states rights

Doug Stuart: Immigration Debate

Broadcast Running Time: 29:40

John Loeffler

August 4, 2021

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With immigration, the Christian heart wants to let everyone in to the country, be kind, and minister to their needs.  But the reality can be quite different.  So what's the best approach?  Joining us today to hash things out is Doug Stuart (libertarianchristians.org), CEO of the Libertarian Christian Institute.  He and John look at how open the border should be weighing compassion against the possibility of criminals entering.  They also discuss the wisdom of integrating into a culture once a person moves into a country.  Is it fair to ask?  Is it needed?  Interesting discussion on today's show.

When it comes to declaring sanctuary status, one side of the political aisle says one thing while the other side says the opposite – but it all depends on the issue. First up this week with an even-handed conversation is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine. He looks at the questions: what does sanctuary status mean? Should federal laws apply in states? If so, how would that work? Where have the courts stood on these issues? If the rules are good for one side, they should be just as good for the other. The trick is getting both sides to agree to abide by these rules.

It takes someone who grew up under communism to see what's truly happening to America today. Paul Dragu (thenewamerican.com), Communications Director for the John Birch Society, grew up in communist Romania and recognizes many facets from the Communist Manifesto playing out here right now. The Deep State has gradually and intentionally infiltrated academia and other institutions to enact their agenda. But after years of ignoring the warning signs, people are beginning to wake up.

To be called an Uncle Tom today if you're black has a connotation of negativity and of being a sellout. But for those who actually read the book, that doesn't make any sense. Our last guest this week is Derrick Wilburn (poccinterns.com), Founder and Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives. He discusses the essence of Uncle Tom, the man, as well as the book. The ignorance by those who use Uncle Tom as a slur is a product of the radical policies in today's schools that either teach untruths about history and literature or outright forbid teaching them altogether.

John finishes up today's show, analyzing the toxic phenomenon of Wokeism, the new American orthodoxy, a topic written by Larry Eubank in The New English Review.

When it comes to sanctuary cities, whether in regards to immigration or guns or marijuana, one side says one thing and the other side says another. What's the whole story? Back with us today for an even-handed conversation is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine. He examines the specifics of what sanctuary status means in regards to state versus federal, who can do what, and what cities and states are actually saying when they declare sanctuary status. Should federal laws apply in states? If so, how would that work? Who has jurisdiction and why? Where have the courts stood on these issues? We look at all of that and more on today's show.

Jam packed show this week. Whether we are entering the End Times or the Great Reset – or both – Christians need to be ready. First up this week is Jeff Kinley (jeffkinley.com), Founder of Main Things Ministries. He discusses the gradual reawakening of America's churches following months of lockdowns. Religious freedom has been threatened but some Christians are starting to fight back. Returning to meeting together and studying the Word will ground us in the Truth.

Liberation theology, social justice, and critical race theory have merged out of Marxism and have landed in Western schools. Next up this week is Steve Stotsky (camera.org), Senior Research Analyst at CAMERA. In order to combat moral-based Judeo-Christian education found throughout Western schools, educrat Marxists have pushed forward a distorted and narrative-driven curriculum. To push back, parents need to be more proactive, be more aware of what their children are learning, and not be afraid to make themselves heard.

The Founding Fathers created the Constitution with limited federal powers in mind. Eventually though, states' rights were usurped by a bigger, expanding government. Our last guest this week is Robert Curry (claremont.org), Member of the Board at the Claremont Institute. He takes a look at the plan to wrest control away from the states and into the federal government. This eventually eroded national sovereignty. That plan is almost complete … unless Americans learn the truth and put a stop to it.

John finishes up this week with a brief analysis of how media craft narratives. It's our job to recognize what they're doing and stand firm on the solid rock foundation of the truth.

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.

Fanning the Flames in Israel

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:18

It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.

Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.

One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.

Not since District of Columbia v. Heller has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. With us today is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case and its implications. The question centers around the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment and whether that extends outside of the home. He looks at the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. He and John also examines gun control measures and the battle between states and the federal government as far as jurisdiction is concerned.

Pushing Back Against the Radicals

Broadcast Running Time: 01:18:39

John Loeffler

March 13, 2021

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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.

Michael McCarter: Tweaking the U.S. Map

Broadcast Running Time: 23:00

John Loeffler

March 11, 2021

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What if, instead of people moving from blue states to red states – to escape terrible policies – geographic parts of the blue states themselves moved? Joining us today is Michael McCarter (greateridaho.org), President of Move Oregon's Border. He tells us of 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 they have finally managed to get the plan on a May 2021 ballot in Oregon. Ultimately successful or not, the plan highlights the frustration many conservatives have when they are forced to live with terrible policies just because they reside inside a blue state's borders.

The Left originated the sanctuary status – an ignoring of the law based on ideology. But what happens when you need sanctuary from the law? Joining us today 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 Attorney General in Oklahoma the power to review and the state legislature the power to overrule executive orders from Washington DC that violate the Constitution. A few other states are attempting this as well, highlighting not only the separation of government powers but also the power afforded to states in the tenth amendment.