Richard C. Harwood from the Harwood institute joined us to talk about the Newtown 911 tapes.
In America one of the things we cherish most is the right to vote. Before America, most countries were ruled by monarchs, and theocracies. Of course you are aware that ancient Greece and India had some form of democracy, (wink wink) but it wasn't really until the great experiment known as the United States of America that we saw citizens voting for everything. Now we don't have records on voter turnout back around the founding of this country, but I would suggest it was pretty high. because their family members actually died for their right to vote. As the years passed and the country spread out, it became harder for people to actually vote.
The first record of voter turnout was 1828 with 57.6% In 1837 America experienced a financial panic. The election of 1840 had a turnout of 80.2%. That generation learned that it was very important to get educated about their candidates and their policies because they directly affect their lives. Voter turnout stayed in the high 70's low 80's for the rest of the decade. As the 1900's started people began to drift. Turnout was back in the 60's, then the 50's and finally below 50% by the 1920's. Amazingly the citizens didn't flood the polls in the 30's during the depression or WWII. But the election of 1952 brought the people back. Eisenhower vs Stevenson was a battle between isolationism and internationalism. American's hotly debated their role on the world stage.
But as the 1970's came in I believe an attitude of "there's no difference between who wins" came over the country. I've been shocked my entire life by political discussions I've had with other people. The first one I remember was with one of my grandparents who asked "what's the difference between Carter & Ford"? Even as a little boy I could tell you the difference between them. "Carter wants all of us to live in the dark and wear our coats indoors, and raise our taxes, while Ford doesn't" was my response. "Ahh they're both crooks" I was told. "In fact they're all crooks, we need to throw all the bums out".
Well who is going to throw them out? And replace them with whom? The easy way out is to say you can't effect change so you unplug. And perhaps you're right. They're all crooks, but they won't be thrown out, they can only be voted out...unless they're caught being crooks.
So one of my prayer's for our nation is that it's citizens realize that the success or failure of our country, state or town rests solely in our hands. If we can make politics fun, or even just interesting to people who normally don't pay attention to such things, then they will begin to become more envolved in the process of electing leaders. And by that I mean replace the the bums that need replacing!
3:05 No strong mayor? This makes us a weak city.
3:35 Harry Reid opts out of Obamacare. Its not good enough for him...but good enough for you.
4:05 Life in the fast lane...No more slow drivers in the fast lane.
4:35 A special guest will join us to talk about an upcoming show for the troops.
5:05 No strong mayor? This makes us a weak city.
5:35 Does Santa need Fighter jets from Norad?
We were shocked to learn that this commercial has been banned from this years Super Bowl because the NFL has a policy that won't allow "advertisements for ammunition, firearms or any other weapons". Firearms are constitutionally protected. That means we as a nation believe they are for our good. Yet the NFL says we can't even see an ad because it's too controversial. But alcohol which kills far more people annually than guns in this country is all over the NFL!
3:05 No security on healthcare.gov? The findings are amazing..
3:35 Why does NFL and Comcast have the right to ban advertisements from gun companies? http://nationalreview.com/corner/365236/nfl-wont-air-super-bowl-ad-gun-vendor-andrew-johnson
Author and Fox sports contributor Steve Eubanks calls in. http://www.foxsportscarolinas.com/steve-eubanks
4:05 What’s happening with the FBI? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/2/lawmakers-suspect-fbi-is-impeding-irs-inquiry-targ/
4:35 Not allowed to work but encouraged to beg. This story is a slap in the face.
5:05 No security on healthcare.gov? The findings are amazing..
5:35 Snap Judges on White Knoll former Thieving AD.