June 30th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Sacred Fire of Liberty!
It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
Leftists Like Biden and Hochul Get History So Wrong, Intentionally Biden famously told an anti-historical whopper when he asserted, as part of his argument that the 2nd Amendment is not “absolute,” that no private person lawfully owned a cannon at the time of the 2nd Amendment’s ratification in 1791. In fact, hundreds of Americans did, and many still do. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has recently followed suit. She did so on June 23 in condemning Justice Thomas’s majority opinion striking down New York’s “proper cause” prior restraint on concealed carry. Indeed, she brazenly purported to “school” the justices in American history. In righteous anger, Hochul blurted: “I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices that the only weapons at the time were muskets.” Hochul’s statement is hokum, just like Biden’s cannon remark. The facts contradict Hochul. It is she, not the justices, who is in dire need of schooling. Hochul, like Biden, blithely replaces facts with fiction, doing so intentionally, because the facts are terribly inconvenient and analytical argument based on the true facts, way beyond their mental facilities.
There’s another War Between the States coming over abortion The Supreme Court’s abortion decision is likely to set off a wave of legal and political disputes among states and the federal government unlike anything seen since the years before the Civil War, legal experts say. With some states allowing private lawsuits against out-of-state abortion providers — and other states prohibiting cooperation with abortion investigations — the abortion issue is likely to pit state law enforcement agencies and court systems against one another in dramatic fashion. The federal government, meanwhile, faces a choice over how to deal with states that seek to ban Food and Drug Administration-approved abortion medication, now used in about half of pregnancy terminations. And whatever the Biden administration does, federal policy could change dramatically if the Republicans take the White House. Experts say it is conceivable that a person could be wanted for a felony in an anti-abortion rights state but protected from extradition in a pro-abortion rights state. The governor of Massachusetts has already imposed rules forbidding state officers from cooperating in abortion investigations. California’s governor signed a bill seeking to protect from civil liability anyone providing, aiding or receiving abortion care in the state. Texas law, however, lets private citizens sue out-of-state abortion providers, and Missouri is considering a similar law.
AOC and Warren’s master plan: Abortions at Yellowstone Democrats seem devastated by the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Some say they have even taken time off work to grieve, and others have taken to the streets in protest. And so members of Congress are working to protect abortion rights, starting with a plan to offer abortion clinics in national parks. Yes, you read that right. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are lobbying for the Biden administration to set up “emergency abortion clinics” on federal lands. “Make abortion as available as possible with the tools he has, including medication abortion, including using federal lands as a place where abortions can occur,” Warren told ABC News. Ocasio-Cortez ironically says that such federal clinics represent “the babiest of baby steps” for abortion services. What Warren and Ocasio-Cortez don’t realize is that this won’t pass, simply because it is a terrible idea. It will have the opposite of its intended purpose. In an interview with CNN, Vice President Kamala Harris said, “I think that what is most important right now is that we ensure that the restrictions the states are trying to put up that would prohibit a woman from exercising what we still maintain is her right, that we do everything that we can to empower women to not only seek but receive the care where it is available.”
Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming. The court’s ruling could complicate the administration’s plans to combat climate change. Its proposal to regulate power plant emissions is expected by the end of the year. The decision also could have a broader effect on other agencies’ regulatory efforts beyond climate change and air pollution. President Joe Biden aims to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and to have an emissions-free power sector by 2035. Power plants account for roughly 30% of carbon dioxide output. “Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,’” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his opinion for the court.
Hour 2 ENCORE!
Special Guest – Michael Boldin
Democrats’ ‘deprogramming’ rhetoric the opposite of Biden’s calls for ‘unity’ Democrats, members of the mainstream media and Big Tech are elevating their rhetoric about their political opponents to alarming heights, Sean Hannity said Monday. The “Hannity” host pointed to calls from figures like former “Today” host Katie Couric and Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson that Trump supporters must be “deprogrammed” of what they describe as dangerous groupthink. “This kind of rhetoric is now commonplace on the left,” Hannity said “[Robinson] wondered [on MSNBC] how mostly White, mostly Republican voters, how do we deprogram them? Into what? Little socialists like you?” He then played a clip of Robinson calling Trump voters “members of a cult” and demanding they have their personal ideology essentially forced out of them. Couric called it “bizarre” to watch Republican lawmakers “believing the garbage they are being fed 24/7 on the Internet [and] by their constituents.” She claimed such lawmakers bought into a “big lie” and wondered, like Robinson, how they are “deprogrammed.” “Reeducation camps, deprogramming, OK,” Hannity said. “According to the press wing of the Democratic-Establishment Socialist Party, you, we the people, we need to be deprogrammed or put in reeducation camps because our political opinion differs from theirs.”
Will Democrats Embrace the Imperial Presidency Now That Their Guy Is in Charge? After Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, I hoped that “electing a preening, petty, thin-skinned, whiny, vindictive, vacuous, mendacious, boorish bully” would prompt “a reconsideration of the absurd hopes and cultish veneration that surround the presidency.” I suggested that “a ridiculous president will encourage Americans to take the presidency less seriously.” And as Trump went on to assert various kinds of extraconstitutional authority, I hoped that example would encourage his opponents to see the wisdom of dethroning imperial presidents and restoring the separation of powers. With Trump gone, however, some Democrats seem determined to forget that lesson. “Joe Biden Must Not Shy Away From the Full Power of the Presidency,” says the headline above a New York Times op-ed piece by University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner. “During the presidential campaign,” Posner notes, Biden “was not shy about criticizing then-President Donald Trump for abusing his executive authority.” But Posner, who seems to be drawing the wrong pointers from his 2020 book The Demagogue’s Playbook, warns that such constitutional concerns are dangerous to the Democratic agenda now that Biden has replaced Trump. As Posner sees it, untrammeled presidential power is a problem only when Americans make the mistake of electing the wrong president.
NEW POLL: Media Trust at an All-Time Low, Nearly 60% Think Press ‘More Concerned With Supporting an Ideology’ Than Informing Public A new poll finds that trust in the media has never been lower, and that a majority of Americans believe the outlets bringing them their news are more interested in pushing a political agenda. According to a survey conducted by the global communications firm Edelman (via Axios, which obtained the results exclusively), 46 percent of Americans trust traditional media. That’s the lowest number ever recorded in the 20 years that Edelman has obtained the data. That mistrust stems, in large part, from a widespread belief that delivering the news is not the No. 1 priority for people who deliver the news. The Edelman survey found that 58 percent of Americans think “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.” And 56 percent of people believe the fourth estate is “purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” The Edelman number tracks with Gallup’s findings. Gallup, over the past decade, has consistently put the percentage of Americans’ trust in media in the low 40s.
Here’s How Donald Trump’s ‘Patriot Party’ Could Become a Political Force “Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form,” Donald Trump said at the end of his final speech as president of the United States. “Have a good life. We will see you soon.” But how soon? And in what form? These questions prompted much speculative chatter Tuesday, after The Wall Street Journal published a short, anonymously sourced article stating that “Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party,” to be named the Patriot Party. If serious (always a critical “if” with Trump), the former president’s trial balloon has the potential to disrupt America’s two-party balance in the most significant way since the Kansas-Nebraska Act split the Whigs in 1854, helping give rise to the Republican Party. If the 45th president takes his ball and goes home, he won’t be alone. While Trump’s public approval has consistently been the lowest of any modern president—and closed with a thud—it remains high among Republicans: 79 percent, according to a January 15–17 Morning Consult poll. His average GOP approval rating during the past four years was a record-tying 88 percent, per Gallup. (Among Democrats, it was a record-shattering low of 7 percent.) Until further notice, he remains the most popular figure in the party. A January 15–18 Civiqs poll showed that Trump voters, by a two-to-one margin, preferred characterizing themselves as “Trump supporters” rather than Republican Party supporters.