Holy Moses

Another in a seemingly endless series of very busy weeks but we’ve got you covered. First up: The Oracle himself, Governor Haley Barbour. He’s got a perspective of 50 years in politics, so we thought we have him on to see what he thinks of the last few months. Prepared to get schooled. Then, as freedom of speech on digital platforms –like the one you’re reading right now– is now one of the most important issues facing society, we thought we have on someone who is on the front lines of the debate. Meet Venture Capitalist and fierce 1st Amendment advocate David Sacks (and be sure to watch the extended cut David’s segment in our new members only feature, Rob Long’s Six Dumb Questions which can be found here). Also, impeachment, Pelosi, and yes, Rob Long predicts the coming re-unification of the Republican Party. You heard it here first.

Music from this week’s show: Man Out of Time by Elvis Costello

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  1. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
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    OwnedByDogs (View Comment):

    Answered. You appear to believe that only Trump will do. That is delusional.

    If you get Trump wrong, you get millions of his thoughtful supporters wrong. It’s a mistake to view Trump through a political lens. Those who do can only assume he is a loon. Let me give you a précis of what I know about Trump that I suggest you may be failing to see.

    1. Trump grew up in the church of Norman Vincent Peale, the author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” who officiated his first marriage. In other words, Trump has Peale in his DNA. I’d argue his language is less about vanity and more about Peale (although both reinforce each other). This also accounts for how he compliments foreign tyrannical leaders. He expects the best, and then negotiates accordingly when they behave poorly.
    2. Trump is an “Entrepreneurial CEO.” The key characteristic of such CEOs is the constant assimilation of new information resulting in immediate course corrections. Such behavior appears chaotic to lower-level directors and managers, but the successful CEOs are trusted as they demonstrate success. You can imagine how an entrepreneurial CEO would appear to politicians, bureaucrats, and Washington media darlings, who all know the “rules” and “protocols.” He would look crazy, and an agent of chaos. I would argue that Trump is so non-political it is actually crazy to interpret his actions in terms of politics. And so he is targeted by everyone because he is threatening the foundation of everything they subconsciously hold dear.
    3. Trump’s political naïveté resulted in his putting trust in politicized people who failed him and so he fired them. That political naïveté is also what inspired his greatest triumphs as President, especially in foreign policy.
    4. There are words/headlines people, and then there are actions/results people. Word people are soothed by President Obama and fail to hold him account for his actions. Trump necessary freaks them out. Results people pay attention to achievements. Yes, if only Trump had the words. But his accomplishments are greater.
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  2. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Mark Alexander (View Comment):
    There are words/headlines people, and then there are actions/results people. Word people are soothed by President Obama and fail to hold him account for his actions. Trump necessary freaks them out. Results people pay attention to achievements. Yes, if only Trump had the words. But his accomplishments are greater.

    This is dead-on. Blech. 

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  3. kedavis Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Mark Alexander (View Comment):
    There are words/headlines people, and then there are actions/results people. Word people are soothed by President Obama and fail to hold him account for his actions. Trump necessary freaks them out. Results people pay attention to achievements. Yes, if only Trump had the words. But his accomplishments are greater.

    This is dead-on. Blech.

    A lot of Obama’s words weren’t that great either, but some people were soothed by them anyway.  More useful idiots…

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  4. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Mark Alexander (View Comment):
    There are words/headlines people, and then there are actions/results people. Word people are soothed by President Obama and fail to hold him account for his actions. Trump necessary freaks them out. Results people pay attention to achievements. Yes, if only Trump had the words. But his accomplishments are greater.

    This is dead-on. Blech.

    A lot of Obama’s words weren’t that great either, but some people were soothed by them anyway. More useful idiots…

    He says nothing most of the time. I listened to Dennis Prager tear apart all of his speeches. 

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  5. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
    @MarkAlexander

    “But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love … Was not Amos an extremist for justice: ‘Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.’ … And John Bunyan: ‘I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.’ And Abraham Lincoln: ‘This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.’ And Thomas Jefferson: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….’ So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men…were [all] crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth, and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation, and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

    — Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

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  6. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
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    It has been so long since Haley Barbour was a guest that I had forgotten how much I enjoy him.  Great episode gentlemen, and please invite Mr. Barbour back more oftem.

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