Episodes

Scott Lingamfelter Returns

Scott Lingamfelter discusses his book “Desert Redleg” and Virginia’s current political climate. Norm Leahy and I talk about the opening hours of the reconvene session.

Daniel Gade

Daniel Gade joins the podcast to discuss his campaign for U.S. Senate. Gade, a scholar, professor, war veteran, public servant, father, and more is seeking the Republican nomination to take on two-term U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D).

Gade, who was seriously injured in Ramadi, Iraq, has served in both the Bush and Trump administrations, but the North Dakota native and professor at American University thinks now is the time to retire Virginia’s senior senator.

“In the particular case of Mark Warner – he’s not a good Senator – he’s not good at that work…He doesn’t ever propose bills; he doesn’t ever do anything for the people of Virginia. He likes the title. What is a rich man going to do when he’s gotten his money? In this case, what this particular rich man is going to do, is to try to get titles and that’s what he’s done; he’s gotten himself the title of ‘senator.’”

In the podcast, we discuss:

  • His background, injury, and the role of faith
  • Why run for Senate now? Why against Mark Warner?
  • U.S. Government Checks and Balances and his view on the War Powers Act
  • The Second Amendment and Gun Control
  • Trying to get his message out with President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed at full volume
  • “Investing” $2 trillion to stimulate the economy
  • Legislation he will propose first if elected: The “SIT” Act.

Before speaking with Gade, Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, joins me to review the week’s current events, including:

  • Gov. Ralph Northam pumping the brakes on the state budget and extending the business shutdown to May 8
  • Northam doing a victory lap on a host of progressive legislation signed into law, including new election laws designed to make voting easier and
  • The three Republican U.S. Senate candidates certified to be on the primary ballot.

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Liz Mair

Norm and J.R. talk changing budgets and changing elections. Liz Mair discusses the importance of free speech.

Voting Absentee During COVID-19; Interview with Eric Wilson

Norm and J.R. discuss absentee voting during the age of coronavirus. Eric Wilson talks online campaigns and “Build and Grow RPV.”

Shaun Flanagan: U.S. Prosperity Index

Norm and J.R. discuss Virginia’s continuing response to the Coronavirus. J.R. interviews Shaun Flanagan of the Legatum Institue about U.S. and Virginia prosperity.

Garren Shipley

Norm and J.R. talk COVID and the Senate GOP’s call for a special session. J.R. interviews House GOP spokesperson, Garren Shipley,

Michael Petrilli: How to Educate an American

Norm and J.R. on the 2020 General Assembly and Super Tuesday. J.R. interviews Michael Petrilli on his book.

President Trump Acquitted

Now that 80+ days of actual impeachment proceedings (not to mention the nearly three years of calling for it) have finally proven fruitless, is it now time for the American people to move on — or at least reflect on the good things that are happening in our country?

Last evening, the president laid out the achievements that all Americans can be proud of in his State of the Union address. Things like record employment, a strong economy, trade agreements, national security, and more.

Tonight, with the acquittal, it is pretty safe to say that we can return to a sense of normalcy — or at least as normal as a presidential election year can be.

Here is the official line from The White House:

Today, the sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald J. Trump. As we have said all along, he is not guilty. The Senate voted to reject the baseless articles of impeachment, and only the President’s political opponents – all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate – voted for the manufactured impeachment articles.
 
In what has now become a consistent tradition for Democrats, this was yet another witch-hunt that deprived the President of his due process rights and was based on a series of lies.  Rep. Adam Schiff lied to Congress and the American people with a totally made up statement about the President’s phone call.  Will there be no retribution?  Speaker Nancy Pelosi also lied to the American people about the need to swiftly pass impeachment articles they dreamt up, only to sit on them for a month before sending over to the Senate.  In the Senate, the Democrats continued to make their political motivations clear – Rep. Schiff proclaimed the issues “cannot be decided at the ballot box” – proving once again they think they know better than the voters of this country.  This entire effort by the Democrats was aimed at overturning the results of the 2016 election and interfering with the 2020 election. 
 
Throughout this wholly corrupt process, President Trump successfully advanced the interests of the United States and remained focused on the issues that matter to Americans.  He spent his time achieving real victories for the people of this country, and the Democrats – once again – have nothing to show for their fraudulent schemes. The President is pleased to put this latest chapter of shameful behavior by the Democrats in the past, and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of the American people in 2020 and beyond.

Are we now ready to move on? And, for what it’s worth, both Tim Kaine and Mark Warner voted for both articles of impeachment. Makes you proud to be a Virginian, eh?

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Throwing Stones Only Breaks Glass

Activism, when taking a contrarian approach, will not work when trying to encourage societal change.