Welcome, welcome, welcome Ed Martin here on the ProAmerica Report. Thank goodness, it’s great to be back. And I tell you, there’s so many things to cover, so many topics to cover, and we’ll get to a lot of that. But first of all, let me say how grateful I am to be back with you all and the Pro America Report. Please visit Proamericalreport.com, Promericalreport.com. Follow all the great interviews we’ve done, including I’ll talk in a minute about Andrea, the great Andrea Kaye, as well as our great producer, Noah Dingley.
So there’s a lot there at proamericareport.com. And I was thinking about this as I got ready to talk to you today. I started doing this show, a daily show, in, I think it was November of 2017. So more than four years ago, and at about the four year mark, as when I came down with this illness, I’ll talk about in a moment. But four years is a long time to do a show every day. And although I took some time off various times and had great support, I did it almost every day.
And so I have had now, what, four and a half weeks off, four weeks off since I had to take a break for health reasons. And it’s been an extraordinary thing. I’ll tell you two things. One, I slept a lot better. You know, doing radio every day… I remember the late Ed Schultz, who was a famous radio host and then MSNBC host and also hosted a show for a few years over at RT America. And Ed Schultz told me once, he said, you have to get your body used to doing daily radio because it’s kind of like a physical, like a sport. He was a big athlete. He was a football player, a quarterback in his youth. So anyway, it’s great to be back with you.
It’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report, proamericareport.com. And I did, mentioned two things. I got lots more sleep. And second thing, I kept wanting to talk to you. I kept wanting to get on and talk to you and talk to guests and figure out what’s going on. And so I just found myself really craving getting back together and talking to you all. So I’m glad to be back.
And let me just tell you, give you a quick thumbnail on what happened to me. When I was a boy, ten years old, the doctors found out that I had a heart murmur. And so they checked it out and they said every year you’re going to have to come in and check on your heart, make sure that your heart murmur, which is related to your aortic valve, that there’s no trouble. So that was all through my whole life. Every year I go to the doctor and doctors say no problem.
And about 14 years ago, they looked at it and they said, yeah, there’s a little bit of a problem. And back then with a great surgeon in St. Louis, I had to have my aortic valve replaced. And I got it replaced with a tissue valve. And so there it was. And for 14 years it worked great. And the surgery was a big deal. Of course, it’s open heart surgery and all back in 2008, but I recovered fine. And I went on and no limitations at all.
Well, about Thanksgiving this year, I noticed that I was not catching my breath well. And although I’m not in the best shape of my life, I’m in pretty good shape. I do a lot of walking. And so I said, that’s weird. And so I went in early for my doctor’s appointment and he said, yeah, there’s something going on here. And make a long story short, the valve that I had 14 years ago, the aortic valve needed to be replaced again. And so that’s what happened. And so I’m doing great. I’m adjusting to that. The surgery is the bigger, hard part, living with that, going through that. I went in on December 22 and had the surgery – had to spend the Christmas in the hospital, which was no fun, but my family was able to come see me and all.
But I will say, I want to say thank you to Andrea Kaye and to Noah Dingley for keeping the show going. Andrea, of course, is a great host. Great, just a great interviewer. She’s smart, she’s tough, she’s talented. She sees things in really unique ways. And her and Noah, who is, of course, our producer on this program, but also on her show, he did a great job, too. The two of them did a great job keeping the show going. It was extraordinary. And so thank you. Thanks to Steve Brodsky and all the team over at the Salem Radio Network and The Answer San Diego for keeping things going.
And especially over in St. Louis, Joanna Spilger from our team, along with Ryan Hite and Gwen Kelley and Jordan Henry and others who kept us going during the time I was away. So glad to be back. We’ll be back in the saddle. And please visit Proamericareport.com, Proamericareport.com and check out all the interviews we’re doing and what’s going on. And follow us on Twitter @eagleedmartin, Ed Martin Live on Facebook, and all of that jazz. All right.
Well, so the first part of the program, of course, is What You need to Know, the Daily WYNK. And I’ve still been sending out those emails with the help of my team in St. Louis every morning. If you go to Pramericareport.com, you can sign up there and get those emails every morning, Monday through Friday, 08:00 a.m. East coast time, you get an email, the Daily WYNK, what you need to know. But that’s what this segment is, too.
So what do you need to know today? What is it you need to know? I mean, it feels like a million things have changed since I’ve been with you four weeks ago. Five weeks ago. We have Glenn Younkin as governor of Virginia, sworn in over the weekend. He immediately signed eleven executive orders, the first three of them having to do with schools. We have Donald Trump having a massive rally in Arizona and huge response, huge crowds and all. We have, of course, the January 6th anniversary.
At the end of the program today, I’ll do a little book review. Our great friend Julie Kelly, @juliekelly2 is her Twitter handle. She wrote a book called January 6th: How Democrats Used the Capitol Protest to Launch a War on Terror Against the Political Right. Her book is extraordinary. I bought two copies. I have one and I’m giving one away. And so I’ll talk about that later.
All these things have happened, right? Lots of things have… lots of sports, College football National Championship, lots of playoff football, the baseball is on lockout or whatever it is. There’s a million things going on. But what do you need to know today?
What you need to know today, I’ll tell you this, is the bottom is going out on Joe Biden like we’ve never seen happen to a President. And the reason why I want to underscore this for you is because the people who spent a better part of a year and a half, the last year and a half, complaining about Trump, but they were nominally Republican. People like Peggy Noonan, although I’m not sure she voted for Biden, but she certainly said Biden would be a uniter. And then a whole bunch of the political pundits, they all said, well, Biden will be a good guy. He’ll be okay at this. He’ll be good at this.
It’s total chaos. In the world, we have the Ukraine situation as unstable as it could be. We have the Chinese communists who are preparing, God knows what they’ll do, but they’re preparing for an Olympics. So they’re not going to do anything until after that. But we now know when more’s come out that it was the Chinese regime that likely didn’t leak, but created the Wuhan virus. And then in the economy you’ve got over the weekend, you’ve got James Carville saying, look, the economy is in the tank and all these things that Biden said he was going to do.
And then last week he gave a speech where he – the guy who was friends with Straum Thurmond, then said that everybody else was racist if they weren’t on his side now. And the bottom is going out so fast on Biden that I’m not sure we’ve ever seen an election cycle that’s what’s happening in 2022.
Now, as I tell you, what you need to know is this looks like a repudiation of the Democrat Party’s policies very broadly, the idea that he’s lecturing America on voters rights. And when the last election, many people, half the country, have questions about how well it was run. At the very least, we have Mark Elias, the Democrat election lawyer, saying we fortified the system, we gamed the system legally to our advantage at the least. And then there’s lots of people who have bigger questions.
But here’s what you need to know. As Biden is fading, the question becomes… this ebbs and flows, right? Obama won in 2008. By 2010, he lost a million, a gazillion seats, right? You had Trump win and by the next election cycle, 2018, he’s losing a bunch of seats. This is a natural flow. But the question is in those settings Obama, even Trump, but certainly Obama for the Democrats, you had Clinton, you had competent presidents that were able to react and change course and adjust. It looks like Biden is the opposite. He’s doubling down on his failed policies and so the question becomes not how bad they’re going to lose, that’s the clear… Excuse me not that they’re going to lose, but how bad they’re going to lose.
And more importantly, what is the shift then? Is it possible that this isn’t just an off-year midterm election, but a real shift? Because you’re seeing numbers where Hispanic Americans – Americans, not illegals – are saying they’ll vote for Republican. You’re seeing the numbers on women, you’re seeing the numbers on working folks, you’re just seeing African Americans… and you’re saying to yourself, are we watching a sort of transitional failure like we’ve never seen?
Now I’ll remind you, I have told you that and this is what you need to know always. I’m not sure we’re ever going to have presidents who do well for more than one term because the klieg lights are too bright. There’s just too much going on. It’s too clear. But Joe Biden, what you need to know is he’s failing epically and he’s losing not just the pundits but the people on his side. It’s extraordinary.
All right, we got to take a break. We got a great series of guests today. We’ll talk a little pro life, we’ll talk space with our friend Brandon Weichert, and we’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report, back in a moment.