Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio.
During the third hour, Carmichael reviewed Joe Biden’s history noting that in his 50 years of public service he had not accomplished anything. He noted that Biden did however manage to support issues that prohibited the advancement of Blacks through busing and exorbitant prison sentence policies.
(President Trump Mr. Rushmore clip plays)
Leahy: President Trump gave a terrific speech I thought at Mt. Rushmore to a crowd of about 7,500 not wearing masks and not socially distancing. Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight who is a South Dakota girl was there. It was a great event. I thought it was a very very good speech. So did Marsha Blackburn the Senator of Tennessee who complimented it.
Carmichael: I don’t think the four fellows behind him were wearing masks either.
Leahy: George Washington was not wearing a mask.
Carmichael: Nor was Abraham Lincoln.
Leahy: Or Thomas Jefferson.
Carmichael: Or Roosevelt.
Leahy: Or Theodore Roosevelt. His speech was very good. He took a page from Reagan and he told a story about each one of those presidents and why they were so great. It was very very well done.
Carmichael: I did not hear the speech but I’m sure I can pull it up on YouTube and I will do that.
Leahy: So we have two different visions of America and voters are going to choose around the country in early November. Four months from now. From The Hill, former Vice President Joe Biden made race a central theme of his July Fourth message as the country grapples with widespread unrest. So here’s what he said. Our country is founded on the idea and we find these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
We’ve never lived up to it! Jefferson himself didn’t do it. He had slaves. We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country. This is what Joe Biden who served in the Senate for well over 30 years and was Vice President of the United States for eight years said. So now all that time in public service according to him…
Carmichael: He didn’t accomplish anything.
Leahy: Didn’t accomplish anything.
Carmichael: Not one thing. And now he wants at age 77 soon to be 78, he wants Americans to say ignore the last 50 years of my life and pick me now so that I can solve a problem that I didn’t identify in 50 years and that I did not identify in 50 years and that I still can’t really describe.
Carmichael: Because you cannot fix something that is systemic and innate. That cannot be fixed if that were true. And in fact, there are many Black people today who I would describe as the Shelby Steeles. The Walter Williams. The Thomas Sowells. They will point out that during the 50 years that Biden has done nothing that actually great progress was made. And in fact Michael, Joe Biden actually tried to stop progress in his 50 years. Didn’t he oppose integrating schools?
Leahy: Well he was opposed to forced busing.
Carmichael: So he opposed that. And then didn’t he want to put Black people in prison for very very long sentences?
Leahy: He co-sponsored that bill back in the 90s.
Carmichael: He helped write the darn thing. And back in the 80s he also ramped up the penalties for drug possession. So the first thing he did in the 80s and disproportionately affected the Black population. In the 70s he tried to keep Black children in lousy all-Black schools. In the 80s he tried to put Black people in prison if they had just a tiny bit of marijuana. And then in the 90s, he wrote legislation to put Black people in prison for decades at a time.
Leahy: And don’t forget, everything he did to undermine the nomination of the Black conservative justice of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas.
Carmichael: Which is the most despicable thing he’s done in his entire lifetime. Not only did he do everything he could to undermine but he knew that everything he was doing was a lie. He knew that what he was doing to Clarence Thomas was a lie but he did not care. In fact, he did care, I take that back. He did care. He did not want a Black person who as Clarence Thomas says, who can think for themselves. He did not want a Black person who could think for themselves on the Supreme Court.
I would encourage anyone who cares about this issue to go back and listen to it. It’s on YouTube. Go back and listen to Clarence Thomas’s testimony on the Anita Hill thing because he absolutely roasted those white liberals up there on that Senate judiciary committee. And for Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden to be sitting right next to each other, the irony is just absolutely incredible.
Leahy: Here’s what the Trump campaign said about Joe Biden’s speech which by the way Newt Gingrich called the most un-American speech he’s ever heard from a major presidential candidate. And I agree with that assessment. The Trump campaign said, “The idea Joe Biden with his 40 plus years of Washington, D.C. failure has any notion or ability to strengthen our union is absurd.”
Because of political pressure from the Left, Biden is forced to agree that America was fundamentally flawed from the beginning and remains so today. By contrast, President Trump is proud of our history and believes strongly in our present greatness. His policies have provided more opportunities for more people at any other time in America’s existence.
Carmichael: Yes. And that statement, you’re going to hear things like that in the debates. The debates are going to be very very interesting. Trump has challenged Biden to four debates. Biden has said he will do three debates and no more than that. But at least he has said he will do three.
Leahy: He said that. But we’ll see.
Carmichael: He has said he’ll do three debates. He hasn’t been honest about anything in his life. So we’ll find out about whether he’s honest about doing three debates. I think he’ll have to. But I think he may not want to.
Leahy: I’m skeptical about that. But there is one scheduled for October 19th in Nashville at Belmont University.
Carmichael: Yes. And that’s the last of the three debates. How do you get tickets for that? Or there won’t be tickets? That’s fine. I’m perfectly fine with the theater itself being empty and having the two candidates on the stage 20 feet apart and then the three people or four people who are questioning them 50 feet away from them.
Leahy: Wait for Mayor John Cooper to have some sort of ordinance about the requirement of wearing masks at that event.
Carmichael: He may actually try. But it won’t work.
Leahy: Related to that I’d like to segue to our own project called the National Constitution Bee. Our plan is we will be holding a National Constitution Bee.
Carmichael: Did you delay it?
Leahy: It was scheduled to be in June.
Carmichael: It was scheduled to be in June. To start in June?
Leahy: To be in Washington, D.C. in June with four or five regional rounds around the country.
Carmichael: Before that?
Leahy: We had to stop all of that. But now we have come up with a solution. We will have a formal announcement next week. But October 17 just before the debate we will be holding the National Constitution Bee in Middle Tennessee. There will be a $25,000. prize for the number one student who wins that. It’s based upon our Guide to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to the which we’ve got podcasts coming out on that.
There will be a website people can get to at nationalconstitutionbee.org. We had to cancel the hotel in D.C. We moved it out to October. We don’t know what the D.C. government is going to do. We also don’t know what the Davidson County government is going to do because Mayor John Cooper is very unpredictable and very inconsistent.
Carmichael: Could you schedule it right now in Williamson County?
Leahy: That is exactly what we are going to do. It will be in Williamson County and the venue will be announced next week. But that’s exactly what we did Crom because we cannot rely on the whims of Mayor John Cooper.
Carmichael: In Nashville, while the number of COVIDs is going up, the hospitalization of COVID is not an issue.
Leahy: I think they are up slightly but not anywhere’s near capacity.
Carmichael: Well, good for you! I’m glad you figured it out. How many people have entered so far? Can you tell us?
Leahy: It’s hard to say because we haven’t put the formal announcement out. We expect 50-100 kids.
Carmichael: To enter?
Leahy: The majority will be from Tennessee. So kids if you are listening right now and you want $25,000. college scholarship, you’ve got a 1 and 50 chance to win it.
Carmichael: No. If you study the book you’ve got a much better chance than that.
Leahy: It’s a good deal.
Carmichael: That’s a great deal!
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