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As I record this episode in late March 2020, the world is living through the Coronavirus crisis. Recently my wife and I were discussing the toilet paper shortage. I explained that the reason there isn't any toilet paper now is because the stores did not raise the price when they saw a surge in demand. She argued that price gouging during a crisis is wrong and immoral. I tried to explain why it is actually a good thing. Full disclosure: She was not convinced. Hopefully you will be after listening.

We discuss some basic economic concepts like: What is a price and how do they fluctuate. Then we dive into the topic at hand - price gouging. This is followed by an examination of pandering politicians and price controls and the morality of price gouging. We wrap up the episode discussing the benefits of price gouging and whether or not these arguments hold up when a crisis is regional versus worldwide.

Show Notes

Bob Murphy - Hurricane Sandy and Gas Lines

John Stossel - Price Gouging

Walter E. Williams – Hillsdale College Speech

One or Two Cheers for Price Gougers; Three Cheers for Markets and No Cheers for Anti-Gouging Laws

Price Gouging Laws will do More Harm than Good During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Primer on Price Gouging

Tom Woods Episode #987 - Price Gouging is Urgently Necessary

Words & Numbers Podcast - Price-Gouging Bans Don't Make Things Cheaper, They Make Them More Scarce.

Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell

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The news cycle for February 2020 was dominated by two things: The Democrat's search for a presidential nominee and the Coronavirus! Listen to this episode for a recap of those and other major stories.

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In Episode #87, I introduced you to the concept of secession. We reviewed current and past secession movements and offered three reasons it is necessary AND good - decentralization, self-determination and competition. In this episode, I discuss the fourth reason secession is desirable - the idea that smaller is better. After that, we will discuss how secession is justified and I will do my best to dispel the most common objections to the concept of secession.

Show Notes:

American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup, F.H. Buckley

Mises Institute:

Tom Woods Podcast:

The Brion McClanhan Show:

Secession is for Morons

Secession is a Solution for Deep Political Division

Ron Paul: Thoughts on Secession

Credit Suisse: The Success of Small Countries

Greater Idaho Conservatives Oregon want 22 Rural Counties Secede and Become Part Idaho

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The “S” word - secession - seems to be brought up with more and more frequency lately. Most recently we have seen counties in rural Virginia exploring the possibility of seceding from the state and joining West Virginia. We are seeing similar movements in Northern California and rural counties in Oregon. While those are wonderful developments, the larger question regarding secession is the idea of entire states seceding from the United States and essentially establish their own nation.

The idea of state secession picks up steam with every passing year as the federal government - the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches AND the federal bureaucracy - continues to enlarge its power base well beyond its enumerated powers in the Constitution.

In this episode, I will introduce you to the concept of secession, discuss some of the current and past secession movements and walk you through three reasons why secession is not only desirable but necessary. In Episode #88 we will discuss how secession is justified and rebut most of the arguments against it.

Show Notes:

American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup, F.H. Buckley

Mises Institute:

Tom Woods Podcast:

The Brion McClanhan Show:

Secession is for Morons

Secession is a Solution for Deep Political Division

Ron Paul: Thoughts on Secession

Credit Suisse: The Success of Small Countries

Greater Idaho Conservatives Oregon want 22 Rural Counties Secede and Become Part Idaho

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We cover a lot of ground in this episode: starting with President Trump’s call for a prohibition of late-term abortion in his State of the Union Address. We then move on to discuss the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade opinion. Then we discuss some very instructive verbal jousting on Facebook about abortion and, finally, we address the misnomer known as "Pro-Choice”.

Buckle your seat belts and don't be shy letting me know if you think my analysis goes astray.

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What does the spectacle known as the State of the Union Address reveal?

In the first part of this episode, we examine President Trump's 2020 State of the Union Address through the eyes of someone who has been off the grid for several decades - an unbiased, casual observer. What did he notice? What were his impressions? What questions did he have?

The last part of the episode is an assessment of what the SOTU address reveals about the state of our nation, the state of our federal government and the state of the Constitution.

Show Notes:

President Trump's State of the Union Address

The 31 Times Republicans Applauded Obama During SOTU

All of the Things Paul Ryan Didn't Clap for at the State of the Union

Obama State of the Union: Republicans Enraged

Democrats refuse to stand for Trump at State of the Union

Resistance: Here's What Democrats Refused to Applaud During Trump's SOTU Address

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January 2020 was another eventful month from Trump's impeachment to the Coronavirus, international trade deals and the death of Kobe Bryant.

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You are likely familiar with the caricature of capitalism. You know the one - capitalism is some nefarious monster that does nothing but squash the little guy like bugs while the billionaires laugh, smoke cigars and sip the finest cognac.

The criticisms of capitalism are well-known. Capitalism is based on greed and selfishness. It is immoral. It exploits workers. It is a zero sum game. Under capitalism, giant corporations have too much power. And capitalism is based on competition rather than cooperation.

But have you ever examined these claims in any detail? Have you ever considered the alternatives to capitalism?

Show Notes

Only Capitalism Will Save Millenials

Freedom of Choice is What Sets Capitalism Apart, Not Competition 

Anti-Capitalism: Trendy But Wrong

Why Socialism Failed

Capitalism Wins

The Immorality of Socialism

PragerU

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Following the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani (as discussed in the previous Episode #81), national Democrats insisted that Trump violated the War Powers Act of 1973 and passed a non-binding resolution in the House condemning the strike. 

In that episode I spent a lot of time examining America’s penchant for perpetual war. As discussed, the list of American intervention overseas is quite remarkable:Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Grenada, Panama, Yugoslavia, the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, Vietnam, Chile, Egypt, Kosovo, Somalia, Congo, currently we are involved in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. 

In this episode, I want to turn our attention away from WHERE the U.S. military has been (or are currently) to focus on the HOW.  How is the United States war-making capabilities supposed to be carried out or applied?

You may be surprised (or not) to know that the Constitution's dictates around the involvement of our military has largely been ignored for the last 78 years.  

Show Notes:

Is the War Powers Act Constitutional 

David Rivkin and Lee Casey on the House War Powers Resolution

The Constitution - Article II

Is the Presidency too Attractive

Obama Admits Libya was his Worst Mistake but for all the Wrong Reasons

The Useless War Powers Act

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Two weeks prior to the original publication of this episode, the United States military killed a man named Qasem Soleimani outside the Baghdad airport. He was a top general in the Iranian army and the possible heir apparent to the top spot in the Iranian government. 

After digesting the reactions of the media and politicians from both sides of the political spectrum, I realized that something was missing. That something was the big picture; the one that takes into account why the U.S. military was in a position to kill another country's military leader on foreign soil.

In order to learn the truth about the killing of Qasem Soleimani, you need to understand the history of the Middle East generally and of Iran and Iraq specifically.

Show Notes:

Iran Killed More U.S. Troops in Iraq than Previously Know, Pentagon Says

Where U.S. Troops are Based in the Middle East 

Episode #280 - Brion McClanahan Show - Why is Iraq So Important to the United States

Soleimani's Legacy Gruesome High Tech IEDs that Haunted U.S. Troops in Iraq 

Qassem Soleimani Haunted the Arab World 

An Evil and Ugly Speech

The Future of Freedom Foundation

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Is it just me or is anyone else bothered when you hear politicians and talking heads refer to America as democracy? The “D-word” is thrown around so often by so many that I don’t think many people bat an eye when they hear it.  

What is the truth about democracy in America?

Show Notes:

A Republic If You Can Keep It

Why Americas Founders Didn't Want a Democracy

Why It Matters That the United States is Supposed to be a Republic Not a Democracy

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In this episode we examine the phenomenon of celebrities offering their opinions on politics and public policy. Why do so many people seem to care what they think?

Show Notes:

Episode #73 - The Truth About Trump Derangement Syndrome

Episode #76 - The Truth About Hate Speech

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If you pay the slightest bit of attention to the news – nationally or locally – you’ve likely noticed a movement to squash free speech. Sometimes it’s subtle such as a gentle reminder from your spouse not to bring up a particular topic at the family gathering lest you offend Uncle Pete. However, what is happening with more frequency is mass censorship of speech under the guise of calling it “hate speech.” 

What is the truth about hate speech?

Show Notes

Why America Needs Hate Speech Law

UC Berkeley Students Try to Ban Hate Speech From Campus

Cornell Students Move to Ban Hate Speech

Europe Policies Hate Speech; Time for U.S. to do so, too

Freedom for the Speech We Hate

Howard Dean's Wrong Tweet

Hate Speech is Free Speech Governor Dean

Connecticut: Where Ridicule Is A Crime - Alan Dershowitz

Poll: Majority of College Students Support Punishment for Offensive Holloween Costumes

Hate Speech Doesn't Exist

Op-Ed: Actually, hate speech is protected speech

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In case you hibernated through the month of November or boycotted the news, this episode will get you caught up on all the major stories from the month that was in only 12 minutes. 

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In this episode we review the month that was . . . October, 2019. From impeachment to the Democrat debates to transgender athletes and action in the Middle East, it was an eventful month. 

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The claim of white privilege is very popular these days but the idea itself raises questions. What does it really mean? What can or should be done about it? What is really accomplished by bringing it up? Does the idea improve the conversation about contentious issues or does it lead to its deterioration?

Show Notes

United Church of Christ White Privilege Curriculum

White Privilege Explained

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

I Have Privilege and You Do Too

Intellectual Intolerance Behind 'Check Your Privilege'

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Impeachment is a constitutional tool whose responsibility is granted solely to the House of Representatives. As outlined in the Constitution, the rules of impeachment are both specific (treason and bribery) and general (high crimes and misdemeanors). Besides the president and vice president, all "civil officers" are subject to impeachment. That means all federal employees whether appointed or hired.

Contrary to popular belief, impeachment does not mean removal from office. It is essentially an indictment. The Constitution grants the Senate the responsibility of holding a trial based on the evidence presented by the House. If convicted, the defendant can be removed from office and banned from future service in the federal government.

The power of impeachment has been used sparingly with only 19 instances in the nation's history.

You may be surprised by what we uncover when we dive into the language from the Constitution about impeachment, read the words of the Founding Fathers on the topic and study the history of its practice. How many Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and federal employees should have been impeached if the Constitution was followed? 

Show Notes:

KrisAnne Show: Episode 281 - Impeachment Yesterday, Today and the Future

House.gov - Impeachment List

Founders Constitution

Legal Dictionary: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

Brion McClanahan Episode 261

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If you follow the financial markets to any extent you have likely heard the term “negative interest rates.” In this episode, we are going to examine this never-before-in-history phenomenon. We are going to discuss the three ways this ridiculous financial policy manifests itself: on individuals, on bank reserves and on bonds and examine merits of this policy. Hint: It ain't good!

Show Notes

The Fed's Consideration of Negative Interest Rates Signals Its Rush Toward Irrelevance

The Non-Weirdness of Negative Interest Rates

UBS Starts Charging Rich Clients Negative 0.75% Interest Rate

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Welcome to the inaugural Truth Quest Podcast month in review. In this short episode, we walk through the biggest news items from last month, September 2019.

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You've likely heard all the critics complaints about Walmart: The company underpays its employees, does not offer employee benefits, squeezes its suppliers which, in turn, kills domestic manufacturing jobs and leads to sweatshop labor in less-developed countries. The list continues: Walmart kills Mom and Pop shops, resists the unionization of their workforce, and destroys rural America.

Sounds like a horrible company but what is the truth about Walmart?

Show Notes:

Sam Walton: Made in America

Demonizing Wal-Mart

Fortuune 500 Company's Conservatives and Liberals Love to Hate

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What would you say if I told you the federal income tax is unconstitutional? You most likely would say, "How can that be? I thought we have a constitutional amendment that covers the income tax?"

In this episode we are going to examine a perspective that you’ve likely never heard before and look at the truth about the federal income tax and the Sixteenth Amendment. You may be surprised to know that the manner in which the federal income tax is levied may not be in compliance with the Sixteenth Amendment nor with Supreme Court opinions on income tax cases.

Show Notes

The Great Income Tax Hoax – Irvin Schiff

Two Negative Consequences of the Income Tax – Daniel J. Mitchell

Is Today the Anniversary of the Income Tax the Worse Day in American History

Prior to 1913 No One Paid Income Tax - Why Now?

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When I evaluated the wealth tax I found that, besides the fact that they have been proven to be ineffective, ignore the laws of economics, require us to ignore the track record of the federal government and besides the fact that they are immoral and unconstitutional and their implementation would be stupid, short-cited, punitive, impractical, unnecessary, and a violation of privacy, I see no problem with them.

Show Notes:

Fair Comprehensive Tax Reform is the Right Path - Larry Summers

The Destructive Economics of Wealth Taxation

Warren Wealth Tax Weighs on Democrats

Why a Wealth Tax Can't Solve Our Problems

Peter Schiff Show - Episode #439

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Most people are aware of inflation. They expect the cost of products and services to go up every year. What these same people may not be aware of is the fact that this perpetual inflation is completely unnecessary.

If the United States had a sound money policy, meaning the U.S. Dollar was pegged to gold (on a gold standard) most of the angst around monetary policy, interest rates, the national debt, out of control government spending, inverted yield curve, negative interest rates, and cryptocurrencies would be nothing but noise.

In this episode we examine the history of a gold standard. We scrutinize actions taken by FDR, Nixon, the Federal Reserve and their impact on the worldwide economy. The bottom line is, because the gold standard constrains the spending of our overlords in Washington, D.C., they will never willingly revert back to that standard. Unfortunately the United States is in for a rude awakening as other countries have started accumulating gold reserves as a way to diversify away from the U.S. Dollar's reserve currency status.

Show Notes:

Think Bitcoin is the New Gold 2.0 - Think Again

The Gold Standard 

Your Move Gold Critics, Please Explain What Money Is

In Dismissing the Gold Standard, John Cochrane Channels Tina Fey

Central Banks of Gold Buying Spree Over Dollar Worries

Central Banks are Buying Gold Fastest Pace in Six Years

Russia, China Continue Massive Substitution of Dollar Assets into Gold

In Money We Trust: Documentary

Funding the Monster State: FDR, Nixon versus the Gold Standard

Alan Greenspan: Ron Paul Was Right About the Gold Standard

Ron Paul's Appearance on Judge Napolitano's Fox Show 

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China’s social credit score system has been in the news lately. The more I learned about it, the more I saw its implications in America. Is something like this the future of how all governments control their subjects? Who needs laws and courts and constitutional rights when you can be steered, jeered and cajoled by a social credit score?

Show Notes:

Chinese Social Credit Score Prevents 2.5 Million Discredited Entities from Buying Plane Ticiket

Silicon Valley is Building a Chinese Style Social Credit System

China's Terrifying Social Credit Surveillance System is Expanding

Forget 1984 We're Facing a Brave New World

China's Social Credit System Explained

China’s Social Credit Systems and Public Opinion: Explaining High Levels of Approval

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Following the two most recent mass shootings, the usual cries of DO SOMETHING have resurfaced as they always do following attacks or a crisis. After the Las Vegas shooting, we heard cries for a ban on bump stocks; today it's calls for red flag legislation. These laws, also known as Gun-Violence Restraining Orders, or Extreme Risk Protection Orders allow family members and mental health professionals to petition a court for an order enabling legal authorities to temporarily remove guns from those who are deemed to be a significant danger to themselves or others.

As is often the case with these DO SOMETHING solutions, it sounds good on the surface but what is the truth? Listen to find out.

Show Notes:

Bipartisan Red Flag Gun Laws Plan Has Support in Congress

Red Flag Laws; Second Amendment Advocates Warn Trump About Support for Gun Reform Measures

Red Flag Laws or How to Repeal the Second Amendment Soviet Style Without a Pesky Vote

Rhode Island ACLU Analysis of Red Flag Legislation

Maryland Officers Serving Red Flag Gun Removal Order Fatally Shoot Armed Man

Chinese Social Credit Score Prevents 2.5 Million Discredited Entities from Buying Plan Tickets

Red Flag Laws: Oppose the Disease at Its Beginning

Brief History of the Income Tax

Cornell Law - The Presumption of Innocence

Debunking the Patriot Act as It Turns 15

The Enforcement Problems with Gun Grabbing Red Flag Laws Are Even Worse Than You Think

Revealing the Truth About Gun Control, Red Flag Laws and the Second Amendment

Red Flag: The Dangerous Urge to Do Something

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Episode #59 – The Truth About What We Agree On

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I don't know about you but sometimes I get tired of discussing all the areas where we disagree politically or on public policy issues. In this episode I attempt to focus on things that most of us agree on such as government spending, right-to-try laws, the surveillance state, sound money, war, tort reform, term limits, the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty.

Does it not make sense to first focus on the few things in which we agree and then circle back to the numerous head-butting issues that divide us?

Show Notes:

Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending

Will Trump's Backing Revive Moribund Term Limits Movement?

Study Shows Police Lying about Asset Forfeiture

Poverty in the U.S. Was Plummeting—Until Lyndon Johnson Declared War On It

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As I record this episode, we are living through the aftermath of two mass shootings – one at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas and one in the entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio. The reaction from the Left is as expected. Blame the NRA, blame rhetoric, blame guns, blame a perceived bias in society, blame everyone and everything except the shooters.

The Left has, yet again demonstrated themselves to be political opportunists disguised as compassionate onlookers. Their condemnation discrimination exposes their glaringly obvious double standard as they direct unfounded blame, condemnation and vitriol at their political opponents while ignoring the fact that many of these mass murderers are self-proclaimed liberals, socialists and communists.

They ignore mass shootings in Chicago, death and destruction in wars all over the world, and glorify and celebrate the murder of innocent babies in the womb while laying the blame of these mass shootings at the foot of Trump, the NRA and/or anyone who supports the Second Amendment.

Finding a solution is not their objective. Their objective is gun confiscation through liberty-limiting restrictions on gun ownership. The best long-term solution is a return of God to the public square. Short of that other solutions include law enforcement stepping up their game, reforming our mental health system, exploring red flag laws and eliminating gun-free zones.

We discuss all of this and more in this episode.

Show Notes:

Media Focus on Mass Shootings Shows a Disconnect from Actual Crime Trends

FBI Crime Statistics

Babylon Bee: Gun Violence

Mass Shootings Are Not Becoming More Common 

Seven Reasons to Oppose Red Flag Gun Laws

'We Have To Do Something!' Okay, Here Are Some Things We Can Do To Minimize Mass Shootings.

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I have to be honest, I am more than a little embarrassed that I felt compelled to publish this episode. How did we get to a place in America where people fall for the “free stuff” chant from politicians? It wasn't long ago that the majority of Americans would have laughed in the face of a politician that offered them something for nothing?

Instead we are faced with an entire political party whose most persuasive argument for voting for them is, to some extent or another, to make promises to give voters free stuff.

Free healthcare for you! Free college for you! Free abortions! Free eye glasses! Free hearing aids! Free dental coverage!

These people are experts at two things: Pandering and spending other people’s money on other people. Buying votes with other people’s money is as low as it gets.

Show Notes:

The Peril of Democratic Socialism

Is Democratic Socialism Better Than Other Types of Socialism

The Dangerous Seduction of "Free"

Can Americans Resist the Siren Song of Free Stuff?

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Facebook’s recent congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee regarding their proposed cryptocurrency, Libra, caught my attention. It got me wondering: where in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to regulate a cryptocurrency or a social media platform? I posed that question on the Truth Quest Facebook Fan Page and immediately started researching this episode.

The truth is that cryptocurrencies in general and the Libra specifically pose a threat to many entities - central banks, power hungry government officials, and too-big-to-fail banks.

In this episode I explain what Libra is and examine the threat posed by it and other cryptocurrencies. Along the way we discuss the benefits of cryptocurrencies, congressional overreach, sound money, central banks and the concept of private money.

Show Notes:

Libra White Paper

Libra House Hearing

G7 Urges Strict Libra Regime, Eyes Minimum Tax

Alternative Currencies Such as Bitcoin are a Valuable Insurance Policy Against Feckless Government

Does Libra Threaten Monetary Sovereignty?

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I came across an article about a lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against an Ohio middle school over their display of the Ten Commandments, a gift from the Class of 1926. As I read through the FFRF's press release, I grew more and more confused and irritated. Among other things, they applauded "the district for taking action to remedy this violation." That word, "violation" struck my curiosity but it only took two sentences later to find out what they were referring to - the Supreme Court's propensity to find religious displays, such as the Ten Commandments, unconstitutional as violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

This sent me on a quest for the truth about this anti-intuitive idea of freedom "from" religion.

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Recently the Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding the Trump Administration’s effort to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. We've been told by leading Democrats that the inclusion of the question is an effort to marginalize minorities, scare immigrants and, as Nancy Pelosi said, “making America white again.”

But what is the truth (and history) of this question and the census?

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In Episode #41, I covered the truth about the gender pay gap and refuted the often-cited statistic that women earn $0.77 on the dollar that men earn for the same work.   

Suffice it to say, I thought I was done with this topic but over the last month, during the women’s World Cup soccer tournament, we have been inundated with news commentary, articles, and social justice sermons disguised as ESPN Sports Center episodes on earnings disparity in professional soccer. So now I am forced to jump back into the fray and expose another opportunistic faux outrage.

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Regular listeners know that, on occasion, I go off the beaten path of politics, public policy and Christian apologetics and cover seemingly random topics. This episode falls in that category.

I have been watching English Premier League soccer for about four years now. During that time, I found myself intrigued by the colorful language used by the British play-by-play commentators as they described the flow of the game, its players, the fans, penalties, rivalries, and the nuances of the game of soccer. It’s like having a live Thesaurus on your TV!

For the last year or so, I watched games while armed with a notebook and a pen documenting all of the creative references. This episode is a compilation of my notes and, where necessary, a translation of what the commentary means.

By the way, you do not need to be a soccer fan to enjoy this episode. Everyone will get a kick out of the use of the Queen's English.

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It seems like, in order to be a national Democrat in good standing, you must invoke the battle cry "Trump is keeping immigrant children in cages at the border!"

In this episode, we examine the truth of this statement.

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It bothers me immensely when politicians and talking heads propose intellectually lazy and dishonest policies that they know will do more harm than good. Then your friends, family and the faceless, and often nameless, folks on social media jump on the bandwagon. Their prescriptions are not based on principles (or so I thought) rather, they appear to be based on party (or group think).

I am no longer willing to cut these folks any slack because they can easily spend a few minutes on an Internet search and read multiple sides of any argument or policy. They can easily spend a few minutes trying to determine what the truth is.

Why then does this phenomonon exist? Why do those who subscribe to this form of public policy advocacy resort to low-ball tactics when it comes to the treatment of their ideological foes? You know: name-calling, violence, vilification, shutting down the speech of dissenters, mocking, de-platforming, boycotting, and censorship!

After much reflection and study, I believe these people are, indeed, principle-driven. That principle is winning - - - winning at all costs. Nothing else explains this behavior.

Show Notes:

William Watkins – The New Absolutes

Pritical Thinking - Amazon

Pritical Thinking - eBooks

Michael Malice - The New Right

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In Episode 48, we covered most of the wisdom-related topics presented in the book of Proverbs including: seeking counsel and advice, constructive criticism, discernment, discipline, self-control, instruction, knowledge, planning, and prudence.

In this episode, I walk you through King Solomon’s insightful explanation of how wisdom is applied, or better put NOT applied, by different types of people namely the fool, the mocker, and the simple.

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Several years ago I wrote the book, The Proverbs Project. My goal was to bring the content of the Old Testament book of Proverbs to life in a manner in which the average person could easily consume and apply to their life. I went through Proverbs verse-by-verse assigning a theme for each of the 900 verses. I identified 150 themes, which were then grouped into 9 general categories. These 9 categories became the chapters of the book.

Authorship of the book of Proverbs is largely attributed to King Solomon who was the son of King David. Solomon is thought to have been the richest and wisest man to ever live.

Wisdom, which is the major theme of the book of Proverbs, is the subject of Episodes 48 and 49. In this episode I cover most of the wisdom-related topics presented in Proverbs including: advice, correction, discernment, discipline, instruction, knowledge, planning, and prudence. In the next episode, I walk you through Solomon’s insightful explanation of how wisdom is applied by different types of people namely the fool, the mocker, and the simple.

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In this second episode on the Roe v. Wade opinion, we are going to walk through the second half of the opinion and expose you to parts that neither the pro-life nor the pro-abortion side of the debate ever mention. Namely the very clear language finding that the right to an abortion and the right to privacy is NOT absolute. The opinion clearly grants states the ability to regulate and ban abortions.

It's right there in black in white! Why isn't this common knowledge?

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I think it is safe to say that the Roe v. Wade opinion is the most controversial Supreme Court opinion of the last 50 years. If not, the consequences of it certainly are with over 50 million abortions being performed. But what is the truth about the opinion? How many people have actually taken the time to read it?

Upon reading the opinion, I was struck by the intellectual dishonesty of the majority opinion and the lack of true constitutional analysis. I was also alarmed at the callous manner in which the life in the womb was characterized and the list of so-called valid reasons for ending an innocent life.

In this episode, I introduce or reintroduce you to the Roe case and walk you through Justice Harry Blackmun's majority opinion. At times it is sick and twisted but, in the end, the court surprisingly leaves the door wide open for state regulation of abortion.

Besides leading to the death of tens of millions of innocent lives, this opinion demonstrates just how far activist judges will go in pursuit of their policy preferences. I demonstrate this by dismantling their three primary citations - the right to privacy, the  Ninth and the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Roe v. Wade opinion

Chapter 7 of Mark Levin’s Men in Black.

 

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In the last two episodes, I introduced or re-introduced you to The Federalist Papers and discussed some of the checks and balances in the Constitution - the legislative and executive branches of government. Today we are going to discuss, as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story!” – the Judicial branch, States Rights, taxation, the military, and a brief look at the Necessary and Proper and Supremacy clauses of the Constitution. 

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In Episode 43, The Truth About the Federalist Papers - Part I, I introduced (or re-introduced) you to the Federalist Papers. We discussed why the founders thought it was necessary to create a new document rather than amend the Articles of Confederation. In this episode, we look at two of the three branches of government created by this new Constitution - the legislative and executive branches.

Along the way we have uncovered the progressive tearing down of the constitutional republic the founders bequeathed us.

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The Federalist Papers were written and published in New York newspapers in 1787-1788 in order to sway public opinion to approve and ratify the newly devised United States Constitution. The essays were written by three prominent members of the founding generation - Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

I consider these essays the user’s guide for the Constitution and, therefore, deserve at least a perfunctory understanding. Short of reading the debates from the constitutional convention and the state ratification debates, the Federalist Papers provide some of the best insights into the United States Constitution.

In this episode, we will cover 25-26 essays - those covering the topics of the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, the arguments for a stronger centralized government and the system of checks and balances devised by the Constitution. In the next episode we will cover the Executive and Legislative branches followed by an episode that covers everything else - the judiciary, taxation, states’ rights and a few important miscellaneous musings.  

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When you really think about it, how bad can a guy be who pissed off BOTH the establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats to the point where they BOTH want him in prison? Perhaps there is more to the story than the casual, headline-reader might see?

The message sent from the powers-that-be is very clear – no government critic is above the law! Do not blow the whistle on our illegal, immoral activities. Do not expose our lies and corruption. Do not question our numbers, our integrity, or our honesty. If you do, you might be assanged!

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We've all heard the claim - women only make $0.77 on the dollar compared to men! Given the run-up to the next presidential election, the gender pay gap is front and center of the national Democrats' agenda.

Are their claims of a workforce infected with institutional discrimination true? Listen to find out.

Show Notes:

Women Earn Just Half of What Men Earn Over 15 Years

Harvard Study of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Dispelling the Myths Why the Gender Pay Gap Does Not Reflect the Choices Women Make

Nancy Pelosi Promotes Wage Gap Bill

Equal Pay Act of 1963

Episode #3 - The Truth About the Constitution - Where in the Constitution?

Peter Schiff Show - Episode #456

PragerU - There is No Gender Pay Gap

How Come Nobody Talks About the Gender Workplace Death Gap

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Regular listeners know that I attempt to record a Christian apologetic-related topic in every fifth episode. Today I compare and contrast the three major monotheistic world religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism. They have a lot in common, which may be eye-opening to many. However, it is their divergences that really matter.

The bottom line is if one of them is true, the other two cannot be. It's great food for thought. I hope this episode prompts you to dig a little deeper in your faith or lack thereof.

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Acts17Apologetics - YouTube

The Quran, the Bible and the Islamic Dilemma

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The news is filled with stories about millennials and their student loans. We are told that, because of student loans, they are waiting longer to move out of their parents' home, get married, buy their first house and start families. We are told it is a generation crushed by debt. Unfortunately, very little time is spent analyzing why this is the case.

Why are college costs so much higher than they were in the past?

What is the truth about student loan debt and the cost of college?

Show Notes:

The Student Loan Trap

How Government Guaranteed Student Loans Killed the American Dream for Millions

Why College Tuition is So Expensive

Higher Education Institutions in the U.S. by Type

Walter Williams: Colleges Dupe Parents and Tax Payers

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Average Cost of College Statistics

The Federal Role in Education

A Sensible Way to Fix  the Student Loan Problem

Eleven Rage Inducing Facts About Americas Wildly Out of Control Student Loan Debt Bubble

Health Care Isn't Our Only Ludicrously Expensive Industry

International Liberty Blog - Daniel J. Mitchell:

Sunday Reflection: Higher Education Bubble Bursting So What Comes Next

College Offer Takes Percentage of Future Income: An Alternative to Student Loans

Four in 10 College Graduates Lack the Critical Thinking Skills

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In this episode we examine the historical record of the national Democratic Party and then fast-forward to present day and uncover the real motivations behind their radical agenda.

Why do they take such hard line positions on policies like abortion, illegal immigration, welfare, gay marriage, socialized medicine, guns control, climate change, minimum wage and higher taxes? Why do they advocate for socialism? None of these policies have the support of the majority of Americans yet they are all a prominent fixture in the platform that the national Democratic Party.

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PragerU – The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

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As most of you probably remember from your middle school civics' class, the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights. What you probably do NOT know is those amendments only apply to the federal government. They were included in the Constitution as a way to insure the states that this newly created federal government would be limited in power. They would not be able to infringe upon the people's freedom of speech or their right to bear arms; they would not be able to quarter their soldiers in our homes, perform unreasonable search and seizures without probable cause, prosecute us without a speedy jury trial or impose excessive fines. But most importantly, the Tenth Amendment specifically states that any powers not granted to the federal government (mostly in Article I, Section 8) is left to the states.

Fast-forward a few decades later as the Civil War ended and the slaves were freed. Congress passed and the states ratified the Fourteenth Amendment in order to permanently codify the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which essentially insured that the newly freed slaves were treated equally under the law. It contained a few familiar phrases like, "privileges or immunities", "due process", and "equal protection". 

Unfortunately for all of us, over the ensuing 150 years the Supreme Court, as it is apt to do, has perverted the Constitution (rather than protect and defend it) and found ways to apply the Bill of Rights to the states. This is known as the Incorporation Doctrine.

Show Notes:

The American Ideology, Brian Vanyo

Power Divided is Power Checked, Jason Lewis

Government by Judiciary: the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment, Raoul Berger

Founders Constitution - University of Chicago

What is Incorporation? Brion McClanahan Show - Episode #247

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As the 2020 presidential election approaches, it is quite obvious that the Democratic Party is going to shamelessly push a socialistic agenda. In Episodes #32 and #33, I covered the truth about socialism. In this episode we are going to discuss the validity of the demonization of the rich by Democrats.

They claim that their very existence is immoral. They claim that they hoard their money. They claim that they are freeloaders. But when you examine the facts; when you examine the benefits betrothed to society by the work of billionaires and the taxes they have already paid (and continue to pay), you quickly realize that this is just another installment of the multi-decades-long effort to divide and conquer the electorate with jealousy, envy and resentment.

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Proving God’s existence or the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, will never be proven in a manner we are all familiar with from watching TV legal dramas – beyond a reasonable doubt. However, I have found Frank Turek and Norman Geisler’s approach to apologetics most helpful. Specifically their approach in their best seller I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.

In today’s episode, I am going to present three arguments for the existence of God: (1) The Cosmological Argument, which argues that since the universe had a beginning something had to be the cause. The most logical explanation is that that "something" is God. (2) The Anthropic Principle which is the idea that the complexity of the universe proves the God exists and; (3) The Teleological Argument which reasons that the best explanation for the complex fine-tuning of the universe and life on Earth is an Intelligent Designer (or God).

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