American History

All good things must come to an end. After nearly 32 years on the air, this week marks the final radio broadcast of the Steel on Steel program. John kicks off the show by pulling together all we've learned in three decades about how the world works, how we got to where we are today, and where we can expect to head in the future. He leaves a lasting legacy to you, our loyal listeners.

To help John make sense of the changes in America over the last 30 years, he welcomes one of the show's earliest friends, Rabbi Burt Yellin of Messianic Congregation Roeh Israel in Denver, Colorado (roehisrael.org). Past mistakes are coming home to roost and those in power now haven't learned from them because they're proposing the same failed solutions today.

John finishes out the show with one more review, documenting the fellow travelers on the globalist train over the last century and how it affects us today. He then says goodbye to you, the listener.

On behalf of John; his incredible wife Carol who has been the glue that holds us all together; Brad, who solves every problem that comes across his path and keeps us relevant online; Producer Steve, who has had the privilege of occasionally joining John on the microphone for the last quarter of the show's tenure; and from everyone else involved in the show – thanks to all of you for your prayers, your kindness, and your loyalty over the years!

Rabbi Burt Yellin of Messianic Congregation Roeh Israel in Denver, Colorado was a friend of Steel on Steel from its beginning in 1990. His keen insights provide some sense to the changes America has experienced during that time. This is true especially now that we are plowing into a period when the effects of past mistakes come home to roost and even greater mistakes of the past will be proposed once more as a solution.

The Context of Our Times

Broadcast Running Time: 01:19:33

John Loeffler

April 30, 2022

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After much outrage over CRT, it seemed to have faded into obscurity. But news of a Missouri school district including questions in a math assignment related to sexual activity has raised questions about its return. First up this week, we welcome to the show Andrea Widburg (americanthinker.com), Deputy Editor at American Thinker. She looks at how this one example points to a much bigger problem: school curricula are still rife with woke lies about history along with vivid sexual depictions. Thankfully, most parents – and even a few on the left – are not fooled and are beginning to see the truth. Is wokus pokus in schools finally being drowned out by the truth?

Many in younger generations today rely on Google to look up the truth about history or other issues. The problem with that is: how do you know what you're finding is actually true? John flies solo in this segment, examining how much of what Google purports to be fact is often taken out of context. You need to understand facts in context in order to understand why people behave the way they do. Knowing human nature and applying it to history gives you a much clearer, fact-based look at our past, rather than the wokus pokus version we often see. This will help our children in schools as they wade through the waters of indoctrination.

Finally this week, we take a brief look at one of the latest political scandals: the Hunter Biden laptop. Joining us is Lloyd Billingsley (independent.org), Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute. He discusses the further downfall of the intelligence community after current and former IC members published a letter incorrectly denouncing the laptop story as disinformation. The CIA and FBI have become politicized for one side and while doing so have neglected their real job, which is keeping the nation safe.

John Loeffler

April 28, 2022

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It's important when studying history or looking up facts to understand the situation in context, otherwise everything gets clouded with judgment. John flies solo on today's podcast, recalling times where he was confronted with a problem and then drew upon conversations he had or books he read in the past in order to come up with a solution. When you Google facts, a lot of times the results are out of context. You need to understand facts in context in order to understand why people behave the way they do. Knowing human nature and applying it to history gives you a much clearer, fact-based look at our past, rather than the wokus-pokus version we often see. A good lesson for not only us but also our children.

Cancel culture has gained a pervasive prominence in our society. How did it get to this point and is there a way to stop it? Joining us today is Mark Bauerlein (firstthings.com), Senior Editor at First Things and Professor Emeritus of English at Emory University. He describes how the millennial generation learned this cancelling behavior during their teenage years and then parlayed that knowledge to the campus and then to the workplace. While in school, woke educators taught a version of American history that projected America as a horrible place. It's easy to have a Marxist, cancel culture mindset after that. He also points out that many Christian denominations have fallen prey to this mindset as well. But if enough of us stand up, call it out, and reject it, we can put a stop to it.

Daniel Mallock: The Blur of History

Broadcast Running Time: 31:06

John Loeffler

December 14, 2021

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Thomas Jefferson started in the 1790s what was called then the Democrat Party.  So why are democrats angry with him now and removing his statue in New York City?  Back with us to answer this question is author and historian Daniel Mallock (danielmallock.com).  Jefferson was brilliant but he had his faults.  Many people say that those in Revolutionary times should have known better and rejected slavery, but it's because of what has happened in our history that resulted in our overcoming slavery.  The far left are either ignorant of history due to a failing education system, or they do know history but fundamentally hate this country.  Daniel and John look at ways to reach out to these people.   

America’s Not-So-Original Sin

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:41

John Loeffler

August 21, 2021

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The reason for much of the strife we see today, including what happened in Afghanistan as well as the failure of the woke ideology in the U.S., is the stark difference in right vs left worldviews. First up this week is Jason Ross (liberty.edu), Interim Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. He looks at one aspect of the leftist worldview – America is evil because of our past with slavery. What sets America apart, though, is that we got rid of slavery. Our founding documents and Judeo-Christian foundation paved the way for this. So the leftist narrative that we are evil because of our past with slavery ignores our history.

As Afghanistan spirals out of control, another country is spiraling down in a different way. Australia has gone into lockdown again, causing some to wonder if the country is turning back into a penal colony. Joining us from Down Under is Matthew Wong (discernable.io), Founder of Discernable media. He describes some of the draconian measures authorities are taking in his country. The government keeps moving the goalposts to hold on to power. Matt and John debate the best way to make people realize that the totalitarians are here.

Finally this week we dive into the world of cyber attacks and espionage. Weifeng Zhong (policychangeindex.org), Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is with us. He discusses what little our government is doing to protect citizens and its own assets from cyber attacks. The powers that be, however, are not seriously looking at the problem because the politically correct thing to do is to not criticize the number one cyber attacker in the world – China.

John finishes up the program with some thoughts on what happened in Afghanistan.

John Loeffler

August 17, 2021

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Joining us today is Jason Ross (liberty.edu), Interim Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. He takes a look at the history of slavery in the U.S. and puts into perspective our country's role in the practice. Slavery has existed in one form or another globally for all of human existence. Yes, even in the U.S. What sets America apart is that we got rid of it. Our founding documents and our Judeo-Christian foundation paved the way for this. And the narrative from CRT peddlers today that we are an irredeemable country because of racism simply does not hold up under the factual reality of our history.

Happy Memorial Day everyone! In this special holiday podcast, John gives you a behind the scenes perspective on Steel on Steel and why it is we do what we do. He explains why he puts his heart and soul into the show, highlighting the shifts in economics, politics, and religion throughout history that have influenced his thinking. If you're going to take the time to listen, we're going to take the time to put out something worth listening to. On this Memorial Day (and always), we honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. And we honor the One who sacrificed His life so that we may have eternal freedom.

Dr. Richard Land: Disunited States

Broadcast Running Time: 21:47

John Loeffler

February 22, 2021

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We are facing a critical moment in America's history – will we continue to further the ideological divide or can we truly keep this the United States? Joining us today is Dr. Richard Land (ses.edu), President of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He looks at the growing discontent among fly-over folks at being unheard and censored. And media does nothing but throw gasoline on the fire of division with their biased reporting and alternative definitions of not only the truth but even individual words. The education system is to blame as well, teaching children from a young age that this is a horrible and racist country. Is there anything we can do to turn this highly divisive tide?