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Against Nice Podcast
0 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Why we are "Against Nice"
What in the world do we mean "Against Nice." Jim Pfaff shares his idea behind this concept. Aren't "nice" people who we should aspire to be? Don't nice people have good intentions? What does it mean to be nice? Jim talks about why he says "nice people are often meanest, most evil people in the world. Sure, motivations may seem good. The goals may sound like something we want. But "nice" people have an idea in their mind they want to impose upon you. On the other hand, kindness is a much different motivation. Kind people think of others before themselves. There are times kindness has a gentle approach. But kindness must at times correct bad ideas and actions. Parents are kind when they discipline their children. But no child thinks discipline is very nice when it's happening. Listen to the podcast to learn more. And you can read Jim's ideas about the harm in being "nice" at www.PoliticsIsntNice.com.
61 minutes | Nov 28, 2020
Gun Control Laws Can Kill: The Nikki Goeser interview
Nikki Goeser is on the podcast today. She tells a story of loss more tragic than any person should have to face. It was more than 10 years ago in a bar in Nashville, Tennessee. Nikki Goeser and her husband Ben were doing their karaoke business on the side one evening. Then they saw him. Nikki had been stalked for some time by a strange man. It had been a concern. But to that point it had been managed. Yet there he was in the bar. And then it happened. Ben was shot multiple times in the chest by this murderer in a bar where guns are not allowed. Nikki had made the fateful decision to follow the law and keep her gun in her car. And now she will never know if she might have been able to stop this tragedy. The murderer broke the law carrying in a gun-free zone. Nikki followed the law. And life hasn't been the same since. I had the honor of working with Nikki Goeser when I was Chief of Staff for Cong. Thomas Massie of Kentucky. I've always been amazed how strong she is having suffered this horrible tragedy in her life. After Ben was shot, she eventually got involved to help others by giving them the chance she didn't have. She became an activist for Second Amendment rights working to remove restrictions placed upon law-abiding gun owners placing them at risk of harm by law-breakers. Go to StalkedAndDefenseless.com to learn more about Nikki's story. And buy her book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
94 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Joe Biden Says Healthcare Is a Right? Or Is Government the Problem: The Greg Dattilo-Dave Racer interview
Joe Biden in the last Trump/Biden debate said that healthcare is a human right. Is that true? Or is there a better way to get everyone covered without excessive government intervention? Well, I decided to ask my friends Greg Datillo and Dave Racer to come on the podcast to talk about it. For decades, they have been researching healthcare. They're experts on the real situation we are facing in the industry now and how government intervention has created the situation we are in now. Healthcare may seem scarce and unavailable to some on the Left. But what causes the scarcity? It's because the federal government overregulates the industry. Washington, DC regulations that took full force in the 1965 Great Society programs took us down a dark path. And successive federal efforts to shape the system have caused great harm ever since. Healthcare providers--whether insurance companies or the pharmaceutical industry--keep hidden the real costs. We need to reform the system to those of us who use the system know what we're paying for. Datillo and Racer have developed a plan that can work. In this podcast, we talk about what brought us to this place where government controls healthcare and some ideas about how we can inject free-market solutions. The problem can be fixed. The plan that Greg Datillo and Dave Racer have put together can be found at their website, Healthcare 2020: Connecting the Dots. Since 1975, Greg Dattilo has served as an employee benefits consultant offering health insurance coverage to thousands of Americans. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dattilo Consulting, Inc., and ClientServ, LLC, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Greg is a lecturer on insurance and health care issues, Greg is the co-author with Dave Racer of four national books about the U.S. health care system. Dave Racer, MLitt, received his Master of Letters Degree from Oxford Graduate School in 2009. Dave’s master’s thesis is titled A Comprehensive Approach to Health Care Reform in the United States: 25 Keys to Understanding the Challenges. Dave is a writer, researcher, publisher, speaker, and teacher. He has written and/or edited more than 50 books, 21 of which focus on health care and health finance issues, five, including this publication, co-authored with Greg Dattilo.
73 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Where Art, Cartoons, and Politics Meet: The Gary Varvel Interview
Gary Varvel is an award winning editorial cartoonist who helped set the stage for today's online political humor. Gary Varvel is a Christian, conservative national award-winning, syndicated political cartoonist for Creators Syndicate. He's one of the premier cartoonists in an art form that once dominated the editorial pages of local and national newspapers. Gary is also a speaker and filmmaker. Cartoonists like he and Michael Ramirez set the stage for satire websites like The Babylon Bee and The Onion. Gary has a Midwestern touch in his art and politics as a cartoonist. But his influence on political thought has gained a following nationwide. And his ideas and humor have moved political thought across the country for decades. Gary is the former editorial cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star. Varvel's work is nationally syndicated in over 125 newspapers through Creators Syndicate. His cartoons have appeared on CNN, Fox News and in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Newsday, USA Today, Washington Times, National Review, and Sports Illustrated. Varvel has been married to his wife, Carol since 1980 and they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Varvel is also a Board Member of House of Grace Films and Co-writer, actor, and Producer of the films: The Board (2009) and The War Within (2014) which won 7 film festival awards. Visit Gary Varvel's website at www.GaryVarvel.com The radical socialist Democrats may be pulling the levers behind the curtain for Joe Biden's presidential campaign.
70 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Can we return to Liberty? The Austin Peterson interview
The ideals of Liberty are sorely wanting in today's American Republic. Some are willing to fight to reassert constitutional principles even though our two-party system resists any attempt to return power to the people. Austin Petersen represents a new generation of libertarian leaders who remain faithful to the promotion of liberty and constitutional principles in the public square. As a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate and GOP Senate candidate in Missouri, he doesn't just sit on the sidelines wishing things would change. Libertarians have been suspicious of Donald Trump. Whether it's the continuing growth in federal spending, executive orders, and trade sanctions and tarrifs, they often remain skeptical. But as Trump takes on the "military-industrial complex" returning troops and continues to push back against federal power Donald Trump has also taken actions about which libertarians should be pleased. Austin made waves in the libertarian movement recently because he said he might vote for Donald Trump. We discuss the fallout and why libertarians should think about taking the gains Trump has given them. And we consider the state of the liberty movement today. Austin Peterson hosts the KWOS Morning Show in Jefferson City, MO. In addition to being a Former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate and former GOP US Senate candidate in Missouri, Austin is a former Associate Producer of Judge Andrew Napolitano's FoxBusiness show FreedomWatch. He is the owner of The Libertarian Republic news magazine. He also is the owner of a French Bulldog and a new website, FrenchieBS.com.
87 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Dealing With Politics, Culture, and Sasquatch In 2020: The Leland Conway Interview
Leland Conway. Host of The Disruption Zone. You're about to listen to a really fun podcast. Leland Conway is one of the most interesting guys in media you never heard of. He comes from a liberty/constitutional perspective in his politics. And he has excellent guests on his podcast The Disruption Zone. We covered a lot here. How will Republicans connect to voters in a post-Donald Trump world? What will be the long-term effects of the protests and riots, and can we survive the fallout? We discuss border and immigration. You'll be surprised because it's not the normal pablum politicians spew out. And we finally discuss the “Conway is the Right Way” Conway/Sasquatch 2020 platform. It covers everything from building a badass military, agriculture reform and banning dudes from wearing Man Buns. Leland Conway is the host of his podcast, The Disruption Zone. It's a fascinating look at politics and culture. And he always has awesome guests. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram. As Leland Conway always says, "Watch out for Sasquatch!" Who's that behind Leland Conway!?
93 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
We need a Third Great Awakening: The Pastor Steve Holt Interview
Pastor Steve Holt, The Road at Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs, CO. Pastor Steve Holt has been my Pastor and friend for many years. He has a keen insight into what's going on in the Christian church in America. And he is concerned about how disconnected the Church is in our culture and how we got here. Steve has been praying for and believes God may be moving us toward a Third Great Awakening. I've been talking about this for some years now. American Christians gave up their ability to stand for and reveal the truth in culture through many years of neglect and misguided theology and "church growth" methods. I believe it has a lot to do with the Church abdicating its responsibility. Steve has been working in his community to encourage a "Kingdom Revolution" where Christians revisit Christ's command to influence society. Steve is the Pastor of The Road in Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a writer of two books. Worshipper Warrior: A 21 Day Journey into the Dangerous Life of David, and God Wild Marriage. You can follow Steve on his website or on Facebook and Instagram. You can also listen to his online sermons here.
0 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
We need a Third Great Awakening: The Pastor Steve Holt Interview
Pastor Steve Holt, The Road at Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs, CO. Pastor Steve Holt has been my Pastor and friend for many years. He has a keen insight into what's going on in the Christian church in America. And he is concerned about how disconnected the Church is in our culture and how we got here. Steve has been praying for and believes God may be moving us toward a Third Great Awakening. I've been talking about this for some years now. American Christians gave up their ability to stand up for and reveal the truth in culture. I believe it has a lot to do with the Church abdicating its responsibility. Steve has been working in his community to encourage a "Kingdom Revolution" where Christians revisit Christ's command to influence society. Steve is the Pastor of The Road in Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a writer of two books. Worshipper Warrior: A 21 Day Journey into the Dangerous Life of David, and God Wild Marriage. You can follow Steve on his website or on Facebook and Instagram. You can also listen to his online sermons here.
89 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Are We Descending Into Chaos? Interview with Bazzel Baz
Bazzel Baz has one of the most interesting personal stories you'll come across. He is a former CIA agent who has seen much when it comes to international intrigue. And he an expert on terrorism and international political movements and how they undermine countries. He is passionate about the Constitution and American liberty. And he is concerned for our country right now. We discuss this on the podcast, and he has some concerning insights about where the violence on American streets could progress to further civil unrest. Also talk about the COVID-19 response and how it has been affecting our freedoms. As a Christian, he is concerned about how people of faith are responding to all of this. And he has suggestions about what people can do to respond. He says that the Democratic Party needs to be aware that "the Dragon they intend to release is going to come back and eat them." The American people aren't going to put up with the defunding of police and the wanton destruction of property. He sees a strong political revolt coming. Baz is well-known globally for his expertise in counter-terrorism and international intelligence. He's an ex-Marine Special Ops and CIA agent. He’s the author of "Terrorism Survival Handbook". He's a former CNN and MSNBC spokesperson on the war on Terrorism and Homeland Security. He is also a film and television writer, producer, and actor. He heads up the organization Recovery of Children which uses the expertise of former special ops agents to save children around the world from slavery and sex trafficking. Baz travels nationally and internationally speaking to corporate leaders, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and other venues. And he is a former actor on television shows especially The Blacklist. Books: "Terrorism Survival Handbook." “Something Bigger than Overthrowing Small Governments” Autobiography Children’s’ books: “And so he did” and “The Narrow View”
79 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
The Woke Supremacy Wants to Take Your Freedom: The Evan Sayet Interview
Conservative political comedian Evan Sayet. Cancel Culture is having a big impact on society. It's just another form of fascism. Evan Sayet has been documenting this radical most often Marxist inspired movement for some time. And he wrote the book "The Woke Supremacy: An Anti-Socialist Manifesto" to explain the problem and talk about what to do about it. It's a perfect discussion for the Against Nice podcast. We've been telling people for some time why it's time to stop being so nice. It's time to push back against the mob. The intimidation and fear the Woke Supremacists are pushing takes courage away from many. Americans have historically opposed these affronts to our freedom. Evan and I talk about why we need to change course quickly before our freedoms are gone forever at the hands of leftist Marxists. Evan Sayet is the country's leading conservative, political comedian. And he's a close friend. He grew up in New York and ended up in Hollywood to pursue his stand-up career and he was also a writer for comedians like Arsenio Hall and Bill Maher. Evan was a lifelong East Coast liberal. He says on his website he recognized after 9/11 "that he had been acting as a knee-jerk Liberal, but was, in reality, a conservative at heart. From that moment, he has dedicated himself to conserving and promoting the values of America that has given him the freedom and allowed him to pursue his life of liberty and happiness." Evan is also the author of KinderGarden Of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks.
71 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
America Needs A New Birth of Justice: The Matt Kibbe Interview.
Matt Kibbe, Chief Community Organizer at Free the People. America is trying to find itself again. You can see it in our politics, in our system of justice, in our institutions, and on the streets. Matt Kibbe has a way of telling the stories behind the turmoil and providing practical answers to our country's challenges. In this interview, we discuss how the COVID-19 response has threatened our liberties and why we must be concerned and take action. We also take a look at an amazing restorative justice effort in Longmont, CO which is transforming lives and restoring a community that has dealt with new challenges in a new era. As the "Chief Community Organizer" at Free the People, Matt Kibbe is leading a team that tells the stories of American liberty. They are helping inform us how we can preserve liberty and justice for all. Free the People isn't bound by political parties. They promote freedom and a sharing economy which respects the reality that no one knows better how to determine your life than you do. By exposing and breaking down unnecessary government control in education and the cronyism so prevalent in our institutions, we can build a better life. Free the People is inspiring a new generation with this message and how to make liberty a reality. Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning the next generation on to the values of liberty. They're reaching the “liberty curious” through social media, video, and storytelling. He is also an Executive Producer at BlazeTV, where he produces the Kibbe on Liberty podcast as well as The Deadly Isms, a documentary series about the dangers of all flavors of authoritarianism.
73 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Was Jesus a Socialist? Lawrence W. Reed on the Against Nice Podcast.
Lawrence W. Reed. President Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. FEE.org Was Jesus a Socialist? Lots of people in the evangelical community are asking this. But Lawrence W. Reed says they are flat out wrong. If anything, Jesus endorsed of free-market capitalism. Larry Reed explains why in this version of the Against Nice podcast. Larry Reed believes in free markets and individual liberty. These are fundamental principles in our American republic. Economic freedom leads to overall good outcomes for citizens and an overall benefit to the entire society. Lawrence W. Reed is President Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education where he served as President for 20 years. His book Was Jesus a Socialist? has made waves by turning the discussion back to scripture and away from mere personal opinion and political farce. You can follow him at www.LawrenceWReed.com.
75 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
People in academia and public life hiding in fear for their careers
I had a chance to talk with Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University. Professor George is a highly respected and sought after expert on legal and cultural issues. In a recent Twitter thread, he described conversations he had with a number of academics who are concerned about their careers if the Woke crowd picks up on any public comments they make. Professor George and I discuss this problem and why people of goodwill need to stand together against progressive censorship. Academic institutions have been under attack for decades. As far back as the early 20th Century, progressive and Marxist efforts to control the Academy have been underway. But, in recent decades, academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas have been nearly shut down. Why is this happening? What is the effect upon our present public debate? Can we successfully oppose this assault on the First Amendment and our basic freedoms? Professor George answers these questions. Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the co-author of the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience. He and his friend Harvard Professor Cornell West have been promoting a statement on "Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression" to shed light on the attacks against the pursuit of knowledge and free expression.
40 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Religious Freedom and Abortionist Hijinx with Troy Newman on the Against Nice Podcast
Governors are closing down churches all over the country. California has made it illegal to sing worship songs. And the Supreme Court recently ruled in the Calvary Chapel Dyson Valley v. Sisolak that the state of Nevada can restrict church attendance to a maximum of 50 people, but casinos and other businesses can operate a 50% capacity. This is not law. And it's a clear violation of the First Amendment. I brought my friend Troy Newman of Operation Rescue on the Saturday show I am doing on WYDE in Birmingham, Alabama. We talked about how the COVID scare has put religious liberty at risk. And we also talked about some absurd statements that an abortionist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has been saying about God endorsing abortion. This is the pro-life, pro-religious-liberty version of the Against Nice podcast.
62 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Rachel Bovard on Social Media Giants on the Against Nice Podcast
Are you concerned about how social media giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and others are dominating our political and cultural debate? You should be. Rachel Bovard joins the Against Nice podcast to talk about why this is a huge problem and what's at stake for our future. This interview happened just last week as the House Judiciary Committee was debating the issue in Washington. Conservatives are being targeted on social media. And companies are shutting out competition. Should these companies be broken up through Anti-Trust laws? Should they be required to give conservative voices free rein on their platforms? This is a critical issue for our Republic. Rachel Bovard has over a decade of experience fighting for conservative policies in Washington. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul. She works for the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization founded by former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint which serves and connects conservative causes in Washington, DC.
71 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Adam Andrzejewski from OpenTheBooks.com on Against Nice
Government spending is out of control! And it seems it will never stop. As Ronald Reagan once said, "[A] government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" We couldn't agree more, but it's much worse now than he could have imagined. And we talk about it on this podcast. Adam Andrzejewski (ANGIE-EFF-SKI) is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of OpenTheBooks.com, the world's largest private database of government spending. Adam is an entrepreneur. Before founding OpenTheBooks, he co-founded HomePages Directories, a $20-million publishing company. Government debt is out of control. Did you know that the United States was on track to pay off the national debt back in 2000-2001? You'll be surprised to find out from Adam just how bad it is. The federal debt alone is about $27 trillion. Congressional spending on Coronavirus relief is huge. But it's much worse than that. The effects of massive spending at the federal, state, and local levels is astounding. We talk about the overwhelming effect of government spending on all of us and ask if there is any way out of it.
82 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Pastor Ken Johnson on the Against Nice Podcast
What can we say about Pastor Ken Johnson? So much! He spent more than 25 years as the Chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts. He has had a public ministry speaking just about everywhere for years. He hosted a Christian matchmaking show for a while. But most of all, Ken is a husband, a father, and a man who impacts culture and helps change people's lives. Ken and Jim have been friends for nearly three decades. They talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and the cultural upheaval taking place right now. What does it mean? What's the problem with the debate we're having? We're not communicating on a human level making the problem worse. Are we getting social justice or justice? And can we have hope for the future? Ken Johnson is now pastor of New Heights Church in Indianapolis, IN. And he can be found at his website, www.KenJohnson.org. Check out his ministry. You'll be blessed.
88 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
Against Nice Independence Day podcast
We're celebrating Independence Day on the Against Nice Podcast. For most of us, this is the most challenging Independence Day ever. With the COVID-19 crisis and government shutting down the country, many are avoiding public celebrations. And with demonstrations where some are pulling down statues and questioning who we are as a people, this could be a sad day for many. But this is a great country. And we have much to celebrate. Mark Twain said this: Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. Mark Twain We discuss what we need to do to get things back to normal. We must assert our liberties again. We shouldn't be nice about the assault on our liberties. We must be patriots and stand up for the Constitution and the principles of the declaration. This podcast was also broadcast on WYDE-AM and FM in Birmingham, Alabama.
53 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Cong. Jim Banks (R-IN) on the Against Nice Podcast
Jim Banks is a Republican Congressman from Indiana. He has also just put his hat into the race for Republican Study Committee Chairman. Jim serves on the Armed Services and Education committees in Congress. Jim and Jim Pfaff have been friends for many years which makes this a fun and interesting discussion. We discuss the problems which we are having with China. China is a long-term opponent of the US. And the COVID-19 crisis and recent events in Hong Kong have made things even worse. What should we do about this? Will China prevail? Can we provide a rational response? We also discuss where Banks comes from and the road he took to Congress. It's a free-wheeling talk about early days where and how Jim and Jim met and how that relationship came together. As a resource on China, Cong. Banks recommends the book The Hundred Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury.
36 minutes | May 28, 2020
Victor Davis Hanson on the Against Nice Podcast
Victor Davis Hanson is one of the great American thinkers and educators. He is known in academic circles as one of the great classicists and military historians. He is a columnist and a regular guest on national media. Among the many things we discuss on this podcast, he answers the question, "Is there an historical example of a time when a country regained its liberties once lost?" We discuss his perspective on on how we got to our current political climate. How did we get to the Trump phenomenon? What what effect has Trump had on the GOP? Will those changes be permanent in the future? Hanson gives a short primer on the recent history of Republican presidential politics and how that contributed to the rise of Trump. Professor Hanson also shares some insights on how the COVID-19 response will affect the country in the future. How have American politicians taken advantage of this crisis? Have our rights been degraded beyond repair? Victor Davis Hansen can be found at his blog at PJ Media, his personal website and on Twitter @VDHanson.
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