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15 July 2015

“No Conservatism Without a Religious Foundation” – Russell Kirk

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - Russell Kirk asked, "Can there be any robust conservatism in American life WITHOUT a religious devotion?" The answer is a resounding "No". He also wrote that a society that denies religion also lacks faith, charity, and compassion and "When a nation ignores the divine authority, it soon commits the excesses of fanatic nationalism, intoxicated with its own unchecked power, which have made the twentieth century terrible." He wrote this back in 1957, how do you think he would feel now? With everyone clamouring for one-size-fits-all solutions for everything from gun laws to abortions and America having troops in practically every country on the planet? For more on this be sure and check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you don't already have one!
11 June 2015

What is Conservatism? According to Russell Kirk It’s A Set of Principles, Not Party Politics.

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - Conservatism isn't about political parties or even politics in general. Simply put, it's about conserving the good things in one's life. Conserving your family, relationships with friends, culture, history, community, nature, etc. You wouldn't try to conserve the bad or evil things in your life would you? Russell Kirk gives us ten principles that we should follow as conservatives, and not too surprisingly if you listen to this show, none of them directly involve politics. They can certainly be applied to the way you think about politics, and they should, but they aren't a set a laws you must follow to be a member of the GOP. For more on this, be sure and check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you haven't already!
09 June 2015

What Does The Conservative Gentleman Wear In These Modern Times?

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - When people are wearing flip flops and camo gear... to Mass, what is the Conservative Gentleman to wear? Well, much like in the political realm, there is not specific guide, but we have history to guide us. We can look back at some of the great conservatives, Russell Kirk and T.S. Elliot for example, to see what they wore, which was mostly suits and ties. Many men's styles were created in the 1930's and these styles are not stuck in those times, you can take the clothing of that era, wear it now, and it is very appropriate. We need to have a revolution not only in our morals and values, but also in our dress. For more on this be sure and check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you haven't already!
15 November 2013

Gentlemanly Virtues Come From Obedience To The Unenforceable

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – There is a creed that we’ve been talking about for about a year on this show called obedience to the unenforceable. What is obedience to the unenforceable and why does it matter? How would you apply it to Mark Wahlberg? Obedience to the unenforceable is you choose not to do things. You censor yourself. You choose to not use that language that popped into your head and you went: I can’t wait to drop this F-bomb in front of other people. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
07 November 2013

1953: Two Roads Diverged In America, And We Unfortunately Took The One More Traveled

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - Russell Kirk published "The Conservative Mind" in 1953, guess what ELSE was published in 1953? The scientific "discoveries" that were predicted to, by now, have delivered our scientifically engineered and guided, utopia. Two schools of thought in the same year and most Americans followed the scientific one, not the one that would have improved their spiritual lives with what Kirk called "the permanent things". Things such as morality and values. We have been becoming more and more of a scientific society since 1953 and forgetting about "the permanent things", these are the most important things in our life, not engineering our genes to create perfect children. For more on this be sure and check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you haven't already!
05 November 2013

Senator Mike Lee, Talking True Conservative Sense And Reason

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – This story here in The Atlantic, Mike Lee, talking about how the GOP has got to part with spin and personality. Well, now, Lee is wise to say this because spin and personality are what? What is that? That’s sophistry. It means nothing. All it does is allow people to use the term “conservative” to personally and monetarily benefit from it. In other words, it’s nothing more than a marketing slogan. He’s right. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
31 October 2013

Andrew Sullivan’s Take On Conservatism And Whether It Can Be Saved

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Well, open today’s Pile of Prep and you will find a link and a quote to a blog post written by Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan writes at The Dish, which is a website that he -- he used to write for The Atlantic. He went out on his own. He’s one of these guys that’s trying to be an independent and not have to work for the man, as it were. He has a brief piece titled “Can American Conservatism Be Saved?” In the piece we find some, I think, worthy discussion. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
18 October 2013

Conservatism – The Most Misused Word In Politics

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I have a very intriguing thought to add to this discussion about intellect and about what conservatives ought to do. As a nonconformist member of the worst generation, I think the major problem we have today is we’re not smart enough to have studied, or we’re not studious to know what words actually mean. We use many words out of context. The most bastardized and abused word out there is the word conservative. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
11 October 2013

Patrick Deneen Asks A Great Question: “What Is An American Conservative?”

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – There is an essay at The American Conservative Magazine website. [mocking] “Mike, you were hard on The American Conservative Magazine yesterday.” Yeah, well, I was just being honest. I don’t ask for jingoism from anyone else, so I don’t expect that anyone expects they’re going to get jingoism or Homerism from yours truly. In any event, The American Conservative Magazine’s Patrick J. Deneen posts what I think is an article -- this is not internet folly, not fantasy, not made up and comprised of a bunch of forwarded, hackneyed emails that aren’t true. The title of the piece is “What Is an American Conservative?” That is a great question. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
08 October 2013

Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind – 60 Years Later

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The question remains: What is to be done? This is where we turn to Dr. Russell Kirk and to Bruce Frohnen’s piece at The Imaginative Conservative. This is also posted in today’s Pile of Prep. Bruch Frohnen is writing about The Conservative Mind, which is 60 years old this year. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
27 September 2013

Culture Turned Inside Out – Gays Can Be Gay But Straights Can’t Be Straight

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Now what formerly was normal, for 10,000 years of recorded history was being normal and as being biologically necessary for the next generation is now not permitted. It may not be legally not permitted, but now it is politically incorrect. They will make sure to enforce this on college campuses by ostracizing people or by intimidation. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
16 September 2013

With Religion Gone, People Turn To The State To Organize Their Lives

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – What’s a cult? Back in the day, a couple thousand years ago, humans organized into cults. Almost all cults had their basis in religion. It doesn’t matter what religion it was, whether it was Buddhism or mysticism or Judaism or Islam before the advent of the prophet Mohammed. I guess there were Hellenic religions, worshiping or believing in Greek gods and then Roman gods and what have you. It didn’t matter because the cult organized itself around the religion. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
22 July 2013

Phil Mickelson Is A True Gentleman Athlete And Role Model

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Let’s stop right there. Some of you are going: Okay, what’s the point? Is there a punchline here, Mike? Well, there actually is. I have heard others who have won golf or football or baseball or basketball championships that say it’s the greatest moment of their lives. Mickelson said, and he repeated it, said it twice that it was the greatest moment of his career. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
15 July 2013

Interview With Brad Birzer On Conservatism, John Dickinson And More

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Brad is a professor at Hillsdale College. He is the author of the book about Charles Carroll of Carrolton, American Cicero, a great book about a forgotten founding father. He is also the editor of The Imaginative Conservative website, which we had Winston Elliott on yesterday and talked about. Brad is part of what I like to call the conservative revival. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
12 July 2013

Interview With Winston Elliott III From The Imaginative Conservative

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Let’s go over to the Dude Maker Hotline and say hello to my dear friend, the one and only Winston Elliott, III of TheImaginativeConservative.org website, the place to tickle your brain cells on a daily basis and read about what actual and real conservatives of days gone by might have said about today’s conservative, and then some of today’s conservatives and what they say about the future of conservatism. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
29 May 2013

“Normal” In Modern Society Is No Indicator Of Morals Or Virtues

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Frohnen writing at Imaginative Conservative, a brilliant essay under the title “What is Normal? Culture Wars & the Boy Scouts.” I think this has everything to do with it. Is it even permissible to describe anything as normal today if it’s not really abnormal? Abnormal is basically then the new normal. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
08 May 2013

Law & Order – Too Many Laws, Not Enough Order

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – When James Madison was writing Federalist Paper No. 62, I think, something like that, when he was writing that particular Federalist Paper and he was pining away from a check on the excesses of the state legislatures -- he wanted a veto on the acts of the states -- the reason he gave was that you had to have some kind of a board of revision that could look at laws that were injurious to liberty and could repeal them. If law became too complex and if there were too many laws that were passed, then nobody could possibly obey them because they could not possibly know what they all are. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
27 April 2013

The Conservative Brand And True Conservatism Are Two Very Different Things

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I would like to draw the distinction between what basically today is entertainment that is labeled and branded as intellectual thought. It’s not intellectual thought. It is entertainment that may be amenable and may appeal to people who believe themselves to be conservative, but it is not an intellectual and well thought out and principled conservatism, not of the order of the Russell Kirks and this gentleman I was reading, of the great Mel Bradford, guys how just put enormous amounts of thought and research and reflection into it. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
29 March 2013

God Is The Answer And Must Be Restored

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - Why do they continue to tell us that there really is no God and he has no part in any of our affairs public or private? Why do they continue to tell us that there is no such thing as good manners, because if you exhibit good manners you must be some sort of a chauvinistic, bigoted pig? Why, Mr. Church, why? The why is because there is no Him. He has been chased out of our lives. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
26 March 2013

Are You Political Or Politicized?

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – We always think of things in terms of politics. Everything is political, especially when you are doing talk radio. You’re supposed to be all political all the time. There’s no room for the philosophical. There’s no room for the intellectual. By the by, the intellectual is separable from the political. The two are not joined at the hip. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
22 February 2013

Conservative Is Just A Brand…And It’s Definitely Not Libertarian

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Conservatism has very little to do with politics. As a matter of fact, the natural conservative inclination is to not get involved in politics because of its corrupting influences. The conservative instinct is to always try and prevent most things from becoming part of the political process. That ought to be the natural position of the conservative, that the things we want to preserve we want to preserve through divinity. We want to preserve through obedience to the unenforceable. We want to preserve through acknowledgment and a life lived in acknowledgment of the Transcendant. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
19 December 2012

If We’re Going to Have Mental Health Test for Gun Owners… Why Not For Fat People?

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Audio and Transcript - What about fat people? More people die from obesity than die from gun violence every year. Shouldn’t we try to figure out what the mental state of mind is of Fat Albert, try to figure out how we can stop fat people from becoming fat? Maybe there’s a mental health cure. Maybe if we just mentally observed. Hang on, before you can eat a Twinkie, before you can partake of your first taste of products made with high fructose corn syrup, you’ve got to pass this mental health exam. We’ve got to make sure you’re not going to become the next Fat Bastard out there. Check out the rest in today's audio and transcript...
19 December 2012

Pat Buchanan: We Are A Soulless People Explains Newtown, CT… NOT Guns

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - After I was done weeping for those children, as I sat there like a sponge in a chair boohooing and praying for those children’s souls in Connecticut, the next thought turns to anger, then rage, then to why. Then when you start trying to process it, or the way my mind works anyways, my next thought was: What is it that was lacking in that young man’s mind, in his heart and in his soul that gave any cover whatsoever, logical, illogical, sane, insane, whatever, to that taking of life? Was there a lack of a soul there? The nut job that went into the theater during the Batman movie, was there a lack of a soul there? Was there no fear of atonement in the afterlife? The lunatic that tried to murder Gabriel Giffords, was there no fear of what would happen to him in the afterlife if he was successful? I think the answer is clear on that. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
30 November 2012

Caller Rejects Humane Economy… Wants to be Radically Autonomous

Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Audio and Transcript - When I hear you say “They can’t come home. Get out. Who is this freeloader here?” Maybe he’s not really a freeloader. Maybe you’re looking at the glass the wrong way. Maybe the natural tendency always was to go home. Maybe the natural conservative leaning is that we have homes and a housing market so that homes are not investment, homes are where families are raised. If it’s 20 or if it’s three, what difference does it make? It’s the familial unit and the concept of family that, I think, takes the backseat to ramblings about economics and housing markets and how we need to status-tize it, keep track of it. To me, it’s antithetical to the traditional conservative view of things. Check out today's audio and transcript for more...
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