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Episode 121: Race and Reunion

Episode 121: Race and Reunion by Brion McClanahan

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Episode 120: Originalism is "Extreme"

More United States Senate candidate Roy Moore has been called an "extremist" for supporting...gasp...the founding generation and the Constitution. This is a troubling development but one that has been years in the making. The latest character assassination comes at the hands of CNN who ran a hit piece on Moore and The Tenth Amendment Center last week. Go figure. The attempt is clearly to reduce Moore's support in Alabama and make his...

Duration: 00:31:45

Episode 119: The American Anti-War Tradition

More If you listen to the neo-cons (and their progressive forefathers), Americans have always supported foreign adventurism and have a moral obligation to do so. But is this true? How many wars in American history have been popular? I answer that question in Episode 119 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:32:53

Episode 118: Is Federal Disaster Relief Constitutional?

More A listener asked me to address this question so here you go. Is federal disaster relief constitutional? Big question with three major hurricanes doing serious damage in the United States and Puerto Rico recently. Short answer: No. I give you some historical examples (Cleveland and Coolidge) and talk about the political problems with this question in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:31:19

Episode 117: Article V Convention

More A listener asked me if I support an Article V convention to amend the Constitution. Short answer, yes. There were many good amendments proposed by the States that did not make the final cut after the Constitution was ratified and there are also several good innovations in the Confederate Constitution of 1861. I proposed seven changes to the Constitution in my 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and I discuss those in this...

Duration: 00:32:12

Episode 116: The Winds of Change

More Catalonia independence was temporarily prevented by the heavy hand of the state. This was the news story throughout the day of October 1 and will be an important story moving forward. Much has changed since 1989 and 1990 when communist governments peacefully gave up power to secession and self-determination. How should Americans respond to these self-determinations movements? I talk about that in Episode 116 of The Brion...

Duration: 00:31:16

Episode 115: Reconstruction

More Reconstruction used to be described as a tragic period in American history. It is now labeled an "unfinished revolution." This lends to the current trend of American iconoclasm and the push for the eradication of Western Civilization. I discuss Reconstruction and its legacy and meaning in Episode 115 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:33:32

Episode 114: Political Football

More Donald Trump tells a crowd that NFL owners should fire players who take a knee. A few days later, 25% of NFL players took a knee and some refused to take the field during the "national anthem." One baseball players decided to take a knee as well and several NBA players took to social media to give Trump an earful. What is going on here? Several things, not the least of which is political football, or baseball, or basketball....

Duration: 00:31:50

Episode 113: James K. Polk

More People often ask me about James K. Polk. Wasn't he one of the greatest presidents in American history? His reputation has certainly received a boost in the last decade, and if we use that as a yardstick, I was cutting edge. As an undergraduate twenty years ago, I thought Polk was a fantastic president and wrote several laudatory research papers on the man. Boy was I wrong. Polk is a 19th century neo-con and his policies had a...

Duration: 00:32:00

Episode 112: State Constitutions

More The Constitution for the United States is not the only Constitution in the United States. There are fifty other constitutions that no one knows anything about. American constitutional history must involve not only a discussion about the "Constitution," but also the Articles of Confederation, the Confederate Constitution, and the several state constitutions. I cover the constitutions of the original thirteen states in this...

Duration: 00:31:56

Episode 111: Should the 17th Amendment Be Repealed?

More This has become a trendy position recently. Mike Huckabee made news by suggesting so after the Senate blocked the repeal of Obamacare. I have been saying this for almost a decade, but whose counting? The 17th did much to undermine real federalism in America, but it was already on life support before that. Still, a listener wanted me to talk about this issue so why not. Repeal the 17th!

Duration: 00:35:41

Episode 110: AHA Nonsense

More The AHA has told all of us idiots in America how to think about Confederate monuments. The question is, who are the idiots? They released a statement on August 28 presuming to speak for the entire American historical profession. Well, I am part of that profession, and I don't agree. I take their statement apart in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:32:04

Episode 109: Who was the first President of the United States?

More Who was the first President of the United States? Seems like a simple question with a simple answer, but some people have made it more complicated than it needs to be. They insist that there were over a dozen presidents BEFORE George Washington was sworn into office in 1789 because these men presided over the Congress under the Articles of Confederation. I discuss this position in Episode 109 of The...

Duration: 00:31:40

Episode 108: The (Implied) Power of Secession?

More You probably have heard this before. Secession is not legal because the Constitution does not expressly grant the states the power to leave the Union. I had some numbskull leave a "review" at Amazon of my 9 Presidents with this very critique. I couldn't resist the urge to take him down about one million notches. Plus, it provided a great opportunity to discuss the legality of secession.

Duration: 00:34:14

Episode 107: John Taylor of Caroline

More John Taylor of Caroline is truly one of the greatest Americans. I think so highly of Taylor that I included a chapter on him in my Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers and he is featured in my forthcoming How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America. I thought it would be a good time to visit Taylor and explain why he is a contemporary figure, or at least should be. American government and...

Duration: 00:34:13

Episode 106: How the 1990s Transformed America

More People often point to the 1960s as the decade that "screwed things up," and in many ways they are correct, but it wasn't until the 1990s that Americans witnessed a full expression of the 1960s cultural mentality. Pat Buchanan's 1992 "Culture Wars" speech was prophetic. He was, in many ways, 25 years ahead of his time, but the seeds were being sewn in the American academy and in pop culture for the...

Duration: 00:33:15

Episode 105: Political Parties

More Inquiring listeners want to know: has the United States always had a "two party system" and is that system codified in the Constitution? The answer is no to both, though there have always been factions in American government. Our "national" focus on American politics precludes us from looking to state and local solutions to problems and also distorts our understanding of the American political system. I...

Duration: 00:36:27

Episode 104: American Monuments

More Why were monuments and memorials built in the South during the late 19th and early 20th centuries? A better question would be why so many monuments and memorials were built across the entire United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Confederate memorials need to be viewed within the context of American--not just Southern--history at the time of their erection and dedication. Many of the...

Duration: 00:34:38

Episode 103: Remembering Who We Are

More American politics has devolved into emotivism. "I feel" has replaced "I think," particularly for the ideologues on the Left, the fascists, communists, and socialists. They thrive on emotion, which is why they pick issues that will elicit an emotional response. But that is not who we are. The people I know who support monuments and symbols--across the United States--do so because they have a tangible...

Duration: 00:34:39

Episode 102: Robert E. Lee

More Several people have asked me to respond to an Atlantic article about Robert E. Lee. I already did, over two years ago. Episode 102 republishes a talk I gave on Lee and the terrible book, Reading the Man by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, in January 2015, fully six months before the current pogrom on all things Southern began. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:49:39

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