Doing the deep dive into what it means to be an American today. What is it that divides us? How can we diffuse the hyper-charged state of vitriol?
Vaccine Hesitancy...Come on People!
It seems inconceivable that we have to lure, entice and cajole people to get vaccinated. No matter what color your hat, we're pretty sure no one wants to relive the past 16 months. This week Robin, David, and special guest Dr. Lettisha Bilbrew dive into what's behind the various states of concern, confusion, and outright rejection of science.
Front and center on the world stage, Joe Biden will stride into talks with America's arch-enemy, master evil-doer, and all-around schmuck Vladimir Putin. It's going to be vastly different from the fawning meeting of the past where compromised Russian asset and "President" Trump, would get his new orders and then embarrass himself in front of the world. We expect Joe isn't going to take any crap. Will it change the balance of power? We can only hope.
Speaking of the thankfully former White House resident, we're now learning just how omnipotent he thought he was, and how his minions enabled that thinking. The deluded autocrat wanna-be ordered "his" DOJ to spy on those who dared to say mean things about him, like Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. It's time to put him and his cronies on the witness stand for all to see just how bad and corrupt everything and everyone was from 2017-2021.
So buckle up, it's time for another Deep Dive into the deep end of the pool.
More Manchin Malarky!
Joe Manchin (D- W. Virginia) is basking in the limelight that he created by being a lynchpin in the US Senate. His antics are a continuing source of frustration for the President and the rest of the Democrats in the Senate. His deluded stubbornness, refusing to be a team player, or perhaps playing for the wrong team is nothing short of maddening. Singlehandedly he is holding up any forward movement of the Biden agenda. Democrats are stymied at every turn.
While Manchin acts more like a Republican than a Democrat, voting rights advocates scream foul as hundreds of voter suppression bills become laws and threaten to blow up our democracy and bring about the end of “The Great Experiment” that is the United States of America. Never forget, it’s Manchin who is holding up passage of HR1 – the Voting Rights Bill, the only thing that has the potential to quash the outrageous and outright illiberal laws that bring the country closer and closer to autocratic rule.
Robin’s guest is Christale Spain, founder of 46 Hope Road, a voter engagement organization in South Carolina. We take a deep dive into what voting rights groups are working on so that 2022 and beyond are not lost to the Machiavellian antics of the far right.
Mask On/Mask Off, moving to the next phase
It has been a most trying time, filled with fear, apprehension, confusion, mixed messages, and a whole lot of finger-pointing. That was then, so what exactly is now? That's what we're all trying to figure out as summer nears and vaccinations are reaching critical mass. Are we safe? Can we do this? Can we not do that? There might be more questions than there are answers. One thing is for sure, there does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
One place where the light is shrouded in smoke, ash, and destruction in the Middle East. The always smoldering tinderbox of hostilities has erupted once again and as rockets and blame rain down on both sides, we are left to ponder just what the Trump-Kushner legacy in the region is? Was there ever a plan? Did Trump's hands-off approach lead to this? Whatever the reason, it is yet another inherited mess that the Biden Administration must navigate.
Can Biden and the Democrats turn any of this into messaging to support the party as there are now less than 18 months until the next major test of where we stand politically in this country? The midterms. We discuss it all with Justin Mathis, the Director of Olympic Sports at Stanford University and a real up-and-coming political force in this country.
Can Dems hang on in 2022? GOP seems poised to help
Watching the carnival sideshow that the Republican Party has devolved into is either fascinating or terrifying. On one hand, there are internal forces threatening to blow the whole thing up, on the other hand, there are so many lawmakers ready to fall on their swords for the twice-impeached, two-time popular vote LOSER, Donald Trump.
The media is transfixed by it all because as we all know, "If it bleeds it leads" and there are some gaping wounds on display right now. The problem with this is that there are some very significant things happening in this country that SHOULD be the focus of our attention. We're still trying to recover from a Trump-fueled pandemic where nearly 400,000 Americans died - The economy is in tatters - Our infrastructure is crumbling - The Middle East is in flames again - Russians continue to hack our nation at will....did we miss anything?
So what does it all mean as we look forward to the shape of politics in our nation. We are joined by renowned and famously correct polling prognosticator Rachel Bitecofer, Ph.D. who helps us do a Deep Dive into how and why we vote as we do and what we can expect in 2022 and 2024 if some significant changes aren't made.
The Party of No....No Matter What
Is there ANY hope for a sane and reasonable Republican Party?
The true conservatives in Congress are fewer in number and being forced into hiding. In their place, the loud, insistent rantings of the far-right are screaming from the rooftops (and on Fox "News") to drown out anyone who speaks the truth. It's not easy being Liz Cheney or Mitt Romney these days. As the stalwarts continue to be booed and vilified for not supporting the New Republican agenda, which seems to be nothing more than “Trump won, Biden stole the election”, and everything Biden does sucks. We are sure Abe would turning in his grave seeing what has become of the "Party of Lincoln".
All indications are that Cheney will be losing her leadership role as soon as this week, but she is standing her ground, for which we have to give her credit.
Meantime, the sycophants continue to make the pilgrimage to Mar a Lago and the former guy still has a chokehold on the GOP.
Add to that Mitch McConnell’s refusal to even entertain Biden’s Jobs Plan, despite the majority of Americans being in favor of it. And, despite the fact that it would be a one-two punch to both our crumbling infrastructure and the employment numbers. Why? Well, 1) because it comes from a Democratic president and 2) because it would reverse the 2017 Trump tax “bill” in order to pay for it and Lord knows our billionaires are hurting. Asking Jeff Bezos to pay a penny in taxes? Madness!
Finally, we’ll discuss all the hoopla about transgender athletes, which seems like just another distraction by the right-wing media and their GOP lackeys who just don’t want to do their jobs.
And that's not all, we conclude our two-part interview with Rep. Harley Rouda who gives us some behind-the-curtain insights into what life is like as a Democrat in the House of Representatives.
100 days and 230 million shots! - Guest Harley Rouda (CA-48)
After promising to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days, President Biden upped the stakes, applied the pressure, and obliterated that initial projection. Over 230 million vaccine shots have been administered to Americans of all ages. By any measure, it has been a soaring success, one that took firm resolve, reliance on experts, and the following of science. This major milestone also comes exactly one year after President Trump suggested that the virus could be beaten if people would just ingest bleach or insert powerful lights into their bodies. We have certainly come a long way.
Much remains to be done and the pressure to keep up the march forward on huge issues including the effort to fix America's crumbling infrastructure remains a high priority. Democrats are hitting the road with a succinct and urgent call to muster support for what would be a signature piece of legislation and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
To help us understand what goes on inside the halls of Congress where the partisan divide grows greater every day, Former (and hopefully returning) Congressman Harley Rouda joins Robin and David for the first of a two-part series examining the huge successes and some stumbles that the Biden/Harris Administration has experienced as they attempt to heal our fractured nation.
Oh and if that wasn't enough, California Governor Gavin Newsom will have to face a recall vote that promises to be a three-ring circus, because well....California. Caitlin Jenner and a host of TMZ regulars will surely be vying for their moments of fame. How it will play out is anyone's guess.
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