Kresta in the Afternoon – June 4, 2019 – Hour 2

+  The Faith of Eisenhower

  • Description: June 6 is the anniversary of the Normandy Invasions, one of the most important battles of the century. The invasion was led by Supreme Allied Commander Eisenhower, who would later go on to the White House. While there have been many biographies of Eisenhower's military and political career, none have looked deeply at the role his faith played in both his personal and public life - despite the fact that he was the only US president to be baptized while in office. We take a look with Alan Sears.
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    • Alan Sears
      Alan Sears is the co-author of The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Faith. He's an ardent student of history and the founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, which he led as president, CEO, and general counsel for twenty-three years. Under his leadership, ADF and its allied attorneys--which now number more than three thousand in forty-four nations--played important roles in more than fifty victories at the US Supreme Court and seventeen victories at the European Court of Human Rights. Alan has served in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations.
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    • The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Faith

      While there have been many biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower that focus on his military career or the time of his presidency, none clearly explores the important role faith played both in his personal life and in his public policy. This despite the fact that he is the only US president to be baptized as a Christian while in office. Alan Sears and Craig Osten invite you on a journey that is unique in American history and is essential to understanding one of the most consequential, admired, and complex Americans of the 20th Century. The story begins in abject poverty in rural Texas, then travels through Kansas, West Point, two World Wars, and down Pennsylvania Avenue. This is the untold story of a man whose growing faith sustained him through the loss of a young son, marital difficulties, depression, career disappointments, and being witness to some of the worst atrocities humankind has devised. A man whose faith was based in his own sincere personal conviction, not out of a sense of political expediency or social obligation. You've met Dwight Eisenhower the soldier and Dwight Eisenhower the president. Now meet Dwight Eisenhower the man of faith. (learn more)

+  Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul (2 segments)

  • Description: Conservatism is an inheritance, not an ideology. American conservatism emerged out of our experiences as a self-governing people who love their inherited liberties rather than abstract rights; whose laws have historically emerged out of our norms rather than a specious theory of justice; whose gift for creating and protecting political freedom has served as the primary obstacle to the relentless drive toward an egalitarian administrative state. Ted McAllister joins us.
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    • Ted McCallister
      Ted McAllister is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He's the author of Coming Home: Reclaiming America's Conservative Soul.
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    • Coming Home: Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul

      Americans have been forced from their homes. Their jobs have been outsourced, their neighborhoods torn down to make room for freeways, their churches shuttered or taken over by social justice warriors, and their very families eviscerated by government programs that assume their functions and a hostile elite that deems them oppressive. Conservatives have always defended these elements of a rooted life as crucial to maintaining cultural continuity in the face of changing circumstances. Unfortunately, official “conservatism” has become fixated on abstract claims about freedom and the profits of “creative destruction.” Conservatism has never been the only voice in America, but it is the most distinctively American voice, emerging from the customs, norms, and dispositions of its people and grounded in the conviction that the capacity for self-governance provides a distinctly human dignity. Emphasizing the ongoing strength and importance of the conservative tradition, the authors describe our Constitution’s emphasis on maintaining order and balance and protecting the primary institutions of local life. Also important here is an understanding of changes in American demographics, economics, and politics. These changes complicated attempts to address the fundamentally antitraditional nature of slavery and Jim Crow, the destructive effects of globalism, and the increasing desire to look on the federal government as the guarantor of security and happiness. To reclaim our home as a people, we must rebuild the natural associations and primary institutions within which we live. This means protecting the fundamental relationships that make up our way of life. From philosophy to home construction, from theology to commerce, from charity to the essentials of household management, our ongoing practices are the source of our knowledge of truth, of one another, and of how we may live well together. (learn more)

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