America’s Promise

America’s Promise

America’s Promise

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Americans are looking for love in all the wrong places—most specifically, Washington D.C. America promises us freedom and opportunity, but certainly not love. Jason Whitlock, sports journalist and podcaster, explains.

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Script:

I want to tell you something that everybody once knew, and now many have either forgotten or never learned.

Pay very close attention: America promises you freedom. America does not promise you love.

Let’s start with the freedom part. It’s all right there in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Free speech. Freedom to practice the religion of your choice. The purpose of government is to protect your freedom. Period.

America was a rough-and-tumble place in its early days. It still is. Let’s hope it always remains so. You don’t want to live in a country where all your needs are taken care of by the government. That’s not how you become great. That’s how you become dependent, vulnerable, and truly oppressed.

America is a land of opportunity for anyone of any color. Just follow some basic rules—get an education, work hard, act responsibly—and you’ll have a good shot at a good life. But you might also fail. You might fail a bunch of times… and then succeed. Or you might succeed and blow it all. That’s America—a never-ending dance of risk and reward. All made possible by freedom.

Freedom is America’s source of power, and the denial of that power to black people and others at the inception of this nation and for nearly 200 years after its founding remains a stain and a source of pain. Yes, some of the Founders had slaves. But almost all of them knew that it was morally wrong and would one day end.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the words, “All men are created equal,” the slavery question was resolved. The only issue was how and when. And it took a lot longer than it should have. But it did end. And a lot of good people died on the battlefield to see that it did. And when it ended, giants like Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass understood that black Americans would have to succeed on their own as free men and women. They had no illusions that the government would save them. They only wanted what all Americans should ever want the government to do: protect their freedom.

But the Founders never promised love—not to whites or blacks or anyone else.

During his famous “I have a dream speech,” Martin Luther King referenced freedom 20 times. He never once spoke the word “love.”

Why not? Because America has nothing to do with that. If you want love—and we all do—look to God, your family, and your friends.

The government doesn’t love you and isn’t supposed to. The government is a poor and abusive provider. It offers the bare minimum and fosters a dependency that undermines freedom.

During the 2020 “Black Lives Matter” season, NBA players actually wore jerseys with the slogan “Love Us” emblazoned on the back. You can’t demand love from people. Love is freely given, or not given at all. Telling people not to call you this name or that name, or not to act this way or that way—consciously or unconsciously—because it offends you will not bring you love.

Love is your mother’s smile or that look your kid gives you when you come home from work. Love is that man or woman who protects you when you’re scared and provides a home where you can flourish. And love is what God offers you every moment of every day.

To the government, you’re just a Social Security number—nothing more. And I’m okay with that. Because I don’t want or expect the government to know or care about me. Mostly, I want the government to leave me alone.

I’m proud to be an American. And I’m proud to be a black man in America. Blacks have made enormous contributions to this country. But let me tell you what our single greatest contribution has been: We have been this nation’s moral conscience. Blacks have forced America to live up to its best ideals. Our righteous pursuit of freedom—pursuit of freedom, not love—compelled this nation to seek and find its better self.

For the complete script as well as FACTS & SOURCES, visit https://www.prageru.com/video/americas-promise

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27 thoughts on “America’s Promise

  1. Andy

    What kind of person dislikes a video like this?

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  2. nakfx134

    Wow thank you for that….

    s one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point, in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  3. James Bentley

    Wow. Thats good. Definatley saving this video to show others

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  4. Espionage gaming

    “America has always been guaranteeing freedom”
    Thomas Jefferson owned slaves
    You only mention that people died to stop slavery, didn’t mention people died to keep it
    American imperialism is strangely left out?

    People want to no longer be hated, and somehow you try to make that something wrong, this channel spews hate without even realizing it.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  5. Gregory Harris

    U been saying stuff like this for years… thank God they haven't figured out how to cancel u!!!

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  6. mierpub8lam

    level 1

    Pennylane17

    ·2y

    Look into the Wilkes brothers. They fund PragerU. They are billionaires in the oil/fracking industry who sold their original company to a conglomerate of investors from Middle East and China. They then bought another company whose main focus in the oil industry is in Russia and SouthAmerica. And that is where every dollar of PragerU content comes from. I'm not a liberal hating on Prager. I'm pointing out that while he and Allen Estrin might be the faces of the content, the funding is all Wilkes. A little more background on these guys who are silently buying up land from Texas to Idaho to Canada in such great quantities that locals have begun to protest : Farris Wilks is married to Jo Ann and the father of 11 children. He is the former pastor of the Assembly of Yahweh Seventh Day, a conservative Israelite congregation that was founded by his parents, Voy and Myrtle, in 1947. So. If you want to know what "the deal" is with anything in life, you look past the guy who's upfront in plain view and find out where the money's coming from. PragerU has a yearly budget of $10-15 million/yr. 40% of that is spent on marketing. So if I'm looking at it, I see a whole lot of content being paid for with money "earned" from Russia, China and the Middle East by two billionaire brothers who are also heavily involved in Israeli politics. (Check out their oh-so-educational vid on Palestine). The way to destabilize a nation is to divide it. The most far reaching and effective tool of division is the media. Connect the dots.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  7. Cascade Pierce-Shimomura

    Then why is government banning gay marriage. I thought the government was supposed to be separate from love?

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  8. Russ

    "good people" show's Union soldiers

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  9. Aditya Candra

    I don't really agree with the video, but thanks for the perspective

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  10. Nazarene Nazarite

    Amen my dude. That was straight up truth to the fullest right there. And in a time where truth and good sense are becoming extremely scarce

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  11. William Oldaker

    This video is deceitful. God outright demands love. It's love or burn or your a shoel kinda person. PragerU's content is purely about pandering to it's base regardless of the facts. Belief in God is all about feelings over facts. They have an incredibly dangerous propensity to produce deceitful and outright false information. PragerU crys big government but think government sanctioned killing is "moral" or any of PragerU's content on regards to the subject of colonialism and the matter as a whole is misleading or outright inaccurate.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  12. Klwj ywaroi

    yes its correct having free healthcare is OPRESSIONIST COMMUNISM

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  13. ratman

    "When Thomas Jefferson wrote the words, “All men are created equal,” the slavery question was resolved. The only issue was how and when."
    Ironic considering Jefferson, like most of the 'founding fathers', was a hypocrite who profited from slavery right up until his death.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  14. Kyler Moore

    Good work

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  15. Anare L. Junior

    BLM activists need to watch this video and hear more of this truth. The fight for equality has already been fought. Thousands of men died for that very cause; Martin Luther King himself was shot because of his belief in this cause. Even President Lincoln, whose life was cut short because he fought for the black men and women of America. BLMs current vision for a free America for all black people imply that these people DIED FOR NOTHING! And that black americans are still, somehow oppressed to this day!

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  16. Jacob Kuehnert

    Do inspiration

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  17. Larry Johnson

    Great presentation. Thank You!

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  18. John Kerry

    Whitlock

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  19. Marcie Zell

    Awesome!

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  20. Lordslady

    I tried to download your app, I have apps for 72 other pages, it say I may not have the proper app to log in. Please check if browser is enabled or installed in your devise. What???

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  21. binky stinky

    Wow prageru has really outdone themselves with this video it's amazing👏👍

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  22. rtkville

    So GOOD! So RIGHT! Thank you!!!

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  23. ur couzin

    Only the elites have freedom. The rest of us fight for scraps. None of us in the comments will be millionaires or billionaires.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  24. ur couzin

    America DOES NOT have freedom of speech. Try supporting BDS.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  25. Black-Skin-is-Amazing! we #ADOS males da GREATEST

    🤣 Jason is a willing tool for WS – this is why the blk community ignores him – Jason belongs to U ytes 🤣🤣

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply
  26. Mustang

    As a big Kobe Bryant fan, I used to dislike Mr. Whitlock for all the mean things he said about my favorite player LOL. But man, I gained so much respect for him when I started to learn more about his political views.

    May 22, 2021 at 4:58 am Reply

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