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“Thomas Jefferson, the Constitution and Slavery” By Clark S. Judge

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

“Thomas Jefferson, the Constitution and Slavery”
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

It was William Faulkner who wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” How we understand the origins of our institutions and the men and women who shaped them shapes what we value about them now. It informs what we keep and what we change and what we build that’s new.

Last month, on 4th of July weekend, I found myself thinking about Thomas Jefferson and slavery. You know the derision directed at the author of the Declaration of Independence on this topic — and, in some quarters, at the legitimacy of the entire American project in light of his and the other Founders’ failure to abolish slavery at the country’s start.

I have a different view.

Yes, we have all read Mr. Jefferson’s impassioned denunciations of slavery and listened to charges that, despite those fine words, he made scarcely a move to end it. I could answer that words are action, particularly Thomas Jefferson’s words. For it mattered that the Declaration of Independence was written as it was, that the nation was established with an unequivocal statement of principles, a statement that was incompatible with slavery and that for the next 87 years lay as a weight —in the end a crushing weight — over the presence of human bondage in this country. Continue Reading

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Vice President Cheney On ISIS and POTUS

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Vice President Cheney was my guest today, with most of the conversation focused on ISIS and POTUS, and some on 2016.

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: Pleased to begin today’s show with the former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Mr. Vice President, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you.

DC: Well, it’s good to talk to you, Hugh.

HH: For most of the days of the eight years that you were Vice President, you got briefed on the threats around the world aimed at the United States. Against that backdrop, how do you assess the threat posed by IS?

DC: I think it’s greater. I hark back to the 9/11 days and the immediate aftermath of that, and obviously we were very concerned, but where they’re at now with the caliphate established in part of Syria and Iraq, where they’re toppling governments or threatening to topple governments, I think that the risk is considerably greater than it was then.

HH: Do you think IS sits around trying to plot how to hit the homeland in a way that’s more spectacular than 9/11?

DC: Well, I don’t know, obviously, I don’t have any inside line there. On the other hand, if you look at their rhetoric, their program and so forth, they’re out to destroy not only Israel but the non-believers. The United States specifically is mentioned. They’re not at all subtle. They’re discreet about what their aims and objectives are. And the damage that was done by 19 guys with airlines tickets and box cutters on 9/11, you know, was significant. But when you begin to see terrorist organizations taking over and creating a sovereign state, a caliphate governed by the rules of Sharia law, and as bloody-minded as these people are, where they’re beheading people, and women and children makes no difference, this is a group that’s worse than al Qaeda ever was. al Qaeda didn’t even want to have much to do with them. Continue Reading

Update On The AZ Gov Race: Mayor Smith Calls The Show

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This morning I wrote about the Arizona governor’s race for the Washington Examiner.  Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey is leading the race and I  –and pretty much every other conservative in America– has endorsed him.  In either second or third place is former Mesa mayor Scott Smith, who in 2009 was a supporter of the Kyoto Protocol.

My coverage of the race got a Smith flack angry at me and he trolled me hard all day, which is not the swiftest move when you want to distance your candidate from a specific dumb move.  Violating the first rule of holes, Mayor Smith tweeted a desire to talk with me, which of course I immediately accepted and Mayor Smith called in.  Here is the audio and transcript of that call, and here is the link to the press release I reference.  Turns out the mayor was against the Protocol even as he signed on to it:




HH: Mayor Smith, welcome. Am I sure it’s you?

SS: Well, I don’t know. It is me.

HH: What’s your birthday?

SS: My birthday is when I was born.

HH: Yeah, but what day is that?

SS: Well, I don’t, why would I say that on the air?

HH: Well, so in order for me not to get punked by someone pretending to be Mayor Smith.

SS: Well, I guarantee you’re not getting punked. Continue Reading


Soledad O’Brien On Taking Money From Qatar’s Al Jazeera

Monday, August 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Soledad O’Brien was my guest today to promote her special tomorrow on one PTSD program, “The War Comes Home,” which airs on CNN Tuesday night at 9 PM.

I took the opportunity to ask her about this Business Week article on Qatar, which owns and funds the other network O’Brien works for, Al Jazeera, and which also funds Islamist terror.

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: Are you still a special correspondent for Al Jazeera?

SO’B: I am. I run a production company, so I work with National Geographic, with Al Jazeera America, with CNN, with HBO, and a number of other companies.

HH: So here’s my question.

SO’B: Sure.

HH: Businessweek Today has a story on Qatar, which owns Al Jazeera, and the headline calls Qatar “a patron of Islamists.” It says that Qatar funds and arms Islamists fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad and bankrolling Hamas in the Gaza Strip. So here’s an honest question. How can you take money from them?

SO’B: You know, I think that there is a couple of different issues there, and I think you could look at similar issues of what is funded in the United States. To me, at the end of the day, we take a look at the journalism that is done. To me, I look at what the opportunities are and what is happening at Al Jazeera America, and the kinds of stories that they want to tell, and I don’t think anybody has said anything about their journalism at all. In fact, they’ve gotten incredibly high marks for their reporting. Continue Reading

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