All federal officials, except the President, swear to 'support the Constitution,' while the President swears to 'preserve, protect, and defend' it. So why do a large majority of those who ascend to these offices promptly ignore, and in some cases defy, the Constitution? First up this week, we welcome constitutional attorney Mark W. Smith (thefourboxesdiner.com) to the show. After the Supreme Court ruled that New York state can't ban conceal carry permits, state officials are labeling nearly every location a 'sensitive place' in regards to guns. So you can have a permit, you just can't carry anywhere. This is constitutional end running at its worst.
When politicians defy the Constitution, it's traditionally been up to the media to call them out. Our next guest, Dexter Van Zile (meforum.org), Managing Editor at the Middle East Forum, shows how the media are selectively reporting based on ideology. They ignore obvious facts staring them in the face, and twist a story to meet the worldview they've built in their heads. And if you dare challenge them, they will go to great lengths (read: censorship) to silence you.
One such ideological narrative pushed by the media and certain government officials has been the supremacy of covid vaccines. Wrapping up the program this week is Dr. Jane Orient (aapsonline.org), Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. She examines the push to vaccinate teens and even toddlers, despite a statistically unlikely chance they will ever contract covid, let alone suffer from it. She also looks at the almost never discussed adverse reactions to the vaccines.
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.
An evangelical pastor from Texas was recently a featured speaker at a conference sponsored by two Islamist organizations. His appearance has raised a few questions. Back with us today to answer those questions is Dexter Van Zile (meforum.org), now Managing Editor at the Middle East Forum. He and John discuss the differences between Islamic adherents and Islamists as well as how some evangelical leaders have begun to ingratiate themselves toward a group that wants no compromise whatsoever. They also look at the strange bedfellows of Islamists and far leftists – two groups who share anti-American sentiment but really can't stand each other.
Eventually, the power, money, and control crowd will use the true believers and discard them when they're no longer useful. Most of the true believers today run on woke ideology. As our first guest this week, we welcome back Jason Hill (jasondamianhill.com), Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. Regardless of what the true believers tell you they are battling against, the power brokers are using them to destroy Western civilization. Most people don't agree with that ideology, but they also don't stand up to it out of fear of being canceled or worse. But standing up is exactly what needs to be done or there will be a fundamental transformation of our national identity.
People in positions of influence have warned America's leaders for years that we are woefully unprepared to fight against China or Russia militarily or in the cyber warfare arena. Have our leaders listened? Back with us this week is David Pyne (emptaskforce.us), Deputy Director of National Operations for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He points out that our leaders are not listening but he has solutions for them anyway should someone eventually take heed. He lays out several different actions needed to shore up our defenses and hopes that it won't take a devastating attack against our country for them to be implemented.
We had elections this week and John comments on how parents and their strong feelings against CRT had a big impact on the governor's race in Virginia. But before we close out with that, John asks the question: why do Jews, as a voting bloc, tend to overwhelmingly vote for a party that doesn't support Israel or Jewish causes? We invite in Rabbi Dov Fisher (yioc.org) of Young Israel of Orange County, California to discuss. Part of the answer involves the nature of who is and who is not a Jew. He looks at Reform versus Orthodox Judaism as well as the history of anti-semitism.
Many questions surround woke ideology but perhaps one of the simplest – what is whiteness? – is never really addressed. Joining us today is Jason Hill (jasondamianhill.com), Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. He not only answers that question, but he goes on to show that its really Western civilization that the woke leftists want to destroy. Most people don't agree with this totalitarianism, but they also don't stand up to it out of fear of being canceled or worse. If we're going to change our national identity away from wokeness and back to Judeo-Christian ideals, then there needs to be a large-scale campaign to stand up.
The U.S. military has begun to focus on social engineering issues rather than the concerns of a military. As a result, we are weakening our global presence, damaging morale, and setting ourselves up for future failure. Joining us today is Retired Air Force Colonel Mike Angley, who served 25 years in the Office of Special Investigations for the Air Force. He looks at the new woke policies in the military, including snitch phone lines, which would lower morale, discipline, and unit cohesion. It fosters an atmosphere where one's constitutional rights are violated. As a member of the Armed Forces, it makes it tough to uphold your oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States if the military hierarchy is ignoring that Constitution.
The Founders created the Constitution with limited federal government powers in mind. By the time the 17th amendment rolled around, states' rights were being usurped by a bigger, expanding government. Back with us today is Robert Curry (claremont.org), Member of the Board at the Claremont Institute. He takes a look at the erosion of the power of states and the continued bloat of the federal government. It seems the ultimate plan was to wrest control away from the states into the federal government to eventually get rid of national sovereignty. And the finish line of that plan is in sight … unless Americans learn what's really going on and put a stop to it.
Radical leftists are trying to fundamentally transform our country. As a result, people are pushing back in several different ways. The first way can be found in turning the left's sanctuary status campaign back around on them. Joining us this week from the Oklahoma State House of Representatives are Speaker Charles McCall and Representative Jay Steagall. They discuss State House Bill 1236, which gives the state the power to review and if needed overrule executive orders from Washington DC that violate the Constitution. States are beginning to fight back by exercising their tenth amendment rights.
Another example of pushing back against the radicals can be seen in the state of Oregon right now. Michael McCarter (greateridaho.org), President of Move Oregon's Border, describes his group's initiative to transfer several eastern counties in Oregon into the state of Idaho, effectively moving the border between each state. There are several steps to make this happen, but the initiative is now on the May 2021 ballot in Oregon. There is a great frustration among many conservatives who are forced to live with terrible policies just because they reside inside a blue state's borders. We'll see if their effort to escape that will be successful.
Finally this week, John and Producer Steve sit down to look at some of the crazier ways that people are pushing back, including conspiracy theories and civil wars. A civil war is being waged in both political parties between the establishment types and those that want change. There are also conspiracy theories surrounding not only the January 6 incident at the Capitol, but also with vaccines. With so much misinformation flowing from politicians and the media, people are finding all sorts of ways to cope and push back against the radicals.
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