Millennial Myths Part 2
Jan 9th, 2020 by ACU Podcast
Millennial Myths Part 2
A podcast dedicated to debunking the most common political myths plaguing young Americans. The Heritage Foundation.
- Does the Gender Wage Gap Exist?
- Is Identity Politics Dividing or Uniting Americans?
- Will Every State Have a Voice if the Electoral College is Abolished?
- Will Socialism Result in an Equal and Just America?
Does the Gender Wage Gap Exist?
The Gender Wage Gap has become a major political talking point that has even inspired an “Equal Pay Day.” Despite what the liberal politicians say, however, does a Gender Wage Gap really exist in America? This week, Samantha Renck talks with Romina Boccia, a leading fiscal and economic expert at the Heritage Foundation. They discuss the difference between the gender wage gap and the gender choice gap, victimhood mentality, and much more.
Is Identity Politics Dividing or Uniting Americans?
Identity Politics splits people into subgroups based on race, gender, sexual identity, and other labels. These seem like the most divided times in our history—is identity politics keeping Americans from unifying? This week, David Azerrad joins the podcast to lay out where identity politics really lead. Azerrad is the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation.
Will Every State Have a Voice if the Electoral College is Abolished?
Abolishing the electoral college has become a major goal for liberal politicians, but since its creation it has served as a fundamental part of the country’s political process. This week she sits down with Jarrett Stepman – a contributor at The Daily Signal and host of the podcast, “The Right Side of History.” Jarrett and Samantha discuss the history of the electoral college, some misunderstandings about it, why the national popular vote would go against the original intention of the electoral college, and much more.
Do You Understand the Electoral College?
Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.
Script: I want to talk you about the Electoral College and why it matters. Alright, I know this doesn't sound the like most sensational topic of the day, but, stay with me because, I promise you, it's one of the most important. To explain why requires a very brief civics review. The President and Vice President of the United States are not chosen by a nationwide, popular vote of the American people; rather, they are chosen by 538 electors. This process is spelled out in the United States Constitution. Why didn't the Founders just make it easy, and let the Presidential candidate with the most votes claim victory? Why did they create, and why do we continue to need, this Electoral College? The answer is critical to understanding not only the Electoral College, but also America. The Founders had no intention of creating a pure majority-rule democracy. They knew from careful study of history what most have forgotten today, or never learned: pure democracies do not work. They implode. Democracy has been colorfully described as two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. In a pure democracy, bare majorities can easily tyrannize the rest of a country. The Founders wanted to avoid this at all costs. This is why we have three branches of government -- Executive, Legislative and Judicial. It's why each state has two Senators no matter what its population, but also different numbers of Representatives based entirely on population. It's why it takes a supermajority in Congress and three-quarters of the states to change the Constitution. And, it's why we have the Electoral College. Here's how the Electoral College works. The Presidential election happens in two phases. The first phase is purely democratic. We hold 51 popular elections every presidential election year: one in each state and one in D.C. On Election Day in 2012, you may have thought you were voting for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but you were really voting for a slate of presidential electors. In Rhode Island, for example, if you voted for Barack Obama, you voted for the state's four Democratic electors; if you voted for Mitt Romney you were really voting for the state's four Republican electors. Part Two of the election is held in December. And it is this December election among the states' 538 electors, not the November election, which officially determines the identity of the next President. At least 270 votes are needed to win. Why is this so important? Because the system encourages coalition-building and national campaigning. In order to win, a candidate must have the support of many different types of voters, from various parts of the country. Winning only the South or the Midwest is not good enough. You cannot win 270 electoral votes if only one part of the country is supporting you. But if winning were only about getting the most votes, a candidate might concentrate all of his efforts in the biggest cities or the biggest states. Why would that candidate care about what people in West Virginia or Iowa or Montana think? But, you might ask, isn't the election really only about the so-called swing states? Actually, no. If nothing else, safe and swing states are constantly changing. California voted safely Republican as recently as 1988. Texas used to vote Democrat. Neither New Hampshire nor Virginia used to be swing states. For the complete script, visit https://www.prageru.com/videos/do-you...
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Will Socialism Result in an Equal and Just America?
In this innovative series Samantha Renck will debunk some of the most common myths plaguing the youngest generations of Americans. From socialism, the electoral college, rise of identity politics, Samantha combines “man on the street” -style interviews from around Washington, D.C. with personal stories and expert analysis on every binge-worthy weekly episode. This week she sits down with Daniel DiMartino—a college student who was born and raised in Venezuela. Three years ago Daniel fled his homeland and its corrupt, socialist government—but now that he’s safe in the U.S., he’s been shocked to hear young Americans are increasingly embracing the policies that destroyed his country. He’s ready to bust some myths with Samantha about where socialist policies REALLY lead… and why Americans shouldn’t take their freedom for granted.
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The Rational Bible: Exodus by Dennis Prager
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Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors – and sometimes we ourselves – dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today’s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.
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The Rational Bible: Genesis by Dennis Prager
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Many people today think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is not only outdated but irrelevant, irrational, and even immoral.
This explanation of the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, demonstrates clearly and powerfully that the opposite is true. The Bible remains profoundly relevant—both to the great issues of our day and to each individual life. It is the greatest moral guide and source of wisdom ever written.
Do you doubt the existence of God because you think believing in God is irrational? This book will give you many reasons to rethink your doubts. Do you think faith and science are in conflict? You won’t after reading this commentary on Genesis. Do you come from a dysfunctional family? It may comfort you to know that every family discussed in Genesis was highly dysfunctional!
The title of this commentary is “The Rational Bible” because its approach is entirely reason-based. The reader is never asked to accept anything on faith alone. In Dennis Prager’s words, “If something I write is not rational, I have not done my job.”
The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager’s forty years of teaching the Bible—whose Hebrew grammar and vocabulary he has mastered—to people of every faith and no faith at all. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world in general and to you personally. His goal: to change your mind—and, as a result, to change your life.
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