Heard Tell for February 10th, 2022, is turning down the noise of the news cycle and getting to the information we need about another round of bad legislative proposals trying to mandate performative patriotism. This time in West Virginia, with a going nowhere bill wanting high school seniors to swear an other to the constitution in order to graduate high school. But that brings up West Virginia v Barnette, the Supreme Court ruling that prevented students from being forced to do the pledge of allegiance, and we get into those who would want to legislate and enforce such things. Also, we get into the coverage of Peter Thiel, how we ought to view the tech heavyweight who is increasingly involved in politics, and how the traditional left-right paradigm isn't the right way to view what he is doing. Guest Jim Swift joins us to explain how congress, and more specifically congressional staffers, really works behind the scene and affects how congress does it business. As a former staffer himself, Jim has written about a social media account that is revealing the real life struggles of those working on The Hill, issues like pay and opportunity, how independently wealthy staffers are forcing out others, and what to do about these issues. Plus we talk about a shocking story of a mother arrested for letting her teenager babysit her children, and a story of man's best friend saving the life of her owner. All that and more on this Thursday edition of Heard Tell.
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