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Episode 8 - Audit EVERYTHING!

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 06/19/2018

Episode 59 – Podcasting Orphans with Andrew Heaton show art Episode 59 – Podcasting Orphans with Andrew Heaton

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Versatile author, stand-up comedian, and podcaster Andrew Heaton joins Josh to untangle the complex web of models and metrics for identifying someone’s political persuasions.  Both Andrew and Josh feel uncomfortable with the simply Left/Right scale—and it’s not just because they’re chary of adopting the political paradigm of dead Frenchmen.  No political identification model is perfect, but Andrew and Josh attempt to weigh the merits of some of the more perfectible models. Also discussed: What puts the “OK” in Oklahoma, Heaton’s eventful journey from Goldwater...

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Episode 58 – Brooke Medina, Quarantina show art Episode 58 – Brooke Medina, Quarantina

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

What is the real purpose of getting an education?  And what benefits does a proper education bring to the individual and to society at large?  What became of the radically conservative cult(ure) of ATI, Bill Gothard, I Kissed Dating Goodbye courtships, and denim-skirt-wearing coalitions of Christian home schoolers of the 80s and 90s?  Does homeschooling have its cultish elements today, or are conservative homeschoolers more…conservative?  Aren’t all students just homeschoolers now that COVID-19 has us social distancing from educational facilities?   Saving...

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Episode 57 – Russell Kirk, Eccentric Genius with Bradley Birzer show art Episode 57 – Russell Kirk, Eccentric Genius with Bradley Birzer

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Russell Kirk contributed more to modern American conservatism than arguably anyone else!  Yet few who call themselves conservative today are familiar with the name “Kirk”—unless they’re referring to Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA.  No offense to Charlie but comparing him to Russell is like comparing the works of William Shakespeare to whatever the last thing Bill Mitchell tweeted. Who was Russell Kirk?  Why is he considered the father of American conservatism?  What did he do that was so important?  Does his message hold value for conservatives...

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Episode 56 – Environmental Conservatism with Danielle Butcher show art Episode 56 – Environmental Conservatism with Danielle Butcher

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Conservative Millennials who came of age listening to rightwing radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh probably associate political conversations about the environment with the likes of Al Gore railing against global warming and sundry other warnings of environmental apocalyptic doom.  Much of what the Right had to say about environmental concerns was that they were frequently overblown and often used by the Left as an excuse to bring about their calls for central planning.   But as younger Americans have come of age, there’s growing concern on the Right about a whole host of...

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Bonus Episode – Leading Questions from Left to Right show art Bonus Episode – Leading Questions from Left to Right

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants turns two years old this April Fools Day—no joke!—and we’re celebrating with a bonus episode.  Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis recently appeared in the guest line-up on Calvin Moore’s podcast.  Leading Questions hosts Calvin, Kent, and Steve sit down with Millennials Kelly Cleaver (representing the political Left) and Josh Lewis (representing the Right) to discuss the major differences between Republicans and Democrats, whether progressivism or moderation is the winning ticket, reactions to “the other guy” getting a political victory, political...

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Episode 55 – The New Centrist with Justin Stapley show art Episode 55 – The New Centrist with Justin Stapley

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

As the polarization between the two political parties increases where does that leave principled conservatives?  Are we simply outcasts, or the new centrists?  Justin Stapley returns to the show to discuss the state of the GOP, what he considered to be the “last straw” that led him to leave the Republican party earlier this year, the impeachment proceedings, his objections to “vote blue no matter who”, the changing political landscape, and why he now calls himself a new centrist.   A prolific writer and thoughtful tweeter, Justin began working on projects not at all...

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Bonus Episode – JB Shreve Interviews Saving Elephants Host Josh Lewis show art Bonus Episode – JB Shreve Interviews Saving Elephants Host Josh Lewis

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

The tables are turned in this special bonus episode as Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is the interviewee in a conversation that was originally included in The End of History podcast.   Podcaster JB Shreve conducted a series of interviews of Christians of various political persuasions to ask about their expectations and recommendations in the upcoming 2020 election. JB had invited Josh to join as the “conservative” participant in the interviews. The conversation includes exploring the influences and influencers that shaped Josh’s worldview, his political journey from the first...

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Episode 54 – The Art of Losing show art Episode 54 – The Art of Losing

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Let us begin with some unsettling facts: . It is quite possible your death will be painful and frightening. For some, death comes tragically early and unexpectedly. For some, death comes much later and is fully expected, after years of the body and mind steadily deteriorating to the point vital organs no longer function. If you live long enough, everyone you care about now will die. I’m not trying to be macabre here; I’m simply trying to frame things in a certain context before we proceed.   Our society is obsessed with success, winning, reaching our...

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Episode 53 – Front Porch Civility with Alexandra Hudson show art Episode 53 – Front Porch Civility with Alexandra Hudson

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Civility is essential to civil society. It puts the "civil" in civilization and allows for a system of ordered liberty to flourish. But what do we do when political opponents refuse to behave with civility? Can civility become a weakness in the face of those willing to risk incivility to get their way? Is it possible to both fight for what we believe while maintaining civility, or are these ideas in conflict with one another? And what exactly is civility? Is it simply being polite and well-mannered, or is there more to it than that?   Alexandra Hudson joins Saving Elephants host Josh...

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Episode 52 – Departied with Bill Roberts show art Episode 52 – Departied with Bill Roberts

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

In Saving Elephants’ first ever cross-over podcast, Saving Elephants host is joined by Bill Roberts, host of the .  Bill’s podcast delves into his decision to leave the Republican party amid his growing concerns with how the party’s values aligned with his Christian faith.  Meanwhile, Josh, who is also a professing Christian, hosts a podcast that, while not religious in nature, encourages Millennials to work to restore a conservative framework to the GOP. In their discussion, Josh and Bob share how their religious and political backgrounds shaped them and how their views...

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Whether it’s to save Social Security or cover a budget deficit, politicians are fond of declaring they’re going to audit EVERYTHING!  But what does “audit everything” actually mean?  And how likely is it to solve problems like the viability of entitlement programs or ballooning debt?

Drawing on a decade of experience in auditing governments, Josh, CPA, demystifies the auditing process and shows how audits, while vitally important, are usually a cop-out response from politicians who don’t want to make tough choices.