The following is a transcript of the first segment of the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on The Pro America Report. Great to be with you. What a busy, busy day I’ve had. And I apologize if I was a little frazzled yesterday.
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Let me give you a couple of things to check out if you go right now to the YouTube channel for the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, that’s where we put the nearly six hours of videos of our incredible Collegians event that took place on, let’s see, Tuesday ni…I’m getting my days wrong. Tuesday evening for almost six hours.
Everybody from Senator Ted Cruz, who was phenomenal. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Todd Bensman of the Immigration, Center for Immigration Studies. All kinds of things.
Bridget VanMeans. It was amazing. Hans von Spakovsky — crazy, wonderful stories. General Mike Flynn and Seth Dillon, the CEO of the Babylon Bee finished off things.
It just was extraordinary.
So I hope you’ll go and tune in, go to the YouTube channel for the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles and tune in there and check it out. You can move around it pretty quickly. In the next day or two, we will have released the audio tapes. Excuse me, the cuts of the different videos.
So we’ll get there. It’s not quite yet, but we’ll get there pretty quick.
So that’s a wonderful thing, and I hope you’ll check it out. I’m really excited about it and really proud. Proud of the great work. The Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. Go to PhyllisSchlafly.com to find out more there.
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And little programming note, I’ll be filling in for Andrea Kaye on Friday night, filling in on her show Friday night, which is exciting. She is on sabbatical. What is it? On assignment is the phrase they use when somebody’s away.
So I’m excited about that.
Okay, Let’s talk about what you need to know today in terms of Joe Biden’s trip to Europe. And the question that should be on your mind is, does it matter that Joe Biden’s trip has been sort of stumbling and fumbling?
Does it really matter?
Should you be worried about the fact that he messed up Libya and Syria? Should you be worried that he was sort of pulled along by Mrs. Biden? Should you be worried that, like, five or six or seven times he said, “I don’t want to answer. I’m gonna get in trouble” as if he’s kind of out away from his caregivers.
And if there’s any of that really matters. Should it matter to you that he said to Putin… Someone asked him, Do you trust Putin? He said Yes.
And then an hour later, his National security advisor Jake Sullivan comes out and walks it back.
Does it matter?
And the short answer is, we have really good institutions in the country that hold us strong. But yes, it does matter. And it matters dramatically.
So now let’s contrast these.
When Donald Trump went to Europe, he certainly was blustery. He certainly was hostile to some, he certainly shook the box, as they say, and made people wonder what was going on.
All kinds of that’s all true. You can’t deny that. But what he did show was unbelievable energy, vitality, intensity. And the intensity, vitality was all in one direction.
What was the direction? It was “I am going to assert America’s rights over what they’re due.” And a lot of the Europeans were like, hold on. We’re not quite used to this. We usually get whatever we want and we don’t have to fight for it. And this is weird to us.
And that was the reaction. That was a clear reaction that you saw. And so you have the contrast now contrast to today. There was a sense that, well, figure out a way to get along. Iran — we’re negotiating with them. We want peace in the Palestinian front.
And we’re not going to say anything bad about Israel, but we’re not going to get excited about Netanyahu. In fact, we’re going to probably celebrate he’s leaving. And when it comes to China, we’re going to say a few things and we’ll have a little communiqué that says some hard things.
But in general, we’re going to change our policies back to the old way that we did things. That’s what you see and what it looks like. Again, direction… think you heard me say in the fall about polling? Polls are really lies now. They’re like fake news.
But the one thing you can use polls for is to tell you the direction of something, the way it’s going. So if you see the trend line can give you some sense of maybe how things are moving, you can’t really trust the truth of it. That’s what I say about polls.
And the same thing is true in a certain sense, with the public perception and the interaction with other Nations. When the Germans sign a big deal to buy a ton of natural gas from Russia and create a pipeline across Europe, the Nordstrom 2, which Trump blocked because he thought it wasn’t a good idea. But he said, and Biden lets it go, and actually, I don’t have much of a feeling either way, in a sense.
But what I do know is this, Germany gave us nothing in return. They needed, and they gave us something in turn. They didn’t say they would pay more of their NATO debts. They didn’t say they would do anything. So now Germany is like, look, we get what we want, and we get everybody talking nice to each other, and we get this addled Biden wandering around, bumbling around. This is a pretty good deal for us.
And so now we have a situation where who’s in charge? And this is where you have to just read the tea leaves of the coverage of things like the $100 million the Department of Justice is putting towards identifying and fighting domestic…
The greatest domestic threat to the domestic America in their mind is violence, domestic violence, especially from white supremacy. Now, just give yourself just have a thought experiment. I said this last night with Congressman Pete Sessions.
Just a thought experiment. Do you, if you’re sitting there, you say to yourself, I’ve been watching things. I’m checking the news out. I’m a pretty alert person. You’re listening to this program. So you’re pretty alert about things. And you’re like, you know what?
Let me say, what is it that I care about? And how am I going to identify what the threats to me and to my family are? I’m gonna sit here and I’m gonna say, you know, I live in San Diego or I live in La. I’m worried about threats. What threats? Well, Islamic terrorism.
There’s still some of that, but it doesn’t feel too bad. There’s violence in our cities that doesn’t feel that feels somewhat bad, depending where you live. I don’t know.
Maybe I’m worried about the economy. I’m worried about China, more about different things. But in terms of demand… Does anyone, does anyone who’s not watching CNN and being fed the CNN narrative… Does anyone that you know say, “Oh, you know what? What’s really a threat to me?
What I’m really feeling is the domestic threat of white supremacy. It looks like there’s a lot of white supremacy violence around. I really got to worry about that.” Does anybody do that?
I don’t think so. I don’t think so.
So my point here is, who’s in charge in America? We have people that are in charge in the White House. It’s clearly not Joe Biden. Now, I would argue that no President is really in charge. The government’s too big.
Let me say it differently. No President in charge of all the levers of power, but they do give a direction. Does anybody think that Donald Trump wasn’t in charge? Of course not.
And when things would happen that he didn’t like and he was in charge, he just make them change it back. He just changed his mind. And people say, Oh, how can you do that? And he would be like, I’m not listening to the bureaucrats, I’m not listening to anybody else, I’m just changing my mind. I’m changing the position.
Right now, what you can see with the size of government so big that there’s lots of people in charge of lots of levers of power, and you don’t get a sense that Biden is going to buck any of them.
Now, why? Is it because, as I’ve said before, Susan Rice is in charge? Probably a part of it. Is it because Biden doesn’t really, he’s never really been an executive? I think that’s right.
You know, if you’re a staff, a Senate staff, you really have about a 10 person staff. There’s more on the staff than that. But the Senator doesn’t deal with the people down the hall that do constituent services.
He deals with the chief of staff. Two or three deputy chiefs of staff, a general counsel, three or four others, maybe some committee staff. You’re not really a manager. You’re not really a manager of a sophisticated.
Now someone would push back and say, Well, Donald Trump, at the height of his Empire, he had only 150 staff. But when you’re managing multiple entities, meaning you’ve got one guy doing real estate, one guy doing partnerships, one guy doing endorsements, one guy doing TV, you’ve got a lot of different parts.
And, you know, it’s one of the arguments I think that is compelling for why governors – George W. Bush was like this, even Bill Clinton – have a better time at understanding the job because it’s half politics (you’re a candidate for President) and half management.
And it’s tough. So who’s in charge? And what Europe knows right now is Joe Biden is not a strong leader. He’s not a strong leader towards them. And he’s not a strong leader in our own country. And they see that.
And you see the meeting with Putin, it just is a blah. It’s nothing. And there’s nothing about the meeting that Putin’s thinking, “Oh, Wow. This guy’s dynamic.”
The only thing that I would say that people in the world are wondering is if Joe Biden is going to completely be like every other swamp creature, you know, the kinds of rhetoric, the kinds of dynamic.
You know, he’s gone back to Iran, said, Let’s make a deal. He’s gone back to the UN and said, We want to do all the same stuff we did. He wants to go back to the Paris climate accord. He’s going back towards China, saying, We’re really mad at you, but we’re not going to do anything about it, really, which is what every other President did before Trump. They all talked a big game and they did nothing.
So the question is whether in their mind is he gonna be totally swampy or is he gonna do something different. And remember, if things start to go bad in America politically, like Bill Clinton, I mean, he bombed places. If you’re crass enough to use the system, the governing system for your political ends, which it looks like the people are, it necessarily, we’re going to see something.
So it is a major challenge. It is a major embarrassment. Now, I want to say something else, though, about this. I want to do a little bit. I want to be a little bit generous.
There’s nothing like the klieg lights of the modern time. And so when you see the Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Eisenhower. If they had had 24 hour news in the era of Eisenhower, who knows what we would have seen?
So it’s really a hard bar now. And in some ways, because what happened to Trump was the media went so over the top, the right leaning media feels like they have the authority to do the same thing.
And so we’re seeing sort of the underbelly of the media pushing every angle and every failure and all. And so it is unbecoming. And it’s hard to judge clearly how out of touch is Joe Biden compared to Carter.
Was Ronald Reagan in his seventh year slowed by all the intensity of things? You know, the people get worn down. But I can just tell you, the impression in the world is not a good one.
It is not a good one for America that this is the man we have out front, and they know it.
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