Is it time for Speaker Paul Ryan to step aside? As we observe the second unraveling of a Ryan attempt to replace Obamacare -- alongside his last-minute pulling of funds for the Border Wall -- we assess disturbing patterns of incompetence from the Republican Speaker of the House. We listen to Ann Coulter's pointed criticisms and wonder aloud whether Ryan will be able to get his act together. The clock is ticking. Meanwhile, we visit with Paterfamilias John Andrews on President Trump's first 100 Days in office. How has Trump handled the "worst headwinds" an incoming president has faced since Abraham Lincoln? How may Trump's "character" be tested in the uncertain future of our divided America? Will the "fundamental decency" of the American people help restrain the growing extremism of the Intolerant Left? Also, Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security unveils a first-ever "Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement" office. A most welcome development, giving long overdue "VOICE" to an overlooked American population. With Listener Calls & Music via AC/DC, John Lennon, Rihwa, Michelle Branch and Patsy Cline.
Trump 101. Our retrospective on President Trump's first "100 Days" in office. We see a quietly impressive string of accomplishments and sense a more "optimistic" outlook in America. Change is in the air. As for the early setbacks, we review the increasingly authoritarian "Resistance" strategies of unelected judges, bureaucrats and media. Are these unaccountable sources of power showing undemocratic contempt for the American people? Meanwhile, Trump steers clear of the White House Correspondents' Dinner by holding a massive rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. To the crowd's chants of "CNN Sucks" we listen to Trump poke fun at the "Fake News" of the "Washington media" and "Hollywood actors." Also, we offer updates on the election in France between Nationalist Marine Le Pen and Globalist Emmanuel Macron. What to make of their clash at a Whirlpool factory? Vive La France? Plus, we remark upon Barack Obama's two $400k speaking fees, puzzle over Kim Jong Un's dwindling prospects for "saving face" in North Korea, and offer vignettes on Spring Snow and Skiing in the Denver Metro area. With Listener Calls & Music via Counting Crows, The Beatles, the Chainsmokers, Michel Delpech, Saint Etienne and Autour De Lucie.
Don't Believe the Media. Are the "credulous" Americans who don't disbelieve now driving themselves crazy? Sure seems like it. Moving on, we chronicle President Trump's visit to Wisconsin to promote his "Buy American, Hire American" industrial policy. The New York Times frets that Trump is "moving against free trade" on multiple fronts, even as the working classes of America and France turn against their globalist betters. We discuss the surprising true meaning of "the invisible hand" in the writings of Adam Smith, and review David Ricardo's concerns that capitalist traders might lose allegiance to their "own country" and thereby turn "free trade" into hostile domestic policy. Meanwhile, callers continue to weigh in on the "spiritual divide" in America. Civil War Potential? Will the controversial Ann Coulter be able to speak freely in Berkeley this week? Possible Martyrdom? Plus, we marvel at the Establishment Media's "89% negative" coverage of President Trump in his first 100 Days. Ironically, Trump's approval numbers are holding fairly steady, with negligible base attrition, while those of media-protected Hillary Clinton continue to plunge. More media backfires? Newt Gingrich seems to think so. With Listener Calls & Music via Jacques Brel, Clean Bandit, David Guetta, Anne-Marie, Gillian Welch and Enrique Iglesias.
Could a new "Civil War" be on the American horizon? We consider prospects and scenarios as we review David Greenfield's recent headlined essay: "The Civil War Is Here." Has the Left lost respect for the Rule of Law in America? Have the Democrats determined to undermine any "authority" but their own? Has the "power worship" of postmodernist philosophy subverted the constitutional abstractions that have held America together? We survey the "scalping" strategy of the Left, along with its rabid defense of Sanctuary Cities and one-way approaches to Free Speech. Why do some on the left view Steve Bannon as a greater enemy than North Korea? Will partisan battles over border security hasten a "shutdown" of the government? Meanwhile, we offer vignettes on chess, football, Rush Limbaugh and human flourishing. With Listener Calls & Music via Louane, Zara Larsson, Dwight Yoakam, Cesaria Evora, Bernard Lavilliers and the Dream Academy.
Last Chance to Save France. A review of today's dramatic results in the first round of the French Elections. Nationalist Marine Le Pen and Globalist Emmanuel Macron have been selected to square off in the final round next month. We sample the victory speeches of Le Pen and Macron, which offer stark contrasts for French voters. As the potential first woman president in French history, Marine Le Pen says "the survival of France" is at stake as she criticizes the European Union and proposes to protect France's borders, working classes and cultural heritage. Meanwhile, the open borders Macron pledges to "stand in the way of nationalism." What will France decide? Either way, the upcoming soul-searching in France will mark a prelude to the future of Western Civilization. Also, we offer vignettes on Trump's popularity, Doris Kearns Goodwin and quail hunting. With Listener Calls & Music via Patricia Kaas, Autour de Lucie, Gus Viseur, Frank Sinatra, the Everly Brothers and Lady Gaga.
The rise of the "Totalitarian Mindset" in the Progressive Movement. Where America once regarded Freedom of Speech as a sacred founding principle, we now see the opposite view enshrined on our college campuses. This week, students at Claremont McKenna College attempted to block a speech from conservative writer Heather MacDonald, as liberal Wellesley College students editorialized that "hostility may be warranted" against those who "refuse to adapt their beliefs." Meanwhile, the Leftist Huffington Post opines that it's time to deny "toxic white males" access to the ballot box, and the good liberals of Sweden want to "ban cars" to stop terrorism. A Swedish Saab Story? Throw in the Obama Administration's now documented "spying" on Team Trump, and the totalitarian admixture approaches completion. Also, we review Attorney General Jeff Sessions' early successes on border security, we visit with Jimmy Sengenberger, and we celebrate Easter with Johnny Cash. He Is Risen. With Listener Calls & Easter Music via Zara Larsson, Social Distortion, the Statler Brothers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Fate of Steve Bannon. We review the "palace intrigues" surrounding our embattled White House Chief Strategist, an individual we regard as increasingly indispensable as the globalists crowd into the Trump Administration. We listen to Bannon in his own words, paying special heed to his warning that the Establishment is not about to "give you your country back without a fight." The desperate Deep State, facing destruction in the aftermath of Trump's victory, has adopted a new semi-subtle strategy for separating Trump from his base, and thereby from power. One scalp at a time, all the way to the top. Does President Trump understand this? Will he make an unwise "offering" of Mr. Bannon? Meanwhile, we consider Hillary Clinton's current round of excuses in explication of defeat. Always self-exculpatory, and still relentlessly pathologizing the American people -- this time as "misogynists." With Listener Calls & Easter Music via Little Big Town, the Smithereens, Khaled, David Guetta and Sia.
The Happiness of the Establishment. All of a sudden, President Trump is earning bipartisan praise from the Beltway Media -- and all it took was a solid week of bomb-dropping. Following missile strikes in Syria, the "Mother Of All Bombs" blast in Afghanistan and the brinksmanship with North Korea, we survey the smiles of the War Party in Washington. Should the "projection of force abroad" help legitimize a president in the eyes of our Elites? Meanwhile, as noted by Tucker Carlson, the Democratic Party is fully on board with the war whoops, as it castigates Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, one of their last remaining skeptics. Where is President Trump taking his administration? We listen to Sebastian Gorka, adviser to Trump, offer assurances that recent actions do not mark a transition toward a "neoconservative" nor "interventionist" foreign policy. Nevertheless, we ask, how much stretch in the rubber band can Trump's Base tolerate? With Listener Calls and Easter Music via Gene Autry, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Mayssa Karaa's "White Rabbit."
Is President Trump surrounding himself with Globalists and Democrats? Why are so many long-term, die-hard Trump-supporters feeling "on edge" at the moment? Callers weigh in with varied perspectives. We listen to a reassuring Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outline the Syrian situation, and we hear John McCain clash with Sen. Rand Paul -- once again -- regarding American involvement in the Middle East. Meanwhile, as Hillary Clinton describes her "invade the world, invite the world" approach to foreign policy, we note a prominent Syrian Refugee's criticisms of CNN, as he personally thanks Trump and states he doesn't want to leave Syria for America. Maybe the "travel ban" is not such a big deal for refugees after all? Meanwhile, terrorism comes to Stockholm, Sweden and open borders European leaders offer their predictable cliches of condolence. But might Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and Francois Hollande be culpable in such attacks? Also, we review the Obama Administration's history of "spying" on Trump, with the disgraced Susan Rice now at the center of a burgeoning scandal. Worse than Watergate? With Listener Calls & Music via Johnny Paycheck, Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire.
The mainstream media is praising President Trump for his strike on Syria. Neoconservative Bill Kristol speaks admiringly of H.R. McMaster, the new National Security Advisor. We take all this as a bad omen, as the Establishment continues angling for direct conflict with Russia. We speculate on President Trump's ultimate foreign policy direction: Not Bush, Not Obama, but What Exactly? We listen to Nigel Farage discuss eerie parallels between approaches to Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad. Deja Vu all over again? False Flag potentials? Meanwhile, we puzzle over the fate of Syria's Christian population and their enduring support for Assad. Might "regime-change" put them in a worse predicament? Also, we discuss scenarios for conflict with North Korea. Are Kim Jong-un's days numbered? Plus, we voice displeasure with conflicting media signals over the status of Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, a truly indispensable member of Team Trump. Might some personnel "stability" be in order? We think so. With Listener Calls & Music via George Wassouf, Clean Bandit, PIL, ELO, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac and the Flying Burrito Brothers.