7.22 – Trump’s Speech and HausGuests Dan Chambers and Phil Kerpen

My reaction to Trump’s speech was mirrored closely by my former editor and current friend Kyle Becker; I read portions from this Facebook post:

Tonight at the GOP, we witnessed an incoherent diatribe that promises a more massive increase in the role of government than under any Republican presidential candidate in recent memory…perhaps ever.

Trump’s rambling stemwinder one-upped the most liberal president in American history, Barack Obama: It took ‘Yes We Can’ and doubled down on it with a reverberating chant of ‘Yes We Will.’

Never mind the Democratic talking points given by his daughter Ivanka; that was a startling display of hubris in itself. Whether it was the discredited ‘pay gap’ myth or guaranteed childcare or maternity leave, the Trump daughter showed off her father’s “softer side”; meaning, of course, that the American system that grew the prosperity engine of the world is ‘just plain mean.’

The Republican Party once had the faith in the American people requisite for a limited government platform. It realized the greatness of America lies in hard work, opportunity, self-reliance, and the willingness to overcome adversity. This approach swelled the middle class to become the envy of the world; millions flocked to the U.S. as a shining beacon of hope because we were the “land of opportunity.”

Donald Trump’s arrival has swept away this pride, turning all eyes on a pater familias who will take care of the nation and make the government ‘run better.’

It’s not the fault of the central planning system, it’s that the “system is rigged.” It’s not that D.C. shouldn’t be cutting deals that affect the livelihood of millions, it’s that The Donald can cut “better deals.” It’s not that relying on Washington elites is a flawed approach to governance, it’s that they’re all inept: Trump is a billionaire aristocrat who can ‘make America great again.’

No, he cannot. We must make ourselves great again. This can only happen by getting Washington D.C.–along with any President Trump or any President Hillary–out of our damn way.

I also read a couple of Tweets from one of my favorite follows, @LeninsBarber:Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 6.29.15 AM

With that frabbajabba out of the way, here’s today’s perfect week-ending show:


  • Dan Chambers – Dan and I discussed the recent Baltimore verdicts and other examples of prosecutorial overreach. We also briefly mentioned the convention, alas.
  • Phil Kerpen – Phil and I also talked about Trump’s speech and the implications on the GOP – and the country. We also talked about the newest campaign in which American Commitment is involved:Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 5.08.57 PM

The Education Department recently changed the language on student loans that will result in potential taxpayer-funded costs of between $2 and $43 billion dollars. It’s INSANE.

Thank you for reading and have a GREAT weekend!

Monday’s HausGuest: Objectivist comedienne and commentator Sunny Lohmann and I will discuss altruism and selfishness, inspired by Dennis Prager’s latest video —>Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 4.49.50 PM

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