Suicide of a Superpower
Sean was joined by author and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan to discuss his book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” Buchanan has dedicated his entire life to public service and through his countless miles and speeches he’s seen the very best and worst of this country. The basic idea of his new book, "Suicide of a Superpower", is summed up when he wrote, “The ‘one Nation under God, indivisible’ part of the Pledge of Allegiance is passing away. In a few decades, that America will be gone forever and in its place will arise a country unrecognizable to our parents.’” “America is in decline,” candidly stated Buchanan, “This is not the country that I grew up in, we seem to be at war with each other and the folks at the Occupy Wall Street movement seem to have a real hatred from one side of the country to another and that’s why I wrote this book, because I wante d to know why.” “Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons,” pressed Hannity, “We can’t even persuade them to stop publicly saying they want to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.” “There is a naivety here,” agreed Buchanan, “We were the single dominant world superpower and now we’re following the old statement ‘there go my people and I have to get out in front of them for I am their leader.’” There’s a chance that we can regain our status in the world but it’ll require a level of leadership this country hasn’t seen for a long time. To read more about Mr. Buchanan’s book, click here.
The Death of Liberalism
Is liberalism dead? Sean says “I sure hope so.” Founder and Editor of the acclaimed “American Spectator”, R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. has just come out with a new book “The Death of Liberalism” in which he analyzes the past present and future of liberalism. He contends that liberals have “carried on as a kind of landed aristocracy, gifted but doomed. They dominated the culture and the politics of the country, unchallenged from the beginnings of the Cold War to the first Nixon administration.” What has occurred since? Has the political environment of the United States acted as a warm and fuzzy incubator in which Liberalism could grow, or has the country taken a sharp turn? In the book, Tyrrell advocates the latter, pointing to the fact that since the 2008 elections Democrats have shown their true colors by putting us an additional trillion dollars into debt when faced with an entitlement crisis. The leader of this decline, Pre sident Obama, “is a stealth socialist” and a leader such as Obama creates an unsustainable state because “In the Constitution there is life. There is energy. In statism there is only stagnation and death.” “The good news,” says Tyrrell “is that conservatives always outnumber the liberals and now, in some surveys, they outnumber the moderates.” Tyrrell continued, “The moderates and conservatives have, in truth, been under assault by liberal programs for years, and they are now reasserting themselves.” What is our proof of this? Tyrrell offers, “In the election of 2010, they flipped 20 legislative chambers from Democratic to Republican and gained six governorships.” Ultimately, Tyrell concludes that “Americans from all walks of life are turning out to affirm the Constitution, to once again defend American freedom, to safeguard free markets. They are the conservatives, the moderates, the independents, and many who have never shown an interest in politics in their lives. They know that we are a climatic juncture in our history. Something is alive in the land: the Constitution. And something is dead: Liberalism." We must still tread with caution and vote wisely because “though Liberalism is dead, the enormous cost it racked up will lay heavy on the Republic for years to come.” To order Tyrrell’s latest book, “The Death of Liberalism” or two read excerpts, click here.
“SCREWED!” That’s what Dick Morris says is what we get as the result of much of our foreign aid and relationships with struggling countries. Dick Morris and his wife, Eileen, go into depth about America’s military and monetary responsibilities we have undertaken for the rest of the world and how such responsibilities have not only inhibited our ability to control our own problems, but more importantly have been used against us. “SCREWED!” consists of ten parts outlining our greatest obstacles including how international bureaucrats aim to cripple the power of the United States through treaty ratifications; one example is the “Law of the Sea Treaty” which would strip us of the right to control our own coastlines as we deem fit. Additionally Dick addresses the most dangerous countries the United States is in relationships with: China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. In the post 9/11 world the United States h as honed in on advancing democracy in the Middle East by providing billions of dollars in aid as well as military assistance. But do these relationships make us safer in the long run as we intend? “Pakistan arrested five men for providing assistance to the US in its hunt for Bin Laden” and begs the question “is there anyone on the planet who really believes that the Pakistani government, military, and intelligence services didn’t realize that public enemy number one was living in an urban area around the corner from their equivalent of West Point?” The US has lost the lives of over 2,200 troops in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001, and $10.9 billion dollars in aid just last year. The Congressional Research Service quoted an agency saying “up to 30% of contracted project costs can be attributed to corruption.” Transparency international, which ranks nations based on their integrity or corruption says that Afghanistan is t he second most corrupt nation on earth, exceeded only by Somalia. The United States is clearly the losing party in this relationship. Then there is Saud Arabia which Dick says is “our bargain with the devil.” All of this boils down to a frightening realization that foreign aid is nothing short of ‘biting the hand that feeds.’ Morris includes sobering statistics such as “The US gave away $58 billion in foreign aid to more than sixty-nine countries in 2009. Thirty-four billion was in economic aid and $11 billion was in military assistance. Add $13 billion in assistance from other government agencies.” But aside from the warm fuzzy feeling America may get when they contribute to the less fortunate, “the fact remains that there is no correlation between the massive outlays of foreign aid we have been making for decades now and any reduction in global poverty. The countries that have made real progress in breaking out of poverty-China, In dia, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore-have done it by selling us goods and services, not by taking our foreign aid.” Still not convinced? “Of the ninety-seven countries that got development aid from the US between 1980 and 2009: 23 had a net decline in per capita GDP over the period; 27 had only growth of less than 1 percent; 44 had growth of an average of 1 to 4 percent per year. Only four had real economic growth of 5 percent or more. They were Bosnia, Serbia, Cambodia, and Botswana.” In sum, foreign aid does not help those countries, it hurts those countries. It creates a pot of money that ferments civil war and corruption. For more on Dick Morris’ book, SCREWED!, click here.
Dick Morris (born November 28, 1948) is an American political author and commentator who previously worked as a pollster , political campaign consultant , and general political consultant . Morris became an adviser to the Bill Clinton administration after Clinton was elected president in 1992. Morris encouraged Clinton to pursue third way policies of triangulation that merged traditional Republican and Democratic proposals, rhetoric, and issues to achieve maximum political gain and popularity. He worked as a Republican strategist before joining the Clinton administration, where he helped Clinton recover from the 1994 midterm elections by convincing the President to adopt Republican policies.  The president consulted Morris in secret beginning in 1994.  Clinton's communications director George Stephanopoulos has said that "Over the course of the first nine months of 1995, no single person had more power over the president".  Morris... More >