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Episode 130: “Refounding America” with Mercy and Matt Schlapp

The Bill Walton Show

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Episode 209: “The Money Confusion: Why Inflation Now?” with John Tamny show art Episode 209: “The Money Confusion: Why Inflation Now?” with John Tamny

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In 1974, with annual inflation raging over 12%, President Gerald Ford introduced WIN (“whip inflation now”) buttons telling Americans: “To help increase food and lower prices, grow more and waste less. To help save scarce fuel in the energy crisis, drive less, heat less.” In other words, the responsibility to fix inflation fell to ordinary Americans. It didn’t work - because they didn’t cause it in the first place - and it would be another eight years before Fed Chairman Paul Volcker tamed the inflation beast. With draconian measures, like draining bank reserves, the Fed funds rate...

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Episode 208: “How Policy Responses to the Pandemic Continue to Shatter Our World” with Jeffrey Tucker show art Episode 208: “How Policy Responses to the Pandemic Continue to Shatter Our World” with Jeffrey Tucker

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The world has suffered and continues to suffer catastrophic economic and social damage from the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 - but not from the virus itself.  Rather we’re in the midst of a continuing global crisis created by governments’ policy responses to the pandemic.  Trillions of dollars of Federal “relief” spending Financed by the Federal Reserve massively increasing the money supply And the countless coercive rules and restrictions implemented to stop a Covid virus that came anyway. The result is the highest inflation in 40 years, which is not slowing down but...

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Episode 207: “The Red Trickle: Where Do Our Elections Go From Here?” with Paul Teller PhD show art Episode 207: “The Red Trickle: Where Do Our Elections Go From Here?” with Paul Teller PhD

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To put it mildly, the expected massive Republican Red Wave in the recent 2022 midterm elections didn’t materialize.  Even though 75% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, the election gave us status quo. Virtually every Governor, Senator and House incumbent won reelection. Trump states elected Republican Senators and Biden states elected Democrats. And despite House Republicans getting six million more votes than Democrats (52.3% compared to 46.2%), these votes did not translate into a surge of seats for Republicans. With more and more districts tightly gerrymandered,...

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Episode 206: “The Pro-Human Answer to Intolerance & Racism” with Bion Bartning show art Episode 206: “The Pro-Human Answer to Intolerance & Racism” with Bion Bartning

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In this episode I’m joined by Bion Bartning, the founder of , the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism. An entrepreneur and investor, Bion also co-founded , a personal care brand best known today for its iconic egg-shaped lip balm.  Bion launched FAIR to address head-on the tribalism, identity culture and politics of division that are pitting Americans one against the other.  With innocuous terms like diversity, equity and inclusion, or arcane ones like critical race theory, a cynical and intolerant orthodoxy of division is being advocated and enforced throughout America....

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Episode 205: “Confronting the K-12 Racialist Star Chamber” with Sahar Tartak show art Episode 205: “Confronting the K-12 Racialist Star Chamber” with Sahar Tartak

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Recently The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by my guest on this episode, Yale freshman Sahar Tartak. Titled , she described how illiberal her supposedly liberal high school had become, and the ways she and other students were “berated, bullied and insulted” for voicing dissent towards the school’s race essentialist policies and programs. The story goes like this. In 2021 Great Neck North High School directed the student government to give $375 of student funds to a “racial equity” group to speak to the student body about “systemic racism.”  Sahar, then a Senior at...

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Episode 204: “The Climate Change Industrial Complex: Trillion $$$ Promises That It Can’t Keep” with Myron Ebell show art Episode 204: “The Climate Change Industrial Complex: Trillion $$$ Promises That It Can’t Keep” with Myron Ebell

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In this episode I’m talking again with Myron Ebell, Director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, one of our most effective advocates for Free Market Environmentalism. Myron led the successful decade-long fight to defeat cap-and-trade legislation and led the effort to convince President Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty. The list of is long. The radical head of the Sierra Club has said he is “one of the biggest threats our planet has ever faced.”  But when you actually listen to Myron, you conclude that nothing could be...

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Episode 203: “This is not a Nintendo Game” with Dr Stephen Bryen show art Episode 203: “This is not a Nintendo Game” with Dr Stephen Bryen

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“There is more respect to be won in the opinion of this world by a resolute and courageous liquidation of unsound positions than by the most stubborn pursuit of extravagant or unpromising objectives.” George F. Kennan, 1966 Americans may admire the valiant resistance of the Ukrainians to the Russian invasion and be proud that we have been able to support their defense. Yet now we have to ask: how does this war end? Neither the leaders of Russia or Ukraine have espoused a goal that can restore peace in the area. Nor have any other suppliers of cash, military assistance and equipment -...

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Episode 202: “Biden’s Playing Nuclear War Brinksmanship with Russia; Meanwhile China Looms” with KT McFarland show art Episode 202: “Biden’s Playing Nuclear War Brinksmanship with Russia; Meanwhile China Looms” with KT McFarland

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In the 20 months that Joe Biden has been President, his decisions and rhetoric have made the world ever more combustible. Events in Ukraine has reached a flash point. Still, the Biden Administration refuses to negotiate with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The chance of a wider war between NATO and Russia grows ever more likely, a war that would immediately draw in the United States under NATO’s Article 5 requiring collective defense .  Worse, supposedly serious people - both in the Biden Administration and many top Republicans - are talking about a “limited nuclear war.’ Do they really...

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Episode 201: “Surviving Hurricane Ian while Contemplating Nuclear Armageddon” with Brandon Weichert show art Episode 201: “Surviving Hurricane Ian while Contemplating Nuclear Armageddon” with Brandon Weichert

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This episode took a couple of twisting turns to complete. A few weeks back, I emailed my friend Brandon Weichert, a very smart geopolitical strategist and publisher of the Weichert Report, to ask if he could come on my show to talk about Ukraine, Putin and the possibilities of a nuclear war. He emailed back that “well, perhaps we could do the recording later this week or next weekend because I've got a category three hurricane bearing down in my home, presently. It might end up in Tampa, but we might be right in the epicenter".  In the event, the hurricane did land, and it landed right...

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Episode 200: If You Want Lawful Elections, You Will Need To Get Engaged (Here’s How) with Cleta Mitchell show art Episode 200: If You Want Lawful Elections, You Will Need To Get Engaged (Here’s How) with Cleta Mitchell

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Election process isn’t a sexy topic, but if we want to preserve our democratic election system, and keep our Republic, election integrity is essential.   Election Integrity means ensuring the legal right of all Americans to vote in a free and fair election:  without concerns that their political voice would be diminished by individual or institutional fraud,  physical or verbal intimidation,  vote trafficking (“harvesting”)  buying of votes,  ballot manipulation at election offices,  voting by non-citizens,  or any political activism that alters,...

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This past year has been filled with adversity, but with tough times can come great blessings.

In my case, my wife Sarah and I have found a wonderful blessing in our friendship with Mercy and Matt Schlapp and their five daughters. We all found ourselves locked down in our places in Madison and Rappahannock County, Virginia during the pandemic. So what did we do? We formed a "quarantine club" and got together on weekends to talk deeply and at length about what's going on in America, and what we can do to keep it a free country.

This show first appeared on CPAC Now last night and we thought you might enjoy hearing from Matt and Mercy in a wide ranging conversation that's very much like our informal get togethers.

Of course, Mercy was director of communications strategy for the Trump-Pence reelection campaign, and Matt is Chairman and CEO of the American Conservative Union, sponsor of CPAC.

Things have changed so much in society in recent years. As Matt points out, "What's interesting is we're all used to having conversations about public policy. Now, we're just trying to make sure that our family is safe. It's a really scary time. I think there's been so much change in society so fast that these esoteric policy conversations are really not a part of what we talk about now."

"We talk about how will you raise kids? How do you talk to them about gender and sex? What are they hearing in school, our schools? There's complete chaos going on in society. So, for me personally it's a hard time because people say, "You don't seem as happy as you usually are." It's like you're not happy when you're seeing society being ripped apart."

"I think that part of it is that our faith is very important to us," says Mercy. "It's central to our lives. It's the way we deal with the pressure, the abuse, the things changing in your life. If we did not have God in the center of it and faith, we know God will not abandon us because we have to do what God has asked us to do." 

"It is our vocation. Our vocation is to ensure that we keep up this fight for America." 

Please join me for this powerful and personal conversation with Mercy and Matt Schlapp.