Mayoral Candidate Debbie Matthews Describes the Race for Mayor of Columbia

Mayoral Candidate Debbie Matthews Describes the Race for Mayor of Columbia

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 Columbia, Tennessee mayoral candidate Debbie Matthews in-studio to describe the race for mayor of the 40,000-person town.

Leahy: In the studio, our guest, our good friend from Maury County, a candidate for mayor of the city of Columbia, Debbie Matthews. Good morning, Debbie.

Matthews: Good morning, everybody. So good to be here.

Leahy: We’re delighted to have you here. Well, the clock is ticking.

Matthews: One week from yesterday, early voting starts and Republicans have got to get out. There will be no division in the ranks. Republicans have to show up.

Leahy: So it is now three weeks and five days until Election Day.

Matthews: That’s right.

Leahy: November 8th. And tell us a little bit about the race for mayor. You are one of two candidates.

Matthews: I’m one of two candidates. Columbia – I call it our little jewel box – it’s a 40,000-person town that is a very, very conservative city.

Leahy: Very conservative city. It’s the home, of course, of James Polk. James Polk, the 10th President of the United States of America.

Matthews: That’s correct. The 11th.

Leahy: Eleventh.

Matthews: Eleventh. My brain snapped.

Leahy: I stand corrected.

Matthews: I think it is the 11th. But he said, I’m going to serve one term, I’m going to do everything I promise to do, and then I’m out. And that’s the greatest thing I think any politician can do, is don’t overstay your welcome. So we love James Polk. But Columbia, Tennessee, I do call it our little jewel box.

If you have not been to Columbia, you have to come. It is one of the most special places on earth. And we do currently have a mayor’s race going on. And, you know, like most municipalities, you know, there’s a charter that they have to be nonpartisan races.

Leahy: Yes, in the charter of the city. Now, that is a little bizarre …

Matthews: So in 2018, the Republicans – which I’m the chair of the Maury County Republican Party, now – but in 2018, as a member, we said we have to have some sort of touchstone that we know where people are sort of starting.

And so we said we’re making our county executive a partisan race, which is the county mayor, and we’re going to move to get our county commissioners, move them into partisan races. And we did that.

And then this last year, of course, we were like, we have got to have our school board members run partisan, because right now everything coming out of the school board situation, you have to be able to see who you’re dealing with and where their thoughts are. So we got that through.

Leahy: And that’s in for the county, for Maury County. But there are 12 members of the Maury County board.

Matthews: It is.

Leahy: And by the way, just for our listeners, just a reminder, that the 2020 National Constitution Bee champion … [Jackson Carter] is now a member of the Maury County Board of Education. He’s a sophomore at the University of Alabama.

Matthews: He’s a freshman. And we wanted Jackson Carter. He’s just the most terrific kid who is the president of our Young Republicans, and he’s doing a fantastic job. But, you know, we looked at our state reps, and our meetings, and we said, this year we want our partisan school board races to take it to the legislature and get this done.

That started in Maury County. We have to have partisan school board races because all the craziness that everyone’s trying to push. We know that liberals, or progressive socialists, whatever you want to call them, basically had a full-court press.

They said we’re going to take everything over at local levels. We are seeping into every area. And, you know, Republicans were asleep on that, just thinking …

Leahy: Well, that’s happened around the country. Thank you, George Soros, for that. That is happening in Maury County and the city of Columbia.

Matthews: Everywhere. And so you go, why is this person running for DA?

Leahy: And that is a daunting thought.

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Crom Carmichael: ‘If It Walks Like a Marxist, If It Governs Like a Marxist, If It Talks Like a Marxist, It’s a Marxist’

Crom Carmichael: ‘If It Walks Like a Marxist, If It Governs Like a Marxist, If It Talks Like a Marxist, It’s a Marxist’


Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss Joe Biden’s right to rule as a Marxist with hopes that Republicans will exert their power once the tables are turned in 2024.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the original all-star panelist, Crom Carmichael. Good morning, Crom.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael. Yesterday afternoon, the legal but not legitimate current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Joe Biden, gave what I thought was one of the most divisive and ignorant, dishonest speeches by a modern American president in some time. I don’t know if you saw it all. Did you see it?

Carmichael: I saw sound bites.

Leahy: He claimed that January 6 rioters are worse than slave-owning Confederates in the Civil War because they breached the U.S. Capitol.

He also said that basically everybody who supports Donald Trump is an awful person because they actually want to have election integrity laws that make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. It was extraordinarily divisive and mean.

Carmichael: Let me just ask, Michael. Of the sound bites I saw, not one of them surprised me. Are you actually surprised?

Leahy: Well, not that he believes this crime, but that it is his overt strategy to be so dishonest and divisive at a time when supposedly can’t we all get together.

Carmichael: But he’s always been like that.

Leahy: I agree. He has.

Carmichael: I think it’s instructive. And actually, I take a little bit different position than you do. I agree that it was reprehensible what he said, but the American people need to have a choice.

And Joe Biden, if you want the biggest, most oppressive, most regulatory, high-taxing government, perhaps since FDR – and let’s remember when FDR left office, the top marginal tax rate was 94 percent – and Biden wants to be what he considers to be greater than FDR.

I suppose in Biden’s perfect world, we’d be a Marxist state, that Washington, D.C. would control all the means of production. I have some friends who were anti-Trumpers, and they wouldn’t discuss the possibility of a Marxist Democrat party.

They wouldn’t discuss it because if they discussed it, they had to agree that Trump was better than that. And it’s a really interesting thing when you discuss things with people.

If they are uncomfortable talking about the alternative, then they’re not willing to think through the choices that we have.

And what Biden is doing both by what he says in this case – not all of the things, a lot of things he says are distractions – but his deeds calling for a whole-of-government approach.

Now, we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show.

In fact, we could talk about it right now. There was a guy that Trump appointed to be head of the Social Security system. That’s no big deal except that you’re appointed for a term.

Leahy: Right.

Carmichael: Biden has fired him.

Leahy: I didn’t know that. On what grounds?

Carmichael: Because he can. And I’m okay with that. Let me say why. When Trump was president, the media believed that he didn’t have the authority to fire people.

I hope that the next president, assuming that when Republicans take charge again and have control of the executive branch, it’s my hope that the next president takes Biden’s approach where he will use the whole of government, he or she, to rein in the government and to fire people who do not carry out in the executive branch.

Every employee in the executive branch is under the chief executive. There are people who disagree with that. There are people who say that the union contracts say that the President cannot fire somebody who’s a civil servant.

And my argument is I don’t think that’s been constitutionally tested if somebody will not carry out the policies of the administration and whether or not they can be fired.

Leahy: The whole point of having an election and having a president to head the executive department is the people are saying we support the policies of this president. And he should be able to fire people who don’t implement his policy.

Carmichael: Right.

Leahy: I agree with you on that principle.

Carmichael: And so what Biden is saying and making it clear to everybody, that he wants Washington to be the end-all and the be-all of government.

He doesn’t want people in Tennessee to have the right to live the way people and, under the laws, that the people of Tennessee want to live.

That’s what he is saying. I’m glad he is saying that because it shows there’s no obfuscation at all. My word of the day. Obfuscation.

There’s no obfuscation at all as to what the Democrat Party stands for. I have said over and over again, the Democrat Party is the party of government.

Leahy: Absolutely. And, in fact, Crom, if I could just add to that point, Mark Levin has a new book out called American Marxist.

Carmichael: I have ordered it. I don’t think it’s in print yet. Maybe it is.

Leahy: Here is what we ought to do, because we know Mark Levin and Mark Levin is a friend of ours. I’m going to invite them to come to Nashville.

And maybe the three of us could have, like, an evening that – with Mark Levin. An evening with Mark Levin, Crom Carmichael, and Michael Patrick Leahy.

And we’ll talk about American Marxism. Because let us be honest about the administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. It is American Marxism.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: That is exactly what it is. And Mark Levin is totally on point.

Carmichael: Let me say this. You’ve heard the old expression. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and whatever else it is, it’s probably a duck. It’s a duck.

And so just because Democrats claim that they are not Marxists doesn’t mean that they’re not Marxists. If it walks like a Marxist, if it governs like a Marxist, if it talks like a Marxist, it’s a Marxist.

Leahy: Now, that’s very good, Crom. That’s very good.

Carmichael: Thank you. You’re having low standards today.

Leahy: No, no, no. I don’t think anybody’s quite taken that twist on it. But it’s good.

Carmichael: Well, thank you. What Biden is doing, the question is, is whether or not it is legal and whether or not the president has a right to place people in positions of power to carry out their policies and to remove people who resist their policies.

And I believe that the President of the United States has that authority. You also have Neil Gorsuch who talks about how we need to be very concerned about the bureaucratic state.

Well, under Biden, the bureaucratic state will control everything including elections, by the way.

Leahy: Oh, yeah. The national bureaucratic state.

Carmichael: Yes. He would like to control everything. And when you look at the industries that the FTC is now trying to regulate.

In fact, I would challenge somebody to name a large industry that Biden doesn’t want to regulate from Washington. I would challenge them to pick a single large industry.

Not a company, but a large industry that Biden does not want to regulate. And so we’re seeing what Biden wants and what the Democrats want.

Therefore, when Republicans retake power and if the Democrats are unsuccessful at changing the election process and making it so that there’s a permanent party.

Leahy: The permanent cheat. Because, that’s what the Democrats – that’s what they want to do. They want to codify cheating for Democrats.

Carmichael: So if they’re unable to do that…

Leahy: We hope they are unable to do that.

Carmichael: I said if they’re unable to do that, Republicans retake the House in 2022 and control the Senate and the presidency after the 2024 election, then it’s my great hope that the next president – be it Trump or some other Republicans –  uses the power of the executive state to shrink government.

Another thing Biden has done is the Congress appropriated and Trump signed a bill that allocated two billion dollars to complete the wall. Biden chose not to spend that money.

Leahy: He’s violating the law.

Carmichael: No, he chose not to spend that money. If he were violating the law, he would be impeached, or there would be a lawsuit or something.

There would be criminal activity, which shows you that if Biden has the right as president to not spend money appropriated by Congress, then that means that a Republican president would have that same right.

And so I think it’s a fascinating thing to think about all the different things that Biden is doing. And then the next president can simply say: Biden did it. I didn’t think that what he did was right, but I think he had the right to do it. Therefore, I’m doing it my way.

Leahy: A very interesting point.

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Craig Huey of the Huey Report Discusses Demonic Leftwing Messaging and How Conservatives and Republicans Can Compete

Craig Huey of the Huey Report Discusses Demonic Leftwing Messaging and How Conservatives and Republicans Can Compete


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to discuss the demonizing messaging professionals of the left and offers advice on how conservatives and Republicans should push back.

(George W. Bush clip plays)

Leahy: That’s former President George W. Bush playing the messaging game against constitutional conservatism. Unbelievable that he smeared Trump supporters and people who love America that way. You notice how they use the messaging. They threw this false claim that there’s an Anglosaxon caucus going about. This was Steve Hayes a Never Trumper. Right, Craig?

Huey: Right. Right.

Leahy: But it’s messaging. And what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to demonize people. George W. Bush, right there. Former president of the United States. A Republican was demonizing the Republican Party because he’s claiming it’s all for exclusive, “White, Anglo-Saxon Protestantism.” This is so outrageous! But this outrageous example is exactly the kind of thing that the left is doing. And they’re messaging to demonize opponents of things like critical race theory.

Huey: Absolutely Michael. The fact is it’s kind of reverse racism. It’s terrible, but they’ve got it down. If you speak up, they want to silence you. If you try to stop what they’re doing, they want to as you say, demonize you. They’ll call you a racist. They’ll say you’re too extreme. They’ll marginalize you in a way that is taking a small element of truth and distorting it into a lie.

Leahy: Conflating it into a lie. That’s what the Never Trumper Steve Hayes did. And that’s what George W. Bush advanced. Unbelievable.

Huey: And on the local level, if you stand up, you can expect to be attacked. You can be expected to be lied about. You can be expected to have your whole person destroyed by these messaging professionals.

Leahy: It’s here in Middle Tennessee, of course. In Williamson County it’s this group, Williamson Strong, that got a bunch of lefties elected to the school board. Now in South Lake, Texas, the Carroll Independent School District, where they just rejected critical race theory. They elected anti-critical race theory candidates to the school board. Let me just read this from Joy Pullman’s article at The Federalist.

Last week, a “progressive group sent a postcard to every household in the Carroll Independent School District in Texas, (Inaudible talk) in advance of a May first school board election that becomes a referendum on critical race theory in Southlake schools. It names local residents who are part of this political action committee opposing critical race theory and even outed one or two neighbors for a past criminal conviction, all for exercising their right to freely participate in the public process.”

I’ve got a copy of this postcard. It says why follow these clowns anywhere? Then it’s got one guy with a little bubble. I send my kids to private schools. Another, I don’t have kids in the school district either. Then another woman, look, mommy, I sue schools. That’s for one of the candidates. And then, I’ve been convicted of federal bank fraud. And then at the bottom, they say, Southlake fami-lies pac leaders. Demonization, demonization. That’s what the organized left does.

Huey: Michael, it can be done in Williamson County. It can be done in Davidson County. It can be done anywhere in Tennessee because that’s what they’re trained to do. If indeed, you were running for Congress or some other race, you’d be getting the same type of attacks. Taxpayers on the local level don’t expect this yet it’s so organized between the political left and the teachers’ union colluding with one another to create organized opposition to any pushback, organized opposition to any type of attack on what they’re doing. And to make sure that they control the school boards. They know how to control the school boards because they know how to organize messages and be able to make sure they get out the vote.

Leahy: Here’s what Joy Pullman says in her article about this at The Federalist. “Smearing, and doxing private citizens to suppress their participation in public affairs is a social dynamic beginning to permeate American life.”

Huey: Oh, yeah. And that’s a common thing. So just think about the teachers union. They go through a training of how to do this. Those who are on the organized left are trained on how to demonize their opponents. They’re trained on how to scare people into silence so they don’t stand up. They try to do what’s necessary to avoid, for example, if you have a candidate who would be a great candidate running for an office for the school board, they’re going to be afraid. They’re going to think twice before they run because they know how they’re going to be attacked.

Leahy: Now, there are people in our listing audience, particularly in Williamson County and Davidson County, to some extent, Rutherford in Wilson County who are looking at what’s going on in their schools.

Huey: Right.

Leahy: And they’re saying this, “cultural awareness training” is really just cover for critical race theory and it’s going to hurt our children.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: We want to stop it. Now the problem is that I see, Craig, they are not particularly well organized or well-financed.

Huey: Right.

Leahy: What advice do you have to our listeners who want to push back against critical race theory in their local schools?

Huey: What they need to do is organize as they did in Texas. They have a group of people who are going to support and come together to be able to transform their community and mobilize to get out the vote. The first thing you have to do is start collecting data on who your supporters are. That means you have a petition and you need to make sure people in your community are signing the petition.

And then you make sure that they are actually registered to vote. Then you’ll find 40 to 50 percent of the people who aren’t registered to vote who signed the petition. So you get them registered, and then you make sure that they get that ballot turned in. That’s what the left does. But you know what? Republicans, Conservatives, and normal people running for office, they don’t do that. They’re living as if it was 30, 40 years ago.

You’re up against organized opposition. You’ve got to do that if you’re going to win. But, Michael, there’s one other thing. Not only are you collecting the data but you’re getting them registered and getting out the vote. But also you’re organizing people how to go door to door and finding who are your supporters. Finding who you can make sure get to the poll.

And then on election day, you’ve got a plan to be able to mobilize all these people and make sure that they actually do vote. That’s what the left does. The teachers’ union trains people on how to get the data, get people out to vote, and then how to be sure to have the proper messaging. All these are things that anyone listening to right now can be part of in their community to turn their school board around.

Leahy: In Williamson County, there are 12 school board members elected from districts. They’re elected to four-year terms. Half of them are elected every two years. Six of them are up in 2022.

Huey: Huge. Huge.

Leahy: That would be a very good opportunity for organizing. We’ll talk about that a little bit more when we come back.

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Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe Breaks Down the Power Dynamics of the United States House and a Fragile Red Wave in 2022

Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe Breaks Down the Power Dynamics of the United States House and a Fragile Red Wave in 2022


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 who outlined the levers of power in the House of Representatives and gave different scenarios of how strategies are playing out for Pelosi, McCarthy, and Cheney.

Leahy: We are joined now by the great Neil McCabe who is the National and Washington Correspondent for The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Neil, every time I turn around national news publications want to talk to the Washington Correspondent for The Tennessee Star. The New York Times was knocking on your door, and you gave them a quote. (McCabe chuckles)

McCabe: A great bunch of kids at The Times. They, of course, were doing a hit piece on a place that I enjoyed working at One American News, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only positive quote that made it into that article. (Leahy chuckles) So I think I’m going to call that a win.

Leahy: Yes. All the mainstream media news outlets want to hear from The Tennessee Star’s Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe. And I want to hear from you, Neil about the impact on Biden’s legislative agenda of the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts in the death of George Floyd.

McCabe: Well, I think, as they say on Wall Street, I think a lot of this verdict was already baked in and the lines are already drawn. So nothing is really going to change. I think the most significant thing, which is sort of ancillary to the Chauvin trial is what happened with Maxine Waters being scolded by the judge and giving Kevin McCarthy a chance to put some numbers on the board and force that vote.

The Democrats were able to defeat the motion to censor Waters, but it was 216 to 210. And basically, every Democrat voted the party line, which is a very scary thing for Pelosi. And if I can go into that, Pelosi runs her caucus very well. She is a brilliant vote counter, and she is able to garrison and heard and shepherd her votes. And the main tool that she uses is she goes to 218 to get a simple majority in the House.

And so basically you go around and you secure more than you need. You get like, 220 or 225 and you go around to your people, depending on how many you have. Once you’ve locked down your majority, what you tell people is there are people who are going to say, Nancy, I can’t go with you this time it’ll kill me in the district.

And Pelosi will say if I can get you out of it, I will. And so once she has her simple majority, she can then go around to people and say, I’m going to let you off the hook. And so you’ll see a number of votes going back to when Pelosi’s been Speaker, and then even with this majority leader and whatnot that she has allowed Democrats to vote against Democratic legislation and the Democratic motions as part of the deal.

It’s like if I let you off the hook on this gun vote when the abortion vote comes up, I’m going to need you. And that’s part of the way she cuts a deal. She was not able to let anybody off the hook this time because if she let this person off the hook, she’d have to let somebody else off the hook. So basically, they all had to go down together. And that shows you just how tight things are. If you saw 10 Democrats voting with Republicans, that would show you that Nancy Pelosi is confident and has control of her Chamber.

But if she’s got to lock everybody down, that means that they’re strapped to the max. And it’s not a good sign for Pelosi. It’s a good sign for McCarthy, who is very good when things are safe and the Democrats make a mistake. McCarthy is very good at sort of scooping up the ball. Where McCarthy is very bad is that there actually is no Republican agenda.

You never hear McCarthy talking about gun rights unless he’s trying to restrict guns and gun rights. You never hear him talking about immigration unless he’s trying to expand immigration. You never hear him talking about building the wall. So if McCarthy has the juice to get this Waters thing to the House floor, there’s a ton of bills that McCarthy could have been bringing to the House floor, he’s not going to do it. And that’s just the way it is.

He’s a passive reactive guy. And if that continues, it could jeopardize the red wave that is going to be coming and everybody smells it which is exactly why Biden is playing smash and grab with these executive actions and executive decisions. They just decided to make all school lunches is free. They just decided that they’re going to start restricting nicotine and tobacco. They’re talking about auto emissions. They’re cutting deals with Iran.

They’re cutting deals with China. They’re moving on NATO. It’s like Biden is in a hurry because the Democrats know they are supposed to lose the House in 2022. The only thing that’s going to stop the Republicans from taking the House is McCarthy sort of dampening voter enthusiasm as he continues to support people who voted to impeach Trump and continues to go after and ridicule conservatives and there is no reason to vote for Republicans because all he does is go after Democrats when they stumble.

Carmichael: Neil, let me ask you a question.

McCabe: Sure.

Carmichael: I’m going to take everything that you just said to be gospel to be correct.

McCabe: It is the gospel.

Leahy: The gospel according to Saint Neil. (Laughter)

Carmichael: Amen. Amen. My question is this, is the majority of the Republicans in the House like McCarthy? And if they’re not, if they’re more conservative than McCarthy, then how does McCarthy win his position of minority leader?

McCabe: Well, basically, there are probably 70 or 80 conservatives in the Republican conference. The rest of the guys are these goofballs who are active in the Rotary Club and they own five dealerships or they sold their business and they didn’t know what to do. The Republican Party, especially on the House side, loves to go with these so-called self-financing guys.

So if some rich guy decides he wants to run for Congress the Republican Party will back him because they don’t have to do any work. He can raise his own money. And so these guys get in and they are just good-time Charlies and they want to go along to get along. The reason why McCarthy is still there is that no one else is strong enough to make a run for it.

And so basically, McCarthy is there is the store literally a placeholder because Steve Scalise does not want to make a run for Speaker of the House. We already know that Liz Cheney is going to run for Speaker. She was trying to muster votes to go up against McCarthy for Speaker last time. So, I mean, there are people who want to take McCarthy down, but because nobody has the juice to take him down completely, they’re basically going to leave McCarthy there until they can figure out what they’ll do.

And so it becomes sort of this ghost ship, almost like we saw under Paul Ryan where he skips the bit in April of 2018 and refuses to resign and basically it just becomes this ghost ship. Remember, in 2018, the Republicans lost the House, but they also left 40 seats unchallenged. And McCarthy of course is part of that team.

Carmichael: Geez. There is nothing that I can look at to argue with you. But the clarity of the way that you said it is disappointing…

McCabe: You can’t argue with that. (Leahy laughs)

Carmichael: That’s true.

Leahy: Neil, where does this go? What has to happen? What has to change between now and 2022 for the Republicans to take back the House of Representatives?

McCabe: So basically, it’s McCarthy’s game to lose. You’re going to see some more retirement on the House side. Kevin Brady, rather the very powerful and wonderful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee when the Republicans had control, the ranking member there. He’s announced his retirement. Devin Nunes should be in place to take over that spot. And as you see, the sort of the jockeying around of the senior Republicans, you’re going to see some potential chairman that is going to decide you know what? Maybe I want to be Speaker.

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Crom Carmichael Examines Foreign Economic Development with Dictators and Lobbyist Cronies and Predicts a Republican 2022 Candidate

Crom Carmichael Examines Foreign Economic Development with Dictators and Lobbyist Cronies and Predicts a Republican 2022 Candidate


Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to weigh in on economic foreign development cronyism and lobbyists while speculating who the Republican presidential candidate for 2022 will be.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the original All-Star panelist, Crom Carmichael. Crom, former Secretary State Mike Pompeo was a featured speaker, a surprise speaker, actually at Liberty University’s Equity for Africa Conference. And The Star News Network had a reporter there who provided an exclusive report from Lynchburg, Virginia. He was introduced by former Congressman Dave Brat, a friend of ours.

And he was very very warmly welcomed. And here’s what he had to say about Africa. Pompeo said, greater business development improves security for all of us. It’s a collective set of security issues that are threatening not only Africa but the Northern part of Africa through the Middle East. We always knew that if we got the business development right and did so in an atmosphere that allows all the people of Africa to reap the benefits of that development through greater freedom that America would be a better place too. This is sort of his pushback against the Chinese incursions into Africa.

Carmichael: Well, the Chinese are clearly aggressive in many areas of the world. Especially Africa. And most of it is for mining its raw materials and natural resources and especially targeted to what are called rare earth minerals. And rare earth metals are needed for electric cars. They’re needed for chips, they’re needed for high technology.

And the Chinese want to corner that market. And so they’re going after that very very aggressively. The Trump administration tried to build bridges with other countries through economic deals that, as Pompeo says, our business relationships create wealth and are spread because of the value of the work that’s being done.

Democrats tend to give money away rather than focus on building business interests. They’re more interested in giving money away. You see where Kamala Harris is now apparently trying to give money to Guatemala so that Guatemala can then offer money to people to not come to the United States.

Leahy: Here’s how that works. When the United States “gives money” to foreign governments, it does not go to any economic development.

Carmichael: No it doesn’t.

Leahy: It goes to the dictators and the cronies. And so they become richer. It’s a transfer of wealth from American taxpayers to dictators in foreign countries.

Carmichael: Well, not just that. It emboldens and empowers the dictators that allow them to continue to be tyrants. And so it’s a sad thing to watch. And much of it is kickbacks to cronies within the United States.

Leahy: Cronies that are doing business with the dictators.

Carmichael: Make no mistake that these dictators have lobbyists. Those lobbyists get lots of money. And so if the lobbyists can get $50 million to be given to a dictator in some small country, that lobbyist charges perhaps three to $5 million for the work they do over a period of two or three years. So it’s not designed to create wealth for the society in question. It is designed to circulate money to the cronies. And that has been going on, especially with the Democrat Party for generations.

Leahy: Let me pose this question to you, Crom. I look at it and we’ve got a very dangerous year and a half ahead with Democrats in control of the executive branch.

Carmichael: We hope only a year and a half.

Leahy: Yeah, we hope only a year and a half. But the answer is going to have to be that the Republicans take back either the United States House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate and or both. Now my question to you is a lot of people and politicos look at the horse race, who’s going to be the Republican nominee.

That’s, like three and a half years from now. It’s too far even to imagine, right? Let me pose this. Of these three people, which one is going to likely be more effective at helping Republicans win back the House of Representatives in November ’22? Would it be Donald Trump, B, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, or C, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?

Carmichael: I think depending on the race. First of all, I can’t imagine any Republican running for a House seat or a Senate seat, even as an incumbent who wouldn’t want any of those three to come campaign for them. Because as time passes, a lot of the public is looking saying, maybe I screwed up when I voted for Biden over Trump.

Leahy: Asterisk.

Carmichael: I don’t think so. Let me say this. I don’t think there are any people. I’d say there are virtually no people who voted for Trump who said, boy, I made a mistake. Biden is doing a great job. And so when you get into the midterms, as more time passes, and we see more of this just having money in wheel barrels towards special interests out of Washington. And then we see the tax bill when it comes through. And we see all of the stuff that the Democrats are doing. I think that Trump will be able to speak very clearly and DeSantis and Pompeo will be very strong.

Leahy: Part of that team.

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