Liberals Teach Fairy Tales

Monday, September 24, 2007 10:49 AM

By: Pat Boone


Once upon a time, in a land they called America, a little girl was born.


This little girl was so very beautiful, so exceptional, that her loving parents named her Snow White. Truly, her lustrous black hair and limpid dark eyes were the perfect compliment to her exquisite ivory skin. And as lovely as she was on the outside, she was even more beautiful within; her sweet, sunny personality absolutely melted everyone who saw her.


In her early childhood, her parents saw that she was taught all the important things — loving obedience, respect for others, politeness and ladylike behavior, and a child-like faith in God. These things she actually liked, and though she was quite playful and sunny, she exuded character and intelligence.


Then she met the Seven Dwarfs.


They’d been tagged with this name because they seemed so weird and insignificant; but they always clustered together, bound by strange, liberal and sometimes seditious beliefs. Some of them were teachers and others members of what was called a "civil liberties union." Somehow, they steadily gained and exerted mysterious influence. Their names were Sneaky, Dopey, Smarmy, Angry, Sleazy, Grouchy, and Dork.


So, as it happened, just as Snow White entered school, full of innocence and a desire to learn, the Dwarfs managed to change all the rules. They cast a spell over the real and dedicated teachers, tricking them into imbibing a seductive potion they called New Education Alternatives; it sounded so attractive that it became very popular, coming to be known by the shorter “NEA.”


Enticed by tempting promises of shorter hours, more money, lifelong tenure unrelated to performance in the classroom, and even political clout as a huge voting bloc, the teachers allowed the NEA to drop very important things from the history books, to forbid absolutely any mention of God in the classroom or in essays, to promote all types of sexuality equally, even to grade schoolers, to dictate that only evolution could be taught to explain the existence of the living world, and in general to erase any consideration of morality and American tradition.


Of course, Snow White’s parents objected strenuously. They attended PTA meetings and complained that their daughter was continuously being taught things that were diametrically opposed to what they’d taught her at home, but their complaints were dismissed out of hand. And sadly, while they did their best to counteract the evil influence of the Dwarfs, little Snow White was drawn into the pervasive spell cast over the whole school system.


When she was barely into her teens, she began to experiment sexually, first with other kids, and then one of her grown teachers. Only later was it revealed that the teacher, a woman, was actually a wicked witch! Poor Snow White had been drawn into drugs as well as sex, and she soon discovered she was pregnant. The Dwarfs were only too happy to arrange an abortion — without notifying her parents. Confused and disillusioned, Snow White moved in with the wicked witch, eventually claiming to be her “wife.”


In another part of town, in another spellbound school, a handsome young boy named Prince Charming was going through similar experiences. Snow White and Prince Charming would have made a perfect couple, as their parents would have dreamed — but under prolonged exposure to the same hypnotic spell, the boy was seduced by each of the Dwarfs, and taught in the mandatory sex education class that he’d been born “gay.” When he learned he’d contracted AIDS, he overdosed on drugs that were easily obtained just outside the principal's office, on the schoolyard.


His sorrowing parents arranged a memorial service, and everybody — including the Seven Dwarfs and the Wicked Witch — agreed he’d been just an “ideal kid,” without an enemy in the world. Except the Seven Dwarfs and the Wicked Witch.


It would be wonderful if it could be said “… and they all lived happily ever after.”, but of course, that would be a lie. Too many of them didn’t even go on living very long, some struck down with insidious contagious diseases, which some tried to blame on uncaring politicians and hard-hearted, Bible-toting right-wingers.


The Dwarfs and so many of the children whose morals they’d corrupted traded honor and integrity and happiness for fatal neuroses and shorter life expectancy — while the very tradition of marriage and family dissolved and the reputation of the land called America was forever damaged. In the wake of so-called “new education alternatives,” she steadily fell behind other nations in all areas of learning, and eventually it hardly mattered if she was absorbed into something called a North American Union. This sad attempt to merge all the strengths and weaknesses of Mexico, the U.S., and Canada—became Northern Venezuela.


This all may be a fable, a fairy tale, or a nightmare. But if it’s the latter, we’d better wake up quick. Like many fairy tales and some dreams, there’s too much reality for comfort.



Airwaves Filled With Smut

Monday, October 8, 2007 9:29 AM

By: Pat Boone


The ancient Greeks had an institution, a marketplace they called the agora. It was where all the people met to exchange goods, money, ideas, and influence. In fact, most aspects of life revolved around and through the agora.


Today the agora is television.


That flickering screen in your living room, your den, your kitchen, your office — your bedroom — is where the merchandisers, the advertisers, the politicians, the buyers and sellers and movers and shakers gather. Instead of several hundred citizens on a good day, this agora involves multiplied millions of citizens every day.


Every year, billions of dollars change hands between the makers of products and those who market those products and the TV networks who attract the millions of viewers to those in-home screens. Several billions pass quickly into the hands of the creators of shows that the networks feel will appeal to the masses and attract them to the hypnotic, ever-present screens. Those who correctly guess the interests of the masses will become filthy rich, and so will the stars, writers, and producers of the “hit” shows.


That’s the way the agora of today works.


And it’s incredibly powerful. It’s very difficult to sell large quantities of anything without entering the agora, and the pressure on the product manufacturers is intense. They spend millions and millions gambling on shows they hope will attract viewers and sales, and low ratings mean they’ve lost their gamble. And the networks will lose their business.


So it’s no surprise that program content has continued to sink to the lowest possible moral level, and even lower. See, the ad agencies have discovered that if they dress gross immorality, even unspeakable depravity, in glossy production values and lots of hard-hitting promotion, an increasingly numbed public will watch it. Who cares about the moral fallout, the depressing and devastating effects on our children, or the perception of America in the rest of the watching world? Almost none of the merchants in the agora seem to care.


Dollars, ratings, power, and position — these are the currencies that motivate today’s movers and shakers, the men and women who wield even more influence on our young than parents, teachers, and preachers. Every night of the week, and most days as well, the screens are writhing with sexual congress, obscenities, almost total nudity, violence, and sadism of every description. While sometimes paying lip service to the regulatory agencies, the writers and executives constantly look for the cunning ways to get around every prohibition, and even to blatantly defy them.


The most shocking, unbelievable evidence of this came a couple of years ago when Sirius Radio gave Howard Stern one-half billion dollars — with stock options thrown in — to do and say any filthy, blasphemous, obscene things he wants to, with no one to bridle him in any way. At times, his options have increased his compensation as high as 800 million, and why? His employers believe his scatological, no rules licentiousness will addict a few million young listeners who will pay hefty annual fees to tune in.


Is there really any difference between this and the drug dealers who use the same techniques to addict millions of young Americans — and incidentally to potentially destroy their futures, and their very lives? Is drug addiction really more, or is it possibly less destructive than the incessant absorption of seductive moral debasement, senseless violence, and decadent example? Drug rehab is available, but I've never heard of radio and TV rehab. Once morals are corrupted, they generally stay that way.


I’ve served on the board of the Parents Television Council for over 10 years. Until his untimely death, Steve Allen took a leadership position with the PTC, being featured in hard-hitting newspaper ads announcing “TV is Dragging Our Children Into The Sewer” and urging concerned parents to demand that sponsors be held accountable for the programs they pay to put on the air. He even went to board meetings of companies like Time Warner and to boardrooms of huge conglomerates to confront the CEOs with revealing clips of the “entertainment” they were identifying their products with. In a number of cases, the CEOs ordered their ad agencies to remove their commercials from the offending programs. When the execs lamely said, “We’re just giving the public what it seems to want; they’re watching it,” Steve shot back, “Then why don’t you just sell them heroin and cocaine and pot? Millions of kids and young adults want that, too!”


The PTC fights gamely on. There have been notable successes, and some big sponsors, including Procter and Gamble, Ford, McDonalds, Johnson and Johnson, Coca-Cola, and General Mills have made conscientious decisions to produce and sponsor more responsible, family friendly programming. But others, evidently still motivated by the same old lust for sales at any cost, like Toyota, GM, Dunkin Brands, Payless Shoes, Volkswagen, Geico, and Bayer, are consistently on the PTC “Worst Sponsor” list.


Apparently, the only thing that will convince them and their ad agencies to quit burying America’s families under an avalanche of immorality is for the public to quit buying what they’re selling — America’s soul.


I strongly urge you to go to and sign up, become informed, and involved. Together, let’s promote the best television is capable of, and combat the worst. Highly popular shows like “Desperate Housewives,” “Rescue Me,” “The Shield,” the execrable “Nip/Tuck,” “Weeds,” and newer offerings like “Damages,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” and “Saving Grace” are still dragging young America through the modern agora into a gold veneered sewer, swimming with the foul dregs of human and animalistic behavior.


There’s still time and possibility, if we really care as a people about our most precious national asset — our soul.



Please participate in the survey at:, and look up movies at: and Also, see ClearPlay, a DVD player that allows you to select your desired level of violence/sex/language while playing standard DVD movies: and


Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) regarding television violence: "I fear that graphic violent programming has become so pervasive and has been shown to be so harmful, we are left with no choice but to have the government step in," Rockefeller said at a meeting of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "To be blunt, the big media companies have placed a greater emphasis on their corporate short-term profits than on the long-term health and well-being of our children," Rockefeller said.

Pat is disturbed that public schools are becoming more dangerous and immoral, and yet “they can’t have any reminder of the Ten Commandments or anything holy. And the teachers are afraid to even mention Jesus.” He refers to Thomas Jefferson’s quote, “From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.” He explains the Founding Father “could see even then that we weren’t going to maintain a republic and freedom unless we are willing to fight for it. And that doesn’t [necessarily] mean outright weaponry and war; it means warring in the Spirit. It means having moral guidelines, spiritual guidelines, and honoring God. And warring with the prince of the power of the air.” (see:  I was debating an ACLU attorney at Christmas on an NPR station. I pulled out a Xerox copy of The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States and said to her: "Until you answer this book, the ACLU can't make a case against America's Christian founding." She was shocked when she saw it. She asked where I had gotten it. The only thing that gave her relief was the fact that the book was not in print, but now it is.")

"Be afraid ACLU. Be very afraid. Morris packs The Christian Life and Character with page after page of original source material making the case that America was founded as a Christian nation. The evidence is unanswerable and irrefutable. This 1000-page book will astound you and send enemies of Christianity into shock. Keep in mind that it was published in 1864 and has been out of print for more than a century. It has been newly typeset using a very readable font and added subheads.  -- Gary DeMar about the book Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States)

With a laugh, he expands the thought to include airwaves: “television, satellite, cable and the Internet.” He notes that, despite the entertainment industry’s preoccupation with immorality and violence, “people still love wonderful heartwarming films and TV.” Citing “Touched by an Angel” and “Extreme Home Makeover” (and admitting he cries every time he watches), Pat says, “There are ways to do wonderful stories. The networks are embarrassed by them, but if they’re presented right, they will run them—and then they’re stunned at the ratings.” He reiterates the importance of expressing our opinions with calls, e-mails, and ballots.

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Liberals Take Over U.S. Campuses


Monday, October 15, 2007 2:29 PM

By: Pat Boone


I hesitate to write this, because my dear wife has always hated that I ever said such a thing a number of years ago. But it seems more relevant and maybe even needed right now, more than when I uttered it originally.


It was in the early 1960s, as ban-the-bomb demonstrations gathered momentum and university administrative offices got their first invasions by students — the forerunners of the anti-warriors who would board up and barricade themselves inside university presidents’ offices later that decade, literally demanding that “peace” policies be adopted and radical new courses be taught.


It was a very turbulent time, when troubling developments seemed always on the increase.


As always, reactions to the reactionaries were almost as extreme, and antiwar slogans were answered with accusations of lack of patriotism and ignorance of the worldwide plans of Communists . . . to infiltrate, sedate and subvert democratic nations, and eventually to dominate all humanity with a socialist, godless dictatorship. Civil disturbance was rife, and conflicts arose everywhere, especially on college campuses, where idealistic young people were trying to sort out what was real, what was false, and what was worth committing to.


A phrase found currency and became a slogan, circulating everywhere. It really made the hair stand up on my neck: “Better red than dead.”


From teachers to students, administrators to faculty, the phrase resonated and spread. “After all, what’s so bad about communism anyway? The Russian people seem to have all they need, and why should we get into some kind of violent war about whether they believe in God or not?” Lots of stuff like that, betraying abysmal ignorance about the nature of communism, dictatorship by an elite unelected few, and absolute condemnation of all religion, the “opiate of the people.”


Dr. Fred Schwartz, an academic from Australia, wrote a book “You Can Trust the Communists to Do What They Say,” detailing the specific stated goals of communist leaders, and revealing the blueprint of their expressed tactics.


Their theme was “Give us the children, the youth, of one generation, and we’ll own the country.” And the growing acceptance of the “better red than dead” notion was evidence that things were going according to plan for them.


In short order, Dr. Schwartz’ “anti-communism rallies” were filling arenas all over the nation. As a young father of four little girls, I attended the one at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, joining with others who were deeply alarmed at what we saw happening all around us, especially in the entertainment community.


A popular actor, recently President of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan, was there. So were John Wayne, some local elected officials, and a sprinkling of other notables. I joined them and Dr. Schwartz on the stage, looking out at almost 20,000 Angelinos, all concerned as I was, and wondering what could be done about the apparent apathy of our fellow citizens. Schwartz spoke powerfully, his Australian accent and scholarly diction lending his facts and quotes frightening credibility. Some of the others on stage spoke, and then came my turn.


I didn’t say much, but my words made a deep and chilling impression on a future President, who quoted them a number of times later. “I keep hearing this phrase everywhere, especially among our young people, ‘better red than dead.’ Well, I’ve got four young daughters. I love them more than my own life. I pray it will never come to this, but if we someday soon have to make a choice — I’d rather my four little girls be blown into heaven in an atomic blast, than taught into hell in a communist United States.”


As I remember it, there was sort of a stunned silence while the audience absorbed what I’d just said, and then a prolonged, approving roar of applause. Our friend Reagan told me he’d felt shivers, and my wife was very unhappy. As she explained, “I don’t like you saying something like that; it sounds like you’re almost inviting it!” I assured her that my motive was the exact opposite. I hoped that if enough of us saw the problem and the eventual dreaded choice clearly, we would make sure it never did happen.


For 40 years since, I thought we had escaped that choice; now I’m not so sure.


But the insidious virus of apathetic Americanism, a shedding of traditional mores and beliefs, and some conscious, determined campaigns to mutate some of our most vital DNA — all have combined to bring our society to an almost unrecognizable state. In many ways, it looks like the communists won!


Think about it a minute. What did the communists say they wanted to do with “just one generation of the youth”? They wanted to rid them of any allegiance to two centuries of American pride, tradition, religion-based morality, and nationalism. They definitely wanted to smother all ideas of individual freedom of expression, or any independence at all — replacing those “outmoded” concepts with utter dependence on government, a Big Brother who would rob the rich and supply at least the basic needs of all citizens, reducing (they called it “raising”) everybody to the same level; they called it a “classless society,” one that valued all the same, and made sure that all stayed the same, without any reason or opportunity for anyone to have something all the rest didn’t have.


Well, what do we see developing all around us right now? The American Federation of Teachers union and the National Education Association union, supported and buttressed by the socialist-founded ACLU, are swamping our school systems — at least one and likely several generations of our youth — with teaching and grading requirements that suppress individual advancement and reward mediocre and even failing performance with passing marks!


The rationale is that to “fail” or hold back a struggling or idling student might damage self-esteem, and that the superior student shouldn’t appear to be preferred over the poor one. And all research shows that America’s students are learning less and less, in almost all subjects. But not to worry; other political forces are working feverishly to insure that all citizens(not just teachers) will be cared for and fed and housed and insured and hospitalized when needed, without any regard for what, if anything, those citizens may have earned or contributed to society.


Karl Marx, the noted “educator,” 160 years ago spelled out his main strategies for takeover and domination of any country: (1) progressive graduated income tax; and (2) government education of the children. Leftist, liberal, spend-it-all politicians are accomplishing the first; and socialistic, humanistic activists in and out of government are making awful headway with the second.


We’ve got to stay focused on this. I promise you I will, in columns to come.


Academically, we’re already at apocalypse now. But it seems an Armageddon is shaping up on campuses across America, and we’ll investigate that ASAP.

Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth  
By Ben Shapiro

"Benjamin Shapiro... future president of the United States."  ~Larry Elder

"Ben Shapiro's columns are smart, informative and incisive. He is wise beyond his years without losing the refreshing fearlessness of youth."  ~Ann Coulter

"If you haven't yet partaken of Ben Shapiro's writings you are missing out. His columns are crisp, witty and topical. More than that, they are provocative, controversial and courageous."  ~David Limbaugh

When parents send their children off to college, mom and dad hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute -- able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to author Ben Shapiro, there's only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

In this explosive book, Shapiro, a college student himself, reveals how America's university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities -- from the administration to the student government, from the professors to the student media -- use their power to mold impressionable minds.

Fresh and bitterly funny, this book proves that the universities, far from being places for open discussion, are really dungeons of the mind that indoctrinate students to become socialists, atheists, race-baiters, and narcissists.

Hannity igniting revolt against left-wing profs
Sick of indoctrination, Sean urges students to expose propaganda
By Joe Kovacs

College students bombarded with the personal political views of their professors are being urged by talk-show host Sean Hannity to fight back with hard evidence of purported indoctrination.

"All you college kids out there, check your state laws, check your campus laws," Hannity said on his national radio program.

"Get your little tape recorders if legal, and I want you to start recording these left-wingers. Bring it to this program and we'll start airing it every single time on this program. I'm sick of this indoctrination. I'm sick of this left-wing propaganda."

Hannity's call to action comes in the wake of the case of Rebecca Beach, a 19-year-old freshman at Warren County Community College in Washington, N.J., who, as WND first reported, was sharply rebuked by an English professor for her announcement of a campus program featuring decorated Iraq war hero Lt. Col. Scott Rutter.

In an e-mail from professor John Daly to Beach, Daly wrote: "Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors."

He also said he would ask his students to boycott the event and vowed "to expose [her] right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like [Rebecca's] won't dare show their face on a college campus."

"That's free and open exchange of ideas and opinions on a college campus," Hannity commented sarcastically. "That's really cultivating freedom of thought."

WND broke the news that Daly submitted his resignation Tuesday just moments before an emergency meeting by the college's board of trustees to decide his fate.

But according to Hannity, the resignation is not the end of the case, saying, "This ought to be the beginning."

"This is now the new paradigm that I want to see college kids around the country pick up on," he said. "That is whenever you have the left-wing professors that are abusive to conservatives, that degrade you, that call you names, that use ad-hominem attacks, that are punishing you for your political point of view, that are purposely trying to indoctrinate you with extremist left-wing views – if it is legal, tape them. If it is not legal, take verbatim notes, get witnesses, bring these articles to the school newspapers, bring it to the local media. Expose these people for the abusive professors that they are, and I guarantee you when there's a series of these instances where we expose these people, I guarantee you this indoctrination process is going to stop dead in its tracks. ...

"Fear is a great motivator, and the fear that these left-wingers are going to get fired or be held accountable for their mean-spirited comments against people or their indoctrination is going to be the single-biggest motivation we ever see to get them to stop doing what they're doing to college kids around the country."

Beach agreed, telling Hannity, "It is intimidating, and [professors] will tell you things to make you not want to stand out and expose them. The American people need to know what they're paying for, what they're paying for their children to receive at these schools. It's not an education, it's indoctrination, and they're intimidated from speaking out the truth that they know."

The scant newspaper coverage of the case was also blasted by fellow talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who noted the headline in New Jersey's Express-Times newspaper Wednesday read, "Provoked professor leaves WCCC post."

"Provoked professor? Unbelievable!" exclaimed Limbaugh. "Not that the student was provoked, not that the school was provoked, not that the Iraq war vet was provoked, and not that the commanding officers in Iraq were provoked, because it was suggested by this guy that they be shot."

On that aspect, Beach told Hannity, "They really turned the tables and they make it look like I am restricting his free speech rights now as an American citizen where that's not even what it was to begin with. ... It makes me look like the bad guy."

Hannity offered to speak at the college to help defend Beach, and is hoping to face Daly in person, despite the fact he quit his position.

"It's really brave of him to pick on a 19-year-old girl," Hannity said. "I want to see him send such an e-mail to me. And I dare this guy to come and debate me at this college. I'll even pay him to come debate me. And he needs a job now."

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Morally paralyzed
By Thomas Sowell

"Moral paralysis" is a term that has been used to describe the inaction of France, England and other European democracies in the 1930s, as they watched Hitler build up the military forces that he later used to attack them.

It is a term that may be painfully relevant to our own times.

Back in the 1930s, the governments of the democratic countries knew what Hitler was doing — and they knew that they had enough military superiority at that point to stop his military buildup in its tracks. But they did nothing to stop him.

Instead, they turned to what is still the magic mantra today — "negotiations."

No leader of a democratic nation was ever more popular than British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain — wildly cheered in the House of Commons by opposition parties as well as his own — when he returned from negotiations in Munich in 1938, waving an agreement and declaring that it meant "peace in our time."

We know now how short that time was. Less than a year later, World War II began in Europe and spread across the planet, killing tens of millions of people and reducing many cities to rubble in Europe and Asia.

Looking back after that war, Winston Churchill said, "There was never a war in all history easier to prevent by timely action." The earlier it was done, the less it would have cost.

At one point, Hitler could have been stopped in his tracks "without the firing of a single shot," Churchill said.

That point came in 1936 — three years before World War II began — when Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland, in violation of two international treaties.

At that point, France alone was so much more powerful than Germany that the German generals had secret orders to retreat immediately at the first sign of French intervention.

As Hitler himself confided, the Germans would have had to retreat "with our tail between our legs," because they did not yet have enough military force to put up even a token resistance.

Why did the French not act and spare themselves and the world the years of horror that Hitler's aggressions would bring? The French had the means but not the will.

"Moral paralysis" came from many things. The death of a million French soldiers in the First World War and disillusionment with the peace that followed cast a pall over a whole generation.

Pacifism became vogue among the intelligentsia and spread into educational institutions. As early as 1932, Winston Churchill said: "France, though armed to the teeth, is pacifist to the core."

It was morally paralyzed.

History may be interesting but it is the present and the future that pose the crucial question: Is America today the France of yesterday?

We know that Iran is moving swiftly toward nuclear weapons while the United Nations is moving slowly — or not at all — toward doing anything to stop them.

It is a sign of our irresponsible Utopianism that anyone would even expect the UN to do anything that would make any real difference.

Not only the history of the UN, but the history of the League of Nations before it, demonstrates again and again that going to such places is a way for weak-kneed leaders of democracies to look like they are doing something when in fact they are doing nothing.

The Iranian leaders are not going to stop unless they get stopped. And, like Hitler, they don't think we have the guts to stop them.

Incidentally, Hitler made some of the best anti-war statements of the 1930s. He knew that this was what the Western democracies wanted to hear — and that it would keep them morally paralyzed while he continued building up his military machine to attack them.

Iranian leaders today make only the most token and transparent claims that they are building "peaceful" nuclear facilities — in one of the biggest oil-producing countries in the world, which has no need for nuclear power to generate electricity.

Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran and its international terrorist allies will be a worst threat than Hitler ever was. But, before that happens, the big question is: Are we France? Are we morally paralyzed, perhaps fatally?

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