Freewheeling conversations on patriotism, truck driving and talk radio as an "intimate medium." Notes on the current contretemps between President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus over the failed overhaul of Obamacare. Was Trump wise to call them out by name? Will Republicans soon revisit the issue in a more productive manner? We consider the role of Rand Paul in health care reform. After visits this week with Matt Drudge and President Trump, could Sen. Paul be headed further into the limelight? Plus, from the ever-expanding realm of activist absurdity, PETA declares "milk" to be a 'symbol of white supremacy.' With Listener Calls & Music via Aerosmith, Junior Brown, Dwight Yoakam and the Zac Brown Band.
Is the Deep State in Deep Trouble? What we're seeing right now in American politics -- all the chaos, negativity and outright insanity in the media -- might just be a necessary stage on the way. As in, we're seeing exactly what it's supposed to look like when an elected "outsider" jeopardizes the long-held power of the Establishment. President Trump has leverage on the Deep State, however, and he's using it, as the national conversation pivots from Russian "collusion" to Obama Administration "surveillance" of Trump. David Ignatius of the Washington Post remarks that Trump's "initially preposterous" tweets on wiretapping are now looking rather prescient. Former Obama official Evelyn Farkas has spilled the beans, Rep. Adam Schiff is in full retreat, and Rep. Devin Nunes hovers over the target. Meanwhile, Trump golfs with Sen. Rand Paul, calls out the House Freedom Caucus and presses ahead on the Neil Gorsuch SCOTUS nomination. John McCain and the Bushes complain. With Listener Calls & Music via Van Halen, Social Distortion, Reba McEntire and Clare Dunn. In Memoriam: Nascar Dennis, a long-time friend and soul brother of Backbone Radio.
Smoking Gun for Obama Administration Surveillance of Trump? Rep. Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, describes troubling new information he has received. Nervous Democrats respond by disparaging Rep. Nunes -- calling him a "stooge" -- and referring to suspicious data collection as "incidental." However, investigative reporter Bob Woodward notes the potential for "gross violation" herein and says recent revelations "could be criminal" in scope. Might an Obama deep-stater soon end up behind bars? Meanwhile, we discuss the "spiritual battle" afoot between proponents and opponents of Western Civilization. Why is the media minimizing a Maryland rape committed by two illegal immigrants? How has the media already managed to drop last week's London Terror story? Why is Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols changing his tune on the Queen? Plus, a review of the latest Russian Conspiracy theories from Louise Mensch regarding the nature of "America First." With Listener Calls & Music via Ed Sheeran, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams Sr. and the Sex Pistols.
The Ryancare Blame Game. The biggest broken political promise in history? Will Republicans be able to regroup and eventually return to health care reform? What is the new future of the Trump Agenda? We offer historical perspective on similar defeats sustained early on in prior administrations -- including Reagan, Clinton and Obama. Meanwhile, we listen to Judge Jeanine Pirro's lambasting of Speaker Paul Ryan, calling for him to "step down" forthwith. Also, we visit with paterfamilias John Andrews on how to view these recent setbacks. Should the House Freedom Caucus rethink their priorities? Plus, we consider Sen. Chuck Schumer's threats of "filibuster" against SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch. A nuclear-option gift for the GOP? We include additional vignettes on Medicaid births and Obama Administration surveillance of Trump. With Listener Calls & Music via Morrissey, Jigsaw and Weezer.
Should Speaker Paul Ryan Resign? What went wrong with Speaker Ryan's doomed effort to overhaul Obamacare? Where shall blame be apportioned? With Democrats gloating over the GOP's self-inflicted wounds, we look for silver-linings. We listen to harsh commentary from Newt Gingrich, Eric Bolling and Reince Priebus. As Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News blasts Speaker Ryan, we review President Trump's "coincidental" promotion of Pirro's program. Where to from here? Callers weigh in. With Music via Chris Isaak, R.E.M. and the Primitives.
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.