Is saving the Republic even possible when Americans blindly vote for a political party? Or even those that vote for a candidate simply because of their race or gender?
The main purpose of this show is to "save the Republic, one broadcast at a time." This is not just a catch-phrase, but a mission. For this edition of the Clarkcast Radio Program, Matt focuses on one of the big hurdles we must face as a country to achieve this goal: the need to divorce ourselves from the "Republican vs. Democrat" mindset.
For the entire hour, the show shines a spotlight on this problem and failure of Americans who blindly cast their votes.
It's no wonder the mainstream media is branded with a left-wing bias. This past week it was revealed that George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' chief anchor, donated over $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Rich Hoffman, author of www.overmanwarrior.com, joins Matt on the Clarkcast to discuss Stephanopoulos' involvement with the Clintons, the bias within the news, and much more.
At the bottom of the hour, Matt and Rich discuss a U.S. Attorney's politically correct Islamic statement after the Boston Marathon bomber's sentencing. Then, recent comments by Congressman Hank Johnson brings a few laughs to the show, as the struggling representative from Georgia argues for more taxes to support government.
As Eric Holder departs as our U.S. Attorney General, the Clarkcast takes a look at his "legacy."
Many of the high-profile climate change activists fail to practice what they preach. Al Gore is a classic example, but new to the scene is actor Leonardo DiCaprio. As someone who believes in limiting our carbon footprints, Leo's lifestyle still consists of mega yachts and private jets. Hypocrisy or not?
Next on the show, GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio recently stated that American is not in decline, but rather "we just happen to have a period of time where we have a bad president." Matt's asks you if you believe that statement.
After, the Clarkcast spotlights a new push by Utah Senator Mike Lee to enact legislation that would require Congress to approve all new regulations from the executive branch. Doesn't the Constitution already grant such power to Congress?
Last, Seattle seems to be in a little trouble after raising the minimum wage. Told you so...
Iran, climate change, and the showing of "American Sniper" at the University of Michigan; what do these three items have in common here on the show? They seem to be great kindling for the progressive left to attack opposing viewpoints, while failing to engage in the actual debate at hand.
The show begins with a topic discussed last week - the Obama Administration engaging in nuclear talks with Iran. Despite the terrorist state publicly stating their intentions to kill/destroy/obliterate the U.S. and Israel, the show questioned why we'd give them any nuclear capabilities. The negative responses received claimed Matt was advocating war, despite "war" never being discussed. (For the record, no, he doesn't advocate war.)
The same applies with the argument around man-made climate change. Believers will instantly shout anyone down who wants to engage in a discussion on the theory, while twisting the facts and manipulating the discussion. Climate expert Steve Goreham joins Matt on the Clarkcast to discuss some of the concrete evidence, warning against the EPA's new "Clean Power Plan."
Finally, the University of Michigan has reversed its initial decision to not screen the film "American Sniper," despite objections from some students that the movie is anit-Muslim and Islamophobic. Derek Draplin, Editor-in-Chief of the conservative student newspaper "The Michigan Review" joins Matt on the Clarkcast to discuss the campus' reaction.
Climate expert Steve Goreham warns against the EPA's new "Clean Power Plan," stating this initiative will increase our electricity rates while failing to address any real environmental issues.
The University of Michigan has reversed its initial decision to not screen the film "American Sniper," despite objections from some students.
Derek Draplin, Editor-in-Chief of the conservative student newspaper "The Michigan Review" joins Matt on the Clarkcast to discuss the campus' reaction.
Clarkcast Promo (0:30) - Giving Iran nukes... not such a great idea
The two big news stories this week centered around the president's push for a nuclear deal with Iran and Indiana's "religious freedom" law.
The Clarkcast begins the show with the Iranian nuclear deal, exposing the idiocy and danger of working with a terrorist-nation that publicly threatens death to Israel and the United States.
Next, the show focuses on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. (Audio begins around 7:24.) Right out of the gate, Matt expresses his disapproval for this bill, but for different reasons than most. Many of the "controversies" we have today stem from the big government's erosion of personal liberties - for both religious-based Americans and gays/lesbians.
This week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential bid. This has brought excitement to many liberty-minded, grassroots Americans. However, the left's labeling of Cruz as an "extremist" only continues to grow. But why?
Joining Matt on the Clarkcast is Rich Hoffman, author of "Tail of the Dragon" and www.overmanwarrior.com. Rich and Matt dissect the reasons why Cruz is labeled an "extremist" for wanting to secure our border, lower taxes, and follow the Constitution.
The Clarkcast also spotlights an update on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal and Bowe Bergdahl's recent desertion charges.
Two big news stories this week were focused on the Clarkcast: Starbucks' #RaceTogether campaign and Obama's belief that voting should be mandatory. There's a connection between these stories, centered around "racism."
First, Starbucks's CEO Howard Schultz wants his baristas to engage their customers in race discussions. Quite the odd odd PR move for a company that charges $10 for a latte. Schultz, and several of his baristas (as evidenced by the calls Matt made during this show), believe they can reduce racial tension by talking to you about your own potential racism.
Next, the president expressed his belief that voting should be mandatory. According to Barack Obama, this would reduce the amount of racism present in voting today. It's a must-hear audio series from the president.
The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, wants my barista to talk (lecture?) me about race relations in America as I wait for my $10 latte. How many employees have heard about this national news story?
Last week on the Clarkcast, Matt referenced the show "The West Wing" to make a point about the entire political spectrum's shift to the left. Citing an episode from the show, the character Sam Seaborn (played by Rob Lowe) confronts his liberal colleagues on tax reform by arguing the rich pay their fair share. What a stunning phrase to hear from a Hollywood-created Democrat. Over a decade later, we can see the move to the left by both the Democratic and Republican parties; however, it's the GOP that strangely gets labeled as "far right," despite how moderate - and even progressive - they've become over the years.
Next, during a recent speech, the EPA administrator Gina McCarthy labeled polluters as the culprits for "climate change." In today's global-mentality, why aren't we directing much of this blame toward the largest polluters in the world like India and Pakistan? Instead, it seems the U.S. is always to blame.
Then, a nearly $43,000 federal study is examining the "sexting" of college women to determine whether sending racy pictures makes them more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. I think we can make an accurate guess without spending taxpayer money...
Finally, Matt shares the history of St. Patrick's Day.
The history of St. Patrick's Day, as told by Matt Clark.
During a recent speech, the EPA administrator Gina McCarthy labeled polluters as the culprits for "climate change." In today's global-mentality, why aren't we directing much of this blame toward the largest polluters in the world like India and Pakistan? Instead, it seems the U.S. is always to blame.
A nearly $43,000 federal study is examining the "sexting" of college women to determine whether sending racy pictures makes them more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
I think we can make an accurate guess without spending taxpayer money...
One of the biggest news stories of this week was centered around another Hillary Clinton scandal. Uncovered by Trey Gowdy's (R-SC) committee investigating Benghazi, it was revealed that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used ONLY private, non-government email.
"So why is this a problem?" you may be asking. Breaking federal recording keeping laws may be cause for concern, but what about the potential leak of classified information? Just as alarming, will Gowdy's committee get all of the requested emails, given Clinton controls the servers where they live?
Next, a strange response from White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest around the president raising taxes by executive order. A reporter asked Ernest about this very issue, and the press secretary's response was a bit shocking.
Why do words matter?
In the previous few shows, this theme has emerged countless times. Last week, the program focused on the administration's refusal to use the word "Islam" in any way when referencing ISIS/ISIL. (By the way, the first "I" stands for "Islamic." FYI.) Two weeks ago, the Clarkcast aired audio from the White House, abstaining from labeling the Taliban as a "terrorist" organization. Audio from the State Department echoed the White House's language.
This month, a similar issue out of Ann Arbor reached national news: "University of Michigan spends $16K on 'Inclusive Language Campaign.'" As the Washington Times phrases it, the program "[teaches] students that certain words are considered offensive and should not be used on campus." While the program is intended to be educational, not regulatory, what kind of precedence is this setting?
Derek Draplin is Editor-in-Chief of The Michigan Review, a conservative student publication at Michigan, and joins Matt on the Clarkcast to discuss this issue and the campus' response.
In 2015, it's becoming apparent that we live in George Orwell's 1984, where Newspeak is quickly becoming the new language.
Last week, the Clarkcast focused on "Net Neutrality" - the regulation of the internet by the FCC. Proponents of Net Neutrality rally behind the idea of a more "open and free internet." This is surely a noble cause, but yet somewhat naive. Unfortunately, the upcoming regulations are not disclosed to the public, so "We the People" will not have a full understanding of the specifics; just the implementation of more control by the federal government. But what CAN we expect? Let's use the Affordable Care Act as a good case study.
Next, CNN's Chris Cuomo has brought to light a belief that many on the far-left share: government and man dictate your rights. This collectivist mindset is the root cause for many of the issues we have today.
Last, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) recently boasted that he came to government to "feed his soul." With so much corruption in D.C., should we be shocked by such a statement? Matt pulls out an old post from 2012 that would begin to heal the power-hungry cancer inside our Congress: