Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2020 | Week October 19 | Radio Transcript #1382 In the space of three days last week, the LGBTQ+ issue was front and center in situations involving two different high-profile Americans. On Tuesday, the second day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, Democrat California Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Judge Barrett if she would “roll back hard fought freedoms and...

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2020 | Week of October 12 | Radio Transcript #1381 What in the world is the 25th Amendment? Lots of people are asking that question right now, and rightly so. It’s unfortunate that so many people are having to learn about this constitutional provision the hard way, when they should have already known about it from their time in school. But like so many things today, real civics and truthful American history is often absent in our...

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2020 | Week of October 5 | Radio Transcript #1380 “Do you know what they are teaching to kindergarteners in our local public schools?” an irate parent asked me at one of our community events recently.  Sadly, I was pretty sure I did know what that school was teaching in kindergarten, especially when this mother went on to say it was part of the so-called “human growth and development” program. If you’re not aware, in Wisconsin we...

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2020 | Week of September 28 | Radio Transcript #1379 Events in our state and nation are happening at break-neck speed as Election Day 2020 nears. Last week, a federal judge changed the deadline for absentee ballots and online registrations, a ruling that was temporarily stopped by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals late this past Sunday. Then, on Thursday, Governor Evers issued his third COVID-related statewide public health emergency...

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2020 | Week of September 21 | Radio Transcript #1378 God assures us that nothing happens outside His knowledge and control, down to knowing the number of hairs on our head and even when a sparrow falls from a nest. And He even appoints the day of death—and that is why we must trust Him as we deal with and attempt to process yet another unique twist and turn in this wild ride called 2020.  God not only knew Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

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2020 | Week of September 14 | Radio Transcript #1377 WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” What an amazing preamble to the charter document of our...

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2020 | Week of September 7 | Radio Transcript #1376 From the time I was six or seven, I’ve been involved in elections.  Yes, you heard me right.  My mother, while she never ran for office, was always involved with the political scene.  She found it intolerable, for instance, that when she and my dad moved to Georgia in the early 1950s that the state had only one political party.  So, Mom set out to do what she could to help bring in a...

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2020 | Week of August 31 | Radio Transcript #1375 Do public health situations that have at some point been deemed “pandemics” mean that the rule of law is set aside? I’ve been asked that question in one form or another almost every day since March when Governor Evers issued his first statewide public health emergency declaration and stay-at-home order, which meant that all schools, both public and private, were shut down for in-person...

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2020 | Week of August 24 | Radio Transcript #1374 President Trump has repeatedly said he thinks a mail-in election is fraught with the possibility for fraud, would delay the final outcome of the election, and is unnecessary given the current COVID situation in the vast majority of states, a position supported by recently by Dr. Fauci, one of Trump’s leading COVID experts and advisers. Presidential candidate Joe Biden thinks otherwise,...

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2020 | Week of August 17 | Radio Transcript “Abortion is not health care.” That’s the opening sentence in a letter dated August 12, 2020, addressed to Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and signed by over 100 US senators and representatives. To be exact, 23 US Senators and 80 US Representatives signed this letter.[1] The purpose for the letter is to urge the IRS, which is a part of the Department of the Treasury, to stop...

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2020  Week of August 10 | Radio Transcript #1372  (originally aired July 22, 2019) Author George Orwell opined that “[t]he most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Orwell’s statement should give us serious pause. Are we being effectively destroyed because we have either been denied the truth about our American history or that history has been essentially obliterated by...

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2020 | Week of August 3 | Radio Transcript #1371 With all that is going on in our state and nation right now, on one level it seems almost trivial to talk about Wisconsin’s fall partisan primary election. On another level, all that is going on actually makes it imperative that we bring up that election because every election has consequences—consequences that are very real, sometimes become even life and death consequences, and are...

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2020 | Week of July 27 | Radio Transcript #1370 As the COVID crisis was escalating, President Trump called for a National Day of Prayer, on Sunday, March 15. In a Tweet, the president said, “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….” President Trump was right. We have a long and storied history of our leaders praying and of our leaders calling the nation to...

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2020 | Week of July 13 | Radio Transcript #1368 How K-12 schools will operate this fall in The Badger State is anything but certain.  But this we know: collective formal education will happen, whether virtual, in person, or as a combination of the two. Culturally and financially—at least from the government schools’ perspective—we are way too far down the road to hope that everyone would or could homeschool. I will say I am concerned...

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2020 | Week of July 6 | Radio Transcript #1367 After surviving Y2K, I decided in the summer of 2000 along with two good friends to take some of the money I’d carefully saved and take a trip out west. I mean a big trip out west. Honestly, before that, I hadn’t been west of Kansas City, Kansas. We started planning, as I recall, on January 2—once we knew all was well, and we weren’t going to be cooking on camp stoves, eating and using...

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2020 | Week of June 29 | Radio Transcript #1366 The US Supreme Court just gave us another supremely bad decision. More on that shortly. First a brief explanation about why two commentaries back to back on bad decisions from our highest court. Our US Supreme Court’s session runs from October through June 30. The court typically holds release of its decisions on high-profile, meaning the most watched and most controversial cases, until...

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2020 | Week of June 22 | Radio Transcript #1365 Judicial activism is alive and well in America, especially in our US Supreme Court. On Monday, June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision, redefining the term “sex” in the congressionally passed, legally enacted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, to...

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2020 | Week of June 15 | Radio Transcript #1364 Scripture tells us we are to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ. To be faithful to Scripture, we dare not just respond to any thing in life, including cultural happenings emotionally. While emotions are part of God’s good design for us as humans and as His image bearers, Scripture does not direct us...

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2020 | Week of June 8 | Radio Transcript #1363 “Just do what you wish your father had done for you. Be the dad you wish you had had.” That was the advice in a book I read recently about being a good dad. That’s such a simple but powerful admonition. Most children pretty intuitively will tell you what’s important to them about their dads. They want time with their dad, time to talk, time to play, time to learn, time to share. They want...

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2020 | Week of June 1 | Radio Transcript #1362 As I write this commentary, I’m sitting where I can easily see an American flag flying on private property. It’s waving in the stiff breeze coming off one of Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes. I’m not far from Madison or Milwaukee right now geographically, but it feels as though I’m a million miles removed from what has been taking place in these two cities and other Wisconsin cities over the...

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2020 | Week of May 25 | Radio Transcript #1361 To mail or not to mail—ballots? That is the question.  Due in large part to COVID-19, in Wisconsin’s election last month, a record number of absentee ballots were requested. Over 1.3 million absentee ballots were mailed to Wisconsin voters, with nearly 1,160,000 or just about 90 percent of those requested being returned. These absentee ballots represented about 75 percent of the total...

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2020 | Week of May 18 | Radio Transcript #1360 Do you have plans made for next Monday, May 25? I hope you do. It’s Memorial Day. And that should mean some special planning. I realize that in most communities in The Badger State Memorial Day won’t be commemorated as it has been for decades. Already in my community we’ve been told there will be no parade. No special service at the bridge with wreaths being thrown into the river while we...

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2020 | Week of May 11 | Radio Transcript#1359 Are our constitutional rights and freedoms designed just for times of peace and prosperity, when things seem to be going well, or are they also designed to protect us even in times of, say, a statewide emergency, like a declared public health emergency? In times of crises, is it appropriate that our constitutional rights and freedoms be set aside for what some would say is for the “greater...

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2020 | Week of May 4 | Radio Transcript #1358 The Bible, in a myriad of ways, honors mothers.  Stories of Jocabed, Moses’s mother; Hannah, Samuel’s mother; Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother; and certainly, Mary, the mother of Jesus, in addition to the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31, all remind us of the importance of mothers.  These stories span the Old and New Testament and happened thousands of years ago, but the...

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2020 | Week of April 27 | Radio Transcript #1357 Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and are thankful for the opportunity to do so. In 1983, after a pretty bitter battle involving the state...

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