The "unnerved" Establishment wants President Trump to "slow down." The exhausted authoritarian David Brooks calls on "civil servants" to disobey the President. Who is Orwellian? And what does Vicente Fox say? Plus, the question of Voter Fraud and the hidden costs of Sanctuary Cities. Notes on the brilliance of Trump's meeting with union leaders, as the GOP transforms into the party of working men and women. Meanwhile, Democrats take remedial courses in how to talk to "real people." With Listener Calls & Music via Johnny Cash, Kelly Willis, Dwight Yoakam, the Beatles and Ylvis.
Who Are We? Can there even be a "we" if America is not a sovereign nation? Commentator Joe Scarborough says President Trump must surrender because "the media always wins." How should President Trump approach the media? Head on? The noble cause -- and Trump winning, media credibility waning. Chasing Steve Bannon. Plus, protein bars made of crickets. With Listener Calls & Music via Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and George Harrison.
The Velocity of President Trump. Democrats in disarray, as Trump meets with union leaders and keeps campaign promises. Debating controversies over Trump Refugee Policy in America. An on-site report from Scott Curtis at an LAX Airport protest. A big deal or just a big media signal? Majorities side with Trump. With Listener Calls & Music via Tracy Chapman, Courtney Barnett, Patricia Kaas and Autour de Lucie.
An angry 'Queen of Pop' Madonna graces the Trump Era with a profanity-laden speech outlining her thoughts about "blowing up the White House." Will Madonna ever grow up? Or will the "nasty" Ashley Judd? We consider the "Women's March on Washington" as a public relations debacle for the Democratic Party. How are the vulgar displays of these Leftists going over in Middle America? Meanwhile, the vicious "Never Trump" cohort crawls back to Trump seeking federal employment, while voicing consternation that "their phones aren't ringing." They claim their services are indispensable for American national security -- but some might argue otherwise. Have they no self-respect? Also, we look further into Sen. Chuck Schumer's stern lecture to the crowd of deplorables who nearly booed him off the Inaugural platform. Plus, we listen to the Reverend Franklin Graham's invocation at the rain-swept Trump Inaugural, remarking that "in the Bible rain is a sign of God's blessing." With Listener Calls and Music via Gillian Welch, ABBA, REM and Ryan Stevenson.
Power to the People. As President Trump describes the long-overdue transfer of power from the Beltway to the People, we review the discomfiture of the beleaguered Establishment. Democrat Chuck Schumer gets booed on the Inaugural platform, then proceeds to complain about it on CNN. The Davoisie in Switzerland contemplate their grim new reality with, perhaps, fewer bubbles in the Champagne. On the gloomy MSM Sunday Shows, Sen. Lindsay Graham says he doesn't know what "America First" means, and Sen. John McCain says he doesn't know if he has confidence in President Trump. Spoilsports? Meanwhile, Former President Obama flies to Palm Springs to consider his next moves, and druglord "El Chapo" gets extradited from Mexico to a maximum security prison in New York City. We share festive vignettes from the "710KNUS Deplorables Inaugural Ball" and the formal "Colorado Inaugural Ball" events over the weekend. With Listener Calls and Music via Toby Keith, Green Day, Clare Dunn, Junior Brown, the Statler Brothers, Ricky Nelson and Octavio Meza Y Su Conjunto.
Donald Trump's American Revolution formalizes as he takes the oath of office, hand upon his departed mother's Bible, becoming the 45th President of the United States. We review Trump's historic First Inaugural Address and its call to "open your heart to patriotism." We suggest the American people may be more unified than is commonly thought, with a new Wall Street Journal poll noting their clear number one priority is "keeping U.S. jobs from going overseas." We consider the aims of anti-Trump protesters who appear uncomfortable with the miraculous American tradition of the "peaceful transfer of power." Why did an intolerant leftist get booted off an airplane? Meanwhile, the bust of Winston Churchill returns to the Oval Office and we contemplate Lincoln's First Inaugural Address towards "the better angels of our nature." Trump never gives up -- but, then, neither does the Establishment. History to follow. With Listener Calls and Music via Train, the Beatles and George Harrison.
As the Globalist Elite prepares to gather in Davos we ponder the sagging state of the transnational agenda. Signs of anxiety, glimmers of newfound humility? We review philosopher Roger Scruton's concept of "oikophobia" -- i.e. an irrational fear of one's own countrymen -- as curiously described by American progressives. Is it time to start fearing the deplorable plumber? Also, we survey the checkered career of Sen. Chuck Schumer, now on deck as the most prominent Democrat to stand in opposition to President Trump. Who shall gain the upper hand? Why does Trump refer to Schumer as the "head clown"? Meanwhile, the Clinton Global Initiative finally shuts down and the Ringling Brothers, speaking of clowns, have announced the end of the "Greatest Show On Earth." Also, we ask, who is attacking the Drudge Report website? With a series of Colorado Ski Mountain vignettes and Listener Calls and Music via Jo Stafford, Roy Orbison, Chris Young and Sturgill Simpson.
Talking "Inaugural Politics" with paterfamilias John Andrews. How troubling are the latest developments from the Deep State? Will Donald Trump soon push for an extensive "house cleaning" of our politicized intelligence agencies? And after losing over 1,000 seats across America in the Obama Era, is the decimated Democratic Party no longer a national party? Also, we consider Trump's "return fire" to the shameful provocations of Meryl Streep and Rep. John Lewis. Meanwhile, we offer compassion-based therapy for stricken celebrities and progressives with reference to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Why does the Dalai Lama say he has "no worries" about a Trump Administration and is actually looking forward to meeting Donald Trump in person? Could such wisdom help mitigate the "destructive emotions" now so rampant on the unenlightened Left? Plus, we ponder the recent Chinese investments in Hollywood. Leverage? With Listener Calls and Music via Foreigner, Styx, Royksopp, Robyn and the Rolling Stones.
Donald Trump's Winning Streak continues into 2017. With his Cabinet picks sailing through the Senate and an optimistic business community pledging greater investment in America, Trump knocks CNN for its "fake news" reporting on the discredited "Russian Dossier" in a tour de force press conference. Journalist Bob Woodward calls the dossier a "garbage document" for which politicized intelligence agencies should "apologize." As the anti-Trump corporate media backs away from yet another boomerang, we ask, what are Sen. John McCain's fingerprints doing on this dossier? We explore the realities of a "Deep State" openly at war with Trump, and possibly also itself. Meanwhile, the Totalitarian Left issues death threats to prospective performers at this week's Trump Inaugural. We salute country singer Toby Keith's courageous response: "I don't apologize for performing for our country or military." With Listener Calls and Music via Toby Keith, St. Etienne, Steely Dan, R.E.M. and the Beatles.
Digging deeper on Russia's purported involvement in the U.S. election. Does the Washington Post profit from its demonstrably false propaganda? Journalist Glenn Greenwald thinks so, as he throws cold water on the McCarthyite tactics of the Establishment. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the "Obama administration" is attempting to undermine Trump with politicized intelligence. So, not a smooth transition after all? Meanwhile, we review widespread media anxiety over Trump's Twitter account. Why do they want him to give it up? Has their rigged filtration apparatus been displaced? Also, we conclude with a modest discourse on Compassion, Decadence and the inevitabilities of Political Combat.