Missouri, Ashley Barnard, Freedom Foundation discussed on The Doug Collins Podcast


Hey, today's episode, we're gonna have a great time with Ashley Barnard. Freedom foundation, we're gonna talk a lot about the things that are going on. Really, this administration has tried to subvert everything, especially when it comes to COVID and their ties to not only labor, but also special interest is really caused a lot of problems as we as we're seeing it in society, whether it's reopening schools, our businesses, where the unfortunately the pandemic has become more of a political exercise for the Biden administration as it opposed to actually getting real results and helping people. So today, I wanted to explore that a little bit, but also Ashley, varnish, with us, Ashley, welcome to the Doug Collins podcast. Thank you so much for having us on Doug. Well, we're glad you're here and as I was joking before we started this off a good Missouri girl here. And I've got a lot of great friends out there, some of the more colorful characters in Congress. Are from Missouri right now, not only in the Senate, but in the house where I served with Vicky harsher, of course, Billy long, Jason Smith, Ann Wagner. I mean, just in ages, I mean, there's more and I'm not wanting to leave any of them out, but it's a great place. I'm enjoying my time out there. Ashley, before we get started into the deep stuff, tell us a little bit about you, how you got started in politics, your bio is pretty cool where it talks about you getting involved early and protesting outside your professor's houses? Was that the way I interpreted that? Well, no, we were on campus, but we were right across the street from our professors protesting. Yeah, I've been involved in politics from a young age. I think my mother for that. She had Rush Limbaugh on in the house every day from the time I was 9 years old. I was listening to him, so I knew that I wanted to go into politics. I thought that I wanted to get out of Missouri for a while at saint Joseph was a small town for me at the time, and I just couldn't wait to get to Washington D.C.. Just as an aside, Doug now when I explain the difference between saint Joseph, Missouri and Washington, D.C. to each other, I say the difference is when you meet someone new in Washington, D.C., they ask, what do you do? And they are sizing you up to see, are you worth my time? And when you're in Missouri, and you meet someone new and they ask, what do you do? They mean, do you hunt? Do you fish? Do you have a boat? What do you do? So that's the very stark difference between the two and I appreciate Missouri more and more as long as I've lived in the swamp, but I got involved in politics. I campaigned with my local Republican Party in the 1996 elections. I've still in high school, I went to college Republicans at the university of Missouri. I was the chairman of mizu college Republicans when 9 11 happened. And we got flyers. We saw flyers up around campus that two weeks after 9 11, there were going to be protests against any war, you know, food not bombs, and it was led by our professors in the political science department. So as chairman of college Republicans, I said, nope, let's get together. We're going to have campaign sign making party pizza and we're going to make signs patriotic messages, God love our troops, God bless the USA and American flags, Gadsden flags, and that became in every week event on Saturday mornings. Of course, before you went to the football games, we stood across the street from our protesters from our protesting professors outside the post office in Columbia, Missouri. And we stood there every week, opposed to each other, and each side would get honks as people drove by, going to the post office, but it was fun. They knew who we were, they knew they had us in class. I don't think they held it against us, but it was a good time. And we just wanted to make sure that that patriotic message continued. It continued through the rest of the school year. 2001.

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