Ben Weingarten

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Ben Weingarten Guest Hosts “The Buck Sexton Show:” National Sovereignty and the Border Wall with John Yoo, Census Citizenship Question Controversy with J. Christian Adams, Socialism and the Green New Deal

On February 15, I guest-hosted my friend Buck Sexton’s “The Buck Sexton Show.” During the episode, we discussed President Trump’s national emergency declaration to supplement border wall funding and both the political and legal arguments surrounding it with former Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel and current Berkeley Law professor John Yoo, the controversy surrounding the census citizenship question with former Department of Justice Civil Rights Division attorney and current President of the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) J. Christian Adams as well as the rising popularity of socialism and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal in America.

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Ben Weingarten Guest Hosts “The Buck Sexton Show:” American Exceptionalism vs. Anti-American Progressivism, China Deep Dive with Dean Cheng, Khashoggi Caper with David Reaboi, 2020 Election Preview with Tammy Bruce

On New Year’s Eve my friend Buck Sexton gave me the opportunity to guest-host his “The Buck Sexton Show.”

During the episode, I talked everything from American exceptionalism and the progressives’ brazen effort to propagandize beginning with toddlers to undermine it, China and the Trump administration’s underappreciated but utterly vital efforts to counter Beijing’s malign influence with the Heritage Foundation’s Dean Cheng, the Khashoggi Caper with Security Studies Group’s David Reaboi and a preview of 2020 and the significance of the Trump presidency with Fox News Contributor and Independent Women’s Forum President Tammy Bruce.

You can listen to the episode in full below, followed by the individual segments themselves:

The Imperative to Defend an Exceptional America Against Progressive Anti-Americanism

Deep Dive on China’s Hegemonic Ambitions, the Trump Administration’s Revolutionary Effort to Counter Her

Interview with Dean Cheng on China’s Global Ambitions and America’s Response

The Khashoggi Caper with David Reaboi

Interview with Tammy Bruce on the True Significance of Trump and the Race for 2020

Clips shared with permission from Premiere Networks

Ben Weingarten Guest-Hosts ‘The Wilkow Majority’ on Sirius XM: Corruption of Education by Progressives with Heather Mac Donald, Trump’s Policy on Syria and Iran with Tony Badran and Khashoggi, Immigration Partial Shutdown and the GOP with Deroy Murdock

On December 26, my friend Andrew Wilkow gave me the opportunity to guest-host his “The Wilkow Majority” on Sirius XM.

During the episode, I talked everything from American exceptionalism and the progressives’ brazen effort to propagandize beginning with toddlers to undermine it — and the corruption of education generally — with Manhattan Institute Thomas W. Smith fellow Heather Mac Donald; the Syria troop pullout, Lebanon, Iran and the U.S. national interest with Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) scholar Tony Badran; the Khashoggi Caper and a preview of politics running into 2020 with National Review’s Deroy Murdock.

You can find the interviews below:

Heather Mac Donald on the Corruption of Education by Progressivism, Identity Politics

Tony Badran on President Trump’s Middle East Policy: Syria, Lebanon, Iran and the U.S. National Interest

Deroy Murdock on Khashoggi, Immigration and the Shutdown, State of the GOP

Clips Courtesy: Sirius XM

My In-Depth Interview with Sir Roger Scruton on Unrest in the West, Puritanical Progressivism, Free Speech Under Attack (Video)

For Encounter Books’ “Close Encounters” video interview series, I spoke with Sir Roger Scruton on political unrest in the West and its historical context, the puritanical nature of progressivism and attempts by its adherents to stifle dissent, the imperative to defend free speech and much more.

How Leftism Supplanted Judaism and Subverted Israel and Zionism Under ‘Tikkun Olam’ — Social Justice with a Perverse and Baseless Religious Veneer


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My Guest

Jonathan Neumann has written perhaps the seminal book on how modern Jewry has supplanted its traditional values and principles with Leftism, based on a perverse, sophistic reading of the concept of tikkun olam, “healing the world,” that demands devotion to social justice as the highest good and organizing principle of the Jewish religion.

By way of background, Neumann is a graduate of Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. He has written for various American, British, and Israeli publications, was the Tikvah Fellow at Commentary magazine, and has served as assistant editor at Jewish Ideas Daily.

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Dennis Prager on the Self-Righteously Suicidal West and False Morality, the Disaster of Jewish Leftism, Intentions Versus Outcomes on the Left and Right, Western Values and Immigration, Social Media Censorship and PragerU


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Dennis Prager (@DennisPrager) is a nationally syndicated radio host, columnist, author of numerous books, teacher, film producer and co-founder of Prager University — and these titles barely scratch the surface of his tireless and impactful efforts.

In a word, he has dedicated his life to advocating for Judeo-Christian and American values and principles across every medium almost daily to millions of people around the world with uncommon common sense, moral clarity and courage.

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‘Rising’ on The Hill’s Hill.TV: 2018 Midterms and the ‘Blue Wave’, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-Allie Stuckey CRTV Satire, Politicization of Intelligence

This Wednesday I served as a guest panelist on Hill.TV’s morning show ‘Rising’ with my old colleague from TheBlaze Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball.

During the segment we discussed the 2018 midterm elections and the likelihood of a so-called “Blue Wave,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comic fake interview for CRTV with Allie Stuckey and criticism of intelligence community officials John Brennan and James Clapper for their hyper-political anti-Trump rhetoric while out of government, all while retaining and effectively monetizing their security clearances.

You can watch the segment in full here.

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Confucius Institutes: Centers of Chinese Cultural Exchange, or Trojan Horses for Propaganda and Penetration of U.S. College Campuses?

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Rachelle Peterson is director of research projects at the National Association of Scholars (NAS), an organization dedicated to upholding “the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.” In that position, she has published numerous reports on trends in academia that threaten these values and principles, including one on the subject of this podcast titled Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education. Mrs. Peterson’s research and commentary has been published in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, and Commentary magazine. She has discussed her research on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal and on numerous radio shows.

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Deep Dive on the Declaration of Independence and its Values, Principles and Relevance to Modern America

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Episode Summary

For Independence Day, I take a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence, discussing its unique place in human history and the cause of freedom; the link between natural law and natural rights, faith and freedom; the Founders’ emphasis on virtue and morality to sustain a free system of limited government; parallels between the charges laid out against King George III in the Declaration and today’s federal Leviathan from the administrative state to sanctuary cities; the Founders’ views on slavery, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and failing to live up to the values and principles of the Declaration; the imperative to defend liberty against tyranny.

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Democrat Pollster Doug Schoen on Life Lessons from Politics, Learning from Clinton and Nixon, Threats from China and Russia and Our Damaged Institutions


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My Guest

Doug Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years. A founding partner and principal strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling. He has advised presidents, prime ministers and titans of private industry. He is the author of multiple books; his most recent include Putin’s Master PlanThe Nixon Effect (interview here), and Return to Winter: Russia, China, and the New Cold War Against America (interview here). Schoen is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and various other newspaper and online publications as well as Fox News.

Even though Doug and I disagree on several political issues, I am proud to call him a mentor and friend. His insights on politics and policy are not at all clouded by ideology, something rare in the world of punditry and prognostication. And his experience, judgment and wisdom are unparalleled. Perhaps most importantly, Doug and I share a love of country and belief in the imperative to defend it.

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