Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 27, 2016 - Hr 3

March 27, 2016

Is Donald Trump defending the Constitution against the predations of the elites who govern America? We review an essay by Dr. Ken Masugi, of the Claremont Institute, who argues Trump may be restoring a fundamental principle -- that of the "consent of the governed" -- to issues of trade, immigration and foreign intervention. Should the "people remain sovereign"? Meanwhile, President Obama visits Cuba and speaks, by design, before a grand mural of Che Guevara, the notorious communist revolutionary. We listen to samples of spoken audio from Che himself, and ponder the overlaps between the Cuban revolutionaries of old and America's current increasingly anti-democratic Ruling Classes. Do vanguard elites really have a "higher consciousness" than the people they govern? Is David Brooks a tad self-serving to laud America's "leadership class"? Also, we ask, would the GOP Establishment hope for a Hillary victory over Trump in order to say "I told you so" in November? With music and listener calls.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 27, 2016 - Hr 2

March 27, 2016

A cursory review of the National Enquirer allegations against Ted Cruz. Is there a problem here -- or not? Is Cruz justified in blaming Trump for the story -- or should he really be pointing at other rival campaigns? We visit on said topics with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Should Cruz be held responsible for the infamous SuperPAC ads that aired on his behalf in Utah? Why is Glenn Beck blending so much theological fervor into his support for Cruz? Meanwhile, Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post prepares to literally eat his words, and author Conrad Black predicts Trump will defeat Hillary Clinton in November. With music and listener calls.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 27, 2016 - Hr 1

March 27, 2016

The "war of the wives" takes hold of the GOP Primary. Ted Cruz lashes out at frontrunner Donald Trump, and vice versa, as the pearl-clutching Establishment decries the situation -- while egging it on. Also, Cruz faces unsavory allegations from a cover story in the National Enquirer. Social media erupts in response. How long have political consultants expected this turn of events? As Trump builds upon his delegate lead, are we approaching a "check mate" primary scenario? Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders chalks up a three-state victory over a vulnerable Hillary Clinton and terrorists strike in Pakistan and Belgium. No shortage of "chaos" on this Happy Easter. With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 20, 2016 - Hr 3

March 20, 2016

What happens if the losers refuse to lose? Are the political classes showing signs of latent fascism in their current machinations against the will of the people? The masks are off, and anti-democratic sentiment is right out there in the open. At this point in the process, the besieged Ruling Classes no longer have their clothes, and are busily "streaking" across the media. New York Times columnist David Brooks appears to finally capitulate to Trump, although Ed Rogers, a deeply unhappy political consultant, bashes Trump as a terrible candidate and then concludes "all he has going for him is a lot of votes." But should that even matter? We also survey a few voices of reason, including Mike Huckabee who belittles the anti-voter tantrums now being thrown, and Newt Gingrich who admits to a lack of sympathy for the insider predicament. Meanwhile, the fading National Review manages to come out with a cover story defending their claim that the working classes of America "deserve to die." With music and listener calls.     

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 20, 2016 - Hr 2

March 20, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton afraid of Donald Trump? Why are Democrats already sounding the alarm on Trump? As the massive 2016 Republican Primary voter turnout sets new records, we observe that corresponding Democrat turnout remains anemic. Echoing the March 1980 consensus on the Reagan/Carter matchup, today's insiders are saying in public that Trump has no chance against Hillary, but are they afraid they might be wrong? Pat Buchanan now predicts "Trump could beat Hillary like a drum in November." Meanwhile, Trump jokes that he doesn't want to act so "presidential" as to lose in the manner of prior GOP nominees Mitt Romney and John McCain. Also, Ted Cruz busily rolls out the red carpet for Establishment figures joining his campaign, Glenn Beck invokes Mormon prophecy in Utah, and Cruz-supporter Amanda Carpenter sets up a "blacklist" of conservatives who have supported Trump. Are endangered GOP Elites now gaining glimpses of empathy for American workers who have lost their jobs? Is Trump right or wrong to respond to Megyn Kelly of Fox News? We discuss with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. With music and listener calls. 

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 20, 2016 - Hr 1

March 20, 2016

Is America a democracy? Does the "will of the voters" matter in America? We review how the Political Classes continue to condemn the voters who have made Donald Trump the frontrunner. Moving forward, should we expect devious attempts to undermine these voters in a push for an Establishment-Friendly nominee? The Washington Post avers that a "brokered convention" can "defend our democracy." But might they have it backwards? Meanwhile, protesters "build a wall" to prevent Trump supporters from attending a rally in Arizona as the media attempts to pin the blame for this on Trump himself. We study the propaganda behind the new "violence" meme ricocheting around the media, as Tom Tancredo criticizes Ted Cruz for jumping on that PC bandwagon. Also, Lindsey Graham endorses Cruz, Bill Kristol floats Third Party concept, Michael Gerson takes "Trump Therapy" and journalist Mark Halperin says Trump is the "second best" political talent he has ever encountered. With music and listener calls.    

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 13, 2016 - Hr 3

March 13, 2016

What's the matter with Ted Cruz these days? Although we've been generally favorable towards the Ted Cruz campaign, we discuss why Cruz is now rapidly losing our respect. With Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent, we puzzle over Cruz' alarming response to the Trump Rally cancellation, and we also review two new Cruz Campaign hires: One being consummate insider Neil Bush, and the other an individual with a very disappointing record on immigration issues. We further analyze the skillful propaganda campaign now being waged against frontrunner Trump -- possibly connected to the off-record portions of the recent GOP Establishment gathering at Sea Island, Georgia? Also, we lament the decline of the once noble National Review, wherein writer Kevin Williamson states that white, working class, Trump-supporting communities "deserve to die." Plus, we review the methods by which media commentators attack the endorsers of Trump, a list that includes Chris Christie, Jeff Sessions and conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly. In particular, the wave of media condescension toward Dr. Ben Carson after his Trump endorsement left a lot to be desired. Patronizing! With music and listener calls.        

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 13, 2016 - Hr 2

March 13, 2016

We celebrate the legacy of Neil Diamond with studio guest Randy Cordiero, singer and front man for the Super Diamond tribute band. Known on stage as "Surreal Neil" -- due to his uncanny vocal likeness to Neil Diamond  -- we discuss the origins of Super Diamond and share vignettes from his 23 years of touring and performing across America. Cordiero sings several of Neil's songs before our live studio audience, and describes his own interactions with Neil himself over the years. With a spirit of fun and good cheer, we help place Neil Diamond upon the "pedestal of cool" where he rightly belongs.     

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 13, 2016 - Hr 1

March 13, 2016

Ominous: Is Donald Trump in personal danger? An unhinged "protestor" attempts to storm the stage at a Trump Rally in Dayton, Ohio. And the media blames Trump for it? As the GOP Establishment makes its last stand in Ohio and Florida, the state of American politics takes a turn for the worse. It has become propaganda overdrive, as Beltway Insiders finally reach the stage of "full-blown panic." The Establishments of both parties appear intent on blaming Trump for the behavior of left-wing protestors at his packed rallies. As Trump cancels a sold-out rally in Chicago, we ask why Ted Cruz is echoing the approval of leftist terrorist Bill Ayers. Why would Ted Cruz, an alleged constitutional scholar, take a stand against the First Amendment? And why is Marco Rubio now dropping his GOP Loyalty Pledge, while he also denounces free speech? Would Cruz, Rubio and Kasich condemn Ronald Reagan's no-nonsense handling of civic unrest in Berkeley in the 1960s? Clearly, the kitchen sinks are flying these days. We sort it all out with music and listener calls.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Mar 6, 2016 - Hr 3

March 6, 2016

Will GOP officials change "Rule 40" to stop Trump at the GOP Convention in Cleveland? If they do, would such a desperate measure be the "End of the World As We Know It" for the GOP? Newt Gingrich says it would cause a "civil war." Limbaugh says it would create "chaos" -- but that it might happen anyways. Establishment hopes, such as they are, seem to be tied to potential rule changes and maneuverings into an "open convention." Will they work? Meanwhile, are GOP figures suddenly signaling they are poised to rally around Ted Cruz? As "Marcomentum" stalls, is Cruz becoming the new preferred Establishment candidate? We consider the evolving pro-Cruz viewpoints of David Brooks, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham as we offer our own reservations about Cruz. Also, notes on the retirement of Peyton Manning and a family ski update from Breckenridge. With music and listener calls.