Charles Payne: America's Lost Generation

A new era of hopelessness for the country's youth -- and how conservatives can turn the tide.

Editor's note: Below is the video and transcript of Fox Business Network personality Charles Payne's speech at the Freedom Center's 2013 Restoration Weekend. The event took place November 14th-17th at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 

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Charles Payne: A few months ago, when we were talking about coming down here and doing this, it was the day after President Obama had given some speech or something.  And it was pretty obvious to me that he was trying to incite violence.  Or, you know, trying to get some sort of protest in the streets, and he wants the kids to go out there.

So I wanted to talk about that as a topic.  But the more I thought about it, and the more I've been focused on this, I think that what we have, of course, is an imperial President.  And these desires that he has for like this youth violence -- but it's actually backfiring.  And in the process of backfiring, we're actually helping to create what I think is the most unprepared generation of young people in this country.

And I think this is probably one of the more critical topics, economic and social topics, of the nation right now.  And I think it's an amazing area where conservatives can make a huge impact.

You got to remember, President Obama came into office, he was hailed at the uniter, right?  Half black, half white, tremendous education.  He's going to propel the nation further.  You know, take the word from the Founding Fathers, the Abraham Lincolns of the world, the Martin Luther Kings of the world; and take it to another level.

But instead, they made a decision early on -- he certainly did, early in office -- to deflect any sort of criticism, any sort of blame, any sort of failure by playing the blame game.  And that right there, guys, for me, was the first red flag.  Early on, the blame-Bush stuff -- that the President was going to take a more cowardly approach, rather than a President approach.  And I think any hopes that we had of him being the uniter were quickly snuffed out.

But more importantly, they made the political decision to sort of slice and dice the country into what I'm calling buckets of victims.  Keep them angry, keep them mostly in fear; and then paint President Obama as somehow the outside defender.

You know, he talks a lot, the President, about -- when he talks, he talks as if he's not even part of the problem, right?  He'll talk about Washington.  He'll talk about government.  Sometimes I think he lives in South Dakota, you know.  So I'm like --


You know you are [this cond] of this will, right?  But I got to tell you something.  If it was about winning elections, then certainly the strategy has worked out for him.  But if it was about keeping America the greatest country on the [nation], well, it's failed miserably.

And I also think that it's probably the most despicable form of government this nation has ever seen.  It's a deliberate effort to make people feel small, hated, afraid, intimidated, and have hopelessness.  That bucket approach was applied to women, seniors, blacks, Hispanics, and young people.  And now they're even making it what I call a thimble of smaller buckets, right?

I just recently read how the Texas voting law discriminates against transgender women.


The worst thing that happened to Native Americans is that Washington Redskins logo.

And I don't know if you guys listened yesterday when the President was talking, or rambling, or whatever the heck he was doing -- he certainly wasn't apologizing -- when he said -- because disabled people are Americans, too.  And I said, what the -- who said they weren't?


But that's it.  He's got to create more victims, more buckets of victims, more people -- the rest of them don't like you, but I got your back, I'm going to protect you.  That's what he's got to do.

And let me tell you, this thing is going to go on and on and on.  There's a real serious program right now, a plan that's been -- they've been working on this for 10 years, to get felons the right to vote while incarcerated.  I'm going to tell you right now, I think the GOP is sleeping big time on this.  There are two states that allow it.  I think they're Maine and Vermont or something.

And part of the campaign is -- well, why do the whitest states in America let their felons vote, and nobody else does?  I'm going to tell you right now -- be aware that these felons -- they could end up being millions of voters long before immigration reform kicks in.

But they're just another bucket of victims.  How the heck did felons become victims?

But the bottom line for all of these campaigns is that the people who are being told that they're victims -- they have to be belittled, and they have to be told that they have a lesser standing in this country.  And it's a message that's repeated over and over again by the President, his minions, and his allies.

You know, about a week ago I was reading an article.  And it said it's a great year for black actors in Hollywood.  And I was like, what the heck are they talking about?  Because I got to be honest with you -- I'm tired of movies about slaves and butlers.  Okay?


I'm just -- come on, every time?  How about the black guy in a romantic comedy?  You know what I mean?  How about the black guy that breaks up Spectre and saves the planet?  I mean, every time I go to the movie, it's got to be a slave or a butler?


But here's the thing -- what they always want to do is they want to pound the most miserable moments of the nation's history, instead of celebrating the evolution of America.  Because one thing that this country's always done is kept its promise to try to become a more perfect union.

But Hollywood -- well, you know their role is to create and perpetuate all kinds of negative images.  They want to paint a negative America -- greed, God, GOP -- obviously those are favorite targets.

So all in all, I find it so ironic that the candidate that surged to victory on a so-called hope-and-change platform has created so much hopelessness in this country.

And the thing is, the problem isn't -- it's not a political problem.  It's a major economic problem.  It's going to have significant consequences.  Because no matter what, economic success in any nation is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  People have to buy into the system.

When you hear Ben Bernanke talk, his frustration is that the virtuous cycle hasn't kicked in; that they pumped all this money out, and people aren't out there spending.  You know credit card debt has gone down three months in a row?  Main Street's not taking the bait.  They're not buying houses.  They're not buying anything.  They're not starting businesses.  It's not monetary policy; it's fiscal policies, the rhetoric from the White House.

So, when David talks about the next 10 years, or the Democratic demise, there's a lot of truth to that.  But the question is -- how far does the country have to fall apart while this is happening?

So I want to focus on the younger people.  Because the idea that we would completely demoralize them, or the President has, with all these negative comments, rhetoric -- it has serious negative or major negative implications for our future as a nation.  The most recent consumer confidence rating, just to give you an example, for November was the lowest one since December of 2011.  We actually have been in freefall mode in this country since July.

That October jobs number, 200,000 jobs created in the month of October -- it was better than the White House anticipated.  In fact, it was kind of funny.  Because the White House and all their lackeys in the media kept trying to brace the country for this real bad jobs report because of the government shutdown.  I mean, they just were getting us ready for it.  You know, that jobs report is going to be awful.  Those Republicans shut down the government.

Well, came in a lot better than expected.  Not a great number, but a lot better than we were warned.  In fact, all the economic data that came out since that jobs report beat consensus.  So really, what it underscored was that less government is fantastic for the economy.  All right?


So nobody should run away from the government shutdown.  The market was up, more jobs were created, manufacturing improved, private hiring improved.  And no one should run away from the fact that the government was shut down.  In fact, Wall Street did not care about that at all.

The debt ceiling thing was a little bit of a different story.  But don't let them try to make that a bad thing, because it's got to happen again.  Somehow, we've got to get rid of 800,000 nonessential workers.


Somehow.  So that the private sector can kick in.

But anyway, the bottom line is that the report, particularly that jobs report, served as another SOS for our economy.  Not in the labor force.  For the month of October, that number swelled by 900,000.  91.5 million Americans not in the labor force.  Participation rate was down 0.4 percent.  The number was 62.8.  That was the lowest participation rate.  I mean, this is people just saying -- I want to participate in the system.  I want to go out and find a job.  Even if I can't get one, I want to be involved.  Maybe someone will call me.  I'll leave some resumes out.  These are people who've rejected the whole thing.

The lowest number since 1978.  And I want you to know, in 1978, it was the highest number.  So in other words, we were always going like this.  And now we're going like this.  It was the highest number.

People working part time for economic reasons -- up 100,000, to 8.1 million.  People working part time for non-economic reasons -- this is an interesting thing -- 18.8 million.  These aren't all people who just, you know, want to work half a day and pick up the kids at school.  It's a different phenomenon.  And a lot of it gets back to the young adults, young teens.

In fact, with this report, the teens -- 16- to 19-year-old whites had a participation rate in the job market of less than 37 percent.  3.7 million had a job.  That is so far from the high point.  You go back to August of 1978 -- 63 percent of white teens were in the job market; almost eight million of them were working.

Now, there's a few more kids in school.  But this points to people at a very young age giving up on the system.  The black teenage job participation rate is just 27 percent.

So the most divisive President in history has succeeded in creating the kind of climate that is an economic and rhetorical tinderbox.  He's created this sort of tinderbox because with these kind of numbers, there should be violence, there should be revolt.

The problem, though, is that the President, hoping that this tinderbox will result in an Arab spring sort of thing, where you physically went out there and revolted against everything that had been American pillars, that essentially created our success and separated us from the world -- well, it's backfired big time.

Because this tinderbox has a limp wicket.  It's been dampened by too much of that never-ending message of hopelessness, and too much comfort to drown out and mitigate the misery of young adults.  In other words, the White House has laid it on too thick.

Consequently, that army of would-be riders -- well, they're kind of chilling out, waiting for the next Xbox.  They figured out how to game the system, or they're just going to sit in their parents' basement brooding.

You see, our imperial President and his progressive agenda sold young Americans by beating down their dreams.  He replaced it with the villain around every corner and a greater sense of entitlement.  But however, you can ride it out.  Because, guess what?  Quote the government -- we got your back.

So from what I'm seeing from a social-economic point of view is a lost generation.  They're not eager to attack the world; they're not eager to attack anything.  They will revolt on social media and the local park.  But I've broken them down to what I'm calling three categories -- eunuchs, malcontents and the withdrawn.

Now, the eunuchs aren't your traditional eunuchs who are castrated, you know, so that they lose their sex drive; in the process, of course, becoming stronger and great personal body guards with little temptation.  Our eunuchs have been castrated at the soul.  They've been cut off from traditional roles of young men as risk-takers, family-creators and future leaders.  Big, strong men around this country -- they sit on porches, in stoops.  They stand on street corners all day long, collecting taxpayer benefits.

Hey, anyone here ever heard of the crazy check?  Well, it's not the subject line in Nancy Pelosi's paycheck, okay?


You do know about the Social Security Disability Fund.  The thing has gone bonkers.  I'm talking about surging by millions and millions and millions of people in the last five years.  It's created an amazing pool that subsidizes these young men, these young eunuchs, to chill out.  There are 8.8 million adults on the program right now.  They're paying out $150 billion a year, and it's going to go bankrupt by 2016.

Here's the interesting fact about this.  The medical eligibility standards have gotten so lax that it's responsible for 45 percent of the surge in men on this program.  And by the same token, the benefits have gotten even more lavish and more generous.  That's how come this thing is on a precipice.  I mean, $150 billion.

You got to understand, in 1961, the top driver for people on Social Security Disability was heart disease.  Of all the people on that program, 26 percent had heart disease.  That's down to 11 percent.  You know, older people, heart disease, Social Security Disability.

In 2011, the number-one driver was back pain.


Thirty-four percent had back pain, up from just eight percent in 1961.  Mental illness, or the crazy check -- 19 percent.

So you walk into the office, and you're 27 years old.  And you're strong, and you're robust.  And you say -- oh, my back.  They start writing you a check.  Or you say -- I just can't take it.  This economy is so tough, and I can't think straight.  They cut you a check.

So now these modern-day eunuchs are being paid billions, billions of dollars not to work.  Then on top of it, they brag about it.  They're proud of it.  And I'm going to tell you right now -- woe to the mailman that shows up on the first of the month without somebody's crazy check.


They will long for the good old days when all they had to worry about was a loose Doberman Pincher here and there, I could tell you that much right now.


Now, recently, my mother was staying with us.  And we -- talking about her childhood.  She grew up in Alabama, and she talked about, you know, how hard it was for them.  And they used to go back to school in November, because they had to make sure all the crops, you know, had been harvested.

And by the way, that's where the summer vacation came from.  So this whole movement to make summer less onerous and -- oh, why should kids read on vacation?  Man, there was never supposed to be a vacation, unless you were pulling up crops somewhere, you know.

Anyway, she talked about that, and how even after working on their family farm, she was trying to earn money here and there.  She had -- there was a neighboring farm that was much bigger than theirs.  And she would go there, and she would pick cotton.  And they had a program called 2-and-100.  So you get $2 for every 100 pounds of cotton you pick.  Can you imagine?  Two bucks for every 100 pounds of cotton.  She told me she never really got to 100 pounds.  She even threw a few rocks in the bag and couldn't get there.


The thing is, though, recently, the Obama Administration issued 18,000 checks for $50,000 apiece to make amends for past discrimination against black farmers.  I'm sure some of you heard about this; they write about it a lot on Breitbart.  But there's one part of the program that hasn't been talked about or written about.

Now, to qualify for this money, you didn't have to be a farmer.  You didn't have to grow up on a farm.  All you had to do was walk into the office and say -- you know, I was thinking about being a farmer, but the discrimination's --


Yeah.  So as it turns out, those same guys getting those crazy checks -- they're raking in the dough from those farm checks.  Most of them never been on a farm.  Ninety-nine percent of them probably never considered farming.

And the real sad irony of this [thing], guys -- people like my mother, so many others who really did deal with harsher parts of our history -- they didn't get a nickel.  They were shut out, because they didn't know how to play the game.

Now, she's okay with it.  But the fact of the matter is, who wouldn't want a $50,000 check from the government?  By the way, they also paid a tax on it.  Yeah.

I could tell you right now, though, the money is ripping communities apart.  You know, you can imagine -- you did work the farm, you did run into this.  And then some kid turns a corner in a new car and never went on a farm?  I mean, just -- again, though, it's part of the fore-planning by this administration that's just hell-bent on one thing -- getting money into pockets of people that deserve it the least.

Course, these young people are bragging that Obama came through.  They continue to get to lounge around.  But again, you know, when I see this stuff, I feel like you guys don't know that, in some ways, you're killing yourself.  You'll never understand the luxury of going out and experiencing the world, and you'll never leave a mark that says I was here and that I actually matter beyond getting handouts.

Now, while this is going on, we've got almost three million Gulf War II veterans.  The 18-to-24 group has a 20 percent-plus unemployment rate, well above the average for that same age bracket.  Of course, they serve the nation with the ultimate sacrifice.  They can't find jobs.  And of course, we're spending all this money paying other kids to just chill out.

In the meantime, that modern-day eunuch, who's lazy and soft -- they're that way about everything except when it comes to hurting themselves and hurting others.  You know, in addition to selling their soul for entitlements, they've lost track of the value of life.

We know about the violence, particularly in places like Chicago, but it's all over.  The Left blames guns as it spreads its own brand of hatred.  And that hatred and anger that the Left spreads is actually what's rotting the core of these kids who are pulling the trigger.  Or, at least, helping to.

But their excuses serve a dual purpose -- the redistribution of accountability from the people who actually pull the trigger and from these same people who are fanning these flames of belittlement and shame.

Then there are the malcontents, exemplified by those young kids who formed the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Now, my office is just one block away from there.  And I spent a lot of time there, particularly early on in the movement; took my family down a couple of times.

And you know, I watched it initially.  I wanted to understand what the beef was with these kids.  And it was a curious thing, and it had some genuine parts to it.  But later on, it morphed into something else.

What I did see early on, though, was I saw a bunch of kids who were going to NYU or Columbia, and they had concerns that good jobs weren't going to be there for them.  And they were already making up all kinds of excuses that maybe they couldn't live up to lofty goals early on in life.  Because, you know, hey, the crooks on Wall Street -- well, they provided the perfect villain.  But the fact of the matter is there was real contempt there by a bunch of spoiled brats who have been told all their life there was going to be a red carpet for them.  And some of them said -- wow, maybe it won't be.

Of course, President Obama -- he had hoped to push these kids into some sort of a violent mob.  But he misjudged the difference between real desperation -- that is, the Arab kids in the totalitarian societies -- and then these rich kids who grew up on Park Avenue.

So instead of giving Wall Street the bum's rush, most of these kids just hung out in the park, smoked weed, and had sex in these makeshift tents.  There was no leadership at the beginning of this, which kind of gave it that truer grassroots feeling.  But it did invite the troublemakers.  And sooner -- you know, the unions got there, and the anarchists got there.  And they sort of usurped the whole thing.  And they tried to push that same old tired agenda that America has rejected over and over again.

But I will say it takes a lot -- even if you're a smart kid, it takes a lot to be extraordinary.  You still have to study.  You still have to work hard.  You still have to cultivate your intelligence.  And when these kids do that, they want some sort of feeling that they're going to be rewarded.

You know, these kids haven't been told that.  They were told -- and by the way, they were told you weren't going to be rewarded, but it's not your fault.  Or there will be some bumps in the road.

The interesting thing, I guess of course, is that these malcontents, these young adult malcontents -- their lives have been a relative cakewalk, right, compared to their parents and their grandparents.  For them, the molehill is the mountain.  The idea of starting out, getting out of college and actually having to drive a cab, rather than having a $90,000-a-year job waiting for them, in their minds, is just completely unfair.  President Obama -- he exploited this, he tried to expand that fear.

Now, there is a part of this for parents.  Listen, you know what, we've coddled the kids a lot.  I know I feel like I've kind of done that myself.  But think about this, guys -- the highest office in the land used to call young men and women to arms to defend this nation, to defend the world.  Not to be attackers on the foundation of this country.  Not to be an attacker on the notion of God, capitalism, individual freedoms.

So we do have a country where there's a sense of entitlement.  That includes your right to wait for the right job before you leave the house.  A lot of it begins in school with the right not to lose, always to get a trophy, and to be graded on a curve.

It's not a new concept.  FDR had his four freedoms, including the freedom from want, in one of his State of the Union addresses.  But it is something that's becoming bigger and bigger.

Now, those are the malcontents.  You also have what I call the withdrawn.  Now, these are the kids that won't leave the basement at all.  Forget about going to the park to protest; they just don't want to leave the house.

And when the President of the United States actually brags about young adults being able to chill out on their parents' healthcare until their 26, he's inviting them to stay in that basement.  And more and more are actually heeding the call.

Now, over the last few years, I became very interested in Japan.  Because in so many ways, we're sort of following a path that Japan has already been on.  And they have a phenomenon over there called the grass-eaters.  That's what they call young men there, 16 to 30 years old, the grass-eaters.  Now, the reason I'm interested in this is because these young men see no reason to follow the paths of their parents.  They don't see the benefits of working 100 hours a week, commuting four hours a day.  They just don't see it.

And you know, it's so funny, because a four-hour commute to me is like -- it is scary.  But I don't know if you ever tried to go from New Jersey to New York when it rains.  Anybody from New Jersey here?


I mean, that's a heck of a commute right there, huh?  What happens in New Jersey when it rains?  We can't drive, I don't know.  In Japan, they've broken down these young grass-eaters and what they call adult parasites into two groups -- the free part-time workers and the withdrawn.  And they think up to 50 percent of the 16- to 30-year-olds fit into one of these two categories.

For those who watched the recent elections over in Japan, this guy Abe?  The reason he was elected was because they think he can bring back the Samurai spirit.  The voters there, many of them, are ready to become warriors again, or at least have someone kick them in the backside.

That next 10 years that David talked about -- Japan has done this already.  They've done it for 20 years.  I hope we don't have to wait 20 years before we need a leader that can kick us in the backside and we vote for one.  But that's exactly what's happening over in Japan right now.

In the meantime, the free part-time worker -- I talked about people working in this country part time because they want to.  These kids do that.  They work just enough to buy cigarettes, maybe download a few songs.  You know, they have small social circles; they don't hang out much.  But that's what they do.  They're called free part-time workers.

And then, of course, they're the withdrawn.  These are young men who sleep in the day while their parents are at work, and they play video games all night long.  They never -- they try to never bump into their parents.  They have poor social skills.  And for the most part, a lot of them have lost complete touch with reality.

You know the video games -- it's so funny, because we worry about the violent video games.  But the real phenomenon with the video games probably -- and one thing that they've learned over there, because there's been a gigantic spike in violent crime -- isn't that they play the violent games.  It's what they call RPG.  The role-playing games, when you become the characters in the game, you know.

In this new Grand Theft Auto, you can become three of the characters.  You can be them.  And you lose complete attachment to reality.  It's even more dangerous than the violent part of these games.

So in America, the economic impact of young men sitting in their childhood bedroom playing video games -- we haven't been able to quantify it just yet.  But we know that it can't help.

And we do know that there are some startling facts out there.  Marriage rate has tumbled completely.  Fertility, birth rates -- all-time low.  Young couples, when they do get together, they skip the idea of buying a house with the white picket fence.  Instead, they get in the small apartment, which they actually overpay for.

And the amount of depression and self-loathing among these young people is absolutely amazing.  A week ago, there was this young man who was, by the way, like the coolest dude in high school when he was in high school.  But he didn't go to college and became one of these withdrawn.

He went to a shopping mall in New Jersey, kind of hoping that he would be shot and killed.  He had a rifle with him.  Turns out he had -- he killed himself.  Now, there's a report that says he was a heavy user of molly, which is a pure form of ecstasy.

By the way, this molly -- it's interesting, because the general media is just learning about it.  But it's been laced in rap records and other kind of music for a few years.  Earlier this summer, three kids died at the Electric Zoo Festival because of molly.

But here's the interesting thing.  That mall that this kid went into -- we actually had brunch there two days earlier.  Not only that; this kid lived in our town.

So when I read that, you know, I wasn't surprised.  Because a couple years ago, my wife, my son and I -- we were in our family room, watching a movie.  And all of a sudden -- our family room is connected to the deck.  So we have the glass doors, and we have -- you know, you pull the drapes to cut the glare.  And we're watching a movie.  All of a sudden, bam! What the --?  This loud bang right on the door, the glass door.

So I get up, and I slowly pull the drape away.  And there's this kid looking me right in the face with this most amazing combination of fear, desperation -- we were looking eye-to-eye.  I didn't know what to do.  We called the police, and we kind of waited.  We went downstairs, because he went off the deck, and he was in the back yard.  Mostly bobbing around, you know, just sort of moving around, bobbing around.  He would sit down every now and then.

Finally, one cop car showed up.  Then another showed up.  And then more and more showed up.  Eventually, there were like eight or nine cop cars.  And they're running back and forth from the back yard to the cop cars frantically.  And we couldn't figure out what happened.

So we kind of made our way to the back yard, and the kid was under a bush.  And they were performing medical treatment on this kid.  He died in our back yard.

We live in one of the wealthier counties in the country, and our street is the wealthiest street in our town.  So you know, you would think that this isn't supposed to happen.  But it's part of the cold reality of America these days, that this is a white kid from the suburbs who died from a drug overdose.

His mother eventually came to the house.  I wasn't there.  She visited with my wife.  And she called her son a gentle giant.  Said he just got hooked on drugs.  That day, he was supposed to go into a rehab.

You know, the thing is, guys, there's so many things that we can be worried about in this country.  So far, economically has been the DNA of our country, right?  The determination, the capitalist spirit, the entrepreneurial spirit that's always helped to separate us.  The notion that anyone could be rich, anyone can succeed -- despite all the rhetoric and all the negativity, that still continues to linger, and it's what keeps us afloat.  It's the reason we aren't in a Great Depression right now.

But we know millions of people are unemployed.  Millions of people have dropped out of the job market.  There's been an amazing war against success, against achievement, against trying to be extraordinary.

There's the taxes, the regulations, the determination to remake America into something, I guess, that enlightened thinkers from Voltaire to Thomas More and Barack Obama think is a paradise, a utopia that goes against nature in general.  Because almost all areas of nature, you see competition.  There's always an alpha male, there's always a winner; there's always a loser.  Particularly in the nature of men.  Competition, the need to succeed, comes naturally to us.  It comes naturally to living species.

You know, it's a singular goal to win and perpetuate, right?  You keep the species going.  In this case, we want to keep the greatness of America going.  Only those that see unfairness in winners and losers are really gaining the upper hand, right?  And they are doing things about it.

We've got the Obamacare thing.  We've got the mounting losses of personal freedom.  There's so many other areas also of concern and danger for this country.  And of course, the circumstances of young Americans -- that cannot be ignored.  I actually think that the social-economic issue at this moment, social-economic issue that cuts across all boundaries -- no color, no religion, no regional area of the country -- is truly a crisis that cuts across everything, is what's happening with our young Americans, particularly young men in America.

And I really believe that anyone who can articulate this danger and solutions to not only win the future -- they can save this country and maybe win a few elections along the process.  Reviving our young people has to be a top priority.

Earlier, I talked about Japan.  I used to live in Japan.  Part of my childhood, I was an army brat.  So we lived in Japan.  And I remember a lot of things about Japan -- how little things were.


That always stuck with me, right?  Trucks with three wheels.  You know, like golly, this place is little.  I felt like I was in the land of Lilliputians.  I was in fourth grade.  But there's some things that really stuck out to me.  And they had this candy called Seymour's.  That was -- oh, man, I loved those Seymour's.  I'm glad I never found out what they were made out of, but I loved them.


And then, there was Suicide Cliff.  You know, during the end of World War II, when it became clear that Japan was going to lose, the emperor ordered all the schoolchildren to learn how to fight the enemy.  So on the island of Okinawa, even students in deaf and blind schools had to learn how to fight the enemy.

So in January of 1945, the Battle of Okinawa began.  It was really fierce, close combat.  So Japanese soldiers fought hard; they retreated into caves and other things.  All this time, they were getting these schoolchildren prepared to fight as well.

When it was all over, 120,000 of the 300,000 people that lived in Okinawa died.  Many of them died by suicide.  You got to see -- even as these kids were being prepared to fight, they were also being told these stories of American soldiers who were going "Jap hunting," or raping little girls.

So we went to one memorial.  It was the site of an all-girls' school that hundreds of girls jumped off the cliffs.  And it was one of these things where you look over the edge, and you could just imagine all that shredded flesh, and all these young girls tumbling, crashing into the ocean.

Now, there's some controversy now in the history books over whether they voluntarily took their own lives, or if it was a consequence of what they call shudan jiketsu, which is compulsory mass suicide.  The one thing is for sure though, that Japan went down a dangerous path of destruction at the whims of an emperor.  His imperial aims were so desperate that he tried to turn children into soldiers.  In the process, he sucked all the life out of them, anyway.

So we know the ill-fated war.  We know that they demonized the enemy.

America right now is sliding down its own form of form of Suicide Cliff.  Our spirit is under assault by an imperial leader who's willing to get anything he wants by any means necessary.

I'm going to tell you right now, I don't have the answers, all the answers; I have some suggestions.  But I think a serious, long campaign that includes real human contact with young people is the key to restoring confidence and belief.

So I could tell you right now, I don't care if someone is in that eunuch category, that malcontent category, that withdrawn category; there's still something inside of them that can be reached, that actually wants to be reached.  And these kids know, and they're learning, the election was won on a lie.  They know about the targeting of the IRS.  They know about the NSA snooping.  They also know that somehow they're expected to pay for Obamacare, even though that's the demographic with the least amount of money in this country.

They know America is great.  They also inherently know right from wrong, despite all the campaigns from the Left that tries to excuse them when they make mistakes that they should not be making.

I think young Americans -- at this point, they need someone to sort of tie it all together, so show them love, show them the right game plan; also let them know that hope -- when hope is your battle cry, it's ridiculous.  And it's irrelevant, when you have a real, real game plan; when you have a real belief system.  When you understand how great you are to begin with.  Hope is when you're in the corner, when the odds are against you.  The odds are not against America.  They're not against young people.

We need someone to save America and these young people right now from shudan jiketsu.  I happen to think that those people are going to be at this conference this weekend.  I think we got to get it together, figure out how to articulate that message, and drive it home.

Thanks for having me.  God bless, and God bless America.


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