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Off To D.C. For Inauguration Day And The Start Of “The Fourth Way”

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Leaving CA today to broadcast fro Salem and NBC from D.C. on Friday.  What’s ahead for the country during the presidency of Donald J. Trump?  Read The Fourth Way to find out:



Popularity and Competence

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

This Facebook/Twitter obsessed world where success is judged by “likes” and “favorites” is confusing popularity and competence.  Yes, Obama is leaving office very well liked – but by any reasonable measure of competence to fill the office he is an utter failure.  He has failed the Democrat party.  He has failed to work with the legislature.  While his personal conduct has been exemplary, his administration has been scandalous.  Popular the man may be, but he is far, far from a competent POTUS.

By contrast, Donald Trump is taking office with very low approval ratings – not exactly Mr. Popular.  Yet the transition has demonstrated more competence in weeks than Obama has shown in years.  There is every reason to be optimistic about the incoming administration, even if one finds Mr. Trump a somewhat distasteful character.

Popularity and competence often do not coincide.  Genuine competence and accomplishment can threaten those who are just trying to sneak by on minimum effort.  Such people often declare the competent unpopular in an effort to guard their own ego. This is not always the case, but it is a scenario I have seen played out time and time again.  Social media has exaggerated this phenomena.  In social media popularity is all that matters.  The problem with “fake news” is its popularity, not the “news” itself.  It gets “favorited,” “liked,” “shared” and “retweeted” all over.  It remains fake, but like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, once news spreads far enough it is very hard to undo. Continue Reading

Senator John McCain On The New President And The Defense Rebuild

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator John McCain joined me this morning:




HH: I begin this hour with United States Senator John McCain. Senator McCain, Happy New Year to you, it’s great to have you on in 2017.

JM: Thank you, Hugh, it’s great to be back with you, and congratulations on your new book. And it’s a lot of the thinking, frankly, one of the reasons why I love it, it’s a lot of the thinking that I’ve been doing in a white paper that we’ve just put out. But it places the proper emphasis, in my view, on the compelling need to rebuild our military. We have not faced a crisis like this since 1980 when, ’81, January of 1981 when Ronald Reagan came to the presidency. So it’s great to be back to you, and thanks for your thoughtful work.

HH: Thank you. The Fourth Way is about the Defense rebuild, and that’s what I want to talk to you about.

JM: Yup.

HH: Your 21 page Senate Armed Services Committee plan. But before we do that, I’ve got to remark on this. Eight years ago, President Obama beat you. But you’re still there, and you have a unique vantage point. Come Friday afternoon, you’re still guiding America’s foreign policy, military policy, in part. He will be retired. Would you assess his presidency on America’s position in the world, Senator McCain?

JM: I think, Hugh, if you take a look at a map, particularly the Middle East, but also Asia-Pacific region, you’ll see a dramatic deterioration of America’s strength, leadership, prestige, and capabilities in the world. It’s the most rapid decline that I think we’ve seen since the era of Jimmy Carter, and even those days pale in comparison. Look at what, you know, there’s certain events and incidents that kind of illustrate the situation. The Russians, who were non-existent in the Middle East five years ago are now inviting the United States to a conference to try to bring peace to Syria. In other words, they’re, they, Bashar Assad and the Iranians and the Turks are now in the ascendant position where the United States is on the outside looking in, and is getting invited to a peace talk over Syria after the Russians, who are inviting them, have committed genocide, dropping precision weapons on hospitals in Aleppo, helping Bashar Assad with his barrel bombs, which slaughtered at least 400,000 people and driven 6 million into refugee status. I can, which is putting enormous strains on Europe. We could go on and on. Look at what the Chinese are doing. All around the world, there is the perception of American weakness and a lack of American leadership. Continue Reading

What Made MLK Great?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

Yesterday was a holiday celebrating a great American and an historic figure – Martin Luther King, Jr.  Someone I am old enough to remember.  This picture was taken, Grenada, MS – 1966, at the corner on which sat my great-aunt’s home – a house that had been in the family for several generations, and across the street from my grandparents.  I was nine, and it was truly an amazing time to be alive.

Dr. King was a force for justice unlike few others ever in history.  It is a mantle to which many have tried to lay claim but none have ever really succeeded.  Why was Dr. King able to succeed when so many have failed?  Why do his arguments, so powerful in their historical context, ring so hollow when applied to other seeming injustices?  Was it just the right time in history?  Was there something about Dr. King?  It should be clear by now, some 50 years later, that this particular lightening can never be bottled again – and yet many keep trying.

I would argue there are three factors that made Dr. King what he was. Continue Reading

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