Live from Music Row Wednesday 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 Jon Meacham’s recent appearance on Morning Joe stating that the Republican Party was more of a threat to the US democracy than Communist China.

Leahy: Crom, I have to tell you, we saw another instance of Jon Meacham, the epitome of left-wing elitism who now lives here in Nashville. We’ve invited him into the program to discuss his views. He hasn’t returned our call.

Carmichael: I would push back on the left-wing elitism. I think he represents pretty much the thinking of the Democrat Party. I really do.

Leahy: Yeah, I think he does. He said things that are just hard to believe. He was on Scarborough yesterday. Morning, Joe, and we’ve got this little clip.

It’s a little bit of the midstream. We join Joe Scarborough. And then we have Jon Meacham’s response about the threats to America and what he sees as a threat versus what we see as a threat. Big difference. here we.

(Morning Joe clip plays)

 On second-class status on the world stage. It’s what we do. We worry and are constantly thinking there’s somebody out there that’s about to overtake us. China? Yes, very strong. China powerful. But China too, as Brett Stevens correctly points out, has its challenges just as we do.

You know, when Mika was reading the summary, I kept thinking about the Republican Party and how synonymous with China. Not be reflexably partisan, but when you’re looking at a threat to American democracy and American resilience, as you’re saying, they are internal as much, if not more than external.

Leahy: So, Crom, what’s your action to that?

Carmichael: Well, it shows you the divisions that we have in the country because if Meacham thinks that the Republican Party is more like the Communist Chinese Party, then I think he has it exactly backward. But that’s why we have a division.

That’s why we have such a division. Meacham apparently, is okay with our southern border being overrun by people from literally all over the world.

Apparently, he’s perfectly fine with that. Now, let me say this. The Communist Party of China would not be fine with that. They would not be fine with it.

Leahy: In their own country.

Carmichael: In their own country, they would not be. But I think that they are actually behind the part of the global organizations that are behind bringing all these people across the border because we know that the Communist Chinese Party allows for a great deal of fentanyl to be exported from China into Mexico, where it makes its way across the border.

But I found it interesting that his comparisons and Scarborough’s comparisons about Japan. Japan is an ally. The discussions about Japan had much more to do with economics than world hegemony. Japan barely has a Navy.

Leahy: I had the same reaction because Joe Scarborough was talking about, well, back in the 1980s, everybody thought Japan was a big threat. No, not exactly the way it was.

Carmichael: Not even close.

Leahy: Exactly.

Carmichael: And Japan is an ally. It’s not nuclear power. It hardly has a Navy. Doesn’t have an Army. I don’t think it’s allowed to have an Army. If it does, it’s internal only, and it projects zero force to its neighbors.

Zero. China, on the other hand, is a regional bully. They steal our intellectual property. They insinuate themselves throughout Hollywood, throughout our political process, and throughout our universities.

So to compare China and Japan is preposterous. But that’s where we are as a country. In my opinion, the Democrat Party is the party of the preposterous.

It is. It’s unfortunate. I don’t think that most Democrats in Middle Tennessee share the view that Japan and China are somehow equal.

And then somehow the Republican Party, even the Democrats, I don’t believe in Middle Tennessee. Now Meacham we know came from New York, where he was clearly infected with an intellectual virus while he was up there, and he still has it.

And of course, he fled New York. He didn’t stay there. He should have. And then he could be reporting to us about how glorious it is in a city that is run and has been run by Democrats, especially the city council.

And it’s also kind of funny, just while we’re talking about New York for a second, apparently Eric Adams is going to be the Mayor of New York.

Apparently, he won the Democratic primary. But let me be clear, there are three campaigns up there, including his own, by the way, that had filed lawsuits over the results. Imagine that. Imagine that the Democrats were suspicious about the results in an election.

And this is the part that Meacham doesn’t apparently grasp. There’s great inequality in the way that he thinks. It’s perfectly fine for Democrats to challenge an election.

Perfectly fine. It’s not okay for Republicans to do exactly the same thing. And that’s where you get into a very dangerous area is when you have a country where, if you’re connected to one party and the government.

Remember, 94 percent of the people in Washington D.C. voted against Trump. So Washington, D.C. is the Democrat Party’s central hub.

It’s not supposed to be, but it is. And so it’s a very difficult situation. I’m not going to say it’s necessary at this point dangerous to the average American, but it has the potential of getting that way.

If we get overrun by 2 million people a year through our southern border, we will become more like the country south of our border.

That’s just a matter of logic. Now, let’s look at Mexico. For, for example, the murder rate in Mexico is five times that of the United States.

And as I’ve mentioned before, there’s one gun store in Mexico. There’s one. It is illegal for people in Mexico to own a gun. Do you think there are a lot of guns in Mexico? They’re all over the place. Who owns them?

Leahy: The criminals.

Carmichael: The criminals. And in the United States, we see all these murders now. Biden only talks about it if there’s a mass shooting.

There are hundreds of people murdered in the United States every week now.

Hundreds. But if there’s one mass shooting where six people die in one mass shooting, Biden gets out of his bed and goes and makes a speech. Kind of.

Leahy: Kind of.

Carmichael: But he’ll say something. He’ll try. He will try to say something. When hundreds of people are getting murdered a week across the country, he says nothing.

Leahy: It strikes me as how odd this entire world is right now in terms of the Democrat establishment thinking. So Jon Meacham thinks that the Republican Party and people who support it are a greater threat to American democracy than China. Just think about that.

Carmichael: That’s just crazy.

Leahy: Everyone of our listeners according to him, almost all of them would be a great threat to our democracy than China. It doesn’t make any sense.

Carmichael: No, it doesn’t make any at all.

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