June 6, 2019 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:
D-Day 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops With silent remembrance and respect, nations honored the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago on D-Day, the assault that portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich. French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump praised the soldiers, sailors and airmen, the survivors and those who lost their lives, in powerful speeches Thursday that credited the June 6, 1944, surprise air and sea operation that brought tens of thousands of men to Normandy, each not knowing whether he would survive the day. “You are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of our republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our heart,” Trump said, of the warriors engaged in the ultimate fight of good against evil in World War II. Macron praised their courage, generosity and strength of spirit that made them press on “to help men and women they didn’t know, to liberate a land most hadn’t seen before, for no other cause but freedom, democracy.” He expressed France’s debt to the United States for freeing his country from the reign of the Nazis. Macron awarded five American veterans with the Chevalier of Legion of Honor, France’s highest award. “We know what we owe to you, veterans, our freedom,” he said, switching from French to English. “On behalf of my nation I just want to say ‘thank you.’”
YOUTUBE TO DELETE THOUSANDS OF ACCOUNTS AFTER IT BANS SUPREMACISTS, CONSPIRACY THEORISTS AND OTHER ‘HARMFUL’ USERS YouTube will delete thousands of accounts after banning “supremacists”, conspiracy theorists and other harmful accounts, it has claimed. The decision was made after an in-depth review of its rules on hateful content, YouTube said. While it has always banned hate content in general, the site has allowed some specific kinds of harmful videos – such as those promoting Nazi ideology or claiming 9/11 did not happen – to continue being hosted on the site. Those videos, as well as other kinds of “supremacist” content, will now be officially banned. “Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,” it wrote in a blog post. That is expected to lead to the removal of thousands of accounts as it goes into place, though that could take some time. “We will begin enforcing this updated policy today; however, it will take time for our systems to fully ramp up and we’ll be gradually expanding coverage over the next several months,” its announcement read.
The good news about America’s floundering morals Gallup just reported that more and more Americans are seeing a society that’s going to the pot, rotting away in a low-moral morass and that oh me, oh my, the times are only changing for the worse. In a way, that’s good news. Because you can’t solve a problem if you don’t see a problem. And certainly, when it comes to America’s morals in modern day — that pot’s been black for some time. First, the survey numbers: In Gallup’s latest Values’ poll, taken this May, 47% of Americans say the country’s moral values are “poor,” and another 36% as “only fair.” A far, far fewer 17% say they’re “excellent” or “good.” This is a disturbing trend that Gallup has been tracking for a while. “Since 2002,” Gallup wrote, “no more than 23% of Americans have held a positive view of moral values; the highest negative rating was 49% last year.” And for the third year in a row, 77% of Americans say morals and values in this country are growing worse. It’s no wonder. Now, for some facts: Pew reported in 2018 that “the share of U.S. children living with an unmarried parent has more than doubled since 1968, jumping from 13% to 32% in 2017.” Why? Declining marriages, increasing out-of-wedlock births, increasing divorce — and the accompanying acceptance of these dire conditions as the new normal.
U.S. Appeals Court Orders DEA to Consider Cannabis Rescheduling Petition Efforts to have cannabis rescheduled were moved forward last week by a 2-to-1 ruling of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, finding that the Drug Enforcement Administration must “act promptly” if formally petitioned to take another look at the question. The May 31 decision came in a case originally filed as Washington vs. Sessions, although Jeff Sessions has since stepped down as attorney general. It challenged the DEA’s refusal to reconsider in a timely manner the current classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance — the most restrictive category under the federal Controlled Substances Act, along with heroin. Morphine and cocaine, in contrast, are actually in the less restrictive Schedule II. The case was brought by the Cannabis Cultural Association and is named for one its co-plaintiffs, retired professional football player and Super Bowl Champion Marvin Washington, who aspires to obtain grants under the Federal Minority Business Enterprise program for cannabis businesses — specifically ones that would make cannabis available to sports professionals and others to reduce opioid dependency and addiction. Another co-plaintiff is disabled Iraq combat veteran Jose Belen, who uses medical cannabis to control his post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.