The following is a transcript of the first segment of the Pro America Report.
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Let me tell you, we have some work to do today. We’ll cover some of that. Some incredible things happening. Nancy Pelosi acting like a dictator, which I’ve told you over and over again, the only dictator in American political life is the Speaker of the House for lots of reasons, including, by the way, that the history of the House and some of the leadership in it.
I’ve been listening to a book on tape. I told you I love books on tape. And I’ve been listening to a book on tape on one of the most interesting leaders of the American Congress. He was a Senator a couple times, then he was Speaker for many years. Henry Clay, Henry Clay kind of lost to history a little bit, but he was one of the guys that consolidated a lot of that power.
And Nancy Pelosi is messing around. We’ll talk about that later. And we will also talk in a few moments with my new friend Eric Kampmann, Eric Kampmann. And he is a guy who has started, along with my friend Al Regnery, this new book shop, book publisher, Republic Book Publishers. It’s really good.
And then we’ll also catch up with Rick Elkin, Rick Elkin, and also he’s an author. And he sent me one of his books, and I’ve been reading it. And he’ll be great to talk to, too.
So alright, So we got a lot to do. We got a lot to do.
But first, can we say, can we say that Rand Paul, Rand Paul, Dr. Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky. He is a National treasure. He is a National treasure.
He is such an important voice in America. He’s just extraordinary. And look, I’m proud to say I know him pretty well. He campaigned for me when I ran for office, my daughter interned in his office. But putting that aside, knowing him as a good guy, his wife, Kelly, is really nice and a nice family.
But in public life, most people don’t want the friction, meaning the negative attention for saying things that they find to be true. And so they just don’t. And it’s not so much that they’re lying. It’s that if you’re a U.S. Senator, you don’t want to get a grief all the time. You may take a stand on some certain things, and you may be pro life and all.
And you might be certain issues on the size of government or something, but some issues are too hot and you just don’t want to be bothered. By the way, I’m not entirely criticizing. I’m just describing. Rand Paul’s not like that.
If he sees something that’s wrong, that’s BS, that’s just nonsensical, he just says it. Whether it’s of John Brennan and the NSA listening in on Americans and John Brennan lying about it before the Senate. And Rand Paul just railing on him and railing on the NSA.
Most Republicans, at least before the last three or four or five years, would have deferred to the national security apparatus, including the NSA. Rand Paul didn’t… even back then.
I mean, he has stood up on Obamacare as a doctor. He stood up on the impact of criminal justice. I mean, he’s been a guy that’s been sort of… You know, he calls himself a libertarian, but he’s not really because he’s pro life and he’s more conservative on certain things.
But this deal with Fauci in the last two or three days where he just said, Look, you’re lying to us, Dr. Fauci. Actually, he didn’t say that. To his credit, Rand Paul is too clever also.
He basically said, Wait, the NIH has a definition of what it means to fund this certain kind of research. And your definition is working on viruses. That move, making it easier from the move from animals to humans. Gain of function it’s called.
And it is true empirically, that’s a definition, and it is true that in 2014 or so there was money that went from the NIH. And I love this. Fauci said a sub grant. That means you give money to someone who gives it to someone else, but you know where it’s going. And it was for gain of function.
And so Rand Paul, very cool, very calm. read the definition. He said, You know, Dr. Fauci, you said, you never did this. You did. And Fauci did what liars do. They say I’ve never lied. Whenever somebody says they never lied… never lied before the Senate is actually what he said. It’s the qualification that’s damning.
But then he called Rand Paul names. Then he called Rand Paul a liar. Then he just hemmed in hawed. His body language went South, it was ridiculous.
But here’s the thing. Even the Conservatives that like to have been critical of a Fauci don’t necessarily go out of their way to do what Rand Paul did.
And he’s just a national treasure. He just says stuff that needs to be said. He does stuff that needs to be done. He has a voice. He’s just not afraid. He’s fearless. He’s fearless.
And for a politician, this is huge. And it’s probably because he wasn’t a politician. He was a son of his dad who was pretty famous, and he was a doctor. Rand Paul was, still as a doctor.
He goes on mission trips to do eye surgery because he’s an eye doctor, an eye surgeon, among other things. But he’s not a politician in the normal sense. So he doesn’t bother.
He doesn’t need your affirmation or my affirmation. He doesn’t need to be on Meet the Press. He just is going to say what he thinks is true, and it’s absolutely important.
And, you know, I’ve talked about this, the self-censoring of the dynamic in this country right now, where the narrative machine (big tech, big media, big government) is used to sort of intimidate people – not even sort of – intimidate people into self-censoring. That’s one of the things that has… you need a self censor, so you don’t get trouble. So you don’t get grief. So don’t get tention. Don’t get beat on. Rand Paul. and in this kind of wonderfully, understated, cool persona, he just says it tells it like it is, and he’s not interested in you affirming him, it seems to me.
So he just tells what he’s gonna do, and people can criticize him and yell at him and call him names or whatever. And the Twitter went crazy trying to protect Fauci.
But the point is that Rand Paul has this unique position, and he’s not even beholden to the Republican Party leadership because he kind of does his own thing. I think he gets along with everybody.
It’s another secret of his success is he’s very likable. It’s hard not to like him if you talk to him. He’s just a likeable guy, but he doesn’t always tow the line. He doesn’t always go along.
It’s just a national treasure. It needs to be… In a time where politicians fall into the categories of politicians where they’re doing the same things over and over again, even the good guys and gals are sort of falling into that. He just stands out. He stands out as a national treasure.
I think people see it now because of Fauci, but I don’t think you know the scope of it. I’m trying to think of some other examples. Oh, international affairs, international affairs.
He’s someone who says Congress should be the ones that declare war, and he doesn’t want to see wars. He’s anti-war. Now that used to be, used to be incredibly far out of the mainstream of the Republican Party.
You are really sort of a weirdo if you were anti-war. But he is anti-war and pro-Congress and Constitution in saying, we’ll decide what’s going on. He doesn’t want to bomb Syria. He doesn’t want to bomb other people. He doesn’t he thinks he’s kind of America First before America First. But more importantly, when somebody bomb Syria, even Trump, Rand says, I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Right? I don’t know if that’s, did we do that, right?
And he’s been a leader in that direction in a huge way. Same thing with the goal of nation building or the opposite of nation building, which is the media sort of Russia Russia Russia hoaxing us. Rand Paul is like, Hey, find a common interest with people and make sure they’re not threatening us. And then just kind of chill. And it’s very refreshing.
It’s very important. He’s a very important man in this moment. Very important Senator and very important public figure. That’s a better way to say it. At this moment in American life. And you see it every now and then come to display.
By the way, let me be clear. I do think there’s a reason why somebody like him gets attacked by his neighbor, has serious health issues. He was on the baseball field when that crazy shooter shot Scalise and others.
I mean, he’s lived on the edge because people recognize truth tellers are powerful. Truth tellers that don’t need affirmation from the swamp or from the deep state or anything else. Very powerful, very threatening. Very good.
So he is, Rand Paul is a national treasure and we should encourage him, support him, pray for him. And just you know, thank the good Lord that we have guys like him in this country.
Guys and gals like him. There’s lots of, there’s some women that are standing up like he does. It’s been extraordinary to see. So thank you, Rand Paul, for all you do.
All right. But we’re gonna take break. We got a lot more to cover. We’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report, back in a moment.