We have now arrived in this country at a time when a lot of bad ideas are coming home to roost. People are feeling pain because of it. We'll look at two examples of that today. First, John and Producer Steve chat about the recent SCOTUS draft opinion leak and the issues surrounding that. They look at the protests around the Justices' homes, end running the Constitution, ignoring the rule of law, and how the Tenth Amendment is usually and conveniently forgotten. Twisting the language of the Constitution to fit an ideology is always a bad idea and we're seeing the consequences of that now.
Second this week, we focus on the bad ideas related to environmentalism and the current administration's energy strategy. John welcomes Greg Kozera (shalecrescentusa.com), Director of Marketing for Shale Crescent USA. He draws on his experience in the industry to discuss America's energy problems. Climate alarmists demand change, despite the U.S. having cleaner methods of extraction and cleaner fuel. The current administration's bad ideas have only made matters worse, but he offers realistic solutions.
When you're surrounded by bad ideas and the entrenched bureaucracy keeps pumping them out, it takes a lot to stand up to them. We finish out the show this week with Rachel Alexander (intellectualconservative.com), Founder and Editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She describes how Arizona's Attorney General Mark Brnovich is taking on the swamp and is having some success. His strategy: be bold and be not afraid. Fighting this battle is hard, but when bad ideas lead to real world pain, good, sound ideas can counter them.
A Missouri school district is in hot water with parents after a math assignment was found to include questions related to sexual activity. It's one example in one school district, but it points to a larger problem. Joining us today is Andrea Widburg (americanthinker.com), Deputy Editor at American Thinker. CRT has been so demonized that the use of the acronym has begun to fade, but SEL (social and emotional learning) has taken its place – and it contains the exact same material. History books rife with woke lies about the U.S. are part of most curricula today, but parents and even some on the left are beginning to see the truth. Woke messaging is finally being drowned out by conservative pushback. The question is: will it last?
With the Left entrenched in nearly every arena in society, it takes a lot to stand up to them. Someone who has experience in that fight joins us today: Rachel Alexander (intellectualconservative.com), Founder and Editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She recounts how Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is taking on both Arizona State University and the Arizona Bar Association (who retaliated against him for going after the school). The media and the politicos are showing their hypocrisy yet again in highlighting his defeats and ignoring his successes. Battling the hornet's nest takes a toll, but there are some brave souls out there willing to do it. Will there be more?
Whether through law, regulation, or end running the system, Marxists are implementing their woke ideology in several arenas. Joining us today is Marc Greendorfer (zachorlegal.org), President and Founder of the Zachor Legal Institute. He discusses how this indoctrination is affecting the education arena, specifically in the University of California system. There is a proposal to mandate completion of ethnic studies classes (read: woke indoctrination) as a condition of admission to UC campuses. This especially affects Christian and Jewish students who would have to pay homage to an ideology they don't believe in just to go to college. What is supposed to be a neutral system is becoming a Marxist stranglehold.
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.
In order to fight back against an ideological enemy, you need to understand both how they think and how best to battle them. Joining us today is freelance writer Selwyn Duke (selywnduke.com), who looks at a school guidance counselor in Northern Idaho – a red state no less – who is trying to push transgender ideology on a student. He then uses that example in discussing the nature of morality and where both sides are coming from. Each side says their morality is best, so you have to rely on truth to move forward. And sometimes you have adopt the Left's Alinsky tactics to fight back against them.
Governor Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor's race last November largely because parents weren't happy about the outgoing governor's policies and mandates. The new governor has undone those policies but now faces legal challenges from progressives. We welcome to the program former Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mr. Ken Davis. He looks at the battles Youngkin is facing as well as the legality of executive orders and the increasing irrelevance of legislatures. Whenever attempts at reforming government are enacted, government bureaucrats fight back.
Some media outlets are beginning to comment on the dysfunction and failures of the Biden administration. How will they extract themselves from the narratives they're anchored to, all the while not irking the far left progressives? Joining us today is Bruce Thornton (fresnostate.edu), Professor Emeritus of Classics and Humanities at Cal State Fresno. He examines why the media seems to be slowly turning on the Biden administration – and it has nothing to do with principles. They are slaves to ideology and a lot of it stems from the indoctrination in our education system, something Professor Thornton has had a front row seat to for years.
The Chinese Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping, have told us what their geopolitical and military plans are. Is anyone in our country listening? First up this week is Seth Cropsey (hudson.org), Director of the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute. The Chinese navy is building ships at a rapid rate and mapping out strategy regarding Taiwan and the U.S. Our military, on the other hand, is worried about gender pronouns. There are weaknesses within China, if only we would recognize them and exploit them. Eventually reality becomes real. Will we face a knockout punch or will we wake up before that happens?
Is there any hope with America's education system? Indoctrination and incorrect narrative-driven history is running amok. Joining us this week is Jacob Howland (city-journal.org), Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. He draws on his many years of experience in higher learning to show how educrats are removing classical education from the classrooms and replacing it with slogans and leftist ideologies. So is there any hope? Some teachers and many parents have now recognized what's going on and they're fighting back. Let's hope it's not too late.
One of the ways that parents are fighting back is at school board meetings. Why are they angry? Three words: critical race theory. Wrapping up the show this week is Julie Gunlock (iwf.org), Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at the Independent Women's Forum. Many school boards blindly support critical race theory, but some board members have gone so far as to lash out at parents because they oppose CRT. Those same parents have now woken up and are pushing back – some by running to replace these board members.
We've heard about critical race theory and woke indoctrination in schools, but what, if anything, are school boards doing about it? Here today is Julie Gunlock (iwf.org), Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at the Independent Women's Forum. She describes the outrage that some parents are expressing after learning about what their children are being exposed to in the classroom. School boards have been largely obstinate in their support of CRT and have at times lashed out against the parents for their opposition. But parents are finally waking up, pushing back, and even running to replace these board members.