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Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Bruce Bartlett is kind of one of us.  He was run out of all polite, acceptable Republican circles when he opposed the Iraq war and then began writing about the horrors of the Bush presidency and what it did to some of the things that had survived the Reagan presidency as, shall we say, tenets of conservatism.  I’m still not sure how actual conservative they were, but they were certainly more conservative than what we have today.  Check out today’s transcript for the rest….

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Mike:  I wanted to run this past you.  Bruce Bartlett is kind of one of us.  He was run out of all polite, acceptable Republican circles when he opposed the Iraq war and then began writing about the horrors of the Bush presidency and what it did to some of the things that had survived the Reagan presidency as, shall we say, tenets of conservatism.  I’m still not sure how actual conservative they were, but they were certainly more conservative than what we have today.  Bartlett started noticing something.  Bartlett has also been an opponent of the Tea Party Movement because it is, as he says, an anti-intellectual movement.  That may be true but that doesn’t mean that anti-intellectuals can’t participate in politics, especially since we have to participate.  Here’s his opinion piece today at Politico, “The Moderate Republican’s Case for Trump – Only Trump can make the GOP sane again—by losing in a landslide to Hillary Clinton.”

David Simpson:  Please enlighten me because I’m confused.

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With the Tea Party now in control of the Republican nominating process, where only a small number of activists participate, it became the tail wagging the GOP dog. No matter how dumb or demented Tea Party demands were, the Republican leadership had to accommodate them—there’s always time in the crowded legislative schedule for yet another vote to

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Mike:  There is little wisdom in that.  This is the problem with opinion.  Everything cannot be based on opinion.  You can’t get anywhere.  There’s nowhere to go with things that are all based on opinion.  There has to be something that is significant, transcendental, and doesn’t have an expiration date.  We call it the truth.  As I was telling the audience last hour, some of you people would, if you could get away with it, probably try and repeal the laws of gravity.  We know that you cannot repeal the law of gravity.  What makes you think you can repeal natural law that applies to man?  Man lives under the same law because the same creator that gave gravity gave man.  This is so simple to understand, yet living in the age of science, it flies over people’s heads.  [mocking] “I’m not going to live like that.”  I guarantee before the day has ended, the cock will crow three times.  Someone is going to say [mocking] “Your analogy was incorrect about man and the law of gravity.  The two are totally separate.  One is a geological force.  It’s a force of cosmology and the universe and the other has nothing to do with cosmology.”

Simpson:  Going back to create, you say I believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth.  The law of gravity did not exist before he put everything into existence.  It doesn’t have to exist.  It doesn’t even have to apply at all times.  Miracles can – but we don’t believe in all that stuff.

Mike:  Let’s talk about the Bruce Bartletts of the world.  We’re in the middle of a campaign again.  We’re going to be clobbered over the head with anti-intellectual, cliché-laden opinion from now until November 2016.

Simpson:  I think the important question to ask at this point is: Mike, how did you know that?  What did you spot?  Somebody might have been listening to that while you were reading going: Rah, rah, absolutely, three bags full.  They were all over it thought it was good stuff.  Immediately when you started reading it my hackles went up and I said: Boloney.  How did David Simpson and Mike Church come to the conclusion immediately or almost instantaneously that it was full of errors?  I don’t know what else to say about that.  The answer that we have steeped our mind in philosophic reasoning, so that’s my little plug for our philosophy course that you and I are doing every Tuesday night.  Philosophic reasoning is steeped on a basis in reality.

As an example, when you said the Tea Party took over the Republican Party, I’m in reality.  I’m in the Republican Party, kind of begrudgingly.  When the Tea Party exploded, I went to the first Tea Party meeting in St. Tammany Parish.  The first thing that happened when we walked in was three bigwig Republicans walked in and took over the meeting.  I know what happened to the Tea Party.  They were taken over by the same group that’s been running the Republican Party for as long as we’ve been alive.  You guys say: Oh, Dave, that’s anecdotal evidence.  That doesn’t prove anything.  How do we know that nationally that was done?  I know it was because I see the exact same policies being done, the same fruits falling off the tree.

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