Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 29, 2015 - Hr 3

November 29, 2015
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Lou Dobbs of the Fox Business Channel delivers an astute argument in favor of Donald Trump, and criticizes the “scorched earth” policies of the mean-spirited GOP Establishment. Why are our elites so hostile towards the American Middle Class? And why are big GOP Donors organizing for devious and ostensibly anonymous attacks against the GOP frontrunner? Why might GOP insiders actually prefer Hillary? We review a recent New York Magazine article by Jonathan Chait, as a typical specimen of unsophisticated leftist name-calling. Chait’s chain of pejoratives accuses Carson, Trump and the GOP of being: “knuckle draggers” who are “wildly xenophobic” and full of “frothing rage” and “unrestrained savagery” and who promote “lizard-brain America.” Nice! We also examine the radical progressive push at Princeton University to eradicate the name of radical progressive President Woodrow Wilson from campus. Where does that PC snowball stop? As American college kids now seem to obsess over “micro-aggressions” and “safe spaces” and apparently scorn the First Amendment — all as they pile on plentiful student loan debt — we question their true fitness for the real world. With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 29, 2015 - Hr 2

November 29, 2015
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Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. A review of Friday’s shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Is Governor Hickenlooper within bounds to blame “talk shows” and “bloggers” and “inflammatory rhetoric” for this act of “domestic terrorism"? Is Hickenlooper already politicizing the tragedy? Also, we explore an unusual detail about the alleged shooter — apparently he is registered to vote in Colorado as an Independent and as a Female. How will that curiosity affect the ensuing discussion? We also review the latest news in the Republican primary: Trump dominating, Cruz possibly surging, Rubio still not surging, Jeb still sinking and Chris Christie getting noticed by some of the commentariat. Plus, we relax with some soothing new music from Enya and discuss the apparent implosion of Obamacare. With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 29, 2015 - Hr 1

November 29, 2015
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The sinking GOP Establishment now resorts to calling Donald Trump a “fascist.” We explore the nature and history of fascism, and marvel at the desperation behind the accusation. Are Beltway Elites aware of the immigration policies of Eisenhower, Truman and FDR? Now that Karl Rove and Bill Kristol appear to be throwing lifelines to the Ben Carson campaign, are GOP insiders feeling remorse for their recent attacks on Carson? Did they take him down too soon for their purposes? Meanwhile, as Trump increases his lead in the polls and draws enormous crowds across America, the GOP Consultant Class consoles itself with the meme that “voters aren’t paying attention yet.” But will such veiled insults to GOP voters only prolong their misguided state of denial? And is it fair for the media to characterize Trump as a “bully” even as he absorbs more “incoming” attacks than all the other candidates combined? Are GOP Elites secretly hoping for Hillary as president? With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 22, 2015 - Hr 3

November 22, 2015
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On "nationalism" in Western culture. Are certain intellectuals now suggesting nationalism might not always be a be a "foul and rancid" concept? We look at some stunning recent statements from French author Michel Houellebecq and Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson. Was Edward Gibbon right about the "gradual" fall of Rome -- or was it actually more of a sudden collapse? We review analysis of the national question from Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, whose fascinating Zibaldone has now been published in English. Also, we remark on the immigration crisis facing Sweden, and, listen to UKIP leader Nigel Farage address the mounting crisis of Western Civilization. Meanwhile, we ponder the continued rise of Donald Trump, the consistent wrongness of pundit William Kristol, and ask whether or not it's time for a new "Ruling Class" in America. With music, some Johnny Cash and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 22, 2015 - Hr 2

November 22, 2015
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Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Did Hillary Clinton really try to join the Marines in 1975? Did Trump really suggest he wants to create a Muslim "database" -- or is this an inaccurate media allegation? We examine the ramifications of the Paris terror attacks in American politics. Is President Obama's response in line with the sentiments of the American people? Might Democrats be facing a public relations debacle? As 30 governors across America declare otherwise, is Colorado Governor Hickenlooper wise to follow Obama's lead on accepting more Syrian Refugees? Also, we look at how the Republican candidates have addressed the issues, and ask why Ben Carson is dropping in the polls. Will Marco Rubio continue not to rise? And as Donald Trump assembles crowds of thousands at rallies across America, we inquire whether any of the other candidates can point to similar-sized crowds of their own. Anyone? With music and listener calls.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 22, 2015 - Hr 1

November 22, 2015
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A majority of Americans feel like "strangers" in their own country, according to a new Reuters poll. A majority of Americans also say they "don't identify with what America has become." How has this come to pass? What might be the consequences of such feelings of alienation? We explore the issue through the lens of Hamtramck, Michigan -- America's first majority-Muslim city -- as profiled in today's Washington Post. When senior citizens in Hamtramck voice concern about hearing the Muslim "call to prayer" five times a day, are they being xenophobic? Meanwhile, we discuss the political landscape in the wake of last week's terror attacks in Paris. Defying the conventional wisdom, Donald Trump has risen in the polls, dramatically increasing his lead. So why is the GOP Establishment now preparing to spend millions to take down the GOP frontrunner? Might such tactics only help Hillary Clinton? With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 15, 2015 - Hr 3

November 15, 2015
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Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. How will the brutal terrorist attacks in France affect American politics? Kerns reviews Democrat candidates' responses from last night's Democratic debate. Climate change? While each Democrat (and most every GOP candidate, actually) plans to continue allowing thousands more "refugees" into America, does their insistence on appropriate "vetting" indicate some reflexive concern? As Sen. Jeff Sessions queries, is accurate "vetting" of refugees truly possible? Meanwhile, pundit William Kristol says the Trump and Carson campaigns will "be hurt" by the events in Paris, as voters may look for more political experience in their candidates. But might Kristol be wrong -- yet again? What to make of the "draft Romney" sentiment in the GOP Establishment? We conclude with audio from a Trump speech in Beaumont, Texas as he is joined on stage by members of the "Remembrance Project" -- concerned American citizens who have lost loved ones to illegal immigrants. With French music and listener calls.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 15, 2015 - Hr 2

November 15, 2015
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Further thoughts on the attacks in France. Why are Establishment pundits not discussing the immigration angle? Why does Democrat Bernie Sanders implicate "climate change" as bearing some responsibility for acts of Parisian terrorism? Does Hillary agree? Also, Sen. Lindsey Graham, from his position at Zero in the polls, advises American "boots on the ground" in the Middle East while maintaining an open-door for easy immigration into America. Is Graham confused on the concept of whose "backyard" we should be fighting in? We discuss Marco Rubio's troubling immigration record as a leader of the pro-amnesty "Gang of Eight," as we examine polling data suggesting the Rubio "surge" might not yet be transpiring. Meanwhile, frontrunner Donald Trump hits 42% in a recent Reuters/IPSOS poll. Is Trump looking eerily prescient with his "Trojan Horse" claims from some weeks ago? Why are desperate GOP Elites hoping for a Romney Revival? With French music and listener calls.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 15, 2015 - Hr 1

November 15, 2015
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A frank discussion of the terror attacks in Paris. With over 100 innocents killed, France has now closed its borders. Too little, too late? News reports indicate that at least three of the ISIS terrorists were recent immigrants into France, as part of the many waves of "refugees" recently entering Europe from the Middle East and Northern Africa. How will the tragic events of the week affect European politics? Will European elites alter their hitherto open-door immigration policies? And how will America respond? Is it time for more "James Taylor Diplomacy" or something more to the point? With issues of immigration and national security now rising to the fore in American politics, which GOP candidates stand to benefit? Our guess: Trump. With French music and listener calls.    

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Nov 8, 2015 - Hr 3

November 8, 2015
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We introduce the concept of "gaslighting" in political discourse, with reference to the Ingrid Bergman film Gaslight from 1944. A fair framework for viewing the nature of modern propaganda? With notes on Pablo Picasso, the "deep state" and the exacerbating panic of Beltway Elites. We review Donald Trump's notably patriotic instincts on American national sovereignty. Do any other candidates truly share them? Meanwhile, in a new biography by Jon Meacham, George H.W. Bush delivers surprisingly strong criticism of Cheney, Rumsfeld and neoconservatism in general. Is the history of the Iraq War coming into clearer focus? As Sen. Rand Paul equates the failed foreign policies of Hillary Clinton with those of Marco Rubio, we assess the arguments -- more obstacles for Rubio? Also, did candidate Obama get the same level of personal scrutiny now being directed at Ben Carson? And we ask -- How should Christians respond to the migration crisis in Europe? With music and listener calls.