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The Alan Sanders Show

Release Date: 01/04/2022

The coming Democrat shellacking show art The coming Democrat shellacking

The Alan Sanders Show

In this episode, I use the latest NBC News polling data to discuss the coming Democrat shellacking. That wasn't my term, but since that's what Chuck Todd called in on Meet the Press this past weekend, I thought I'd stick with it. First, let's understand the media polls almost always oversample Democrat voters as compared to Republican. Someone can probably explain why they do it, but that's how it's been done most of my lifetime. So, if the polls are this bad when a liberal-leaning news entity conducts the poll, you have to believe it's actually worse. President Biden made it clear last week...

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Glimpses of sanity in a Covid-mad world show art Glimpses of sanity in a Covid-mad world

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In this episode, I am happy to see glimpses of sanity in a Covid-mad world. Here are some of the highlights from the last few weeks. The CDC admitted cloth masks do not work. EU scientists realized the virus cannot be beat with non-stop boosters. The WHO worries boosters may weaken or burn out the immune system. Israel admits they made many mistakes, including their lockdowns, stopping kids from going to school, implementing a vaccine passport and pushing repeat boosters. The CDC admits those who had natural immunity fared better against the Delta variant as compared to those vaccinated. And,...

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Biden press conference an epic fail show art Biden press conference an epic fail

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In this episode, I conclude the Biden press conference was an epic fail. The analysis begins with the first question asked by a pre-selected reporter. Did this administration over-promise on their agenda? Incredulously, with all of the horrible news hitting the Administration, President Biden says he over-performed what anyone thought he would do. It's amazing the self-delusion that was on display for the world to see. I use several of his answers to point out what an addled and ineffectual President we have. Perhaps the most dangerous example over the course of his Q&A was about a...

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Political theater and ending free speech show art Political theater and ending free speech

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In this episode, I begin wondering why the Democrats continue to debate the filibuster and the Voter Protection Act. It was obvious from last week's events, the attempt to federalize elections is dead. President Joe Biden was so mad about it he let a little bit of truth leak from his lips. He said the laws passed by the states wasn't about who could vote, but gets to count the vote. Yet, Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer keeps trying to debate the issue. Does he think he will wear down Senators Sinema or Manchin? Then it occurred to me. They are setting the stage for their impending...

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Authoritarianism in the Biden administration show art Authoritarianism in the Biden administration

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In this episode, I discuss authoritarianism in the Biden administration. Right on the heels of my thoughts yesterday about children and adversity, we see a call to censor the podcaster, Joe Rogan. Right after President Joe Biden makes a plea for social media and media outlets to put a stop to misinformation and disinformation on their shows, we get Jessica Rivera on CNN talking about warning labels and censorship of Rogan's show on Spotify. Then, we get a letter, co-authored by Rivera, claiming she and 270 other signatories are physicians, demanding that Spotify needs to stop Joe Rogan. What...

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Dr. King would not reward weakness show art Dr. King would not reward weakness

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In this episode, I take a moment to remember one of the great speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not his, "I Have a Dream," speech -- which is marvelous in and of itself. Instead, my favorite is one that very few know and is rarely heard. It is his street sweeper speech. However, to fully understand the impact and see it's relevance for today, we need to remind ourselves just how weak we have become. First, I quote from a person who works in a "Big Tech" firm, explaining what it is like to work there. The atmosphere is heavy, depressive, anxiety-inducing and bleak due to the take-over of...

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Not about who votes but who counts the vote show art Not about who votes but who counts the vote

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In this episode, I break down just how bad it's been for President Joe Biden over the last few days. The inflation number was released and it's at a 40 year high. A Quinnipiac poll has the President at just 33% favorability after only one year in office. The Supreme Court voted down the OSHA mandate for the private sector. And, with one floor speech by Kyrsten Sinema, the administration's attempt to nuke the filibuster rule in order to Federalize elections, has been torpedoed. The fact the mainstream media isn't mocking the President non-stop is a testament to how sympathetic the vast members...

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They got so many things wrong show art They got so many things wrong

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In this episode I remind the audience how new media seems to always be 12 to 18 months ahead of mainstream outlets. At the start of the pandemic, any discussion over the virus being created in a lab would get you de-platformed. Discussion of gain-of-function research was dismissed as conspiracy theory. Suggesting the vaccine isn't the one-size-fits-all answer and we will not get to Covid zero would get you thrown into social media jail. Journalists are supposed to be interested in the truth. Or, at the very least, factual information. Oftentimes, there will be conflicting information or...

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Voting laws and the filibuster show art Voting laws and the filibuster

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In this episode I comment on President Joe Biden's latest failed attempt to paint all Republicans as member of the Ku Klux Klan. Last week, the narrative was to try using the anniversary of the Capitol riot as a way to paint the whole GOP as violent, domestic terrorist insurrectionists. After a week, that attempt didn't seem to catch fire with the American people. So, onto the State of Georgia to claim, once again, voter suppression. The man who ran on being a uniter, managed to bring such a dismal attack attempt at Republicans, most of the Leftist groups in Georgia chose to boycot his...

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The CDC has become a punchline show art The CDC has become a punchline

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In this episode, I discuss just how poor the CDC messaging continues to be. And it's not just me. CNN's own Brian Stelter literally said, "The CDC has become a punchline." He isn't wrong. He interviewed a guest on his show just two days ago, Dr. Lucy McBride, who said fear and the stoking of fear is wrong and hurts patients. She was very much against the constant anxiety being pushed by doctors who seem intent on panic porn. As an illustration, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC, went on Good Morning America Monday to reveal 75% of all Covid-related deaths have had at least four...

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In today's episode, I do my best to tackle the notions of social media being solely a private enterprise. This is often the only argument offered as to why it's okay for "Big Tech" to deplatorm voices they don't like. It's one thing if these supposedly private companies want to alienate a portion of it's customers. But, when they do so at the behest of government, we are now treading some murky waters. We are going to have to recognize social media is promoted as a platform for expressing oneself to an audience.

No one makes you follow, like or share anyone else's post. You are free to move along and find your entertainment or information elsewhere. Social media is today's digital town square and the First Amendment was designed to keep you safe in that setting. If these companies had remained politically neutral, they could argue they are not subject to the First Amendment. But, when they choose to act, think and align politically with one party over another, we now have infringement of speech via a sanctioned third party. In effect, government is using the private sector argument to shield itself, while demanding the silencing of people and ideas they do not like.

They are trying to change the rules, or, at the very least, circumnavigate the rules, to get what they want. To make that point, I remind everyone what Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, said in 2005 when in the minority. At that time, there was discussion over removing the filibuster to aid a Republican majority. Senator Schumer was vehemently against changing the rules to impose the will of the majority party. He called it akin to a dictatorship and the doomsday for democracy.

Isn't it funny how they want to keep changing the rules when it works in their favor? Much like using a third party to limit public dissent when they are not getting their way?

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