The Yale Political Union - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has given a speech there. Democrat Presidential Candidate John Kerry has given a speech there. Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum has given a speech there. From Dick Morris to Karl Rove, from Arianna Huffington to Ann Coulter, from Howard Dean to William F. Buckley Jr., numerous members of the political Elite have all given speeches at the Yale Political Union (YPU).
And so has the National Polygamy Advocate, Mark Henkel. History has been made.
On April 3, 2012, Mark Henkel was the guest of honor at the Yale Political Union at Yale University. The topic for debate was moved as, "Resolved: Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults." Henkel gave three separate presentations: the primary "Keynote Speech," the "Q&A Session," and the "Concluding Appeal." All of his appearances were recorded.
A few months later, on September 4, 2012, a free video trailer was posted online, titled, "Mark Henkel - Yale - Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults - [TRAILER]." Barely over three minutes, the trailer provides just a sample of Henkel's many sound-bites that evening. It also reveals how the audience had interacted during Henkel's speech. Somewhat raucously, individuals at the event would loudly hiss when they heard things they disliked, and they would instead loudly knock on wood when they heard things they did like. With an audience politically spanning from far-left to far-right, there were even times when both sounds could be heard at the same time. The trailer undoubtedly provides a brief glimpse into how well Henkel – being completely undistracted - both presented his speech with energetic, persuasive passion and easily handled the audience with smiling, unbridled confidence.
On April 3, 2013, one year after it all happened, the DVD of this event was released. As the DVD-cover displays, Mark Henkel "Shows WHY You WILL Vote YES to... Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults." A bonus segment, "Pictures at Yale," is also included, displaying how the Yale campus appeared on that beautiful early-April day when he was there. Beyond the additional "Credits" and "Disclosure" segments, Henkel's three separate appearances ("Keynote Speech," "Q&A Session," and "Concluding Appeal") comprise the main three segments of video.
With the release of all of this on DVD, not only have these historically-significant presentations been made available for the public, but it also means that they are equally available for historians too. For the first time in history, someone from the grass roots has broken through among the Elite to give an intellectual and persuasive keynote speech for repealing anti-polygamy laws for consenting adults. This is neither just "any speech," nor is Yale just "any college." Historians will immediately recognize that this was the actual making of history.
The persuasive power of that highest combination of credibility simultaneously transforms the DVD into a powerful tool for pro-polygamy activists. As activists use the DVD as a power-tool to persuade anti-polygamists in what Henkel has called the "next civil rights battle" for polygamy rights, the credibility of such usage can only further motivate historians to analyze Henkel's arguments, delivery, and presentation-style in it.
But beyond activists and historians, even many would-be anti-polygamists could be choosing to obtain this DVD too. In their shocked disbelief that Mark Henkel, so credibly speaking at Yale, actually "Shows WHY You WILL Vote YES to... Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults," many of such anti-polygamists may perceive the need to "disprove" him as supposedly being incorrect. And the only way for them to see if they can "disprove" Henkel is for them to get the DVD too. If they do that, though, they just might find themselves persuaded too.
Regardless, whether as pro-polygamy activists, as historians, as anti-polygamists, or even as anyone else in the general public, all individuals who obtain any of the early copies of this DVD will actually be acquiring a very rare collector's item. Any person owning this DVD will seriously be owning a piece of history.
National Polygamy Advocate Mark Henkel, his speech at Yale, and this DVD - history has been made! With Henkel's breakthrough among the Elite substantiating the movement's credibility, the National Polygamy Rights Movement for Consenting Adults has unquestionably "arrived."
Notable Guests at the YPU
Mark Henkel, National Polygamy Advocate
SPEECH: Mark Henkel - Yale - Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults - [TRAILER]
DVD Released to the Public
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