The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on The Pro America Report. Don’t forget, visit Proamericareport.com. You can listen to this segment and all the different segments and get the Daily email. Sign up for the Daily Email – what you need to know – The Daily WYNK. I encourage you to get that goes out to about 50,000 people every morning at 09:00 A.m. East coast time. And excuse me, 08:00 A.m. East coast time, 05:00 A.m. On the Pacific on the West Coast.
So we’re opening the show today. We got some great guests coming up in a few moments. Julie Kelly, the author of a definitive book on January 6, will give us an update on what’s happening over at the capital. We’ll also hear from Brandon Weichert, who wrote a book on space, who will tell you that while you’re focusing on drones and tanks and the war in Russia/Ukraine, there is a space battle ahead that is more troubling to pay attention to.
But first, we need to talk to our old friend Armstrong Williams. Armstrong Williams is an entrepreneur, a man who has been a radio and television personality. I guess in your youth you would have been a political operative type. I don’t know if that’s the technical term, but he worked in government and politics. And he is just a man who has a whole bunch of wisdom.
So I wanted to get him on the show and say, where are we in this country right now, Armstrong? So welcome to the program. How are you?
Williams: Thank you for having me. My pleasure.
Martin: So you’ve observed a lot in your life. You’ve seen a lot of success. You were an early Reagan guy. You worked in the Reagan administration, I think, if I recall correctly, or at least were influential in that time. You might clarify that.
But where are we in this country? And I’m not talking to politics only. I’m talking about the nation, people’s concern about inflation, concern about the future, all this technology. How do you feel? I saw one of your recent posts about your faith and Easter and all, but where are we as a nation?
Williams: What’s fascinating is that whether we acknowledge it or not, faith, I mention this, is a very important part of our lives. I would venture to say that if you don’t have faith, life will cease to have meaning. Life will cease to make sense. Life will cease to differentiate between right and wrong. What was once right will become wrong, and what is wrong will become right.
And we will never be able to move from one moment to the next, without doubting every last thing that we do and what people do around us. So when you see these movements as parents, who have no say in their child’s education, they’re trying to teach transsexual education to naive, vulnerable kids to indoctrinate them, to corrupt them, to make them turn and rebel against their parents. And it’s what happens without faith. We are nothing.
And so you began to see the world around you erode values and things that don’t make sense, like the President can make these demand about protocols and masks and vaccinations and boosters. And yet, you can have hundreds of thousands of people crossing our borders without any protocols, without any demands. And Americans ask themselves, what is wrong with this picture? You’re holding Americans to a different standard than you’re holding strangers and Coyotes and people who bring weapons across our borders, who corrupt our values system?
And so our culture is changing. We’re using the culture of the minorities that come in our country, and they bring their values and they displace our values, whether it’s transgender, whether it’s defunded police, whether it’s anticapitalism, whether it’s counseling Keystone pipelines because we think the electric car is the answer. Everything seems to be so antithetical to who we are as Americans.
And I will tell you whether it’s from the Roman Empire, the Greek Empire, any Empire. The reasons why the Chinese and countries like Russia knows and survived so long in these Muslim countries, criticize them as much as you may is that they will not allow the minority to become the majority in their values and their culture, because a true country cannot survive if you give will and pass laws to reflect the values of people that come to your country first, to get away from the atrocities, to get away from the terror of the land that they were once from.
And all of a sudden, their values become the values of your country. It just cannot exist. You go to places in America right now and you rarely hear the English language spoken. You could never go to China and these other places, you will only hear Chinese or Russian, the language of Saudi Arabia, the language of the Middle East that has been spoken. So America is being just totally regarded and the minority is replacing the majority values of the culture.
Martin: We’re talking with Armstrong Williams. And of course, among the many things he does, the Armstrong Williams Show, which you can, nationally syndicated, and you can also see it online. Go to ArmstrongWilliams.com, you can follow through to all of his different stuff. Armstrong, I’ve heard you talk about your late mother and your family.
And one of the great things I’ve seen, I’ve seen it in your face, the pride of having succeeded – in some ways for your mother and for your family and all. But that’s the American thing, right? I mean, one of the places where I’ve seen and know you well is because of your friendship with like Terry Giles, our mutual friend, and Ben Carson, who’s your great friend. But these guys, also, like you, came from nothing. The idea was up from your bootstraps, Horatio Alger story, In fact, the Horatio Alger Society, I think, is an organization that the three of you are members of.
And this notion that America had this, that you had that ambition. People have the ambition to succeed for their families, for themselves. And it was possible… even if you didn’t do it, you didn’t have to become as rich or as successful, but you had the opportunity. It kind of gave meaning in your life. And that part of the sort of, let me say it differently… Faith in the nation, faith in the American nation. We had confidence maybe is a better word. Faith is reserved, I think, for people of faith recognized in their religion, but confidence in the American nation, that’s slipping, right?
Williams: I do know Dr. Carson’s and Terry’s story of poverty, but my story is definitely not one of poverty. In fact, I came from a very blessed family that afforded us many opportunities to be educated, to travel, to experience life from a lens of not drinking from the trough for racism and bigotry. My parents, the estate, 250 estate still remain in the family. So I grew up not worrying where the next meal comes from or whether I would have clothing on my back. I was very fortunate.
And we didn’t worry about whether we listen to our parents or not. What was mattered was we worried more about watching our parents and by their example. And our parents were able to shape us. They shaped us by, they did not allow outside forces to shape us as you are seeing today with the Internet and the social media platforms. My parents didn’t really care about the shape that we were necessarily in, it’s what they shaped us in the becoming.
The reality is, Ed, is that most of us communicate the same way that we grew up. Whatever you see today in an individual is what you see and what they grew up with. And that communication style becomes our normal way of dealing with issues. Our blueprint for communication, it’s what we know and pass on to our children. It’s what our parents passed on to us. And we either become our childhood or we make a conscious choice to change it. And the most important thing that my parents taught us was about free will. God gives us free will.
And in that free will, you got to make the best choice. But also those choices can lead to a short life. It can lead to disruptions in friendship. And my father and brother also talked about people talk about the journey that we all in our ultimate destination, which is death. But my father always taught us that there are other deaths, that we face along life. We don’t make the right choice. If you don’t have integrity, you don’t have character, you don’t have honor, you can suffer the death of your wealth, you can suffer the death of your marriage, you can suffer the death of your friendships, you can suffer the death of your worth.
And so throughout my entire upbringing, my parents always not through necessarily through what they said, but through their actions, set an example that words were important. Character is important. Work ethic is important. Not being a victim, you can always change your circumstances by the choices that you make. And those choices should be rooted in biblical principles and faith in God.
Martin: Armstrong Williams is our guest. And one last question, Armstrong. In this segment of my show, I talk about what you need to know, and I just heard you allude to something. I listened to you and I heard you allude to something, and then put them together. When you listen to you, you’re obviously someone who has learned to communicate in a very sophisticated way, although I think you also sound like a normal guy. You’re not like a highbrow guy, but that communication is something you’ve obviously succeeded at.
We’re in a time where the means of communication has never been easier. You could do a YouTube channel. I remember watching you on your Facebook live. You were over at the capitol at some point filming the, I think they put up the walls over there or something. It’s never been easier to communicate, but it’s also never been more in the control or influence, as you alluded to of these big tech and big media, and it’s sort of terrifying.
And when I tell people what you need to know is that the best communicators like you, Armstrong, are aware of the power of these entities. It’s pretty daunting, isn’t it?
Williams: Yeah. I think sometimes what we see in the communications, especially from young people, I think because there’s such a spiritual void, they try to plug into all these things that try to give them peace and happiness and joy, and they find themselves more empty than before with materialism and likes and dislikes. I think sometimes what these young people want us to do, they want us to hurt the way they hurt.
So that’s why they go out, they commit suicide, they kill, they become destructive, they destroy lives. And so, when we change our behavior, when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. And the consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change. And so it takes some time for these kids to realize their ways.
That what they’re involved in, what they’re doing, their relationships, which are fragile, which are not wholesome, which really doesn’t have a true foundation, they realize gradually that it’s causing them more harm than good. And they keep searching for an answers. I was with someone recently, and I was listening to them. They were listening to Kanye West’s Church service. And with a young person, I said, well, I never really got into Kanye West’s Church service, but I also sometimes when I’m riding with my drivers or riding in an Uber, they play this rap music that I don’t understand. But then they clicked on.
That what Kanye West is doing, he’s giving them a spiritual message, wholesome message about love, about change, about God, and about spirituality. I never realized the value of what he was giving these kids as a substitute to this poison that they’ve been injecting for so long, from this music, from this rap music, from this disrespect of women. And while people may think that he’s sometimes off his rocker, he’s providing something to young people that’s really making a difference.
Because of social media, young people always think that the grass is greener, no gratitude for what they have, who they are, how they came about it. Yes, they always think this because they’re not rooted in a spiritual or moral foundation. They think it’s all about them. They think they make the choices, they have the free will to do what they want to do until the consequences come full circle.
Martin: Yeah. Well said. Well said. Well, that’s what you need to know, everybody. Thank you, Armstrong Williams. I got to run. Armstrong Williams everybody, again, go to his website, armstrongwilliams.com, you’ll see it’s TV show, his appearances, his wisdom and I appreciate it very much, sir.
Williams: Always a pleasure. Much respect, my brother.
Martin: All right. We’ll talk again soon. We’ll take a break, everybody. We’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.