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Salem Radio Network News Monday, August 21, 2017

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Michael Medved

Michael Medved

Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and bestselling author. His daily three hour show reaches 200 stations across the country and an audience of 4.7 million placing him, for ten years in a row, on the Talkers Magazine list of the top ten political talks shows in the United States. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

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The Real Reason the South Left the Union

Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Tragic recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia raise new questions about an old debate. Why did Southern states leave the Union in the first place, resulting in a war that killed more than 700,000 Americans? Mississippi, the 2nd of 11 states that ultimately seceded from the federal government, gave a clear explanation in its 1861 declaration of secession:...
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Confronting the Truth Behind the Monument Debates

Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The raging debate over statues honoring Southern leaders in the Civil War turns on the true nature of the Confederate cause. Ten days after adoption of the Confederate Constitution, the future Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens, proclaimed: Our new government is founded upon exactly this idea: its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests...
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A Monumental Decision: Not Federal, and Not About Feelings

Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Angry debates over Confederate monuments often involve a series of misunderstandings about the underlying issues. First, no one seriously argues that statues should be removed because they’re hurting someone’s feelings. The real case against the memorials is that no one should be honored for service to a dishonorable cause. Number two, it’s...
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The Over-hyped “Dangerous Divisions”

Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Following the horrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the public seems deeply alarmed at the dangerous divisions in the country. But what are the substantive issues that actually divide the country? When it comes to hate festivals staged by neo-Nazis and the KKK, there’s virtually no disagreement: nearly every American, left or right, and certainly...
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Drawing the Line on the Confederate Monuments

Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Current arguments over Confederate monuments often involve the question of drawing a line. The majority of the first nine American presidents owned slaves, so should we destroy memorials to all of them? The obvious answer is no—unless such monuments specifically honored these men for their support of an evil institution, and none of them do. The Jefferson...
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Cultivating Positive Attitudes in Difficult Times

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

By Diane Medved, Ph.D. Got distress? It seems to be everywhere right now—the political scene is wild, the world is precarious, and too many relationships are teetering. But a counter-intuitive response might help. In researching my new book Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing your Marriage, I found a critical factor that can...
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Steps in the Right Direction on Healthcare

Mon, Aug 7, 2017

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, one of the most widely respected members of either House of Congress, has begun negotiating a last-ditch healthcare reform that deserves bipartisan support. His approach urges Republicans to extend insurance subsidies under Obamacare to prevent an imminent explosion in health insurance costs. In return, Democrats...
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How Will It End?

Mon, Aug 7, 2017

Partisan Democrats and their obsessed supporters in the media may relish the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the election, but most Americans yearn for these battles to end. When they do, both sides may feel frustrated: Liberals won’t get the grounds for impeachment they obviously desire, while administration defenders won’t get the full,...
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Necessary Allies, Not Implacable Enemies

Mon, Jul 31, 2017

To place our polarized politics in proper perspective, conservatives need to look back at the nearly half-century struggle known as “the Cold War.” The Soviet Union and its satellites really did amount to an “Evil Empire” and the US and our allies constituted the necessary counterweight of goodness and decency. But many of the most...
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The Real Battle Between Good and Evil

Mon, Jul 31, 2017

On Sabbath eve of July 21st, the Salomon family in the Israeli community of Halamish prepared a “Shalom Zachor” celebration to welcome their new-born baby grandson. As they set out sweets and refreshments for their expected guests, a 19-year-old Palestinian stranger burst into the home and stabbed four members of the family, and killing three of...
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Positive Results Trump Political Disappointments

Tue, Jul 25, 2017

In President Trump’s first six months, illegal immigration dropped dramatically, reaching its lowest point in at least 16 years—despite the fact that the administration hasn’t built its border wall, or conducted mass deportations that many feared, or enforced the promised Muslim ban. At the same time, the stock market boomed to record highs, wages...
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Taking Encouragement from Under-Rated Presidents

Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Can a new president with a tenuous mandate and a balky Congress, held in contempt by “enlightened” opinion, nonetheless preside over dynamic years of peace and prosperity? History answers with a ringing “yes!” and Donald Trump should feel encouraged by that record. Between 1868 and 1896, six presidents occupied the White House—Grant,...
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THE AMERICAN MIRACLE

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

ON SALE NOW! iBooks      Google      Kobo      Amazon  Barnes & Noble      Powell’s    BAM       Hudson Booksellers      IndieBound  AT KEY TURNING POINTS IN HISTORY, AMERICA CATCHES EVERY BREAK The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: at moments of crisis, when odds against success seem overwhelming and...
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Not So Polarized, After All

Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Despite the partisan polarization that characterizes both politics and media at the moment, the public seems surprisingly united when it comes to defining Americanism.  A new Voter Study Group survey associated with George Washington University, showed a full 93% agreeing that “respect for American institutions and laws” is important for being an...
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Messages from “DUNKIRK”

Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The superb new movie “Dunkirk” conveys important messages about a fateful episode of World War II. In May, 1940, the rapid Nazi advance through France trapped a huge British army on the coast, offering easy targets for Luftwaffe bombers. The Royal Navy couldn’t rescue the troops from the beaches, so the government rallied civilian craft-fishing...
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Infatuation With Obama; Rage Against Trump

Wed, Jul 5, 2017

President Trump and his supporters are absolutely right that there’s a glaring contrast between the way media treat this president and way the press handled his predecessor, Barack Obama. With Obama, potentially devastating scandals—Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the VA—never gained momentum; the press never blamed Obama personally when things went...
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Bob Gorrell
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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