Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I guess the point of the exercise is that we have all manner of extravagance and we live a very posh, gilded lifestyle here, while those people that you’re talking about are suffering in the third world. If you think that is something that needs to stop and that is your calling, it’s not your government’s job to do that. It’s your job to do that. Check out today’s audio and transcript for the rest…
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Mike: Brent is in Orlando, Florida. Hello, Brent, you’re next on The Mike Church Show. How you doing?
Caller Brent: I’m doing great. How are you doing today, Mike?
Mike: I am well, sir, thank you.
Caller Brent: I wanted to first of all thank you for opening my eyes and reintroducing me to the Constitution and to our founding fathers.
Mike: You’re very welcome.
Caller Brent: As a result of that, I am now a recovering hawkaholic.
Mike: I’ve got to write this one down. Hawkaholic, I love it.
Caller Brent: I was fully supportive of the invasion into Iraq, fully supportive of the invasion into Afghanistan. I was very much a “conservative hawk.” Seeing what this has led to and really being reintroduced to our founding fathers, remembering George Washington’s farewell address and his warning against getting involved in foreign entanglements has really opened my eyes. I loved the clip you played with George Carlin and the bombing of brown people and how good we are at that. It has opened my eyes quite a bit. The one area I’m struggling with and would love to get your feedback or your opinion on is in talking about innocence. When we see atrocities being committed across the globe — we are very much a global community now with the connections we have with media, etc. We can be beamed across the world in a matter of seconds and see what’s going on live. When we see these atrocities being committed, how can we just sit back and do nothing when hundreds of thousands of people are being brutally killed over in Africa? How do we as a moral people just stand back and say we can’t get involved with that?
Mike: Who said that you can’t get involved in it? What Washington said is your government doesn’t get involved in it. Whenever you introduce government into anything, you then introduce the power to force people to do things they otherwise would not do. If it’s not in your charter to save the world and save the people suffering genocide or whatever in the world, then it’s in your personal charter. No one is saying you can’t board a flight. Have you seen the Gerard Butler movie Machine Gun Preacher? Have you seen it?
Caller Brent: I have not. I have heard of it.
Mike: Watch that and then come back and ask me the same question. Gerard Butler saw that, the character he played, and he couldn’t stand by and idly do nothing. He went to Africa and built missions, churches. He built orphanages with his own money. He had to go, like me running around trying to raise money for Hogs for the Cause and having doors slammed in my face, Gerard Butler’s character in Machine Gun Preacher was the same way. As a matter of fact, there’s a very poignant scene. He gets invited to this banker’s soiree at his house. He takes his wife and kid there. He asks the gentleman to donate $5,000 to his mission in, I want to say it’s in the Sudan. The machine gun preacher goes to the soiree and there are hundreds of people there that are chomping and chowing down on the most elaborate spread of food man could ever provide. Some are sampling some of the caviars and deciding it’s not for them and throwing it into the garbage can. The banker comes up and hands him a check. When the guy leaves, he looks at the check and it’s not for $5,000, it’s for $500. He basically tears the check up, puts it in the punch bowl, and storms out of the house.
I guess the point of the exercise is that we have all manner of extravagance and we live a very posh, gilded lifestyle here, while those people that you’re talking about are suffering in the third world. If you think that is something that needs to stop and that is your calling, it’s not your government’s job to do that. It’s your job to do that. That’s why I recommend — this is really — don’t watch this with a 13-year-old whatever you do. This is as crude and obnoxious with language and violence in the first part of the film as it could possibly be. Machine Gun Preacher is worthy of an adult watching it, I think, just for one of the points that I made. How about that?
Caller Brent: It makes a lot of sense. Much as we talk about charity should be something done, whether it be with your church in the local community, it makes sense that you could be a mercenary in many fashions to go and act personally on that. You just think from a defense standpoint and firepower, it can only be provided from a nationalist standpoint. It does make a lot of sense. I’m going to definitely check out that movie. I appreciate the insight.
Mike: That’s how I would think about it. It’s like people that want to go save Israel. Then you go do it. That’s fine. I don’t have a problem with it. You go. There was a guy that called this show a couple months ago and wanted to go enlist in the IDF. Okay, fine.
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