We got some interesting feedback from listeners over the last few days. Here are a few of my favorites . . .
"BEST RADIO IN THE SOUTH" (yes, in all caps).
"By rule, I'm not a talk radio fan, but listening to your archives the past couple of nights . . . has reminded me that every rule has its exception. Thanks for keeping it real."
"Listened to about 5 hours of old shows while I painted my house. You guys rock!"
But my favorite was this: "IDIOTS" (yes, in all caps).
To that charge, I'll enter a plea of guilty for me. Blondie is on her own. Come to think of it, this is a case of prosecutorial overreach. I may be an idiot, but even my wife knows I'm no IDIOT.
I'm not sure what we said that made the listener think we're IDIOTS, since he didn't enumerate a bill of particulars. His comment consisted of a single word. But maybe if we look back on the show on which he commented (August 17), we can figure out why he made the accusation. Here is a list of what we talked about:
1. Presidential candidates Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are only now speaking out against the Federal Reserve, where Ron Paul has been doing so for decades. This is obviously true, so the listener couldn't have been referring to this.
2. Ron Paul for decades has maintained an anti-war position and insisted that only Congress can declare war. Definitely true.
3. The corporate-controlled media largely ignored Ron Paul after his strong second-place showing at the Iowa straw poll, and when they did mentioned his name, it was to say he cannot win the nomination. I think we were on solid ground here.
4. Michele Bachmann is a former IRS tax enforcer. Texas governor Rick Perry by executive order forced sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against HPV, and he was Al Gore's Texas campaign manager in 1988. All true.
5. The tea party, which originally was a grassroots effort started by supporters of Ron Paul over concern about wasteful spending and the national debt, has been co-opted and bears no resemblance to what it was. Duh.
6. Denouncing those concerned with the debt for causing the country's financial crisis is like a sinking ship shooting at rescue boats. This hardly makes us idiots, er, IDIOTS. The problem, of course, is that the debt is too high, not that the debt ceiling is too low.
7. Warnings by Oborrower and Janet Napolitano about a "lone-wolf terrorist" serve only to frighten the public and do nothing to stop an attack, since it is impossible to stop an attack by an intelligent, evil "lone wolf." Hardly and IDIOTic statement.
8. I made several references to Janet Napolitano as being hot. I even called her "Hottie Janet." Most listeners probably thought I was kidding. I wasn't. I think she's beautiful. I guess I have this thing for statist tyrants who look like a cross between Cruella de Vil and Fred Flintstone, and who think it's good that Americans are sexually molested at airports. Okay, so maybe this makes me an IDIOT, but I can rest easy knowing that the jury will likely have a few supporters of the Bush/Oborrower doctrine that the American people are the enemy.
9. A Democratic strategist said that Oborrower needs an attack "similar" to Oklahoma City to help him politically. That strategist is Mark Penn, who made the comment to Chris Matthews on "Hardball." That makes IDIOTS not of me and Michele, but of Mark Penn (for saying it) and Chris Matthews (for not saying "WTF?!") .
10. The U.S. military planned terrorist attacks to be carried out in American cities and at the American base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Fortunately, Kennedy squashed it. We didn't make this up. The plan was called "Operation Northwoods"; check out the National Security Archive.
11. The CIA overthrew Iran's democratically elected president in 1953 and installed the shah, which ultimately led to the hostage crisis in 1979. Just because Rick Santorum hadn't heard of this before Ron Paul schooled him doesn't mean it's not true.
12. The Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something TM" program brings to mind the spying done by the Stasi in East Germany. This hardly makes us IDIOTS, given that Stasi is short for Staatssicherheitsdienst, or State Security Service, and, according to Konrad Jarausch, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "They offered incentives, made it clear people should cooperate, recruited informal helpers to infiltrate the entire society."
In sum, we spoke out against media bias, war, candidates who support the status quo, intervention in the affairs of other nations, and government spying on citizens, and we stood up for the Constitution, sound money, peace, truth in media, and freedom. And for doing so, we get called IDIOTS. I shouldn't be surprised, though, as there are many who support the status quo, the corrupt financial system, and these illegal wars of aggression started by Bush and expanded by the Nobel Peace Prize Winner in Chief.