Donald Trump recently tweeted that the 100 days benchmark was a silly idea. He was right, but the question is, where does this come from? Why do Americans insist on measuring a presidency by this standard? It comes from the great Dictator in Chief Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Americans should run away from the first 100 days benchmark like it has the plague. This is not what the founding generation had in mind when they ratified the Constitution.
Stop the press! The nationalists in the founding generation fabricated history! If you listen to this podcast, this shouldn’t be news, but just this week, two scholars at Harvard University have provided conclusive proof that the nationalists had to make up a document to prove their position. That document they made up is none other than the Declaration of Independence. Of course, they didn’t fabricate the real document, but one nationalist in particular, James Wilson of PA, crafted a version of the document at odds with the original and the entire historical record. You want proof the nationalists lied? This is it.
Most Americans have never heard of E.L. Godkin. This is a travesty, particularly for those who admire independent thinkers. Every libertarian should know Godkin, and I wrote about him in my Forgotten Conservatives in American History. He was one of the truly great minds of the late 19th century, a man who was able to see the what the world was becoming and criticize it in a way that makes you think. That is why I made him a topic of this episode.
On April 16, 1865, “Lincoln’s hordes” moved through Columbus, GA and destroyed the city. This was the culmination of another “march to the sea,” but this time a “march to the river.” More Americans should know about this arm of the Union’s “hard hand of war” policy toward the South.
One of the common arguments against my “think locally, act locally” theme is corruption. “Gee, that sounds good, but state and local government is so corrupt. It can’t be fixed.” Not so fast. This week provided two great examples of why we should all be thinking locally and acting locally. You have the power to clean up corruption and the power to change your backyard.
Donald Trump acted against Syria. Some “conservatives” would have you believe this was constitutional. Was it? I discuss what the founding generation said about this and more. This isn’t going to make me a popular podcaster with a large percentage of the modern right.
Larry King called Donald Trump one of the most “ridiculous” presidents in American history. Why? Because he appointed people to cabinet positions that don’t agree with the charge of that department. The horror! But King’s stupid statement led to this podcast. We have had worse cabinet members than those appointed by Trump. I talk about a couple of those individuals and then give you who I think had the best cabinet in American history. It wasn’t Abraham Lincoln.
Music is a think locally, act locally idea. People like music for many reasons. I like music that speaks to a people, a place, a time. One woman described music as “the soul of the world embedded in sound.” To me, it is more than that, and I discuss why in this episode.
Are humans naturally inclined to violence? Lawrence Keeley thinks so. In fact, he argues that before the blessings of Western Civilization, man was more violent and brutal than today. I discuss what this means for modern society and why we should pay attention to his findings in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.
Most people don’t know anything about the Bayards of Delaware, but they should. They are one of America’s greatest political families, and they had much to say about statecraft, war, empire, and government. Libertarians and conservatives would do well to get to know their history.