Mayor Andy Ogles Discusses the COVID Vaccination, Data, and the Right to Choose

Mayor Andy Ogles Discusses the COVID Vaccination, Data, and the Right to Choose

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio, who weighed in on the weaponization of COVID, a person’s right to choose whether or not they want the vaccine, and lack of testing at the border.

Leahy: We just brewed some fresh coffee for Mayor Andy Ogles. How did we do? How did the coffee do?

Ogles: It’s fantastic.

Leahy: Is it good?

Ogles: It’s good coffee.

Leahy: It’s good coffee.

Ogles: It’s hot off the press. It’s got a bite to it. It’s a good, rich, dark cup of coffee. And it’s not two days old and stale. I nuked it.

Leahy: My status has moved up in your eyes, Andy?

Ogles: That’s it. Last week I was actually concerned we do get food poisoning from the coffee. I don’t even know if that’s possible, but if it had been possible, it would have been last week.

Leahy: So when Grant Henry comes in at seven o’clock, we’re going to try. What I did is I went with, I’m sorry to say, the very low-rated on the 2nd Vote website, one point seven, meaning almost as lunatic liberal as you can possibly get, Starbucks.

I went with the standard Starbucks house blend, mostly because that’s what I typically drink. And so I think I did a decent job on it. It seems to me to be a little bit weak. But then again, I like strong coffee.

Ogles: Well, I’m looking forward to the Tri-State blend.

Leahy: There we go. I think that’s what we’ll do next. When Grant comes in at seven, I’ll make him some Tri-State blend. It’s called Tri-State.

It’s made by BROASTTN out of Cookville. And the Tri-State blend is a salute to the three areas of Tennessee, three regions of Tennessee, west, middle, and east. I think it’s Guatemala, Brazil, and Ethiopia that are the three countries.

Ogles: That’s right. I just read the package.

Leahy: Very good. So we’ll try that. Grant, as you come in, you’re going to have the Tristate Trio from Tennessee. And by the way, if you’re out there listening and if you are a coffee roaster here in Tennessee or anywhere in the United States, call us! 615-737-9522.

And we will test out your coffee on the air. And if it’s great, we’ll say it. And if it’s not great, we won’t say anything. How about that?

Ogles: We won’t criticize.

Leahy: We won’t criticize.

Ogles: We’ll lift up the ones that are great.

Leahy: We will lift up because we are positive people here.

Ogles: In the age of COVID we need some positivity. And I just shake my head before the break. We’re talking about Andrew Cuomo and some of the things he’s doing. It’s insane that we’ve gotten to this point where COVID is now weaponized.

Leahy: It totally is. Let me read this and get your reaction to this. This is from the Breitbart story about Governor Andrew Cuomo and his totalitarian authoritarian statement. He’s going to force people to take the vaccine. Go to their houses, put them in cars, and put that jab needle in their arm.

Hmmm. Here’s from the story. Recent surveys suggest unvaccinated Americans remain firm in their decisions not to get a Coronavirus vaccine. Many of them cite concerns related to vaccine development.

As Breitbart reported, 81 percent of Americans who have not received the vaccine yet say they will probably or definitely not get the shot. President Biden has also floated knocking on doors to pressure Americans to get the jab. Your reaction, Andy?

Ogles: Let’s put all this in context. The tale of two states. You have New York versus Florida. It was Cuomo who ordered nursing home patients back to nursing homes with a fatality rate that was off the charts.

Leahy: As if to illustrate how crazy the Biden maladministration is, earlier this week, the news broke of the highly partisan Department of Justice announced they will not continue the investigation into those terrible policies in four blue states run by Democratic governors who did exactly that. New York, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Ogles: And so now what you have – the media has totally erased this error. Again, we knew from the beginning that it was serious. I mean, let’s be honest. You have those out there, they get it. They get ill. And in some cases, right now, I think the 30-day case death rate is about point six-tenths of a percent.

But so there is some risk there. If you are high risk, go talk to your doctor. If you want the vaccine, it’s a free choice. And that’s key. But now you have over at CNN, the liberal news network. Don Lemon, the news anchor.

Leahy: Let’s be clear, as Tucker Carlson says, Don Lemon.

Ogles: (Laughter) Lemon. And again, I’m quoting from the news, the unvaccinated should not be allowed in supermarkets or ball games. They should not be allowed to work. Now, wait a minute.

We now have two classes. We have two economies, two sets of people within a society. We’re going backward, folks, not forwards.

Leahy: Also, the issue of unvaccinated. I mean, you get into a lot of these details. Because I’m 66 years old and that’s in the high-risk category just by my age. I looked at the downside, and I looked at the upside, and I concluded for me, I’m getting the vaccine. But that was me.

Ogles: That’s right. The people – if you for instance, if you’re 66 and you’ve had COVID and you have the antibodies, there are some reports that say you may be at greater risk if you get the vaccine than if you don’t.

So somebody who’s had COVID, just because they’re not vaccinated doesn’t mean that they’re at higher risk of getting it if they’ve already had it.

Ogles: I have people in my immediate family who’ve gotten vaccinated. And who I encouraged because they were in high-risk categories, right. Their health history, their medical conditions, their preexisting, their age, or whatever the circumstances are, it made sense for them. I choose not to.

And so when I’m in a crowd, I social distance. I use lots of hand sanitizer. I take those precautions for myself and for others because it makes sense for me. And that’s a personal choice not to get it. But at the end of the day, this is about freedom and liberty.

And we have too many politicians who have abused their authority. They declare people essential or non-essential. They shut down businesses, they limit access to worship. And now we have politicians thinking that they’re doctors, giving us medical advice, telling us to – and not to – do things.

You know what? If you have a question, go talk to your doctor. It’s between you and your doctor. And the politicians need to go run their state, run their counties, and quit trying to give medical advice.

Leahy: But they want the power. It’s all about power. They want the power. They want to tell people what to do. You can see the argument that the higher percentage of vaccinated, the less likely it is that there will be a spread of COVID. And you can see that argument asterisk.

There’s a lot about this that we don’t know. A lot about COVID we don’t know. I think Tennessee is among the states, the vaccination rate when I last saw was low.

Ogles: 38 percent.

Leahy: All other states are like 50 percent. And I think there are some arguments that there’s the recent uptick in COVID cases is related to the percentage of vaccinated. In other words, the lower the percentage of vaccines, the more upticks. I think I’ve seen something on that.

Ogles: I think the counterargument that is at least one of the vaccines is only 38-39 percent effective against the Delta variant.

Leahy: Exactly. I think I read that about the Pfizer vaccine.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: And what’s concerning is the spread of the Delta variant and how that happened. My theory is it’s a million illegal aliens who have been tested for COVID, who may have it, who have been transported around the country by the Biden maladministration. My theory is that may have had a lot to do with the rise of the Delta variant.

Ogles: This is just us speculating, right? When you look at the rise of the Delta variant out of India, I do believe that you’ve had across the United States and elsewhere, quite frankly, who would represent the greatest number of outsiders?

Outsiders being from outside the United States in this last period of time, three months, six months, or whatever. It’s clearly going to be our southern border.

Leahy: Illegal aliens.

Ogles: We don’t have a wave of people from India or Europe or such traveling into the United States because of all the travel restrictions.

Leahy: Right.

Ogles: Except the Southern border.

Leahy: No travel restriction if you’re untested for coronavirus and you illegally enter the country south of the border. And in fact, the official policy of the Biden maladministration is to allow you to become a vector to spread whatever you have.

Ogles: And to put a fine point on it, it is documented now that if you’re coming across the Southern border and you’re being transported by the U.S. government, they are not testing people for COVID.

Leahy: They’re not testing them. Hmmm, what could possibly go wrong?

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Americans for Prosperity’s Grant Henry Fired Up on Infrastructure Calls to Sign Notaroadsbill.com’s Petition

Americans for Prosperity’s Grant Henry Fired Up on Infrastructure Calls to Sign Notaroadsbill.com’s Petition

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Grassroots Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry and Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio to discuss the current undefined infrastructure spending with a blank check.

Leahy: In studio with us right now is Grant Henry, the grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee. And he’s joining the mayor of Maury County, Andy Ogles. Good morning, Andy.

Ogles: Good morning. How are you?

Leahy: I’m great. And, Grant, I’m looking at this story: Treasury Secretary Warns of ‘Rapid’ Inflation This Year, and it reminds me of something. This is what the Treasury Secretary is doing.

But it looks to me like the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is taking a page from Speaker Pelosi, who said in 2010 about the Obamacare bill: You have to pass it before you can learn what’s in it.

Henry: Yes. Isn’t that amazing? Let me explain where we are now. So federal officials have been pressed to speak on rising inflation after data was released earlier this week that showed the all items indexed increased five point four percent over the last 12 months.

The biggest spike since the 2008 financial crisis. That’s from The Tennessee Star Report of the headline of which Michael Patrick Leahy just read. Now, on top of all of that, you would think one of the reasons why we have this increased inflation going right now is the ridiculous amount of just printing pure money.

I get it. We’re in the era of a Fiat currency, but nevertheless, can we have some sense of rational approach?

Leahy: You used the term there – shows that you studied economics.

Henry: Just this much, though. (Chuckles)

Ogles: A little bit is more than most.

Leahy: For those listening, he put his fingers together and just showed about an inch or so. But I think it’s more than that, because of Fiat currency.

Now, Let’s just talk about what Fiat currency means. It’s the opposite of a gold standard, right? Because with a gold standard, money can be converted to a valuable commodity like gold.

But with a Fiat currency, it is by Fiat. In other words, just make it up. Am I right?

Henry: Just make it up. It’s not based on anything more.

Leahy: And what does that lead to?

Henry: Well, obviously, inflation leading to hyperinflation.

Leahy: Can you say Weimar Republic Germany 1920?

Henry: Once you see it.

Leahy: You had to take all your Deutschmarks in a wheelbarrow to buy a loaf of bread back then.

Henry: Once you see other rich people buying land instead of other things, that’s when you know you got a problem. But anyway, here’s the yahoo headline:

$3.5 Trillion Dollar Reconciliation Bill to Include the Proact Undoing State Right to Work Loss. So on top of all this ridiculous inflation we have going on, there’s been a new proposal: $3.5 trillion spending bill.

Leahy: Is it so-called infrastructure.

Henry: In big quotes here.

Leahy: Or is it the kitchen sink.

Henry: So it’s what Grover Norquist says. Infrastructure. It’s a French word for everything that means everything but roads and bridges.

Okay, that’s what infrastructure means. This part of the infrastructure spending, if you call it that, revises components of President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

It increases taxes that would worsen our already devastated economy, hurting the working class. It implements elements of the Pro Act, which will remove right-to-work laws like here in Tennessee.

Leahy: Not only that, I particularly despise the Pro Act because they’re trying to do to the country what California did to the gig economy.

Henry: Yes.

Leahy: Which is ridiculous, because, in essence, they’re outlawing a kind of employer-worker relationship called an independent contractor agreement.

That’s what they’re trying to do. Every Lyft driver, for instance, every Uber driver, they’re an independent contractor. And apparently, you can’t do that anymore in California.

They want to take how they ruined California, and they want to ruin the rest of the country. I’m not buying it.

Henry: No, I hear you. And it’s not just that. It’s gonna implement different elements of a Green New Deal. It will give the government more control over our health care, not to mention the trillions of dollars of unrelated, unnecessary, and ineffective government spending programs.

Now, here we are to where Michael Patrick Leahy said a second ago, remember the days of Nancy Pelosi telling us that we need to just pass the bill to see what’s in it?

That’s not any different than what we have anymore now. Now, I am not kidding y’all. When I say just yesterday, Chuck Schumer moved forward and intends to fill cloture to set up a procedural vote tomorrow or Thursday for a so-called bipartisan infrastructure framework bill on a bill that has not even been written yet – That is where we are. They’re going to move forward voting on a bill that has yet to be written.

Leahy: It’s a blank page.

Henry: I don’t know what it is.

Leahy: By the way, Andy, is that how they do it down in Maury County with blank pages?

Ogles: No, but I’ve got a house that I’d like to sell. Would you please just hand me a signed check, and then I’ll fill in the details later.

Henry: That’s exactly right. It looks like senators who argue that they shouldn’t vote on bills they haven’t read should be outraged right now that they’re being forced to vote on a bill that doesn’t even exist.

And look, one of the things we do at Americans for Prosperity is not just complaining about the current state of affairs, but we love to give y’all ways to take action.

So let me tell you now if you go to notaroadsbill.com, Notaroadsbill.com, you can sign a petition. It’s an email that will be sent directly to your legislators at the federal level.

Your House member and both the senators as well. It is the Senate side that we need to support on –  Notaroadsbill.com.  Sign that petition right now.

Send that ledger to your legislator. I would even say flood the voicemails. Flood these Senator switchboards right now. I have their numbers in front of me. If Michael Patrick Leahy would give me permission to say them.

Leahy: Oh, let me ask him. Yes, he has permission. (Laughs)

Henry: Here it is. 2-0-2-4-1-0-2-6-8-5. That’s 2-0-2-4-1-0-2-6-8-5. That is the Senate switchboard number. Call your senators right now.

Tell them, don’t vote for this ridiculous spending package. Tell your legislators on social media posts. Tag their handles in the post as well. Look, go to notaroadsbill.com and put that on your social media post and tag the legislators.

We need all the support we can get. And there are ways we can bring attention to this, like preserving federal infrastructure dollars for targeted construction projects of a national priority.

We can unleash private investment in infrastructure assets. We can return power and responsibility to the states wherever possible.

We can overhaul the regulatory and permitting system to modernize infrastructure reviews and reduced project costs. We can even eliminate costly and unfair labor restrictions.

But, what is going on right now? This asinine notion of spending $3.5 trillion dollars and pushing forward a bill for something that has yet to be written.

I don’t have the words for it technically. Honestly, I do not have the words for it. Senator Bill Hagerty told us this: ‘They’re throwing around trillions of dollars like it’s simply monopoly money when really what it’s doing is taxing Americans’ hard-earned paychecks.’

Leahy: Here’s one good thing about having Grant Henry in the studio. It doesn’t matter that we have bad coffee or stale coffee. He doesn’t need coffee. He comes in energized.

Ogles: I’ll tell you what. He’s fired up. I’m just like sitting here doing my phone.

Leahy: Feeling the energy. We got power coming from Grant Henry right now!

Ogles: He’s on a roll.

Leahy: He’s on a roll, brother!

Ogles: Amen.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Talks Booming Growth Ignited by Manufacturing Industry in the County

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Talks Booming Growth Ignited by Manufacturing Industry in the County

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio to discuss the current economic growth his county is experiencing due to an influx of manufacturing and supply chain demand.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the mayor of Maury County, that bastion of economic freedom, the turbocharged engine of economic growth. The mayor, Andy Ogles. Good morning, Andy.

Ogles: Good morning. How are you today?

Leahy: Well, I am delighted to have you in studio here. And, you know, we kind of joke about that little tagline we have for Maury County, except it’s no joke.

It’s actually true. It is the bastion of freedom and the turbocharged engine of economic growth. And I think you have some proof of that to share with us today.

Ogles: Obviously, all you have to do is drive around Spring Hill, Columbia, or even on the Southside down in Mount Pleasant and see the growth.

The Chamber gave an update yesterday at our commission meeting. And when you look at population growth in the state of Tennessee, our growth rate, of course, that’s a per capita number, we’re number one in the state of Tennessee.

We’re also the number one creator of manufacturing jobs in the state of Tennessee. So it’s a crazy time to be mayor of such a growth in the county because that comes with a lot of challenges.

And that’s one of the things that we’re working through now as we pass our budget and get ready for the next school year deciding, do we build a school this year or next year.

Because there’s a borrowing that’s associated with it. But it’s crazy. So it truly is not only a bastion of freedom, but we’re turbocharged. And again, it’s a cool community.

Leahy: One thing I really like about what you just said is you’re a source of new manufacturing jobs. Now, that’s interesting.

In the city of Nashville itself, there has been job growth because companies, tech companies from California come in, and they bring all the people that are associated with tech companies in California. And then financial services companies from New York come in and they bring all the people that work for financial services companies. They don’t always necessarily have the same kind of Tennessee values, right?

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: Sometimes. I don’t know when one of the financial services companies came in before they got a bunch of money from the state of Tennessee before they even opened up, they were trying to tell Tennesseeans and what they should do about various social issues. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way that they did that.

Ogles: Well, at the same time, obviously, the state of Tennessee landed a big operation of Facebook here in Middle Tennessee. And so at the same time that Facebook is censoring former President Trump, the state is giving Facebook tens of millions of dollars and incentives. So not necessarily the right fit for our state.

Leahy: Facebook. The guys that are like the big tech oligarchs, the guys that are suppressing the First Amendment. The state of Tennessee is giving them money? Really?

Ogles: Tens of millions of dollars. I saw Marjorie Taylor-Green, the representative out of Georgia. She was just suspended on Twitter for 12 hours or something, but she quoted factual data about COVID and who is at risk.

Leahy: You can’t do that. (Laughs)

Ogles: And she was censored because of it. And I granted it was for 12 hours. But again, it just shows the authority and the power that these tech companies have or have assumed.

And we the people and the government have allowed them to do that. And it’s really this situation now where you have social media companies dictating health care policy, and that’s a scary place.

Leahy: Because nothing says healthcare knowledge like a 24-year tech geek in a basement in Palo Alto, California.

Ogles: Right. You go back to Brave New World or 1984, those books that were science fiction back way back when I read them in school.

And it’s all coming to fruition. So we’re in an interesting place. But going back, Maury County is known for its automotive base.

Leahy: General Motors and Saturn way back when in 1990, I guess Saturn moved to Maury County.

Ogles: In the mid-late 80s that plan came to fruition, was announced. And of course, they had to implement it, but also automotive related.

And a lot of people don’t realize this. And so LG Chem, which is a South Korean company, partnered with General Motors. They’ve created a battery brand that will be a supplier to most of the other car manufacturers.

So again, you have General Motors, who will be one of the drivers of battery technology as you go into the future because they have such a large market share.

And this battery plant that we built in Maury County, it’s sized to be built, currently has more capacity than all the other battery manufacturers in North America.

And that puts the EV or electric vehicle technology – the center of that universe is in Middle Tennessee, specifically Maury County. So now we have this – General Motors expanding.

We have this new $2.3 billion plant with the LG Chem. And with that will come technology and RND and all that sort of stuff to Middle Tennessee.

So it’s exciting. And you’re seeing a shift in that space not only for Tennessee but for Maury County.

Leahy: And the other thing about – that is I found out that apparently, if you have sort of a supply chain, shall we say, for automotive parts and automotive assembly, which is what we have here in Middle Tennessee, there are other industries that use those same skills like firearm manufacturers, from what I hear.

Ogles: Because as you’re building out your infrastructure and supply chain, which that’s an important part of that and distribution capabilities, any industry that needs those types of services like trucking, et cetera, they can piggyback off of one another.

And so with that again, Maury County, known for its automotive and manufacturing jobs, are now creating a new layer of distribution for Middle Tennessee.

Leahy: This means more economic growth in Maury County and Middle Tennessee.

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Mayor Andy Ogles Has Two Words for Dr. Fauci on Local Vaccine Mandates: ‘Hell No!’

Mayor Andy Ogles Has Two Words for Dr. Fauci on Local Vaccine Mandates: ‘Hell No!’

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio to give his official comment on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent advice for local municipalities on local COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Leahy: We welcome to our microphones in studio the mayor of Maury County – that bastion of economic freedom, that turbocharged engine of economic growth – Andy Ogles. Good morning, Andy.

Ogles: Good morning.

Leahy: You like that little phrase we came up with last time? The bastion of freedom and turbocharged engine of economic growth in Maury County. It’s fun because it’s true.

Ogles: It is true. We are firing on all cylinders and it’s a great time, really, to be in Tennessee, period, but certainly Middle Tennessee and Maury County. And I’m blessed to be mayor and just got back from the beach and tan.

Leahy: Tan, rested, and ready.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: Tan, rested, and ready is the phrase. I went a couple of weeks ago. I went down the beginning of July. I went down in a similar area and was tan, rested, and ready for a while. (Laughs)

We went to Dauphin Island. If you haven’t been, it’s very quiet and just outside of Mobile and not a lot to do there, which was fantastic.

My wife and I and our kids just hung out at the beach every day and built sandcastles and big trenches in the sand and just chilled.

Leahy: That would be my favorite thing to do – is basically not a lot. Just sit and hang out at the beach and maybe walk along the beach.

The problem is I can do it for, like, about an hour, maybe two hours. And then all of a sudden I started thinking. What about X?

What about Y? What about C? I better call so and so. And then it all starts again. So I got to pace myself a little bit.

Ogles: With three kiddos on the beach, one of them always wanted to get in the water. Especially our little one. So we had a blast. Totally fun.

Leahy: Well, welcome back. You do look tan, rested, and ready. And the challenges of being the mayor of Maury County: I think you thrive on that, from what I can tell.

It’s interesting. We deal with a lot of political figures here, and I think you like to talk to people. To me, this is why my best role is being a talk radio host because we talk to people in studio.

But when you go out in Maury County, everyone has a claim on your time. Everyone. And so everyone has a right to come up and say, now, Mayor, why didn’t we do X?

Over here I’ve got a problem there. What are you going to do about it? You seem to like that.

Ogles: Yeah. I mean, I think that’s the role of our elected officials is to be the advocate for our community. And that’s what I try to do, which is why I was so vocal during COVID.

I’ll have someone reach out or make a comment on social media. Maybe I’m being an advocate against or for some policy that maybe has a national or even statewide bent to it.

But what they don’t realize is that a vaccine mandate hypothetically affects us locally. And so it’s my job as mayor to be vocal and say, “hey, the constituents, my constituents here Maury County don’t want vaccine mandates.”

They don’t want mask mandates. They don’t want these shutdowns and this intrusive government that is wanting to lurch into Tennessee. And so I’ve been very vocal and try to be an advocate for everybody in Maury County.

And our businesses are booming because of it, because we are that turbocharged bastion of freedom that we’ve become known for. And our square is booming, which is fantastic.

Leahy: Now, Anthony Fauci.

Ogles: The man. (Chuckles)

Leahy: The man. This is coming in here just recently from Anthony Fauci and the Biden administration, and basically following Anthony Fauci’s comments the other day calling for more local vaccine mandates.

Local! The press secretary to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Jen Psaki, said that the Biden administration won’t issue broader federal mandates, but the Biden administration plans to support local municipalities and their efforts to regulate COVID-19 vaccine administration and distribution.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds very Orwellian to me, Andy.

Ogles: Well, that’s what’s been frustrating for me about COVID, in general, is that how quickly we as a people really started giving up our liberties and freedoms, and we became a very Orwellian society almost overnight.

And we’ve got to get back to the fundamental beliefs and individual liberty.

Leahy: Comment on Fauci who said on Sunday, “I’ve been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion, that I do believe at the local level there should be more mandates. There really should be.”

Do you have a message in response to Anthony Fauci?

Ogles: Hell no!

Leahy: Doctor Fauci, are you listening? For your request for local mandates, we have the official quote from Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles. This quote is for you, Dr. Fauci. Hell no! (Laughter)

Ogles: He’s not a very tall fellow. I’ll pat him on the head and send him on his way.

Leahy: Hell no, Dr. Fauci. That’s Andy Ogles. I agree with that.

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Mayor Andy Ogles and Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee’s Grant Henry Discuss the Cuban Protests and the Fight for Freedom

Mayor Andy Ogles and Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee’s Grant Henry Discuss the Cuban Protests and the Fight for Freedom

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to review false narratives regarding the Cuban protests and questioned whether Americans value their freedom as many were seen marching with American flags.

(Antony Blinken clip plays)

It shows that they simply are not hearing the voices and will of the Cuban people: People deeply, deeply, deeply tired of the repression that has gone on for far too long, tired of the mismanagement.

Leahy: That’s the current Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the poster child for the beta-male of American foreign policy under the maladministration of Joe Biden, formerly with that esteemed law firm Winken, Blinken, and Nod. Obviously, the guy is not ready for primetime. All these things going on in Cuba and all you hear from Biden and Blinken is, don’t do that.

Don’t do that. Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida, hitting back a lot harder. I don’t know why it’s so hard for the Biden administration to criticize Marxism.

Grant Henry and Andy Ogles in here. Grant, with Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee and Andy, mayor of Maury County. Here’s the story, Grant. I want to get you reacting to this report. Communists beat a dissident Cuban priest, drag him through the streets.

A Cuban priest reportedly remains in police custody as of Monday after police beat him, dragged him through the streets, and stripped him in his native Camagüey, Cuba for supporting peaceful protests. What do you make of this, Grant?

Henry: Here’s my statement. I actually wrote it last night. May God bless the brave Cuban freedom demonstrators standing up to their totalitarian Communist government.

It’s quite telling, actually, to watch Bernie Sanders, AOC, and the hard left who normally comment on everything, who say nothing now.

And it’s ridiculous to see mainstream medicine shortages and high prices. Note, the American flags, the anti-Communist, pro-freedom signs at the protest.

This is the grassroots uprising by courageous people who are risking prison, beatings, and even death in the hope of freedom.

I say, “what an inspiring sight.” And that’s a quote I got from a great man who shall not be named Michael. But I think it’s quite fitting for right now.

Leahy: (Laughs) Andy Ogles, mayor of Maury County. Bernie Sanders, a great proponent of communism and socialism – the guy that spent his honeymoon in the Soviet Union.

That gives you the idea of what kind of guy this was. He’s praised the Castro regime in the past. Where is he on all of this?

Ogles: I think when you look at the current education system in the United States and why critical race theory in this new agenda of propaganda that’s crept into our schools is such a problem because by rewriting history, we don’t learn from history.

And so you look at when the Bolsheviks, and the revolution that took place between 1917 and 1923, were revolting against the oligarchy.

And then the moment they seized power, they destroyed everything that they talked about. You fast forward to 1934, the three-day purge, the Night of the Long Knives, and when fascism swept Germany. We know how this story ends. It’s like the Bible. I read the end. I know the outcome. And you look at Russia, you look at Germany, you look at Venezuela, and you look at Cuba.

Marxism, socialism, and Faucism, whatever you want to call it, does not end well for freedom. And we’ve got to stand up to these governors that are more interested in photo ops. And they are a substantive change and fighting and are destroying our country by their complacency.

Leahy: There’s a story at Breitbart by my colleague Alana Mastrangelo. Over the years, there’s been no shortage of woke left-wing celebrities like Steven Spielberg, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, who have vacationed in Communist Cuba normalizing and spending their money in a country with a government that controls the flow of money as well as brutalizes and murders its own people.

Grant Henry, with Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee, what’s your reaction to that?

Henry: Look, I think we’re in a time of the Orwellian sort of foreshadowing of prediction that the heresy of heresies is common sense.

Do you know what I’m saying? We’re now in the time where even to question something in the realm of common sense is a heresy.

And I think that’s part of the allure. Conservatives would do ourselves justice to admit the fact that communism on paper is a presentation of a utopia.

That’s what we’re fighting against. What we’re fighting against is the lie of a utopia that will never really come to be. But I promise you all, I promise you, one of the reasons why I really love working for Americans for Prosperity – because our pitch is this:

Look, you are not a perpetual victim. You are not some liability that needs to be taken care of. You do not have to constantly and continually subsist upon the handouts of the government.

You can do it yourself. You are empowered. You are strong. You can start that small business. I personally believe the creator of the universe has chosen you specifically for this time here now to have a talent that only you can do. If you plug that in properly, incredible things can happen.

Leahy: Andy Ogles, a little touch of irony here. Do you want to jump in here?

Ogles: I just want to say, “Amen, man.”

Leahy: Amen, brother. Preach it! Preach it, Grant Henry! Are you sure you’re a political guy?

Henry: What he’s calling me to.

Leahy: A little touch of irony here, Andy. Again, another story by Alana Mastrangelo, my colleague. She’s great, by the way, at Breitbart.

Twitter, I start off Twitter commenting on what’s going on in Cuba, already I’m laughing. Twitter describes the Cuban anticommunist hashtag as people, “helping to spread awareness of coronavirus.”

While thousands of Cubans were taking to the streets on Sunday to demand an end to the 62-year-old Communist regime and the #SOSCuba was trending, Twitter falsely described the hashtag as “people are helping spread awareness on the impact of COVID-19 in Cuba as cases hit an all-time high in the country.”

Ogles: I remember back in the day reading Huxley’s A Brave New World or Orwells 1984. And it was like, this is science fiction, right?

This is a parallel universe that could never come to pass. Then here we are in this era of COVID and we’re romanticizing Cuba?

Have you not been paying attention since the 1950s? That place has gone from a robust economy to devastation. And you’re going to blame America?

And it should be noted that the people that are in the streets crying for freedom, they’re waving American flags.

Leahy: Here’s another story from Breitbart. They were on a roll last night by my colleague Wendell Husebo. Grant, I want to get your reaction to this.  Joe Biden’s Cuba statement doesn’t mention beatings, shootings of protesters.

President Joe Biden issued a statement on Monday claiming to, “Stand with the Cuban people” against their repressive Communist regime, but failing to mention widespread reports of public gang beatings and live fire against unarmed protesters on the part of state security.

Henry: This is the Communist playbook, too. And not just what you mentioned. In the Communist playbook, you can see actually tracking data where the state government has completely cut off phone lines and Internet lines as well. And from something that Mayor Ogles just mentioned here a second ago – that they’re waving American flags.

Not just in Cuba, but they did the same thing in Hong Kong. It gets me at my core. It’s a guttural reaction that I think sometimes are we worthy of that.

Honestly, has anyone listened to this programmer of Americans, step back and really ask yourself, are we truly worthy of other people fighting for freedom in the name of our flag?

Do we honestly believe in freedom that much? That’s a thing that will get you to your core if you really think about it enough.

Ogles: And part of this, too, is again, going back to Critical Race Theory. This is a big deal. It’s destroyed our country as part of that supplemental material here in the state of Tennessee.

In Tennessee is George versus George,  George Washington versus King George. And the villain in the book is George Washington.

Leahy: This is a curriculum endorsed by Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn, the UC Berkeley graduate with very little classroom teaching experience appointed by Governor Bill Lee.

Ogles: So we’re teaching children in America in the state of Tennessee, in Williamson County and in Middle Tennessee, to hate America.

Leahy: Well, I think a lot of the kids that graduated from those kinds of schools go on to report for The New York Times. Here’s another story at Breitbart.

They were on a roll last night. The New York Times on Cuba protests. Freedom is an anti-government slogan. The New York Times described the chance of freedom as thousands of strong, peaceful protests in Cuba on Sunday as one of several ‘anti-government slogans popular among the congregated.’

The Times also erroneously reported the protests were about ‘food and medicine shortages.’ Grant, what do you think?

Henry: Again, that type of narrative is either purposely misleading, purposefully misleading at best, or malicious at worst. You get what I’m saying.

Leahy: Andy Ogles, here’s another one. In Cuba, police leave an AP photographer bloody after a public beating. Cuban authorities have cracked down on the international free press and mass demonstrations against the Communist regime, with police assaulting reporters and photojournalists in the crowd. Your reaction.

Ogles: You look at the state of our country and you look at people not wanting to respect the flag or to stand for the anthem and meanwhile, in Cuba, Venezuela, Hong Kong, China, and other parts of the world, they waive the flag because it means something.

It means hope. It means the opportunity. You have the right to disagree and not to be persecuted for it. And that’s the problem with the left, this double standard.

We are a Republic of free States. I’ve said this many times, I support California’s right to be liberal, to be socialist leaning. But at the same token, if you’re in Tennessee or South Dakota or South Carolina or Florida or Texas, you have the right to be conservative.

But they will persecute you, and they will censor you. They will try to silence you because that’s not how they view the world, nor do they value the Constitution.

Leahy: We’ll be back with more later. By the way, these Cuban protests, there are thousands in at least 16 cities who took part in these peaceful protests on Sunday.

So there is a movement going on in Cuba for freedom! Not a bad word. Freedom. That’s what we support here.

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Photo “Cuban Protesters” by BBC.