Liberal Dan Radio 9/11/2019: #BlueWave with Isiah James NY-09 and more.

On the September 11, 2019 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

On the 18th anniversary of 9/11, Donald Trump has no official national security adviser. While the loss of Bolton is welcome, one can only imagine who will come next. Trump has also stated that he had a secret meeting set up with Taliban officials on US soil. I will discuss my problems with this. 

The New Orleans Saints are 1-0 and lead the division. However, Drew Brees still has yet to apologize for his collaboration with Focus on the Family. I will update you on that. 

And in the bottom half of the hour, I welcome Isiah James, candidate for the NY-09 congressional seat as part of my #BlueWave series. 

All those topics, Headlines, Words of Redneck Wisdom, Hypocrite of the Week, and more this week on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right. Wednesdays at 8pm Central on BlogTalkRadio. 

If you are listening after the live broadcast you can always comment on the show thread, on the Liberal Dan Facebook Page and on @LiberalDanRadio on Twitter. 

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

Liberal Dan Radio 9/4/2019: #BlueWave with Robert Emmons Jr and more

On the September 4th, 2019 episode of Liberal Dan Radio:

Donald Trump is changing how some children can become citizens. I will explain the changes and why it is bad for this country and for those serving the country in the military. 

Drew Brees, QB for the New Orleans Saints, has done an ad for Focus on the Family. I will explain why this is problematic and go over some choice bible verses to choose for the “bring your bible to school” event he is pushing in the ad. 

And at the bottom half of the hour, I will be welcoming Robert Emmons Jr, Candidate for IL-01, to discuss his campaign for Congress. 

Those topics, Headlines, Words of Redneck Wisdom, Hypocrite of the Week, and more this week on Liberal Dan Radio, talk from the left, that’s right. Wednesdays at 8pm Central on Blog Talk Radio. 

If you are listening after the live broadcast you can also leave your comments on the show thread on LiberalDan.com or on the Liberal Dan Radio Twitter Account or the Liberal Dan Facebook page

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

Bad Arguments for the Electoral College

Conservatives love the Electoral College. It is the only way that they were able to elect Donald Trump in 2016. In defending this antiquated institution, they unfortunately will bring out the same old tired arguments when the truth clearly shows that they cannot win without a system that is rigged in their favor. They gerrymander districts, they kick voters off the roles, and they hold on to the Electoral College that gives small states far too much power than even the founders intended.

Let’s start there. In his article against the attempts to pass the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV), Trent England suggests that small-town and rural America will be “reduced to serfdom” by the big bad mean city-folk. He feels that rural America will be taken advantage of if you don’t allow the Electoral College to stand as it is. Is that true though? Our founders put in a mechanism that exists simply to help smaller states from being trampled over by the larger ones. It is called the United States Senate. In the Senate, each state has the same power. While the electoral college does grant a state more say by allowing it to count all seats held in both chambers of Congress, I have discussed on my podcast previously that the number of House seats is artificially low. If we took the smallest population state (Wyoming) and used it as a base, and then counted how many “Wyomings” worth of population existed in each state, we would see that we would need about 100 more seats in the House than we currently have.

England says that the Electoral College makes it more difficult to win the Presidency. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Donald Trump won with fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. He literally had to convince fewer people than he would have needed to convince had we used a popular vote system. The Electoral College makes it so that you don’t have to campaign hard. In fact, anywhere between six and ten states are considered “in play” in any given election. While these may fluctuate every four years, candidates only have to campaign in these few states instead of having to convince all fifty that they are the right person for the job. How is that not making the campaign easier?

This also brings up the whole myth of the “flyover state”. Conservatives argue that eliminating the Electoral College will cause these rural states to be excluded from the process. I argue that the current system excludes many people from the process as it is. Many of those people live in those rural states. Candidates only need to focus on those ten states. Let’s look at the states that Donald Trump visited in the general election. Shall we?

Donald Trump Campaign Rallies

Each green dot represents a campaign rally. Notice where these rallies do not take place. None took place in Idaho. None took place in Montana. None took place in all these rural flyover areas. Why? Because the GOP knows that they have these states in the bag. There is no reason for either Presidential candidate to go to these states. The candidates are already treating them as flyover states. What would opening up the popular vote do? It would make every Democrat in those states important again. It would make every Republican in “safe” blue states important again as well. Candidates would have every reason to try and get every single possible vote they could get. These states would no longer be flown over.

England also states that by passing the NPV, states are violating the Constitution. I don’t believe this to be true. Each state is allowed to split up their electors as they see fit. Two states award electors by congressional district with two at-large electors to represent the Senate seats. If a state determines that it will award the electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote, then that is their prerogative.

Conservatives are scared that with more people voting, they are more likely to lose. That is why you see all these attempts by Conservatives to keep the vote down. Enacting a popular vote would absolutely drive up voter turnout because people in states that previously didn’t matter will now matter. The way that Conservatives fight this shows us that this is only good for liberals. That is why Conservatives have to come up with these bad arguments in support of the Electoral College. They need to hope that enough people will believe them. Now you know why you shouldn’t.

Liberal Dan Radio 08/14/2019: #BlueWave with Shaniyat Chowdhury NY-05

On the August 14, 2019 epsiode of Liberal Dan Radio

Did Epstein really commit suicide? Some people think it’s just a conspiracy theory that he was really murdered. Others believe the idea that he killed himself is just too coincidental. 

There was a USA Today editorial about the Electoral College vs the Popular Vote and it followed all the typical fallacies made in support of keeping the Electoral College. I have debunked them on Twitter and I will be discussing them here as well (unless the author decides he wants to discuss the issue on the show, in which case I have an open invitation to call in at 9PM my time). 

I will also have Shaniyat Chowdhury, candidate for the NY-05 district in Congress. We will be discussing his campaign and what he intends to bring to the US Congress. 

Those issues, headlines, hypocrite of the week, and words of redneck wisdom;  Wednesday at 8pm Central on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right. 

If you are listening after the live broadcast you can always comment on the show thread or leave a response on the Liberal Dan Facebook Page or the Liberal Dan Radio Twitter account


Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro here.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

Liberal Dan Radio 8/7/2019: #BlueWave with Javahn Walker NJ-06

On the August 7, 2019 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

Multiple mass shootings have taken place over the past week. I will be discussing the issue of gun control and disproportionate policing by law enforcement in the top half of the show. 

And then at 8:30 PM central I will be inviting Javahn Walker, candidate for the NJ-06 congressional race. We will see what Mr. Walker has to offer and why he believes he will be an improvement over the incumbant. 

Those issues, headlines, words of redneck wisdom, and hypocrite of the week at 8pm Central on Blog Talk Radio. 

Remember, if you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave your comments on the Liberal Dan Radio Facebook Page and on the show thread here. 

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro here.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

*Note: The title of the show is not meant as an endorsement. All candidates are welcome to discuss their campaign on the show.

Liberal Dan Radio 7/24/2019: The Mueller Report Testimony

On the July 24, 2019 episode of Liberal Dan Radio:

More bigotry and xenophobia from the Trump administration on immigration. When will it end?

And when will people finally have enough of Trump encouraging others to act out? 

And today was the Mueller testimony in Congress. Did it actually accomplish anything? 

Those stories, headlines, words of redneck wisdom, and hypocrite of the week Wednesday at 8pm Central on Blog Talk Radio. 

If you are listening after the live broadcast, remember to comment ont he show thread on liberaldan.com or on the Liberal Dan Facebook Page

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro here.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

A Hard Day For Patriotism

Remember when the Fourth of July was a day of family and patriotism? People from all backgrounds would get together and cook out on the grill, spend time with family, and perhaps watch a fireworks show on TV or somewhere close to where they lived. It was a day where we would celebrate the idea of what America is supposed to be, even though attempts to stick to those ideals have many times missed the mark.

This July 4th is, to be frank, a joke. Donald J. Trump is taking a day that is supposed to be a celebration of our country and is instead putting on a vanity show to stroke his own ego. His so called “Salute To America” is nothing more than a Soviet Bloc party. He has requested tanks in the streets of Washington D.C. as well as flyovers by several different aircraft. The National Park Service is spending $2.5 million on this event when it already has a backlog of projects that need to be completed. That amount of money is likely far less than the total costs that will be incurred today.

Who is attending this event? There is free access for the public. However, there is also a VIP section in front that will require tickets for entry. Both political appointees of this administration and major Republican donors will be receiving tickets to this event. The Democratic National Committee has confirmed that they have not received tickets to hand out while the Republican National Committee has. Ego stroking aside, this event will serve as a political tool to reward people supporting Trump’s reelection. I hope nobody is still holding their breath for a swamp draining to take place in D.C.

The most hypocritical portion of this is that our founding document states that people have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. While this administration spreads money across the capitol like a bachelor at a strip club, people who have come here simply to live free and pursue happiness are locked up in cages and are being denied basic necessities of life. Desperate families, like Oscar Martinez and Angie Valeria, have died simply trying to get into our country. At least seven children have died in U.S. custody after being detained. These facilities are overcrowded and lack the basic items needed to survive.

What we have today is one giant propaganda tool meant to mask the violations of civil liberties being perpetuated by this administration. A large portion of Americans will applaud Dear Leader as he cozies up with our enemies and seeks to emulate them. Make no mistake. This is not making America great. The salute I share today is for Donald Trump and it consists of only one finger.