Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the weak response to Cuba’s communism, the Democrat Party’s support of authoritarian government, and the conspicuous inaccuracies of the Capitol Hill riots.
Leahy: In studio with us, the original all-star panelist, Crom Carmichael. Crom, you know, I saw a lead story at Breitbart. They had an exclusive interview with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
And basically, he said everything that the Biden administration is doing dealing with Cuba is wrong and weak. And of course, this is a constant theme that I have.
We have a Beta male serving as secretary of state. The former lead partner of the not so esteemed law firm Winken, Blinken, and Nod. Antony Blinken.
Their idea is, I think, let me subvert America’s interests. Let me bow down to every other tyrannical dictator in the world and just beg them to have mercy on us.
Carmichael: It’s really quite something. The latest story on Cuba is that the Biden administration has so far denied Cubans the Internet. And our security people said if we want to provide the Cuban people access to the Internet, we can do that quickly.
Leahy: Why haven’t they done it?
Carmichael: Because they support authoritarian governments and that is something that the Democrat Party wants to emulate.
Leahy: They want to emulate them. And of course, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has and all the Black Lives Matter leaders have been critical of the protesters in Cuba, from what I can tell.
Carmichael: Yes, because they’re in favor of the regime. But Cuba is not in isolation. You have the Biden administration who is determined to lift the sanctions from Iran to give them the funding back that they needed and used in the past to terrorize the Middle East. And I can’t explain that because there is no logical explanation for funding.
Leahy: I have a theory.
Carmichael: Ok, please.
Leahy: I think they are deliberately trying to destroy the United States of America. That’s my theory.
Carmichael: And Israel, while they are at it.
Leahy: But let me just stop for a moment because what’s the alternate? Are they just dumb and stupid or they’re just caught up in ideology? Is it deliberate, Crom?
Carmichael: I don’t know, but let me say this. That is a great question. I do not know the answer. But when you look at four, you have four countries.
The other two, in addition to Cuba, where they’re not doing anything to help the people who are calling for freedom in Iran, they’re backing the regime and not only backing the regime against their own people.
They want to give money even though they know that the last time they gave them a bunch of money there were terrorists all across the Middle East. Terrorist acts all across the Middle East funded by Iran.
Leahy: But you said even though they know. I think it might be because they know.
Carmichael: And then that would make it even worse. But for me, this kind of falls in the category of: do I want to get hit by a truck going 80 miles an hour or a train going 80 miles an hour.
Leahy: Either way, the outcome is the same.
Carmichael: So whether they know what they’re doing is terrible or whether they’re doing the same terrible things because they’re fools, the result is the same.
But they’re kowtowing to Russia and letting Russia build their pipelines while they are canceling pipelines here in the U.S. And so to claim that pipelines themselves are hurting global warming junk –
Leahy: That seems to be consistent with my theory that they’re deliberately doing this.
Carmichael: That they are trying to crush the West. And then the last country, of course, is China.
Leahy: Of course.
Carmichael: Where China has now been caught hacking Microsoft and probably many other hacks. They steal our intellectual property, and Biden is doing nothing. He just does nothing.
And this does not end well for the American people. The deeper question for me is, let’s assume the public wakes up. And let’s assume that the appropriate voter laws are in place so that the Democrats are unable to cheat.
Leahy: The way they did in 2020.
Carmichael: The way that I believe they did too.
Leahy: Lots of evidence out there.
Carmichael: A lot of evidence, but it’s not conclusive. But there are trials that end with the preponderance of the evidence.
And this is more – this is not a criminal trial. This is a civil trial in the way that we’re thinking about this. And that is because we’re not going to change the result of the election.
Leahy: Zero, zip, nada chance of that.
Carmichael: No. Biden is president. And if he cheated to get there, then they were clever in the way they did it.
Leahy: My phrasing, of course, is legal, but not legitimate.
Carmichael: But the deepness of the deep state, we were talking about Michigan, you couldn’t embed FBI agents. And we also now have word that there are a number of FBI agents embedded in the January sixth riots.
Leahy: More than two dozen according to Tucker Carlson and the documents that he’s received.
Carmichael: And then the footage. All of the video footage is still being held back.
Leahy: That we can’t see.
Carmichael: So why is the video footage being held back from the public? It’s because to me, the answer is because they don’t want anybody going through the video footage and identifying individuals who either A, might be members of the government and the FBI or B, might be members of some left-wing groups and that they are inciting other people to do things that they shouldn’t do. Then there’ll be video, lots of video of Capitol Hill Police literally holding the door open for people to walk in the door.
Leahy: Yes. Now, were there some people who broke windows and climbed through windows?
Leahy: Yes, there were. Who were they?
Carmichael: But were there many, many more people who walked through open doors being held open by the Capitol Hill Police? And the last thing – and then I want you to jump on this one –
The last thing is we do know that the head of the Capitol Hill Police made five telephone calls asking for additional support and was rejected each time by Nancy Pelosi’s aid.
Leahy: The Sergeant at Arms who reports directly to here. Who I’m sure called her and said Madam Speaker, should I help this guy out?
Carmichael: Should I authorize more support?
Leahy: And she told them, no. That would be my guess. Yeah, I don’t know that for sure.
Carmichael: Well, they won’t tell us. Michael, you and I are left in what we’re doing here. We’re left to form opinions based on the facts as we understand them.
Leahy: Yes. Which is very limited. Very limited at best.
Carmichael: But it’s on purpose.
Leahy: Yes, a lot of things are delivered these days from the deep state. We’ll be back after the news.
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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 Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to review false narratives regarding the Cuban protests and questioned whether Americans value their freedom as many were seen marching with American flags.
(Antony Blinken clip plays)
It shows that they simply are not hearing the voices and will of the Cuban people: People deeply, deeply, deeply tired of the repression that has gone on for far too long, tired of the mismanagement.
Leahy: That’s the current Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the poster child for the beta-male of American foreign policy under the maladministration of Joe Biden, formerly with that esteemed law firm Winken, Blinken, and Nod. Obviously, the guy is not ready for primetime. All these things going on in Cuba and all you hear from Biden and Blinken is, don’t do that.
Don’t do that. Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida, hitting back a lot harder. I don’t know why it’s so hard for the Biden administration to criticize Marxism.
Grant Henry and Andy Ogles in here. Grant, with Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee and Andy, mayor of Maury County. Here’s the story, Grant. I want to get you reacting to this report. Communists beat a dissident Cuban priest, drag him through the streets.
A Cuban priest reportedly remains in police custody as of Monday after police beat him, dragged him through the streets, and stripped him in his native Camagüey, Cuba for supporting peaceful protests. What do you make of this, Grant?
Henry: Here’s my statement. I actually wrote it last night. May God bless the brave Cuban freedom demonstrators standing up to their totalitarian Communist government.
It’s quite telling, actually, to watch Bernie Sanders, AOC, and the hard left who normally comment on everything, who say nothing now.
And it’s ridiculous to see mainstream medicine shortages and high prices. Note, the American flags, the anti-Communist, pro-freedom signs at the protest.
This is the grassroots uprising by courageous people who are risking prison, beatings, and even death in the hope of freedom.
I say, “what an inspiring sight.” And that’s a quote I got from a great man who shall not be named Michael. But I think it’s quite fitting for right now.
Leahy: (Laughs) Andy Ogles, mayor of Maury County. Bernie Sanders, a great proponent of communism and socialism – the guy that spent his honeymoon in the Soviet Union.
That gives you the idea of what kind of guy this was. He’s praised the Castro regime in the past. Where is he on all of this?
Ogles: I think when you look at the current education system in the United States and why critical race theory in this new agenda of propaganda that’s crept into our schools is such a problem because by rewriting history, we don’t learn from history.
And so you look at when the Bolsheviks, and the revolution that took place between 1917 and 1923, were revolting against the oligarchy.
And then the moment they seized power, they destroyed everything that they talked about. You fast forward to 1934, the three-day purge, the Night of the Long Knives, and when fascism swept Germany. We know how this story ends. It’s like the Bible. I read the end. I know the outcome. And you look at Russia, you look at Germany, you look at Venezuela, and you look at Cuba.
Marxism, socialism, and Faucism, whatever you want to call it, does not end well for freedom. And we’ve got to stand up to these governors that are more interested in photo ops. And they are a substantive change and fighting and are destroying our country by their complacency.
Leahy: There’s a story at Breitbart by my colleague Alana Mastrangelo. Over the years, there’s been no shortage of woke left-wing celebrities like Steven Spielberg, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, who have vacationed in Communist Cuba normalizing and spending their money in a country with a government that controls the flow of money as well as brutalizes and murders its own people.
Grant Henry, with Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee, what’s your reaction to that?
Henry: Look, I think we’re in a time of the Orwellian sort of foreshadowing of prediction that the heresy of heresies is common sense.
Do you know what I’m saying? We’re now in the time where even to question something in the realm of common sense is a heresy.
And I think that’s part of the allure. Conservatives would do ourselves justice to admit the fact that communism on paper is a presentation of a utopia.
That’s what we’re fighting against. What we’re fighting against is the lie of a utopia that will never really come to be. But I promise you all, I promise you, one of the reasons why I really love working for Americans for Prosperity – because our pitch is this:
Look, you are not a perpetual victim. You are not some liability that needs to be taken care of. You do not have to constantly and continually subsist upon the handouts of the government.
You can do it yourself. You are empowered. You are strong. You can start that small business. I personally believe the creator of the universe has chosen you specifically for this time here now to have a talent that only you can do. If you plug that in properly, incredible things can happen.
Leahy: Andy Ogles, a little touch of irony here. Do you want to jump in here?
Ogles: I just want to say, “Amen, man.”
Leahy: Amen, brother. Preach it! Preach it, Grant Henry! Are you sure you’re a political guy?
Henry: What he’s calling me to.
Leahy: A little touch of irony here, Andy. Again, another story by Alana Mastrangelo, my colleague. She’s great, by the way, at Breitbart.
Twitter, I start off Twitter commenting on what’s going on in Cuba, already I’m laughing. Twitter describes the Cuban anticommunist hashtag as people, “helping to spread awareness of coronavirus.”
While thousands of Cubans were taking to the streets on Sunday to demand an end to the 62-year-old Communist regime and the #SOSCuba was trending, Twitter falsely described the hashtag as “people are helping spread awareness on the impact of COVID-19 in Cuba as cases hit an all-time high in the country.”
Ogles: I remember back in the day reading Huxley’s A Brave New World or Orwells 1984. And it was like, this is science fiction, right?
This is a parallel universe that could never come to pass. Then here we are in this era of COVID and we’re romanticizing Cuba?
Have you not been paying attention since the 1950s? That place has gone from a robust economy to devastation. And you’re going to blame America?
And it should be noted that the people that are in the streets crying for freedom, they’re waving American flags.
Leahy: Here’s another story from Breitbart. They were on a roll last night by my colleague Wendell Husebo. Grant, I want to get your reaction to this. Joe Biden’s Cuba statement doesn’t mention beatings, shootings of protesters.
President Joe Biden issued a statement on Monday claiming to, “Stand with the Cuban people” against their repressive Communist regime, but failing to mention widespread reports of public gang beatings and live fire against unarmed protesters on the part of state security.
Henry: This is the Communist playbook, too. And not just what you mentioned. In the Communist playbook, you can see actually tracking data where the state government has completely cut off phone lines and Internet lines as well. And from something that Mayor Ogles just mentioned here a second ago – that they’re waving American flags.
Not just in Cuba, but they did the same thing in Hong Kong. It gets me at my core. It’s a guttural reaction that I think sometimes are we worthy of that.
Honestly, has anyone listened to this programmer of Americans, step back and really ask yourself, are we truly worthy of other people fighting for freedom in the name of our flag?
Do we honestly believe in freedom that much? That’s a thing that will get you to your core if you really think about it enough.
Ogles: And part of this, too, is again, going back to Critical Race Theory. This is a big deal. It’s destroyed our country as part of that supplemental material here in the state of Tennessee.
In Tennessee is George versus George, George Washington versus King George. And the villain in the book is George Washington.
Leahy: This is a curriculum endorsed by Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn, the UC Berkeley graduate with very little classroom teaching experience appointed by Governor Bill Lee.
Ogles: So we’re teaching children in America in the state of Tennessee, in Williamson County and in Middle Tennessee, to hate America.
Leahy: Well, I think a lot of the kids that graduated from those kinds of schools go on to report for The New York Times. Here’s another story at Breitbart.
They were on a roll last night. The New York Times on Cuba protests. Freedom is an anti-government slogan. The New York Times described the chance of freedom as thousands of strong, peaceful protests in Cuba on Sunday as one of several ‘anti-government slogans popular among the congregated.’
The Times also erroneously reported the protests were about ‘food and medicine shortages.’ Grant, what do you think?
Henry: Again, that type of narrative is either purposely misleading, purposefully misleading at best, or malicious at worst. You get what I’m saying.
Leahy: Andy Ogles, here’s another one. In Cuba, police leave an AP photographer bloody after a public beating. Cuban authorities have cracked down on the international free press and mass demonstrations against the Communist regime, with police assaulting reporters and photojournalists in the crowd. Your reaction.
Ogles: You look at the state of our country and you look at people not wanting to respect the flag or to stand for the anthem and meanwhile, in Cuba, Venezuela, Hong Kong, China, and other parts of the world, they waive the flag because it means something.
It means hope. It means the opportunity. You have the right to disagree and not to be persecuted for it. And that’s the problem with the left, this double standard.
We are a Republic of free States. I’ve said this many times, I support California’s right to be liberal, to be socialist leaning. But at the same token, if you’re in Tennessee or South Dakota or South Carolina or Florida or Texas, you have the right to be conservative.
But they will persecute you, and they will censor you. They will try to silence you because that’s not how they view the world, nor do they value the Constitution.
Leahy: We’ll be back with more later. By the way, these Cuban protests, there are thousands in at least 16 cities who took part in these peaceful protests on Sunday.
So there is a movement going on in Cuba for freedom! Not a bad word. Freedom. That’s what we support here.
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