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Whoa. Wow. Golly. And Hooray! Big news from SCOTUS today. A fifty year judicial error is finally corrected, and Ricochet’s Supreme Court expert John Yoo joins us at the top of the hour to explain. He talks about the unofficial Thomas/Alito court, discusses what this could mean for other landmark cases, along with a few other fresh decisions that, on any other day, would’ve merited a visit from our good pal Mr. Yoo.
Perhaps providentially, we asked AEI fellow and a charter school founder Ian Rowe to join before the news broke. What better time to have someone so committed to giving disadvantaged children a real shot at the good life? Ian’s just published his book, Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power. He discusses his decision to turn away from the big bucks he could’ve attained with his Harvard Business degree in favor of taking on the hard work empowering America’s youth.
The hosts also talk about the country getting back to the exhausting business of American democracy.
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Trump is still winning!
As Rob mentioned on the show, we’ve got some big meetups on the books that you don’t want to miss. @timothylandon is hosting a big bash in Charlotte, North Carolina, and @mattbalzer has a Ricochet weekend extravaganza scheduled for July 29th through the 31st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
These will be the places to be. If you’re able to make them, don’t miss out!
Springfield news anchor Kent Brockman claims in the opening montage of this podcast that “democracy simply doesn’t work.” I’m afraid we’re going to find out pretty quickly if he’s right.
Well that was a specific example. As I recall, the issue was some kind of rescue bill to save Springfield from some disaster. All was well until it got loaded down with some kind of amendments, maybe the usual pork. After that it was voted down. (Actually it probably wouldn’t be so bad if a lot of bills were voted down for that reason.)
FWIW, I didn’t know who said it or what the context was until I googled it, but I like the opening montage and have wondered about that statement for awhile, whether I agree with it or not. The sociocultural reactions to today’s ruling on abortion will present a good test case on the resilience of the democratic process. If things settle down rather quickly and the political process is allowed to proceed basically unimpeded, then I’ll happily disagree and say democracy is alive and well in America—See! But if not, especially if violence is unchecked as in summer 2020, democracy as purportedly practiced here may well be ripped apart, like a speech in a fit of pique.
I have long thought that the better way to explain our dumb system is, it robs people of agency. The fed, the financial system, and the government. It’s been like that since the middle 90s for absolutely no reason.
I think the word “agency” is a better way to explain it than typical libertarian or conservative rhetoric.
James, I feel your pain. Was living in Minnesota summer of 1988, insanely hot and dry, mature pine trees dying, unwatered lawns never came back. Air conditioning broke, long time before we could get it fixed. I took to getting up at 5 a.m. to get some things done before it got too hot, then sleeping in the basement during the middle of the day.
Members of the “Religious Right” were greatly disturbed by the SCOTUS opinion in Roe v Wade (1973). They began a decades long protest to right the wrongs in such opinion. In the manner of Martin Luther King, Jr. this was a righteous, powerful and fully peaceful protest against the injustice of the opinion. Let’s see how the Left responds to Dobbs 2022. Not being a moral and religious people, I am not hopeful for their response. The Left is Crazytown!
Even with various shadowy people and groups supplying pallets of bricks and lots of frozen bottled water etc, I can’t see those “protesters” sticking with day after day, week after week… especially if they already live in pro-abort states!
I’m with Rob and Peter. It changes things.
It really does, doesn’t it? This is a better country today than it was 48 hours. You can feel it.
On my Spotify account this episode is “Judgement Day.” Malign Canadian influence, I suppose.
This has distorted American politics and the Supreme Court my whole lifetime. Finally, this can be settled politically.
I don’t think that George Floyd was murdered, but other than that Ian Rowe was fantastic. I’ve never heard of him before. Thanks for putting him on my radar.
Resisting arrest a lot
I forget how to describe it, but he had a lot of fentanyl or whatever it was in his system. Like astronomy numbers level for human beings.
I don’t get why cops aren’t cut a lot of slack in this circumstance.
Progressives are utilitarians; that is, they ask what is useful (to their cause), and never what is true. George Floyd, like Trayvon Martin, was useful.
On the other hand, 10,000 blacks dying by violence in the inner city last year is not useful, and goes unreported and unmourned.
Also, his drug dealer, who had on an earlier encounter with police asked his client George to eat his drug supply so cops wouldn’t bust him for possession, was in the front seat with him. For some reason, he pleaded the Fifth and therefore was a witness who had nothing to testify about what happened, such as why George might be saying, “I can’t breathe” as he sat in the driver’s seat and the cop first approached him.
The liberal media is killing this country, which is why nobody should do anything to enable Democrats.