All Star Panelist Roger Simon Talks About His Sunday Hobby, Falun Gong

All Star Panelist Roger Simon Talks About His Sunday Hobby, Falun Gong

 

Live from Music Row Thursday 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 founder of Pajamas Media and all-star panelist Roger Simon to the studio to explain his practice of a Chinese movement in response to the communist government called Falun Gong.

Leahy: We are delighted to welcome in studio our good friend, former boss at PJTV, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger.

Simon: Good morning, Michael. Every time you mention that I was your former voice, I think, well, maybe I should fire you right now and take over the show.

Leahy: (Laughter) There probably are some people in America who would agree with that decision, Roger.

Simon: I don’t think that. (Laughter) I’m not that good at getting up that early.

Leahy: Roger, you are a native of New York City.

Simon: Absolutely. New Yorkino as we used to say. I always thought as a little kid or even a 10-year-old kid who knew enough about The New Yorker you know that New Yorker cartoon, which shows New York the map of the world according to New York.

Leahy: I remember that.

Simon: Yeah. A lot of people remember it. It was a great cover.

Leahy: A great cover. A classic.

Simon: A classic. Definitely. That’s how they used to do things like that at The New Yorker but it’s now as dead as New York. But they used to do this cartoon of how New York was the great giant thing and then way out in the distance with California and then the rest of the country.

So growing up there, that’s the way I thought it was always going to be. And I was going to die in New York. But here I am in my 70s in Nashville, Tennessee.

Leahy: And delighted to be here I might add.

Simon: I’m pleased to be here, although I have my questions about the government of Tennessee. But compared to New York, it’s Athens.

Leahy: Well, of course, you know, Roger, Nashville has been for over a century, the Athens of the South.

Simon: Oh, yes, I know.

Leahy: We have a Parthenon there.

Simon: I know that because, you know, every Sunday I’m out there by the Parthenon doing Falun Gong exercises.

Leahy: You told me about that. I called you one Sunday and you said  I’m in the middle of Falun Gong. (Simon laughs)

Simon: Well, you know, I’m not a joiner of anything. I wouldn’t even join my own club.

Leahy: The old Groucho Marx saying, I’d never joined a club that would have me as a member.

Simon: The only wisdom in this country is always said by Groucho Marx.

Leahy: Or H. L. Mencken. Those two.

Simon: Those two. After that, it’s over. Because The Epoch Times has a number of people that are interested in Falun Gong and its founding. I figured since I’m an editor there that would I learn something about it and do the exercises.

Leahy: Tell our listeners what Falun Gong is and why it matters.

Simon: Yeah, it’s very interesting because in the 1990s, Falun Gong grew up in China in opposition to the government there. That is a little bit of a problem. As the listers know, you can go to jail for your ideas if you don’t like the government of China.

Leahy: It’s a movement. A recent movement in China.

Simon: But 100 million people are more joined it very quickly.

Leahy: What are the tenants of Falun Gong?

Simon: It’s kind of a modern version of Buddhism and Taoism. So it’s ancient Chinese wisdom that has a lot to say for itself. Everybody’s sort of interested in Buddhism because it’s more of a philosophy than a religion.

Leahy: Yeah, exactly. That’s exactly right.

Simon: My two-word definition of Buddhism is cool out. (Laughter) And I think we could all do that. (Chuckles) Literally millions and millions of people joined the Falun Gong very quickly in opposition to the wretched Communist government of China and the Communist overlords got very annoyed.

Needless to say, annoyed in their inevitable Tiennamen Square “run over your adversaries” way. And they did a lot of things to the Falun Gong including forced organ transplant.

Leahy: Yikes! This is like a very bad dystopian science fiction novel. Dystopian, by the way, word of the day is a future world that is dark and evil and bad. The opposite of utopia.

Simon: Like California today. (Laughter)

Leahy: You are on today, Roger. That is very good. Anyway, many of the Falun Gong fled to the USA because they didn’t like that forced organ transplant.

Leahy: Imagine that! They are so selfish.

Simon: People have a line. If they were so Buddhist they should have cooled out about it.

Leahy: There is some exercise involved. Physical.

Simon: There are some exercises involved. I’m a complete neophyte in it resembles in some ways Tai chi. But they say oh no. It’s not Tai chi.

Leahy: It looks like Tai Chi but it’s not.

Simon: You got it.

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Crom Carmichael Discusses the Powerful Alliances of the Administrative State

Crom Carmichael Discusses the Powerful Alliances of the Administrative State

 

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 the power of the administrative estate through the alignment of political appointees and bureaucrats.

(Congressman Scott Perry clips plays)

Leahy: That’s Florida Republican Congressman Scott Perry talking about the Biden agenda as it goes to infrastructure. Crom, you have more insights on that agenda.

Carmichael: The agenda and infrastructure. The hardest part for the Republicans, if they vote in favor of a scaled-down infrastructure bill, is knowing what’s actually in the final bill. Because the way that Washington works sometimes is, like Pelosi, said about Obamacare. We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.

And she literally meant that. She didn’t care what was in it. She knew some of the things that were in it, but she wasn’t going to extol the virtue of some of those things because they were terrible. And Obamacare was an abject failure.

But I want to get back, Michael, to what we were talking about earlier. Let me just say this. ESG equals CCP. ESG equals CCP. Communist Party of China equals ESG. Here’s how this works. You’ve got this guy from BlackRock who goes around with all this money that he has under management, telling these CEOs what they have to do.

But behind him, he has the giant stick of the federal government, the SEC. And in the case of banks, the FDIC. He is telling banks what they must do or the FDIC comes down on the banks.

Leahy: Well Dan Grant in here yesterday, he’s with 2nd Vote Advisers to push back on Larry Fink’s BlackRock told us all the major banks, all the big banks, are really leftists promoting this agenda.

Carmichael: And my response to that is that might be true, but they have no choice under this administration. They have no choice. If you are the head of a major bank and you defy the authorities in Washington, what happens to you?

Leahy: You are no longer the head of that major bank.

Carmichael: And then the person who takes that position as head of the bank will then do will then bend the knee. Whoever is in that position will bend the knee.

Leahy: I might quibble with you a little bit on this. The Biden administration went into office on January 20, 2021. The left-leaning nature of big banks has been around for years before that.

Carmichael: I’m not questioning whether or not the administrative state was doing under Trump things that Trump didn’t want. I’m not questioning that at all. In fact, in Washington, as we’ve said, 94 percent voted Democrat. 94 percent. Do you think that those people care who is the President United States when they’re protected by civil service laws?

Leahy: So the argument is that even though the previous President would not have supported these things, the administrative state was able to influence these large banks in ways that they kept doing what they were doing under Obama.

Carmichael: Yeah. They kept doing exactly the same thing. And so the question becomes when a person becomes President, he or she as a matter of law, require that the people who work for the administration or carry out the policies of the administration or lose their job if they don’t?

And what I’m saying is that’s an open question. Political appointees can be fired, but that represents less than one-tenth of one percent of the people in Washington, D.C. For every political appointee, there are 1,000 bureaucrats.

Leahy: There’s one little twist on that, which is it seems to me under the Biden Mal-administration, my words, not yours, that the political appointees and the deep state bureaucrats are aligned in the ways that they weren’t aligned under Trump.

Carmichael: Yes. What I’m saying is that under Trump, the bureaucrats simply ignored what the political appointee said. Now, on the other hand, the political appointees are in line with the bureaucrat.

Leahy: And aren’t they a little more brazen and aggressive?

Carmichael: Of course. So that’s what I’m saying. That’s why publicly traded companies are holding these shaming sessions. They’re holding them. They are actually happening. And then the military, Austin.

You didn’t hear there weren’t any congressional hearings. There wasn’t anything. He just sent out a dictate that says that the code of Military Justice, when it comes to cases of sexual harassment will no longer be in the military.

They’re being put in the civilian arena. So, people who won’t be judged by their military higher-ups, they’ll be judged by the Justice Department.

Leahy: When we hear all this Crom, you know, our listeners are going to say, how can we survive the next three and a half years as a constitutional Republic?

Carmichael: Well, for me, the question is not how do we survive the next three and a half years? It really isn’t. The question is, can this ship be turned around, even if you control the presidency, the House, and the Senate? Can you do that? Because I do think in the midterms I do think that we’ll retake at least the House.

Leahy: Yeah, I agree with that.

Carmichael: And I think there’s a good chance that we will win the Senate. But a lot of what’s going on right now in Washington is trying to position Democrats for the next election. Krysten Sinema has written an article or a column in The Washington Post about how strongly she feels about the filibuster.

She’s up for reelection in 2024. She knows that’s going to be a very tough election because she’ll be running as a Democrat against when the Republican for the presidency could be Trump or could be a Trumpian.

Leahy: Like a DeSantis would be the betting odds right now.

Carmichael: And she also recognizes that the voting rules in Maricopa County will be different in 2020.

Leahy: The Arizona state legislature has done a fine job in improving the election.

Carmichael: It has eliminated much of the cheating. So she recognizes that. So she is trying to position herself, even though she doesn’t believe anything she’s writing.

Leahy: By the way. We’re launching tomorrow, The Arizona Sun Times.

Carmichael: Oh good.

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Crom Carmichael Historically Compares Taiwan Versus China and the Capitulation of Communist Pope Francis

Crom Carmichael Historically Compares Taiwan Versus China and the Capitulation of Communist Pope Francis

 

Live from Music Row Monday 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 Taiwan’s historical progress versus China in the 80s and the capitulation of Pope Francis.

Leahy: Crom, lots of stuff going on. What else is on your agenda? By the way, it is the first day of summer. And it felt like the first day of summer. I got to drive in this morning at 4:25 in the morning, 80 degrees out.

Carmichael: Well, it felt like the first day of summer a couple of weeks ago when I got up close to 100 degrees. So that happens this time of year?

Leahy: Yes. Tennessee. Yeah, that’s right.

Carmichael: There are three or four articles all about China that I find that I find very interesting. But there is one that isn’t explicitly about China and it really helps understand some of what’s going on in terms of the foreign policy.

Leahy: Now Crom, I will tell you you have piqued my curiosity. I like the way you set that up. Well, now I’m thinking this is clever Crom seeing the influence China somewhere, and I’m sure it’s there. I wonder where you seeing it.

Carmichael: Here’s a headline. So anybody who read this headline could see it. This is in the business section of The Wall Street Journal. The World Relies On One Chip Maker in Taiwan, Leaving Everyone Vulnerable.

So that gives us an idea that one of the reasons why China is so insistent that they take over Taiwan. And we now know what China will do once they take over an area even if they promise to do something different because of what they did in Hong Kong.

Leahy: They promised one thing, and they did exactly the opposite.

Carmichael: They did not leave the people in Hong Kong free. They’re now under the subjugation of the Communist Chinese Party, just like everybody else.

Leahy: Let me just stop for a moment on that. When the United Kingdom signed the agreement to give Hong Kong back because their 99-year lease expired everybody knew this would happen.

Carmichael: I would assume so. But I’m not sure what the alternative was, because as you point out, there was a 99-year deal. And the 99-year deal was going to be coming up soon.

And I don’t think the Communist Party of China was in any mood at all to extend the terms of the deal, as they had been before. So it’s kind of like if your lease is running out in a building and you don’t have a right to renew, guess what?

Leahy: You’re out.

Carmichael: You’re either out of are you going to agree to the landlords’ terms. Now you have a choice of getting out. In the case of Taiwan, though, that’s not the case.

Leahy: That’s right. In the case of Taiwan, you had Chiang Kai-shek and a number of Chinese who fled the Communist Party back in the late 40s to the island of Taiwan which had virtually nothing on it. And Taiwan is now one of the wealthiest per-capita communities.

Leahy: It is booming from what I hear.

Carmichael: In the world. It’s only been there for 70 years.

Leahy: I guess 20 some odd million people live on the island, but it is a hub of entrepreneurial activities. And it’s a garden spot, I hear.

Carmichael: Well, I was in Taiwan quite some time ago.

Leahy: You were? What was it like?

Carmichael: Well, this is back in the late 80s and so it’s not fair. We were in China at the same time. And Taiwan was a bustling community and a huge city with lots of cars and lots of beautiful buildings.

In other words, it was a first-world country whereas in China at the time, we were one of the very, very, very few cars on the streets. And when we were on the streets, the driver would drive at about 10 to 15 miles an hour and beep his horn like a heartbeat because there were tens of thousands of bicycles.

And the bicycles had to just kind of move out of the way for the car to pass and move right back in the path. It was just quite extraordinary to see that. But China was very, very poor in the late 80s?

The tallest building in Shanghai was 40 stories and shared a hotel. And now Shanghai is a huge metropolis, just a huge, bustling city. But Taiwan was that before. And Taiwan is also a very, very technologically advanced society.

So there’s lots of technology that’s been developed. Apple phones and a lot of Apple equipment are made in Taiwan. But this one chipmaker is the largest chipmaker in the world by far and many of the chips that they make are very sophisticated.

And so this actually has national security implications in regard to that. What’s also interesting in regard to China is the House Republicans in Washington are targeting the Chinese Communist Party for covering up the origins of the Coronavirus and have introduced legislation to allow people to sue China.

The Democrats are completely opposed to that. So we now kind of see which side the Democrat party is on.

Leahy: They’re on the side of the Chinese Communist Party.

Carmichael: Yes. That’s really quite interesting. Apparently, nobody’s asked Anthony Fauci that question. If they have I’ve not seen it. So if one of our listeners has actually seen Anthony Fauci opine on whether or not the Communist Chinese Party should be held responsible now that he’s admitted that the virus likely came from the lab.

But he’s not admitting that very hard. And then there’s another interesting story where Pope Francis did something that no Pope has done in centuries and that is he capitulated to the Communist Chinese Party. The Communist Chinese Party gets to pick the priests.

Leahy: Yeah, that doesn’t happen. It’s never happened anywhere that I know of in the Catholic Church.

Carmichael: This is something that he agreed to. So now a Communist priest, somehow those two words just don’t seem to go together.

Leahy: It’s an oxymoron.

Carmichael: Yeah. Thank you. You can look that word up.

Leahy: It’s pernicious.

Carmichael: Pernicious. (Laughter) Very good. And then the last little item here is this in Yahoo. News of all places. And the headline is ominous.

Leahy: Not pernicous but ominous.

Carmichael: The U.S.-China relationship going down the path of a great confrontation, analyst says. I’ve read the story and I believe it’s true.

Leahy: Well, when you’re weak, the strong party will take advantage.

Carmichael: Yes.

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Feminist Author Dr. Naomi Wolf Weighs In on Events Leading Up to Her Permanent Twitter Ban

Feminist Author Dr. Naomi Wolf Weighs In on Events Leading Up to Her Permanent Twitter Ban

 

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 liberal, feminist, author, and freedom lover Dr. Naomi Wolf to the newsmakers line to discuss her permanent ban from Twitter after questioning COVID vaccines, citing current state legislation and Moderna website published content.

Leahy: And we are welcoming to our newsmaker line. Our good friend Dr. Naomi Wolf, the author of the 1991 feminist classic, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women.

She was an advisor to Al Gore in 2000. And now the left doesn’t like her because she’s talking about some health freedom issues. Good morning, Naomi.

Wolf: Good morning to you. How are you?

Leahy: I’m glad to have you on. So Twitter has suspended you? Oh, my goodness. What did you do? (Laughs)

Wolf: (Chuckles) Well, that is a good question. I certainly didn’t violate any of the Twitter rules, and Twitter is set up so that there’s no way to know why you’re suspended. There’s no one to call and there’s no editor to challenge this decision about.

I know it’s widely reported that I was de-platformed for reporting on adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine. And it is true that I’ve broken some stories about that which were picked up in many other news outlets, and I’m proud of the reporting I did.

People deserve all the information about any medical process. But I don’t believe that’s the real reason I was actually de-platformed in the act of posting a two-minute video in which I literally read verbatim a press release from a state senator in Oregon named Kim Thatcher, who had introduced a bill to ban vaccine passports and mask mandates in the state of Oregon.

There were a couple of other things that I had posted that day that I also think were over the target, honestly. So that is my best guess about why I was de-platformed.

Leahy: The mainstream media has reported and they apparently know why you were de-platformed, right?

Wolf: Yeah. Which is such terrible reporting. A, nobody in the news media has called me for comment to find out from me why I think I was de-platformed or what I actually said. And a lot of tweets have been taken out of context.

But if Twitter won’t talk to me about why I was de-platformed then who’s talking to mainstream media? Right. It’s almost as if they’re just making it up or else Twitter is leaking to news outlets without giving me the courtesy of contacting me and saying, look we are de-platforming you for this reason.

It’s dangerous and scary, not just because of what happened to me and my 140,000 followers who now can’t talk to me. It’s really much more dangerous and scary for everybody else out there and for democracy because if indeed, the reason was that I was reporting a transparent civic process, a state bill, then that means Twitter and these big tech platforms have the power to silence one side of the aisle or one side of the political discussion even though I’m not a Republican.

Which is the irony. And only let people hear about bills on the Dem side. And we’ve seen the de-platforming of conservative voices across a range of voices and commentators. So that’s really, really scary.

That quickly becomes a one-party state in the Chinese Communist Party model. So that’s super terrifying. And it’s also super terrifying because this is the world that we’re living in now. It’s not going to stop just me.

If somebody says something about the administration that is not okay or reveals some flaw in a product then that industry has a lot of power, it’s really a way to suppress dissent and debate. And that’s just not American.

Leahy: Naomi, in studio with us this morning is our all-star panelist, Clint Brewer. Clint is a recovering journalist, and Clint has a question for you. (Wolf chuckles)

Brewer: I haven’t fully recovered, so I’m going to ask a question live on the air. Ms. Wolf, some of the language around medical freedom concerning the pandemic is not dissimilar to language around pro-choice arguments.

Wolf: Right.

Brewer: You’ve got a nuanced history on the issue of abortion. For the listeners reconcile your positions on medical freedom as it relates to COVID and on abortion. And do you think there’s a growing number of people who share that sentiment that I think you’ll explain?

Wolf: I’m not sure I fully understand your question. I think what you’re saying and I’ve made this point on Twitter is that liberal feminists like myself who are pro-choice, have always had a gospel of my body, my choice and that it is really dangerous and unethical when the state can say, you have to have this baby or you can’t have an abortion or any other kind of forced decision making by the state that gets between a woman and her doctor, a woman, and her body. Is that the analogy you’re looking for?

Brewer: Exactly. And it sounds like a similar argument to medical freedom around COVID. I mean, people should be able to make a choice about masks. They should be able to have a choice about vaccines and control their body in between them and their health care professionals.

Wolf: Yes. I mean, I do agree with you, and I would go further. I think with abortion, good people can reasonably make arguments in both directions. But when it comes to whether or not to wear masks, whether or not to accept an experimental medical procedure, which is still the COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t completed its clinical trials.

I would go further and say, really, there are so many laws, including the Constitution, that make it unlawful to coerce people to have that vaccine. It’s unlawful. It violates HIPAA, for instance, to have a vaccine passport system.

It violates the Fourth Amendment and the Right to Privacy to ask whether someone’s vaccinated or not vaccinated before they can enter a business, which is what was happening to me when I was in New York City, where the signs like this all over the city.

It violates the Equality Act to say, and I’m hearing from people across the country, you can’t have a job unless you get vaccinated. Your child can’t go back to college unless he or she accepts this experimental vaccination.

I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but I absolutely believe in the rule of law and the Constitution and our human rights law that you need a convention. You can’t force a medical treatment on people.

It’s illegal to experiment on people. That’s the Nuremberg Code. We have a nexus laws in the free world that prevents us from being forced to accept medical treatment or from being experimented on.  My condition is not anti-vaccine, and I wouldn’t even call it medical freedom. It’s just Western democracy with its rule of law.

Leahy: Naomi, Yahoo News about 22 hours ago posted this story about you. I’ll read it and get your reaction. ‘Twitter has suspended author Naomi Wolf after she posted outlandish vaccine misinformation on the platform, including a claim that the shots were a ‘software platform that can receive uploads.’ Did Yahoo contact you before they wrote that story? And what’s your reaction to that?

Wolf: Well, they certainly did not. And this is such a gross example of big news outlets that really rely now, and I’m in the news business and I know your guest is there as well. They really rely on a kind of unholy partnership with Big Tech. The language in that Tweet is from the Moderna website.

And they were boasting on the website that their lipid nano-particle technology is like software that you can kind of upload or change in the future. And they were boasting about that as a revenue model, as opposed to a traditional vaccine where you just get it once.

After I reported on that, we did hear that there were going to be booster shots. There are going to be booster shots and it’s not just going to be one injection. I literally used the language off the Moderna website and their analogy.

And the trouble with Twitter, of course, is you can take these out of context. And certainly, Yahoo News has no excuse for taking that out of context.

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Financial Expert Liz Peek Explains the Many Reasons Joe Biden Will Not Stand up to Ruthless China

Financial Expert Liz Peek Explains the Many Reasons Joe Biden Will Not Stand up to Ruthless China

 

Live from Music Row Thursday 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. – guest host Christina Botteri welcomed Fox Business contributor and Wall Street expert, Liz Peek, on the newsmakers line to discuss the compromising position of Joe Biden and why he will not pushback on China.

Botteri: And on the newsmaker line with us is the one and only Liz Peek. Liz Peek is a Fox News contributor and former partner at the firm Wertheim and Company, and she’s a former columnist for The Fiscal Times, writes for The Hill, and contributes frequently to Fox News, The New York Sun, and other publications.

You can visit her online at lizpeek.com. You can follow her on Twitter, which I highly recommend @lizpeek. And Liz, you’re here to talk with us about Joe Biden’s China problem.

Peek: (Chuckles) Good morning. Well, he has one. And the problem for Joe Biden is that Americans are increasingly questioning where the Wuhan virus came from. And the mounting evidence is that, in fact, it was created in a lab not originally coming from bats or any kind of intermediary animal.

The Chinese have tested tens of thousands of animals and discovered no such virus exists that they can find it. And even some of our own experts with air quotes, like Anthony Fauci appear to think, yes, this is possible that this came from the lab.

So the question is, what is Joe Biden going to do about it? And I think voters are going to want him to stand up to China on this and other issues, by the way, too. And he can’t. He can’t because he needs China’s help in selling our own or I should say Joe Biden’s own very radical climate agenda to American voters.

Joe Biden basically wants to take offline or incredibly efficient low-cost energy structure and replace it with higher-cost renewables. That will mean everyone’s electricity prices go up and further damage our competitiveness with overseas companies.

And the only way he can even possibly argue that this makes sense is if China does the same thing. China has not done the same thing. They’ve made only the vaguest promises. And of course, China’s emissions are twice those of the U.S. growing very rapidly, whereas ours have not been increasing.

It is completely a fool’s mission to undermine one of the core geopolitical strengths of the United States, such as our incredibly abundant fossil fuel reserves without China making some sort of concession.

And Xi Jinping knows this. He knows this is a very fraught issue for a lot of voters in the U.S. Joe Biden needs his help in terms of Xi Jinping also making climate promises, which so far he’s not done. He also needs Xi Jinping to make sure that we can get back in the Iran nuclear deal.

Right now that’s unacceptable because the Iranians refused to make any changes to the original program. And Xi Jinping has sided with the Mullas and saying, no, no, their original deal is good enough.

Biden, really, if this is the cornerstone of his foreign policy, which it appears to be unbelievable, he needs Xi Jinping to work with him and get this done. But the most important thing probably is that the Chinese may have compromising information about the Biden family.

We know that there are a lot of financial transactions that included obviously Hunter Biden, but also possibly his father, which originated during the time he was vice president and the point person for Obama in China.

A Senate committee basically concluded that, in fact, the Biden’s might have extortion vulnerabilities because of what went on in not just China, but also other countries. And the FBI, let us not forget, is investigating Hunter’s activities for possible money laundering.

It’s a criminal investigation, again, involving his transactions in China. So I think the Chinese government is absolutely ruthless. They will not at all hesitate to leak out damaging information about the Biden family unless Joe Biden kind of plays along.

And I think this was true when Joe Biden was elected as true. Today, the media and social media giants covered it up and stood in the way of American voters finding out about these compromising situations in China.

Now, pretty much it’s gotten out there and I think this is potentially a huge problem for Joe Biden but also, let’s face it, for the United States.

Botteri: Yeah. You’re not kidding. That’s quite a lot to take in. I think the question that a lot of people have is, what can Joe Biden do? What can he get? What can he offer? What does he have that China wants? Is it to stand aside and let China just take over Africa in its entirety?

Is it to allow no change in their emissions standards? I guess, to their credit, China hasn’t made any promises that they’re not fulfilling. They’ve basically said, what? The U.S. cut our emissions? No, thanks. (Peek chuckles) No, we’re not doing that. But even if they did, would they?

Peek: I think you ask a good question. What do they want from Biden? What they want from Biden is basically for the United States not to impede their march towards supremacy. They want to be the number one industrial nation in the world.

Obviously, they’ve made enormous progress towards that end. But Trump was a hiccup. He was a speed bump. I think President Trump did our nation a great service by calling out China’s truly criminal activities, stealing billions, hundreds of billions of dollars, according to some government sources, in our intellectual property, cheating the United States on trade, but also the world on trade.

China is a bad actor. It has never gone along with the strictures of belonging to something like the World Health Organization, as we have seen recently, or the World Trade Organization.

They cheat, they lie. They do whatever is necessary to further their own cause. We had a President, briefly who put America first. There’s no question that Xi Jinping puts China first.

Okay, that’s acceptable as long as he behaves within the norms of conventional international behavior. But he does not. And I think the answer to your question is he wants Joe Biden basically to ignore what’s going on in China in specific about the virus.

Joe Biden will orchestrate a pretend investigation. He’s asked our intelligence agencies to double down on their investigation. He will go along with a rebooted WHO investigation. The World Health Organization.

None of those things is going to get anywhere because the Chinese are basically not allowing their scientists to talk to the Western investigators. They’re not allowing those investigators into the lab to look at their research materials for their procedures.

Little by little, though, it is coming out that this is probably the origins of the virus. And I think what they’re going to demand is that basically, the West do nothing about it. You’d be interested to know, maybe, and your listeners might be interested to know that Australia, to their credit, actually did challenge the origin theory a year ago about where this virus came from.

Australia really demanded answers and was very aggressive about it. In response, China has unleashed an unbelievable trade war against Australia, for which about 20 percent of their exports go to China.

China and Australia have very big trading relationships. China has blocked or sanctioned or now prohibited the importing from Australia dozens of goods. That’s how seriously they are on the attack on this and how aggressive they will be.

What we need to do and what Biden may or may not be able to do is really get the entire EU block and the UK organized with us demanding answers from China and putting out their potential penalties.

Whether it’s trade sanctions or whatever that result if, in fact, China does not cooperate. I don’t think Biden will do that. I don’t think he has the forcefulness to do that. And as I say, he has seriously serious vulnerabilities if he does.

Botteri: You mentioned the pretend investigation, and I just can’t help but wonder are there any real investigations in the Biden administration right now having to do with the serious issues? Are any of the investigations real?

And then something else that kind of struck me. I’m not the person who came up with this, but I think it’s a very provoking thought and one that we should all remember. And it is this. In China, globalism is nationalism.

Peek: Yeah, that’s exactly right. And that has served them well. Again, whatever serves China’s interests are acceptable to China is acceptable to China. And certainly globalism and the fact that the United States will enter into agreements, for example, the Paris Climate Accord is an absolute horror for the United States.

And sadly, because we have this climate-industrial complex now in the U.S. and so little real analysis of the costs of the kind of measures that Joe Biden wants to put through. There is nothing that Xi Jinping would like better than to have America try to cut our emissions in half, as Joe Biden has promised.

Look at California. California is a state which has embraced renewables with great enthusiasm, and their electricity costs are nearly twice that of the rest of the country. Their gasoline costs are probably 30 percent.

Botteri: And growing. Liz Peek, thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you come back again soon.

Peek: Thank you.

Botteri: You always a delight. Thank you so much.

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