27 Jul

What Matters for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In many ways, stereotypes are good because when strangers act in the way we expect them to, it can actually make a healthy and thriving society. However, when an institute of higher education tries to indoctrinate its students with over-reaching books on liberal policy as summer reading assignments, what have they accomplished? Dr. George Ehrhardt, Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State, delves into the issue in an article he wrote for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy titled “Summer Reading Questions and What They Reveal About Faculty.” Dr. Ehrhardt says the questions that accompanied the book seemed leading and a bit inane in his opinion. Mark asks if his daughter has read the book yet. Dr. Ehrhardt says she’s been procrastinating, but now has to read it since school starts in the next few weeks.

“We’re living in troublesome times and we need God in our lives and it’s just the right thing to do.” That’s what Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats says is the reason he decided to put “In God We Trust” on all the deputy’s and department cars. Sheriff Coats tells Mark this is a time for all people to come together – citizens and law enforcement – for the good of the country. He says we need to live in a country with laws and police officers and if you don’t believe that, just look at a country that doesn’t operate under the rule of law or have law enforcement. Mark asks about the community’s response. Sheriff Coats says it’s mainly been positive.

In the second hour, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum joins us from the DNC in Philadelphia. Mark asks if the protests have gone down. Tim says Sanders’ supporters have seemed to unite behind Clinton. He tells Mark people are looking forward to hearing President Obama speak tonight and we’ll probably hear the 2008 inspiring version of himself that will try to sell us on Hillary’s policy skills. He adds the President may overshadow VP pick Senator Tim Caine’s speech which may not be a bad thing because it takes a lot of pressure off him. He tells Mark former President Bill Clinton still had supporters in the palm of his hand. He says he weaved a story of their courtship with her accomplishments in his usual skillful manner. Mark asks, after four conventions, what will he be thinking about after two weeks of this experience. Tim says from a policy and campaign perspective, he’ll be looking back to see if we’re any better off than we were two weeks ago. Did we learn anything new? On a pure personal level, he says to be able to be in the building and see history is phenomenal. Whether you like Hillary Clinton or not, when the first women ever to be a presidential candidate from a major party, that’s a major accomplishment. The same with Donald Trump, an independent businessman being a candidate in a major party is also incredible. These are really amazing times. Tim always makes you feel like you are right there with him.

Finally, Speaker, Radio Host and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, John Stonestreet, discusses his post on Breakpoint.org titled “No Way NBA”. He shares a story about a woman who had a traumatic experience where she and her daughter were followed into the women’s restroom by a man with no gender issues. He says she asked him what he would do about this and he told her she could get a lot further by telling her story. He goes further to say there are legitimate cases of gender identity confusion where people are convinced against reality that they are of another gender. When we call the denial of reality okay, then we are victimizing the people that are confused. So in the name of accommodating a number of people, many of whom are taking advantage of a situation, we are unable to help those who legitimately have a confusion. He says by doing what the NBA is doing and going along with the denier of reality we are unable to help those who desperately need help. Mr. Stonestreet says bad ideas have bad consequences, but Baby Boomers and Gen-Xer’s should remember to accomplish any goal with a millennial, we have to make our case calmly and understand the world they have grown up in.  This is a very informative interview on HB 2 and how to talk to any generation about the issue.

Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum and WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner join us tomorrow.

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