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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.

Consider This! | Conservative political commentary in 10 minutes or less Doug Payton

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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 286: Good News on the Coronavirus Front

    Episode 286: Good News on the Coronavirus Front

    In this episode, I talk about some of the good news that is all around us during this pandemic.

    • 11 min
    Episode 285: Political Lesson from the Coronavirus / The Minecraft Library

    Episode 285: Political Lesson from the Coronavirus / The Minecraft Library

    There are a number of political angles to the Coronavirus, and I think many lessons to be learned. Let’s hope people are listening.

    Reporter Without Borders has found an incredibly clever way to distribute the works of journalists who have been censored by their own governments. It involves the game of Minecraft. Really!

    Mentioned links:

    US and Canada suspend non-essential travel between the two countries

    Baltimore Mayor Begs Residents To Stop Shooting Each Other So Hospital Beds Can Be Used For Coronavirus Patients

    Baltimore mayor under pressure after ‘space to destroy’ remark

    The Uncensored Library



    So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?

    — Molly Jong-Fast? (@MollyJongFast) March 16, 2020





    Show transcript

    Phrases like “social distancing”, “flattening the curve”, “exponential growth”, and even just “wash your hands” are either entering the cultural vernacular, or are just being said a lot more often. The reason, of course, is because of the Coronavirus aka COVID-19.

    In episode 283, I said that I didn’t think that this would be similar to a disaster where you had to shelter in-place while the government worked to restore basic services. In that respect I was right, but I didn’t consider that we’d be requested or (in some places) required to stay home as much as possible anyway. I still have water, electricity, and Internet access, so it doesn’t feel like a disaster, at least inside my four walls. But I understand that my little microcosm of the world is not actually the world. And I think that’s one of the problems that we’re having. Some people are comparing news reports to their own experiences and thinking the media are overblowing the threat. Some are and some aren’t, but let’s not give in to spreading an “underblown” conspiracy theory. Social media is still just a tool that can be used for good or for ill, so to speak. Let’s be careful out there.

    Politically speaking, I think this is a teachable moment regarding the role and the capability of the federal government vs. the states. A tweet, linked to in the show notes by Molly Jong-Fast, who is an Editor-at-Large at the Daily Beast, said this, “So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?” Let that sink in for a bit. States, she may be surprised to find out, have their own governments, and they have been governing themselves for a good long time. Even better, they are closer to the people, and more responsive to local needs, than a federal government that could be thousands of miles away and beneath many layers of bureaucracy. We rely too much on DC rather than relying on our state and local governments, and ourselves, and each other. The Left talks a lot about doing things together, but when it comes down to it, they are addicted to DC.

    Another thing I’ve notice from a political angle is that suddenly borders seem to matter again. Countries including the US are closing their borders to all but trusted traffic. Canada and the US will be closing their border to all non-essential traffic and illegal crossings at the Mexican border will be immediately returned, Italy has already been on lockdown, and other countries are seeing how having actual bor...

    • 9 min
    Episode 284: Super Tuesday, 2020 / Unions For Thee But Not For Me

    Episode 284: Super Tuesday, 2020 / Unions For Thee But Not For Me

    A few thoughts about Super Tuesday, 2020. A liberal media site extols the virtue of unions, but doesn't want their employees to unionize.

    • 9 min
    Episode 283: Prepare But Don’t Panic / A Lesson For Chris Matthews

    Episode 283: Prepare But Don’t Panic / A Lesson For Chris Matthews

    Prepare but don't panic over the Coronavirus. Chris Matthews gets a lesson, but does he learn it?

    • 8 min
    Episode 282: Marriage Slippery Slope In Action / Funny and Disturbing Quotes

    Episode 282: Marriage Slippery Slope In Action / Funny and Disturbing Quotes

    Polygamy is quickly becoming the next stop on the slippery slope. Democrats say the dardest things.

    • 9 min
    Episode 281: Budget Cuts? / Would Dems Vote For a Socialist / Reducing CO2

    Episode 281: Budget Cuts? / Would Dems Vote For a Socialist / Reducing CO2

    Might we get actual budget cuts? How many Democrats vote for a socialist President? Who led the world in CO2 reduction?

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

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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.

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Doug delivers!

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!

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