U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty Explains China Regulation Behaviors, Biden Family, and Reconciliation

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty Explains China Regulation Behaviors, Biden Family, and Reconciliation

 

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 U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) to the newsmaker line to discuss China’s illicit global behavior, SEC regulations, the Biden family, and reconciliation.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by our friend, the United States junior senator from Tennessee, Bill Hagerty. Good morning, Senator Hagerty.

Hagerty: Good morning. Great to be back with you.

Leahy: Senator Hagerty, China is on my mind this morning, and I’m thinking it’s on your mind as well. What’s going on with China? You’ve been making some news in that area of late.

Hagerty: China persists in its malign behavior all around the world. And if you think about what we’re dealing with now in any aspect of the news, whether it’s the coronavirus pandemic that they unquestionably unleashed on the planet, their reluctance to do anything, to cooperate, to help us deal with that.

Their actions in the Taiwan Strait, which threaten yet another free nation and one of our allies, where we are spending a great deal of time and effort right now. Certainly in my office contemplating our approach and our push back on that.

To what they’re doing in the realm of military diplomacy and every other aspect of global life to try to undercut and project themselves and very often at the expense of America.

Leahy: You were quoted in a story yesterday at CNBC. This is an area of great interest to me, and I learned something about your position in the Senate, where you are influential. You are a member of the Banking Committee, which is a very influential committee.

Here’s the headline of the story. SEC Officials Says US Listed Chinese Companies Must Disclose Government Interference Risk. And your quote on that topic was, I think on point. You said, “U.S. regulators must ensure that American investors and workers are protected from the sort of non-market behavior that is leaving American investors.” That’s what you said.

Hagerty: Yes.

Leahy: You said it on the Senate banking committee. How are the Chinese companies that are listed on American stock exchanges engaging in nonmarket behavior?

Hagerty: Several days ago, I made those remarks because I witnessed what happened with the listing of the major ride-hailing company. It’s a copycat of Uber here in America. It’s called DiDi. And they came and use the New York Stock Exchange to list their company.

I’ve spent a lot of time and a big portion of my life in the financial markets – a servant on the board of directors of New York Stock Exchange-listed companies. I know the rules. DiDi lists here in America raise billions of dollars.

And just a couple of days later, the Chinese Communist Party basically pulled down their data, pulls their app offline, and destroys the business model. This is after they’ve collected again billions of dollars of American investors’ hard-earned money.

Leahy: Where did that money go?

Hagerty: It’s in the hands of a Chinese company and perhaps in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

Leahy: How do we let that happen?

Hagerty: We allowed them to list. And again, I put a lot of pressure on the SEC. You cannot allow these Chinese companies to list and not follow precisely the same set of rules. The companies that I’ve worked with, that I’ve sat on the boards on, and that I’ve invested in – that you invest in, American companies have followed the rules.

If we had an American company that didn’t list a major risk like this, they would be delisted.

Instead, we had this happen with the Chinese company and we’ve got to step up. No more looking the other way. The Biden administration seems too often willing to appease and not step up and stand up for the rights of Americans.

Leahy: What sort of concrete, specific actions can be undertaken by the United States government to make sure that these kinds of market irregularities, this disruption, this perversion of our American financial markets by the Chinese, to their benefit, don’t occur again?

Hagerty: We need to make certain that they fully comply with all of the accounting standards that American companies have to comply with.

I think it’s a shock to many American investors to learn that Chinese companies have been given waivers on the American stock exchanges when they don’t comply with the same sort of accounting requirements, the same accounting standards that we do. That’s got to come to an end.

Leahy: But didn’t the Biden administration just double down on granting those waivers? Or do I have that wrong?

Hagerty: They have got to come back and look at the law and enforce it as written. And they’re not doing this time and time again. They’re looking the other way. They’re not enforcing the laws that are on the books against companies that don’t and countries –

And certainly, the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t have our best interests at heart. Yet they’re willing to double down on American companies all day long. We are the enemy. The economy here in America is under attack on a daily basis by the Biden administration.

Yet, if you look at their appeasement around the world and it’s not just China, they’re trying to appease Iran. They killed the Keystone XL pipeline. What a gift to China and Iran. They are collapsing our southern border. That’s a gift to the cartels down in Mexico.

And Vladimir Putin is laughing all the way to the bank now that they granted him a license to go ahead and complete Nord Stream too. Again, great for the old business over there in Russia while they’re trying to kill the old gas business here in America.

Leahy: There’s a principle of philosophy called Ockham’s razor and that is basically the most likely explanation for an occurrence – is probably the correct one. So I look at this, Senator Hagerty and I look at the Biden Justice Department refusing to prosecute a couple of Chinese spies and military members who lied about their resumes to get influential jobs with American universities.

They’ve decided they’re not going to prosecute them. To me that says this is an example of how compromised Joe Biden and the Biden administration are on the issue of China. What have I got wrong there?

Hagerty: I think you’ve got it right. And if you think about the close financial ties that the Biden family has with China. We don’t have to go back very far to remember who the big guy is and Hunter’s activities in China bringing – what was it?

A billion and a half dollars back from a trip that Hunter took when his father was the vice president. There is obviously something going on here, and we’ve got to continue to press to get to the bottom of it.

Leahy: What are the odds that an anonymous Chinese Communist Party member is going to spend half a million dollars to buy the supposed artwork of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden? (Chuckles)

Hagerty: This is yet another example of the Biden regime and the Biden family operation cashing in on the father’s position. And this is wholly un-American and something I think the world should be very concerned about.

I should say America should be very concerned about it. The world is looking at this and perhaps a low-cost entry point to influence here in America. And it’s un-American as it can be.

Leahy: You’ve got a very busy schedule yourself, and we really appreciate you coming to the program to tell us what you’re up to. What are your priorities for the next week? What are some of the most important things you’ll be doing?

Hagerty: We are trying to make it clear to the public the inflationary implications of what Biden and the Democrats are talking about with this massive spending spree that they have in the tank. They’re saying it’s a $3.5 trillion package to go alongside this  “bipartisan” infrastructure deal.

All the projections that I’ve seen say that the $3.5 trillion partisan package, and again, they’re planning to pass this on a 50 vote margin in the Senate. We have a 50/50 Senate and the only way they can break the ties is by bringing the vice president to do it.

That’s their plan. The $3.5 trillion actually maps out to be more than $5 trillion. This is at a time when inflation has taken off. If you look at the numbers between May and June of this year and you annualize the inflation just between those last two months, it annualizes to a 12 percent annual inflation rate. The target for the Fed is two percent.

They’ve talked about maybe slightly overshooting that. This isn’t a slight overshoot. This is a massive overshoot. And we’ve got to step back and say, do we want to introduce this type of inflation throughout the economy?

Those of us that are old enough to remember the Jimmy Carter years know where this will lead. And we are pushing back as hard as we possibly can on this.

Leahy: Here’s a question for you. The Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked for advice from the parliamentarian on the capability of using reconciliation to jam through all sorts of bills – illegal immigration, et cetera – under the guise of reconciliation.

The parliamentarian said, well, maybe once you can do it, maybe twice. Do you think the parliamentarian is going to rule on these attempts that will constrain the use of reconciliation? Or will it be a free for all?

Hagerty: We’ll see what they put in. But my guess is that even though Chuck Schumer may know things will not pass the test to be included in this reconciliation bill. And again, I want to clarify the word reconciliation.

What you would think and what I would think is reconciliation is some sort of coming together, some meeting of minds to address or fix something. This is not reconciliation. This is a 100-percent partisan, reckless spending spree that they’re on. Will they use this process to message, will they put things in that won’t fit and rely on the parliamentarian to take them out? I wouldn’t put it past them at all.

They’ll probably use anything that the parliamentarian takes out yet again as their argument to do away with the filibuster and turn this Senate process that over the years has been historically a bipartisan organization into something that is completely partisan again. And if they destroy the filibuster they’ll be able to fulfill the rest of their socialist wishlist.

Leahy: Senator Bill Hagerty, thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to our listeners here. I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for joining us.

Hagerty: Thank you. Good to be with you.

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Crom Carmichael on Democrat Party’s Love of Authoritarian Government and Inconsistencies About January 6 Riots

Crom Carmichael on Democrat Party’s Love of Authoritarian Government and Inconsistencies About January 6 Riots

 

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 weak response to Cuba’s communism, the Democrat Party’s support of authoritarian government, and the conspicuous inaccuracies of the Capitol Hill riots.

Leahy: In studio with us, the original all-star panelist, Crom Carmichael. Crom, you know, I saw a lead story at Breitbart. They had an exclusive interview with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

And basically, he said everything that the Biden administration is doing dealing with Cuba is wrong and weak. And of course, this is a constant theme that I have.

We have a Beta male serving as secretary of state. The former lead partner of the not so esteemed law firm Winken, Blinken, and Nod. Antony Blinken.

Their idea is, I think, let me subvert America’s interests. Let me bow down to every other tyrannical dictator in the world and just beg them to have mercy on us.

Carmichael: It’s really quite something. The latest story on Cuba is that the Biden administration has so far denied Cubans the Internet. And our security people said if we want to provide the Cuban people access to the Internet, we can do that quickly.

Leahy: Why haven’t they done it?

Carmichael: Because they support authoritarian governments and that is something that the Democrat Party wants to emulate.

Leahy: They want to emulate them. And of course, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has and all the Black Lives Matter leaders have been critical of the protesters in Cuba, from what I can tell.

Carmichael: Yes, because they’re in favor of the regime. But Cuba is not in isolation. You have the Biden administration who is determined to lift the sanctions from Iran to give them the funding back that they needed and used in the past to terrorize the Middle East. And I can’t explain that because there is no logical explanation for funding.

Leahy: I have a theory.

Carmichael: Ok, please.

Leahy: I think they are deliberately trying to destroy the United States of America. That’s my theory.

Carmichael: And Israel, while they are at it.

Leahy: But let me just stop for a moment because what’s the alternate? Are they just dumb and stupid or they’re just caught up in ideology? Is it deliberate, Crom?

Carmichael: I don’t know, but let me say this. That is a great question. I do not know the answer. But when you look at four, you have four countries.

The other two, in addition to Cuba, where they’re not doing anything to help the people who are calling for freedom in Iran, they’re backing the regime and not only backing the regime against their own people.

They want to give money even though they know that the last time they gave them a bunch of money there were terrorists all across the Middle East. Terrorist acts all across the Middle East funded by Iran.

Leahy: But you said even though they know. I think it might be because they know.

Carmichael: And then that would make it even worse. But for me, this kind of falls in the category of: do I want to get hit by a truck going 80 miles an hour or a train going 80 miles an hour.

Leahy: Either way, the outcome is the same.

Carmichael: So whether they know what they’re doing is terrible or whether they’re doing the same terrible things because they’re fools, the result is the same.

But they’re kowtowing to Russia and letting Russia build their pipelines while they are canceling pipelines here in the U.S. And so to claim that pipelines themselves are hurting global warming junk –

Leahy: That seems to be consistent with my theory that they’re deliberately doing this.

Carmichael: That they are trying to crush the West.  And then the last country, of course, is China.

Leahy: Of course.

Carmichael: Where China has now been caught hacking Microsoft and probably many other hacks. They steal our intellectual property, and Biden is doing nothing. He just does nothing.

And this does not end well for the American people. The deeper question for me is, let’s assume the public wakes up. And let’s assume that the appropriate voter laws are in place so that the Democrats are unable to cheat.

Leahy: The way they did in 2020.

Carmichael: The way that I believe they did too.

Leahy: Lots of evidence out there.

Carmichael: A lot of evidence, but it’s not conclusive. But there are trials that end with the preponderance of the evidence.

And this is more – this is not a criminal trial. This is a civil trial in the way that we’re thinking about this. And that is because we’re not going to change the result of the election.

Leahy: Zero, zip, nada chance of that.

Carmichael: No. Biden is president. And if he cheated to get there, then they were clever in the way they did it.

Leahy: My phrasing, of course, is legal, but not legitimate.

Carmichael: But the deepness of the deep state, we were talking about Michigan, you couldn’t embed FBI agents. And we also now have word that there are a number of FBI agents embedded in the January sixth riots.

Leahy: More than two dozen according to Tucker Carlson and the documents that he’s received.

Carmichael: And then the footage. All of the video footage is still being held back.

Leahy: That we can’t see.

Carmichael: So why is the video footage being held back from the public? It’s because to me, the answer is because they don’t want anybody going through the video footage and identifying individuals who either A, might be members of the government and the FBI or B, might be members of some left-wing groups and that they are inciting other people to do things that they shouldn’t do. Then there’ll be video, lots of video of Capitol Hill Police literally holding the door open for people to walk in the door.

Leahy: Yes. Now, were there some people who broke windows and climbed through windows?

Leahy: Yes, there were. Who were they?

Carmichael: But were there many, many more people who walked through open doors being held open by the Capitol Hill Police? And the last thing – and then I want you to jump on this one –

The last thing is we do know that the head of the Capitol Hill Police made five telephone calls asking for additional support and was rejected each time by Nancy Pelosi’s aid.

Leahy: The Sergeant at Arms who reports directly to here. Who I’m sure called her and said Madam Speaker, should I help this guy out?

Carmichael: Should I authorize more support?

Leahy: And she told them, no. That would be my guess. Yeah, I don’t know that for sure.

Carmichael: Well, they won’t tell us. Michael, you and I are left in what we’re doing here. We’re left to form opinions based on the facts as we understand them.

Leahy: Yes. Which is very limited. Very limited at best.

Carmichael: But it’s on purpose.

Leahy: Yes, a lot of things are delivered these days from the deep state. We’ll be back after the news.

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Crom Carmichael on White Liberals Versus What Black Americans Really Think and the Fascism of China

Crom Carmichael on White Liberals Versus What Black Americans Really Think and the Fascism of China

 

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 weigh in on the mentality of woke white liberals, what Black American’s are really thinking, and fascist China.

Leahy: In studio, the original all-star panelist, Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: Did you have a good weekend?

Carmichael: I did. It was fairly uneventful, but we had a nice time. My whole family came over for Friday night, and we played a very interesting game.

Leahy: What is it?

Carmichael: You pick a category like, for example, vegetables. And then everybody writes down the name of a vegetable on a piece of paper. And then it gets all wadded up.

One of the people who is playing with the moderator, so they read each one of the names of the vegetables. So there were nine of us.

So eight people played. It might have been 10 of us. Nine played.  But anyway, everybody wrote down theirs. And then the moderator reads out the name of the vegetables and then reads the names again in the same order.

And then nobody can ask, what were some of those vegetables? You can’t ever ask that again. And then you’re trying to guess. It could be anything.

It can be state capitols. It can be Presidents of the United States or world leaders. It can be anything you want it to be. But then you’re trying to guess. You’re trying to say so and so, you are a turnip.

Leahy: Okay, there you go.

Carmichael: And then if that person is a turnip, then they have to come over. And they’re now on your team. They’re now in your family. And at the end of the game, there’s only one family.

Leahy: That’s fun. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Carmichael: I messed up.

Leahy: Were you a turnip? (Chuckles)

Carmichael: Well, one of them was authors. So I decided I’d be funny. So I wrote down I-M-A. And then my last name was C-O-L-D.

Leahy: Ima Cold. (Chuckles)

Carmichael: Kathy was doing the reading, and I didn’t write the D very well. And so she thought it was a B. So it wrecked the whole joke. (Laughter)

Leahy: Crom, so here’s the thing. When it comes to stand-up comedy, I said, don’t quit your day job.

Carmichael: That’s right. Thank you.

Leahy: I had a great weekend. I went up right after the show on Friday I flew up to Madison, Wisconsin, and I have to tell you, it’s run by crazy lefties, the city itself.

Beautiful city. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there. The prettiest, state capital in the entire country.

Carmichael: Wow.

Leahy: And I stayed it right downtown and had dinner with great friends up there. Lots of Conservatives up there.

Carmichael: Oh yeah.

Leahy: And the city itself has got a couple of Lakes. Big beautiful lakes surround the city. It was gorgeous. And the lefties haven’t ruined Madison yet the way they’ve ruined Portland.

Carmichael: Wisconsin is not a liberal state. They vote left most of the time. But I think the Republicans not long ago had control of the governor’s office and both Houses of the legislature.

And Scott Walker used that time in office to change a lot of laws that have not been changed back. And I don’t know that the left has gotten control of both Houses.

Leahy: The Republicans control both Houses.

Carmichael: Okay.

Leahy: But you’re right. It’s a bifurcated state. The urban areas are left-wing lunatics, but the suburban areas and the rural areas are very conservative.

Carmichael: That may change. I watched Waters World over the weekend and there was one segment on there that I just thought was fascinating.

This reporter went out and was interviewing and asking questions of people on the young White liberals on college campuses and was asking them if voter ID laws are good.

And specifically, they asked about Black people and whether or not it harms Black people, and whether it suppresses the Black vote. Every single one of the White liberals’ interview, now I’m sure they interviewed others but they all said oh yes.

A lot of Black people don’t have identification. And they truly meant it. Then they interviewed Black people, and the person will say to a Black person, do you have a driver’s license?

And the Black person would say yes, why are you asking me that? Do you think most Black people have identification? Yes. Why are you asking me that?

Then one of the White people said that a lot of Black people don’t have access to technology. So then one of the Black people was asked, do Black people have access to technology?

And one guy said that’s a ridiculous question. Why do you ask me that And he said a lot of young White people don’t think that Black people have access to technology?

And he said what? It was stunning the difference in what young White liberals think, who probably watch CNN and MSNBC if they watch anything.

Leahy: So the theme of this pic of this report was young white liberals are stupid.

Carmichael: They are stupid, ignorant. They were given a nice brain by God.

Leahy: They don’t use it.

Carmichael: They don’t have the correct information in it. (Leahy laughs) And this gets to when you were interviewing Carol Swan about the NFL.

And by the way, this has been true for centuries. This has been true since before the Civil War. The Democrat Party has been the party of division.

It gets its power there. Now it’s the party of both division and government. Its constituency is government, and it wins power by division.

And so you had Jesse Jackson starting it in the 80s wanting Black people to be referred to as African-American. Meaning they weren’t American.

They were African-American. Well, now I think we’ve gotten finally past that. I always referred to Americans who are Black as Black, because I believe that Americans who are White should be referred to as White, not European-Americans.

I think America has a set of virtues and a set of ideas that are unique in the world, and I think they’re valuable to our country. We are the most multiracial country in the world and we have to have common values to have a functioning, successful society.

And I think this notion of the Black national anthem is once again, it’s like African-Americans that Black people don’t want to honor the American flag.

I wonder whether or not Black people who are in the service, whether or not they think the Black national anthem is their national anthem, or whether or not the national anthem that we’ve been singing for and playing before sporting events for a century, or whether or not that’s the national anthem.

Leahy: I think the latter.

Carmichael: I do too. I also think most Black Americans believe that the national anthem is important. And so the NFL’s doing is surprising to me.

And hopefully, the next Republican president will sign an executive order that forces the owners of the NFL and Roger Goodell to live in ways that are very uncomfortable for them.

Because that’s what they’re doing to the country. And they need to get a chance to walk their talk, as it were.

Leahy: And the disappointing thing about the NFL is you would think they might actually kind of be paying attention to what’s happening to their brand and they’re not. They’re going in exactly the opposite direction.

Carmichael: It may be that what they’re trying to do is get some big contracts in China. And I really mean that. I think that may be what they are doing.

Leahy: Crom, I think if you look at it sort of the NBA led the way with China contracts, but now they’re run by China.

Carmichael: Now the NBA is run by China.

Leahy: Totally run by China. And the NFL may be thinking the same.

Carmichael: They may be trying to do the same thing. And so they may think that if they do this, then there’s more money in it.

Leahy: They can put teams in China and we can just stop going to the games for the teams in America.

Carmichael: The thing that’s so disgusting about it, and that’s really the right word, and it’s also true with the NBA. Probably more so with the NBA is that the owners are putting the almighty dollar ahead of their own citizens and they will cow-tow to anything.

And I’ve decided I’m not quite sure that the Communist Chinese Party is the right way to describe them because they’re not pure Communists, but they are pure fascists.

You have to be connected to the government to be successful in China. If you’re not connected to the government, then you’re not going to be successful.

You have to have permission from the government of China to be successful. That’s more in the line of fascism because there are people who own their own businesses.

The means of production are not owned by the central government in China, but they are controlled by it.

Leahy: What’s emerging is almost like global fascist feudalism. That combo.

Carmichael: Yes. And the reason that China is successful is that they steal our intellectual property. If they weren’t allowed to steal and then exploit our intellectual property, they would not be an economically successful country.

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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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Senator Bill Hagerty Answers Questions on His January 6 Vote After More Evidence of Election Irregularities in Georgia, S1, and the Border

Senator Bill Hagerty Answers Questions on His January 6 Vote After More Evidence of Election Irregularities in Georgia, S1, and the Border

 

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 TN (R) U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty to the newsmakers line to answer questions related to his January 6 vote as new election irregularity evidence mounts in Georgia, S1, and the continuing border crisis.

Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line our friend, Senator Bill Hagerty. Good morning, Senator Hagerty.

Hagerty: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: I want to talk about a couple of things in this segment. Georgia, S1, and the border. So in Georgia, the light of the ongoing evidence that no chain of custody documents exist for more than 300,000 absentee ballots cast in Georgia in November 2020 and reports of massive regularities in Fulton County, it appears to me that Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger’s decision to certify those results were, in fact, as a Georgia GOP convention recently found a dereliction of his constitutional duty.

Here’s my question for you. If you knew on January 6, what we know now about Georgia, would you have joined Jodi Hice in objecting to those Electoral College votes?

Hagerty: Michael, let me take both parts of your question. First, Georgia, because we haven’t talked about it. Then we’ll come back to January 6. You and I have talked about that in the past.

I didn’t need to see this latest evidence on the chain of custody in Georgia to know that there are serious problems there. In fact, I was down in Mar-a-Lago in April with President Trump reviewing the Fulton County data.

We were going through it in 15-minute increments at that point. There are major irregularities in Georgia and those are regularities that need to be addressed by those people responsible for them. And that’s the states.

And you and I’ve talked about this. The states are the ones that are given the responsibility and the authority to set the rules. They should be addressing this. And that’s the reason that President Trump loves the legislation I put for one of the first pieces of legislation I put forward as a sitting senator which is to protect the Electoral College Act.

And what that requires is an audit of the 2020 election to find out every state where the Constitution was violated and in any state that violated the Constitution. And I believe there were a number of them.

Those states will not receive any federal funding for their elections until they rectify that. That’s related to the conversations that we’ve had in the past about January 6. You recall, I said I would, and I objected to the Arizona results.

It was the first state that was objected to. I did that because I wanted to debate the formation of a commission. A commission that would identify those places where the Constitution was violated and put it back to the states to fix that before the inauguration.

That is the right way to fix it. I was never going to vote to federalize the election. I was never going to vote to give Congress the authority and take it away from the states. That would be the first step if Congress were to take control of the elections and we allowed Congress to change the result every time you’ve got the legislature in control of a different party than the incoming President.

That’s just the first step toward doing away with the Electoral College, in my view. And that’s not something that we would ever support. I don’t think you would, either. That conversation about forming a Commission completely changed when the capital was breached.

When the riots broke out, we were sequestered, put away and the conversation changed very quickly from debating a Commission to invoking the 25th amendment against our President to be impeaching him. The best thing to do at that point was to shut this thing down and focus on fixing it in a different manner.

And that’s why I put the legislation together that I brought forward to require an audit of all the states that violated the Constitution and again deprive them of funding until they repaired it.

Leahy: Crom Carmichael is in studio and he has a question for you on that, Senator Hagerty.

Carmichael: Senator, I have a question in regard to January 6. There’s evidence that now comes out that the FBI had people inserted in these groups. And some of the reports I’ve read is that the FBI was actually helping to insight the riot. Do you all have any information that the riot that happened was contrived?

Hagerty: Crom, this is very disturbing. I’ve heard the same reports that you have. I would actually be meeting with FBI Director Wray today. We have very, very strong reason to be concerned as a nation when we find out how the intelligence community has been abused, how law enforcement has been abused, and we need to get to the bottom of this.

Do we know the answers to this with certainty today? No. But are these serious serious questions? Absolutely, Crom.

Leahy: Well, that’s breaking some news that we didn’t know – that you’re meeting with the FBI director today.

Let’s talk about what happened last night in Washington. S1 came up with a 50 50 vote, didn’t get the 60. They needed to break a filibuster on it. What’s your take on what happened last night?

Hagerty: What happened last night, I think, was very predictable. What you had underway with this S1 was a blatant power grab by the Democrats in the most narrow, narrow majorities.

It’s a 50, 50 Senate right now. And the only way they controlled is because of who’s occupying the White House. They’ve tried to push through one of the most blatant power grabs ever.

And this is legislation that’s been lying around. The components of it have been lying around at Democratic smoke-built backrooms for years. They tried this right after the 2016 election.

They brought this up in the first part of 2017. The emergency, then and the crisis then that they brought forth was the fact that Trump was elected. Of course, that was wholly unacceptable to them.

So if you look back at what they brought back in 2017 essentially the same sort of thing, they tried it again in 2018, even in 2020. Nancy Pelosi tried to put this through, using the pandemic as the excuse in her effort to again rewrite all the election laws under the guise of a pandemic emergency.

And now the latest emergency that they’re siding, again this was their excuse, is the crisis that’s being caused by states trying to come in and impose some election integrity after the 2020 election.

It’s ridiculous. It’s nothing but a blatant power grab. And as I said, if we allow them to federalize elections, which is exactly what they were trying to do, they are going to use this as the first step, I think, to do away with the Electoral College and completely take control.

Carmichael: Senator, Michael, earlier in the show where I maintained that a lot of what’s going on by the Democrats in Washington right now essentially a head fake because what the Democrats are not being able to accomplish through the legislative process they’re accomplishing through the administrative process.

For example, the Secretary of Defense kind of unilaterally just came out and said that the Code of Military Justice will no longer apply to cases of sexual harassment and that they will be referred to the Justice Department, which I think is a huge change in the military. What are your comments on what’s going on in the administration?

Hagerty: I’m very concerned about this type of activity is something that I’m looking into right now. In fact, you had an extensive meeting on it yesterday utilizing the Congressional Review Act to come back and take these executive body administrative decisions like you described, apart and subject them to congressional review.

Because something like this would not pass congressional muster. What they’re trying to do again is just a blatant power grab. They’ve swung so far to the left I think they’re trying to reshape America into something that most of us can’t even comprehend.

And we’ve got to push back at every turn, and Congress has an important role to play. And so I’m looking into utilizing the Congressional Review Act to go after misuses and abuses just like you described.

Carmichael: So if we retake the House and the Senate, the Congressional Review Act, does that require 60 votes?

Hagerty: 50 plus one.

Carmichael: 50 plus one on the Congressional Review Act. So there’s a lot of authority to push back against administrative overreach if we can retake the House and have control of the Senate.

Hagerty: Absolutely. And there’s no reason to stop right now because you’ve got Democrats that I do not believe are as far left as the outspoken minority that seems to get all of the media amplification.

You think about leaders like Joe Manchin or Krysten Sinema, who will have a very hard time supporting or voting with some of these extremist policies that the Biden administration is putting forward.

There’s no reason to wait 18 months. I think we should start right now. And that’s what I’m going to put in motion because we cannot wait another day. We can get this. We’ve got to start pushing back on this immediately.

Leahy: Senator Hagerty, let’s talk about the other big issue out there, the border here. It appears to me that the Biden administration is absolutely failing to enforce our immigration laws and the border is entirely open. What in Congress can you do about that?

Hagerty: Well, one of the first things that I did is I took the absolute first official congressional trip done by the Senate of the pandemic. I’m the only member of the United States Senate that actually has diplomatic experience.

I served as U.S. ambassador to Japan, the third-largest economy in the world, after the United States and China. I’ve had experience doing this sort of thing, and I went to Guatemala, into Mexico, just like Vice President Harris did all be it a full month before she did.

I met with the President of Guatemala. I met with his Foreign Minister. I explained to them the urgency of the situation. We need to stop the crisis at the border right now. The talk about root causes, they were very clear to me.

The President of Guatemala was very clear to me what the root cause actually is. The root causes are the messages coming out of the White House. It’s Joe Biden in his campaign saying, hey, if I win my election, I’m going to treat you better.

It’s Joe Biden saying, we’re going to reunite families again? The President of Guatemala said to me, the Coyotes immediately began marketing and collecting children, getting their parents to give them their life savings to undertake one of the most treacherous journeys imaginable.

They are praying on the most vulnerable in their society. Using again, messages coming out of Washington, D.C. Messages like a $15 an hour minimum wage, $1,400 of free money going to illegal immigrants.

These messages are being marketed by Coyotes. They’re enriching the cartels, and they’re creating this massive illegal movement that’s destroying nuclear families in their countries. They don’t like this one bit.

They’re very upset about it. And they made it clear to me that we have a lot to do with this. We mean, the Biden administration being the most important and significant root cause and causing our border to collapse has really made something else happen as well.

And this is where the leadership of Mexico made very clear to me. The Mexican Foreign Minister when I met with him, said, look, China is moving in. They’ve stepped up their fentanyl operations in my country.

In Mexico, they’re shipping more precursor chemicals, more fentanyl in. They’ve got Chinese lab technicians working with the cartels making fentanyl in Mexico and shipping it across this porous border.

Our Customs and Border Patrol agents are all tied up dealing with these families, dealing with these unattended minors. Meanwhile, the cartels are shoving more and more drugs across our borders.

And as I talk with sheriffs in law enforcement in Tennessee every day, they told me since January, since the border collapsed, they’ve seen a dramatic rise and overdoses and death from Fentanyl and Methamphetamines. Where is it coming from? Mexico? Who’s manufacturing it? The Chinese.

Leahy: Senator Bill Hagerty. Thanks so much for joining us. I know sometimes we ask you questions that are a little tougher than maybe you get from some folks. But you always step up. You always come on. You always answer the questions. We really appreciate that.

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