February 4th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Whatever happened to the days when people on the political left might disagree with what you say but would defend your right to say it? The First Amendment was not written to protect speech that everyone agreed with; it was written to defend those who might espouse unpopular views, especially when they had not the support of an often manipulated majority. If free speech is to be considered too dangerous to defend, to whom is it dangerous?
Do you want to know who is in charge and what they hold dear? Find out what you can’t criticize or question in the electronic town-square. Apparently, we have found it.
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:
There’s A Glaring Unintended Consequence For Democrats Impeaching Trump Democrats could open a Pandora’s box of unintended consequences by going forward with impeachment and bringing former President Donald Trump back into the limelight. The Senate is expected to move forward with their second impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump on Feb. 9 after House Democrats filed articles of impeachment that blame Trump for allegedly “inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” Trump, they say, “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’” Any chance of getting a conviction against Trump seemed to die when only five Republican Senators voted against Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s motion to dismiss the impeachment trial. However, Democratic impeachment managers still have to be clever in their arguments, or risk stepping on political landmines that could revitalize the Republican party.
AOC wasn’t in the Capitol Building at the time of the Jan. 6 riot—she was in another building entirely Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has spoken at length about her experience during the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6. From her live Instagram videos, it has seemed like she was on the front line, facing down Trump supporting rioters in the halls outside her office. But it turns out, Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the Capitol at the time of the assault on Congress, she was in her office another building entirely. Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional office is in the Cannon House Office Building, according to her website, her Washington, DC address is 229 Cannon HOB. The Cannon HOB is accessible to the Capitol via tunnel. On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez spoke to millions of fans on Instragram relaying her past experience of sexual assault, which she said left her traumatized. This experience, she said, was compounded by her what happened to her during the Capitol Hill riot. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said that her office is in the same hallway as Ocasio-Cortez, two doors down, and that there were no rioters in that area at any time. She called out the New York representative for her “egregious” claims.
NYT Column Urges Biden to Appoint ‘Reality Czar,’ Establish ‘Truth Commission’ to Solve ‘Reality Crisis’ The New York Times published an essay on Tuesday detailing a range of recommendations for the Biden administration to adopt to fix the “reality crisis” and “de-radicalize” citizens, including setting up a “reality czar” and “truth commission.” The essay, penned by Times technology columnist Kevin Roose, accuses “millions of Americans” of embracing “hoaxes, lies and collective delusions” before questioning how to unite a country where these millions “have chosen to create their own version of reality.” “I worry that unless the Biden administration treats conspiracy theories and disinformation as the urgent threats they are, our parallel universes will only drift further apart, and the potential for violent unrest and civic dysfunction will only grow,” Roose writes. The author then states he contacted several “experts” seeking what actions the Biden administration could take “to help fix our truth-challenged information ecosystem, or at least prevent it from getting worse” and then provides the answers he was given. Joan Donovan, a research director of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, suggested that the Biden administration set up a “truth commission” led by those familiar with extremist factions including white supremacist groups and far-right militias behind the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot, in order to investigate the event.
Kerry Defended Taking Private Jet to Iceland for Environmental Award: ‘the Only Choice for Somebody Like Me’ White House climate czar John Kerry traveled to Iceland by private jet in 2019 to accept an environmental award and defended his transportation choice to a reporter at the time by calling it, “the only choice for somebody like me.” Kerry flew to Iceland in October, 2019 to receive the Arctic Circle award, an iceberg sculpture, for his leadership on climate issues and being “a consistent voice pressuring the American authorities to commit to tackle environmental matters,” according to Icelandic outlet RUV. During the trip, Kerry was confronted by Icelandic reporter Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson on whether his use of a private jet was an “environmental way to travel.” “If you offset your carbon, it’s the only choice for somebody like me, who is traveling the world to win this battle,” Kerry responded. The former secretary of state went on to emphasize his climate accomplishments, including negotiating the Paris accord for the U.S. and bringing Chinese President Xi to the table. “I’ve been involved in this fight for years,” Kerry said.
USDA can steer farm aid money to fight climate change, Biden ag secretary nominee says The White House wants to tap a pool of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to support on-the-farm efforts to fight climate change, Tom Vilsack, President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the USDA, said on Tuesday. The Depression-era program of up to $30 billion in annual funding was tapped by the Trump administration to distribute billions of dollars in aid to cover farmers’ lost sales due to trade wars, primarily with China. Now it could help advance a Biden policy priority: combating climate change. The CCC funds could be used to create a market to trade carbon or help farmers adopt sustainable agriculture practices, Vilsack said during his Senate confirmation hearing. Those green programs could then be incorporated and expanded in future farm bills, he said. “It is a great tool for us to create the kind of structure that will inform future farm bills about what will encourage carbon sequestration, what will encourage precision agriculture, what will encourage soil health and regenerative agricultural practices,” Vilsack said. Biden has already signed a raft of climate-related executive actions, including a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal land, rejoining the Paris climate accord and setting a target for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Florida Gov. DeSantis goes to war against ‘Big Tech,’ citing censorship of Trump Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launched an offensive against “Big Tech” on Tuesday, warning that the social media platforms are targeting politicians like former President Donald Trump now but will soon be coming for regular American citizens, vowing to combat the threat. “Today they may come after someone who looks like me. Tomorrow they may come after someone who looks like you,” DeSantis, a Republican, said during a news conference outside the state Capitol as he announced the Transparency in Technology Act. The governor said he intends to “protect privacy” from the “oligarchs in Silicon Valley” – Google, Facebook and Twitter – because the platforms have “changed from neutral platforms to enforcers of preferred narratives.” “I’m committed to addressing what may be one of the most pervasive threats to American self-government in the 21st century,” he said.
Why ARE COVID cases plummeting? New infections have fallen 45% in the US and 30% globally in the past 3 weeks but experts say vaccine is NOT the main driver because only 8% of Americans and 13% people worldwide have received their first dose As the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. came to end, the nation is seeing signs of progress including plummeting rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and accelerating vaccinations rates. Daily cases have dropped 45 percent since the latest peak on January 11, according to data from the COVID-19 Tracking Project. There were 131,341 new cases reported on Wednesday. Hospitalizations have fallen 26 percent since they peaked most recently on January 12, the data shows, with 96,534 reported in the hospital as of Wednesday. Forty-four states are seeing a decline in cases, Johns Hopkins data reveals, with just Alabama, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, on the upswing. In addition, as the country headed into February, COVID-19 hospitalizations fell below 100,000 for the first time in two months. Currently, 92,880 patients are hospitalized with the virus, the lowest figure seen since November 29 and falling nearly 30 percent from a peak of 132,474 on January 6, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project. The U.S. death toll has surpassed 446,000 – with an average of about 3,200 deaths per day – but experts say fatalities are a lagging indicator and will likely increase over the next couple of weeks before declining as those severely infected over the winter holidays pass away.
Democrats blast Facebook over anti-vaccine pages Reps. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) blasted Facebook over anti-vaccine pages on its platform. The Democrats wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding to know why anti-vaccination pages are allowed to spread misinformation on the platform, and how the company plans to remove them. The letter comes after anti-vaccine demonstrators staged a protest at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday, forcing the Los Angeles Fire Department to close the gates for roughly an hour. The Washington Post reported that a Facebook page with nearly 3,000 followers organized the protest. “California is currently being ravaged by COVID-19. Among those affected, communities of color, immigrant communities, frontline low-wage workers and other vulnerable communities bear the brunt of the pandemic,” the lawmakers wrote. “It is crucial to the fight against COVID-19, and to ensuring society can move beyond this pandemic, that such public health efforts are not interrupted. Any disruption to similar mass vaccinations sites can easily lead to unnecessary infections and deaths,” they wrote.
Questions of The Day!
Hi there guys ! – great work as ever – thank you for all you do to make light of often stressful daily life situations !
Question is been thinking about buying a distiller ? whats your view ? & if think that’s a good idea or some other water filtration – what do you need to supplement with eg: minerals etc?I am UK based so some of the products you promote I cannot get shipped here – although will say I manage to get Cardio miracle which I do believe has helped improve my breathing. Thank you & your my go to if need some sanity
Romani Jo de Morgan
Hello Robert Scott Bell,
I am so happy I have been watching your show for about a year now, love it learn so much from you, your guests and even reading the notes in the chat room some of those folks have great info as well. I have a couple of questions 1st a few months ago you had a black book it was about homeopathic s could you please tell me the name of the book, I collect books on natural health care.
Next this might be an odd question but I watch Sarah Westall and she has had this woman on about how the U.S. was stolen a long time ago and we can be self governing again if we sign some papers in our state. I have heard this on a few occasions now. What is your take on this I value your opionion.
Thanks and God bless to all
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We own a plot of 30 acres of flat organic crop land outside of a small village. Dimension Renewable Energy contacted us to lease 25 acres for solar panels for 10x what organic farmers are able to pay. Our concern is of any unhealthy risks from their existence or byproducts to the earth, environment or to any living creature; or possible agendas that might not be obvious to us. The corporate office is out of Atlanta, Georgia. I’m cautious and suspicious and appreciate any thoughts/information you might offer. Thanks!!!