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.
March 19, 2017