Podcast Episode 51: 2016 Election Primer

Who should you vote for on November 8? Trump? Clinton? Johnson? Castle? Stein? Does it matter? I discuss all of this and how I would vote in different parts of the country. Listen to this before you cast your ballot.

Podcast Episode 50: American Exceptionalism

Is America exceptional? If you listen to Barack Obama, no. If you listen to Rush Limbaugh, yes. This is an important concept that needs attention, particularly in an age when American imperialism dominates our foreign policy. My short answer: yes. I explain why in Episode 50.

Podcast Episode 49: We are Rome

Larry Reed at FEE asked a couple of years ago, are we Rome? He pointed to a number of troubling similarities between the Roman Empire and the modern United States. I answer yes for several reasons, not the least of which is political corruption. Americans should study not only U.S. and British history, but also classical civilizations like Greece and Rome. This provides perspective on our current moral, economic, and political plight. You want blood? We got it.

Podcast Episode 48: The Debate and Political Discourse

Who won the October 9, 2016 debate? A better question would be what questions were appropriate for a presidential debate? Not many, but that was to be expected. And does a “town hall” style format work for the executive branch? I discuss the winner, the loser, the topics, and more importantly political discourse. Don’t miss it.

Podcast Episode 47: Liberty, Independence, and Pandering

American politicians love to pander. We will give you free stuff! Vote for us! The real message is that you can’t do it yourself. This has helped produce an American culture that refuses to capitalize on its natural talents. How do we turn this around? How do we sell liberty and independence to people who want government goodies? Listen in. I’ll tell you.

Podcast Episode 46: The Stupid Empire

I discuss three military themed television shows: Taking Fire, Generation Kill, and Surviving the Cut, along with our current idiotic foreign policy and the effect that has on the American military, as evidenced by the men who take part in these programs. Our longest war is our most inhumane.

Thanks Matthew Drake!

Matthew Drake is an illustrator who makes videos based on “contemporary speakers and philosophers.” He wanted to base one on my podcast comparing the 1896 and 2016 elections. I had never seen his work, but I said “please do,” not knowing how great it would turn out. It’s better than great. Below is the video. If you like my podcast, you’ll like the video, and if you like the video, please support Mr. Drake: http://matthewdrake.storenvy.com/ and https://www.patreon.com/illustratedphilosophy

Podcast Episode 45: If I Were President….

Parade Magazine ran a piece two weeks ago asking “celebrities” and everyday people to finish this sentence: “If I were president….” The results are typical and frightening, at least if you don’t want an elected king. I think, however, that people do want an elected king, at least judging from the answers and what people expect the executive branch to (unconstitutionally) do. I discuss this in Episode 45 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Show Notes:

Parade article.

Episode 44: Terry Moe and an Elected King?

Dr. Terry Moe from Stanford University thinks the president has too little power! The Constitution, he argues, is an outdated relic that needs to be changed to reflect and respond to “national social problems.” Is he correct? Of course not. I explain what he gets wrong–hint most of it–and why we don’t need an elected king in Episode 44 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Show Notes:

Econtalk with Terry Moe.

An Elected King?

Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her

Episode 43: Kapernick, the Anthem, and Nationalism

Colin Kapernick has taken a stand, or a knee. Is he right in doing so? He is making a “national” statement about issues that are purely local, and the “national” response is one of the major problems with American politics today. I talk about Kapernick, the national anthem, the pledge, and American nationalism in Episode 43 of The Brion McClanahan Show.