Crom Carmichael Examines the Battered Republican Syndrome Phenomena

Jun 26, 2021


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the Battered Republican Syndrome and the constant false information given out by the Biden administration.

Leahy: In our previous segment, you found my concept that part of the problem with the operation of the Senate dealing with Joe Biden is that a number of senators there suffered from the Battered Republican Syndrome. You found that both amusing and perhaps a little bit accurate.

Carmichael: Not just a little accurate, I think it’s a lot accurate. My mother, who’s a very, very accomplished woman, but she used to say, even if you can’t succeed, you have to try. You just must try.

Leahy: I think I would like to meet your mother.

Carmichael: She’s 93 now.

Leahy: I’ll meet her someday.

Carmichael: It would be fairly soon. (Leahy laughs) She used to say, we have to try. And I think that that is what the Republicans who say, I don’t care whether or not we can get a deal or not.

I’ve got to try. I just have to. It’s kind of like, well, I don’t care if Lucy moves the football. I’m trying Charlie Brown, I have to try to kick it.

Leahy: Even though Charlie Brown knows with 100 percent certainty Lucy is going to move that football. (Laughs)

Carmichael: But he still has to try. He still has to try. There are very few Democrats, very few Democrats who will try to negotiate with a Republican president. Very few.

Leahy: In good faith.

Carmichael: In good faith.

Leahy: That’s the key.

Carmichael: Did any Democrats try to negotiate with Trump?

Leahy: I don’t think so.

Carmichael: I don’t think so. But I mean, on anything. And Pelosi made it clear once she had control of the House that nothing was going to happen simply because Trump was president.

So then I now have the Battered Republican Syndrome, I think, is right on target, because these are people that no matter if they succeed or fail, they feel like they have to try. And so now they get up there and Lucy moves the football on them.

Joe Biden says, thanks for negotiating, we have a deal. And by the way, in order for you, in order for me to sign your deal, you’re going to have to agree to all the other things that during your negotiations, you said no to.

Leahy: Let me just say for a moment, the phrase Battered Republican Syndrome.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: I just did a search on it. As far as I can tell, a September of 2002 by Ann Coulter in an article titled Battered Republican Syndrome. Not unique to me, perhaps somewhere in the distant past.

Carmichael: And the same thing was true when Obama was president as he would move the football And like Biden, Obama would make stuff up. Here’s the difference. Democrats say, well, Trump made stuff up. And my response to that is Trump might have made stuff up on things that didn’t matter. And I’ll accept that.

Leahy: He’s a classic salesman who exaggerated to tell a story.

Carmichael: I’ll accept that. But on his key campaign promises, the things that he campaigned on, he either did, he either accomplished or tried as hard as he could as president to accomplish those things.

Had it not been for John McCain breaking his own word with his own voters when he ran for reelection and promised his most important campaign promise when he ran for his reelection. I will vote to repeal Obamacare. That was the most important promise he made.

Leahy: A solemn promise he made to the voters.

Carmichael: It was the most important. And then when it came to the vote, he broke his word. And so what I’m saying is that Democrats come up with their so-called 10,000 lies and, of course, 9,000 of those are their lies.

But even the ones that they claim don’t matter. Obama, on the other hand, in order to pass Obamacare made a bunch of statements that were flagrantly false, and he knew them to be false.

And history now shows them to also be false. Biden does exactly the same thing, except he does it almost all the time. And so he won’t accomplish anything legislatively. But what they are doing administratively, Michael is the part that when I said earlier, as a country.

We’re not going to be able to sustain ourselves in any form that we’re familiar with as long as we’re going in the direction that we’re going in now even if legislation doesn’t pass. Biden through, the fact that he controls the attorney’s general.

The fact that he controls all of the agencies. And he controls the military and all of this woke teaching to his whole of government. He says, we’re going to use the whole of government to accomplish all these things.

A lot of really, really terrible things are happening to our society, and people who are in positions that might be able to at least slow it down are really not in positions to slow it down.

If you are a bureaucrat in Washington and you oppose the Biden agenda, you will be fired. Regardless of civil service, you will be fired and you will be canceled. And the media will then be on the side of firing of the civil servant because they have an agenda to advance.

And they’re going to advance it as much as they can. Now, can the courts slow that down? Yes. But as you saw with the cake baker, that’s why I use him as an example. On the very day that the Supreme Court ruled in the cake baker’s favor, a transgender couple went in and he’s back in court again.

That didn’t happen by coincidence. That is a plan that anybody who opposes the far-left agenda we’re going to do everything we can to make your life miserable.

Leahy: Exactly. You know, when you see something like that Crom, it strikes me that there has been a fundamental change in the American character among a portion of our populace.

Carmichael: On Monday, let’s pick up on this because I don’t think we have enough time today. But what I want to pick up on is what we talked about earlier and that is culture. I asked my friends who are for much larger amounts of immigration from the southern border.

I asked them, look, I am for legal immigration as long as it’s limited to some reasonable amount because I want people who immigrated to this country to assimilate and be part of our culture, not bring their culture and change our culture.

And I would say to them, I said, every single country south of our border purports to be a democracy. Every single one. Which one do you want us to become more like? And they’re stumped.

There is no answer. They don’t say I want to be like Mexico. Mexico has gun laws where nobody can own a gun, but their murder rate is five times more than in the U.S. What I’m saying is that as more and more people from South of our border come to our country, they’re bringing that culture here.

Leahy: I will give you an answer to your question that’s different than the usual answer, but has all sorts of problems. The answer that that one might give to that would be Costa Rica. What’s the problem with that? They have no military.

Carmichael: Is Costa Rica an island?

Leahy: No. It’s a little tiny country. It’s a tiny country in Central America. It has a tradition of democracy and freedom and good schooling, but it doesn’t have any military.

Carmichael: Here’s an assignment for us. Let’s find out what Costa Rica’s immigration policy is. Let’s find out what it is because I’ve heard wonderful things. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. You’re describing a country that seems to be very orderly.

Leahy: So I have a friend, actually, who owns a place on the West Coast of Costa Rica. Well, perhaps what we ought to do, Crom, is take a road trip to Costa Rica and do a show from there. What do you think?

Carmichael: (Laughs) That sounds good.

Leahy: By the way, out there in our listening audience, I’m sure that there is some sponsor that would love to hear what’s going on in Costa Rica. (Laughs)

Carmichael: There might be somebody who actually knows the answer to the question.

Leahy: I bet someone in our listening audience goes to Costa Rica.

Carmichael: And the question is, what is Costa Rica’s immigration policy.

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