Podcast Episode 253: Little Jemmy and the Gerrymander

Politico ran a piece the other day slamming Gerrymandering because it almost prevented Little Jemmy Madison from being elected to the First Congress. The horror. The piece was typical Leftist nonsense with a bit of hysterical hyperbole and a scattering of incongruous arguments. And it was written by a “journalism” professor. Go figure. I take it down in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 252: The 538 Political Confessional

The leftist website Five-Thirty Eight has recently produced a column titled “Political Confessional” where people submit “forbidden” political thoughts. This is standard leftist fare, but one was intriguing: “The Man Who Thinks The U.S. Is Better Off As A Bunch Of Separate Countries.” Now for those that listen to my show, this is just an everyday conversation, but not to the subject of this article. …more

Podcast Episode 251: The Cornerstone Speech

Alexander H. Stephens’s “Cornerstone Speech” is perhaps the most infamous speech in the 19th century. It is cited by every SJW group as clear “evidence,” the “smoking gun” that it was slavery, slavery, and slavery that drove the Confederacy. Is this true? The speech offers a clear example of “contextualization,” but not in the way the SJWs like to promote the idea. I discuss the …more

Podcast Episode 250: World War I

World War I was as transformational for the United States as the War for Southern Independence. While the 1860s helped produce the imperial executive and then led to Reconstruction, World War I created the American nation. I explain in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 249: Washington’s Farewell

Washington’s Farewell Address used to be an important part of every Congress. The House stopped reading it in 1979 while the Senate still continues the practice. What does it say and what can we learn from it? A listener wanted an overview, so this is it. I consider it to be an important letter, one with prescient warnings but also lofty inconsistency. I discuss the …more

Podcast Episode 248: Lincoln the Socialist?

The Washington Post published a piece celebrating Lincoln’s ties to Karl Marx. This is something I have been saying for years, but what do I know? I am not the Washington Post. But if the Washington Post prints it, it has to be true and acceptable. Of course, I agree, and I discuss Lincoln and the Red Republicans in this episode of The Brion McClanahan …more

Podcast Episode 247: What is Incorporation?

A listener asks, “What is this incorporation thing you keep talking about? I hear it all the time, and I don’t know what it is. Please help!” I’ve got you covered in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 246: Political Puritans

“The Squad” held a press conference the other day in order to make their case for impeaching Donald Trump. His crime? Being a political heretic. The four stooges made that clear by the language they used to denounce his language. These people are political puritans, and anyone who does not agree with them has to be destroyed. I discuss the historical precedent and its implications …more

Podcast Episode 244: Taking On Politically Charged History

Kevin Levin has a new book coming out that Yale historian David Blight thinks will destroy the most pervasive myth of the “Civil War,” that of Black Confederates. Both Blight and Levin, and their bosom buddy Bruce Levine, knock down this neo-Confederate straw man whenever they can. If you listen to these three knuckleheads, every historian is a neo-Confederate in need of a reeducation. If …more