When most politicians take office, they swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, but all too often it seems they do exactly the opposite. Joining us today is Second Amendment expert and constitutional attorney Mark W. Smith (thefourboxesdiner.com). After the Supreme Court ruled that New York can't ban conceal carry permits, the state is now allowing them but, in an effort to end run the law, they are labeling nearly every location a sensitive place where you can't carry a gun. Once more we see leaders who've sworn to govern according to the Constitution, doing all they can to end run it.
For years congresses and presidents have been 'kicking the can down the road' when it comes to fiscal responsibility, always putting off to the future making hard economic and political decisions required to rein in runaway spending, taxation, and inflation. Now they've run out of kicking room, inflation is soaring and energy costs are going crazy, and reality is becoming real. Whom will they blame when the music stops this time? Certainly not themselves. What's our society going to look like as all sorts of things Americans expect to have no longer materialize? Time for a six-month checkup with futurist James Kunstler (kunstler.com).
Why do we see such blatant misinformation in news reporting? The facts are readily available but news stories seem more about crafting a narrative than about straight-up journalism. Back with us today is Dexter Van Zile (meforum.org), Managing Editor at the Middle East Forum. He looks at how far journalists have gone from fact-based reporters to unashamed ideologues. Worldviews are built inside one's head and narratives, news stories, sound bites, etc. are manufactured around that. He discusses the lengths some will go (censorship) if you call them out on their disingenuous news.
Vaccines to toddlers? Why would medical professionals give vaccines to a segment of the population that hardly if ever gets covid? Back with us today to look at this is Dr. Jane Orient (aapsonline.org), Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. She examines the latest push to vaccinate toddlers as well as teenagers – neither group statistically likely to get covid, let alone suffer from it. She also discusses adverse effects from those who have had the vaccines, including sudden adult death syndrome.
On June 11, here in North Idaho, a group of alleged white supremacists were arrested at an LGBTQ pride event. Was this a false flag event meant to further a hate narrative or was it the real thing? Back with us today is William Jasper (thenewamerican.com), Senior Editor at The New American Magazine. He describes what happened in Idaho and how, in his view, it was similar to January 6 and Charlottesville as far as being a false flag event. It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but so many of those keep coming true, you just never know.
In society today, you have two groups of people coming from two different worldview assumptions, using two different processes of thought, and arriving at two different conclusions. The shouting and chaos that result stems from the battle of those two worldviews. Joining us to dive deep on this is Steven Yates (lostgenerationphilosopher.com), retired professor of critical thinking in Santiago, Chile. He describes the differences between a Christian worldview and a naturalistic materialism worldview. Speech and actions flowing from discussions about abortion or human rights can be seen in these worldview differences. He and John look at possible ways to bridge the gap.
After yesterday's show with John and Producer Steve, we continue our conversation on cancel culture, welcoming Kathleen Marquardt (americanpolicy.org), Vice President and Director at the American Policy Center. She examines the craziness surrounding the left's policies today, including cancel culture, and the society that has sprung up as a result. This should, however, come as no surprise, because they have been telling us for years that they were going to do this. Just read their playbook.
Lately, we've begun to see several folks on the Left become victims of the very cancel culture they seem to revel in. John and Producer Steve look at how we got to this moment in time with cancel culture. What are its origins and why does cancel culture messaging often contradict itself? Relying on feelings while stating that there are no absolute truths – these are but two of the many things children were taught about life the past two decades. We're seeing that come to fruition now in this chaos known as cancel culture.
It's double guest Friday here on the podcast as we look at how the Left is trying to end run some recent SCOTUS rulings. First up today we have Craig Bannister (cnsnews.com), Blog Editor at CNS News. He looks at a story out of California where the state Attorney General is attempting to end run the SCOTUS decision in the New York conceal carry case. How? By issuing a completely subjective 'good moral character' standard.
Next, we go north to behind the Maple Curtain where Prime Minister Trudeau is just absolutely outraged about the overturn of Roe down here. Joining us to discuss this is David Cooke (campaignlifecoalition.com), National Campaigns Manager for Campaign Life Coalition in Toronto, Canada. What is Trudeau doing? He's proposing to deny tax exempt status to pregnancy crisis centers.
One proposed solution to fixing the dysfunction of the U.S. Congress is to limit the time members can serve. Joining us today is Jason Church (sentinelsoffreedom.org), Retired U.S. Army Captain and Wisconsin State Chair for U.S. Term Limits. He makes his case for limiting Congress members' terms and since they won't limit their own power, he advocates for a Constitutional convention to solve the problem. Reform is a grungy business but it needs to happen. The question is how do you achieve the reform without losing the good things in the system? Or amidst the inevitable pushback from the swamp critters.