Crom’s Crommentary: How America Resembles ‘Breaking Bad’ as People and Circumstances Become Worse

Live from Music Row, Friday 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 for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.


Michael, Cathy and I are watching a TV series, and it’s a very famous series, but it’s one that I have not watched until now, and it’s a series called Breaking Bad. Have you watched it? Okay, you have watched it.

And for those of you who haven’t watched it and want to watch it, then you can turn off your radio for about two minutes and then turn it right back on because I’m going to be talking about the program, and I’m going to be saying a few things that it might be better if you didn’t hear them if you’re going to watch it, and you haven’t.

But Breaking Bad is essentially about a chemistry teacher in Albuquerque who comes down with cancer and is very prideful. And he is a very good chemistry teacher.

He learns that he knows how to cook meth, and so he becomes a cook for some meth drug lords. And then as the series progresses, he becomes worse and worse as a human being. But all of those around him become worse and worse as human beings.

By the time you get to the end of the program and I’m not there yet, but I’m very close, I have probably three or four more episodes in season five. And so I’m almost to the end, and Cathy and I were talking about how depressing it is to kind of watch this series, but you’re still kind of attracted to it because you want to find out how it’s going to end.

And also the acting in it is absolutely spectacular. But you look at our country today and I’m comparing what is going on. And by the way, this is about a relatively small number of people in one community. But you look across the country and we as a country, I’m 73 years old, approaching 74, and I’ve never seen anything quite like what’s going on now in terms of the complete disconnect from principles and reality.

Every day when you pick up the paper, you go online to get the news and you see more and more examples of just outright distortions. And they’re done for political and ideological reasons. They’re not done for seeking truth.

So I would put most of the media that we now gather our news from, I would put them in the category of these people who have been sucked into this cauldron where it just keeps getting worse and worse in terms of their ability to tell the truth or to act truthful. Let me just give you a couple of examples.

On August 10 this year, you had a report. Justice Department Charges Iran In Plot to Kill John Bolton. Salman Rushdie. On August 12, Salman Rushdie is attacked on stage in western New York. And then in August, after 16 months, some glimmers of optimism about the Iran deal. That’s The New York Times.

And then you read all of the terrible things that are happening because of Iran, and then you see the Biden administration that just continues to want to close a deal with them. The latest thing that Iran is demanding is that if a future president.

Because if Biden can’t get two-thirds of the Senate to go along with whatever his deal is then it’s not a treaty. It’s just a presidential deal. And the next president if it was from a different party or the same party could renege on the deal or change the deal because it’s only one administration deal.

So now Iran wants billions of dollars attached to the deal, and if the next president breaks the deal or changes the deal, Iran gets paid. Well, I’m not sure that that can be done, but Biden’s administration is actually considering it.

And then you look at Mariel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, and she is demanding that every student who is older than 12 years old be vaccinated 40 percent of the children in Washington D.C. school systems who are Black have not been vaccinated.

And she’s telling those black children, well, you can’t go to school unless you’re vaccinated. And then this story from the Google employee union is petitioning its own company to suppress the public about this, to suppress any search results for clinics that would help women who are pregnant go through their pregnancy and give birth.

Google employees are asking their company to openly suppress those. And then the last one is this story where Twitter has now become a tool of the federal government. There’s now evidence that the Biden administration asked Twitter to cancel Alex Berenson because he was critical of the CDC’s handling of COVID.

And Twitter did exactly what the Biden administration said. And the problem with all this is that just as in Breaking Bad, everybody who was Breaking Bad, they just kept breaking worse and worse. We’re going to find out in the midterms whether or not our country is kind of participating in a grand Breaking Bad because things are obviously so out of whack.

If the voters don’t decide that this is wrong and it needs to be fundamentally changed, then the momentum keeps going and it’s very difficult to stop.

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