrats wanted two years and yet it 07-07 never got done who would object to 07-09 trillions of dollars being brought back 07-11 into our country nobody but it never got 07-14 done now it's being done and the bottom 07-17 line is this is the biggest tax cuts and 07-20 reform in the history of our country 07-21 this is bigger than actually President 07-24 Reagan's many years ago I'm very honored 07-28 by it in addition we have Anwar we're 07-31 opening up and war for drilling they've 07-33 tried to get that for forty years 07-35 they've tried to get that even during 07-36 the Reagan administration they could 07-38 never get it that alone would be a big 07-40 bill if that ever happened but that's 07-43 even part of this and we have of course 07-47 the individual mandate which is a very 07-51 unfair and very unpopular provision as 07-53 you know in Obamacare essentially I 07-57 think it ultimately leads to the end of 07-59 Obamacare it's essentially I think 08-01 Obamacare is is over because of that and 08-04 we're going to come up with something 08-05 that's really going to be very good but 08-07 the individual mandate was very unfair 08-09 because you're basically saying pay for 08-12 something in order not to have to get 08-14 health care so you're paying you're 08-16 paying not to have to have health care 08-19 it was very unfair many people thought 08-22 it should have been overturned in the 08-23 supreme court didn't quite make it 08-25 almost but didn't quite make it but now 08-27 we're overturning the individual 08-28 most unpopular thing in Obamacare very 08-31 very unfair so this is the bill right 08-35 here and we're very proud of it it's 08-38 gonna be a tremendous thing for the 08-40 American people it's gonna be fantastic 08-42 for the economy it's going to keep 08-45 companies from leaving our shores and 08-48 opening up in other countries they are 08-51 very disincentivized to do that they are 08-54 there's not a lot of lot of not a lot of 08-56 not a sense to do that you do that and I 08-59 don't think you're going to be running 09-00 the company very well so what's 09-02 happening is we're going to sign this 09-04 this is a little picture of it it fits 09-08 nicely in the box I said take it out of 09-10 the box because people have to say and 09-12 all of this everything in here is really 09-17 tremendous things for businesses for 09-21 people for the middle class for workers 09-24 and I consider this very much a bill for 09-26 the middle class at a bill for jobs and 09-29 jobs are produced through companies and 09-32 corporations and you see that happening 09-33 corporations are literally going wild 09-36 over this I think even beyond my 09-38 expectation so far beyond my 09-40 expectations so I'll sign this today 09-43 rather than having a very big formal 09-45 ceremony in two weeks when we were going 09-48 to do it because I didn't want you folks 09-51 to say that I wasn't keeping my promise 09-53 I am keeping my promise I am signing it 09-55 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15 minutes | 3 years ago
Double Header - Congressmen Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan question Rod Rosenstein
Double Header - Congressmen Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan question Rod Rosenstein No doubt it is time to remove the biased special counsel Mueller 00-00 there are a lot of issues that I would 00-01 like to ask you about mr. Deputy 00-03 Attorney General we had a terrorist 00-04 incident in New York this week we have 00-06 702 reauthorization that is pending in 00-09 Congress gun violence the opioid 00-11 epidemic criminal justice reform but 00-15 when I go home to South Carolina this 00-17 weekend trust me when I tell you no one 00-19 is going to ask me about any of those 00-20 issues they're gonna ask me what in the 00-23 hell is going on with the Department of 00-25 Justice and the FBI the reason we have 00-29 special counsel this is a very important 00-31 point the written you know it the reason 00-33 we have special counsel is because of a 00-35 conflict of interest the regulation 00-38 itself specifically makes reference to a 00-41 conflict of interest and and we don't 00-43 like conflicts of interest because it 00-45 undercuts people's confidence and both 00-48 the process and the result so so let's 00-50 be really clear why we have special 00-53 counsel there was either a real or 00-55 perceived conflict of interest that we 00-58 were fearful would either impact the 01-00 result or people's confidence in the 01-03 process that's why we have something 01-05 called special counsel and that's why we 01-08 have special counsel in this fact 01-10 pattern and then lo and behold those who 01-13 are supposed to make sure there are no 01-16 conflicts of interest seem to have a few 01-18 of their own there's a senior prosecutor 01-22 who said obsequious emails to a fact 01-26 witness I she can be described as 01-30 nothing other than a fact witness she's 01-32 a really important fact witness if you 01-35 pursue the line of inquiry that my 01-38 Democrat friends want to pursue they got 01-40 off of collusion and now their own 01-42 obstruction of justice she may be the 01-44 most important fact witness in an 01-46 obstruction of justice case and the 01-49 senior prosecutor for this conflict of 01-52 interest free special counsel sent a 01-55 fawning obsequious email to a fact 01-58 witness and then we have prosecutors 02-00 assigned to conduct this investigation 02-03 who donated almost exclusively to one 02-06 candidate over another and then we have 02-09 a prosecutor assigned to this calm 02-12 flicked of interest free team that 02-14 attended what was supposed to be what 02-16 he'd hoped to be a victory party for 02-18 Secretary Clinton and we have a senior 02-21 DOJ official mr. Deputy Attorney General 02-23 with an office it used to be two doors 02-25 now from yours meeting with fusion GPS 02-29 and fusion GPS of course was paying for 02-32 rush and dirt on the very person that 02-35 they're supposed to be objectively 02-37 investigating and then that same senior 02-40 DOJ officials wife the one that met with 02-44 fusion GPS his wife was on the payroll 02-47 of fusion GPS and then we have a senior 02-52 agent assigned to investigate secretary 02-55 Clinton's email helped draft the 02-58 exoneration letter well we changed the 03-00 language from grossly negligent to 03-02 extremely careless interviewed Secretary 03-05 Clinton in an interview I've never seen 03-08 and I doubt you have either in your 03-09 career as a prosecutor interviewed 03-12 Michael Flynn was actively involved in 03-14 the investigation into the trunk 03-16 campaign before the Inspector General 03-18 found his text so this agent in the 03-21 middle of almost everything related to 03-25 Secretary Clinton in President Trump 03-27 sent pro Clinton tax anti-trump texts to 03-31 his paramour in response to being told 03-34 maybe he is where he is to protect the 03-38 country from that menace Donald Trump he 03-41 said I can protect our country at many 03-45 levels and then he said Hillary Clinton 03-47 should win 100 million to nothing I 03-50 think about that mr. Deputy Attorney 03-51 General that's a pretty overwhelming 03-53 victory 100 million to zero and when I 03-58 read that last night what I thought was 04-00 this conflict of interest free senior 04-03 agent and the FBI can't think of a 04-05 single solitary American who would vote 04-07 for Donald Trump that's where the zero 04-10 comes in not a single solitary American 04-13 he can imagine would vote for Donald 04-16 Trump this is the conflict of interest 04-18 free special agent aside and then he 04-21 went on if that 04-22 enough to belittle Trump supporters by 04-24 saying he could smell them at a Walmart 04-27 in Virginia this is the person we needed 04-32 to avoid a conflict of interest and then 04-34 he said this they fully deserve to go 04-37 and demonstrate the absolute bigoted 04-39 nonsense of trunk but he wasn't content 04-42 to just disparage Donald Trump he had to 04-45 disparage Donald Trump's family this is 04-49 what he said mr. Deputy Attorney General 04-50 he said the douche bags are about to 04-52 come out he's talking about our First 04-54 Lady and children this conflict of 04-58 interest free special agent of the FBI 05-01 this is who we were told we needed to 05-04 have an objective impartial fair 05-07 conflict of interest free investigation 05-09 so he's openly pulling for the candidate 05-11 he had a role in clearing and he's 05-13 openly investigating a candidate that he 05-16 has bias against and then if that's not 05-18 enough he says Trump is an effing idiot 05-21 what the f just happened to our country 05-24 this is the same man that said he would 05-26 save our country what happens when 05-30 people who are supposed to cure the 05-32 conflict of interests have even greater 05-33 conflicts of interest than those they 05-35 replace well that's not a rhetorical 05-38 question you nor I nor anyone else 05-42 whatever sit Peter struck on a jury we 05-46 wouldn't have him objectively 05-48 dispassionately investigate anything 05-50 knowing what we know now why didn't we 05-54 know what ahead of time and my last 05-56 question my final question to you and I 05-58 appreciate the Chairman's patience how 06-00 would you help me answer that question 06-02 when I go back to South Carolina this 06-04 weekend 06-05 congressman first of all with regard to 06-09 the special counsel mr. struck was 06-12 already working on the investigation 06-13 when the special counsel was appointed 06-15 the appointment I made was to Robert 06-16 Mullins what I recommend that you tell 06-18 your constituents is that Robert Muller 06-21 and rod Rosen Stein and Chris Rea are 06-24 accountable and that we will ensure that 06-27 no bias is 06-28 selected in any of the actions taken by 06-30 the special counsel or in any matter 06-33 within the jurisdiction the Department 06-35 of Justice when we have evidence of any 06-38 inappropriate conduct we're going to 06-39 take action on it and that's what mr. 06-41 Muller did here as soon as he learned 06-43 about this issue he took action and 06-46 that's what I anticipate that the rest 06-48 of our prosecutors are a new group of US 06-50 attorneys our Justice Department and 06-52 poor entities they understand the rules 06-55 and they understand the responsibility 06-56 to defend the integrity of the 06-57 department if they find evidence of 06-59 improper conduct they're going to take 07-01 action so congressman that's the best 07-03 assurance I can give you but actually 07-06 there's one other point which is you 07-07 should tell your constituents that we 07-09 expose this issue because we're ensuring 07-13 that the Inspector General conducts a 07-14 thorough and effective investigation and 07-17 if there is any evidence of impropriety 07-18 he's going to surface it and report 07-20 about it publicly I'll try
10 minutes | 3 years ago
President Trump Gives Remarks at the Opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
President Trump Gives Remarks at the Opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Some protested by not attending, but President Trump was fantastic! Thank you, President Trump. 00 - 00 thank you very much thank you and I do 00 - 03 love Mississippi it's a great place and 00 - 06 thank you 00 - 08 governor Bryant for that kind 00 - 10 introduction and for honoring me with 00 - 12 this invitation to be with you today I 00 - 16 also want to recognize Secretary ben 00 - 18 Carson and his wonderful wife kandi for 00 - 22 joining us thank you 00 - 23 Thank You Ben Thank You kandi I 00 - 26 especially want to thank you justice 00 - 30 Ruben Anderson great man with a great 00 - 33 reputation even outside of the state of 00 - 37 Mississippi I have to tell you that so 00 - 40 thank you thank you very much and you 00 - 44 are an inspiration to us all thank you 00 - 46 judge and we're here today to celebrate 00 - 48 the opening of two really extraordinary 00 - 53 museums and I just took a tour the 00 - 57 Mississippi State history museum and the 01 - 00 Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to all 01 - 04 who helped make these wonderful places 01 - 06 possible we are truly grateful we thank 01 - 09 you we admire you it was hard work it 01 - 13 was long hours sell a lot of money and I 01 - 16 know the governor helped with that you 01 - 18 know that was a great thing you've done 01 - 19 that's a great legacy fill right there 01 - 22 just that in itself but it really is a 01 - 25 beautiful beautiful place and it's an 01 - 28 honor these museums are labors of love 01 - 31 love for Mississippi love for your 01 - 34 nation love for god-given dignity 01 - 37 written into every human soul these 01 - 41 buildings embody the hope that has lived 01 - 45 in the hearts of every American for 01 - 48 generations the hope in a future that is 01 - 51 more just and more free the civil rights 01 - 56 museum records the oppression cruelty 01 - 58 and injustice inflicted on the African 02 - 01 American community the fight to end 02 - 04 slavery to break down Jim Crow to end 02 - 08 segregation to gain 02 - 11 the right to vote and to achieve the 02 - 14 sacred birthright of equality here 02 - 18 [Applause] 02 - 22 that's big stuff that's big stuff those 02 - 26 are very big phrases very big words here 02 - 30 we memorialize the brave men and women 02 - 33 who struggle to sacrifice and sacrifice 02 - 37 so much so that others might live in 02 - 40 freedom among those we honor are the 02 - 44 Christian pastors who started the civil 02 - 47 rights movement in their own churches 02 - 49 preaching like Reverend Martin Luther 02 - 51 King jr. man that would have studied and 02 - 56 watched and admired from my entire life 03 - 00 that we're all made in the image of our 03 - 04 Lord students like james Meredith who 03 - 09 were persecuted for standing up for 03 - 12 their right to the same education as 03 - 15 every other American student young 03 - 19 people like the nine brave students who 03 - 22 quietly said and they said very 03 - 27 stoically but very proudly at the 03 - 31 Jackson Public Library in 1961 and by 03 - 37 the way I would add the word very 03 - 39 bravely they said very bravely 03 - 41 and finally martyrs like Sargent Medgar 03 - 45 Wylie Evers 03 - 52 whose brother I just met at the plane 03 - 55 and who I liked a lot I have to stand up 03 - 58 please come on stand up you were so nice 04 - 01 I appreciate it 04 - 02 you were so nice thank you very much 04 - 05 medgar joined the US Army in 1943 when 04 - 09 he was 17 years old he fought in 04 - 12 Normandy in the Second World War and 04 - 14 when he came back home to Mississippi he 04 - 18 kept fighting for the same rights and 04 - 20 freedom that he had defended in the war 04 - 24 Evers became a civil rights leader 04 - 28 in his community he helped fellow 04 - 31 African Americans register to vote 04 - 34 organized boycotts and investigated 04 - 37 grave and justices against very innocent 04 - 41 people for his courageous leadership in 04 - 44 the civil rights movement mr. Evers was 04 - 48 assassinated by a member of the KKK in 04 - 52 the driveway of his own home we are 04 - 57 deeply privileged to be joined today by 05 - 01 his incredible would have somebody 05 - 04 that's loved throughout large sections 05 - 08 of our country beyond this area so I 05 - 13 just want to say hello to him early 05 - 15 Murli well how was your morning thank 05 - 21 you so much 05 - 23 highly respected thank you 05 - 29 [Applause] 05 - 35 Thank You Murli and his brothers Charles 05 - 39 Thank You Charles again for decades they 05 - 42 have carried on medgar's real legacy and 05 - 46 a legacy like few people have and few 05 - 49 people can even think and I want to 05 - 52 thank them for their tremendous service 05 - 54 to our nation less than a month before 05 - 57 Evers death he delivered a historic 06 - 00 televised address to the people of 06 - 03 Jackson on the issue of civil rights in 06 - 06 that speech he said the following the 06 - 09 African American has been here in 06 - 11 America since 1619 this country is his 06 - 18 home he wants to do his part to help 06 - 20 make this city state and nation a better 06 - 24 place for everyone regardless of color 06 - 27 or race Medgar Evers loved his family 06 - 32 his community in his country and he knew 06 - 36 it was long past time for his nation to 06 - 39 fulfill its founding promise to treat 06 - 43 every citizen as an equal child of God 06 - 53 four days after he was murdered sergeant 06 - 58 Evers was laid to rest in Arlington 07 - 00 National Cemetery with full military 07 - 04 honors in Arlington he lies besides men 07 - 09 and women of all races backgrounds and 07 - 11 walks of life who have served and 07 - 14 sacrificed for our country their 07 - 18 headstones do not mark the color of 07 - 20 their skin but immortalize the courage 07 - 24 of their deeds their memories are carved 07 - 28 in stone as American heroes 07 - 31 that is what Medgar Evers was he was a 07 - 34 great American hero 07 - 36 that is what others honored in this 07 - 39 museum were true American heroes today 07 - 44 we strive to be worthy of their 07 - 46 sacrifice we pray for inspiration from 07 - 49 their example we want our country to be 07 - 51 a place where every child from every 07 - 55 background can grow up free from fear 07 - 57 innocent of hatred and surrounded by 08 - 01 love opportunity and hope today we pay 08 - 06 solemn tribute to our heroes of the past 08 - 09 and dedicate ourselves to building a 08 - 12 future of freedom equality justice and 08 - 18 peace and I want to congratulate your 08 - 21 great governor and all of the people in 08 - 24 this room who were so inspirational to 08 - 28 so many others to get out and get this 08 - 31 done this is an incredible tribute not 08 - 35 only to the state of Mississippi a state 08 - 39 that I love a state where I've had great 08 - 42 success this is a tribute to our nation 08 - 46 at the highest level this is a great 08 - 49 thing you've done and I want to 08 - 51 congratulate you and just say god bless 08 - 55 you and God bless america thank you very 08 - 58 much thank you thank you all very much 09 - 02 [Applause] 09 - 04 [Music]
6 minutes | 3 years ago
What Happens When Google Disagrees With You?
What Happens When Google Disagrees With You? Is Google open to a diverse array of viewpoints? Or is it an ideological echo chamber? Just ask former Google software engineer James Damore. He was fired for disagreeing with Google's (left-wing) orthodoxy. In this video, James shares his story. Google/YouTube continues to restrict over 30 PragerU videos and deem them "inappropriate for young audiences". Or is it an ideological echo chamber? Just ask former Google software engineer James Damore. He was fired for disagreeing with Google's (left-wing) orthodoxy. In this video, James shares his story I used to be a senior software engineer at Google. Until they fired me. For doing something unforgivable... Something so controversial that it was the number one news story for days. My crime: I wrote an internal document that, among other things, suggested that men and women, on average, are different. Like I told you: Unforgivable. The politically progressive viewpoint, which is dominant at Google and in the media, is that all disparities in society are due to injustices. Or, in this case, that the gender gap in tech is solely due to some form of sexism. But is this true? The politically correct answer is: yes. And Google acts accordingly. It treats men and women differently during hiring and promotion, holds official women-only events, and gives mandatory sensitivity training on how to combat alleged sexist bias. Of course, all of this makes sense if sexism is indeed the sole cause of the imbalance. But what if men and women are not exactly the same? Then, sexism is just one of many possible causes of the imbalance, and exclusionary programs and differential treatment can be a counterproductive form of sexism. These practices actually increase tensions and make some feel like Google cares more about their gender than their programming ability. As an engineer, when I’m faced with a problem, I want to solve it. So, I decided to research the premise: that men and women are exactly the same. I wrote my findings in a 10-page document titled, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” You can read it online. What did I discover? That not all of the male-female disparity in tech may be the result of sexism.That at least some of it may be attributed to men and women having different goals for their careers and their lives. To cite just two examples: In the study, ”Women, Careers, and Work-Life Preferences,” published in the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, the study’s authors conclude that women across populations tend to look for more work-life balance, while men tend to have a higher drive for status. And according to a study by Cal State Fullerton psychologist Richard Lippa, men, on average, tend to be more interested in things, while women tend to be more interested in people. These findings have been replicated many times. They’ve actually been cited by other researchers as a cause for the gender gap in tech. In other words, I didn’t make this stuff up. In fact, after my document came under attack, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller said its “empirical claims are scientifically accurate.” But Google disagreed. Like…really disagreed. First, the company’s newly appointed VP of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance, Danielle Brown, posted a memo that said my report “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.” Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, sent a memo to all employees saying that I “cross[ed] the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes.” This was, he added, “not O.K.” Then, he fired me. By that point, much to my shock, my document had gone viral. News outlets were branding it an “anti-diversity manifesto.” But if they had read what I wrote, they could see for themselves that it was pro-diversity. I had suggested multiple ways that we could get more women into tech without resorting to counterproductive discrimination. Ironic, isn’t it? The company that hires some of the smartest people in the world couldn’t handle a well-reasoned, scientific discussion. But my firing pales in comparison to a larger issue: Will Google force upon its users the same politically correct views that it forces upon its employees? The evidence is disturbing. Google already manipulates its products to fit a certain viewpoint. Just one example: YouTube, Google’s video platform, restricts access to dozens of PragerU videos, along with videos made by other influential moderates and conservatives. Yes—Google is a business and can set its own policies. But for its billions of users, Google is their main gateway to information, the lens through which they view the world. This makes Google, in some ways, more powerful than even the government. And that means Google has a special responsibility to, well…simply follow its own motto: “Don’t be evil.” I’m James Damore for Prager University.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
How can the States Fix the Federal Government
How can the States Fix the Federal Government A Convention of States and Article V of the Constitution. Washington is gigantic, corrupt, and unaccountable. Can it be fixed? Learn more about the Convention of States and Article V of the Constitution. Jim DeMint, former Senator from South Carolina, explains. The federal government has become a lumbering giant. With each passing year, it gets bigger and scarier. In 1965, Washington was 761 billion dollars big. In 2016... it was 3.5 trillion – five times the size. If the government spent only the money it collected in taxes, that would be one thing. But it always spends more—which is why we’re $20 trillion dollars in debt. That’s 13 zeroes. Count ‘em: Thirteen. But the crazy spending isn’t even the worst of it. Washington is involved in every part of our lives. Think about anything you do, from driving your car to buying your groceries to mowing your lawn. Whatever it is—your education, your job, your health— the government has its hands on your shoulder, if not on your throat. As a congressman and senator for 14 years, I know this only too well. So, how do we cut this giant down to size? Is it even possible? Yes. And the amazing thing is, the answer is right in front of us. The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, foresaw the situation we find ourselves in today. They wrote into the Constitution a way to repair Washington...not from the inside, because that will never happen but from the outside, where it might. It’s right there in Article 5. Most people are familiar with the first part: “The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution...” All 27 Amendments we have now started this way. Congress proposed them and at least three-quarters of the states ratified them. But is this the only way to amend the Constitution? Well, let’s read the next clause: It says that Congress, “…on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments...” Did you catch that? Congress must call a convention to amend the Constitution if two-thirds of the states—that’s 34 states—demand it. The time has come to demand it. The time has come to propose amendments that will restore meaningful limits on federal power and authority. The time has come for a convention of states. Here’s how it would work: Once the 34 states call a convention, all 50 states send a delegate to represent their interests. For any constitutional amendments proposed, each state gets one vote. And an amendment only passes out of the convention and to the states for ratification if a majority of the states’ delegates vote in the affirmative. In this scenario, Congress has no say. It is completely in the hands of the states, which means it’s a whole lot closer to the hands of the people. We’ve never once amended the Constitution this way—but that doesn’t mean we can’t. But, you might ask, doesn’t this open the door to rewriting the entire Constitution? Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice, acknowledged this risk but regarded it as a “minimal” and “reasonable” one. Why? Because to be ratified, a proposed amendment would need the approval of 38 states. That’s a high bar. Thirty-eight states would never agree to something radical like abolishing freedom of speech. “The Founders,” Scalia said, “knew the Congress would be unwilling to give attention to many issues the people are concerned with, particularly those involving restrictions on the federal government’s own power... [so] they provided the convention [of states] as a remedy.” This should not be a partisan, left/right, Democrat/Republican issue. This should be a "who controls your life" issue: you or the government? Today, politicians can turn your life upside down on a whim, kind of like King George in 1775. Being at the mercy of distant, disconnected rulers was why the American Revolution was fought in the first place! But we don’t need a revolution. We have Article Five. So, what amendments might a Convention of States propose to limit Washington’s power? Term limits, for one. No one should be in Congress for 20 or 30 years. The only people who disagree have been in Congress for 20 or 30 years. And how about a limit on taxes, spending, and borrowing? Since you began this video, the national debt has gone up $8.4 million dollars. Here’s one more idea: A constitutional amendment that Congress can't exempt itself from the laws it passes—something it’s done dozens of times, from insider trading to Obamacare. Now, I don’t believe a Convention of States will solve all of America’s problems. But the Founders put it in the Constitution for a reason. They knew a time would come when Washington would become so big, and so intrusive, that only we the people could cut it down to size. That time is now. I’m Jim DeMint for Prager University.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
The Southern Poverty Law Center ☠ A Hate Group ☠
The Southern Poverty Law Center ☠ A Hate Group ☠ The "Anti-Hate" Group That Is a Hate Group Shutting down people you don’t agree with is about as un-American as you can get. Rigorous debate, honest discussion, open exchange of ideas—that’s the American way. But free thinking and speech are threatened today by a group with a sweet-sounding name that conceals a nefarious purpose. This group is called the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC. Originally founded as a civil-rights law firm in 1971, the SPLC reinvented itself in the mid-‘80s as a political attack group. Every year now it produces a new list of people and charities it claims are “extremists” and “haters.” Aided by glowing coverage from the establishment media, the SPLC’s hate list has become a weapon for taking individuals and groups they disagree with and tarring them with ugly associations. The SPLC employs a two-pronged strategy: First, find a handful of crazies with barely any followers, no address, and no staff, and blow them up into a dangerous movement— proof that there are neo-Nazis lurking everywhere. On their notorious “Hate Map,” the SPLC lists 917 separate hate groups in the U.S.! No one has even heard of more than a handful of them. The second strategy of the SPLC is to undermine legitimate political voices that they oppose by associating them with extremists like the KKK. Take the charity known as the Alliance Defending Freedom. The SPLC lists them as a “hate group.” Is that fair? Well, the ADF has a network of 3,000 attorneys from all across the U.S. who’ve donated more than a million volunteer hours in defense of religious liberty. They’ve had a role in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court. Putting the Alliance Defending Freedom on a list with 130 Ku Klux Klan chapters is not only wrong, it’s malicious. According to the SPLC, one of the most influential social scientists in the U.S.— Charles Murray—is a, quote, “white nationalist.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson for the rights of Muslim women, is, to the SPLC, a “toxic... anti-Muslim extremist.” Scores of other individuals and charities active in mainstream conservative or religious causes have likewise been branded by the Southern Poverty Law Center as threats to society. Mind you, it is entirely fair to disagree with any of those folks. But it is utterly unfair to call them haters or extremists. The largest category listed by the SPLC as extremists—with 623 entries—covers groups like the Tea Party organizations that are wary of centralized government. Last time we checked, favoring smaller government was a mainstream and perfectly honorable American tradition. What is not honorable is the course prescribed by a leader of the SPLC, Mark Potok, who was caught on video proclaiming the organization’s true intentions. He told a group of supporters, quote, “the press will describe us as ‘monitoring hate groups’…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.” Portraying someone with political views different from your own as a public menace is bullying. And it’s a dangerous game. Instead of reducing hate and violence, the SPLC’s name-calling directly incites it. In March 2017, Charles Murray was trying to discuss his acclaimed book Coming Apart at Middlebury College when he was violently attacked by protesters inflamed by the SPLC’s labeling of him as a racist. A professor escorting Murray ended up in the hospital. In 2012, a gunman attempted mass murder at the Family Research Council, and failed only because the first man he shot managed to disarm him. The attacker told the police he acted because the SPLC had listed the Family Research Council as a hate group. It’s a vicious irony: while promoting itself as a monitor of “hate groups,” the SPLC has, in practice, become a fomenter of hate. Yet the group rolls on, bigger than ever. What keeps them going? For one thing, the establishment media constantly quote them. Scare stories about right-wing storm-troopers are a sure way to attract eyeballs, and fit nicely with the media’s own preconceptions of the “dangerous reactionaries” lurking out there in middle America. Second, alarmism is a great fundraising technique. Convincing people there are fascists everywhere has turned the SPLC into a cash machine. Last year, the group hustled $50 million dollars out of frightened liberal donors, adding to the $368 million dollars of assets they were already sitting on. So, the next time you see the Southern Poverty Law Center quoted in the news, just remember: the masterminds behind the SPLC aren’t eliminating hate. They are fueling it. I’m Karl Zinsmeister for Prager University.
42 minutes | 3 years ago
President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform to American Truckers
President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform to American Truckers in Harrisburg, PA The American Trucking Association. The current tax code is a disaster and needs to be reformed for all Americans. President Donald J. Trump is committed to bringing historic tax relief to the American people based on four key ideas – cutting taxes for every day Americans, simplifying the tax code, giving business the competitive edge, and investing in America. Today, President Trump is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver this message on tax reform to the American Trucking Association. The American Trucking Associations, founded in 1933, is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Trucking Leaders Join President Trump in Calling for Tax Reform Reducing Rates Will Allow Industry to Expand, Add Jobs Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Today, leaders with the American Trucking Associations joined President Trump in calling on Congress to quickly act on comprehensive tax reform as a way of growing the economy and creating jobs. “While trucking sustains the vitality of the U.S. economy, we also carry a heavy tax burden, paying the highest corporate tax rate of any transportation mode,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “That is why we joined President Trump at today’s event, in support of his plan to reform our tax code. We urge Congress to follow the President’s lead and pass tax reform by year’s end. “Hearing the President specifically call out the benefits of tax reform for ATA’s members and the trucking industry underscores the need for this effort. We urge Congress to work with the President to achieve the goal of reducing the rates families and small businesses pay in taxes,” he said. Spear was joined at the event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by several ATA members, in support of the tax reform effort. “Few industries are as connected to every facet of the American economy as trucking. From that vantage point, we can see clearly what the President’s tax reform plan would do to drive our economy,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio. “Every day, we proudly do our job to move America forward. We join the President in calling on Congress to do the same. “Lower rates equals money that can be used to hire and pay drivers – the top job in 29 states. It can be used to purchase new, safer equipment, or hire highly skilled technicians to maintain it,” Spear said. “By easing the tax burden on the truckers that literally move our economy, Congress will enable us to invest in our employees, equipment and the growth of our companies. Higher tax rates mean higher transportation costs, which make everyday goods more expensive – hurting lower-income Americans the most. By contrast, the benefits of lowered rates will reverberate up and down the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the small business and individual household.” “Passing tax reform would help me as the owner of a small family-owned business, by not only helping us add drivers and trucks, but in allowing this business to stay in my family by eliminating the estate tax,” said ATA member Calvin Ewell, president of H.R. Ewell Inc., East Earl, Pennsylvania. “Trucking is a low-single-digit-margin business, and family-owned companies aren’t flush with cash, but they have millions in capital tied up in trucks and facilities, so eliminating this tax will preserve our small family trucking businesses as a small family business.” American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
6 minutes | 3 years ago
President Trump - Remarks on Las Vegas Mass Murder
President Trump - Remarks on Las Vegas Mass Murder It was an act of pure evil Thank you. My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops. I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired, is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about. Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you. And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period. Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims. In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will. Forever. In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope. Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they loved so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear. May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost, may God give us the grace of healing and may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on. Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.
20 minutes | 3 years ago
Steve Scalise full address to Congress since his Attempted Murder
US Representative Steve Scalise full address to Congress since his Attempted Murder Attest to the Power of Prayer, Thanks God, and Capitol Police Transcript 00 - 05 the gentleman is recognized for as much 00 - 08 time as he may consume 00 - 11 Wow Thank You mr. speaker 00 - 15 you have no idea how great this feels to 00 - 18 be back here at work in the people's 00 - 21 house 00 - 22 [Applause] 00 - 27 as you can imagine these last three and 00 - 29 a half months have been pretty 00 - 30 challenging times for me and my family 00 - 33 but if you look at the outpouring of 00 - 38 love of warmth of prayer my gosh 00 - 44 Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed 00 - 46 with all of that outpouring and it's 00 - 48 given us the strength to get through all 00 - 50 of this and to get to this point today 00 - 53 and it starts with God 01 - 00 [Applause] 01 - 05 when I was laying out on that ball field 01 - 08 the first thing I did once I was down 01 - 10 and I couldn't move anymore as I just 01 - 13 started to pray and I will tell you it 01 - 15 gave me an unbelievable sense of calm 01 - 18 knowing that at that point it was in 01 - 20 God's hands but I prayed for very 01 - 22 specific things and I'll tell you pretty 01 - 28 much every one of those prayers was 01 - 29 answered and and there were some pretty 01 - 32 challenging prayers I was putting in 01 - 33 God's hands 01 - 34 but he he really did deliver for me and 01 - 39 my family and it just gives you that 01 - 41 renewed faith in understanding that the 01 - 45 power of prayer is something that you 01 - 46 just cannot underestimate 01 - 50 [Applause] 01 - 57 so I am definitely a living example that 02 - 00 miracles really do happen the first 02 - 05 place I want to go to to thank true 02 - 08 angels along the way starts with the 02 - 12 United States Capitol Police 02 - 39 [Music] 02 - 46 when I was elected Majority Whip as you 02 - 49 know the elected leadership has a 02 - 51 security detail and if anybody ever 02 - 54 wondered why we're signed security 02 - 57 detail 02 - 58 I surely found out that day and let me 03 - 01 tell you I want to specifically mention 03 - 04 crystal Greiner and David Bailey 03 - 07 [Applause] 03 - 34 crystal and David were signed to my 03 - 37 security detail that morning and day in 03 - 41 and day out they're they're part of our 03 - 42 family Jennifer I truly do treat him as 03 - 44 part of our family because they're with 03 - 45 us everywhere we go and on that day it 03 - 48 was no different On June 14th 03 - 50 they came 6 - 30 in the morning we arrived 03 - 53 at the baseball field just to play in 03 - 55 practice for a game of charity baseball 03 - 58 and nobody would have suspected what 04 - 01 ensued and yet as soon as those shots 04 - 04 were fired I'll tell you when I was 04 - 06 laying on the ground one of the things I 04 - 09 prayed for is that David and Krystle 04 - 12 would be successful in carrying out 04 - 15 their duties and both David and Krystal 04 - 19 are incredibly well trained incredibly 04 - 21 for professional but when I was laying 04 - 23 there not long after the first couple of 04 - 25 shots were fired 04 - 26 I could hear a different caliber weapon 04 - 28 and that told me that they had 04 - 30 immediately engaged the shooter and let 04 - 32 me tell you if they didn't act so 04 - 33 quickly and even after being shot both 04 - 36 themselves continued to engage the 04 - 39 shooter and ultimately got him down 04 - 41 which not only saved my life but saved 04 - 44 the life of a lot of other people that 04 - 45 are here in this chamber today Krystle 04 - 48 couldn't be with us today but David 04 - 50 Bailey is with us David you are my hero 04 - 52 you saved my life and everything thank 04 - 54 you so much 05 - 22 Tiger blood I also think those thanks to 05 - 28 a lot of the people that run the field 05 - 29 with me right after the shooter was down 05 - 32 a lot of my colleagues came and ran to 05 - 34 come check on me and one I want to 05 - 36 mention in particular is one of those 05 - 39 things that Jennifer and I call the the 05 - 41 little miracles that happened that day 05 - 44 and throughout the next few months of 05 - 47 our recovery happen to have Brad 05 - 50 Wenstrup on the field that day and he 05 - 53 was one of the first to come to my side 05 - 54 and as you know Brad's not only a doctor 05 - 57 but he's a decorated Army Ranger who 05 - 59 served in combat in one of his roles and 06 - 02 missions was to take care of people that 06 - 04 were wounded before they went off on the 06 - 06 helicopter to go get prepared who would 06 - 09 have thought that God would have put 06 - 11 Brad out there on that field with me 06 - 13 because the tourniquet he applied many 06 - 15 will tell you saved my life so that I 06 - 17 can actually make it to the hospital in 06 - 19 time with all the blood loss so Brad 06 - 21 where you at 06 - 22 [Applause] 06 - 54 once I arrived at MedStar Hospital I was 06 - 57 a little bit out of it at that point but 06 - 59 luckily I ended up in the trusted hands 07 - 03 of dr. Jack Sava and his great team over 07 - 07 at MedStar they gave me a second chance 07 - 09 at life and through many many surgeries 07 - 13 where my life was truly in the balance a 07 - 15 few of those they did a wonderful job at 07 - 18 making sure that I was well taken care 07 - 20 of and ultimately made it through that 07 - 22 point so I could get to dr. golden and 07 - 25 his team who actually put me back 07 - 27 together again which was quite a task to 07 - 30 the point where I'm actually able to 07 - 32 relearn how to walk again 07 - 33 so I doctored dr. Sava dr. golden thank 07 - 36 you for being here and thanks for your 07 - 37 team 07 - 58 above all else I want to thank my lovely 08 - 03 wife Jennifer 08 - 05 [Applause] 08 - 30 those you know or know how strong 08 - 32 Jennifer is she's an incredibly warm and 08 - 35 loving wife and she's an incredible 08 - 38 mother to our children and somehow 08 - 40 through the late nights and the 08 - 42 surgeries and all the other things she 08 - 44 managed to hold our family together to 08 - 46 make sure that Harrison and Madison were 08 - 48 cared for as well and still to this day 08 - 51 she's not only by my side but she's also 08 - 53 serving as a great mother I am lucky to 08 - 56 have you thanks for being here love you 08 - 58 sweetheart 08 - 58 [Applause] 09 - 05 and while it's been a challenge in time 09 - 08 for my family the thing that really 09 - 10 overwhelmed us from the start was the 09 - 13 outpouring of love and warmth and 09 - 16 prayers from Southeast Louisiana the 09 - 20 district that I represent we saw blood 09 - 22 drives at st. Catherine we saw prayer 09 - 25 groups at First United Methodist Church 09 - 28 in Slidell but what we also saw were 09 - 31 prayer groups and well-wishes being 09 - 35 given from people that we'd never met 09 - 37 before throughout all of your districts 09 - 39 and you shared it with me and it was one 09 - 43 of those things that was hard for us to 09 - 44 completely comprehend that you had 09 - 46 people from all walks of life that had 09 - 49 never met me before and yet they saw 09 - 52 what had happened and they just wanted 09 - 54 to offer prayers and let me tell you - 09 - 57 each and every one of you and please 09 - 59 convey it to your constituents and I 10 - 00 sure convey it to my constituents back 10 - 02 home that warmth and love gave us just 10 - 06 incredible strength that you can't 10 - 08 imagine during some really really 10 - 09 difficult times and so that is one more 10 - 12 example of the power of prayer something 10 - 16 else I saw firsthand wasn't a surprise 10 - 18 to me but it was the outpouring of love 10 - 21 from you my colleagues both Republican 10 - 23 and Democrat I know right after the 10 - 27 shooting we were practicing on the 10 - 30 Republican side the Democrats were 10 - 31 practicing too and my colleague and 10 - 34 friend and sometimes archrival in 10 - 36 baseball from back home in New Orleans 10 - 38 unfortunately the star of the game too 10 - 40 many times Cedric Richmond somehow 10 - 44 figured out which hospital I was sent to 10 - 45 and got there probably the first person 10 - 48 there on the scene in his baseball 10 - 50 uniform to check on me so many others of 10 - 53 you again both Republican and Democrat 10 - 56 reached out in ways that I can't express 10 - 58 the gratitude and how much it means to 11 - 01 me Jennifer and our whole family it 11 - 04 really does show the warm side of 11 - 06 Congress that very few people get to see 11 - 09 and so I want to thank each and every 11 - 11 one of you for that you don't know how 11 - 12 much it meant to me and when I come back 11 - 14 into this chamber here today it just 11 - 16 seeing the faces of all of you 11 - 19 it just means more to me than you can 11 - 21 imagine so thanks for all of that love 11 - 23 and support 11 - 24 Oh 11 - 33 a lot of people ask did this event 11 - 37 change you and I think those even know 11 - 39 me no I'm a I'm an optimistic person I'm 11 - 42 you know just a fun-loving person I'm 11 - 44 from south Louisiana and we believe you 11 - 46 work hard and you play hard and Jawad 11 - 48 2 - v is an event like this gonna really 11 - 51 change that and and the first thing I 11 - 53 can tell you is yes it changed me but 11 - 55 not in the ways you might think it's 11 - 58 it's only strengthened my faith in God 12 - 01 and it's really crystallized what what 12 - 06 shows up as the goodness in people I got 12 - 09 to see that goodness in people and so 12 - 12 while some people might focus on a 12 - 14 tragic event and an evil act to me all I 12 - 18 remember are the thousands of acts of 12 - 21 kindness and love and warmth that came 12 - 23 out of this and kept me going through 12 - 24 all of it and again just re-emphasize 12 - 26 just how wonderful most people are and 12 - 29 how how much compassion there is out 1
42 minutes | 3 years ago
President Donald Trump Speech to the 72nd Session of the United Nations
President Donald Trump Speech to the 72nd Session of the United Nations Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime *With special commentary by Rush Limbaugh* United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th. The stock market is at an all-time high -- a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time. And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly. Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed. We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve. But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people; force dislocation and mass migration; threaten our borders; and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens. To put it simply, we meet at a time of both of immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear. This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity. It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those three beautiful pillars -- they’re pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity. The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations. The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.” To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world. We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success. Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect. Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God. In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution -- the oldest constitution still in use in the world today. This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are: “We the people.” Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history. 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. Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens -- to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first. (Applause.) All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people. The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else. But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure. America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America's devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies, from the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia. It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion, or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope. We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideology. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goals, interests, and values. That realism forces us to confront a question facing every leader and nation in this room. It is a question we cannot escape or avoid. We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face. Or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today, so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow? If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures. We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow. And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror. The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength. No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more. We were all witness to the regime's de
7 minutes | 4 years ago
How's Socialism Doing in Venezuela?
How's Socialism Doing in Venezuela? The Maduro Diet = Starvation Once there was a South American country with a promising future. It had a functioning democracy, a rapidly developing economy, and a growing middle class. All the important indicators, including education, health care, and foreign investment, were pointed in the right direction. It was far from perfect, but the mood was hopeful – and with good reason. But now all that promise is gone. The country is a failed state, a hollowed-out shell of its former self. Services like power and water are sporadic. The most basic consumer goods, from bread to toilet paper, are in chronically short supply. Crime has skyrocketed. Freedom of the press is almost non-existent. Democracy has been replaced by a virtual dictatorship. The country is, I’m sorry to say, my beloved Venezuela, a place in which my family has deep roots. I can tell you what happened to it in one word: socialism. In 1999, then-candidate for president Hugo Chavez promised to lead the people of Venezuela to a socialist paradise. His theme was “Esperanza y Cambio” – “Hope and Change.” “Venezuela is a nation of great wealth,” Chavez said, “but it’s being stolen from its citizens by the evil capitalists and the evil corporations.” This wrong would be righted, he assured the voters, if they elected him. And they did. To their everlasting regret. Chavez drew inspiration from his mentor, Fidel Castro. Like his mentor, he enjoyed giving speeches – some that lasted as many as seven hours! He even gave himself his own weekly television show where he would spontaneously break into song. Here’s a rule: When your nation’s leader starts singing on national television, you’re in trouble. Under Chavez, the government of Venezuela took over industry after industry. The government, he assured everyone, would run these businesses better than private enterprise, and the profits would be “shared” by the people. With great fanfare, he tore up contracts with multinational oil and gas companies and demanded that they pay much higher royalties. When they refused, he told them to leave. They did. His image was burnished by Hollywood celebrities who flocked to see the great work he was doing – taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor. Progressive politicians from the US and Europe also praised him lavishly. Here’s another rule: When Hollywood celebrities visit your country to praise your leader, you’re in trouble. When the leader sings on national television and is praised by Hollywood celebrities, you’re doomed. Socialism always works in the beginning, so people are fooled...in the beginning. It’s easy for governments to confiscate money, but eventually, there’s no more money to confiscate. In the case of Venezuela, I mean that literally: People who could get money out of the country, did. Many left the country altogether – nearly 2 million, according to Venezuelan sociologist Tomás Páez. The wealth creators continued to create wealth, but they created it somewhere else – Miami or Madrid and other places around the world. When Chavez first ran for President in 1999, he said he would leave in two years if people weren’t happy with him. But, like Castro, Chavez never had any intention of giving up power. He died in office in 2013, replaced by his vice president, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is Chavez without the charisma or the voice. The country is now a pariah, shunned by the world and isolated. It’s so bad that many international airlines refuse to fly there. People stand in lines for hours just to get food. Sometimes they walk away empty-handed. A recent survey found that 75 percent of Venezuelan adults lost weight in 2016 – an average of 19 pounds. This national weight-loss program is known cynically as “the Maduro diet.” Still, Maduro holds onto power. Opposition leaders and journalists who report the truth are jailed. Venezuela is a cautionary tale. Once a country goes down a socialist path, there’s no easy way back. And the longer a country stays socialist, the harder it is to reform it. Venezuela has been socialist for two decades. If you don’t think it can happen here, whether “here” is the United States or Europe or anywhere else, you’re fooling yourself. When people get used to depending on the government – no matter how poor they remain – that dependency is hard to break. That’s why you should never buy the socialist lie. Socialism is a drug. And like a drug, it feels great – at first. But eventually, it will ruin your country. Just like it ruined Venezuela. I’m Debbie D’Souza for Prager University.
25 minutes | 4 years ago
President Trump - Presidential Address to the Nation on Afghanistan
President Trump - Presidential Address to the Nation on Afghanistan Terrorists take heed - America will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat. 0 - 00 The President - Vice President Pence, 0 - 03 Secretary of State Tillerson, 0 - 05 members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, 0 - 10 Deputy Secretary Shanahan, 0 - 13 and Colonel Duggan. 0 - 16 Most especially, thank you to the men 0 - 20 and women of Fort Myer 0 - 22 and every member of the United States 0 - 24 military at home and abroad. 0 - 28 We send our thoughts and prayers 0 - 30 to the families of our brave sailors 0 - 33 who were injured and lost 0 - 34 after a tragic collision at sea, 0 - 37 as well as to those conducting 0 - 39 the search and recovery efforts. 0 - 43 I am here tonight to lay out our path forward 0 - 45 in Afghanistan and South Asia. 0 - 50 But before I provide the details 0 - 52 of our new strategy, 0 - 54 I want to say a few words 0 - 55 to the servicemembers here with us tonight, 0 - 59 to those watching from their posts, 1 - 02 and to all Americans listening at home. 1 - 08 Since the founding of our republic, 1 - 09 our country has produced a special class of heroes 1 - 14 whose selflessness, courage, 1 - 17 and resolve is unmatched in human history. 1 - 21 American patriots from every generation 1 - 24 have given their last breath on the battlefield 1 - 28 for our nation 1 - 30 and for our freedom. 1 - 33 Through their lives -- 1 - 36 and though their lives were cut short, 1 - 40 in their deeds they achieved 1 - 42 total immortality. 1 - 45 By following the heroic example of those 1 - 49 who fought to preserve our republic, 1 - 52 we can find the inspiration 1 - 54 our country needs to unify, to heal, 1 - 58 and to remain one nation under God. 2 - 04 The men and women of our military operate 2 - 07 as one team, 2 - 09 with one shared mission, 2 - 11 and one shared sense of purpose. 2 - 15 They transcend every line of race, 2 - 19 ethnicity, creed, 2 - 20 and color to serve together -- 2 - 22 and sacrifice together -- 2 - 25 in absolutely perfect cohesion. 2 - 29 That is because all servicemembers 2 - 32 are brothers and sisters. 2 - 36 They're all part of the same family; 2 - 40 it's called the American family. 2 - 43 They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, 2 - 48 and live according to the same law. 2 - 53 They are bound together by common purpose, 2 - 56 mutual trust, 2 - 57 and selfless devotion to our nation 3 - 00 and to each other. 3 - 02 The soldier understands what we, as a nation, 3 - 06 too often forget that a wound 3 - 09 inflicted upon a single member of our community 3 - 14 is a wound inflicted upon us all. 3 - 19 When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. 3 - 25 And when one citizen suffers an injustice, 3 - 28 we all suffer together. 3 - 32 Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty 3 - 35 to one another. 3 - 37 Love for America 3 - 38 requires love for all of its people. 3 - 43 When we open our hearts to patriotism, 3 - 46 there is no room for prejudice, 3 - 49 no place for bigotry, 3 - 51 and no tolerance for hate. 3 - 55 The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad 4 - 00 deserve to return to a country 4 - 02 that is not at war with itself at home. 4 - 07 We cannot remain a force for peace in the world 4 - 11 if we are not at peace with each other. 4 - 15 As we send our bravest 4 - 16 to defeat our enemies overseas -- 4 - 19 and we will always win -- 4 - 21 let us find the courage 4 - 23 to heal our divisions within. 4 - 27 Let us make a simple promise to the men 4 - 29 and women we ask to fight in our name that, 4 - 32 when they return home from battle, 4 - 35 they will find a country 4 - 37 that has renewed 4 - 39 the sacred bonds of love and loyalty 4 - 42 that unite us together as one. 4 - 45 Thanks to the vigilance and skill 4 - 48 of the American military 4 - 50 and of our many allies throughout the world, 4 - 54 horrors on the scale of September 11th -- 4 - 59 and nobody can ever forget that -- 5 - 02 have not been repeated on our shores. 5 - 06 But we must also acknowledge 5 - 08 the reality I am here to talk about tonight - 5 - 11 that nearly 16 years after September 11th attacks, 5 - 15 after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, 5 - 20 the American people are weary of war 5 - 25 without victory. 5 - 28 Nowhere is this more evident 5 - 30 than with the war in Afghanistan, 5 - 32 the longest war in American history -- 5 - 36 17 years. 5 - 38 I share the American people s frustration. 5 - 42 I also share their frustration 5 - 46 over a foreign policy 5 - 47 that has spent too much time, energy, money, 5 - 51 and most importantly lives, 5 - 53 trying to rebuild countries 5 - 55 in our own image, 5 - 57 instead of pursuing our security interests 6 - 00 above all other considerations. 6 - 04 That is why, shortly after my inauguration, 6 - 09 I directed Secretary of Defense Mattis 6 - 12 and my national security team 6 - 15 to undertake a comprehensive review 6 - 18 of all strategic options in Afghanistan 6 - 21 and South Asia. 6 - 24 My original instinct was to pull out -- 6 - 29 and, historically, I like following my instincts. 6 - 34 But all my life I've heard 6 - 36 that decisions are much different 6 - 39 when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; 6 - 43 in other words, 6 - 44 when you're President of the United States. 6 - 48 So I studied Afghanistan in great detail 6 - 51 and from every conceivable angle. 6 - 55 After many meetings, over many months, 6 - 59 we held our final meeting last Friday 7 - 02 at Camp David, 7 - 03 with my Cabinet and generals, 7 - 06 to complete our strategy. 7 - 10 I arrived at three fundamental conclusions 7 - 12 about America s core interests in Afghanistan. 7 - 16 First, our nation must seek an honorable 7 - 20 and enduring outcome 7 - 22 worthy of the tremendous sacrifices 7 - 25 that have been made, 7 - 27 especially the sacrifices of lives. 7 - 32 The men and women who serve our nation 7 - 34 in combat deserve a plan for victory. 7 - 38 They deserve the tools they need, 7 - 40 and the trust they have earned, 7 - 43 to fight and to win. 7 - 45 Second, the consequences of a rapid exit 7 - 50 are both predictable and unacceptable. 7 - 55 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, 7 - 59 was planned and directed from Afghanistan 8 - 03 because that country was ruled by a government 8 - 07 that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. 8 - 11 A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum 8 - 15 that terrorists, 8 - 16 including ISIS and al Qaeda, 8 - 19 would instantly fill, 8 - 21 just as happened before September 11th. 8 - 26 And, as we know, in 2011, 8 - 30 America hastily 8 - 33 and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. 8 - 38 As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back 8 - 42 into the hands of terrorist enemies. 8 - 46 Our soldiers watched as cities 8 - 48 they had fought for, 8 - 49 and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied 8 - 53 by a terrorist group called ISIS. 8 - 57 The vacuum we created by leaving too soon 8 - 59 gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, 9 - 02 to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. 9 - 07 We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake 9 - 11 our leaders made in Iraq. 9 - 15 Third and finally, I concluded 9 - 18 that the security threats 9 - 19 we face in Afghanistan 9 - 21 and the broader region are immense. 9 - 25 Today, 20 U.S.-designated 9 - 28 foreign terrorist organizations 9 - 31 are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- 9 - 34 the highest concentration in any region 9 - 39 anywhere in the world. 9 - 41 For its part, 9 - 42 Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, 9 - 49 violence, and terror. 9 - 52 The threat is worse because 9 - 53 Pakistan and India 9 - 55 are two nuclear-armed states 9 - 58 whose tense relations 9 - 59 threaten to spiral into conflict. 10 - 03 And that could happen. 10 - 05 No one denies that we have inherited 10 - 07 a challenging and troubling situation 10 - 10 in Afghanistan and South Asia, 10 - 13 but we do not have the luxury 10 - 15 of going back in time 10 - 17 and making different or better decisions. 10 - 20 When I became President, 10 - 22 I was given a bad and very complex hand, 10 - 26 but I fully knew what I was getting into - 10 - 28 big and intricate problems. 10 - 31 But, one way or another, 10 - 32 these problems will be solved -- 10 - 35 I'm a problem solver -- 10 - 37 and, in the end, we will win. 10 - 41 We must address the reality of the world 10 - 44 as it exists right now -- the threats we face, 10 - 49 and the confronting of all of the problems 10 - 52 of today, 10 - 54 and extremely predictable consequences 10 - 58 of a hasty withdrawal. 11 - 01 We need look no further than last week's vile, 11 - 04 vicious attack in Barcelona to understand 11 - 09 that terror groups will stop at nothing to commit 11 - 13 the mass murder of innocent men, 11 - 17 women and children. 11 - 19 You saw it for yourself. 11 - 21 Horrible. 11 - 23 As I outlined in my speech 11 - 25 in Saudi Arabia three months ago, 11 - 27 America and our partners are committed 11 - 30 to stripping terrorists of their territory, 11 - 33 cutting off their funding, 11 - 35 and exposing the false allure 11 - 37 of their evil ideology. 11 - 41 Terrorists who slaughter innocent people 11 - 43 will find no glory in this life or the next. 11 - 49 They are nothing but thugs, 11 - 50 and criminals, and predators, 11 - 52 and -- that's right -- losers. 11 - 56 Working alongside our allies, 11 - 58 we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, 12 - 02 keep them from crossing our borders, 12 - 04 and yes, we will defeat them, 12 - 07 and we will defeat them handily. 12 - 10 In Afghanistan and Pakistan, 12 - 12 America's interests are clear - 12 - 15 We must stop the resurgence of safe havens 12 - 19 that enable terrorists to threaten America, 12 - 22 and we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials 12 - 25 from coming into the hands of terrorists 12 - 28 and being used against us, 12 - 30 or
24 minutes | 4 years ago
President Trump Pulling no punches, both sides are to blame Charlottesville Va
President Trump Pulling no punches, both sides are to blame Charlottesville Va And some really good news on the Country's Infrastructure 0-00 hello everybody great to be back in New 0-06 York with all of our friends and some 0-10 great friends outside the building I 0-11 must tell you I want to thank all of our 0-14 distinguished guests who are with us 0-17 today including members of our cabinet 0-20 Treasury Secretary Stephen minuchin OMB 0-24 director Mick Mulvaney and of course our 0-27 transportation secretary who is doing a 0-30 fabulous job Elaine Chao thank you all 0-34 for doing a really incredible and 0-38 creative job on what we're going to be 0-41 discussing today which is infrastructure 0-44 we've just had a great set of briefings 0-48 upstairs on our infrastructure agenda my 0-52 administration is working every day to 0-54 deliver the world-class infrastructure 0-56 that our people deserve and frankly that 0-59 our country deserves that's why I just 1-03 signed a new executive order to 1-05 dramatically reform the nation's badly 1-07 broken infrastructure permitting process 1-11 just blocks away as the Empire State 1-13 Building it took 11 months to build the 1-17 Empire State Building but today it can 1-20 take as long as a decade and much more 1-22 than that many many stores where it 1-25 takes 20 and 25 years just to get 1-28 approvals to start construction of a 1-32 fairly routine highway highway builders 1-36 must get up to 16 different approvals 1-38 involving nine different federal 1-40 agencies governed by 29 different 1-43 statutes one agency alone can stall a 1-46 project for many many years and even 1-48 decades not only does this cost our 1-52 economy billions of dollars but it also 1-55 denies our citizens the safe and modern 1-57 infrastructure they deserve this 2-00 over-regulated permitting process is a 2-02 massive self-inflicted wound on our 2-06 country it's disgraceful denying our 2-10 people much-needed investments in their 2-12 community and 2-13 just want to show you this because it 2-15 was just showing me and I think I think 2-16 I'm going to show it to the media both 2-21 real and fake media by the way this is 2-24 what it takes to get something approved 2-26 today melanne you see that so this is 2-31 what it takes permitting process flow 2-33 chart that's a float yard so that can go 2-36 out to 20 years this shows about 10 but 2-39 that could go out to about 20 years to 2-41 get something approved this is for a 2-44 highway I've seen a highway recently in 2-47 a certain state I won't manage to 2-48 mention its name it's 17 years I could 2-52 have built it for 4 or 5 million dollars 2-54 without the permitting process it costs 2-58 hundreds of millions of dollars but it 3-00 took 17 years to get it approved and 3-04 many many many many pages of 3-09 environmental impact studies this is 3-11 what we will bring it down to this is 3-13 less than 2 years this is gonna happen 3-16 quickly that's what I'm signing today 3-17 this will be less than 2 years for a 3-20 highway so it's going to be quick it's 3-24 going to be a very streamlined process 3-27 and by the way if it doesn't meet 3-29 environmental safeguards we're not going 3-31 to approve it very simple we're not 3-34 going to approve it so this is maybe 3-36 this one will say let's throw the other 3-38 one away would anybody like it from the 3-40 media would anybody like that long 3-42 beautiful chart you can have it 3-44 so my executive order also requires 3-47 agencies to work together efficiently by 3-50 requiring one lead agency for each major 3-54 infrastructure project it also holds 3-58 agencies accountable if they fail to 4-00 streamline their review process so each 4-02 agency is accountable we're gonna get 4-05 infrastructure built quickly 4-09 inexpensively relatively speaking and 4-11 the permitting process will go very very 4-13 quickly no longer will we tolerate one 4-16 job-killing delay after another no 4-19 longer will we accept a broken system 4-21 that benefits consultants and lobbyists 4-25 at the expense of hard-working 4-26 Americans now I knew the process very 4-29 well probably better than anybody I had 4-31 to get permits for this building and 4-33 many of the buildings I built all of the 4-34 buildings I built in Manhattan and many 4-36 other places and I will tell you that 4-40 the consultants are rich people they go 4-44 around making it very difficult they 4-46 lobby Congress they lobby state 4-49 government city governments to make it 4-51 very difficult so that you have to hire 4-52 consultants and that you have to take 4-55 years and pay them a fortune 4-56 so we're streamlining lining the process 4-59 and we won't be having so much of that 5-01 anymore no longer will we allow the 5-02 infrastructure of our magnificent 5-05 country to crumble and decay while 5-09 protecting the environment we will build 5-11 Leeming new roads bridges railways 5-13 waterways tunnels and highways we will 5-17 rebuild our country with American 5-19 workers American iron American aluminum 5-23 American steel we will create millions 5-27 of new jobs and make millions of 5-29 American dreams come true our 5-32 infrastructure will again be the best in 5-34 the world we used to have the greatest 5-35 infrastructure anywhere in the world and 5-38 today we're like a third-world country 5-41 we are literally like a third-world 5-43 country our infrastructure will again be 5-47 the best and we will restore the pride 5-51 in our communities our nation and all 5-55 over the United States will be proud 5-56 again so I want to thank everybody for 5-59 being here god bless you god bless the 6-01 United States and if you have any 6-04 questions we have Mick you could come up 6-07 here please come on up Mick Mulvaney if 6-13 you have any questions please feel free 6-15 to ask 6-19 because they're not taking their job 6-22 seriously as it pertains to this country 6-25 we want jobs manufacturing in this 6-28 country if you look at some of those 6-30 people that you're talking about they're 6-32 outside of the country they're having a 6-35 lot of their product made outside if you 6-37 look at Merck as an example take a look 6-39 where excuse me take a look at where 6-41 their product is made it's made outside 6-44 of our country we want products made in 6-47 the country now I have to tell you some 6-48 of the folks that will leave they're 6-51 leaving out of embarrassment because 6-53 they make their products outside and 6-55 I've been lecturing them including the 6-57 gentleman that you're referring to about 6-59 you have to bring it back to this 7-01 country you can't do it necessarily in 7-04 Ireland and all of these other places 7-06 you have to bring this work back to this 7-09 country that's what I want I want 7-11 manufacturing to be back into the United 7-14 States so that American workers can 7-16 benefit I didn't I wanted to make sure 7-26 unlike most politicians that what I said 7-29 was correct not make a quick statement 7-32 the statement I made on Saturday the 7-34 first statement was a fine statement but 7-37 you don't make statements that direct 7-39 unless you know the fact it takes a 7-42 little while to get the facts you still 7-44 don't know the facts and it's a very 7-46 very important process to me and it's a 7-50 very important statement so I don't want 7-52 to go quickly and just make a statement 7-54 for the sake of making a political 7-55 statement I want to know the facts if 7-57 you go back to my effect I brought it I 8-01 brought it I brought it as I said on 8-06 remember the Saturday we condemn in the 8-09 strongest possible terms this egregious 8-12 display of hatred bigotry and violence 8-15 it has no place in America and then I 8-18 went on from there now here's the thing 8-20 as to excuse me excuse me take it nice 8-22 and easy here's the thing when I make a 8-26 statement I like to be correct I want 8-28 the facts this event just happened in 8-30 fact a lot of the event didn't even 8-32 happen yet 8-33 as we were speaking this event just 8-35 happened before I make a statement I 8-37 need the facts so I don't want to rush 8-40 into a statement so making the statement 8-42 when I made it was excellent in fact the 8-45 young woman who I hear is a fantastic 8-48 young woman and it was on NBC 8-51 her mother wrote me and said through I 8-56 guess Twitter social media the nicest 9-00 things and I very much appreciated that 9-02 I hear she was a fine really actually an 9-06 incredible young woman but her mother on 9-08 Twitter thanked me for what I said and 9-11 honestly if the press were not fake and 9-14 if it was honest the press would have 9-16 said what I said was very nice but 9-18 unlike you and unlike excuse me unlike 9-21 you and unlike the media before I make a 9-23 statement I like to know the facts they 9-28 don't say what not at all 9-47 I think the country look you take a look 9-49 I've created over a million jobs in some 9-52 president the country is booming the 9-55 stock market is setting records we have 9-56 the highest employment numbers we've 9-58 ever had in the history of our country 10-00 we're doing record business we have the 10-02 highest levels of enthusiasm so the head 10-06 of Walmart who I know was a very nice 10-08 guy was making a political statement I 10-10 mean you know because I want to make 10-17 sure when I make a statement that the 10-20 statement is correct and there was no 10-22 way there was no way of making a correct 10-26 statement that early I had to see the 10-28 facts unlike a lot of reporters I didn't 10-34 know David Duke was there I wanted to 10-37 see the facts and the facts as they 10-39 started coming out were very well stated 10-43 in fact everybody said his statement was 10-45 beautiful if he would have made it 10-47 sooner that would have been good I 10-49 couldn't have made it sooner because I 10-51 didn't know all of the facts frank
5 minutes | 4 years ago
Google fires Whistleblower, Women gathering to file class action lawsuit
Google fires Whistleblower, Women gathering to file class action lawsuit Google to employees, keep your mouths shut! Why Did Google Freak Out and Fire an Employee for Spurring ‘Honest Discussion’? Genevieve Wood The tolerance police at Google just struck another blow against increasing diversity in Silicon Valley by firing an employee who wrote a memo critiquing the company’s politically correct culture. Now, let’s be clear - While the Google software engineer who authored the memo had the right to say and write what he did—it’s called free speech—Google is a private company and has every right to fire an employee it deems not in line with its mission or culture. But it’s fair to ask why Google reacted so negatively to an employee who, in a 10-page memo, laid out a case for why Google’s diversity programs weren’t working and how it might rethink its attempt to reduce the gender gap. Could it be that Google is feeling just a little bit paranoid? For all the talk about inclusiveness and diversity, here’s the reality - If you’re not white or Asian, that means there is only a 5 percent chance you’re part of Google’s leadership team. And while 31 percent of Google’s employees are women, only 20 percent of its technical employees are—and it was primarily the memo’s focus on this gender gap that seems to have caused the recent unpleasantness in Silicon Valley. In addition to bad PR, perhaps what the larger left-leaning community there doesn’t want to admit is that for all its diversity programs and safe spaces, and who knows how many millions of dollars spent promoting them, they have done very little to change the outcomes. When it comes to computer and mathematical occupations, the numbers clearly show that women and men are not equally represented. Women held 27 percent of such jobs in 1960. Thirty years later, they held 35 percent. But fast forward to 2013, and the number of women in computing and mathematical occupations had fallen back to 26 percent. And it’s not because fewer women are going to college. In fact, a Department of Education study from 2014 shows more women than men are attending and graduating from college, and they are receiving the majority of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. But when it comes to college majors, women and men choose differently. A recent Georgetown University study showed over 80 percent of petroleum engineering majors are male. So are almost 70 percent of those majoring in mathematics and computer science. Women, on the other hand, tend to major in what might be called more people-oriented professions, such as counseling, education, and social work. Why men and women make such different choices is not 100 percent clear cut, but the idea that biology plays no role and it’s all because America is a sexist culture seems like an outdated and disproven theory. And it was hiring and personnel practices based on that politically correct theory that the now-former Google employee was criticizing. As he stated in the memo that got him fired - “If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.” Apparently at Google, and much of Silicon Valley, the discussion is over. Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion go/pc-considered-harmful James Damore - damore@ July 2017 Feel free to comment (they aren’t disabled, the doc may just be overloaded). For longer form discussions see g/pc-harmful-discuss Reply to public response and misrepresentation TL;DR Background Google’s biases Possible non bias causes of the gender gap in tech Personality differences Men’s higher drive for status Non discriminatory ways to reduce the gender gap The harm of Google’s biases Why we’re blind Suggestions Reply to public response and misrepresentation I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can't have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber. Despite what the public response seems to have been, I've gotten many†personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change. Google’s political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety . This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed. The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology. ○ Extreme - all disparities in representation are due to oppression ○ Authoritarian - we should discriminate to correct for this oppression Differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don't have 50% representation of women in tech and leadership. Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business. Background 1 People generally have good intentions, but we all have biases which are invisible to us. Thankfully, open and honest discussion with those who disagree can highlight our blind spots and help us grow, which is why I wrote this document 2 . Google has several biases and honest discussion about these biases is being silenced by the dominant ideology. What follows is by no means the complete story, but it’s a perspective that desperately needs to be told at Google. Google’s biases At Google, we talk so much about unconscious bias as it applies to race and gender, but we rarely discuss our moral biases. Political orientation is actually a result of deep moral preferences and thus biases. Considering that the overwhelming majority of the social sciences, media , and Google lean left, we should critically examine these prejudices - ___________________________________________________________________________ This document is mostly written from the perspective of Google’s Mountain View campus, I can’t speak about other offices or countries. 2 Of course, I may be biased and only see evidence that supports my viewpoint. In terms of political biases, I consider myself a classical liberal and strongly value individualism and reason . I'd be very happy to discuss any of the document further and provide more citations. 1 Neither side is 100% correct and both viewpoints are necessary for a functioning society or, in this case, company. A company too far to the right may be slow to react, overly hierarchical, and untrusting of others. In contrast, a company too far to the left will constantly be changing (deprecating much loved services), over diversify its interests (ignoring or being ashamed of its core business), and overly trust its employees and competitors. Only facts and reason can shed light on these biases, but when it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence. This silence removes any checks against encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies. For the rest of this document, I’ll concentrate on the extreme stance that all differences in outcome are due to differential treatment and the authoritarian element that’s required to actually discriminate to create equal representation. Possible non-bias causes of the gender gap in tech 3 At Google, we’re regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit biases are holding women back in tech and leadership. Of course, men and women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should be cognizant of this, but it’s far from the whole story. On average, men and women biologically differ in many ways. These differences aren’t just socially constructed because - ● They’re universal across human cultures ● They often have clear biological causes and links to prenatal testosterone ● Biological males that were castrated at birth and raised as females often still identify and act like males ● The underlying traits are highly heritable ● They’re exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective Note, I’m not saying that all men differ from all women in the following ways or that these differences are “just.” I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership. Many of these differences are small and there’s significant overlap between men and women, so you can’t say anything about an individual given these population level distributions. ____________________________________________________________________________ 3 Throughout the document, by “tech”, I mostly mean software engineering. Personality differences Women, on average, have more - ● Openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas. Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things , relative to men (also interpreted as empathizing vs. systemizing ). ○ These two differences in part explain why women relatively prefer jobs in social or artistic areas. More men may like coding because it requires systemizing and even within SWEs, comparatively more women work on front end, which deals with both people and aesthetics. ● ● Extraversion expressed as gr
5 minutes | 4 years ago
Prager U - a young, single, black woman, recently discovered she is a racist, sexist, misogynist
Prager U - a young, single, black woman, recently discovered she is a racist, sexist, misogynist How in the world did this happen? None other than Antonia Okafor explains. Antonia Okafor, a young, single, black woman, recently discovered that's she's a racist, sexist, misogynist. How in the world did this happen? None other than Antonia Okafor explains. This video is part of an exciting partnership between PragerU and Turning Point USA that will include videos with other young conservatives like Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and more! Visit FreetoThink.org to learn more. FACTS & SOURCES DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT VIEW TRANSCRIPT I recently discovered something startling about myself. It turns out that I’m a racist, sexist, misogynist. This came as quite a shock to me. How did this happen? As a person of color, a single woman with a graduate degree who grew up poor in a home without a father, I had a clear political path to follow. And I followed it. I voted for Barack Obama…twice. After all, we share the same skin color. His father was from Africa. Mine was, too! What other reasons did I need? I was inspired to see a black man rise to the highest office in the land. I believed his ascent would herald a new beginning, a new era of racial healing and harmony. We would finally have that frank discussion about race that everyone always talks about. I was also inspired by his wife. I was thrilled to see such a strong, opinionated black woman take the national stage. But then something happened… actually, several somethings. I realized there was a big contradiction in my own life. I considered myself a free-thinker, but I was thinking exactly what I was supposed to. I decided to start asking questions. I belonged to several campus feminist groups. I was even teaching feminism to inner-city girls. Part of that teaching involved making the case for abortion. These girls needed to know that they had the right to make decisions about their own bodies. Surely, I thought, that’s empowerment. But one day I asked myself: Isn’t it men who benefit most from consequence-free sex? Doesn’t that give them even more power over women? And, of course, abortion certainly doesn’t empower the women it prevents from ever being born. When I began to ask my other feminist friends how they reconciled these issues, they just got angry. I was called anti-woman. Even by progressive men! “But I’m not anti-woman,” I thought. “I am a woman!” I just don’t want to be a weak one. I want to be strong – like Michelle. At about the same time, while I was a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, the UT Austin Department of African Diaspora Studies released a statement in which they said, and I quote, “African Americans are disproportionately affected by the saturation of our society by firearms … We demand that firearms be banned in all spaces occupied by black people on our campus.” Wait a second, I thought. Why would you want to ban firearms only in black areas? Doesn’t that mean that you either think black people are more dangerous than other people, or less worthy of protection? These questions did not endear me to my progressive friends. I was called a race traitor…even by white people. But I’m not anti-black. I am black. I just want to be safe – like Barack. I realized I didn’t have a good answer; I only had more questions – like, why were blacks doing so poorly in cities that had been run by Democrats for decades? Was it racism and sexism that was holding people back, or was it something else? The more questions I asked, the less popular I became. But here’s the funny thing: I started to feel better about myself. I decided that the very definition of empowerment required me to take responsibility for my own life. I wasn’t going to be anyone’s victim. Which meant I had to protect myself. So, I bought a gun. I started to advocate for gun rights. That cost me more friends. I joined the pro-life movement and walked in The March for Life. More friends...gone. Then, I crossed the line. I voted Republican – the party that views me as an empowered individual, able to shape my own destiny; not as a member of a victim group. And that’s how I became a racist, sexist, misogynist. I’m Antonia Okafor for Prager University.
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