Rob Schilling

Rob Schilling is the host of the Charlotteville-based talk show, “The Schilling Show” heard 12-2 pm weekdays on Newsradio 1070 and 98.9 FM WINA and streamed online. Known as “The Community Watchdog,” Rob, a former city councilman, is never shy with his (informed) opinion and explains his journey from California to become a beloved and respected member of the Charlottesville and Virginia media scene.

As we approach the 242nd Anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, Rob comes on the program at a perfect time, especially when our political discourse hasn’t been much hotter. In the shadow of Jefferson’s Monticello, does Schilling feel that the tree of liberty does need to be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots?

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Also joining me to discuss current events – and what we hope will be the regular first segment of the program is Norman Leahy, columnist for The Washington Post and contributor to Real Clear Investigations.

News with Norm:

“The California Legislature included in its official history the congratulatory statement that the Act was part of California’s legacy of ‘forward thinking.’ But it is not forward thinking to force individuals to ‘be an instrument for fostering public adherence to an ideological point of view [they] fin[d] unacceptable.’ It is forward thinking to begin by reading the First Amendment as ratified in 1791; to understand the history of authoritarian government as the Founders then knew it; to confirm that history since then shows how relentless authoritarian regimes are in their attempts to stifle free speech; and to carry those lessons onward as we seek to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech for the generations to come. Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions. Freedom of speech secures freedom of thought and belief. This law imperils those liberties.”

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