Let's talk politics in 10 minutes or less! Doug Payton gives his take on the politics and culture events of the day from his conservative perspective. But this is no long, drawn-out opinion piece. Each episode is 10 minutes or less, and usually covers 3 topics or so. The idea is to get you to look at topics from a different angle with information you've not heard from your regular blogs, or your Facebook or Twitter feeds. And the idea is, also, to get your feedback and thoughts so that we can all consider this.
Episode 1: An Introduction
This is the very first episode of my political and cultural opinion podcast, “Consider This!” We’ll be coming to you on a “semi-irregular” basis, meaning that a show comes out when I have something to say. And I’ll say it in 10 minutes or less (mostly (I hope)).
But this isn’t just a monologue. Feel free to e-mail me or put a comment on these posts, or tweet me at @ctpodcasting. Let’s hear what you think to. Warning: Anything you say can, and just might, be used on a future episode. You have been warned.
In this episode, I give you some my background; just who is this guy, and why should I take what he says for granted. The answers are: nobody, and you shouldn’t. However, let me just add my perspective on the issues of the day, and you may just be tempted to consider this.
Shire Network News
Anti-Scott Walker Guests Dominate The Ed Show by 237 to 1
The Crush of Illegal Immigrants / Jack Phillips Still a Target
Why all the illegal immigrants rushing the border? Why is Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop still in court?
New Definition of "Terrorism" / Kids in Cages / "Equality Act" Observation
When is a terrorist not a terrorist? When is a cage not a cage? When is women's sports not women's sports?
Impeachment Season 2 Review / RIP Rush Limbaugh
“Impeachment season 2” is now behind us. I give my review of this shortened season (short due to no investigation episodes and because no witnesses were called).
And one of the greats of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, has passed away. He was a pioneer in his field, bringing conservative views and explaining them in a way that we could all understand them.
Senate Impeachment Trial: January 6 Video Montage
Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70
New Jersey man explains how he made 14-foot Lincoln snow sculpture
Chicago Lists Lincoln Statues Among Monuments to Review
Impeachment season 2 has come and gone. It ended the same way but there was a little more drama this time. They had to include that because, as I said a few weeks ago, they shortened the season by skipping the episodes about the actual investigation to determine if a crime had even been committed. Essentially the grand jury met and immediately voted to indict the defendant. I give it two and a half stars. This was no Perry Mason.
OK, enough of the TV analogy. Here’s what happened. The Democrats in the House of Representatives wanted this fast-tracked, presumably to try to get Donald Trump out of office before he brokered another Middle East peace deal. So without a single shred of forethought or due process, they got a majority in the House to quickly vote to impeach Trump a second time. But instead of quick-marching the one article of impeachment over to the Senate, instead of bringing it on Wednesday afternoon, they waited until the following Monday, postponing the Senate trial by 6 days. (Since they brought them over on Monday, the Constitution requires that the trial begin at 1pm the following day, Tuesday, 6 days after the impeachment vote.) Yeah, so much for the supposed urgency. And in the meantime, Trump’s term ended.
When the Senate trial started, one of the big things they led off with was a montage – one might call it a “heavily edited video” – that cut between Trump using the word “fight” in a sentence and shots of the horrific Capitol riot. Now, I went back and watched it while preparing for this episode and it was gut-wrenching all over again. But it was what I see a lot of arguments from the Left are; a 13-minute appeal to emotion, not to be confused with an appeal to the law. You know what they didn’t show? Donald Trump saying to go to the Capitol and cheer on those Republicans doing what Trump wanted. They didn’t show Trump telling them to peacefully and patriotically protest at the Capitol. If he intended to incite, he was doing it wrong. If reciting the same rhetoric about a stolen election (that he had been claiming for 2 months) was incitement, the word has changed meaning recently (which, I guess, is quite possible as many other words have like “racist”, “tolerance”, and “woman”). Oh, and no witnesses were called, I guess to go with no investigation. A year ago, Chuck Shumer said an impeachment trial without witnesses was a sham. So, was Chuck even trying this time?
Trump was ultimately acquitted, but since he was acquitted for something who’s legal definition wouldn’t be enough to convict him in court, the concerning thing is how many would vote for conviction, especially since he wasn’t, as I said, given due process. And to those who say that impeachment doesn’t require that a law be broken, you’re right, but maybe refrain from using legal terms in the future. If you want to impeach a President because he’s a poo-poo head and doesn’t do what you want him to do,
COVID Restrictions Lifting (Now) / Problematic School Names
So many restrictions that were enforced because of COVID-19 are being lifted, seemingly all at once. Is it a miracle, or is there something else going on?
The San Francisco Board of Education has decided to rename 44 of its schools. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are among those problematic school names, but there are many more that you would not think are a problem (especially when you hear one example of why one of those names is on the list).
All Hail The Reopening!
Andrew Cuomo Announces Indoor Dining Can Resume Despite Coronavirus Being Worse Than When He Banned It
San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names
Statues of Washington, Jefferson Aren’t ‘Next,’ But It’s Complicated, Historians Say
Protesters tore down a George Washington statue and set a fire on its head
Portland protesters tear down ‘racist’ statue of Thomas Jefferson
The Holier-Than-Thou Crusade in San Francisco
All hail the reopening! That’s the headline on a blog post at ZeroHedge that notices an interesting coincidence. Now that Donald Trump is gone and Joe Biden has come, the sun has once again come out, the birds are singing, and we can all of a sudden reopen our businesses. Can I get an amen? [Amen and awomen]
This is a list, incomplete as it might be, of reopenings that have come on the heels of Biden’s inauguration:
* Washington, D.C. will resume indoor dining. I’m sure the National Guard will appreciate that.
* Maryland’s governor has decided that the state needs to reopen schools now and no later than March 1.
* Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan says Michigan restaurants reopened for indoor dining on February 1.
* Chicago’s mayor is now demanding an immediate opening of restaurants and bars. Chicago is also threatening teachers unions that they must return to work.
* New York Governor Cuomo has dramatically reversed his rhetorical course and demanded a reopening of the city. He said that indoor dining can resume on Valentine’s Day, even though nearly every COVID metric is worse now than it was when he banned it.
* California Governor Gavin Newsom, incredibly, has lifted all stay-at-home orders across the state and is permitting dining to open up.
* Montana’s new governor has lifted some COVID restrictions.
Coincidence? Hey, I’m sure all of this just evolved naturally rather than being created all at once. I will also note that Gov. Newsom of California is very close to getting a recall election and would really hope people liked him in time for that. The Babylon Bee has an animation with the good governor going all over telling people it’s time to reopen, but in the background are boarded up restaurants, smoldering buildings, and no people.
[Babylon Bee clip]
It’s truly amazing how following the science is looking more and more like following the politics. The World Health Organization said to stop using lockdowns as a primary means of virus control back in October, but that was before the election and before Biden took office. In October, cases were still on the rise,
Executive Orders Are the Order of the Day
A look at some of the executive orders of the Biden administration.
Refined and Articulate.
Doug's podcast is very insightful and informative. He clearly puts a lot of thought and effort into composing episodes that are not only enlightening but also entertaining.
Its almost as good as having SNN back again!
I used to be an avid fan of Shire Network News. So I was thrilled to discover that Doug has continued doing his "Consider This" segments that used to be a staple on SNN.
I still miss SNN. But at least the ten minute format fits in better with my busy work life.
This is a great podcast - brief summaries of key political issues and news that may have been "overlooked" by the mainstream media, with on target commentary. Of course, that is my conservative's view ...... and if you don't consider yourself "conservative," then "Consider This" anyway -- you might learn something new!