President Trump honors the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson. We consider parallels between the patriotic, pro-democracy, anti-elitist Jackson and our current American president. Why did Jackson's rival John Quincy Adams regard the American people as incapable of self-governance? Have today's Ruling Classes abrogated their charge for "responsible" leadership? Meanwhile, President Trump's proposed budget takes steps towards "draining the swamp" in Washington -- and some Republicans, including Peggy Noonan, appear uncomfortable at the prospect. While an enthused James Bovard sees "a wholesale demolition of boondoggles" in Trump's budget cuts, Reagan's former speechwriter sees a mere lack of "prudence." Naivete? Also, John McCain trivializes his Russian obsessions by accusing fellow Senator Rand Paul of "working for Vladimir Putin." We listen to Rand Paul's response, describing McCain as "unhinged" and "past his prime." Why does McCain care more about the borders of distant Montenegro than about the borders of his own home state of Arizona? America Last? Plus, we review the Left's reflexive hostility towards Western Civilization and note Bill Maher's preference for the United Nations over the United States. With Listener Calls & Music via Johnny Horton, the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry -- and with vignettes on self-control from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.
Are Leftist minds being warped by their "hatred" for President Trump? Are Democrats having a hard time even "breathing" these days? We review the latest in media backfires, from Rachel Maddow on Trump's taxes to Donna Brazile's blame-shifting confession of funneling debate questions to Hillary. Meanwhile, as nervous Dems downplay expectations for eventual evidence of Russian collusion, President Trump hits 52% approvals and jokes with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about their mutual "wiretapping" victimization. Also, Trump makes a personal phone call to Rodrigo Mecias, of Los Angeles, whose fiance was recently killed by a five-time deported illegal alien from Mexico. We discuss Sanctuary Cities, border wall construction and the costs of illegal immigration with noted expert Frosty Wooldridge. Plus, we consider the ongoing "judicial autocracy" of the 9th Circuit, which has blocked Trump's second temporary "travel ban" via Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii. Is it significant that Judge Watson was a Harvard classmate of Barack Obama -- and that Obama himself happened to be in Hawaii at the time? With Listener Calls and Musical Tributes to the life and times of Chuck Berry via The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Does the Secret Service need new management? We review disturbing patterns of incompetence in White House security and consider the potential for catastrophic consequences. Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino describes an agency that is "completely broken" and has "failed the President of the United States." Meanwhile, disgraced Denver Secret Service agent Kerry O'Grady has earned a permanent demotion for having stated she "wouldn't take a bullet" for President Trump. Is today's hateful media climate contributing to the high-stakes risks? Also, sore loser Hillary Clinton says she is "ready to come out of the woods" -- and we suspect "the woods" might be ready as well. Plus, we ponder the ongoing Obamacare overhaul as the GOP Establishment appears to be "dragging its feet" around a genuine repeal. In addition, we visit with Steve Weil, owner of Denver-based Rockmount Ranch Wear, over concerns that the multinational Coach, Inc. has plagiarized Rockmount's "Atomic Cowboy" shirt design. With Listener Calls & Music via Chuck Berry, Social Distortion, Waylon Jennings and The Beatles -- and sundry vignettes on Beethoven, Napoleon and parliamentarians.
The Collapse of the Russian Narrative. Has the Left suddenly dropped their anti-Trump Russian "collusion" meme like a hot potato? Why are some on the Left now advising this course of action? Sen. Rand Paul says there's a "very good chance" Trump was under indirect surveillance as a candidate, which he describes as a "very dangerous" situation. Do the American people truly trust the sanctity of the Fourth Amendment in this "Vault Number Seven" era? Plus, a modest discourse on "travel" and the "globalist mindset." For too many, travel resumes have become traps for egotism, non-subtle methodologies for denigrating their own homelands. We listen to Univision's Jorge Ramos criticize Trump supporters as racists -- once again -- thanks to their concerns over border security and national sovereignty. Plus, we offer vignettes on Steven Victor Tallarico, Igor Stravinsky and Immanuel Kant. With Listener Calls & Music via Aerosmith, Ella Fitzgerald, Pavement and Johnny Cash.
A Trump Economic Boom? The President Trump Economy seems off to a good start, with impressive job numbers and high-rising stock markets. Amazingly enough, for the first time since 2009, a plurality of Americans now say the country is headed in the "right direction." Shouldn't such a remarkable "swing toward the bright side" be a bigger news story? We review the broiling "anger" on the Left, which has prompted Conrad Black to describe Democratic leaders as "malignant, shopworn, hyper-partisan blowhards." CNN's own Van Jones describes Liberals as going "insane" and remarks that he doesn't want them "in charge either." A long-time Democrat caller describes why she recently registered Republican. Additional thoughts on Paul Ryan's Obamacare 2.0. Plus, family vignettes on the epic wildfires in the Oklahoma Panhandle. With Listener Calls and Music via Buck Owens, the Beatles, the Pixies and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
Dangerous Times in America. A Friday night "intruder" at the White House. A Wikileaks release of the CIA-damning "Vault Number Seven" archive, and swirling accusations of Team Obama eavesdropping on candidate Trump. Why is an anger-fueled CNN placing the White House in the semi-literal crosshairs? Has the mainstream media finally crossed over into insanity? We scrutinize media bias in the handling of U.S. Attorney resignations, and we play "sad little violins" for reporters complaining about their lack of "down" time in covering the high-velocity President Trump. Meanwhile, it seems the Democrats have quietly dropped their Russian Conspiracies behind the piano. What are they afraid of? Plus, a summarium of Obamacare 2.0, simmering Leftist disillusion with the Obama Legacy, and not missing George Will on the Sunday Shows. With Listener Calls & Music via Weezer, the Shins, Social Distortion and Antonio Lucio Vivaldi.
What did Obama know and when did he know it? Could the burgeoning "DeepStateGate" scandal end up engulfing former President Obama? And why is Valerie Jarrett moving into the Obama Mansion in the D.C. suburbs? In other news, we consider President Trump's highly-acclaimed speech before the Joint Session of Congress, which hailed strong borders, trade protectionism and America First. The next chapter in American Greatness. Meanwhile, hypocritical Democrats end up "red faced" over their Russian conspiracizing and Sen. Chris Coons backtracks on his claims of Russian "collusion." No Evidence. As former Congressman Tom Tancredo blasts a spineless Rep. Mike Coffman for peeling away from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, callers help bestow another well-deserved "Invertebrate Award." Plus, heated debate on the merits of Hollywood musical "La La Land" with Casey Bloyer. With Listener Calls & Music via Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A conversation with Myron Magnet, Editor-at-Large of City Journal. Reviewing Leftist political violence on college campuses. How did a Middlebury College professor end up in a neck brace after her encounter with an angry mob of students? What do the political riots at Berkeley portend for the American future? How has the Orwellian Left -- which has clearly run out of ideas -- managed such Doublespeak against Free Speech? Also, notes on Charles Murray's study of the troubled "white working class" in America. Plus, President Trump takes on the Surveillance State. As the "permanent government" fights to hold power, we consider how President George Washington dismissed the Executive Branch bureaucrats of his own day. With Listener Calls & Music via Cat Stevens, Green Day, Le Castle Vania and Johnny Cash.