Editors’ note: Below are David Horowitz’s opening remarks for the Freedom Center’s 2022 Restoration Weekend being held this weekend (November 10-13, 2022) at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
Thank you all for coming. I deeply regret that I can’t be with you in person. My doctors have advised me that I’m in too high a risk category to travel. I want to say a few words about the Weekend and the Center and what we’re about.
Trust me, you are in good hands this weekend. 15 years ago, I was blessed to be able to recruit Mike Finch to be the Center’s president and chief administrator. Mike’s dedication has freed me to focus on our programs and on my writing. Being home-bound has its advantages. I have completed three books in the last year to advance the Center’s mission.
One of them is in your bags and scheduled for publication in January. Its title is Final Battle: The Next Election Could be the Last. It’s about the dire aspects of what we are facing as a nation because of what has happened to the Democrat Party, which, by the way, you are not allowed to speak about without fear of being canceled or ruined.
The second book will be published six months later. The third is what I consider to be the most important I have written because it restores the true narrative of race in this country — a narrative all Americans can be proud of.
As for the Center itself, its staff has been with me for 20 years. Thanks to the Shillman Fellowship program made possible by Dr. Bob’s generosity. Our staff are among the best, most informed writers on the web.
Under the leadership of John Perazzo, we have created DiscovertheNetworks.org the — most comprehensive guide available to the anti-American Left and its totalitarian politics.
Do not treat them so politely. Stop calling them liberals. They are vindictive bigots and, worse, intoxicated by what they see as the nobility of their cause. They are criminals without morals and Machiavellians, whose ruling principle is this: The end, which is power for the utopian fantasies, justifies the means — and the means is the destruction of our country.
Democrats are not soft on crime.
They are pro-crime. Crime to them is reparations and a socialist redistribution of wealth, and no cash bail agendas — which are wreaking havoc in our country and in our city streets. All of this is based on the Marxist idea that earned wealth is theft and that violent crime is driven by poverty, which the statistics show it is not.
In their eyes, rich white people have the privilege of cash bail because they can afford it and the poor, who are people of color, cannot. And that to them is a social injustice. Reality is quite different. When was the last time you saw a video of a white rich man pushing a random individual off a train platform? When did you see a rich white man drag a woman of color across the subway walkway by her hair and stomp her head into the concrete over and over until she lost an eye — and then walk free?
Violent crime is the work of 2% of the population who are criminal psychopaths, who do not care about human life. Society should be defending human life. These are psychotic human scum who should be locked up until they are too old to wreak more havoc on the lives of the innocent — or forever.
To catch and release them to strike again is sick. The sickness is a diseased ideology. In reality, people of color are not poor and the vast majority do not commit violent crimes. They are victims of violent crimes. 80% of black Americans live above the poverty line. Asian Americans are the richest economic group in America, earning on average $20,000 a year more than white Americans.
White supremacy is a vicious leftist lie, a dagger aimed at the heart of our country by deranged ideologues who know very well what they’re doing. The charge of white supremacy is the biggest, most destructive wound the Democrats have inflicted on our country in the last eight years.
The mission of the Freedom Center begins with restoring the truth about our country and our pride in it.
America was born out of a revolutionary declaration that all men are created equal and have a God-given right to liberty. Every black who was shipped to this country during the slave trade was enslaved by black Africans and eventually freed by white Americans. The idea that inner city blacks are poor and often criminal because of 400 years of white oppression is a racial hoax that is killing our country and enticing its worst elements, white and black, to feel entitled to steal, maim, lie and murder.
American slavery lasted only 20 years in the north and 76 in the South. When you hear the words “400 years slavery” from demagogues in the Democrat Party, you are hearing them from the party of slavery and segregation and anti-white racism, from people who have never been slaves, but want reparations from a government that sacrificed 360,000, mainly white lives, to free the slaves. If they want reparations, let them sue the Confederacy and the Black Africans who actually enslaved them.
Slavery existed in Africa for a thousand years before a white man ever set foot on that continent. If slavery is anybody’s original sin, it is not the sin of Americans, but of black Africans. From the time of America’s creation, there was never a successful slave revolt but there was always a freedom movement for blacks, led by white Americans who were ready to sacrifice their lives for it.
The founders detested slavery on Christian grounds, but could not end it in the South without provoking a war against England, which would have joined the South and crushed the North. In all history, there is no other record of one race of people making such sacrifices to free another. These are the words that will get you canceled or killed for saying them.
So most people don’t say them.
Given the universality of slavery in human societies, and despite the bigots among us, white Americans can be proud of their record on race and in liberating black Africans from servitude. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the desire to refute the leftist laws that are destroying our country and to restore faith in America’s principles and heritage — so that America’s citizens are all protected by it.
White supremacy is the most disgusting and evil charge made against our country and its people by anyone, including our most dedicated totalitarian enemies. It’s an existential threat to our way of life and our freedom that is ritually repeated by the White House itself.
Systemic racism is not a pervasive fact of life in our country as our racist president maintains it is. It is outlawed, and it has been outlawed for nearly 60 years. What crystallizes for me the criminal nature and immorality of the Biden government is the fact that it exists without a conscience, without compassion. It is heartless — without care for the most vulnerable among us, and indeed for any of us. It is engaged in the illegal destruction of our southern border, which started when Obama was president.
Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, attempted to secure the border with a zero tolerance policy by arresting illegal aliens in preparation for deporting them. This policy had the unintended consequence of temporarily separating children from their parents who had broken our immigration laws. These parents were processed while the children, maybe 4000 of them, were taken care of by border agencies and the facilities that Barack Obama had built when he was president.
But Biden’s characterization of Trump’s zero tolerance policy was this: “Look folks, this administration’s policies that literally rip babies from the arms of their mothers and fathers is one of the darkest moments in our history.” This became a key theme of the Democratic Party’s attacks on Trump. It was amplified by Democrat officials and the partisan media. And then came the maliciously false claim that Trump had placed the babies in concentration camp facilities reminiscent of Auschwitz.
These were the facilities that Obama had actually built. President Trump himself was so moved by the plight of the children, separated because the law does not permit the jailing of children of criminal parents, that within two months of implementing the zero tolerance policy, he abandoned it and conceded that the Democrats had defeated his attempt to secure the border through it.
The day Joe Biden became president he illegally opened the border by multiple executive orders and invited millions of unvetted aliens into the country, including and specifically, “unaccompanied minors”. As a result of Biden’s destruction of the border and invitation to unaccompanied minors to come here, two years later, right now, approximately not 4000 parentless kids, temporarily and safely taken care of by government agencies, but 300,000 kids, without parents, are dispersed throughout the country, often to god knows who.
They had previously been escorted by criminal drug cartels along the 1000 mile trek through jungles and deserts.
How many died along the way is unknown, and an estimated 60% of them were raped and physically abused. Today, according to White House statistics, 20,000 of those unaccompanied kids have actually been lost. Who would take a parentless kid and not seek out the authorities to help them locate relatives or receive the medical attention they might need?
These kids have been sex trafficked and are suffering a permanent fate that is agonizing to contemplate.
Yet not one single Democrat has raised his or her voice to get them help. This is evil. This is the most heinous crime ever committed against the innocent by our government I can think of. And every Democrat has turned a blind eye to it. The ends justify the means.
Now I want to turn to a word about these weekends and the Americans we have influenced. What makes our Weekend special is that the speakers and attendees attracted to us and whom we seek out share our mission and our values and our bluntness.
One of the people I most wanted to meet this particular weekend is Katie Pavlich, whom I only recently learned from an email she sent out was the student who invited me to speak at the University of Arizona 20 odd years ago. Her email described how I had influenced the militancy of conservative students like her and how she had been punished by her university for inviting such a politically incorrect speaker.
I’d watch Katie and Fox for years without realizing the connection, admiring her aggressiveness and bluntness and forthright command of the issues. So this weekend was going to be a special occasion for me to see Katie again and thank her for her courage in fighting this war. I guess now I have to do this remotely, but I am glad to be reunited with her again.
When I was younger, I spoke with over 400 universities and wrote five books on the takeover of our educational system by the Hate America Left who were busily transforming schools into one party indoctrination centers and racist ones at that. The books I wrote were well read, but they didn’t make a dent on the leaders of the Republican Party, even though I knew them, including three speakers of the House.
I created an academic Bill of Rights and academic freedom for students that would stop Marxist indoctrination and warn Republicans that they can’t turn the education system over to people who want to destroy our country and not lose it before long. My warnings fell on deaf ears, which is why we are so close to losing all that we have cherished in our country right now.
I am especially proud of the efforts we have made over the years to support young and courageous patriots like Katie Pavlich through our programs. Before we created the Freedom Center, Peter Collier and I gave Peter Schweitzer his first job out of college. And look what a force he has become. I edited Ben Shapiro’s first book, which was about the academic threat, which he wrote when he was 18. After he left Breitbart, I hired him when he went out on his own. Another force of nature.
20 years ago, our long time field director at the Center, Lonny Leitner, invited me to speak in Marquette, where he was punished for planting the American flag around the campus to honor the victims of 911. America. Academia. Academia hates America.
The Center, in this sense, discovered and promoted Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens and also James O’Keefe, all brilliant and fearless warriors in the battles to save our country.
This weekend, we are giving our Andy Taylor Award to Brandon Straka, who has created a conservative movement to lead gays out of the bigoted LGBTQ mafia and welcome them to the ranks of Americans who are fighting for the freedom to be left alone, and not to destroy others who are different.
Stephen Miller was a high school senior who I mentored for several years and recommended for a position on Jeff Sessions’ staff.
Stephen became President Trump’s most articulate speechwriter and aggressive adviser. After the Democrats stole the 2020 election, Stephen created America First Legal, which is suing the unconstitutional Biden policies, the goals of which are to turn America into a race-based communist dictatorship, literally.
11 years ago, we gave our Annie Taylor award to another American hero of the war to defend our democracy. Catherine Engelbrecht is the head of an organization called True the Vote. This has been the most effective organization investigating and exposing voter fraud. Catherine was recently jailed for refusing to expose an FBI whistleblower. To our perverse and malicious enemies that makes her an election denier and a threat to democracy. But what more American – more defense of the cause of democracy – can there be than that?
Ten years ago, Catherine flew from her home in Texas to my home in California to film her first promotional video launching True the Vote and featuring me as its endorser. If any of you are in a position to help this gutsy warrior and her organization, please do so.
I would like to close by paying a special tribute to my wife April, whose love and support has sustained me through all these battles.
April and I have been together for 29 years -and it has been the happiest and most productive way of life. It’s not an accident that these two things should be connected. Listen, I take from my experience for anyone here who is single and might use the advice, is this: look for someone who has a kind heart and lives life better than you do, someone who seeks the joy, beauty, love and happiness that is always around us in what is otherwise a harsh and unforgiving world.
A few months ago, I watched a YouTube clip of a young woman winning the prize on Britain’s Got Talent. She was 30 years old and had cancer and only a month or two left to live. She said, “Don’t wait for life to be less troubled to find happiness – reach for it, for it is always there.”
So it is. This is what I learned from my wife. They are wise words if you can hear them at any time. For myself, I intend to be around for a long time. First of all, we have a lot of work to do to save this country from its internal and external enemies. And secondly, April made me promise I will live to the age of Methuselah.
And that’s a promise I will live by.