Show Notes - Episode #23

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 #23. We launched our show one month ago today. Thank you for listening to our show for the past month.
2:32 - Andrew McCarthy's article in The National Review. Read the article (recommended).
3:58 - Lack of leadership in Republican Party. 
5:18 - "Deal" with Iran (aka Treaty).
5:46 - The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Corker-Cardin Bill)
7:36 - McCarthy calls the Republican Leadership's Strategy "Surrender...then Play-Fight"
9:00 - The Republican Party is supported, in large part, by the Conservative voter base.
9:36 - Israel warned by Iran that it won't exist in 25 years. Read more. 
10:06 - All the Republican Congressional Leadership wants is meaningless votes that they can cite as a form of opposition to Obama. 
10:22 - All that matters is results, Republicans. 
13:42 - We (voters) are enablers who allow our Representatives to be "play-fighters"
14:06 - Most Republicans (I mistakenly said "people" in podcast) oppose the Iran Deal. Read study. 
16:11 - John Boehner, Mitch McConnell & other professional politicians have one focus: to get elected & re-elected. So they initiate a game of smoke & mirrors. 
17:20 - McCarthy outlines the steps in the "Surrender...then Play-Fight" strategy. It can be outlined as follows:

  1. Obama wants something bad. 
  2. Republicans secretly meet and agree with Obama - but they can't show their voters this truth.
  3. Surrender...Play-Fight
    • First, Congress passes a law giving Obama what he wants.
    • Second, they require a second vote that allows them the ability to say they don't agree with the very thing they empowered Obama to do. Obama vetoes the disapproval, and Republicans don't have the votes to override the veto.

22:08 - Trump is accused of being a "reality TV star," but Boehner & McConnell are the real phonies. 
24:18 - Obama did not fulfill his end of the deal with Congress because he hasn't formally revealed all the details of the negotiations. This gives them authority to stop the deal.
26:57 - There is nothing for Congress to review about Iran Deal because they still don't have all the details. 
27:25 - The Ayatollah Khomeni (Supreme Leader of Iran) threatens Israel. Read more. 
28:40 - And the Left thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is the crazy one. 
29:30 - Putin in Syria. Read more. 
30:36 - There is Conservative traction to fix these problems, but we need more in Leadership.
32:10 - Constitutional Conservatism & strong leadership are the only things that can reverse the direction of our nation. 
32:27 - Wrap-up.

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