Beethoven Music Champions Liberty

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Egmont Overture by Beethoven Champions Liberty

keyIn the music for Egmont, Beethoven expressed his own political concerns through the exaltation of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a valiant stand against oppression. The Overture later became an unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Count Egmont

Count Egmont

Egmont, Op. 84, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.[1] It consists of an overture followed by a sequence of nine pieces for soprano, male narrator and full symphony orchestra. (The male narrator is optional; he is not used in the play and does not appear in all recordings of the complete incidental music.) Beethoven wrote it between October 1809 and June 1810, and it was premiered on 15 June 1810.

The subject of the music and dramatic narrative is the life and heroism of a 16th-century Dutch nobleman, the Count of Egmont. It was composed during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, at a time when the French Empire had extended its domination over most of Europe. Beethoven had famously expressed his great outrage over Napoleon Bonaparte’s decision to crown himself Emperor in 1804, furiously scratching out his name in the dedication of the Eroica Symphony. In the music for Egmont, Beethoven expressed his own political concerns through the exaltation of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a valiant stand against oppression. The Overture later became an unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Beethoven composed Klärchen’s songs, “Die Trommel gerühret” (“The drum is a-stirring”) and “Freudvoll und leidvoll” (“Joyful and woeful”), with the Austrian actress Antonie Adamberger specifically in mind. She would later repeatedly and enthusiastically recall her collaboration with him.[2]

The music was greeted with eulogistic praise, in particular by E.T.A. Hoffmann for its poetry, and Goethe himself declared that Beethoven had expressed his intentions with “a remarkable genius”.

The overture, powerful and expressive, is one of the last works of his middle period; it has become as famous a composition as the Coriolan Overture, and is in a similar style to the Fifth Symphony, which he had completed two years earlier.

YouTube Video: Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

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YouTube Video: Milton Freedman, Capitalism and Freedom

From Rush Limbaugh Radio

miltonfriedman2One sound bite is two minutes of Milton Friedman schooling Phil Donahue and his audience in greed and capitalism and virtue.

RUSH:  [Obama] was quoting Reverend Wright, and he said that’s for me, man, I love that.  White folks’ greed runs a world in need.  So let’s go to 1979, ancient times for many of you.  We may as well be going back to the Roman Coliseum for this.  Nineteen seventy nine, I was 28.  Ancient times for many of you.  Phil Donahue interviewing Milton Friedman, and they had this exchange.  And Donahue starts off wanting to know about greed and capitalism.  Here it is.  And listen to this.

DONAHUE:  When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power, did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed’s a good idea to run on?

Greed Definition

FRIEDMAN:  Well, first of all, tell me, is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed?  You think Russia doesn’t run on greed?  You think China doesn’t run on greed?  What is greed?  Of course none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fellow who’s greedy.

The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests.  The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.  Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat.  Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.  In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade.  If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that.

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

DONAHUE:  But it seems to reward not virtue as much as ability to manipulate the system.

Virtue Definition

FRIEDMAN:  And what does reward virtue?  Do you think the communist commissar rewards virtue?  Do you think Hitler rewards virtue?  Do you think American presidents reward virtue?  Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout?  Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?  You know, I think you’re taking a lot of things for granted.  Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us.

DONAHUE:  Well —

FRIEDMAN:  I don’t even trust you to do that.

RUSH:  Milton Friedman back in 1979 schooling Phil Donahue, and everybody else who heard that on the notions of virtue and greed and just basically upsetting Phil’s applecart.  Phil wasn’t smart enough to know it was happening. He’s still running around lamenting the accident of birth. If he’d been 30 miles south he would have grown up in poverty.  Anyway, we wanted to play that for you and recognize Milton Friedman.

miltonfriedmanMilton Friedman:  “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there will be a shortage of sand.” 

 Milton Friedman:  “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” 

Another Milton Friedman quote:  “Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.”  

Boy, isn’t that true? Pass another law.  Government comes along and creates a program.  The program is an absolute disaster.  Government says, “That’s gotta get fixed.”  Government says, “Okay, we’ll fix it.”  And it compounds itself, one error atop another. (Rush)

Another Milton Friedman quote:  “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”  

I’ll tell you, the guy was great.  He was a genius.  He lived into his late eighties.  He would have been a hundred years old this week. (Rush)

Dinner Talk

1. Who does Mr. Friedman say is greedy?

2. Do you think political self-interest is better than economic self-interest? Why or why not?

3. According to Mr. Friedman, which system fosters a stronger economy— management by government bureaucracies (socialism), or free enterprise? Why?

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History Facts: Protecting Judeo-Christian Values, Western Civilization Key to Lasting Freedom

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Judeo-Christian Culture: Intelligent Design and Fish Facts

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Intelligent Design and Fish Facts

All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator. ~Alma 30:44

The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God. ~Doctrine and Covenants 88:45

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Invite the hand of God into your family

 

History Facts: Hillsdale College Online Course on American Heritage

History Facts:

Hillsdale College Online Course on American Heritage

History 102: American Heritage, From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution

 

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Culture Wars: How to Stop Indoctrination and Brainwashing, Liberal Bias in Education with Capitalism and Freedom

Culture Wars:

How to Stop Indoctrination and Brainwashing, Liberal Bias in Education with Capitalism and Freedom

 

Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder is passionate about fixing America’s schools and helping parents who believe in liberty keep their children from falling for the liberal indoctrination used in so many K-12 schools and higher institutions of learning.

In an interview on Sunday morning with Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” Elder was asked what parents can do when their children return home from college as mini Bernie Sanders clones, and Elder said one of the best tools he’s found is a short section of a lecture given in 2012 by leftwing activist and rock star Bono at Georgetown University.

In the video, Bono, a high-profile supporter of numerous leftist causes, discusses at length the state of the African economy and comes to the conclusion that only entrepreneurial capitalism can fix the ailing region.

“So, some of Africa is rising and some of Africa is stuck,” Bono said. “It’s a question of if the rising bit will pull the rest of Africa up or whether the other Africa will weigh the continent down. Which will it be? The stakes here aren’t just about them. Imagine, for a second, this last global recession, but without the economic growth of China and India, without the hundreds of millions of newly minted middle-class folks who now buy American and European goods.”

“Imagine that. Think about the last five years. Rock star preaches capitalism,” Bono said with a laugh. “Wow. Sometimes I hear myself and I just can’t believe it. But commerce is real. That’s what you’re about here. It’s real. Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce, entrepreneur capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. Of course, we know that.”

Elder said Bono’s message can have a profound impact on college-aged young adults.

“I think if your kids realize that a rock star, a leftwing rock star, spending all these years to raise money for the poor finally realized that the best method, the best way of alleviating poverty is—wait for it—capitalism!” Elder said. “Not Bernie Sanders collectivism or socialism. Capitalism. Entrepreneurial capitalism. Kids need to understand that when you look at the history of the world, the states that have engaged in free markets, limited government, private property, those are the ones that prosper.”

Elder also explained that the best offense against socialism is a good defense; parents need to prepare their children for the onslaught of liberal ideology at an early age.

“Well, in my first book, I have a whole chapter about academic bias, and you start by arming your children with the information,” Elder said. “I think most people don’t know that liberals outnumber conservatives on college campuses by about a factor of 12 to one—if you can find a conservative in the department. It’s often the case that in a women’s studies department, for example, you won’t find a single conservative.”

Elder said parents can help the problem by directing their children to colleges that aren’t as likely to preach liberalism as the only valid option.

“Well, you can also choose the college,” Elder said. “Most colleges—big, small, east, west, north, south, public or private—are leftwing. But there are some small liberal arts colleges, often religiously based, one of which is called Hillsdale in Michigan, that don’t even accept any kind of federal money because they don’t want to have the federal government interfere with their teaching process.”

Teach your Family the Truth about history, not found in Colleges and Public Schools.

 

National Security: US Marine Steven Gern Video tells Truth about Trump Travel Ban, goes Viral

National Security:

US Marine Steven Gern Video tells Truth about Trump Travel Ban, goes Viral

keyPatriot Steven Gern gives true first hand account of what the Trump travel ban means for our national security. Don’t believe the hypocritical protestors and fake news outlets. This man knows the truth.

Just here to tell the truth. Thank you all for your support.

 

History Facts: Was Martin Luther King Jr. a Social Conservative or Republican Party member? 10 things to know

History Facts:

Was Martin Luther King Jr. a Social Conservative or Republican Party member? 10 things to know

10 Things You Need To Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aaron Bandler

martinlutherkingMonday January 16 commemorated the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a revered civil rights hero whose activism and oratory skills were crucial in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. King would have been 88 years old today.

Here are 10 things you need to know King.

  1. King became a pastor, just like his father, Martin Luther King Sr. King attended Morehouse College at the age of 15 to study medicine and law, but decided to go the pastor route under the tutelage of Dr. Benjamin Mays, the president of the university. After earning his doctorate at Boston University, King eventually became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.
  2. King’s activism was largely based on the teachings of Mahatma GandhiKing was first introduced to Gandhi’s work of nonviolent resistance to evil government policies by Mays. King was eventually invited to India by the Gandhi National Memorial Fund, and declared on All India Radio: “If this age is to survive, it must follow the way of love and nonviolence that [Gandhi] so nobly illustrated in his life.” When he returned to America, King vowed “to achieve freedom for my people through nonviolent means.”
  3. King was chosen to lead the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. The boycott was organized after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to relinquish her seat on the bus for a white person; the boycott lasted for 381 days. The boycott caused “a severe economic strain on the public transit system and downtown business owners,” according to History.com. Gandhi’s teachings were “the guiding light” of the protest, according to King. The boycott also propelled King into the public eye for his leadership in the protest.
  4. King was arrested in 1963 for protesting against segregation. King had led protests that included sit-ins, boycotts and marches on City Hall in Birmingham, AL, and continued to lead them even after the protests were legally blocked by an injunction from an Alabama court. King was arrested and placed in solitary confinement for eight days, which led to his famous Letter From Birmingham Jail, where King eloquently articulated the case for civil disobedience MLK-quote3against immoral laws. King was eventually released on bail money after his wife called the Kennedy administration for help.
  5. King was a key figure in organizing the March on Washingtonon August 28, 1963, the place of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Over 200,000 Americans attended the rally that day that called for equal rights for people of color, best encapsulated by King’s speech that is forever known as one of the most influential speeches in American history:

The march eventually led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act.

  1. After the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act were passed, King focused on protesting the Vietnam War and ending poverty. Some in the black community favored more violent means of protest after the violence of Selma, AL, prompting King to pivot toward activism on other issues. King became an ardent opponent of the Vietnam War, stating: “The war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home…We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.”

King also called for a dramatic overhaul from the free market system that generates economic growth in America, as he believed in a system of democratic socialism that would have expanded the size of government much further than President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs.

  1. King was assassinated in April 1968 at the age of 39. King was on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, TN, where he was planning to support a strike organized by sanitation workers, when James Earl Ray murdered him with a rifle. Ray initially confessed to the murder of King, but then bizarrely claimed that he was being set up. Oddly enough, Ray was supported by some of King’s family members, but subsequent investigations all came to the same conclusion that Ray murdered King, and he remained in prison for the rest of his life. Ray held racist, segregationist views and a history of being a “small-time criminal” prior to murdering King. He died of kidney failure in 1998.
  2. It is not known what King’s party affiliation was, but there is evidence that he was a Republican. There is no way to know for sure, as Georgia, King’s home state, did not register voters by parties. King also never publicly endorsed candidates. However, according to Newsmax, New York Times political reporter Tom Wicker wrote in 1960 that “Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had volunteered to lead a voter registration drive among blacks, which King thought would produce many new Republican voters” and that King preferred Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. However, King became more closely aligned with Democrats after Kennedy helped release King from jail after violating probation, while Nixon didn’t feel comfortable with pressuring the judge to change the ruling, and King certainly was an ally of Johnson when he agreed to sign civil rights legislation. As mentioned above, King certainly did support left-wing causes after the passage of civil rights legislation.

Here is a YouTube video of King defending the Republican Party:

9. King was a social conservative. 

alveda-kingDr. Alveda King, King’s niece, told CNN that her uncle “was a believer in traditional values who went on record criticizing homosexuality, defending the traditional family and opposing abortion.”

alveda-king-abortion“Martin Luther King Jr. was a preacher and a liberator,” King said. “It’s natural for what’s called conservative values to align with who he was because he was a pastor. He was not so much a fiscal conservative, but more so a moral conservative.”

Peter Myers writes at The Federalist:

His socialist sympathies and radical zeal notwithstanding, King held a variety of positions that, though reflecting the common sense of his day, would align him generally with today’s social conservatism. He maintained that to achieve its proper ends, militancy must conjoin with moderation. He insisted on careful empirical study and negotiation as preconditions of protest. He maintained that the disadvantaged must “work on two fronts” by directing their energies toward self-improvement as well as protest.

He taught that with a new era of rights come new responsibilities: “We must prepare ourselves in every field of human endeavor,” and “we must constantly stimulate our youth … to achieve excellence.” He affirmed that “the family constitutes the basic unit of the nation” and decried (in 1955!) “the tragic disintegration of the modern family.” He criticized the Aid to Families with Dependent Children welfare program for its family-dissolving effects.

Finally, above all such political considerations, he implored us to love and forgive, and to begin that effort with the recognition, born of charity and realism, that “there is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.”

It’s only fitting then that the day commemorating King is the same day that honors religious freedom.

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day officially became a holiday in 1983. The push for a holiday honoring King began shortly after his assassination, but the movement gained more popularity in 1979 through Stevie Wonder’s song “Happy Birthday.” President Ronald Reagan initially opposed the idea when he took office because it “would open the door to many other groups seeking similar holidays” and instead wanted a day of recognition for King, but Reagan did eventually sign into law legislation that created the holiday. Here is an excerpt from Reagan’s elegant speech when the holiday was signed into law:

reagan-quote-abortion“In America, in the ‘50s and ‘60s, one of the important crises we faced was racial discrimination,” Reagan said. “The man whose words and deeds in that crisis stirred our nation to the very depths of its soul was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Reagan added that King “awakened something strong and true, a sense that true justice must be colorblind, and that among white and black Americans, as he put it, ‘Their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom; we cannot walk alone.’”

 

10 Things You Need To Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.

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YouTube Video, Christmas, and Charlie Brown

Dinner Topics for Monday

This comment was found at the site of this endearing Charlie Brown video:

keyMy wife teaches in a public elementary school and she told me it was amazing how many of the kids don’t even know the original Christmas story. You know, the shepherds and all. We are swiftly becoming a pagan nation. ~David Heesen

Linus explains: this is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

In fact, atheists even protested against this Charlie Brown message in a church.  Let’s not be intimidated by bullies who try to keep us from being who we are. Christians have always been persecuted, and it’s not going to go away. Wear it like a badge of honor. Let us not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We can take a lesson from Linus, who inspired Charlie Brown. Watch how all Charlie Brown’s friends had a change of heart and caught the Christmas Spirit.