It is sobering to realize that socialist revolutions such as the French revolution of 1789 are most often triggered by massive government debt similar to that owned by the United States today. When government can no longer service debt, the resulting bankruptcy usually causes massive social chaos from which dictatorships emerge.
Following this thought thread, John’s extended boralogue begins by analyzing the origins of our border crisis as the product of the histories of three capital cities: London, Paris, and Madrid, and the legacies those cities left to their New World colonies for better or worse.
Then, if the United States is indeed plowing into an unsustainable currency and debt crisis, how close are we? Some would say any day now. Others maintain we have some cycles yet to go before things get scary. Chuck Coppes (www.chuckcoppes.com) is author of America’s Financial Reckoning Day and he returns to the program for another look at our status.
Then, constitutional attorney Michael Connelly (www.usjf.net) continues the ongoing mini-series on the U.S. Bill of Rights. Today’s segment focuses on the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Finally, as time passes, it becomes increasingly difficult for the main networks to maintain that their news coverage is unbiased. Some of their own reporters are disgusted with their inability to do objective news coverage because they are not allowed to do so. Geoffrey Dickens from Newsbusters (www.newsbusters.org) debuts on the program.
John’s boralogue starts off by summarizing events in the Middle East in the post-peace process environment, attempting to make sense of data points that don’t seem to make sense.
We’re starting a summer history thread: The background of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Constitutional attorney Michael Connelly from the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) will appear on SOS once a week to discuss the background behind each right contained in the Bill of Rights, and how that particular right is under duress today.
Then, speaking of rights, our government is attempting another end run around the Bill of Rights in making it difficult for weapons dealers to do business by restricting their ability to accept credit cards from clients. Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America (www.gunowners.org) appears to discuss Operation Choke Point.
From there a jump to the Middle East for a viewpoint from Avi Lipkin (www.vicmord.org). Everyone’s buzzing about another intifada, but Lipkin maintains that isn’t the real emerging danger.
Then on to the question: “If the U.S. is such a bad, imperialist, racist nation as elitists have been telling us for 50 years, why do so many Latin Americans want to come here?” Four hundred years of failure to establish free republics and market economies in Latin America explains why this region has remained so dysfunctional for so long. Alvaro Vargas Llosa (www.independent.org) is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books on this subject, who joins us from Madrid, Spain.
Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone.
Freedom isn’t free and must be maintained with constant vigilance and action. With the Hobby Lobby case decided by the Supreme Court this week in favor of people of faith who own businesses, John’s extended boralogue examines the country’s founders’ views of how they thought the interaction between church and state should be.
John hits on millennials a lot but it seems millennials have their gripes about Baby Boomers impeding their future. Former White House spokesman Pete Seat is a millennial and author of the book The War on Millennials: Airing Grievances & Offering Solutions. So let’s have it out. Can we both help each other to the future or is conflict inevitable?
Then remembering freedom this Fourth of July weekend, it is sobering to see where freedom has failed. Melanie Kirkpatrick (www.melaniekirkpatrick.com) is author of Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.
Finally we’ll do a short examination of the role of God when tragedy strikes our lives. This time it involves murder. Robert Pascuzzi (www.theravinebook.com) is author of The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and the Afterlife.
There is a war afoot to expunge Christians not just from the marketplace of public ideas but notably from various professions. This war has transitioned from a war of ideas to a war of coercion forcing Christians to compromise their beliefs and adopt the beliefs of other worldviews.
Will Christians be able to survive in professions such as education, medicine, law, and elsewhere in this growing atmosphere of hostility? That outcome remains to be seen. Lea Singh (www.frontpagemag.com) is covering an important case in British Columbia, Canada, involving Trinity Western University.
As ISIS rebels roll towards Baghdad and a conflict with Shia Muslims in that part of Iraq, they’ve spoken of rolling back the Sykes-Picot conspiracy. What does this mean? John’s boralogue provides an historic background to the events surrounding the creation of the Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916 during World War I, and how this secret transaction between France and Great Britain laid the groundwork for the violence and chaos we’ve seen in the Middle East during the century that followed.
Meanwhile Iraqi Christians are caught in the cross-fire and fleeing to areas dominated largely by Kurds. It’s not a great solution but they are running out of options, not to mention food and water. Juliana Taimoorazy from Iraqi Christian Relief (www.iraqichristianrelief.org) fills us in.
Although colleges generally have norms regarding bullying, assaults and intimidations, incidents targeting Jews and supporters of Israel seem to go uncensured on U.S. college campuses. Those who appeal for their rights are derided as “Islamophobic” and it’s now reaching epidemic proportions. Tammi Roissman-Benjamin is director of the AMCHA Initiative (amchainitiative.org), which monitors this situation.
Finally the Washington Post did a hit piece against a conference this week on issues surrounding the Benghazi disaster. Of course, instead of addressing issues, they chose to hurl epithets and staged questions. James Simpson (www.aim.org) contrasts the Wapo’s op ed piece with what really happened.
John’s boralogue outlines goals for the program this summer: providing historical background for the “great collapsing” of politically correct narratives. Everything from economics to Middle East geopolitics has roots stemming from World War I, which broke out 100 years ago this year.
You know, it’s humorous to see politicians calling for strict enforcement of various laws, when congress and the current administration don’t observe them, refuse to enforce them or routinely violate the laws themselves. Let’s face it, we just have too many laws. Phillip Howard (www.commongood.org) is author of The Rule of Nobody, Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government.
How can education be so badly broken, but teachers don’t seem to realize it? It resembles a factory not understanding why consumers don’t like their products and instead blaming the problem on consumers. Professor Paul Peterson (www.savingschools.org) is author of Teachers vs the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them.
After a recent school shooting, the problem was blamed on the assailant’s Asperger’s syndrome. Really? Are spectrum disorders from ADHD to autism really responsible for irresponsible behavior? Dr. Robert Mellilo, M.D., (www.brainbalancecenters.com) is an expert in this area.
A week ago the European Central Bank began a policy of negative interest rates for their member banks, meaning the banks pay the central bank to keep money there. Immediately rumors ran around the internet that our banks were going to begin charging us to make deposits. Well, not quite. Jim Puplava (www.financialsense.com) from the Financial Sense Newshour joins us for a few minutes to explain to listeners what happened and how long this game can be played.
John’s boralogue details how the thought police are telling us we have the right to believe what we want to believe. But when it comes to behavior in public, we need to endorse their belief system and comply with it; or else!
First up is the growing penchant for presidents to end-run congress by using regulations and executive orders. No where is this more apparent than in the war on coal-fired generating plants, where the Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to lower the allowed carbon emissions for these plants. In essence, we’re cutting off sources of energy before we’re ready to bring new alternatives on line in a large scale. Stephen Moore (www.heritage.org) writes for the Wall Street Journal explains why these proposals are economy-wrecking in nature.
Then a tour through the latest efforts to use shifty definitions to end-run congress. There’s a proposal now to allow various government agencies to have real-time access to Americans’ health records in the name of national security. Twila Brase from the Citizens council on Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org) returns to the program to detail this draconian proposal.
A surveillance state is one where the citizens are monitored and lists are kept. A police state is one where the lists are enforced and people harassed or imprisoned. Cheryl Chumley (cherylchumley.blogspot.com) writes for the Washington Times and is author of the book Police State USA.
John’s boralogue continues last week’s theme by explaining how political correctness is killing us. Highlighted is the case of a 27-year-old doctor in Sudan sentenced to be flogged and executed for apostasy from Islam, when she was actually raised a Christian and refuses to renounce her faith. As the wife of an American citizen, this week she delivered her second child while shackled in prison. Also incarcerated with her is her 20-month-old son. The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum has thus far been unwilling to help in this situation. The American Center for Law and Justice is hosting a petition at www.aclj.org to try to get our government involved with these U.S. citizens.
There is a constant drumbeat of warnings of a cyber-apocalypse assault collapsing the financial system or other operations, but is anything short of an EMP attack capable of doing that? Bill Blunden (www.belowgotham.com) has investigated this issue and co-authored the book Behold a Pale Farce.
Speaking of the media’s political correctness and its conflicts with reality, both academia and pop scientists in media assure us that Neo-Darwinism explains how new life forms evolved on earth and claims there is little dissent among scientists disputing this. Whoops! There are now over 100 articles in peer-reviewed literature calling for new theories to explain the complexity of life, because neo-Darwinism can’t account for the origin of information. Dr. Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., (www.darwinsdoubt.com) returns to the program to explain the serious divide between pop scientists and what’s really going on.
Finally, another shooting in Santa Barbara and more calls for gun control which never works. S.C. Sherman (www.sherman.com) says the best way for a vulnerable institution to be safe is for people to be armed, especially in churches. His novel Mercy Shot details just such an eventuality.
John’s boralogue explains why free media in a free society are so important and how the war against free speech has been joined in the West. Highlighted are the constantly changing progressive attitudes towards free speech and the now-or-never necessity of defending freedom of speech.
As soon as the Nigerian kidnappings became an unavoidable story, one could hear the spin from Islamic groups in the U.S. revving up to deny that this represented true Islam. Nonie Darwish (www.frontpagemag.com) escaped Sharia law in Egypt, and she would beg to differ with this politically correct view, having found it to be way out of touch with the reality of Sharia in Islamic countries. But delivering this message has entailed flying against the political correctness that would silence her voice.
A pregnant Christian woman, Dr. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, M.D., has been sentenced to death for apostasy in the Sudan and is shackled in jail along with her 20-month-old son. Even though she is the wife of a U.S. citizen, the State Department doesn’t seem anxious to help her or her husband. Faith McDonnell (www.juicyecumenism.com) has been covering the story.
Gene Kiepura’s (www.genekiepura.com) 14-year-old son was killed on a missions trip to Mexico. What followed was a nightmare with the U.S. embassy refusing to help without a $15,000 payment. Gene details how his ordeal led first to a faith crisis and then to a much deeper faith in God and Christ.
Finally, the Veterans Administration is entangled in a huge scandal where it appears to have been denying or delaying medical services to veterans due to long waiting lists. Not only is this a harbinger of Obamacare to come, but even as it denies medical service, the VA has been actively preventing veterans from exercising their Second Amendment rights. Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America (www.gunowners.org) appears.
John’s boralogue details the history of Boko Haram’s persecution of Christians in Nigeria, and how the media ignored it, but once forced to confront it, have been spinning the story into one of women’s rights, rather than how Islamic countries and extremist groups treat both women and Christians. This follows years of the U.S. State Department refusing to classify Boko Haram as a terrorist group.
As soon as the Nigerian kidnappings became an unavoidable major story, one could hear the spin machine of the media and Islamic organizations revving up to deflect connections between the atrocities and Islam. Dr. Andrew Harrod, Ph.D., from Accuracy in Media (www.aim.org) and the Lawfare Project (www.thelawfareproject.org) guests.
Then Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (USN Ret.) (www.lionllc.com) from the Citizens Committee on Benghazi provides a timeline of events leading up to the Libyan tragedy and why the U.S. State Department didn’t see this coming.
Invisible monetary wars frequently underlie the geopolitical conflicts we witness. The dollar is dying as the world’s reserve currency, but then what? James Rickards is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc., and author of The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System. What exactly does “collapse” mean and how will it play out? (www.jamesrickardsproject.com) and (jimrickards.blogspot.com)Read More
John’s boralogue ties together various global warming news reports to demonstrate how badly climate change hysteria has become and would seem to be paving the way for a push for a carbon tax following the upcoming U.S. election. Stephen Moore from the Heritage Foundation (www.heritage.org) maps the changing climate of climate change.
Minnesota just passed a law allowing newborn infants’ DNA to be collected by the state without parental consent and permanently stored for whatever purpose the state wishes. The Citizens Council for Health Freedom is up in arms. Twila Brase (www.cchfreedom.org & www.itsmydna.org) joins us.
We’ll focus the remainder of the show on Middle East issues. What really happened in Benghazi when an ambassador and several U.S. servicemen were killed by al-Qaeda operatives in Libya, and where will the congressional investigation take us? Claire Lopez with the Center for Security Policy (www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org) has a rousing conversation with John on this issue.
Finally, does the peace process have a future and why did it fall apart — again? David Dolan (www.ddolan.com) returns for an in-depth analysis of the radical changes underway in the Middle East.
John’s boralogue starts today’s program rolling by extracting more media bias lessons from the Bundy Ranch conflict in Nevada with a chronicle of how the mainliners didn’t care much for the story, until they thought Mr. Bundy might be a racist. Then they suddenly burst into life, and dragged a giant red herring across the real issue of property rights in order to transform it into a racial issue.
Then the history of intolerant tolerance. Members of the Frankfurt School of Marxism indicated how tolerance was only to be demanded when they were ascending but how they would deny it once they are in control. Arnold Ahlert from Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) returns to the program once again.
The Supreme Court seems to have ducked an important constitutional issue — again — by allowing a lower court ruling to stand that indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens without charges or trial is O.K. The left and the right are rightfully upset. Bob Unruh from Worldnetdaily (www.wnd.com) explains why this is such a threat to freedom.
Speaking of the left and the right, they’re coming together on more issues than you might imagine. Liberal attorney Ray Bouhris (www.raybouhrisauthor.com) addresses the potential of state or county secession in his new novel, Revolt, The Secession of Mill Valley.