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.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court is supposed to determine the constitutionality of laws, not give people what they want. John opens the show this week looking at some of the recent Supreme Court decisions – namely the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade – and gives a history of judicial activism. The crazy narratives that have been pushed for so many years have now hit reality and the pendulum is starting to swing the other way. People are beginning to see through the Marxist ideology and post-modern thinking that saturates our society today.
An example of a narrative that is still firmly entrenched, at least in California, is that of environmental activism and the state's policy on water. Joining us is Edward Ring (edwardring.com), Senior Fellow at the Center for American Greatness. These activists are adamant that no desalination plants be built in California, even though the process would help the state's water issues. He debunks the 'bad for the environment' talking points and shows how California has become a defacto communist state of crushing bureaucracy.
Finally this week, we look to Ukraine since there's still a war going on there. Reuben Johnson, our Ukraine expert, is back with us to give updates on how ineffective the Russian military has been, mostly from poor leadership. He also addresses rumors about Vladimir Putin's health and comments on the recent attack on a Ukraine shopping center.
The Supreme Court has ruled on a number of cases lately, including the Dobbs case that overruled Roe v. Wade, and most of these decisions have adhered to the Constitution. This has made the judicial activist crowd quite mad. John flies solo today taking a look at some of these cases, examining the history of judicial activism in the court and how narratives that weren't based in reality are losing water and the pendulum of truth is swinging the other way. How did it get so bad originally? Marxism in the schools and post-modernist thought in society today.
Roe v Wade was overturned on Friday and predictably the reaction from the pro-abortion crowd was to rant and rave and riot. Producer Steve flies solo today and examines a number of issues, including judicial activism then and now, the talking points from the Left after the ruling on Friday, violence over the weekend, and the trigger laws going into effect in some states now. He also looks at what the Left may do moving forward and why courts are a more attractive venue to push liberal agendas than legislatures.
There is major flippage happening on the postmodern left side of culture - especially on popular TV talk shows and news channels. John sheds light on some of the tactics that Leftist activists use regarding elections and the control of mainstream media and politically correct narratives. He goes on to narrate clips from TV where post-moderns make moral assertions they wind up in self-contradiction, especially when the discussion moves from issue to issue.
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, the government in Kiev began arming its citizens. If they had already been armed, would it have made a difference? Back with us today is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. He looks at the advantage the U.S. has in having an armed citizenry, including the importance of the Second Amendment. We need that amendment because we didn't ever want to have to fight off a major world power again to gain our freedom. Plus, having millions of armed citizens is most likely why no other power has tried to invade us. He also advocates for bringing back a well-regulated militia – a controversial idea to the left but an important one to discuss.
Narratives have flown freely ever since January 6, 2021, and it's tough at times to get the real story, especially from the leftist mainstream media. One man has written a fact-filled article detailing the day's events. Back with us today after a long hiatus is the author of that article, Bill Jasper (thenewamerican.com), Senior Editor at The New American magazine. He and John discuss the use of the word ‘insurrection' to describe the event, the lack of firearms by the protestors, the motives for the continuous leftist narrative, the so-called “bi-partisan” J6 committee, and the insertion of agents provocateurs on that day. It's all J6 all the time on today's podcast.
There are multiple battlefronts happening in the world today, both in the physical sense and ideologically. We open today's show looking at a physical battlefront, with John tackling the latest on the Ukraine-Russia conflict. He incorporates a lot of principles covered on Steel on Steel over the last few decades into what we're seeing today, including how reality becomes real, the value of international guarantees is not high, and never elect someone to get you out of situation who got you into it in the first place. There are many lessons to be learned watching the physical battlefront in Ukraine, but that can also be applied to the ideological field.
And, like fighting in the physical world, with ideological enemies, it's important to understand both how your enemy thinks and how best to arm yourself on the battlefront of ideas. Joining the show this week is freelance writer Selwyn Duke (selywnduke.com), who looks at the nature of morality and where both ideological sides are coming from. Each side says their morality is best, so you have to anchor yourself in the truth in order to move forward intelligently. And as far as battle plans are concerned, adopting the Left's Alinsky tactics may just work in our favor.
Finishing off the program this week, John gives his thoughts on a variety of topics, including education reform, competing narratives, the need for nuanced information instead of package deals, and how insane it is that leftists consider hiring someone based on skin color rather than qualifications.