Welcome back friends to our USA Really daily podcast for the fourth day of Christmas, December 28. I hope you all were able to get these days off from work or school or whatever you’re into. How depressing to be working over the holidays, though, of course, plenty of people have to be working at this time. But anyways, we hope we can be a bright spot in your day if you’re stuck working!
And let’s bounce on into our announcements. You’re only going to hear this first one a few more times: Don’t forget to check out our Global Democracy Award contest, on the theme of the US government’s interference in other states. The deadline is December 31—only 4 more days counting today, so get us your works soon! And we have our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for you to hook us up with some sweet evidence of the government being a pain in the butt and enforcing illegal censorship online, especially on social networks. Both of these items could you bring you several thousand dollars, so check them both out today!
And we actually have an article that was submitted for the contest to discuss with you today. It’s called “Greed & Arrogance—Origin & Evolution of the Globalist Yankee Empire” and it’s by James Ronald Kennedy and was submitted in the best essay category. Based on the gist of this article, I’m guessing James is one of the Kennedy Twins that wrote the book we discussed yesterday. He writes: “The United States has an enormous global military footprint. It has a vast array of military assets available to “project power” worldwide. This military power has allowed the U.S. to position itself as the leading global power. The U.S. Navy currently has 11 aircraft carriers with one more under construction, while China has two aircraft carriers with another reportedly under construction, and Russia has only one aircraft carrier. While neo-conservatives celebrate the use of America’s worldwide military power many liberals and traditional conservatives have called into question this “Imperial overreach.” Yet, the ruling elite of both political parties, their donor class and supporters in the mainline media are hostile to even a slight withdrawal of American military for places such as Syria. How did the original, constitutionally limited, Republic of Sovereign States created in 1787-8 morph into a global American Empire? As Southerners, we view it as a Yankee not American Empire.” I’m definitely intrigued, and I hope you are too. Check out the full essay for the full scoop!
And our second article is our opinion piece for today: “AN AMERICAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE RESIGNATION OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, JAMES N. MATTIS” and it’s by Luis Lazaro Tijerina. Tijerina jumps right into it. He writes: “General James N. Mattis is an admirer of the Roman dictator, Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, who had the devotion of his troops and which with great aplomb, if not audacity, would become a dictator of Rome. Here, we must ask ourselves with political and military observation, is Mattis’ resignation from the Trump regime a political and military ruse or an actual commitment to stand up and oppose the socially insane and impulsive foreign decisions that Trump makes almost on a weekly basis? Is the ‘surprise’ resignation by the American general, who is taken as intellectual by some quarters among the elite in Washington D.C. and in the headquarters of the Pentagon, a harbinger of things to come in the days and weeks ahead amid the dangerous, political storm in the United States?” That is an excellent question, and Tijerina will help you break it all down and analyze what’s going on.
Then we have our daily dose of history for you in our “This Day in History” piece. On this day in 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first US VP to resign. He had served under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson but then he stepped down so he could actually move into the Senate and keep his political career going. On this day in 1846, Iowa became the 29th state. Settlers first moved there in 1833 and it became an official territory in 1838, and a state just 8 years later. And on this day in 1945, the Pledge of Allegiance was officially adopted by Congress. It was actually already being officially used in schools for three years before that, but now it was super official. There’re plenty more details on all these events, so check out the full piece!
And according to a new poll, American trust in clergy is pretty low, and, as you can imagine, a lot of it is due to the Catholic scandals that were all over the news this year. Based on the survey results, only 37% of 1,025 respondents had a “very high” or “high” opinion of the honesty and ethical standards of clergy. 43% rated clergy’s honesty and ethics as “average,” while 15% had low or very low opinions. Currently, only 31% of Catholics and 48% of Protestants rate the clergy positively, according to Gallup. Thus, the positive rating stands at 37%, which is the lowest rate Gallup has recorded for clergy since it began examining views about religious leaders’ ethical standards in 1977. It’s sad that the bad behavior of some is projected onto the whole, though it’s not surprising really.
Here’s a fun headline: “Burglar Breaks Into House to Watch TV, Convinces Homeowner to Give Him a Ride.” And the meat of this article is basically that. A homeowner returned home with his daughter to find a random dude hanging out there. He’d taken a shower, put on the homeowner’s clothes, had some food, and was chilling, watching TV when they got home. He tells them, “Oh, my friends used to live here so I thought it’d be alright to make myself at home.” Of course, that makes no sense, but the homeowner was smart and played along, and even gave the guy a ride home, cause that was an easy way to get him out of his house. However, when he got back home, then he realized the guy had caused a mess and stolen some meds. The cops picked him up and realized he had stolen some cars lately too. Good times all around.
Well, dear friends, that’s actually going to do it for us tonight. Thanks for tuning it and thanks for reading. We hope to see you here again tomorrow!