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Episode 198: Generation or Culture?

More The Millenials have taken over the building, or so it seems if you watch the news. "AOC" is the media darling and everyone is jumping on board. But this isn't the whole truth. We are seeing a slight generational shift in the United States Congress, but the Generation Xers have more seats than the Millenials and the Boomers still run things. Regardless, don't be fooled by the hype. Politics still...


Episode 197: History as a Social Science?

More Is history a social science? No. In fact, the social sciences are the enemy of both history and tradition. I explain in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show, the last of 2018.


Episode 196: No Slavery, No War?

More I get this all the time: "Okay, Lincoln didn't go to war to free the slaves, but without slavery, the South wouldn't have seceded and therefore Lincoln would not have gone to war to prevent secession. No slavery, no war." This is an important and nuanced argument, but one that misses several important pieces, most importantly the long view of American history. I discuss the "no slavery, no war"...


Episode 195: The Donald, Nancy, Chuck, and Mike Show

More December 11, 2018, a date which will go down as one of the single greatest examples of modern political stupidity but perhaps the best example of political theatre in the modern age, the Donald, Nancy, Chuck, and Mike Show. This episode episod of the Brion McClanahan SHow covers the glorious meeting, including Pence’s silence, Trump’s “manspreading” and “mansplaining” and what the meeting really...


Episode 194: Heavy Metal and Western Civilization

More Heavy metal music was invented by Western Civilization. I know to some people this might be sacrilege, but it's true. It could not have been made without it, and it embodies urban white working class society. It also was a hearty reaction to the Cold War and the prospect of mutual assured destruction. I discuss these issues and more in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.


Episode 193: Abolish the Senate?

More Former Representative John Dingall recently wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic in which he proposed to, among other idiotic measures, abolish the Electoral College and the Senate. Yes, because Progressives really believe in "minority" rights. But this is instructive. We should know who these people are and what they really want. Dingall, as a cranky old man, is just willing to say it. I discuss the...


Episode 192: The Elected King

More George H.W. Bush is dead, long live George H.W. Bush. Might as well say it. We have an elected king. The overkill in our public mourning proves it. This was created and now perpetuated by the Republican Party, and we have strayed so far from our republican principles the founding generation would be spinning in their graves. I discuss this headlong rush to monarchism in this epsiode of The Brion...


Episode 191: John F. Kennedy

More Was John F. Kennedy a conservative? I get this question a lot, and I have been asked several times to do an episode on JFK. The wait is over. Short answer, yes Kennedy would be a modern "establishment conservative," but that isn't saying much. It is, in fact, a criticism. I take on Kennedy the president, if he should have been including in my 9 Presidents book, and other Kennedy family fun in this...


Episode 190: Lincoln vs. Johnson vs. Trump

More It has become a cottage industry to compare Donald Trump with the "worst" presidents in American history, among them Andrew Johnson. The comparison is apparently easy. Both men were and are, in the words of a recent op-ed, "unpopular and unfit." Is this true? More importantly, was Johnson any different from Abraham Lincoln? The Twitter historian brigade would tell you so, but not so fast. The...


Episode 189: The First Thanksgiving

More Dust off your black cockle hat and buckle shoes and get ready to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in Pilgrim style! Or not, because the Pilgrim event in 1621 wasn't close to the first Thanksgiving. That honor would go to the Spanish in Florida and the English in Virginia. What happened? If the glorious Pilgrims were not the first settlers to celebrate Thanksgiving in North America, why does everyone...


Episode 188: Remember Traditional Children's Shows? Me Neither

More Remember when children's television had a fairly traditional message? Me neither, at least not in the last decade. Everyone's a princess, and the "princes" are all bad guys. It hasn't always been this way, and there is at least one modern film that bucks this trend. I discuss modern children's entertainment in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.


Episode 187: What Can We Learn From 1876?

More Nationalism presents a real problem in American politics. The razor thing majorities in federal elections means that half the population will use the power of government to abuse the other half of the population. Winner take all and elections have consequences. The founding generation designed a system that could prevent this, but the nationalists on both the Left and the Right have destroyed the...


Episode 186: Trump's Hamiltonian Confederate America?

More Donald Trump is a Confederate and Alexander Hamilton invented America. I learned both last week while sorting through my email. Several people sent me a piece from the Guardian that claims Trump is nothing more than a reincarnation of the Confederacy while Prager U. published a short video on how we live in Hamilton's America. News flash: you can't have both, or can you? I take on how these two...


Episode 185: 2018 Thinking Locally and Acting Locally Election Recap

More Did you survive the most important election of our lifetime? I thought that was two years ago, or perhaps ten years ago. Regardless, one thing is certain: big government was going to win no matter which party controlled the general government. But what about thinking locally and acting locally? There were interesting elections and ballot measures at the state and local level across the United...


Episode 184: What is American Nationalism?

More Nationalism has become the new political pejorative. According to such geniuses like Alyssa Milano and Sarah Silverman, nationalism equals Nazi. And the young minds of mush believe it. This is a strange development but par for the course in the age of social media. If they'll eat Tide Pods....Regardless, what is American nationalism and what does that term really mean? I discuss the issue in this...


Episode 183: Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

More Donald Trump is the most important political figure of the early 21st century. No one else has been able to turn the political discussion on a dime like Trump, and that discussion quickly turned to immigration and the 14th Amendment on October 30, just days after everyone was talking about political violence. Not anymore. But can Trump end birthright citizenship with an executive order, and is...


Episode 182: Federal Police Power?

More Does the general government have the authority to get involved in the horrible mass murder in PA? Short answer: No. Had the founding generation thought otherwise, the Constitution would not have been ratified. There are countless examples from the early federal period that point to opposition to federal overreach, but Americans today have become accustomed to it, so we accept it without asking any...


Episode 181: Progressive Neo-Confederates

More Hillary Clinton tweeted that the progressives need to start using the States to protect their citizens. Sounds a lot like nullification. Is Hillary a closet "neo-confederate?" The progressives have become more interested in real federalism since Trump won the 2016 election. Their dedication may be fleeting, but this provides a "think locally, act locally" teachable moment for The Brion McClanahan...


Episode 180: The Real Motivation Behind Confederate Monuments

More We've all been told by the "actual historians" that Confederate monuments were erected to perpetuate "white supremacy." Unfortunately for these "actual historians," they have no evidence. In fact, the primary documents point to an entirely different conclusion. The Oak Woods monument in Chicago proves the point. I discuss that monument and its dedication ceremony in this episode of The Brion...


Episode 179: Is the Electoral College Racist?

More The progressives want to kill the Electoral College. This isn't really new, but why is the bizarre part. They say it is a vestige of slavery. This is one of the more idiotic positions in a list of idiotic positions. The Electoral College had nothing to do with slavery, nor is it "racist." I discuss in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.