Episode #1: The Launch Issues Covered: Mall Of America Shooting, Sanctuary Cities, 2018 Elections, More. Targeted Demographic: Progressives, Globalists Tags: @Dogslife, @Jsawrie, @Bruce
-=- As 10 am Rolls Around on a Quiet Saturday Morning the Stephanie Miller program ends and suddenly music starts playing -=-
"Hello and Welcome to SiriusXM Progress my name is Stephanie Marshall and this is Liberally Speaking. Joining me this morning is David who is our producer. Dave, I got to say that's a great song to start out our first show with. Yeah, it may be from a completely different era but it's funny as much as things change how the messages that were relevant back then still hold up today. So I guess we can say the more things change, the more they stay the same eh?
Dave: You could say that again.
"There's a lot I want to cover this hour including the Mall of America shooting, the weak Democratic response to a national outcry for common sense gun legislation and of course I want to cover the Sanctuary Cities issue and briefly tap into the issue of 2018 elections including a little surprise from yours truly. However, before I get to my take into these issues let me announce that we will be joined by House Minority Whip John Alexander this morning, in fact, let's do that immediately after this brief news break."
-=- Stephanie Miller is joined in studio by HmW Alexander as they prepare for the Newsbreak to end -=-
"Welcome back to Liberally Speaking I’m your host Stephanie Marshall and as I’ve mentioned on Twitter the other night I’m proud to have as my guest House Minority Whip John Alexander of Colorado. Welcome Congressman, I’d love to have you do the traditional welcome to the show and allow you a chance to warm up but here on Liberally Speaking we like to start with a conversation starter and right now nothing is a bigger story than the tragic shooting that has occurred in Minnesota at the Mall of America and I have to ask Congressman, when will enough be enough? This isn’t a party-line issue anymore with almost 67% of Americans believing we need stricter gun control laws. Democrats and Republicans have both failed the American people in bringing about real common sense gun control legislation. Where do you believe the blame falls?"
Congressman John Alexander: "Blame? Where does the blame fall? It falls on Congress. We have had many opportunities to pass gun control but our congress has been plagued by partisan squabbling and by special interest money. If we stop lobbying groups like the NRA then we can pass legislation that can prevent these types of massacres."
"Hmm... so your solution would be a ban on soft money and lobbyist donations then? But let me stick on the subject for a moment more if I may. A new Gallup poll finds more Americans are for stricter gun control laws than any point prior to 1993 in which is the last time Congress truly got together and passed the Brady bill which imposed a 5 day waiting period before purchasing certain kinds of weapons. A Majority of Americans somewhere in the neighborhood of 80% now support a 30 day waiting period on all gun sales now including almost 90% of Americans who support a universal background check for all gun purchases in the U.S. using a centralized database across all 50 states. Do you think it’s time Congress took up these actions and are you the Congressman we should turn to in hope of enacting this common-sense legislation, lastly could we finally once and for all close the gun show loophole?"
"First of all, I’m not advocating a ban on lobbying donations. Our congressman just need to value their consciousness over their wallets. But I do think it is time for common sense gun legislation such as waiting periods and background checks."
"Congressman, you’ve introduced some interesting legislation including the Student Sleep Act which would allow students to hopefully sleep in a little later and be more rested and refreshed for a day at school and the COINS act which most notably halts production of the U.S. Penny which actually is a loss-leader for the Federal Reserve as it costs roughly two cents to produce a one-cent piece. This could save the U.S. roughly 82 million dollars a year if I’ve done my math correctly."
"But if we look at this issue, inflation hasn’t gone up to the point where it makes the nickel pointless. We’ve done this before in the 1800’s where we got rid of the 1/2 penny because it was practically worthless. Nickels have buying power. Pennies do not. That’s why we shouldn’t get rid of nickels but should get rid of the penny."
"If we can keep on the issue of Federal currency for a second Congressman, exactly what percent of Americans really pay for goods and services with pocket change anyways? Should America not just go to a credit system or digital system in the near future saving our Government hundreds of millions in the process? More people are paying for goods and services by both taking out their phones and using Google, Samsung or Apple Pay or a plastic credit card anyhow. What really should be the direction we head with our currency in the near future?"
"I think, besides the penny issue, our currency system is fine. There are still people who prefer paying in cash and small businesses who don’t take credit cards. If we switch to all digital then those businesses will suffer."
"That's not entirely true, there are companies that have those credit card readers that you can even plug into your smartphones nowadays that allow you to swipe a card for goods and services and the whole dongle is so small it could easily be placed in any pocket. I believe these companies only charge between 3-5% per transaction as well which wouldn't hurt most companies but perhaps it's something we can consider for the future Congressman? For the time being let's turn our attention to the hype coming out of Washington about Democratic chances to retake the House of Representatives? Do you believe we're in the middle of a momentous blue wave or is this simply hyperbole? Also, another question if I may Congressman if you were made to choose between either holding onto your base voters or going after new more centrist voters which would you choose in this scenario? Surely getting your base voters out and keeping them happy would be important but if you couldn't bring in new centrist voters that could also harm your chances as well, so which one of these two would you focus on?"
"Our Democratic Party is a big tent. We welcome all types of Democrats and we want everyone in our country to get out and vote. In the end, it’s all up to the voters. I may be a progressive but there are others in my party that are more moderate. That’s perfectly fine to me. Like I said before, were a big tent."
"... and how do you feel about your chances in this Midterm election?"
"We’ll see. But I think that American people are fed up with the GOP’s lack of cohesion and compromise."
"Fair enough. Lastly as my colleague Adam Preston would say it's time for "Parting Shots" this is your time to either expand on issues we’ve already spoken about or bring any form of news or attention to yourself or the Democratic Party or even fire a shot across the bow to the Republicans or maybe a Specific Republican. In short Congressman, the floor is now yours."
"Very well, I'd like to give a message to voters. Think of everything the GOP has done. Think of the 60 representatives who gave in to PAC money and switched positions. Think of the inactive president. If you want change in our government and you’re thinking about all these things, vote for the Democrats in this midterms, we will bring positions I’ve change to this Congress and will fight for you, the American people, and not so we can have bigger wallets."
"Thank you for joining us on the first hour of our first show of Liberally Speaking, Congressman Alexander of Colorado the Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, it's been an honor, Congressman."
"Thank you for having me."
"We'll be right back after this break."
-=- The feed cuts away to another newscast as Stephanie shakes hands with the Congressman and escorts him out she shortly returns to continue her show as the newscast cuts out Stephanie begins to speak -=-
"I'd like to thank the Congressman for joining us and let him know he'd be welcome back any time. Hey Dave, did you happen to catch me on Capitol Hill with Adam Preston last night?"
"Sure did, you and House Minority Leader Ward sure have good chemistry it made for some good listening."
"I think we had something special, I'd love to see him come on Liberally Speaking one of these days to see if we could have a showdown of sorts."
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"Anyways, it has been quite a while since the tragic shooting at the Mall of America, there has not been a single bill to deal with the issue of putting in a 30 day waiting period, performing universal background checks through a 50 State database, not even a bill to close the gun show loophole. Are American's ever going to tire of the lip service provided them by Democrats and start demanding real results?"
"Careful Stephanie, you'll be criticized again for trying to cost Democrats votes."
"That's exactly the problem, the Democratic Party should welcome criticism, I'm not trying to cost them votes or keep Progressivism down, I'm simply trying to light a fire under their butts so they get up and actually do something. You heard me on Capitol Hill, I told Ward and everyone listening the day the Democrats actually stand up for themselves, prove they have a backbone and fight with some passion I'd be happy to rejoin the Democratic Party but until that day I can only dream that Democrats find their way through the darkness and finally stand for something. As Alexander Hamilton once said, 'If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything' and that is what I see happening to today's Democratic Party."
"You raise a good point, as you said on Capitol Hill we just want a Democratic Party that's willing to stand up for social programs and not forget the ideals that led to the New Deal and the 2nd New Deal that FDR proposed."
"Democrats have a chance to regain some of their strength with the people if they can put up a decent fight against the Sanctuary Cities bill. I hope they raise their voices so loudly in opposition to this legislation that it drowns out all the other talking heads in Washington. Here's what I don't get, however, city and state rights is one of the main pillars in the Conservative movement right? Okay so why are they breaking one of their own pillars when it comes to the issue of Sanctuary Cities you would expect it to be the party who believes 'local government, is the best form of government' to be the one defending cities and states in their rights to do what they wish on the issue of immigration."
"I believe this is one of those 'Do as I say, not as I do' situations for the GOP."
"Alright, we're almost out of time on our first episode of Liberally Speaking but I do have some news I would like to share with all of you listening at home. As of this morning, I have filed the necessary paperwork to run for US Senator in the great state of New York. Unfortunately, we've run out of time I'm Stephanie Marshall, and thank you for tuning into Liberally Speaking."