The Trump Trade Wars. Yes, in spite of Establishment outrage, they're easy to win. We submit that America has been in a Trade War for several decades, and has been losing it. Badly. While America practices what it preaches on Free Trade, our trading partners do not. Time to change the old equation. Thus, President Trump has proposed new protective tariffs on Steel and Aluminum imports, part of his overall effort to restore America's manufacturing economy and rebuild the beleaguered Middle Class. We study the hostile reactions emanating from Globalists, Never Trumpers, and the Chinese, who are sounding the alarums about the "trillions of dollars" now at stake. We discuss why Democrats are boxed in by Trump's moves, as far as Rust Belt votes in the 2018 Midterms are concerned. Meanwhile, we review the history of American protectionism, with proponents including Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. We listen to Lou Dobbs, of Fox Business, decry America's trade deficits and blast the "multinationals" responsible for them. We sample several brilliant tutorials on trade policy from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Is there even such a thing as "free trade" in this world? Or is it actually more of a "unicorn in the garden"? As The Conservative Treehouse observes, Trump and Ross are going to restore America's production economy -- or "lose office trying." Also, we touch upon the election now pending in Italy, and consider an impressive essay on America's "opioid crisis" rendered by Flea, bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Plus, additional vignettes on Henry James and Max Beerbohm. With Listener Calls & Music via White Town, the Hollies, Giorgia, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dances With Wolves Soundtrack.
Opening Monologue. Trump's alleged "crazy week." CNN's Jake Tapper says, predictably, that Trump is in a "tailspin" -- but we see instead savvy tactical positioning for his 2020 re-election. Trump has now reached 50 percent approvals, and the conservative Heritage Foundation notes Trump has already had more accomplishments and at "a pace faster" than former President Reagan. Patrick Buchanan says the GOP "has become a Trump party now" on trade and immigration, as Never Trumpers and Neoconservatives find themselves shamed out of CPAC. Meanwhile, we run out of patience with AG Jeff Sessions, and call upon Republicans to stand up for the courageous Rep. Devin Nunes. We review Nunes' new letter on Deep State FISA Abuse criminality, and listen to him describe how he's caught the DNC and the Hillary Campaign "red handed" on weaponizing Intelligence Agencies. Which may explain why the Left is constantly attacking him. It's how they play ball. Also, the great Hope Hicks resigns from the White House. We sample Rep. Tom Rooney's outraged reaction to the news, and review Hicks' extraordinary political career. Plus, we synthesize Trump Humor from last night's Gridiron Dinner, and offer subtle vignettes on American novelist Henry James. With Listener Calls & Music via Ozzy Osbourne, Eric Church, the Outlaws, R.E.M., Morrissey and Peter Frampton.