524: Sean Spicer & Kellyanne Conway do Damage Control
My feed has been flooded with Republicans who, a week ago could not have been more critical of Josh Earnest and the White House, now defending press secretary Sean Spicer who chastised the media for lying WHILE LYING to the media.
I know our media is corrupt, and it's clear by any measure that they attempted to portray Trump's inauguration in the poorest light possible, but I find it inexcusable for the White House to then present its phony version of the truth.
For the last eight years, we've had an army of liberty activists checking the power of government. We had a counter voice to speak truth to power. I fear those voices may prove themselves to be nothing more than partisan hacks. Will liberties voice die out for the next four years now that Republicans have regained the House and the presidency? I hope not, but history suggests it will.
It's important we check our bias at the door when we evaluate the actions of our government and it is critical that he hold this administration equally accountable for it's decisions.
Donald J. Trump was sworn in today. Take just a minute and let that little nugget sink in. I'm not sure what to think about the entire thing. I like what I hear from his transition team about the significant cuts he intends to make to a variety of worthless and unconstitutional government money pits. But how much of it is real and how much is typical politician hyperbole?
Today I'll give you some of my thoughts on the inauguration, and we'll talk a little about the protests happening in D.C. and around the U.S.
I'm also going to tell you about the massive violation of your 4th amendment protection perpetrated by the Obama administration just before he left office. Let's just say any protection you thought you might have to unreasonable search and seizure just went right out the window.
It's a mixture of fear and cautious optimism today. I find myself conflicted.
Enjoy your weekend.
Even I thought Lindsey Graham wasn't stupid enough to expand his desire for conflict to China. I was apparently wrong. Speaking with Tucker Carlson earlier this week Graham called for sanctions on China and even troops on their border as a response to their previous hacks of government computers.
Is there anyone this guy doesn't want a war with? I doubt it, but if you're a former military man, someone currently serving or anyone who has known and loved a service member you need to watch this episode. Graham said something in his interview with Tucker that made my blood boil and I don't think anyone has caught it yet.
Men like Graham are a threat to the peace and security of the free world. I think Grahm is a coward and I call him out as one on today's show.
That and much more today, on The Jason Stapleton Program.
One of the things you guys said you like the most are when I take progressive ideas and squash them using their own words. Yesterday I showed you how Chris Matthews took wild speculation from Rep. Maxine Waters and turned it into a legitimate story. Today I'm going to show you how Rachel Maddow can spin a story to make any attempt by Trump to de-escalate tensions with Russia look like he's being blackmailed.
It's just another example of how the media manipulates you to achieve the outcome they desire.
I know, I know the term Fake News is getting way to much play right now. Everything is getting classified as "fake news" but to me the real travesty in American journalism today is just how little journalism is happening.
Today's is an excellent example of that. Chirs Matthews had Rep. Maxine Waters on his show to talk about her refusal to attend Trump's inauguration on the 20th. Maxine talked about her support for Rep. Lewis and what she thought Lewis meant when he said Trump was not a "legitimate president."
Then she went off the rails suggesting investigations might be forthcoming to determine if the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russian government to help get Trump elected.
Not only did Chris not call her on the carpet for the unsubstantiated claim he ran with it, asking Maxine what she thought should be done IF such a connection could be made.
Today I'm going to take you play by play through the exchange and explain exactly how the media plants a false story using tactics like this and then treats them as though they are legitimate questions that deserve answers.
It's a great show, don't miss it.
I've got a lot I want to cover today. First, we'll cover the comments by Rep. Lewis about the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. I'm amazed how much latitude Lewis is given in the face of what is clearly an incorrect assertion about Trump. Apparently being a civil rights leader entitles you to make provably false statements about the president-elect and get away with it.
From there we'll cut to some clips of Bernie Sanders on the stump to save socialized medicine in America. If you listen to him tell it, Republicans are about to commit 20 million Americans to death. You and I know better.
As I've spoken about at length, the Republicans have no intention of repealing Obamacare. The best we can hope for is a less complicated and expensive system, but even that looks unlikely at this point. Everything you're seen from both sides is nothing but pure political gamesmanship.
Finally, I read an incredible article from a progressive attending the World Economic Forum this year. Reading the thoughts of a man who's coming to the conclusion that his entire philosophy on life might be wrong is fascinating. I want to share his comments with you. I think you'll get a kick out of it.
It's AMA Friday, the day I take your questions and turn them into something worth listening to. Enjoy!
Great show today. Darren and I attended the 5th annual 10th amendment dinner last night and had a great time. I wore my Indochino suit and looked like a million bucks if I do say so myself.
Washinton is planning for large protests of up to 200k people who intend to object and/or disrupt the inauguration of Donald Trump. More than 7,500 national guardsmen have been called up to assist in the security of the event and based on what some protesters are saying it's probably a good thing they'll be there.
General Mattis was on Capitol Hill yesterday talking about talking about the threats from Russia and China. I know I may take some heat for my comments, but I found Mattis's opinion on both Russian aggression and the South China Sea Troubling. I'll discuss today.
Thanks to all of you who share and subscribe to the show. We've got big plans for 2017 and I'm glad you're a part of them.
While most of the media is focused on the pointless vetting process happening on Capital Hill, one state is trying to fight back against federal oppression.
Indiana has introduced a bill that would nullify all EPA regulation in the State. The working in the bill is powerful, to say the least.
Here's a taste:
“The regulation-making authority of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is not authorized by any article or amendment of the Constitution of the United States and violates the Constitution’s true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers.”
This is not a bill designed to prevent state employees from assisting the EPA in their duties; this bill goes at the heart of states rights claiming the EPA has not constitutional authority to act.
This is the kind of action we need in every state, but it will take more than a piece of paper.
If passed, the EPA will challenge this law, and Indiana will need to defend its citizens and businesses from federal prosecution. Let's hope they do a better job than Kansas has done.
Few men have been more successful at branding themselves an expert on a subject they know virtually NOTHING about than Senator Bernie Sanders. A devout socialist who spent the bulk of his early life making socialist propaganda while working odd jobs has managed to craft a national reputation as a cult icon and voice of the working class.
In reality, Bernie Sanders is a bumbling old man who has risen to the height of social influence and political power by convincing a poorly educated electorate that he is an expert on the economic problems and solutions that plague us today. He is nothing of the sort. His understanding of basic economics is elementary at best. He promotes a simple message:
- The Rich are Evil
- Corporations exploit their workers and pollute the environment to line their pockets.
- Only the heavy, righteous hand of government can save the helpless citizenry from the failure of capitalism and the injustice it produces.
Last night Bernie was granted airtime once again by CNN to promote his nonsensical ideas. Ideas that, when tried throughout history, have resulted in more death, poverty, and suffering than any other political ideology on earth. You see, Bernie is a socialist plain and simple. He will try to cloak his true beliefs by using the term Democratic Socialism but what he desires is a government that controls every aspect of an economy. One that tells businesses what they can produce and in what supply, what they must pay their workers and what benefits they must offer. He believes capitalism is immoral and that workers should control the means of production through direct ownership or government protected unions.
These ideas are not only foolish they are dangerous. As I said, they have lead to the deaths of tens of millions and the unimaginable suffering of countless more.
Only liberty and free markets can raise people out of poverty by providing them the opportunity to make for themselves what they can. History has shown a nation that respects individual liberty and economic freedom produces more wealth and opportunity for more people than any other system devised by man. Bernie's ideas are not new. The are old, failed ideas. Ideas receiving attention today because we have failed to teach our children their results in practice.
Enjoy the show,