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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

07:19 min | 1 year ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"Out because I don't think that Putin really preferred over the other. Think about this if Putin preferred donald trump why would Russian agents work with Christopher Steele to go after Donald Trump? You're in a country like Russia communist nation or that leader can do whatever he wants to you basically. Have you arrested tomorrow if you were a Russian agent trying to take down Donald Trump when he prefers donald trump? Where where did you think they would be today? So just doesn't even make. It's just a narrative that they wanted to put out there and try to create this this scenario that this is my opinion. Outcries create the scenario that if Putin wanted trump and trump's all with him. And that's the intelligence that we have and To me that wasn't that wasn't the case at all and I think Putin is laughing all of this every single day for the last four years lastly on intelligence matters and then we'll conclude going back to China. What can you tell us about your colleague soon? To be former colleague John. Ratcliffe will carry on the momentum of Rick. Grenell at Odeon I think it will. I think I think John is now standing individual. He brings great experience and some people. Say Well you know he he. He's a lawyer. You know what he's eighteen. What does he know about intelligence right now? Big Problem with the intelligence community is knowing the law. And that's where he's GonNa Shine but look he. He served on Intelligence Committee with us He's he's well versed. He knows what it's all about. This is a very smart guy. And I think he's going to seek justice that he has done through his career and and the previous jobs before he was even in Congress and so I wish him well and I think that he'll do well so concluding on China. Now I believe you said that we're in a Cold War with China and I suspect you mean the Chinese Communist Party in particular. What are the ramifications of that during the prior? Cold War there was a whole of government really whole of society effort to counter in a multi pronged fashion every element of the Soviet Union's strategy. Do we need to do the same thing now? And what would that Grand Strategy? Look like from your perspective. Yeah I do. I think I think it may be a little bit different at the start from say the Cold War with the Soviet Union because over the last fifty sixty years we've gotten so in bed with the Chinese Their investments in our country investments in our businesses. All the things that they're doing and how they maneuvered militarily so. I don't think it's something that we can just fix over night. We have to start in engaging with the other thing. That's different now. Is You have a cyber an information warfare going on and you can call that core But I I guess it's really hot. It's hot hottest component of the Cold War with him right now. I think you know entering into trade deals with them. is part of the Cold War twenty as well and probably always has been and you know we we. We've seen this president. You know US sanctions. We can do restrictions on immigration There's a lot of things that can happen here. We have to start drawing away from them and you know people want to criticize the president for saying America. I well I. I'd say America first but not alone and I think he may have even said that you know we're it's not. It's not that we want to just be alone in this world but we're GONNA put our interests first and we haven't been doing that and actually I think that there were years of the notion. Well if we're trading enough with them for good partners with them they'll never want to go to war with us. Well I don't know that they want to go to war but they still want to take us over one belt one road in issue which I I like to refer to as one belt one rope and it's not only the United States but their neighbors in the region is you probably know they dangle things out they they go to countries off from goods and then guess what now that now. They're indebted and now they're in so There's a lot of drawing back that he has to do Australia. The good partner with us on that and I think we should bring in. All the five is countries and other allies to start to make the effort to to to Wayne away from them Leslie in order to sustain an effort like that. You need bipartisan unity. And in particular you need it. I would suggest given that on the Chinese side. She is general secretary for life whereas our members of the house or up every two years president up every four years. You noted that you thought there was there were signs of a bipartisan consensus on this What what evidence can you point to that? There really is sort of an overwhelming sense that there needs to be comprehensive pushback encountering of the Chinese Communist Party in Congress. I think that you seen some of the actions. Taken like with with with Cynthia's and the narrative has changed in Congress just days they conversation. I mean I can tell you Year and a half ago to almost two years ago. My last opponent in a debate. What is the biggest threat? All he's Russia. The Democrats say in Russia that was the narrative Russia Russia Russia. And I said No. It's China and now I now. I think that you'll have more Democrats saying that than you than you had two years ago. They're seeing that the real threat and you know when you get away from the impeachment and all that type of stuff in committee when you're dealing with official business and trade and things like that then the more serious conversation sometimes takes place and it seems to be pretty. Well recognized that China's a greater threat and we're seeing the types of things that they're capable of doing and I hear people on both sides of the aisle concerned about Confucius institutes. You know the people in our in our academic environment and that's the other thing too. If you look at our colleges You know they're typically colleges run on a liberal slant and liberals are starting to realize that foreigners are in their stealing our property and taking advantage of us and and that's a concern because it's not they want it to make the world better they want it to make themselves stronger and dominate the world congressman winter. Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us today. Yeah my pleasure. You have a good one. Have a good Memorial Day weekend and remember all those have given so much. I really appreciate that and appreciate your services while much thank you. If you enjoyed this conversation please do help us out. By subscribing to rating in reviewing big ideas with Ben Winegarden in the I tunes.

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

13:56 min | 1 year ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"And now without further ado my conversation with Congressman Brad Wednesday up. So let's start with the news of the day and frankly the news of the next generation. I believe A. What do you make of the recent events in Hong Kong as China continues to effectively subsume Hong Kong piece-by-piece ahead of schedule? What should the US be prepared to do? Well I think we should be prepared to support the people of Hong Kong And and the freedoms that they had enjoyed and the idea that it was supposed to be One Country Different system right. And that's not what the Chinese are doing. And it doesn't really matter to the to the mainland China to president she they tend to WanNa drive on regardless and I think there has to be global reaction because really at the end of first of all. I think it's to their detriment I think having a pumped component of what they consider their country to be basically democratic and have freedoms is to their advantage long term but They don't seem to see it that way and I think that it's going to put them in a bad light once again. Every freedom loving country in the world has some connection to to Hong Kong. And so by doing what they are doing. I think is going to weigh heavily against them and open up the eyes of so many people have been kind to China when Kinda was when China was taking advantage of so many other people related way and this might be a piece of leverage potentially although it's far more important than leverage because in my view is it's actually ultimately the the right thing to do from the very start of the trump presidency actually even president elect trump took a phone call from Taiwan's leader and the administration has sent congratulations as well to the current president. In Taiwan. Is there any appetite? And I should also add the deputy national security advisers. Well delivered a message in Mandarin to the Taiwanese people. Is there any appetite in Congress to potentially push for the recognition of what I believe is the reality on the ground that Taiwan is an independent free country and sees the fantasy of the One China policy? I think that the incentive for Americans and members of Congress to to consider doing something like that Just time and you know I going back to. When president took that phone call. After he got elected I turn to my colleagues and said he totally wanted that to happen. Totally did it on purpose. He wanted to make a statement to China and I think that that he did That may have inspired them to try and go in the direction that they're going a little bit more but I think they're messing with the wrong president on that compared to previous administrations and. I think it's time that everyone recognized. You know when I grew up then people my mom would always say hey. Got Finish everything on your plate. There's people in China that are starving. Things have changed in the last fifty sixty years and treating Chinese and China like there's some Third World Nation is not where it is and calling out what they are doing. That they're accepted. Practices is what we have to do. Everything involved wing from the corona virus to stealing intellectual property To building up their military basically on art time how what. Our trade deficit is like in you know. The President has addressed that. So we we've got to do all of that and we. We can get into restrictions on sharing academia Stopping Chinese investments in the United States and to American businesses. We got to. We've got to review our supply chain. And I you know as a military person if you told me as a doctor in the military you told me when I was in Iraq did my supplies. We're coming from Ansari. Like China was at Helena where we let that happen but we have and so. There's a lot we have to do moving forward and I think we're motivated to do it and it really does seem to have a bipartisan flavor. To it at this point. You've been most outspoken. Speaking of the coronavirus in particular on the World Health Organization's complicity in propagating China's narrative to devastating effect. I don't think it's at all an overstatement to say that it is literally cost. Americans lives and the lives of those of our allies as well. Congress controls the power of the purse. Why should we fund any entity that is an accomplished or captured by the Chinese Communist Party? Given that clearly using these international organizations as part of leverage is is a part of their overall grand strategy. It really is and you know. Let's just start with the communist attitude if you've ever seen documentary aches very good. I'm sure noble what happened in the Soviet Union take away from that is not a lie benefits the State. Even if it means your own people die hang you're trying to say fades and that is China right. I think we're in a very similar situation about the World Health Organization. You know these things sound very nice and they should be very nice. World Health Organization should be able that ICAL should exist for any partner that wants to join is willing to be honest and wants to benefit humankind. And if you're there to play politics if you're there to cover up your mistakes or if you're there to propaganda is and say things are better than they are. Need you I was not our board of Health in Cincinnati Ohio. We didn't have anything like this. But we had outbreaks of things you they have data and you had to have accurate data and we were able to able to do that. But in this case you're relying on other countries and if if that can't be honest if that can't be open and even if the leadership of the organization is willing to play along Seemingly with the ages this type of deceptions. Then we then we need to do in our own way in some way and you know if this is really to be the humanitarian type of organization. We need to let Taiwan and we need to let anyone into wants to be honest and open so that we can benefit all mankind and put politics out of it and if they're not doing it I think the president was right to put a pause on things and And let's start looking deeper. There's been bicameral interest and I truly hope bipartisan interest in holding China accountable for its culpability in the spread of this pandemic. Frankly I've called this hour generations Tiananmen tests because is blood on the CCP's hands quite frankly and this time it's Americans. It's not just pro. Democracy protesters in China so the first step towards accountability is transparency and investigation into the origins of the corona virus and how it spread and China's again culpability in that when China ultimately stonewalls and there is some sort of hopefully international. Push to do that investigation. What's the next step after China does what it always does. Well you know what I think about is having a potential positive affected member. Remember the flight over Lockerbie. Scotland was able to be pinned down on Libya believe. That's how story went. And ultimately there were lawsuits and payments made And that got international. Ah Worldwide attention as far as revealing the absolute truth and I mean I fact one hundred percent correct but you you see where I'm going and I see that needs to be out there. There needs to be No media spend it needs to be transparent and then they need to to have some accountability and boy. That's there's a lot of people. They need to be accountable to because basically the entire of the world I wonder if there's any countries at this point that haven't had at least one case in in context of this crisis the response has been essentially a shutdown of our economy that really seems almost without parallel I hasten to say that but it really is unprecedented in many respects and as a consequence of effectively turning off our economy there have been measures that effectively blowing out the deficits and consequently debts that were already too large to begin with this is different from a typical market downturn in that this was a situation where under the context of public health this was done so the bailouts are far more justifiable than they would be under any other circumstance really but the laws of economics say that some day this bill will come do and the attitude from Congress for decades has been one of sort of kick the can down the road and and it doesn't really appear necessarily that there is an overwhelming appetite for fiscal sanity. Sa- question is is Congress. Only going to be forced to act after an economic and financial crisis occurs. Well even before this. That's been a concern of mine You know if we don't address mandatory spending. We're never going to get things under control and there never seems to be an appetite for it for one reason or another. I'm in the camp. Where if we address mandatory spending. Get rid of waste lane things up so that we can be solvent as we move forward and for some reason we get that done and that means. I lose my job. I'm okay with it because I want to know what we're trying to tell the next generation. We're doing for them because really it isn't much and that appetite. You Grill when we talk about going through these phases and I think you characterized it really. Well then when you said you know you can justify some of the spending because this came from a disease etc etc. It's not just typical downturn. I would agree with that We still need to be smart about how we do it. And that's why you saw the Republicans vote against Nancy Pelosi's bill last week But at the same time when I say that we should be talking about is not a phase for of any type but a phase one phase one of reopening and a phase one. That has something in there that talks about how we're trying to pay that back at least what we spent right now and you know how we do. Business in the future needs to be different We need to create incentives or at least well. There should be incentive anyway not necessarily government through taxes or whatever but businesses should have the capability or should do the planning for that emergency type situation. So I look at something like Hsa as for example and health savings account where you can put money away. Pre-tax dollars to pay for for healthcare. And you know we should be doing the same thing if there's some type of national emergency but you know in the long run you know if you look at the president's done on trade we've you know we've got the opportunity and have we greatly increase. Revenues is suspending. This the problem so continue to go with ways that can increase revenues especially in ways. That are so good for the American people and at the same time you know we we have to deal with countries like China that are that are taking advantage a lot of things that we can do. We can withhold. Us debt payments Dealers Chinese companies are stock exchange. There's there are a lot of things that are being kicked around and I think we touched on a few of them In a couple of times here but China needs to be held accountable as we need to be held accountable for our debt. And start to do something about it so that we can tell the next generation We were there for them before. We jump back to China because I do want to dive a little bit deeper on that one of the things. That has really been striking during this. Congress is that the nature of House Democrats and Senate Democrats as well for that matter has really been laid bare in particular on on the. House side I think of the entire impeachment charade and sort of the abuses of the subpoena power leaking of information and the lake and of course if president trump gets a second term and Democrats retain the house or retake. The House two years in. I assume that this sort of frivolous kind of behavior will continue have Republicans thought about what they can do to deter such behavior from Democrats in a second trump term understanding that. If you're not in the majority it becomes awfully tough to do so. Yeah well I would. I would really hope that the voters do that because that's who can do the most good for us as having the voter say we have had enough. We have to keep making the case you know through this whole process and you know I sit on this committee. I would have people you know. People have known for a while. Oh Oh what what's going on with the new and I'm like well. I know what I know what TV station. You're watching. And I and I would say to them. Tell me one thing that Devon newness has been wrong about they've been proven wrong.

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

06:22 min | 1 year ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"Welcome back to the basics and show this is Ben Weingarten in four Bucks sex in and before the break we were talking a bit about corona virus which has shocked those in our financial markets and you've likely seen if you're watching your four oh one K. or any of your portfolio is that the last several days now markets have tanked to put it lightly because of the spread of corona virus to the African continent Inc including its one of its largest countries Nigeria in places like it away and then of course several cases here in the U. S. as well and John Davis my colleague at the federalist had a great line about what the reaction has been here he said a handful of this is a tweet a handful of never troubled and left wing media personalities are really struggling between bashing the redneck prepper rubes for being prepared for coronavirus quarantines and blaming trump for not doing enough to prevent global pandemic that started in China it's so strange yes it is strange indeed this is an issue where there cannot be the hyper politicization that there is and everything else but the left is forcing it my argument is simply this we are talking about a potential pandemic and Democrats are trying to use this to bash the president we're gonna destroy ourselves if we can't get over political bickering and sin I bring in the face of all the myriad threats that we face and it's to be expected but it's no less shameful I think that the responses from the media and other Democrats attacking the trump administration's fitness to deal with this issue because they love to talk about always talk about the fitness now was saying their own problems really reflects actually they're not only their willingness to try to win at all costs by politicizing anything and everything but how desperate they are going into twenty twenty this is the thing that they're holding on to a disaster in the United States that's what they want that is what they're saying at the end of the day and you know we saw this before the mid term elections as well many of them cheering on any sort of economic correction contraction because they now they admits that the trump economy is strong it's the same thing here but it's even more sick because this is again about the life and limb of American citizens the first priority of every single representative for what is supposed to be the first priority of every single one of our so called representatives but for a second let's also point out who the party is if they're going to politicize this they should be called out for the fact that this is a Democratic Party that couldn't build a functioning health care website with three hundred million dollars they want to take over all health care they can't go to a website with infinite resources behind it for their obamacare portal is a party that couldn't run a caucus in Iowa the AP just announced it will not be able to declare a winner after certification is finally completed which I believe is about to be tomorrow weeks after the caucus this is a party of open borders meanwhile according to one report Brandon Judd the president of the national border patrol council said on February tenth there were three Chinese nationals who were apprehended illegally entering Texas with flu symptoms and you had to be quarantined luckily they don't have the corona virus but this is a wake up call he said this is a party of Bolshevik Bernie Sanders do you really think that with a socialized health care system we're gonna be able to quickly innovate and get vital vaccines to the market place now we're gonna go the exact same way as China you think Bernie would be able to deal with the equivalent of a Chernobyl and by the way we haven't had Chernobyl's precisely because we're not the Soviet Union we haven't had Chernobyl's but you have to think twice about if they were in power and I'm not politicizing it I'm saying that it is a threat when they are in power potentially and I'm also not saying that I would be attacking them while they were in power I would be providing criticism intended to push them towards doing the right things were they in power we hear and is central planners and his ours overseeing everything he would run the risk of Chernobyl's so what do I think ultimately happens if we're going to focus on the political aspect of this for a second I think this is going to backfire on Democrats I think there's a good chance of it because well this is something of a September October surprise except months in advance which they probably view as a bad thing about this potential pandemic emerging I think the trump derangement syndrome is gonna backfire here he is he could have said to the Democrats could have said this is the time to come together rise above partisanship act like grown ups even if they don't believe it they could have said that they could have pandered they didn't and what I think they're on I'm underestimating here is that one of the core traits that trump exudes and he has from the time he descended on that escalator is strength fortitude anti political correctness goal based pragmatic again strands at court and do what needs to be done and cut the B. S. so in a war time sort of mode or a crisis kind of mode you can bet that he's going to exude strength and patriotism and seek to instill confidence in the American people and I am confident that we certainly have the capability to grapple with any sort of disaster to befall us as a country but not to the extent half the country or the party representing half the country embraces an anti American he says well I guess I'll talk about the party that is now Bernie Sanders and L. Han Omar the American in great as my book title as party now represents this been going on in the back section of the book section show will be back in just after this a couple sprinkles couple snowflakes out there specially with the panhandle this looks like.

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

03:25 min | 1 year ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"Welcome back to about six and show this is Ben Weingarten in four Bucks extended what's transition we just talked about a little bit the Middle East Iran's malevolence the last embrace of that sort those totalitarian regimes in Iran or elsewhere around the globe and there is another similarity in terms of their ideology and I'll get there by way first of talking about the fact that this week president trump is scheduled to be at Davos what is the main topic at Davos this year that's right climate change the head of the World Economic Forum its founder Klaus Schwab said we do not want to reach the tipping point of irreversibility on climate change we do not want the next generation soon heard a world which becomes ever more Haas Haas style and Everlast habitable just think of the wild fires in Australia and we'll get to that in a second an annual research survey published by his organization put climb in and other environmental threat to head of risks posed by geopolitical tensions and cyber attacks the first time the survey found that top five long term risks were all environmental talk about group thank from extreme weather events to businesses and governments failing to mitigate and adapt to climate change part of this is sustainability the theme at this year's Davos meeting to DO the grapple with global warming becoming worse because of growing divisions among nations and and businesses on how to tackle it the meetings which was the over fifty heads of state and government including German chancellor and I'm gonna call any time prime minister Giuseppe contact December the alpine resort seeking to give concrete meaning to stakeholder capitalism concept that businesses should serve the interests of all society rather than simply their shareholders remember I talked about woke crony capitalism last week when it came to blackrock that's the agenda on the table for all of the leaders the business has the politicians around the world meeting at Davos and I cannot wait for trump to smash them into smithereens during this meeting over this fifty three heads of state at Thomas seventeen hundred business leaders including CEO is from eight of the ten most valuable companies in the world eighty eight percent of the cars used by the World Economic Forum are electric or hybrid crime it is the excuse for the totalitarian anti capitalist system that they all they're all like minded all the globalists readers their like minded and that's why do they care about the environmental stuff because it means power and control it's a way to use science to justify control over your life and they will profit of course from it because they're the ones in charge of all these green initiatives invested in the green company is it's a wealth redistribution scheme to them in the process and impoverish is all of us so I was happy to see on this topic Bernie Sanders and as well as a see Alexander because you're Cortez came out and hands the US MCA the trump administration just was able to push through in the Senate here's Bernie not a single damn mention of climate change and it's too it seems like a happy guy and center suggested on the campaign trail the fossil fuel executives are probably criminally liable for climate change is expressed interest in potentially prosecuting them that's our talents Arianism that's why if you have wrong think.

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KLBJ 590AM

03:18 min | 1 year ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

"It's about sex and show this is Ben Weingarten in for Buck Sexton and we've been talking about the ideals and principles that Martin Luther king stood for and the last standing in contradiction to this principle is today sad way and I was talking about does Robert wood St Wall Street journal editorial and he quotes from king in Juxtapoz is a with a sixteen nineteen project says in sharp contrast to the claim to sixteen nineteen which disparages the American revolution a declaration of independence and insist America's hopelessly racist king believe deeply in the need to remain true to the founders vision courting him the patriot dream that sees beyond the years to him that was it not that was the only Avenue toward fulfilling America's promises he wrote in his nineteen sixty three letter from Birmingham jail one day the south will know the when these disinherited children of god sat down to lunch counters they were in reality standing up for what was best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo Christian heritage there by bring our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the constitution and declaration of independence okay well our leftist today who would claim to carry the banner of king say the constitution a declaration are inherently evil documents based upon the people that drafted them and what they derived from Judeo Christian heritage they'd say that's code word for a white nationalism and ethno centric European ism and these other asinine concepts that they've come up with to try to create an academic the new year that would you know my eyes is they're just anti western ideology at its core our sacred American values in the American dream our understanding of the American dream as conservative Americans as traditional Americans is the American nightmare in the last reading of things king added we will reach the goal freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation because the goal of America's freedom abuse and scorn that we may be our destiny is tied up with America's destiny and then once it goes on Dr king's are full participation America would never indulge today's grievance bayside any politics to social justice warriors use race as a battering ram against the country in fact in a letter from Birmingham jail king explicitly warned against the type of group think that characterizes identity politics individuals may see the moral light involuntarily give up there on just posture said king but is run Nighbor has run my reminded us groups tend to be more immoral than individuals I'd say the last how can you look at what king said and what he wrote and then support an ideology that is inherently about colors skin maybe to the total exclusion of content of character certainly to some extent to the exclusion of content of character but merit and the individual worth and dignity of a person should be all the matters at the end of the day and America we may not always achieve that ideal but that should be the idea or not the not the opposite not the antithesis where to switch gears here and just after the break we'll have Julie Kelly on to talk about something I talked about last week which does deal incidentally with our individual liberties and civil rights civil rights in context a general Michael Flynn certainly and also in context of the government versus the people in the Afghanistan.

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

03:25 min | 1 year ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"It's about sex and show this is Ben Weingarten in four Bucks sex then I want to turn from domestic developments to international developments and on the show I like to talk about China as the main focus of the national security and foreign policy side because we should never lose track of it number one number two much of the main news stories that the mainstream media's gonna focus on our only seen through the trump focus prism number one and number two missed the context of just how substantial this re orientation in US national security and foreign policy is towards you in China as the number one international threat to our liberty that is the central story it shouldn't be lost in the fog of the disinformation war that the left has created and propagated through their communications arm in the media and in just a couple minutes we're gonna bring on someone who is in my view one of the best China experts and very focused on Taiwan in particular but I do think again it has to levels that always with what is the nature of this regime and last week I talked about some of the brutal human rights abuses that's a radical totalitarian nature of the Chinese Communist Party that controls every entity in China and then seeks to control the centers abroad and suppress them as well is an article I really I urge you to read it in its entirety because it is chilling and it should under score just how serious this threat is emerging and coming on fast this article in the diplomat Tyrone exporting China social credit system to Central Asia and subtitle is Beijing building across borders social engineering system one software solution at a time you know the social credit system is basically where China collects intelligence monitors tracks all of their citizens and assign them a score based upon affectively how close we do they adhere to the Chinese Communist Party wine and the aims of the states and if you don't want you pay all sorts of penalties including not being able to take flight outside the country it can impact your actual credit score your ability to get a mortgage there every aspect of your life under a microscope of the Chinese Communist Party show here a couple of anecdotes about that by September twenty eighteen fourteen point six million untrustworthy Chinese nationals were banned from buying plane tickets by December twenty eighteen three and a half million Chinese nationals have reversed their untrustworthy status through various forms of community service so they came in line with the party many Chinese nationals of quickly adapted to this new way of discipline it works and now China's handing out of system to its neighbors and that's the problem by the way for us and the rest of the world so this article goes into all these other countries that have been consulting with China it is near and further abroad about implementing this sort of system their self to judge their own citizens and who runs the systems operates for them was a software coming from the hardware how come from China can you imagine what China can do with that information that power and that control when you say you are the product and China is offering this free in many instances you really are the product here take a short break this is been wanted for box section about sex and.

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

03:43 min | 2 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"Now of that about sex in the show this is Ben Weingarten filling in for fox X. in here on a sticky humid steamy night in New York thank you for taking this time to spend a few hours and tonight we have a very busy show lined up lots of things going on in the world to both in America and abroad and I wanna start first by thanking block for given the opportunity to fill his large shoes it's always a pleasure and a privilege to spend some time with you a great audience and knowledgeable audience unique audience tonight we're gonna talk about a handful of topics that I think are crucial on the domestic front and on the global front the big news of this week is the squad versus trump the squad being congresswomen Presley so I have to leave Omar and I say I believe that what we have seen in real time is the meta narrative that will play out in the twenty twenty election and I believe it was a masterstroke by the president to do what he did and their people of two minds on this the president could have stepped back and what is anime hang itself effectively is political enemy he could have what the civil war on the left continue to fester between the quote unquote moderate establishment they're not moderate by the way they're just slightly less crazy leftist because they're more practical they want to stay in power they don't wanna scare off normal Americans and then the true believers who don't care and are willing to tear it all down instead what trump did which he forced them into an embrace people would say why would you want to unify the left well it's a very uncomfortable bear hug that we've seen take place when Nancy Pelosi who is in open warfare with this wide quote unquote is now forced to embrace them and condemned the president that is the most uncomfortable embrace the we will see you probably going into twenty twenty because that embrace has elevated them them being the squad and it is also serve to talk to fi the entire Democratic Party it elevated the squad because then the squad this big press conference and that are on the show is in the morning and they are becoming the face of the Democratic Party and that is the worst nightmare of Nancy Pelosi and all of the twenty twenty presidential candidates or should it probably isn't for Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren some of the others but what trump has done has made the twenty twenty election a choice ultimately that is going to be put to all of these candidates of well first of all are you with this water are you with the rest of the country second of all if you're a democratic presidential contender and the squad comes out with their positions and it's not like they're gonna be muzzled because they're running their own campaigns for reelection in the house do you agree with a sees position on X. Y. Z. do you stand with anti semitic anti American ungrateful representative Ilan Omar do you believe the sort of crass identity politics whereby I on a presently in fact let's go to quick to let's go to quit two of my on a present and what she had to say this week this table all of you that have aspirations of running for office for whatever experience an identity that you represent.

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11:01 min | 2 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"Shaft, I you couldn't make this stuff up if you tried, but the fact that no one was going to tell us about any of this stuff despite there being police reports documenting all of it the brazen lies that were told not just by the ones, and there, Hillary Clinton connected defense attorney, but by prosecutors and FBI agents in the threats against witnesses by the is it really shocks, the conscience. And it makes you wonder my God, what else is going on that we haven't found out about because not to toot my own horn. I was kinda the only reporter who was on this case. And if. I didn't write this book. This would never be known and it's a pretty shocking thing to have happened. And so my perspective on a lot of things have kinda changed since writing this book. And I'm a lot. I the government, the DOJ problems with politicize ation dishonesty go far beyond what we ever knew in ways that really makes me wonder what else are they hiding from us? Why in your view where you among the only journalists in Washington covering the story of the Awan brothers in the book, you write about the fact that obviously, there's a level of Trump derangement syndrome, and people are chasing every Trump related story, and the competing Russia gate, and then now spy it narrative I what I wonder is, is there potentially also in some sense, collusion between the deep state and media figures to deep, six this story the likes of which we saw on the Russia gate, swears spy gate side is well, these stories are intrinsically intrinsically linked, the only difference is this is the most successful. Deep state cover up operation because most people didn't read about it, and even though most of what we read about Russia was false. And it was. At least we were, you know, there were there was ultimately sort of a deconstruction of, of that hoax, but it was all part of the same up and kind of the underlying dynamic in the book is this access between the Democrats, the media, and the part of Justice. And I think that's such an important issue. When you read this book, obstruction of Justice, you kinda learn the techniques and you see each see the plotting and the strategy that they use to make this happen, where they're, you know, the false details, they tell the Republicans, you're not allowed to talk to the media. But Democrats talked to media anyway. You know, basically the Republican, the Democrats are just much better at working the media. And then obviously the media's naturally predisposed to be on their side anyway, but I was shocked and disgusted by the, the media. The media's. On willingness to look into a store that had to cyber security. I'm Capitol Hill, and that was clearly documented it was amazing. How they would do things like conservative media claims that the capitol police road report saying that has democratic caucus server went missing. Well, it was the subject of felony hacking investigation. Like if there's literally a police report, there's, there's, there's six page document, by the chief administrative officer, there's sergeant at arms memos. These are things that could have been obtained and other times, they'll, you know, documents that are matter of public record, and they would sort of attributed to quote, conservative media instead of doing their own investigation on something that is clearly newsworthy. And so, I always, you know, when, when the emails got half the DNC, I thought the Democrats were right to make it a big deal hacking, where so much of sort of war goes on in, in the modern era and I was shocked when it turned out that they weren't sincere in, in that belief that hacking was the big. deal. It turns out, they only pretend hacking is a big deal when it feels like they can help them win elections. Hacking is a big deal. You know, we are sort of at cyber war, and so much of our activities are conducted online nowadays. But the media was disinterested at best, and it's so funny because the Washington Post when they would finally right about this story, you know, as one of the many women who came forward and said him on is threatening to me murdered. He's clearly like a hacker and blackmailer and extortionist and just a horrible dude. And he's obstructing Justice in destroying evidence and threatening witnesses. I had all this on the record from this step mom that she went to court here in Virginia and put it all sworn deposition. And the Washington Post finally writes about it, and they go and on flattering portrait of Iran wants family life, emerged, according to the daily caller, like, that's that's one. Way to put it. I mean, here we've got this guy that's under investigation for hacking, congressman it access to all the data on Capitol Hill, and then his own step mom, and his wife are saying, sure enough, he uses his IT skills to blackmail in Seville me to, to, you know, surveilled and come up with information that you can use to blackmail, extort me. I kinda relevant. I think that's not about his family life. But just dishonesty was shocking about the, the things that the media wants to be true, and then verse versus a big story like this, where the media sort of self-fulfilment prophecy, people would say, why are you spending time on that? That's that weird story. It doesn't get much attention. I, I don't care if what gets attention by others. All I can do is make the judgment for myself once a big deal. This is one of the biggest thing ever happening congressional history. And, and to some extent, even on the conservative side, I think people are influenced by the mainstream media because what you hear about most feels like a big story. And that's the fundamental dishonesty here is that the media is being dishonest in what they're telling us about what they choose to elevators. The big story, there's, you know, so much partisanship built in on that. And then the last thing I'll say about that is I always, I got into investigative reporting because I wanted to speak truth to power, and a lot of the media nowadays is kind of the opposite, and they don't wanna do any investigating. They want to kind of just sit on the shoulders of government. Investigators and just tell you what they found. And so you rig the narrative is the most important thing because that's what informs voters they rigged this criminal investigation, essentially, because that's the upstream of breaking the narrative. What a mean by that is if you're a lazy, reporter, you're not gonna do any investigation you're going to say according to the DOJ Imran, Juan didn't do anything wrong because he wasn't charged and that gives you an out because when you do the investigation yourself. You see that very much did do these things. We're guardless with the DJ might say, and so this started about a story that wasn't in my view partisan at all. When I started looking into it, I thought it was some bad dudes that pull pull the con- on some. Unsuspecting members of congress, but it turned into something much worse where it was members of congress, and it was DOJ officials who were lying and covering up for political two Baluch wins. And I think at the end of the day, that's, that's the most disturbing, and that's an issue that we're still grappling with you've ridden about other cases of staffers, obtaining information in on authorized fashion thinking here of Jackson Cosco, for example, and you can feel free to jump in talk a little bit about his whole case, but, but more broadly, based on what you observed in the case of the ones, do you think there are countless other ones representing other foreign powers potentially who have infiltrated our government and also civil society institutions? That's a good question. I mean what we've seen is that the democrat, and it's we're the book kind of ends is very depressing. Log, you know, kinda backs up and reveal that over the years there had been numerous instances where it became very clear that the house of representatives had a very, very slow. I t infrastructure and they kept saying, oh, jeez. We're stupid. We gotta fix this, and they never did. And even after the ones they never fixed so Jackson Costco was a Senate IT who had the same jobs him on, but on the Senate side. And so he was a convicted felon that got hired by Maggie half in any way from New Hampshire, even though he was a felon. She gave him access to all of data, and she, he eventually did something really bad, that she refuses to say what it was, and he got fired. And so then he's just starts doing with resentment that he's fired. And so what he does is he gets into with the second Maggie half and staff or name Samantha deforest Davis and the two of them worked together. She's still on the inside, and she gets Mckee, and she helps them break into the office of three in the morning, and they put key loggers in the, in the computer so key loggers are an astonishing. It's like a spy device. It's like a little thing that every single time you keyboard. It's being the data back to him. So he got all the passwords on on on. The Senate side that way, and then he would break in and use those passwords for all that data. And he was using this, you know, to, to blackmail members of congress and eventually he got caught at the cabinet hearing because, you know, basically use the data that he stole from democratic Senator man, you half to docks Republicans. And then when he got caught he tried to blackmail witnesses were democratic staffers and said, if you tell anyone I'm gonna release all the data that I stole. So this is kind of a mini version of the Awan's that happened after the lawns. The difference was this guy actually was charged. But Samantha his accomplice has not been charged. And so the democrat, I it comes down to. And again, actually, when you read the book, I started saying something about Democrats, but the book is actually quite nonpartisan, and I would say Republicans come across worse than than Democrats do just because there's such pushovers and they're so easily manipulated. And the Democrats at least they're savvy, you know, maybe kinda into what they're doing and a little bit dia. Follicle. But hey, it's kind of cool to see them be good at their jobs, but the, the regardless of party politicians care about their reputation more than any more than anything else, that's kind of the fundamental theme that emerges in this book, and I bring that up because the screw up the constant IT screw ups and the lack of oversight in half representatives. Looks bad for them for all of them 'cause they should've learned they should've learned that after the wants, and they should have learned before they want, and they never learn and said, the incentive is you indicated earlier then is to make this go away because otherwise it exposes the democrat, the, the members of congress of all parties of incompetence, and that's actually, one of the ways that they got Paul Ryan to kind of see this investigation over to the Democrats, even though he was in charge, number one. They said it's our staffers. And so we're not gonna cooperate unless you let us be in charge and number two. Hey, you were in charge and all this happened on your watch, and we're gonna pin it all on you and say, you're the nincompoop let all this. Happen, which they had a valid point because so many of the house rules had been violated without Paul Ryan, people stopping them that they basically turned it around, on, on the Republicans since you mentioned speaker, Ryan, and the failings of his office to deal with this. How closely was Nancy Pelosi implicated in this? And how does her involvement in the whole of one case impact your evaluation of her as speaker today?.

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10:10 min | 2 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"I mean 'cause most people have never heard of this case, and you should care about it, because it's kinda true story of collusion and foreign meddling and hacking and cover up. But it's also just a just kind of a story about personal failings, because that's what we're all we're all human. So you read this story and it's just kind of still colorful with some of the interesting characters and what you realize through the course of this, this plot, on folding is that one at a time, people have both parties in Washington DC fell out, our national interest for their personal reputation. And so what I mean by that is, you know, there's a guy who was Republican, who was in charge of the house for Paul Ryan's, feel Kiko, the chief administrative officer, and he basically. Agrees to bend over backwards for the Democrats because he knows they're gonna win the next year. And sure enough, he still has his job. And so there were threats to him to his job. They were bullying him and he kind of wanted to preserve his hundred eighty thousand dollar job over doing the right thing. And sure enough. That's why Nancy Pelosi has a Republican in as the chief administrative officer now. That's exactly why he has that job. And the situation kind of on fold again, and again, where the Democrats trick the Republicans into thinking, hey, all the this would be better for your for your country, and for your party to take action. We're going to make it harmful for you personally. And so a lot of people make the decision that holy cow. What I've seen is incredible. No one else, you know, this is something has to be done. But hey, you know, at the end of the day, it's not really my job. Someone else should step up. What after all what I've seen is so big that surely, the CIA is on the case or something like that. And so people repeatedly kind of came into contact with this larger than life story and kind of just hope. Someone else would deal with it. And there was a lot of passing the buck, and a lot of manipulation by the Democrats. And, and so Iran ah one was a serial manipulator, and that's how he got his way into congress. But then you have this operator for Nancy Pelosi, he's kind of a central figure in the book and human nippy relates all the Republicans around him too, 'cause through this pretty complicated maneuvering, because that's what he is. He's a balloon cooperator. He's good at it and tricking the Republicans into thinking that they didn't need to do anything. We're shouldn't do anything, and one of the ways that they did that is by saying, this is a criminal matter. And we can't talk about it or know about it, because it's ongoing investigation. And it's kinda like the bluffing that Adam shifted, right? I mean trust me, there's an excuse for everything. It's just super secret. I can't tell you what it is. And so they did that for two years, 'cause they wanted to just run out the clock until really the twenty teen action. But the, the book is called obstruction of Justice. How the deep state rift national security? To protect the Democrats. But has that we're deep state in their, these state means two things to me in the context of this book. The first is probably what most people think of that. The sort of power doesn't lie in government, where we think it does. It's not with Jeff Sessions. It's not with a cabinet heads through almost figureheads. The power is with the SEF's level employees who you can change the figureheads kind of rearranging bekker's chairs on the Titanic. The same people are still there underneath that who are making decisions. But then the second thing is over in congress. The Democrats win win Paul Ryan was in charge of the house. The Democrats actually exerted far more influence than you would think they would because they had they were working back channels. And they had sort of these institutions tease, like chief administrative officer and the administration committee, where the Democrats knew more about how government works, it'd been in their jobs longer, there savvier, and they were more recive. And so you see the sad this portrait where they're just running circles around Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan comes across. It's kind of Duffus in the story. And so, at the end of the day, you know, this is a government, that's not at all being run by the people you, would you would think it is. And the Democrats basically set up a position where the DOJ realized that they would have a whole lot of angry Democrats on their hands. If they did their job by prosecuting these series, national security crimes, and meanwhile, the Republicans were just kinda gagged. Apathetic substantively, what damage was done, or could have been done to our national security based upon the cyber threat posed by a one and his colleagues. Well, see took all the he after he was caught. He went into so first of all, they took basically all the data twenty percent of congress, they work disproportionately for members of the intelligence committee, nationals foreign affairs committee, and homeland security committees. They, they also the primary site of their hack was the House Democratic caucus, which is. The DNC sister group and they were funneling all the state off the network, and then they were sending computer devices did into Pakistan, and the business partner of Enron one when you Google and you realize what he's up to impacts in over the years. He comes up with this business partner. And so I wanted this business partner to see what's up from people that kind of new on for years whereas, the Pakistani national any sitting around and one gives USB data to, to Pakistani Intel and he, he gave me the name of the people that he said, he was giving it to, you know, I, I, I didn't I didn't witness that transaction. I don't know how you prove it, but it was a credible allegation. And the FBI refused, contact this guy, even though he's on the record desperately saying you gotta you gotta you gotta look into this. And so that is kind of pretty likely that Enron one was giving data to Pakistan. So then then you recall what I mentioned earlier about the hundred thousand dollars from Hezbollah, and it was funnel, that was money laundered into one. Well, he was working for members the intelligence committees right there. That's kind of we've got data potentially going to, to Pakistani eyesight, and also to has rent rent, but then the primary thing, and this is kind of funny because you have all these national security threats but then you look into run one's personal life. And you just talk to people that know him, a portrait, sort of petty blackmail occur, like emerges, where the that's what this guy does. He's a black male or an extortionist, you know, even just in the most silly petty ways like he was renting a house to someone and he threatened to sue her for a couple of thousand bucks because the flowers in her garden were dead in the winter and, of course, flowers die in the winter, that's a crazy thing to say, but he said, you know, when I turned over this house in the spring, you had flowers in the garden. Why did you destroy my property? And so he's just kind of a lunatic that uses the force of law to in threats to for financial gain. So I always thought that extortion. Blackmail was the primary issue here. Notwithstanding the connections to foreign government, which deeply troubling these members of congress. I, I truly believe based on my ten years of being an investigative reporter working for the Washington Post and elsewhere. This is one of the biggest scandals and Newt Gingrich, the former two books, this is probably the biggest scandal in congressional history. I, I believe members of congress are were blackmailed by the family and Wasserman Schultz in that they are still susceptible to blackmail. These guys, you know, had all their data probably still do. And so at that point, you've got they can control how they vote, but they can control any number of things because these members of congress are deathly afraid of the data that these guys have, and, you know, frankly, you don't have to have emails, the politically damaging emails, kind of the semi sketchy stuff that you would see if you were to look at any congressmens emails, you know, that gives you a lot of leverage is not to say that all these congressmen are committing crimes, or something, these black, knowing what you, you're a congress. Mun anything in Barrasso, or politically sketchy personally, weird, you know, anything they have extraordinary leverage. And so when he snuck into the house of representatives after he was banned. He stole Debbie Wasserman Schultz his laptop, and he left it in a phone booth for the police defined. And I took that as a warning shot like I know we're on the same side here. But you guys better get me out of this. Don't forget, I've got all your data and don't try me. I will release it. And sure enough, Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatens to disband the capitol police, if they don't, if drop the investigation into this, she spent her life savings, hiring an outside lawyer to help him on these are all things that are documented in government records, you can see some of them on video, and then he's Niks him. He steals the identity of an intelligence aid for dre Carson and uses that he's got, basically, they should off Email address when he's banned, but they don't arrest him. And so what you see is sort of obstruction of. Justice, where the evidence starts disappearing the server of the main server, they had had disappears completely at one point just insane stuff. That is not at all things that should be happening in a first world country. And you would think that if these things happened someone would have told us, and so all these things happen, kind of incrementally from twenty twenty fifteen really on where it's two twenty eighteen and at the end of the day on one that's giving full immunity by prosecutors. And they sort of the Democrats implanted the narrative is a conspiracy theory. But I don't know if you've read the book better not, but I hope that your listeners read it. Because when you read it, there's really no specific fact in the book that you can quibble with. It's very clear. What happened? It's all documented you cannot make the argument that this is a conspiracy theory. This is a frightening major thing that occurred. And it's bad. What the Pakistani guys did? But the, the other side of it that, that bothers me more than is that the people that we elected and then we. Trusted government officials. We're willing to Riga case if the skill and you can bind it with what we know that did with the Russia hoax, and Hillary server, the server investigation, and you realize that this is stemming and my God, the things that are in this book, people compared to spine off all the time, because it's truly out of over the top. I mean, there's burgers, there's bars of gold. It's just it's, you know, the computer equipment turns up in elevators..

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03:05 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"I'm Ben winegarden. And this is big ideas with Ben winegarden podcast, where we talk with exceptional thinkers and doers about the most important ideas and issues of our time and all time, we talk about on this podcast about diverse topics from political correctness and identity politics to free speech and foreign policy at the nexus of all of these issues is something we discussed in one of our early Kosovo's at length with Andy McCarthy, the subject of jihad Islamic supremacists. Seek to impose their tower -tarian theocratic worldview through this tactic of jihad in advancing their cause in the west and abroad Islamic supremacists have sought to use political correctness and identity politics as a cou- Joe against anyone who speaks openly and honestly about the supremacists evil designs it seeks to foist on the west sharia speech codes, even better if by our own hand, and it was President Obama who said that Islam was these seminal organizing principle in the Middle East. A truth that Obama himself, and the vast majority of our political establishment have refused and or failed to adequately internalize and apply in seeking to advance the US national interest, one of the foremost experts on this subject and someone who is the premises and their apologists have attacked sought to shut up and even threatened is Robert Spencer the proprietor of the website. Jihad watch Mr Spencer has been chronicling stories and providing commentary via jihad watch on premises him in the west and abroad in its violent and nonviolent and overt and covert incarnations since two thousand three a prolific writer Spencer has literally drafted the book on this subject. His latest work is titled the history of jihad from Muhammed to ISIS in all he's published eighteen books several of which have been airtime bestsellers, such as the politically incorrect guide to Islam and the crusades and the truth about Muhammad naturally. He has been savage. As an Islamophobe for his PC, free, examination of Islam and Slavic supremacists. All of his work heavily source and often based on the primary sources supremacist themselves site to credit even when his interlocutors have attacked his character. He is always engaged soberly dealing with scholarship and the subject at hand clinically and backing arguments with substantial evidence, nevertheless, in addition to these personal attacks, Mr Spencer's found himself in the crosshairs of the southern poverty Law Center in coordination and collusion with groups like propublica who have sought to deem jihad watch a hate group and smear it and get funding platforms like pay pow and patron to boot it off their systems thereby financially handicapping jihad watches efforts. I Mr Spencer on the big ideas podcast to address a number of topics from swath supremacist ideology and goals tactics and strategies, it's a Herranz us to impose it to free speech in the deep platforming of Kanner jihadists to the state of play in the Middle East and how. How we can actually triumph in the global jihad being waged against the west if you like the conversation, you're about to hear I.

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Ex-NSC Official Higgins Who Warned Trump of 'Deep State' Resistance in Memo

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10:23 min | 3 years ago

Ex-NSC Official Higgins Who Warned Trump of 'Deep State' Resistance in Memo

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Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

05:45 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"Smuggle. What got you interested in Iran in the first place? Oh. It was something that happened to me. I'm resenting the Washington quarterly. The Shaw fell, and it was obvious that we had to do some big story in the Washington quarterly called Carter in the fall of shot. So I run around Washington, and I came up with a terrific guy named Bill wis who had just retired from state and new lot about Iran. And I said to him, Ryan article called Carter in the fall, the Trump. And he said, how long and I said, as long as one you want whole magazine, we'll give you the home magazine just do it. And he came back in a few months and said, okay, I've got all this stuff, and here's this other stuff, then I haven't been able to find out and I look at it seemed to me like things that I could probably find out. Some had would French intelligence some to do with the Israeli government. Someone in these were, I just come back from Rome. And so I said to him, well, suppose trying to track down the stuff or for works, we'll do it together. He said, fine. We did an article called Carter on the phone shop. And it was big head and cannot offer us book contract. We took that we did a book, so that's how I became interested in Iran. It happened to me and while doing it, the book. I met more and more around Hinson and. Over the years. I've met the seemingly endless Ray of run ins. And I just kept up with there was no way to scape it. I mean, not a day goes by where I don't want to call from some part of the uranian diaster bre or says, I'm some person claiming to be in Iran, and so I do have been doing. What is the real history of CIA involvement in Iranian regime's. Oh, see. The main history of CIA and run is has always been wrong. They've never once gotten it right surprise. I know. I mean, every prediction they've made has been wrong. And and they wrong on people, and they've been wrong on sources and all of that. They're not very good. There. Those who argue, especially in the last administration, they put out a straw man argument where the alternatives in Iran are either war or give billions of dollars to regime, appease them, protect their nuclear infrastructure. It cetera. And there is a question that you have to ask before you even get to what is the right policy, which is what is it that fundamentally drives the Malagasy? Is it materialism? Is it expanding the revolution so spiritual material? Or is it their own self interest that drives them? Well, first thing is that you have these two starkly different options just up to them, appease them, support them or war with them is that war is on. We're at war with them, or rather they are warm with us. And they've been at war with us since nineteen seventy nine the the revolution and they've been killing us ever since in their killing us today in that continues. So it's a false option. It's typical of the wrong headed thinking that goes on Manam ran. And those who are critical of your writing cast you as a Neo con warmonger at cetera. What would you say to those people if you could speak directly to them about that view? I don't know what New York is, and I don't know what Neo conservatism is. If you ask me five believes in revolution and supported Iran, the answer's yes. I believe in it in happened sometimes. Rarely it succeeds. And we as nation are the only revolutionary country in the world, and we should support democratic revolution in places like Iran, you've supported among other things, and this is sort of a parallel to during the Cold War information warfare that is propaganda in the best sense of the term being pushed into Iran as a means of challenging the regime in the ideological space because ultimately ideological warfare is paramount. What would your comprehensive policy be for fomenting revolution and taking this regime down? Well, the, let's do the Cold War because. One happened is that the Reagan administration sent out people like me to go talk to anti-soviet dissidents in the Soviet Union and in places like Poland, Czechoslovakia Rumania at central, and we did..

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Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

04:52 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"And that's something that's not talked about today with the exception of a couple supreme court justices, namely Justice. Clarence Thomas writes, weren't about a right Dallas scare a right to education, right to college, right to a car. No. What you had was equal rights in your liberty annual ability to be protected from tyranny and you give up some of those rights and you consent to be governed in order to secure the fundamental rights in the next passage. The founders talk about prudence, say, prudence, indeed will dictate that governments. Long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. And accordingly, all experience have shown that mankind are more. Disposed to suffer while evils or suffer than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they're accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and user patients pursuing, invariably the same object of vincit assigned to reduce them under absolute despotism. It is their right. It is their duty to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security. I think it's important here to note that there's the concept of prudence. Prudence is not a word that our leaders there's frequently used today. It suggests this passage that you don't just throw away and existing system on less that system becomes destructive of its own ends. I would say that progressives would suggest it's no big deal for the supreme court to make a few rights here there or rationales or tests that they use to justify their judgments without any bases of law, or it's a Stoorikhel origins or the natural rights foundation that the found. Her spoke to, they would suggest that new rights can be invented out of thin. Air of society has advanced far enough in the quote, unquote arc of history. Again, prudent suggests though that it's better to live with wards in our system and to convince and persuade people through a legislative branch than fundamentally transform the system into something that again, in the founders words reduces that system under absolute despotism. I wanna return a second to the idea of natural rights and nature's God and the founders again, link faith to natural rights and freedom. There's some quotes here not frequently spoken about often, I think because there's a an attempt today to try to divorce our founding from kind of the religious nature of why the country was created, and then the Judeo Christian principles that underscore the system on which we were built. And I think this is important regardless of what your views are a. About traditional religions, the understand where the founders were coming from here. So again, the founders link faith to natural rights and to freedom John Adams, writing in seventeen seventy two. He says, and I quote, if men through fear fraud or mistake should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural, right? The eternal law of reason and the great end of society would absolutely vacate such Annunciation the right to freedom being the gift of God almighty. It is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. Alexander Hamilton writing in seventeen seventy five. And I quote here the sacred rites of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They're written as with the sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the divinity itself and can never be a wrist or obscured by mortal power, George, Washington. In his farewell address, I think says something that is also incredibly important. He writes, and I quote of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports in van. Would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness. These firmest props of the duties of men and citizens, whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure reason and experience. Both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. I bring up these quotes as a way of getting to the fact that the founders were intently concerned with the fact that you needed a virtuous people to sustain this system. They were advocating for. And that it was virtue and morality that would ensure that there would be liberty that our rights would be protected. And that's something to consider..

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

05:10 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"Why is it so critical that on today? July fourth, we stop and think about a document from seventeen seventy six that says, we're going to break from England and king King George, the third that's doing all these cruel things, tower forefathers. Well, the declaration is a radical document because it goes against the norm in history. When you read history, what you see is that the relationship everywhere when it comes to government is king and subject czar and peasant slave, master and slave. It is always power from of and you're giving a little tidbits of freedom. Maybe if you're lucky, but tyranny is what rans in most places. And the rule of the strong is what rans in most places what the founders were aiming at with something quite revolutionary. Their idea was that every man is a sovereign. Every man is a king decision making isn't in the hands of the ruler, but the citizen who rules the roar, he is himself king. He's free to do as he wishes along as his freedom does not violate the freedoms of others. So this concept of power to the people not in the hands of a dictator benevolent or not. So benevolent. Or an Ivy league technocrat is progress in the eyes of the founders moving in the other direction that is seating our liberties to a ruler. However, he may be whether it's a body of government, whether it's one man, whether it's a million bureaucrats is regressive, which is one of the reasons incidentally that I call progressivism regressive and it bears noting that Woodrow Wilson, when he wrote about the declaration of independence said, you can't ignore the preamble. The preamble, of course, where we talk about life liberty and the pursuit of happiness and Anneli Annable writes that government can't take away from us which get to in a second. So we have this idea in the decoration of liberty triumphing over Terni, and there's also a concept of consent of the governed versus the rule of the king. Again, this is just not the norm throughout history, nor was there a concept in most places in most time. Of legitimacy in government stemming emanating from the consent of the people. This is really the difference in part between civilization and barbarism in barbarism in a state of nature, the strong dominate the week in civilization, every man is the strong man. And in fact, government is constrained by the citizenry and by the institutions that have been built through documents. Like for example, the constitution. So again, the decoration is kind of the great exception throughout history. ABRAHAM LINCOLN when he described the declaration of independence and the constitution did. So with a biblical allusions, he said that the declaration was the quote, unquote apple of gold, and the constitution is the quote unquote frame of silver around it. Here's the full statement. He said, and I quote the assertion of that principle at that time was the word fit. We spoken, which has proved an apple of gold toss. He's referring there to the declaration, the union and the constitution are the picture of silver subsequently framed around it. The picture was made not to conceal or destroy the apple, but to adorn and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple, not the apple for the picture. Here's how I've always thought about it, and I think it dovetails well with what ABRAHAM LINCOLN said:. The decoration is sort of the spirit of America. The constitution is the letter. The declaration is our national soul. It's the animating force behind this nation. The constitution is the body or the structure, or the framework that helps Nabl our flourishing. It helps Nabl us to pursue our happiness. But again, the declaration is the spirit, and I would suggest the can't read the constitution without the decoration, the constitution without that. Spirit. Yes, it provides a structure and a framework, but it all falls if the people don't believe in the values and principles that are actually at its core at its route. So the decoration with all these things, King George third did that violated the rights of the people, and it bears noting that the constitution itself is largely about what the government cannot do to you. It's a charter of negative liberty is, and you can sort of tie in all of the offenses that Thomas Jefferson and his co-authors road in the decoration about the king doing this, this and this with the actual negative liberty is reflected in the constitution, which say the government cannot do x, y, and z it you..

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

03:15 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"Production featuring a conversation between hosts, Glenn Lowry an economics professor at Brown in professor wack surfaced in which she made the following comments that would cause an even greater uproar among professor waxes critics. Of course, there is the downside of affirmative action, which is that we take these these Herpin cly capable kids in the sense that they do have some skills would be able to get into to penetrate penitents who are worse killed sometimes significantly more skilled. And then we asked them to compete and that has to be demoralizing. It's gotta be demoralizing. I mean, take you know Penn law school or some top ten law school. Here's a very inconvenient fact Lynn, I, I don't think I ever seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the class and rarely, rarely in the top half I can think of. One or two students who sworn in the top hat in my required first year course meal at what are we supposed to do about that that you're really you're, you're putting in front of this person real uphill battle. And if they were better matched. It might be better environment for the Mets mismatch hypothesis. Of course, you have racial diversity mandate for law review appointments, the pin, yes, yes. So you're killing me the students of color who have served on law review are pretty much in the bottom half of their long classes. I, I would have what I know. I mean, I haven't done a survey. I have ten system attic study. I, I'm talking about. The honor. I have a big class of eighty nine ninety five students every year. So I see a big chunk students every year an ice. Oh, I, I'm going on that because a lot of state is a force a closely guarded secret after this quick circulated all hell broke loose in the face of a broad outcry from predominantly leftist student groups and colleagues at Penn within days. The law school's dean saw fit to bar professor wax from teaching any first year courses, claiming that professor waxes assertions about the performance of black students were false. While at the same time, suggesting that professor wax had quote unquote transgressed the policy, that student grades are confidential to justify the barring of professor wax who had bears noting received an award from the university of Pennsylvania for distinguished teaching in two thousand fifteen as well as an award for excellence in an introductory course back in two thousand five from teaching first year courses. The dean suggested waxes views would create a hostile environment and potentially disadvantaged black students. Subsequently a pen trustee, emeritus and Penn law school. Overseer resigned in protest of the university's punitive actions with respect to professor wax in light of all this. I wanted to have professor wax on to discuss her story, the state of free speech and discourse at our leading academic institutions and what is all might presage for the rest of civil society. Before we begin, I have a simple request..

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

03:32 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"And I'm not talking about the Steele dossier I'm talking about if you go in and brief, the president on something, you don't then go tell the media what we briefed the president about right? Any perjured himself before. So his credibility is already in question, and I don't hate hate that part of it because I actually unlike a lot of I've had many times in the last couple years where I went to back for somebody's credibility only to be to be shown to have been the one who was wrong, or at least the the one who has gone his face. But I told people that you know, look, I thought Clapper got put in an impossible position in that hearing. He handled it in a in a abysmal way. I mean, you know. He widened set him up with that question. The question was asking for classified information and widen knew that. And what Kloppers should have said is that I can't answer that question and open session, which is what they always say and for him to not only lie there, but also then. Afterwards, try to rationalize lie by saying he said the least damaging the. I mean, that was just preposterous, but I actually went to bat for Clapper after that and said, you know, look, most people who were in the intelligence business think that he's a very fine and very effective. Intelligent professional has been well thought of by people on on on both sides of the aisle as they say for many, many years, and I think he handled things badly, but he was putting a hard spot and he used bed judgment. But let's not let that rice a career where he's done good service to the country. So I'm wrong here. He is again, he's got a chance to to to to do the honest. And if it turns out that he misled congress about what he did, and if his answers to these questions can't be. Can't be resolved. He's given inconsistent versions and everybody says he's given inconsistent versions. They can't both be true and I'd say yes, that's true. But they put they could both befalls right. So that needs to be investigated. I don't know what Brennan's been up to, but that needs to be investigated. There's there's a very Erie and uncomfortable reality here that hasn't gotten too much attention which is that if you look at the report that they put out in. January of twenty twenty seventeen the intelligence assessment of Russia's indifference in the election, and you look at some of the stuff that was leaked to the press, doesn't Erie similarity between those things, which means those leaks have come out of the intelligence community which we knew. Because if you look at the reporting the stories themselves say, you know, former and current intelligence officials, and there's all kinds of stuff that came out that reprehensible. So how does it comes out onto circumstances where Obama orders, Obama having already said that Russia couldn't have rig or election then gets on board with the Democrats narrative that the Russia's Russians rigged the election and orders this report to be done..

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

05:05 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"It's an important American tradition, and it's a more important one today when we have a plethora of law than it was, you know, say century essentially century a half ago when the the notion of Justice department was novel and the job of the Justice Department's much more modest than it is today. When you have this, this. Unbelievable, extensive spate of of law creation, right. You have to go by the old norm that you get a crime, and then you assign a prosecutor. That's how we do it with criminals. You don't assign a prosecutor to go off and try to find a crime with with virtually no parameters. And that is really what would deputy attorney general Rosenstein did when he appointed Muller. Now, we now know that about ten weeks after the appointment on August second, he gave him this memo. That's we still don't know what's in the memo before. Fifth of it is is redacted out. Which purported to give them some guidelines and parameters of of the investigation. I'm convinced he did that only because number one. A number of commentators, I don't think on the only one were deeply critical of the way that his appointment of of Muller did not comply with the Justice department guidelines for special counsels, but I don't think it's, you know, he's not like reacting to Andy, I don't. I don't. I don't think that at all what I think probably more push them was just a couple of days before he puts this memo wound. They do this search warrant on manafort's residents. Paul Manafort the former Trump campaign chairman for four months. They, they hit his residents with a like a no knock warrant where they go in before dawn, and he was in the middle of cooperating with two congressional committees and they ransack his place and get his wife out of bed with guns drawn and all that stuff. I mean really aggressive stuff. This kind of stuff you don't typically see in white collar cases and the kind of stuff you do when you're trying to send a message which is when you're when you're prosecutor and you're trying to send a message that way, you probably shouldn't be trying to send a message. Right? But I think the reason Rosenstein did that is it was clear by early August, certainly before early August that they were, they were gliding toward an indictment of Manafort and gates, and they had some reason to be concerned that if Muller's if there were questions about mowers jurisdictional authority to be doing a criminal case. Because if you look at the case that they indict it's got nothing to do with with collusion with Russia. So I think that's why he, that's why did that. But in this case, you do really have an unguided missile. And again, I keep going back to the to the thing we started with. I don't think anybody should have a problem. The presidency is awesome leap powerful job, and somebody who uses powers of the presidency should be subject to impeachment. And if there have been serious crimes that you have a president implicated in, he should be investigated. And if you can get evidence of it, I wouldn't care less. If you could prove it in court, he should be impeached and out. But the presidency is also the most important job in the government in terms of how we are governed and how our government functions. And while while I think nobody should hesitate to investigate a president who deserves to be investigated, there's a cost to the way the United States is governed. When a president is investigated, which means we should only do it if there's good evidence for it. So to my mind, you need to have a serious crime. You need to have the the president, unquestionably implicated in it, and then you go ahead and you do what you have to do. But if you don't have those two things, then leave the president alone because we shouldn't be re-litigating election that way. I mean, everybody knew what Trump's flaws were. Everybody knew that he said, reprehensible things about Putin that was not a mystery to anyone. The public elected. You know, I mean, people say, you know, he's not my idea of the ideal Republican will you know, I don't know somebody clever than I did has said that. That I am has noticed Abe Lincoln and Winston Churchill would not on the ballot this time around, right?.

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"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

01:47 min | 3 years ago

"ben weingarten" Discussed on Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten

"I think we've had catastrophes libya's a catastrophe iraq turned out to be a catastrophe i was in support of iraq but i was in support of iraq i mean this all sounds like monday morning quarterbacking my my attitude about this is your e the foreigner against it and if you will for it then you don't get to you don't get to say i'm all in favor of the invasion but i'm not i divorced myself from any responsibility for the aftermath because we trusted the people who did the invasion to to do things the right way right so if rack is a mistake i count myself on the mistake side of the of the column but that said i believe and i still believe in the bush doctrine because i think it's simple and eloquently elegantly rather states exactly what has to be the national security policy of the united states which is you stamp out jihadists wherever they nest anywhere in the world without limitation on and you put the challenge to other countries you with them or you with us and that's was my attitude about it i would now put a code on it and say and by the way if we have to come because you can't take care of your own mess if we have to come and take care of it for you because we need to protect the united states don't expect that we have to raise our flag and stay in your crappy country for the next ten or twenty five years or whatever and spend a couple of trillion dollars and basically get nothing out of and then install a new shariabased government and in its place well assured.

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