EXCLUSIVE-Mike Church Show Audio & Transcript
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Mike: This is what just bedevils me about this. And Ive told this story 175 times on this show. Let me tell it again because maybe someone else will repeat it. Maybe. Maybe someone will repeat it. And maybe to one person out there itll make sense, and maybe then theyll repeat it, and we can start a chain reaction.
The man that you know and love as Thomas Jefferson was the anti-candidate, anti-politician of what you know today. Although he was a shrewd politician. He wasnt very public about it. There was no television then. There was no biopic press crew running behind him, tracking his escapades and what have you. But in the political sense and in the political world he was a very he was a very good they were all, all the Founding Fathers were great politicians. And when I say great politicians, I mean they interacted with the other brilliant minds of the day and in a very erudite, learned, educated manner fought for their way, fought for what their view of the thing of how things should be. But one thing that they all had in common, or that most of them had in common, and that they shared and was not at issue, was that power, centralized power, was not to be trusted.
Now, I say most of them. The men that called themselves Federalists, the Hamiltonian wing of the American Revolution, thought that centralized power was a good thing because they were aristocrats. They were monarchists. And they saw no problem with kings and aristocracy. They just didnt like the one that they had at the time. Now, having said that, Thomas Jefferson never spoke in public. Ive told you this before. There were three recorded occurrences of Mr. Jefferson speaking in public. He was an awful speaker. He stunk the joint up. When you read the Declaration of Independence, does it matter to you that Mr. Jefferson could not recite it to you and emotionally move you from your chairs with it, that he had to rely on John Adams to do that? Now, Adams, on the other hand, was a brilliant speaker. Jefferson, not so much.
And my point in bringing this up is, if youre really serious about the business of seriously trying to fix the problems we are bedeviled with and we are possessed of, namely an out-of-control train wreck of a federal Leviathan that is not constitutionally ordained any longer it is not restrained or restricted by the Constitution any longer. It answers to no other authority, including you and me. It does not answer to anyone. It does what it wants, when it wants, at its pleasure. It suspends our laws at its pleasure. It taxes us. It steals from us. It harasses us at its pleasure and at its sole discretion.
If you are really serious about stopping that and sparing your children and your grandchildren the ignominious fate of having to suffer under an even larger tyranny, well, then you cannot take Mr. Cain, and you cannot take Ms. Palin, and you cannot take these people seriously because they are not serious. Because serious people would remove themselves from this not-so-serious epoch in our politics here. Serious people would seriously look you in the eye and say, Were screwed. We are absolutely screwed if we dont deal with this next month. Not five years from now, not 20 years from now with the Ryan plan or whatever other cockamamie scheme that the Republicans have cooked up. If we dont deal with this tomorrow, we are in big trouble. We the collective, the royal we, the editorial we.
But that is not what I hear. I hear, hey, keep buying books. Hey, keep coming to rallies. Hey, keep sending campaign dona- yes, lets raise the flag. Lets do this. Lets do that. Oh, and all those other things on the side, they dont really matter. All those details about the Constitution and about limited government, yeah, it sounds really good on paper. But when I actually get a chance to vote now, remember. What is a politician doing? They are discharging the duty that you have bestowed upon them, which is to carry your voice into a legislative body. Thats what theyre there to do. I think we forget this from time to time. And even when we do remember it, we forget what we sent them there for. Well, I do not forget. And I do not trust any of these people. Theyre all in on it.
Mike, you sound like a conspiracy theorist. It has nothing to do with conspiracies. It has to do with history. As Patrick Henry said, I have only one light by which one lamp. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, sir. And that is the lamp of experience. And what has recent history shown our experience to be? And as Patrick Henry told that crowd gathered in St. Johns church, Are armies and fleets necessary for a work of love and reconciliation? What did he mean by that? He meant, look, you see what this monster is trying to do to you. What in the hell else do you need to see to take this seriously? And so they did take it seriously. They were serious men that took the invasion or the attempt at reinvasion in 1812 by the monarch of Britain, they took that seriously, and they dealt with it.
There are serious men that deal with all these things. Every epoch in our history there were serious men that rose to the challenge to deal with these things. In the administration of Grover Cleveland, President Cleveland seriously dealt with a seriously wrecked economy and seriously dealt with whether or not we were going to bail on the gold standard. And Cleveland was adamant that we were not, and he would have none of it. There were dust bowls and droughts across the Texas countryside. And the legislature, the Congress kept sending President Cleveland bills to buy seeds and farm equipment to go bail out the people of Texas, and Cleveland just kept a-vetoin.
The only reason I bring these epochs in history up is because these men were serious about the task at hand. And history shows us that they prevailed. When there was a stock market crash, and there was a depression, a recession in 1919, 1920, and 1921, and Cal Coolidge had to take over the job of the presidency, one of the first things he was confronted with was that people were begging him to remove us, detach us from the gold standard and print money, and to start getting involved in micromanaging the economy, like the Europeans were all doing. And Coolidge would have none of it. He said, No, Im not going to do it. And the result of that was the Roaring Twenties. He was a serious man at a serious time, and he dealt seriously with the issue.
Ronald Reagan spent a lifetime dealing with these things, both as an actor, then as president of the Screen Actors Guild, then as an advocate for quite possibly the most conservative, the best conservative candidate of the last 50 years, Barry Goldwater. Then Reagan, not satisfied with the Goldwater defeat, ran for office himself, became twice elected governor of California, famously led the charge of the Reagan revolution, did not take no for an answer, stood for things, principally stood for things. The man lost the nomination in 1976. But during all that time, though, Reagan was silently building a little coterie of supporters there. And I do believe that President Reagan took it seriously. And I believe that the actions of
the Reagan administration in early 1981 were very serious attempts to try and stop the federal government in its tracks and make it turn around and go back the other direction.
Now, Reagan was sabotaged from within. Once people get into power, they see things differently. This is written down in an essay written by Mel Bradford, who was nominated to be, I believe, the Secretary of, what was it, Health & Human National Endowment for the Humanities. And ultimately he was passed over. He was torpedoed. And instead a former Democrat named Bill Bennett was chosen for that. And Bradford wrote about what it was like inside, trying to get into the Reagan administration, that he saw and heard things that he never thought he would hear from Reaganites. And even that effort was not serious enough.
So, please, please. These schemes and these gimmicks and these press junkets and tours and these presentations of these things that were supposed to take seriously, theyre not serious. A serious discussion of the issues of the day would include an admission that we are already broke, that we are already insolvent, and we know were insolvent because we continue to inflate the currency because thats the only way the federal government can continue to pay its bills. Its not really paying them. All its doing is devaluing everything else that we own. So whether we pay for the 3.9 or 3.7 trillion in Obama spending or not, we are paying for it anyways. Whether its a budget deficit every year, and its met or it is made up by printed money, you and me are paying for it regardless.
So a serious person, a serious candidate, and a serious attempt to address any of this would include a promise that on the first day, we begin the attack on the first day of ballots. That day one we begin the process and the task of getting back to zero and creating no more red ink. That is what serious people would do..
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