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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. We’ve got a lot to talk about today. We’ll get to all of that. I hope you had a great weekend, everybody, and hope you will check in proamericareport.com, proamericareport.com and sign up there for the Daily Email, the Daily WYNK, as well as look at all these great interviews. We got a couple of great ones coming up in a few moments.
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Okay – Hey, coming into a new week, earlier on Monday, I was up on Capitol Hill. And the feeling amongst staffers, some Republicans, some Democrat staffers, I do have some friends that are Democrats – it’s hard to believe – but is that the Democrats are fighting amongst themselves. The coverage in the media is all about Republicans fighting. They’re trying to cover the fact that at the Republican National Committee meeting, the so called Winter Meeting which happened in Utah over the weekend, it usually happens…
You get into town, when I was on the RNC, you’d get into town on Thursday. Excuse me, sometimes you get in Wednesday. Thursday evening would be the first events, formal events, then Friday would be the actual meeting and then you get out of town. Some people would stay until Saturday. So the actual meeting is Friday. And at the meeting this year, they censured Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, and I think rightly so, for serving on the January 6 committee, which is just such a disaster, it’s such a nasty committee.
It’s not even that it’s a partisan… It’s not only that it’s partisan – that’s true. But it’s worse because Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger decided to serve on there after the Republicans actually nominated five or six members and they were rejected by Pelosi. That never happens. When you start a committee and you say to the other side, go ahead and nominate some people and the other side gives you some names. It’s sort of just kind of tradition that you take the names.
Anyway, I wasn’t unhappy about it. The media covered it like it was the end of the world. Here’s a secret – 95% of Republicans don’t really care what the RNC does at its winter meeting. I mean, it’s one thing with the RNC does at its say, nominating convention. Right? Or at its primary season. All of that is meaningful. But does anybody, 95% of, there’s only 5% of the Republicans that would even know there was a winter meeting. So it’s silly, but it’s being covered that way.
Back to my point. Up on Capitol Hill, the idea that there’s fighting amongst Republicans – it’s not real, because the real battle is amongst the Democrats fighting each other over spending, over the Liberal priorities, over all these things. And that’s going on. And that’s partly the result of having power. When you have power and you have power in all three branches like they do, you have the ability to get stuff done. And when you don’t get things done, or what you do goes against say one wing or one group in your party, well, that’s what you get people, that’s when you get people complaining. And so that’s real.
I’ve said this before. The civil war in the political parties is in the Democrat Party. AOC, the Congresswoman from New York City, or where is she from? The Bronx, I think the Bronx. She’s headed down to Texas to run in a primary, a candidate against Henry Cuellar, who’s a long time somewhat moderate Hispanic Democrat. That’s the Civil War. Chuck Schumer is scared of a primary from AOC’s side of the party because they’re so much more Liberal than he is… and even he is, and he’s Liberal. So that’s the real civil war going on at this point in the political parties.
But that’s not what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about… and I don’t even want to talk about Joe Rogan. I could talk about Joe Rogan. I support Joe Rogan. Joe Rogan is a certain type of character. He’s a stand up comedian. He’s an MMA fighting announcer. He’s a sort of libertarian, let people live kind of character. I don’t support his opinions on lots of stuff. I think on drug use, I don’t support it. I think on his ideas of marriage, I don’t know. I’ve never listened to Joe Rogan past a couple of podcasts of different people I wanted to hear. But I certainly think he’s within the sort of world that we want to have free speech.
And he is getting bludgeoned by a calculated effort of the powers that be, both the monetary the people that want to stop him from making so much money because he just uses his podcast and dominates the audience of everybody. And also the left that want, they don’t like a guy that is unable to be sort of pulled in and managed in terms of the doctrinaire positions. He was a Bernie supporter, but he was not, and I think he didn’t say, he didn’t like Trump, but he does like things like America first. He does like things like the Chinese are causing problems. He does like things on Covid where he says, hey, let’s talk to some of these other voices and hear what they have to say because they’re big name credentials. They have big names and credentials also.
So I like Joe Rogan and all that, but that’s not what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about right now is a simple phrase that I’m going to say to you and I’m going to link it to Black Lives Matter. Okay? Black Lives Matter, one of their founders, is going to jail for voter fraud. Now, she wanted to vote even though she’s a felon and she said she has the right to vote. So she’s putting herself out there as a protestor. Now, I’m not against people who want to make an argument that you should never lose the right to vote. I don’t agree.
I think you should lose the right to vote if you do certain crimes. But that’s at least an intellectual argument. There are people that say, hey, if you get convicted of a crime, you shouldn’t lose your right to vote. What they want, of course, is hundreds of thousands of people voting from prison, and they tend to vote a certain direction. But that’s at least an argument. But you don’t get to say the law says that you lose your right to vote and then you vote anyway. Now you’re going to be convicted of another crime.
And she was, so she’s going to jail. And then there’s a series of stories about the people who started various aspects of Black Lives Matter in their organizations, making tons of money – tons of money – and spending it on houses and things like that. None of it is illegal… to buy houses. None of it. It’s not illegal to buy cars. It’s not illegal to buy really nice clothes. None of that.
It’s just a question of when you raise the money for Black Lives Matter and spend it on things that don’t quite seem consistent in terms of, if you raised money for, I don’t know, pick a topic… for school lunches. And then it was found out that you’re spending $10,000 a meal at the highest end restaurant in Chicago or New York. That would be a bit of a scandal.
Here’s what we know. I want you to listen to this phrase. Eric Hoffer was a longshoreman and an autodidact, someone who taught himself how to write and read, very interesting man. He wrote books. He died in about 1980. He was born in about 1900, maybe 1904. And in the 1950s, he became famous because Dwight David Eisenhower, who was then President, read his book and said to somebody, “you ought to read this.”
But here’s one of the phrases that he is so famous for. He said, “every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Now you see that? Follow that.
Every great cause begins as a movement. Every great cause, if you have a cause, let’s pick a topic. Conservatism. Conservatism begins as a movement. Okay, good movement. And then it becomes a business. And you watch Conservative, Inc. – people that are making money left and right on conservatism. And then it degenerates into a racket. And the racket stage is where the power of the people in office, in this case Republicans, is used to further their own team, Their own side.
And here’s where we get to Black Lives Matter. Every great cause, whether you think it’s the greatest cause or not, the idea of empowering people of all colors and backgrounds to feel good about themselves, that’s not a bad cause. And it began as a movement and it degenerated. It became a business and it degenerated into a racket. Now you can argue and we should argue and some will about, hey, wait, was it really a good cause at the beginning? I don’t really care to worry about that. It doesn’t matter, because it used a good cause, the language of a good cause.
I think in many ways the founders of Black Lives Matter were kind of racist, but at least in some sense, if they were misguided, they had the sheen of a good cause and it became a movement. Put aside, by the way, how it suddenly disappeared when the politics of the moment said it was okay for it to disappear. All these things – Antifa and all these things. Black Lives Matter they were all addressing the “huge problems in America” until what? Until those problems were solved? Doesn’t look like it. Looks like they were just there until the election in 2020 and they’ve all sort of gone away.
Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and degenerates into a racket. Think about it. There’s a lot of ways, a lot of times, a lot of things, a lot of causes you can think about – Conservative, Inc. you could think about… Sometimes even the good conservative – pro life movement. There are people in the pro life movement. There’s people in various conservative movements that become enamored with their own genius. They become enamored with their own angle and they want to enrich themselves. You could pick any topic.
And one of the things I would tell you is critical race theory, to me, you watch Merrick Garland’s son in law. I assume he’s a white guy maybe he’s not. But he’s making money off of CRT. CRT became a way for people who were using a cause. “Oh, let’s try to be color blind, let’s try to have people be good to each other and we’re going to try, and we’re going use this cause as a racket.” That’s what you got there.
All right, everybody, listen. I’ve got to take a break. I’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report, back in a moment.