Barry Nussbaum: Hello and welcome to ATP Report. I’m Barry Nussbaum. We are so thrilled to have a very special guest today. My old friend and a friend of ATP, Tom Del Beccaro, is back. He’s an author. Tom, show your book.
Let’s publicize it if we can, please. He’s a commentator on Fox, Fox Business. You name it everywhere. The former head of the Republican Party in California, former almost Senator from California. Nice to see you again, Tom.
Tom Del Beccaro: Great to be on, and thanks for all the work you continue to do.
Barry Nussbaum: I appreciate you as well. I’ve got so many questions to throw at you because as we talk, you seem to know a little bit about everything or a lot about everything. So, let’s start with a whole bunch of things that are going on, and you give me your opinion, and let’s talk about it.
So, to begin with, woke culture has fallen off a cliff into an abyss of stupidity. The latest example is what’s going on in Portland, Oregon. There’s a high school that just changed its name from President Woodrow Wilson to a lady that was a black lives advocate a hundred years ago.
She is not racist, and they decided that Woodrow Wilson is racist, but here’s where it got weird. When they were picking the mascot for the school, and everybody voted, the kids, the trustees, the school board, they all love this idea of evergreen because there are so many evergreens in Oregon.
But then, right before the final vote, someone came up with the idea that, well, in the past, one hundred years ago, black people were getting lynched from trees. So, picking a tree as your mascot is racist. Have things gotten so crazy that we are actually going to have a serious discussion? Is there anything safe in the world now?
Tom Del Beccaro: No, it’s a good point. Whether it’s baseball, whether it’s trees, the woke crowd spins out of control. You know, I’m fond of saying at the beginning of a government, there is civilization, and people will do anything to survive, and in the end, they’ll apologize for doing it.
Right now, we have nothing but apologists on the left or seemingly so. Nothing is sacred. The historian Will Durant used to say that tradition is to society what the memory is to the individual. If you wipe out your memory, you lose your mind.
The left is in the process of losing its collective mind with ridiculous things like claiming evergreen trees, which you and I both know, have nothing to do with hangings. It’s just ridiculous.
Barry Nussbaum: But once you say racism, everybody freezes, literally.
Tom Del Beccaro: Yeah, absolutely. Whether it’s true or not. You know, in my career as head of RescueCalifornia.org, where we’re trying to recall Gavin Newsom. Gavin Newsom’s henchman called and said that- made the implication that those of us leading this effort are racist because that’s all they got.
They can actually argue the merits of any of these things. But you’re right, they throw the race card, and now they seem to throw with abandon.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, let’s talk about as you and I are former baseball fans, until a few days ago. I mean, my whole life I’ve been a baseball fan and a season ticket holder for many, many years.
As we know, Major League Baseball has pulled the biggest event of the summer from Atlanta, which is the All-Star Game, relocated it to Denver, ostensibly according to their press release, because Atlanta is the home of racist legislation in Georgia.
Why? Because they expanded voting rights in Georgia, but they now require IDs everywhere, and IDs, are racist, as you know, Tom. Although when you go to the all-star game in Colorado in July, you have to show an ID to get your tickets.
Show ID to get into the stadium and show an ID to get on Delta Airlines if you’re flying from Atlanta to Denver. But if you want to vote there, you don’t need an ID. What do you make of IDs for some things, but not for the one that’s most important?
Tom Del Beccaro: You know, the black civil rights leader, former Mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young, said, “Voter IDs were a good thing.” He advocated that they should be given by the federal government at the time they got the Social Security card.
He said, “IDs are necessary for anyone to participate in society,” for some of the reasons you just referenced, whether it’s getting on an airline or otherwise. In fact, in states where voter ID has been implemented, the participation rate of minorities has risen.
Georgia already has a voter ID law to some extent, and it didn’t seem to hurt last year when the world knows that around the country, including in Colorado and in including in Georgia, voter participation rates went way up. So, there is no factual basis for their claim.
But just as you alluded to before, they throw the race card around and Major League Baseball did not follow this through or think this through. They moved it from one state with some voter ID requirements to a different state with voter ID requirements with actually a shorter period of time to do early voting.
Of course, thirty-six states have some form of voter ID. But the worst of all of this, of course, is what you started this conversation out with the world crowd. This is baseball’s knee-jerk reaction. I think the commissioner should resign.
I mean, he’s a member of the famed Augusta National Club, which the left also wants him to boycott, and of course, he’s not going to do that. But this is incredible hypocrisy and let’s be clear about this. Major League Baseball just upped their contract with China, which is crushing democracy in Hong Kong.
So, it’s okay for baseball to make money in China, where they also do live organ harvesting on people. Literally, the government harvesting organs from live people and then leaves them to die. That’s okay to do business there, but not in Georgia.
Barry Nussbaum: Very well said, and I don’t think there’s a rational, logical explanation that you and I could concoct that would make what they’re doing even somewhat okay. On another note, a very interesting story out of Australia this morning.
Australian T.V. is just dumping on the fact that Joe Biden seems to be disintegrating mentally right in front of our eyes. I’m going to read your quick quote on how they describe our President of the United States.
They say that our “President, Joseph Biden, is illiterate, incoherent, and cognitively deficient.” This is a major network making fun of the fact that the President of the United States is falling apart right in front of our eyes.
They want to know what’s going on with Biden’s declining mental and physical health because he is the leader of the free world, and it is an embarrassment to democracy. I’ve got two questions for you. You’re going to love the second question. One, Tom, why are we talking about it?
Why is the rest of the world talking about it? Why isn’t the United States press talking about it? Number two, are you ready for your old friend Kamala Harris to be the President of the United States?
Tom Del Beccaro: Well, I was going to say before you posed before I knew what the questions were, but I used to think the over-under was 18 months before she would become President, but now I’m not so sure.
She’s currently undergoing a sort of a boot camp on the job training because, you know, and I know that she is not, how shall we say, intellectually deep, nor is she serious as someone who will study, and she is going to be President in the not-too-distant future. Which is a danger zone for all of us.
I’ll get into that in a second. But, yeah, it is ridiculous, and I’ve written two articles now for The Epic Times called Four Years of Living Dangerously Under Joe Biden, Part one and Part Two. The world does know this. You have Russia now with troop movements and the United States doing nothing.
You had China and Iran, the other axis of evil, doing a trade deal that will ensure Iran hundreds of billions of dollars for years to come. This means U.S. sanctions no longer matter. That’s what a danger you have when it comes to China.
We have now in the White House the weakest physically, mentally, and policy-wise President in our history. Now, this would be one thing if this were back in the 1880s, let’s say, or 1916. But we’re in the high-tech world. We’re in the nuclear age, and we’re in the age of China, and China is very aggressive.
They don’t need troop movements to get what they want. They’re using all sorts of means like trade, predatory lending, and cyberwar. All of these things spell an incredible danger, and Joe Biden’s largely unaware of it, and Kamala Harris is completely unfit to deal with it.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, let’s talk about what you just said. I think you’re way over at 18 months. I, honest to God, don’t think he’s going to last a year. He’s barely functional, Tom. When he reads a teleprompter, and then they shuffle him out of the room. He doesn’t even know where he is.
You know, the famous line, “I don’t know what I’m signing. Should I keep signing?” Yes, Mr. President, keep signing. There’s what? Two dozen of these kinds of quotes are captured on video. Why isn’t the press discussing it?
Tom Del Beccaro: Well, as you well know, the press is no longer even feigning objectivity. Ever since we- for a good period of time from our founding up until the early 1900s, we had a biased press, and then it was for a period of about 50, 60 years it was somewhat balanced.
Then with Vietnam, the left press took over, and now it has no compunction about giving you the news. It is purely slanted on the left. They don’t want Democrats out of power. Therefore, they will hide the truth or lie about it in so many fashions, and it is an incredible danger to the United States now and to the world.
Barry Nussbaum: So, let’s go to the next step. First of all, I agree 100 percent. Here’s the scary part. You’ve got a guy that is declining right in front of our eyes, day to day. You can almost see it. It’s palpable, it’s embarrassing, it’s sad, and more importantly for national security analysis, it’s terrifying.
What about the replacement? You know better than anybody in this country, having been in California politics and been on the ticket at the same time as our Vice President, what can you tell us from an insider’s perspective that we should know about her as President of the United States, should that happen?
Tom Del Beccaro: Well, I can tell you from my two debates with her, it was very obvious that she did not have any depth of knowledge about foreign affairs. It’s never really been a concern of hers. She went to law school. She, let’s just say, she partied a bit to get ahead in politics and how’s that for being diplomatic?
Barry Nussbaum: That’s a great euphemism.
Tom Del Beccaro: And even in those positions, the insiders will tell you that she wasn’t very studious. She didn’t steep herself in policy, she was very political. Foreign policy is not something you can pick up overnight. It is a study, and, you know, I remember in the debate, she was asked about Obama’s Syrian policy, and she couldn’t answer because she probably didn’t even know.
Know it, let alone not wanting to criticize. But, you know, his Middle East policy had flaws and she couldn’t point them out. Now she’s going to have to rely on naive leftists, advisors, and that’s very dangerous in this age. You know JFK used to say the domestic politics can beat us, foreign policy can kill us. That’s why I termed this ‘Four Years of Living Dangerously under Joe Biden,’ which is really Biden / Harris.
Barry Nussbaum: Oh, boy. Great stuff, Tom. I wish we had more time today. Thanks for coming on, and I sure appreciate it. Real quick, where can people find you on the web?
Tom Del Beccaro: Be great if they can go to PoliticalVanguard.com, and you can pick up my commentaries at tomdel.com as well. Thanks for having me on.
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