Crom Carmichael Questions Unanswered Questions on the Capitol Hill Riot and If It Will Go Down the Memory Hole

Crom Carmichael Questions Unanswered Questions on the Capitol Hill Riot and If It Will Go Down the Memory Hole

 

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 who pondered several unanswered questions surrounding the riots on Capitol Hill on January sixth and questioned why there were not any questions into why standard command and control protocols in place.

Leahy: We are joined as we almost always are at 6:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by our good friend, the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom.

Carmichael: Good morning Michael.

Leahy: Now just to your left…

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: Is a beautiful, delicious birthday cake for The Tennessee Star made by our good friends at Puffy Muffin. It is a red velvet cake.

Carmichael: Oooh.

Leahy: With vanilla icing.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: And then also orange icing for The Tennessee Star for four years. Four years of The Tennessee Star as the only conservative news site in the state of Tennessee. And during this coming break, we are going to begin eating this cake.

Carmichael: Oh my well, it’s exciting.

Leahy: It’s very exciting.

Carmichael: I can hardly wait.

Leahy: I can hardly wait, but you have other things you want to talk about today. You follow a fine conservative journalist, Byron York. And he has a communication newsletter that goes out regularly. Tell me about what’s in it today.

Carmichael: Well this one he’s talking about the capitol riot and how it looks like the way the Democrats are approaching it is that they’re really comparing it to, falsely by the way, to 9/11 as to how serious it is. And what it means and blah blah blah. So my guess is that I can I’m going to predict right now that next January 6 there will be a time of silence and all these other things to commemorate the so-called invasion of the capitol.

But what he points out in this newsletter that he sends out in the mornings is that a whole bunch of questions has not yet been answered. In fact, there are almost no questions that have been answered. And so what he did was he sent a letter to the Capitol Police and he said here’s a list of questions. Can you provide the answers? And here they are. How many Capitol Hill police officers were injured in the riot? What were their injuries?

What is their condition now? Did Capitol Hill Police confiscate any firearms from rioters? If so, how many and what types? What is the status of the investigation into the killing of Officer Sicknick? Now, by the way, we know he died. We don’t know how and what Byron York is pointing out is we don’t know the circumstances and we don’t know who did it. With all of that video footage that’s on the capitol we still don’t know who did it.

Leahy: That’s a very good question.

Carmichael: Or exactly what happened. Is there an autopsy report on officer Sicknick? If so, will it be released to the public or will his key findings be released to the public? What is the status of the investigation into the shooting of Ashley Babbit? Has it’s been ruled a justifiable shooting?

Leahy: This is the 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot and killed.

Carmichael: And she was unarmed.

Leahy: Unarmed.

Carmichael: An unarmed woman killed in the capitol. And then it asks, who was the officer who shot Miss Babbit? Did any other officers discharge firearms during the rioting? If so, under what circumstances? Did any rioters discharge their firearms during the rioting? If so under what circumstances? Now each one of these is a legitimate question. Even Chris Hayes who I consider to be a…

Leahy: MSNBC hack. Left-wing hack.

Carmichael: He sends out a tweet. I guess he can still do that. (Leahy chuckles) It remains deeply bizarre that there still is never been any kind of official readout of exactly what happened. How many people were injured? How many were hospitalized? How many police fired their weapons? Etc. All the standard stuff. And that happened almost a month ago. In fact, it will have been more than a month ago before the so-called trial starts in the Senate.

Leahy: Impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump now a private citizen.

Carmichael: But their whole case is that he incited a riot but there are no details as to what exactly happened other than you can absolutely see a lot of people milling around. You can see that. You can see a few windows being broken.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: And you can see milling around. And you can see a person with his feet up on Pelosi’s desk. These are things that you can see.

Leahy: And you can see a guy wearing a Viking hat.

Carmichael: You can see a guy wearing a Viking hat which if he was incited to do that he must have had plenty of time to go home and get dressed up is all I can think. But the amount of detail on the riot that the Congress and the Democrats, especially think is worth commemorating in comparing to 9/11, there are no details.

Leahy: And those questions are just but a few. Our good friend John Solomon at Just the News has asked another series of questions about the command and control process.

Carmichael: Exactly. And that’s another great line of questioning because Byron York’s questions take place after the so-called riot started. What John Solomon is talking about is all of the decisions that were made within the two or three days prior to it because we now know the FBI has released information that says it was pre-planned.

Leahy: Oh, yeah.

Carmichael: And so all of the players knew it was pre-planned and they essentially did nothing.

Leahy: Nothing.

Carmichael: In fact, they might have even been proactively making sure that Capitol Hill was ill-prepared.

Leahy: That is how it looks to me, Crom.

Carmichael: Yes. And so if that’s the case in the commemoration over time, it will be very very interesting. In the book 1984, the main character in there has a job working for the state where he would take historical information and he would put it down the memory hole. He was one of the hundreds of people in this giant space that would take historical information and put it down the memory hole.

Leahy: So apparently there’s a lot of people in the Biden administration attempting to do just that.

Carmichael: And not just the Biden administration.

Leahy: Mainstream media and Big Tech.

Carmichael: And you’ve seen that for the last two years with the tearing down of statues. The changing of our education. Biden says that the 1776 Project will not be put in our schools but the 1619 Project will.

Leahy: Totally factually incorrect by the way.

Carmichael: Well, he who writes history sometimes gets to write the future. So what you have is right now is you have the Democrat Party and they’ve been doing this now for quite a while, doing everything in their power. And now they have a lot of it to essentially re-write. It doesn’t change history. It just rewrites it.

Leahy: Let me give you a little indication that perhaps that is backfiring. I’ll share this with you later. I just saw it last night. There’s a researcher we’ve talked about before George Barna who’s been a pollster researcher primarily focused on attitudes in the Christian world, but also crosses over into politics.

He just released a study from Arizona Christian University. And he’s a principal researcher on it. And what he found is that now today support for socialism in the country is at the lowest level actually has been for many years. It was 41 percent after the 2018 election. And now within a couple of weeks of Biden, it’s down to 32 percent.

Carmichael: Well, this is going to be what is interesting because the Democrats are moving so quickly and when we get into the second segment, I’m going to switch gears just a little bit on what they are trying to consolidate their power. And then the question is how do voters assuming that they get a chance to vote in two years, how will they react to that? And I’m not being facetious about that. It’s whether or not you may an election where one side is funded with billions and the other side is has been destroyed in terms of their ability to communicate or the ability to raise money.

Leahy: Or it could look like oh, I don’t know, an election in Russia where Putin always wins with 90 percent of the vote.

Carmichael: And all of his commissars.

Leahy: Or in Cuba, where 99 percent of the vote went for Fidel Castro.

Carmichael: Right. What I’m saying is we’ll see if they can because they are clearly attempting to. And I’m going to make that case after the commercial break. It’s a strong case. Let me just say this on the Capitol Hill deal. One thing that’s very important is that Biden did say that he would cease building the wall. He said he would stop doing that and that turned out not to be true.

Leahy: Because he’s building the wall?

Carmichael: He’s building the wall around the capitol.

Leahy: He’s got to protect us from citizens exercising their first amendment rights.

Carmichael: He has literally stopped building the wall pre-contract. So he stopped building the wall on the southern border, but he is allowing the building of the wall around the capitol where there is no apparent danger. But with the Mexican border, it’s obvious. And there’s a caravan on its way.

Leahy: They are going to let them all in without any coronavirus tests.

Carmichael: So let’s be clear. Biden does understand that walls do in fact do work. He’s just building it around the capitol.

Leahy: My little caveat would be those around Joe Biden may understand. We’re not entirely sure how much Joe Biden understands these days.

Carmichael: Fair enough.

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Metro Nashville School Board Member Fran Bush Discusses How Teachers Must Sit Back and Wait for Failed Leadership

Metro Nashville School Board Member Fran Bush Discusses How Teachers Must Sit Back and Wait for Failed Leadership

 

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 Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Crom Carmichael and MNPS District Six School Board Member Fran Bush to the studio to discuss the failed leadership with Metro Public Schools.

Leahy: We are having a party in the studio this morning. Joining us as he almost always does on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 is the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom.

Carmichael: Michael. Good morning sir.

Leahy: And also with us in the studio the very popular member of the Metro Nashville Public School Board and the champion of in-person learning Fran Bush. Good morning Fran.

Bush: Good morning.

Leahy: Well Crom, you know Fran exercised her freedom of speech the other day on Facebook and all the crazy folks on the left just were vicious in their personal attacks on her. And it was just a little bit off-putting. All Fran said basically was, I want to repeat the famous comment you made to the teachers that were didn’t want to go back to teaching in person. All you said was…

Bush: If you don’t like your day job then get another job. It was based on the complaints. It was just their negative comments. It was very disturbing to to hear them as the teachers that are supposed to serve our kids. And it was kind of scary that they’re teaching our kids and this is how they were feeling.

Leahy: Crom, I know you’re shocked at that teachers’ unions responded in this way to an actual and factual logical statement made by Metro Nashville Public School Board member Fran Bush.

Carmichael: Was there a mistake made in the policies to allow any government employee who didn’t go to work to be paid in full for months on end?

Bush: We were gracious. Definitely gracious throughout the time of this pandemic being on a virtual space. And as you know we are we’re coming up on almost a year of some students not even being back in the classroom.

Carmichael: In the charter schools, were they the same? Were they virtual?

Bush: Most charter schools are independent of course and they pretty much took Metro’s lead on how they were going to go through the process of the virtual space. They looked at the science they made their determination and because they’re independent they were able to make their own calls.

Carmichael: So what decision did most of them make?

Bush: Most of them stayed virtual.

Carmichael: For the whole time?

Bush: Yes. Most have. Some have tried it.

Carmichael: So Kipp Academy has not had children in school since March?

Bush: Kipp did go back to school the time that we phased ours back in with the elementary students. So they did try it around that October space that we were in where we started phasing in our students. So they did. They did also try that.

Carmichael: Okay, and private schools, have they gone back?

Bush: Yes, they went back to from day one. Day one.

Carmichael: And so the children who attend private schools, would you say they’ve been getting a better education than the Metro children who had been forced essentially not to go to school?

Bush: Absolutely from day one. What happened with the change of private schools they did exactly that. They followed the science. They did not go off of some metrics or you know more of the community spread. So they looked at their options.

Carmichael: Why should taxpayers, because you know, you say we’re gracious, whose gracious? It’s the taxpayers. Imagine if all the nurses and hospitals had said no, this is dangerous and I’m not going back to work, but I expect to be fully paid. I want all of my benefits. How would society have reacted to that? How would taxpayers have reacted? And this is not just Nashville. This is all across the country where you have the teachers who don’t want to do anything who are driving the agenda?

Bush: Yes. Absolutely. That’s what was happening here in Nashville. You are exactly right. It is across this country. I was contacted after this went viral and there are more media outlets that had said finally someone has to stand up to the to teachers unions because they were pretty much holding our kids as pawns. At this point, they were asking for more or money or they had all these demands that were really you couldn’t I mean it was just you could not meet those type of demands with the kind of money and cost that was going to be passed on to the taxpayers.

Leahy: So Fran, the teachers that have continued to be paid are they performing virtual duties while they’re being paid? What’s a typical Metro Nashville Public School teacher doing with their day when kids are not in class in-person?

Bush: They will be preparing their lesson plans. They’ll be preparing for the next time that they will be in session with the students. And from what I hear from a lot of our teachers that are in virtual learning that it is very hard. They do not like it. A majority of our teachers that I’ve spoken to said I do not like this.

This is not working. We know that this is going to cause an incredible amount of learning loss by not be able to see our students touch our students or be able to guide our students. And again our A through K-3 and K-4you know the majority don’t know how to read. And this year has really plagued them even more.

Leahy: So let’s talk about K-3 and K-4. Let’s use the word virtually impossible to teach K-4 kids in a Zoom virtual situation. What is the day like for a K-3 teacher?

Carmichael: Michael, I’m still trying to understand why based on what Fran is telling us is that is it most of the teachers would rather teach in person.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: So it’s the teachers who don’t want to teach in-person who are the ones who are driving the agenda. And I don’t understand. The science is clear as a bell Michael to what you’re saying. From a science standpoint the less risk there is on COVID in general. In fact, there is probably more risk for a teacher to go to the supermarket to buy food than teach in class.

Leahy: Right. They’re surrounded by young kids who don’t transmit it.

Carmichael: Right, but there’s a small number of teachers relatively small number who are forcing all of the left column the good teachers. I’m being straight as I can here. I truly don’t understand how a large majority is run by a small majority of teachers who’d rather and my guess is the small majority of teachers who don’t want to go back to class. There’s a significant number of those who are just lazy.

Bush: To your point, it’s about following the leadership. We have Dr. Battle who’s a superintendent of our schools. You have Mayor Cooper. They have made these decisions. And the teachers, at some point they just have to sit back and wait on leadership. And that’s where I have been advocating to get these kids back in school and have been the only board member that has tried to support what you just mentioned right now.

Carmichael: Yeah, it’s really sad. There was an article in The Wall Street Journal about Catholic schools. Most of the Catholic schools teach exactly the same type of kid from a socio-economic standpoint as government-run schools, and they’ve been back in school and have been doing just fine.

Leahy: They’ve been doing fine.

Carmichael: So all of the stuff and statistics and all of this Anthony Fauci…

Leahy: I’m glad you used the word stuff. (Chuckles)

Carmichael: Follow the science, do this and do that. No, it’s following the convenience. It’s following what the least among us want to do. And you get to the point where it’s just beyond anger. A lot of the parents have chosen a different route.

Bush: They have.

Carmichael: A lot of parents have taken their kids out of the government-run schools and put them in private schools.

Bush: They have. And either that or they’ve left our city and going to different counties that are offering in-person. They have failed at Metro Nashville Public Schools and fill their students. And they were not going to be a part of that type of equation.

Carmichael: And the leadership could literally care less. You talk to these people. I truly don’t understand how the leadership of our city hear the cries of the parents and the scientists who say in-person learning for younger children is essential. Let’s use that word. Essential. If they are going to thrive and then the leadership just says, I don’t really care. There are a few teachers that don’t want to go back. They drive the ship.

Bush: Just quick. I will just say that you’re exactly right. Parents’ voices have been voiceless. They’ve taken complete power away from the parents and they’ve completely been ignored as far as their cares and concerns about going back to in-person learning.

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Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe Weighs in on the Upcoming Impeachment Trial of Citizen Trump

Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe Weighs in on the Upcoming Impeachment Trial of Citizen Trump

 

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 Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to discuss what he see’s happening with the impeachment trial of ex-President Donald J. Trump.

Leahy: Crom Carmichael the original All-Star panelists in studio. And on the newsmaker line our Washington Correspondent and our National Correspondent the great Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neal.

McCabe: Good morning men.

Leahy: It’s a little crazy in Washington next week. They’re going to start the impeachment trial. The president’s team responded. He finally has a team that’s sticking with him of attorneys. Also, we saw that Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as the Secretary of Homeland Security despite all of the EB-5 Visa scandals that he’s been involved in. What do you make of Washington today Neal?

McCabe: Well, I think it’s interesting that a lot of people blame the Democrats for the fact that Trump and four years could never get any of his officials confirmed. But the fact of the matter is that it was McConnell who was keeping Trump from filling up any of those spaces and the dozens and dozens of ambassadorships that were left open.

And he was doing it through various devices. But the majority leader of the Senate has the right to call any vote at any time and can be recognized at any time. And so the majority leader is not as powerful as the Speaker of the House in that chamber, but that in and of itself is a tremendous power that Schumer has and not McConnell.

And what you’re seeing is that Republicans are rolling over and basically letting these guys go through. They’re not demanding the maximum of 30 hours of debate. They’re not staging demonstrations or walkouts at committee hearings. Basically everything is rolling forward and McConnell is doing for President Biden what he would never do for President Trump.

Leahy: I saw old Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Rob Portman. I think there was one other actually that did this.

McCabe: I think Dunn was at the White House. Are you talking about the White House meeting?

Leahy: The Mayorkas vote. But let’s talk about the White House where ten senators go in and Republican senators. I don’t know if you say hat in hand to try to reason with President Biden. Yes, he is our president. (Chuckles) To reason with President Biden who’s got this big blue state bailout masquerading as a coronavirus stimulus bill. Tell us about that meeting in the White House between 10 Republican senators and President Biden.

McCabe: Well, you know they did their dance and the president heard them out. And so he gets his photo op with the Republicans. He gets to demonstrate that he’s open-minded and that he’s trying to be the president of all the people. And then like Biden does, he’ll do whatever the left wants. He’ll do whatever the Democrat political machine wants him to do. He always says the right things.

You listen to a speech and you can listen to it as you’re going to be speaking and you’re like my goodness. He gets me completely to understand their point of view. And if you actually read the thing, you see, you know, how he sort of plays around with the words and it turns out he gives you nothing. And so there’s never a compromise with Biden.

And in a lot of ways during the Obama administration Biden was actually in the forefront getting ahead of Obama on some of this left-wing stuff. And so these guys did the dance. They gave Biden cover. But these establishment Republicans own the Biden presidency because they were throwing sand in the gears for Trump for four years.

And then when Trump was running for re-election, none of these guys lifted a finger to get Trump re-elected. And certainly, when we saw all the rigging and irregularities, none of these guys spoke up about the funny business that’s going on in these different states. And so, what are you going to do? We just basically have to ride this thing out and hope.

Leahy: And hope is the key operative word. Crom and I were talking before you came on Neil about the president’s legal team strategy for the impending impeachment trial. Crom, do you want to pose your question to Neil about the strategy on this that the team presents team should have yes Neil the president’s team should have?

Carmichael: Yes, Neil, the president’s team has said that one of the things they are going to do is they’re going to argue that the Senate doesn’t have the Constitutional authority to “convict” a private citizen. And I made the statement, I said if they’re going to make that argument they need to make that argument in the courts, not in the Senate.

McCabe: Right.

Carmichael: And they need to they need to take it to the courts and they should do that at the beginning of the trial. When the trial is called into session they should immediately file with the courts and have the courts weigh in on whether or not the the the Senate has the right to try a private citizen.

McCabe: An emergency petition to the Supreme Court to adjudicate a constitutional conflict. I think the answer Crom is if it was so it was so dressed right dress and good to go why is Chief John Roberts sitting it out? I would think that if the Senate was holding an impeachment trial and the chief justice of the Supreme Court didn’t show up for a sitting President does that mean that the chief justice can just sit it out If you want to? Why isn’t the sergeant of arms bringing John Roberts to the Senate chamber and shackles? They should arrest that guy. (Leahy chuckles)

Carmichael: Well you know John Roberts, and I’m not being facetious here or anything, but John Roberts has said that he does not have the authority to run a trial of a private citizen. Which is why he’s not doing it. That’s what he has said. That’s his reasoning.

McCabe: Well, there you go. I mean that’s your answer. And I think I would support that petition. I hope they pull it off. I’m also concerned almost like it seems like it’s almost like a bill of attainder where you basically hold. Is the Senate allowed to just hold the trial? And then decide what what are you gonna do is strip the Secret Service protection telling me can’t hold federal office anymore?

But in the end, this is a political process, not a judicial process. And so they can make whatever arguments they want. The defense team that is. The fact is they have 45 votes in their pocket. They could even give up some of those votes. as long as the guy gets 34 votes he’s good to go.

Carmichael: Just as a citizen I would like to know whether or not to say whether or not the Senate has the right to try a private citizen. And in so doing, strip that private citizen of certain rights? I’d like to know the answer to that.

McCabe: Yeah, I think we should figure it out and we’ll find out. The thing is that you’ve got more than 20 Republican Senate seats up in 2022 and we’re going to find out that a lot of these big talk Republicans when push comes to shove if they’re going to vote to acquit Trump. Because you know John Thune in South Dakota is not going to want to explain why he voted to convict Donald Trump to the voters of South Dakota.

Leahy: Look into your crystal ball Neil McCabe. And two months from today, how will this impeachment trial of the private citizen former President Donald Trump, how will it have played out two months from today?

McCabe: Well, the president will be acquitted with at least 40 votes. And I think that people are going to look back at it as an absurd exercise. And when people look back at the failed presidency of Joe Biden, they’re going to blame this trial as the distraction that completely disrupted old sleepy Joe’s first 100 days.

Carmichael: Are you then assuming in what you just said that that Trump will not file a suit with the courts?

McCabe: I completely appreciate your logic but the fact of the matter is that the Senate is not going to allow the Supreme Court to weigh in on one of its prerogatives.

Leahy: I think that probably is figuring into the thinking of the Trump team at this point to file preemptively on it. but who knows. Neil McCabe, thank you for joining us here again. You’ll be back next week appreciate all of your great work with The Tennessee Star and all of Star News Network.

McCabe: (Laughs) Absolutely men. Take care.

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Crom Carmichael Discusses the Historical Perspective of the Sedition Act of 1798 and Compares it to Today’s MSM

Crom Carmichael Discusses the Historical Perspective of the Sedition Act of 1798 and Compares it to Today’s MSM

 

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.

During the second hour, Carmichael analyzed the Sedition Act of 1798 from a historical perspective and compared it to today’s mainstream media attempts to compare situations between Trump supporters and those on the left that are not of equal value.

Leahy: We are joined as we almost always are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 a.m by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Michael. Good morning, sir.

Leahy: Did you have any trouble driving in?

Carmichael: Not today.

Leahy: Not today. Yeah, so not coming in from Nashville to the studio? Not a lot of snow on the ground?

Carmichael: Not from Green Hills.

Leahy: Green Hills. Well, when I came in earlier today there was some coming up from Spring Hill. Crom, you are a student of history. And one of the reasons we study history is so we try not to repeat the mistakes of the past over the weekend. I was doing a little research on a mistake of the past that it’s rearing its ugly head again. I speak of the Sedition Act of 1798 and I’ll read here from the history of the House of Representatives.

In one of the first tests of freedom of speech, the House passed the Sedition Act in 1798 permitting the deportation, fine, or imprisonment of anyone deemed a threat or publishing ‘false scandalous or malicious writings against the government of the United States.’ This was an era when the newspapers of the day were highly partisan and John Adams was President. He was part of the now-defunct Federalist Party.

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were developing what was then called the Democrat-Republican Party. Which is the Democrat Party of today. So they passed this law that says you can’t criticize the president. And it was very unpopular. And ultimately that particular law had a life span that ended and when Thomas Jefferson was elected president in the 1800s when the Democratic-Republican Congress let that law expire. But here we are, gosh 220 years later and that issue seems to be coming up again.

Carmichael: Well, here’s the part that is kind of interesting about that. What I’d like to find out, Michael, is when the “Republican” of the “Democrat-Republican Party,” when that was dropped. I want to know when it became exclusively the Democrat Party and not the Democrat-Republican party. Because Abraham Lincoln was the founder of the Republican Party.

Leahy: We call that today the Republican Party.

Carmichael: Because at some point between 1800 and Lincoln’s ascendancy to the presidency, the party of Jefferson dropped the word Republican. They had to have otherwise Lincoln couldn’t have been the founder of the Republican Party. But what is going on now I guess because I wasn’t alive then is very similar. But the Federalist Party at that time is from the Republican Party.

It says from the noted historian Gordon Wood who says the Federalist Party never thought that they were a party. They thought they were the government. And so any opposition to the government was then naturally considered to be seditious. And so that to me is the tie-in today. But here’s what’s going on now in the country.

You have you had that law of 1798 which didn’t last long and the public hated it. But now you’re seeing for example you’re seeing the left, and this isn’t just the politicians but it does include the politicians. Margaret Sullivan a Washington Post media columnist wrote this week, ‘corporations that advertise on Fox News should walk away declaring that the outlet’s role in the 400,000 U.S. lives lost to the pandemic and its disastrous attack on January sixth has been deadly.’

And so therefore the competition of Fox News is literally trying to cancel Fox News calling on the advertisers to stop advertising. But they go further. Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times calls on cable providers to drop Fox News from their cable channels. First of all, I would imagine that there are contractual relationships between Fox News and the cable companies.

Leahy: Right. Which they come up periodically for renewal.

Carmichael: Yes, but I would imagine that dropping them might create some problems. But I don’t want to go there. I mean that would be like a professional sports team saying that the first-team all-pro quarterback for the other team can’t play in a particular game.

Leahy: Because he’s a bad person.

Carmichael: For whatever reason, they just disagree with him and think his play-calling is just inappropriate for the game. And then a former Facebook executive. So these aren’t small people. These aren’t no-name people. A former Facebook executive was more straightforward on CNN. We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. And so what they want to do is make it impossible for the opposition to essentially turn the United States government into a version of the Communist Party of China.

Leahy: Exactly. And by the way, the keyword there and these guys on the left Crom they use language very specifically. And there are themes that come back. The operative word in that quote was ‘reach.’ We had a guest on here Dan Gainor from the Media Research Center at 5:30 am and he said the word of the day coming down from all the folks on the left is this. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of reach.

Carmichael: Okay, interesting.

Leahy: That’s why that guy said you’re going to hear this word, reach. Reach. You are going to hear it repeatedly.

Carmichael: And here’s the thing about The Wall Street Journal that and some of these other outlets just absolutely frosts me.

Leahy: Hold it. Hold it. The Wall Street Journal frosts you?

Carmichael: Their editorial page is mostly good. Their news section is mostly bad when it comes to their political section.

Leahy: I agree with that. I stand corrected. That’s exactly right.

Carmichael: Yeah, their business section is straight business. Economics is unless they get into a political area then they’re not very good on their political area. But this is in the opinion section. Here’s the last paragraph. The problems of polarization lies and political violence are real on both sides. Now, that’s where The Wall Street Journal loses me.

Because I’d like to have examples where it is where the so-called right did something that was exclusive to the right and they have the evidence that that’s all it was because I don’t believe it. Do I believe that there were some Trump supporters that there were in the Capitol? Yes. Do I believe that there were some Antifa and Black Lives Matter instigators who helped fan the fires? Absolutely yes. But to compare that one instance and even to make that a huge incident compared to all of the other things that happened this summer and say that they are equally bad, that’s where we get into trouble.

Leahy: Let me just add, I don’t disagree with you at all however, Crom what you’ve just described as being not an honest description of the comparing the two sides is not what we’re seeing at all.

Carmichael: I know that. I’m saying that here. The Wall Street Journal has a whole article that is attacking the left for trying to literally shut down the ability of frankly, of your show to reach its audience. The whole article is about that. And it’s not just one person. It’s across their whole spectrum. And then in the very last paragraph, it provides equal responsibility, which essentially gives credence to the entire argument.

Leahy: A very fine point. And I agree with it completely.

Carmichael: Now this is in The Wall Street Journal‘s political section. They ran a very long article almost seven printed pages. When you do the printing that’s a long article, most are two, but a short article where they are identifying the people who funded Trump’s rally. Trump’s rally. And they’re trying to tie the rally itself into breaking into the Capitol. And I want to talk a little bit more about that.

Leahy: That is a very good point.

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Author and Former NYU Professor Dr. Michael Rectenwald Talks About His New Book Thought Criminal and Cancel Culture

Author and Former NYU Professor Dr. Michael Rectenwald Talks About His New Book Thought Criminal and Cancel Culture

 

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 Dr. Michael Rectenwald to the newsmakers line who is the author of 11 books, including Thought Criminal and Google Archipelago.

During the third hour, Rectenwald gave a synopsis of his new thriller Thought Criminal and his experience as a conservative professor. He explained how he was dismissed by NYU for being a free thinker and exposing social justice agendas on college campuses as it is now entirely impossible to be in academia unless you are a leftist.

Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by Dr. Professor Michael Rectenwald. He was formerly a professor of global liberal studies at NYU from 2008 to 2019. You can find him on Twitter at theAntiPCProf. He’s the author of Thought Criminal, Beyond Woke and Google Archipelago. Welcome, Dr. Rectenwald to the Tennessee Star Report.

Rectenwald: Thank you, Michael. Good to be here.

Leahy: So we have something in common. You are a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Pitt panther. You got a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. I went to high school in Jamestown, New York just about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh. And you probably spent a few summers up I’m guessing at the Chautauqua Institute or know of it, which was near my hometown.

Rectenwald: I’ve absolutely been there.

Leahy: Yep. Great place, although they are so PC these days it’s just unbelievable. You have done some great work. Tell us about your new book Thought Criminal.

Rectenwald: Well, Thought Criminal is a science fiction thriller set in the not-so-distant future in which there is a database called the collective mind and there is a virus that’s been released, the protagonist thinks directly by the state. And the nanobots and then our robot that connects the neurons of the neocortex to the collective mind done controls inputs and outputs therefore of thinking in general. So the idea is to stay free of the virus because we connect you to this database that controls your thoughts. And the hero is attempting to stay disconnected and to retain his own individuality.

Leahy: It sounds like it’s a continuation of your work on what’s really been happening. And it’s nonfiction. Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom. And then I love this one. Springtime for Snowflakes. ‘Social Justice’ and Its Postmodern Parentage. Springtime for Snowflakes, was that a take on the musical play The Producers?

Rectenwald: Oh, absolutely. Yeah, Springtime for Hitler is exactly where it came from. And I’m trying to talk about the totalitarian nature of the left and I think that’s become evident by now to just about everybody.

Carmichael: Who do you include on the left?

Rectenwald: Well, ironically I include of course the Democratic Party today who are basically overtly socialist, but also Big Tech ironically, and most of the political establishment in general. But also ironically a lot of corporations are now considered part of the left. And of course, the deep state, or if you will, the intelligence community and the major bureaucracy. So basically it’s the entire social and political establishment at this point.

Carmichael: Now, why do you think that Big Tech and big companies are members of the left?

Rectenwald: Well, I think it’s pretty obvious what they’re trying to do is establish a kind of oligarchy on top with the monopolies basically and nothing else in between monopolies. And the rest of the people effectively are under ‘socialism.’ So it’s a kind of corporate socialism that’s being established.

Carmichael: Well, let me approach it a little differently. Let me use Warren Buffett because Warren Buffett for years has said that he should pay more taxes.

Rectenwald: Right.

Carmichael: That’s what he said. And then when he has the right the opportunity to ride a large check and send it to the treasury he demurs. So why do you think Warren Buffett for years has said he wants to pay more taxes, but then never has? Why do you think he has said it for years?

Rectenwald: Well, he’s trying to suggest that the oligarchy is benevolent in that they are willing to extend their largesse to the public. But I don’t think that’s really the case. I think they’re very much set on establishing and keeping their oligarchical position and then effectively dueling out whatever they will to the state and then the state to the people.

So really there’s an ongoing concerted effort to destroy the middle class. There’s no question about it. This is why you have all this socialist ideology coming out of every institution. All of Academia. Almost the entire Democratic Party and Big Tech actually promoting socialism. It’s a very ironic circumstance.

Carmichael: I’m going to tell you what I think it is. I think it’s the multi-billionaires trying to protect their multi-billions, and they don’t see the Republican Party as the threat to taxing their wealth. They do see the Democrat Party as a threat so they’re going to throw in with the Democrat Party to help the Democrat Party do what you say and that is destroying the middle class and set themselves up to be on the inner circle of what then becomes a fascist form of government.

Rectenwald: That’s right. It’s fascism but to the extent that it’s the collusion between the state and these corporations or oligarchs. But international fascism if you will. The only difference is it’s not nationalists, it’s globalists.

Leahy: Professor Michael Rectenwald this is Michael Patrick Leahy again, of course, earlier was Crom Carmichael who’s in here as a co-host every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I want to follow up with your own career. You’ve got a fantastic academic background. You left NYU, New York University in 2019. Is it difficult now to continue in the academic world and exercise free thought?

Rectenwald: It’s absolutely impossible. You must be a leftist. There’s no way around it. You have to be a leftist and if you’re not a leftist and you come out basically like I did by criticizing social justice and wokeness, then you’re in trouble. And that’s exactly what happened to me. It’s almost impossible to be in Academia otherwise, you have to hide it. You’d have to completely defect and be a complete socially isolated person and never speak your views once.

Leahy: What’s your plan to combat that personally?

Carmichael: Let’s ask him what happened.

Leahy: What happened to you?

Rectenwald: Well, what happened to me is I started a Twitter account called @TheAntiPCProf and started tweeting criticisms of social justice. And then I was interviewed by the student newspaper where I came out publicly as myself. The Twitter account had been anonymous, and then within two days, I was forced into a paid leave of absence and condemned by a committee called the diversity equity and inclusion group.

Carmichael: Whoa.

Rectenwald: Yeah. And they basically totally trashed my academic career just for making criticisms of what was going on at campuses.

Leahy: So what’s your plan going forward to be an academic public intellectual and make a living in this very different and weird world we live in?

Rectenwald: I’ve created a situation in which I’m basically uncancellable. I write for the Mises Institute and I write books and I live as a public intellectual at this point. I am a completely intellectual entrepreneur. So I don’t rely on any of these institutions for my income because it’s impossible to be a freethinker within these institutions.

Carmichael: I would encourage you that if you are paid to do public speeches that you come up with a number of pseudonyms. (Laughter) You can become an army of 20. They can cancel one speaker and poop you could pop up as another one. (Laughs)

Leahy: Hey, here’s an open invitation when the coronavirus situation improves come on down to Nashville. We will welcome you with open arms and give you an opportunity to speak. And our listeners here on the Tennessee Star Report would be delighted to hear your argument.

Carmichael: And you’ll like Nashville a lot better than wherever you are.

Rectenwald: I like Nashville. My publisher is located in Nashville.

Leahy: Is that Post Hill Press?

Rectenwald: The New English Review Press.

Leahy: I didn’t know about them. We want to meet them. So thanks for letting us know that.

Rectenwald: Great.

Leahy: Professor Michael Rectenwald, thanks so much for joining us and we look forward to talking with you more.

Carmichael: And meeting him.

Leahy: And meeting you in person.

Rectenwald: Sounds great to me guys. That’s fantastic.

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