As the Globalist Elite prepares to gather in Davos we ponder the sagging state of the transnational agenda. Signs of anxiety, glimmers of newfound humility? We review philosopher Roger Scruton's concept of "oikophobia" -- i.e. an irrational fear of one's own countrymen -- as curiously described by American progressives. Is it time to start fearing the deplorable plumber? Also, we survey the checkered career of Sen. Chuck Schumer, now on deck as the most prominent Democrat to stand in opposition to President Trump. Who shall gain the upper hand? Why does Trump refer to Schumer as the "head clown"? Meanwhile, the Clinton Global Initiative finally shuts down and the Ringling Brothers, speaking of clowns, have announced the end of the "Greatest Show On Earth." Also, we ask, who is attacking the Drudge Report website? With a series of Colorado Ski Mountain vignettes and Listener Calls and Music via Jo Stafford, Roy Orbison, Chris Young and Sturgill Simpson.
Talking "Inaugural Politics" with paterfamilias John Andrews. How troubling are the latest developments from the Deep State? Will Donald Trump soon push for an extensive "house cleaning" of our politicized intelligence agencies? And after losing over 1,000 seats across America in the Obama Era, is the decimated Democratic Party no longer a national party? Also, we consider Trump's "return fire" to the shameful provocations of Meryl Streep and Rep. John Lewis. Meanwhile, we offer compassion-based therapy for stricken celebrities and progressives with reference to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Why does the Dalai Lama say he has "no worries" about a Trump Administration and is actually looking forward to meeting Donald Trump in person? Could such wisdom help mitigate the "destructive emotions" now so rampant on the unenlightened Left? Plus, we ponder the recent Chinese investments in Hollywood. Leverage? With Listener Calls and Music via Foreigner, Styx, Royksopp, Robyn and the Rolling Stones.
Donald Trump's Winning Streak continues into 2017. With his Cabinet picks sailing through the Senate and an optimistic business community pledging greater investment in America, Trump knocks CNN for its "fake news" reporting on the discredited "Russian Dossier" in a tour de force press conference. Journalist Bob Woodward calls the dossier a "garbage document" for which politicized intelligence agencies should "apologize." As the anti-Trump corporate media backs away from yet another boomerang, we ask, what are Sen. John McCain's fingerprints doing on this dossier? We explore the realities of a "Deep State" openly at war with Trump, and possibly also itself. Meanwhile, the Totalitarian Left issues death threats to prospective performers at this week's Trump Inaugural. We salute country singer Toby Keith's courageous response: "I don't apologize for performing for our country or military." With Listener Calls and Music via Toby Keith, St. Etienne, Steely Dan, R.E.M. and the Beatles.
Digging deeper on Russia's purported involvement in the U.S. election. Does the Washington Post profit from its demonstrably false propaganda? Journalist Glenn Greenwald thinks so, as he throws cold water on the McCarthyite tactics of the Establishment. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the "Obama administration" is attempting to undermine Trump with politicized intelligence. So, not a smooth transition after all? Meanwhile, we review widespread media anxiety over Trump's Twitter account. Why do they want him to give it up? Has their rigged filtration apparatus been displaced? Also, we conclude with a modest discourse on Compassion, Decadence and the inevitabilities of Political Combat.
Spoofing self-important "celebrities" who keep offering urgent political counsel to the American people. Should we be more appreciative? Additional conversation on the media-manufactured "Russian Conspiracy" theories. Where is the hard evidence? Why does leftist writer Julia Ioffe lament the "thinness of the hacking report" from our intelligence agencies? Are they themselves becoming politicized? And why is the Washington Post issuing so many retractions these days? Plus, a review of the horrific "hate crimes" recently live-streamed on Facebook in Chicago.
The Sunday Shows continue their Russian obsessions. Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain fight for the Deep State. Establishment techniques for delegitimizing Trump carry on apace, even as the new administration plans a vigorous "First 100 Days." With legacies crumbling, the Obama's are seeming strained over their pending exuent. What's next for the politics of Obamacare? Did Obama family vacations really cost $85 million over the past eight years? Plus, notes on a dramatic chairlift rescue at the Arapahoe Basin ski area.
A leisurely stroll through the "Conservative Pundit Graveyard." Replaying some highlights of wrongitude from Bill Kristol, David Brooks, George Will and other commentators who buried themselves alive in 2016. How has the Elite Media developed such marked estrangement from the American people? Will the coming year bring any alterations? Plus, we offer our categorical review of the "malfeasance" of the Ruling Classes with notes on how Donald Trump can work to unify America. Time to rally around the American flag? Wishing all a Happy New Year. With Auld Lang Syne Music via Gillian Welch, the Groove Grass Boyz and Bing Crosby.
The Intellectual Case for Donald Trump. A visit with Ben Boychuk, Managing Editor of American Greatness. What is the "Greatness Agenda"? Should conservatives focus on "conserving" America itself? Do conservatives need a principled "Declaration of Independence" from the modern-day Conservative Movement? Is it time to question old orthodoxies on borders, trade and foreign policy? Plus, a helpful review of the amazing string of backfires in Establishent Media attempts to undermine Donald Trump. With Auld Lang Syne Music via Chris Isaak, Bryan Adams, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
Happy New Year 2017 from Backbone Radio. A reflective visit with paterfamilias John Andrews on the world-changing 2016 Election. Trump victorious, America First, Globalists in retreat. In all, a great way to start the year. But will an embittered Establishment succeed in their efforts to delegitimize Donald Trump? Why are they pressing for a New Cold War with Russia? What would Henry Kissinger do? Meanwhile, we puzzle over the "open borders fanaticism" of European leaders in the face of chronic terrorism. Will their calls for Stasi-like "surveillance" solve the problem? How long can The West endure this "Dodo Bird" mentality? With Auld Lang Syne Music from U2, Jamey Johnson, George Strait and The Lonesome Travelers.
A Christmas pep talk on character, courage and the overcoming of obstacles. We listen to Donald Trump talk about "hard work" as he asks the American people -- with surprising humility -- to "never ever give up" in the quest to Make America Great Again. Leading by example? Also, we preview an upcoming political debate in the Trump Era: Should our revitalized manufacturing economy label their products as "Made In America" or "Made in the USA"? Tough choices ahead. Meanwhile, the Washington Post adopts its preferred Conspiracy Theory, the disgraced Bill Kristol resigns his editorship of The Weekly Standard, and Niall Ferguson bids for relevance in the post-Globalist world by flipping his prior position against Brexit. Will it work? Plus, we review charitable pleas to "Save the Snowflakes" this holiday season and we listen to a heartfelt prayer from Rev. Franklin Graham. With Listener Calls and Christmas Music via Roger Miller, the Smithereens, Marty Robbins, Dwight Yoakam and the Riders In the Sky.