Crom’s Crommentary: Democrats, the Party of Billionaires and White Elitists Who Rule by Force

Crom’s Crommentary: Democrats, the Party of Billionaires and White Elitists Who Rule by Force

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 for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.

CROM CARMICHAEL:

Michaelm this commentary is not about any particular thing that’s happened. When you look at all the things that are happening that are inspired by leftist thinking and then you see what the results are, you begin to recognize that the way the Left thinks and the way they want to organize the world is through pure force.

And even when things don’t work exactly the way that they expected, or in fact worked out to be exactly the opposite of what they say, they continue with the idea of force.

There was a testimony yesterday; I don’t know the name of the female professor from one of the universities in California, and she was testifying before a Senate committee over Roe v. Wade.

It became clear that she thinks that a man can identify as a woman and if you don’t then call that person a woman, just by the fact that they identify or vice versa, that somehow you are encouraging them to commit suicide.

She wouldn’t answer Senator John Cornyn’s question about whether or not a baby the day before birth has value. It took her two full seconds to answer the question, does a baby that has been born alive have value?

She had to really think hard about how to answer that question. And so you see that the Left’s value of life is determined by their view and their view alone. Now, you also see now evidence around the world where ESG, especially on renewable energy, is destroying entire countries and rendering some populations to possible famine.

Tucker Carlson last night talked about Ghana and what they’re doing in the Netherlands, and talked about Sri Lanka. These are countries in the case of Ghana and Sri Lanka, they used to be able to produce 100 percent of their own food.

In the case of Ghana, they exported food to their neighboring countries. Now they are experiencing it, without a great deal of international help they’ll have massive famine.

But yet the Left continues to think that ESG and renewable energy is the key to world order. This is fascinating. In St. Paul, the voters up there, last November, 53 percent of the voters voted for rent control in St. Paul for all rental property and put a cap of 3 percent a year. Since then, the number of permits for multifamily housing has dropped 82 percent – has dropped 82 percent since the voters voted for that. In Minneapolis, which voted in rent control, but left the rent control up to the city council, which hasn’t acted, the multifamily permits are up 68 percent, right across the river.

Now, you would think that the Left or that a rational person would recognize that this was a bad policy, because the Left in St. Paul says we need affordable housing, so therefore we need to control rents.

Well, if you try to control rents, especially in an inflationary environment, you’ll end up with no new construction or virtually none. And so that’s what they’re doing.

Then you see how the justice department can’t bring itself to do the job that it’s supposed to do, yet it somehow has the time and the money and the resources to launch an investigation into the PGA as a potential antitrust violation, and side with the Saudis.

Which is just amazing to me, but not surprising. Then we learned that Biden, in the bill that did pass, it had a giant provision in there for the Biden administration to bail out unions where their pensions are not adequately funded.

Now, they’re not adequately funded because they’ve been mismanaged. So what does Biden do? He takes all the people who are not members of a union and requires them to pay for the bad decisions and bad judgment and probably corrupt judgment by the people who run the unions.

Then you have New York State, where the Supreme Court ruled that their gun law is not constitutional. So they just passed another law in New York State that is equally unconstitutional. But they’ve essentially stuck their finger in the eye of the way that we conduct ourselves.

And then the last one that I have that’s just funny is Joe Biden and the whole Biden administration’s view on minorities. They think that black people, as Biden once famously said, if you don’t know how you’re going to vote, you ain’t black.

Meaning that that’s what he thinks, that black people are just too stupid to decide what’s best for themselves. And then you have Jill Biden, who goes down to San Antonio, and according to Hispanic newspapers, the way that she characterized Hispanics was she said, the Hispanic journalist said, we’re not tacos, don’t call us tacos.

And she couldn’t even pronounce the words properly. She called a bogada, which is a bodega, which is a convenience store in New York. It’s a bodega. She called it a bogada. And so she’s reading off of a teleprompter.

And the Hispanic community, by the way, is picking up on all this, as is the black community. And I think what you’re going to see in the midterms is how the Democrats are just making a complete hash of themselves, but what they are showing is that they truly are a party of billionaires and white elitists. And that’s what drives and motivates them.

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Crom’s Crommentary: ‘We Will Have to Come Up with a Way of Holding Officials Accountable Who Ignore the Law’

Crom’s Crommentary: ‘We Will Have to Come Up with a Way of Holding Officials Accountable Who Ignore the Law’

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 for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.

CROM CARMICHAEL:

Michael, a week or so ago, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling called West Virginia v. EPA. And at the time, you and I discussed that ruling and I said that that would have a more profound effect on our country in a positive way by reining in the bureaucracy of the federal government, which abuses the power that is given to it in the Constitution.

Well, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who’s now Secretary of Transportation, is ignoring that ruling, and he’s trying to implement a program – and I’m going to just quote here from The Wall Street Journal just very quickly now, the Federal Highway Administration wants to make this abuse authority on the road.

It cites an obscure provision in a federal law that authorizes it to set national performance goals for the national highway system. It’s taking this to an extreme level, which is exactly what the EPA had done.

So this will probably be struck down by the first court that it goes to, which is a good thing, because I believe that ruling, West Virginia v. EPA was written in a very clear fashion so that the judges must adhere to the constitution.

But this raises the question that I’ve been bringing up for over a year, and that is that when public officials abuse their power, and I mean abuse it, should there be accountability for them individually?

And I still raise that question because the police officer who put his knee on the neck of George Floyd, resulting in George Floyd’s death, is in prison because he abused the authority of a police officer.

My question is, can a government bureaucrat who is creating tens of millions of dollars, maybe hundreds of millions, perhaps even billions of dollars of cost to average people, is there any accountability when they break the law?

We have the Supreme court ruling, and we now see this kind of throughout the Biden administration that when the courts rule in a way that is contrary to the goals of the Biden administration, they just simply ignore the court ruling and proceed as if it didn’t happen.

We will have to come up with a way of holding officials accountable who ignore the law and then try to impose their will on the people, which costs millions or billions of dollars. So we’re going to have to do something, and we’ll see what that is.

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Crom’s Crommentary: The Media is at Odds with the American People’s Concerns While Hispanics and Blacks Appear to Be Leaving the Democratic Party

Crom’s Crommentary: The Media is at Odds with the American People’s Concerns While Hispanics and Blacks Appear to Be Leaving the Democratic Party

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 for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.

CROM CARMICHAEL:

Michael, a couple of shows ago we talked about I mentioned that Biden had presented his budget to Congress. Now he’s presented it two months late, but here’s what’s interesting. The assumptions are five months old.

So, for example in this year’s budget, he is projecting that inflation will be 2.9 percent. Now, inflation is 8 percent, but his projections are 2.9 percent. In his budget plan, he has 36 tax increases that he says will collect $2.5 trillion.

He has a 36 percent corporate tax increase, and he plans to increase taxes on domestic fossil fuels by $45 billion. Now, the media isn’t talking about Biden’s budget at all, but here’s what else is interesting.

Biden, right now here are the headwinds that Democrats have going into this election. 88 percent of the American public now thinks that America is on the wrong track. That’s an all-time high.

Ever since they’ve been measuring that particular metric, it’s never been 88 percent. 23 percent have confidence in Joe Biden’s presidency.

But here’s what’s interesting about the media. When you ask the voters going into the Midterms, what are their biggest concerns, here are their top four: Rising gasoline prices, 92 percent concerned.

Inflation, 91 percent concerned. The economy, 89 percent. Violent crime 88 percent. Those are the top four. What are the top four media issues going into the Midterm? Climate change 64 percent concerned. Abortion rights 63 percent concerned. Ukraine war 60 percent concerned, and capital riot investigation 57 percent.

And so the people who present the news to us are completely at odds with the American people and live on a different planet than the voters who will determine who will be our House and Senate and our governors and legislatures across the state.

Because when you look at this data and you look at what the people in the media care about, you can begin to understand why there’s such a huge disconnect among the public because the public expresses what their concerns are.

And the media essentially sticks their finger right in the eye of the public and says, we really don’t care what your concerns are because your concerns, frankly, don’t affect us.

So we’re more concerned about the others. So my sense of it is that with Democrats not being willing to share the stage with Biden, Tim Ryan, when asked directly, do you want Biden to come to Ohio to campaign on your behalf? Wouldn’t answer the question.

Leahy: And when Biden went to Ohio on Wednesday, Tim Ryan was nowhere to be found.

Carmichael: Neither was the lady who’s head of the Congressional Black Caucus, who’s from Ohio. She wasn’t on the podium either, which tells me that there’s a big shift also with Black voters. Now, we already know that Hispanic voters are leaving the Democrat Party in droves.

And it could be that Black voters will support a Republican candidate perhaps as much as 25 perhaps in this election, which would be a huge shift.

And with the Hispanics, the only constituency, the Democrat Party seems to have left is very wealthy white people, particularly very wealthy white women.

And so it will be interesting to see if that very narrow constituency can somehow carry the day. I doubt that it will. And also, Michael, we like to kind of give our predictions here, at least I do. I think that Republicans will win the state Senate seat in the state of Washington.

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Former NYU Professor and Thought Criminal Author Michael Rectenwald: The American University System Is Rotten to the Core

Former NYU Professor and Thought Criminal Author Michael Rectenwald: The American University System Is Rotten to the Core

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 former NYU Professor and author of Thought Criminal and other titles, Michael Rectenwald in studio to promote his book signing and what makes him a thought criminal.

Leahy: We welcome to our microphones in studio, our very favorite thought criminal, Michael Rectenwald! Welcome, Michael.

Rectenwald: Hey, thanks for having me, Michael. It’s great to be here.

Leahy: You are a recovering academic. You actually had a problem in academia because you thought academia was about freedom of speech and freedom of thought and intellectual integrity. You were on the faculty at New York University. (Chuckles)

Rectenwald: Yes, that’s right. And then I actually used my academic freedom, which was my first big mistake.

Leahy: I know. Big mistake. They need to tell you, that once you get your PhD, no academic freedom allowed. You have a book signing today. I want to encourage everyone in our listening audience to go to this book signing.

It’s at 12:30 p.m. It’s at Elders Bookstore. Where is Elders Bookstore you might ask? It’s at 101 White Bridge Pike, right across from Tech College. 12:30 p.m.

Now if you’d like to reserve a signed copy, call 615-352-1562. Michael, you’ve written the Thought Criminal, which is a great book. And the other books.

Crom, you don’t know the names of these books, let me tell you. One is called Springtime for Snowflakes. (Laughter) The other is Google Archipelago, Beyond Woke, and Thought Criminal. What’s it like being a thought criminal Michael?

Rectenwald: It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. And one feels as if one is being chased. And especially on the Internet, where thoughts are not very insidiously policed.

Leahy: Tell us some of your dangerous thoughts here.

Rectenwald: I have this idea that there’s actually two sexes.

Leahy: No.

Rectenwald: Yes. And I can’t believe it. I just can’t banish the thought that there are two sexes and not like 72.

Leahy: Michael, you are obviously a thought criminal.

Rectenwald: Yeah, it’s dangerous. I’m telling you, Michael.

Carmichael: Did you say or do something in particular that caused New York University to…

Rectenwald: Yes. I started a Twitter account called the AntiPCNYUProf. And I started tweeting about things like Halloween costumes and how you couldn’t wear a costume because it would trigger somebody.

The way they were throwing speakers off of campuses for having other than leftist views. They instituted a biased reporting hotline where the students could report their professors for microaggression or other offenses.

Leahy: Not only are you a thought criminal, but Michael you are also a microaggressor.

Rectenwald: I am.

Leahy: Crom, how can we have him in our studio?

Carmichael: But I’m interested about because you obviously you are a teacher. You are a professor because you cared about our youth.

Rectenwald: Absolutely.

Carmichael: If people like you are not allowed to be teachers and professors, if they’re not, how can our youth development intellectually?

Rectenwald: It’s an outrage. What we’re dealing with right now… And you get into this in your book?

Rectenwald: Yes.

Carmichael: Because this is why Michael, this book is so important.

Rectenwald: It really is. It’s not competence that’s being judged based on your confidence. You’re judged based on your identity and your politics.

That’s it. We don’t have competent professors. We have all kinds of affirmative action hires and advancements and promotions.

Carmichael: But what does it mean for the kids and the students?

Rectenwald: What it means is they’re not getting educated. I was just talking to my publisher last night and I said, you know, students don’t even know what the parts of speech are. They don’t know anything about writing or how to think.

Leahy: They haven’t been taught the basics. How to read, how to write, how to do mathematics, how to think logically.

Carmichael: That was the word for me. It sounds like that if you tried to teach a class on logic, on how to come to a conclusion, how to assimilate the information, to come to a correct conclusion, that would be politically incorrect.

Rectenwald: As a matter of fact, that could be an offense. Logic is masculinist and white supremacy.

Leahy: Of course logic is masculinity.

Carmichael: It’s just fascinating.

Leahy: And masculinity is one of the 72 genders and apparently the least favored.

Rectenwald: Oh, absolutely the least favorite. It’s at the bottom of the hierarchy. The social justice hierarchy takes the putative hierarchy and flips it upside down.

Leahy: You’ve got this book Thought Criminal. You are obviously a dangerous thought criminal. We are really going on the edge by allowing you in the studio today.

Rectenwald: Amazing.

Leahy: We are brave here Crom. We are being very brave.

Carmichael: Well, we’ve known that.

Leahy: Yeah, of course. But do you have any solutions for this general problem of lack of intellectual honesty at the university level and, of course, other elements of education in America?

Rectenwald: The American university system is rotten to the core.

Leahy: Rotten to the core.

Rectenwald: So what I suggest is competition from the outside, competing parallel structures and institutions to take them head on with competition.

Leahy: Competition and education. What an unusual idea.

Carmichael: I agree with what you’re saying. In theory, when one side has all the money and all the resources and all the power, I believe in competition but in order to have true competition, you have to have a level playing field.

If I were a football team and I got the top 30 draft picks every year, I probably could overcome bad coaching, so I could probably overcome a poor product. So my question is, how should people that gain power in government use that power?

Rectenwald: Excellent point.

Carmichael: To bring about a truly competitive environment.

Rectenwald: First of all, all state colleges and universities should be reviewed in terms of their hiring practices and other promotions so that you would have an oversight board over these colleges and universities to make sure that they’re actually hiring people on the basis of competence.

Leahy: We’re talking about state colleges and universities.

Rectenwald: State.

Leahy: You’ve worked at a private college, but have you worked at state colleges also?

Rectenwald: Yes, I did in North Carolina.

Leahy: Which one?

Rectenwald: It was called North Carolina Central University.

Leahy: Was there a different experience working at a public college versus a private?

Rectenwald: Well, yeah, the public one was underfunded and basically corrupt. The private one was overfunded and corrupt.

Leahy: Oh so the choice then is, underfunded and corrupt versus overfunded and corrupt. Which is more dangerous?

Rectenwald: The overfunded and corrupt.

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Crom’s Crommentary: The Use Government Power to Try to Silence the Potential Opposition of Other People

Crom’s Crommentary: The Use Government Power to Try to Silence the Potential Opposition of Other People

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 original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.

CROM CARMICHAEL:

Michael, there are three things that are going on at the same time and they’re all related. One is CNN Plus is imploding even though owes a great and mighty Chris Wallace left Fox News and went to CNN. Because CNN believed that Chris Wallace was popular. And he never has been popular.

He’s always been kind of a daddy’s boy. And he’s made a lot of money because he was Mike Wallace’s son. But CNN is now imploding. And what’s interesting is when he left, he was there 18 years, paid millions of dollars for at least each of the last 10 years.

And when he left, he was very ungracious. He did an interview in The Western Journal and he sneered at the network, at Fox network and his viewers saying about his long tenure at Fox, ‘But I can certainly understand where somebody would say, gee, Chris, you’re a slow learner.’

He was really talking about how he is now free to think and to act. But CNN Plus, which is why he left, is imploding. And by the way, that’s because people who watch CNN don’t pay for news.

They won’t pay for it. They just like to be propagandized. Which ties into Mark Zuckerberg. After Molly Hemingway’s book Rigged came out and the documentary was aired within 24 hours, Mark Zuckerberg said he’s not going to participate in the midterm elections in the way that he did in the last election.

So what he is seeing from that documentary is that they have the goods on him. So the question is going to be whether or not he is treated appropriately under the law.

If the next administration is a Republican administration because there are laws about campaign spending and the book Rigged makes a very good case that he broke those laws.

Now let’s move to what Elon Musk is doing in his attempted takeover of Twitter. Twitter stock has fallen from 80 to 30 over the last 18 months. It’s very clear that the board of directors and the executives at Twitter do not believe that their shareholders are that important to them.

Well, now they have a very stark choice. They can either see their stock go back to approximately 30 and maybe even lower, or they can take Musk’s offer of $54.20 a share and do what is right by the shareholders.

So the question is whether or not the board of directors are going to do what’s right by the Democrat Party and the left, or whether or not it’s going to do what’s right by the shareholders. But what’s also fascinating is that there are reports that the DOJ and the SEC are now attacking Tesla.

And let me just say that the DOJ and the SEC are people. They’re not just institutions. So the institution of the DOJ and the institution of the SEC does not attack Tesla. It will be the individuals inside those institutions.

And then the question is if they are using their positions of power for political purposes and the next President is not of their thinking, it’s a question of whether or not those people because what they are doing is seditious what they’re doing is using the power of government to try to silence the potential opposition of other people.

It should be obvious to any thinking person that the left believes that it is now in control of the government and that it must maintain its control of the government or for them, there is a great risk, and for all of those associated with the left.

So the next 30 days are going to be absolutely critical and then the midterms of course. But with Zuckerberg not agreeing to help the Democrat Party with what you and I think is cheating in the last election, with him saying he’s not going to do that again, I’m not sure that they can replace him at this late date with somebody who is willing to take the risk of going to prison for 20 years.

Which if they do that again could very well happen. So we will see. But these three things all happening at the same time are both ominous on one hand and very hopeful on another.

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