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“How We Can Rein in the Power of the Federal Government” with Mark Meckler.
The genius of the founders who gave us the United States Constitution was that they sought to provide a system of government to guard against the concentration of power by an elite few. Their clear-eyed understanding of human nature was that unchecked power almost always and everywhere has been the source of tyranny throughout history. But for more than a century in America, the Constitution, as drafted and ratified, has been either ignored or, creatively lawyered by Supreme Court rulings, to expand federal power. Washington DC today enjoys almost unchecked power. This is a systemic problem that requires a systemic solution. So says Mark Meckler, my guest on this episode. Mark is founder of the Convention of the States, which calls for using Article V of the Constitution to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. “This is about more than elections. Elections cannot and will not solve the problems of a broken system. The only solution big enough to fix our nation’s problems is a Convention of States for proposing constitutional amendments to rein in federal tyranny.” The Convention of States would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.” Here are some of the types of amendments that could be proposed: • Limiting Supreme Court Justices to nine members of the court • Preventing the federal government from adding states without the affirmative consent of three quarters of the existing states • A limitation on using Executive Orders and federal regulations to enact laws • A balanced budget amendment, including limitations on taxes and spending • Imposition of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) • Single Subject Amendment – One subject per bill in Congress • A redefinition of the General Welfare Clause back to original intent (the original view was the federal government could not spend money on any topic within the jurisdiction of the states) • A redefinition of the Commerce Clause back to original intent (the original view was that Congress was granted a narrow and exclusive power to regulate shipments across state lines–not all the economic activity of the nation) • A prohibition of using international treaties and law to govern the domestic law of the United States • Placing an upper limit on federal taxation • Requiring the sunset of all existing federal taxes and a super-majority vote to replace them with new, fairer taxes • Religious freedom amendment, prohibiting the government from further interference with our religious freedoms • Regulatory curtailment by forcing Congress to vote on regulations instead of deferring law making to regulators. Is any of this possible? Nineteen states have already voted to call for a Convention. Thirty four are need needed to make it happen. Listen in to learn how Mark believes we can bring this about.
Freedom, CPAC, America and Winning the Next Election with Matt Schlapp
This episode is set in our mountainside house in Rappahannock County, Virginia for a wide ranging conversation with my friend, the always engaging and provocative Matt Schlapp, leader and Chairman of CPAC. We cover a lot of ground, with some of the highlights being: Why we believe we’re in the human flourishing business. Why the “diversity, equity and inclusion” mantra is a false God. How CPAC is finding that America’s founding principles and freedoms are resonating all over the world with its international events in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and this week, Israel. What we think is the most important word in CPAC’s name. Where people who share our values should be investing their time and money. Why a “little bit of voter fraud and corruption” is unacceptable when it comes to our elections. What Ron DeSantis can expect if he becomes the Republican standard bearer. This is a fun conversation, especially as we joust and jest with my director Kenny, as the sun moves around the set.
“The Supreme Court Reins in the EPA: Why? What Happens Next” with John Vecchione and Casey Norman
The Supreme Court’s most momentous decision was not the 5-to-4 vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. That simply sent the issue back to the states to decide.
Rather it was the blockbuster decision to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency from claiming powers that Congress did not grant.
When Congress passed the Clean Air Act it authorized the EPA to impose the “best system of emission reduction” for carbon-emitting activities. It did not authorize the EPA to shut down electricity generated from coal. It did not authorize a “generation shift” to so-called renewables like wind and solar.
The EPA had claimed these powers to order changes of vast economic and political significance and the Supreme Court essentially said “no you can’t do that, not unless there’s legislation that clearly and explicitly authorizes it.”
As John Vecchione, my guest on this episode, puts it succinctly:
“Why do you write down laws? If you write down the laws, don't those words mean something or can they mean anything?”
What the EPA has been saying is ‘We are going to set the CO2 levels such that the coal plants can no longer operate. We want to put the coal plants out of business completely.’
This was not its intended mandate.
Join me as I talk with John Vecchione and his colleague Casey Norman, both with the New Civil Liberties Alliance, about the EPA decision and what it means.
If you’re looking a lively, engaging and plain English conversation about the issues, this is the place to start.
"Making America First Again" with Brooke Rollins
As we can all recall, when Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he didn’t exactly come equipped with the detailed plans and the 1,000s of people necessary to bring about his agenda. Essentially, he had to start from scratch. That was part of his appeal. That he did accomplish so much was a testament to the strength of his mission - Make America Great Again - and the power of his personal leadership. Still, there were a lot of missed opportunities. With Republicans likely to get another chance when America elects a Republican President in 2024, we need to get it right. We need to be prepared. Working on just such a project is the America First Policy Institute led by its CEO Brooke Rollins, my guest on this episode. Brooke was Director of the Domestic Policy Council in President Trump’s White House, where she also served as Director of the Office of American Innovation. Simply put, AFPI is developing a detailed blueprint for governing. To put in place the right people, policies, processes, etc.. to bring about transformational change. And doing this while knowing full well that the Deep State will fight tooth and nail to block this agenda - just as it did with Donald Trump. In just over a year, AFPI has assembled a team with 17 former White House senior staffers, 45 former administration officials, and is building an organization that, in Brooke’s words, will “continue to execute, continue the America First agenda to be ready for the next White House, whether that is Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis or Ted Cruz or someone we may not even be talking about today. Our side has never been ready. And we're going to change that.” Pay attention to AFPI and Brooke Rollins. What they’re doing can be a game changer.
"Gun Control Myths" with Dr. John Lott
We've all been appalled by yet another school shooting, this time in Uvalde, Texas. We want these tragedies to stop. We want to do something. Of course the cries to “do something” almost always means doing something about guns. Yet, the gun bill just signed into law by President Biden is unlikely to prevent future school shootings. There's a lot of evidence to show why it won't work, especially when existing gun laws appear to cost more lives than they save. So says Dr. John Lott, my guest on this episode, and the nation’s leading expert on guns and gun laws. Dr. Lott, with a PhD in economics, is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. With almost three decades of research, his many books including More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Agains Guns and Gun Control Myths which show that by allowing adults to carry concealed weapons significantly reduces crime in America. Some things you may find surprising: Between 1950 and May 2022, 96% of mass public shootings in the United States occurred in places where citizens were banned from carrying guns. Yet the mainstream media refuses to mention that the attacks occur in “gun-free” zones. “If someone were threatening you or your family, would you feel safe putting a sign in front of your home that said this home is a gun-free zone?” asks John. America’s “average” gun crime statistics are badly distorted by black on black murders in our inner cities. Even average deaths of children killed by guns include teenagers, and most of those gun crimes are gang murders. “When people cite the rise in “mass shootings” in America, we need to know that almost 90% are gangs fighting each other over drug turf.” Survey data and news reports show that the fear that targeted victims might be armed deters criminals, and that guns are used in self-defense or to ward off criminal threats about 2.3 million times a year. “Burglars in the United States spend about twice as long casing a home before they break in compared to their British counterparts. What's the reason that they give? They're worried about getting shot.” In the more that 30 years since John Lott wrote More Guns, Less Crime, his facts, arguments and recommendations remain true as ever.
"National Security Realities: Threats and Solutions" with Brandon Weichert
From the moment President Joe Biden’s administration took office, the world has grown a more dangerous place, and the pace is accelerating.
There’s a long list of national security worries that didn’t used to be of concern to everyday Americans, but now are, or should be.
Russia, Ukraine and the prospects of a nuclear war.
China’s mounting threat to envelop Taiwan, a world leader and supplier of semiconductors and information technology.
Collapsing political stability in the Middle East thanks to the administration’s blunders that have helped Iran's quest to obtain nuclear weapons.
The mostly unreported Chinese and Russian quest to dominate outer space. The country that controls space controls the world.
And, maybe worst of all, the made-in-America war on fossil fuels, which has driven inflation sky high and made us dependent on our enemies for our energy.
Triggered by our disastrous cut and run from Afghanistan last year, the world’s bad actors have been emboldened by America’s weakness.
Like Thema and Louise, Joe Biden seems determined to drive us off a cliff.
Download The Bill Walton Show and Subscribe on Apple or wherever you get your podcasts. Joining me on this episode to see what we should and can be doing to keep America safe, is my returning guest, the brilliant Brandon Weichert, publisher of The Weichert Report. And author of “Winning Space” and the soon to be published “The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy”.
Brandon, who has been called a “brilliant and anxiety inducing scholar,” has emerged as one of our most well-informed, original defense intellectuals since the great Herman Kahn.
He tells us what we do not want to hear, but need to know, about the gathering threats to our freedom and prosperity. He also offers solutions.
OK, this is epic.
In 1972 Bill Theodore Walton III led the UCLA Bruins to not one, but two NCAA Championships. It was a stunning victory that placed him on the map as one of the greatest basketball players of the 20th century.
Bill Walton of the Bill Walton Show is not Bill Walton the III though. However, he is the equivalent of an NCAA-no-NBA superstar in deep political commentary. Walton is truly a slam dunk for anyone interested in serious and enlightened discussions on topics from foreign policy to domestic issues and everywhere in between.
You’re committing a major personal foul if you are not listening to this show. It’s is one of the best, if not the best one out there right now.
Bill Walton is out of touch and out of his depth.
Thoughtful discussions on real topics
Bill takes on issues with guests who have firsthand knowledge of their subjects. For about 45 minutes they go into great detail. You can expect to learn much that you will not find elsewhere. Highly recommended for all who curious to know more about headlines that are poorly explained elsewhere.