Below today's show notes - along with links to articles discussed (and video in some cases). The time on the left shows the approximate starting point for each item listed. Links to listen to the show are listed below. Thanks for being a valuable member of the Common Sense Community!
0:00 - Intro
0:37 - Welcome to Episode #26
0:55 - I will be attending the Heritage Action for America Sentinel meeting, so our show format will be slightly different on Friday (and perhaps Thursday).
1:33 - Economic Freedom List. See report from Fraser Institute. Or read the Washington Examiner article.
3:30 - The United States ranks 16th in the current list.
5:47 - We have a leadership problem.
5:57 - All types of freedom matter: religious, gun, assembly, speech, association, economic, etc.
7:17 - Miss Alabama was asked a question by Taya Kyle at Miss America Pageant.
7:56 - Taya Kyle is Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who was the subject of the hit movie American Sniper (shown on right). If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it!
9:35 - This question has actually been kicked around quite frequently: Why is Donald Trump leading?
11:52 - Miss Alabama's response is as good as most of the pundits' answers.
14:10 - Common refrain is that "Trump is an entertainer." He is definitely entertaining, but Hillary is as equally boring.
14:53 - Trump says, "Isn't it refreshing not to see a teleprompter" when addressing audience in Dallas.
15:26 - Spontaneity is not rehearsing at all. It's knowing what you believe & then passionately explaining it extemporaneously.
16:48 - Michael Smerconish says Hillary wants to move into policy issues, her supposed area of expertise. Really?
17:40 - Hillary wants to do the "Whip & Nae-Nae" & have praise bands sing her worship.
18:18 - Ellen Degeneres fawned all over Hillary during their "interview."
18:40 - The last thing Hillary Clinton wants is a substantive debate.
19:42 - Look at the War on Poverty. See Heritage Foundation research.
20:46 - Most American millionaires are first-generation millionaires.
22:12 - But Trump is leading for other reasons than his being a showman or because of Anti-Washington sentiments. His immigration policy & his anti-PC, anti-establishment-DC style are what make him so appealing to many.
24:40 - Republicans in DC lose battles because they don't even begin the fight.
27:00 - Syrian Refugee crisis. Many (75-80%) are males of military age. Read more.
27:42 - The Syrian Refugee problem isn't due to socio-economic problems. It's because of evil dictators & jihadists. Read more. Or see full interview with Pope (translated).
28:57 - Obama is bringing 10,000 Syrian Refugees to US. Read more.
29:02 - Ben Carson cautions us about bringing terrorists in with the refugees. Read more.
29:25 - Al-Qaeda leader calls for lone-wolf attacks in US. Read more.
32:07 - If we're not sure who we're allowing into our country, we shouldn't be bringing them in.
32:20 - We didn't create Isis or al-Qaeda. We may have left a void in Iraq when we withdrew our troops, but we didn't plant the seed for these groups.
35:43 - If Obama cares about the safety of America, he must figure out who is in the group of Syrian Refugees he's bringing to America.
36:07 - Wrap-up.
36:22 - Outro