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Governor Rick Scott On His Senate Race

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HH: Listen up. To my wonderful sister-in-law Snow down in Key West to my friends in the Panhandle, from one end of Florida over in Tampa and Sarasota, over to Orlando, listen up, because I’ve got your great governor, Rick Scott, joining me right now from Florida. Governor Scott, good morning to you. I’m telling everyone who’s playing Midterm Madness to pick Scott, because I think this isn’t close, and I think they’re going to call you early on Election Night. And it’s going to be a boost to the Republicans. How do you feel about your Senate race?

RS: We’re going to win. The, I’m hopeful, like you are, that they’ll call it early. We’re doing really well. We’re traveling the state. We have three rallies today, five rallies tomorrow. We had four rallies yesterday, big turnout. So it’s, the bottom line is get out and vote. If you have a mail-in ballot, take it to your supervised election. Don’t put it in the mail now. We do have, you know, Hugh, we have early voting today in the Panhandle where we had the hurricane. And of course, everybody’s got to get out tomorrow.

HH: And I’m on in the Panhandle. And I want to emphasize, they’ve got places, I talked to the Governor about the recovery last week. They have special places for you to go and vote. And they can vote today, Governor?

RS: Yeah, you can vote today in the impacted counties. Usually, you cannot vote the day before the election, early voting. But you can right now because of that. We just wanted, you know, the goal is we want 100% participation in this election, and 0% fraud. And so we made it easier for people in those impacted counties to vote. So it’s a clear choice. We’ve just got to get out and get out and vote, and we have a big win.

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Political Justice?

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I think most people, with the possible exception of the bat-s^%$ crazy left, can now acknowledge that what happened with Bret Kavanaugh was pure politics and had little-to-nothing to do with justice.  Accusers are now being referred for bringing false accusations and the Senate panel has determined there is no corroboration which means that that even Ms. Blasey-Ford was victimized as much by her own false memories and those that manipulated them as she was by her presumed, but unknown, attacker.  It should be apparent that politics and justice are often not good bedfellows.  This is why our judicial system is designed to be apolitical, much as that seems to be escaping us in recent decades.

Things can be really bad when they get more personal. We have graphic evidence of what can happen to “justice” when a media/political frenzy takes hold.  In the McMartin Preschool cases, even our independent justice system was manipulated and lives were ruined.  This is why we are supposed to demand evidence in seeking justice, but anymore it seems that accusation is sufficient.  This is particularly true in cases involving spousal or child abuse.   The biggest problem is that even accusation withdrawn can have massive consequences decades later.

A truly fact-based and independent judicial system is impossible, save for the character of the people involved, which means everyone in the nation-state.  As I have said so many times in the past, the cure for the ills that face our nation lie not in more government, but in better people.  The Bible tells us:

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Yet we seem to live in a world without humility and where we love winning more than anything and therefore justice is done only when convenient.  If more people cared what the Lord required of us, perhaps we could not point to so many pertinent examples of where justice has been so deeply perverted.  But, that is a job for the church, not government.

Worst of all, if it is this easy to lay my hands of three cases of justice perverted by the petty and the political, how many more cases must there be where there were never a media splash?  Simple cases where wives who wanted a better divorce settlement threw out false accusations?  I wonder how many ex-husbands find themselves not only financially strapped, but perhaps imprisoned, because an accusation of abuse was both punitive and retributive?  People learn from these high profile situations and follow their examples.  As the host often says, “That which gets rewarded gets repeated.”

I do believe our nation is turning a corner, that we are returning to a time when we might once again love justice more than winning.  But in doing so we have to do more than simply move forward.  If we truly are turning a corner can we allow all those low- and no-profile cases of injustice stand?  If we do love justice should we not also be vigilant for past injustice and do our best to correct it?

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The new social media trend seems to be pictures of political figures quoting them from X years ago taking a stand entirely opposite of where they stand today.  I have not counted or statistically analyzed it, but it seems like it always features a figure that is not apparently faithful.  In other words they are usually figures not known for their religiosity.  I do not find this coincidental, nor actually that surprising.

Our politics, being what they are, require a politician to put their finger on the public pulse and reflect it.  But we also live in a hyper-media environment where gossip spreads, quite literally, at the speed of light and the public pulse can therefore turn on a dime.  It is actually rather frightening to watch things shift based on a hashtag and in the complete absence of rational thought.  That it would happen regarding some new menu item at a fast food place or a movie was innocent enough, even if it cost the companies millions, even billions.  But when it starts happening about things that really matter – political issues and even spiritual/religious questions – one starts to become concerned.

Our society is built on a presumption of rational consideration.  The reason I do not find an apparent correlation between rapidly shifting positions and a lack of religiosity coincidental or surprising is that historically the spread of Christianity has been accompanied by a spread of rationality.  It is deeply ironic that Christianity has been attacked, rather successfully, in recent decades for being irrational and dogmatic.  Or is it really ironic?

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Max Boot On #NeverTrump And His New Book: “The Corrosion of Conservatism.”

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Max Boot joined me Thursday morning to discuss his new book, “The Corrosion of Conservatism,” and of course the #NeverTrump movement:

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Transcript:

HH: Pleased to welcome back Max Boot. Max is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He’s a columnist, as I am, for the Washington Post. He’s a global affairs analyst for CNN. He has a brand new book out, The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right, which is a fascinating memoir and a window into the Never Trump movement, which is why I invited Max on. He’s been a guest a number of times on my show, but this is, in essence, a memoir. Is that fair to say, Max, of our life as well as of the Never Trump movement?

MB: It is definitely a memoir, Hugh, and I want to thank you for having me on. I mean, there’s not a lot of conservative talkers or Trump supporters who would have me on to discuss this. So you know, even though we may disagree, I really applaud your openness to debate and discussion.

HH: Well, most of the Never Trumpers are my friends and have been guests for years, and so I like the conversation. I have to disclose the context, though it does not impact me. But listeners and readers might not believe that, so let me read from Page 79. “Even Hugh Hewitt, who has shown up Trump’s staggering ignorance and had earned the candidate’s wrath in return became an enthusiastic supporter apparently after having been instructed by his employer, Salem Media Group, to get aboard the Trump train. I had often been a guest on Hewitt’s radio show and found him to be a smart, well-informed interviewer. I had thought he was a cut above the Fox rabble rousers. I was wrong.” Now I just want to say that’s wrong. Like you and the Council on Foreign Relations, I have never been told in 18 years what to say by Salem, NBC, the Washington Post, and I’m disappointed you didn’t note my rejection of that charge in the very article you footnoted, or my calling on Trump to drop out of the race after the Access Hollywood tape, which is sort of dispositive of Salem making its hosts do anything. But it’s a genuinely interesting book, and I don’t mind taking a shot. I really don’t. I just bring it up to alert the audience. I hope you’ll accept at the beginning, I have good faith in this interview, and that context was necessary.

MB: Well, I appreciate it, Hugh, and if I got the facts wrong, I apologize. But let me ask you a question. I mean, if you actually had turned against Trump as I have, would you be able to keep your radio show? Would you keep your listenership?

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