The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report. Great to be back. And as we head into the weekend, I wish you a very happy weekend. I hope that there’s a lot going on in your lives, wherever you are, and if it is in your lives to be helping candidates or helping at election efforts, best wishes. I know this weekend I’ll be at a polling place for at least part of the day on Sunday afternoon. They have early voting, and it’s a place to hand out information and talk to voters as they come in. That’s a mixed bag.
In the old days, I feel like you could meet people at the polling place who were still undecided. I’m not sure that happens much anymore. I don’t know if I have any data to back that up. But I will say, in the old days I used to work. I was chairman of the Board of elections in St. Louis City in years, 2005 and 2006. And before that, I was active in encouraging good guys to run and good gals to run for office, especially on the pro life issue. And so I worked polls, and when I say worked polls, I worked outside the polls for candidates. And I remember feeling like you could say to someone, hey, here’s some good folks. Take a look. And people might be looking, and that may still be true lower down the ballot. But I don’t know, it feels like everybody that’s showing up has an opinion. Now, I will say this, with early voting, it feels like who shows up are almost always conservatives, more conservatives. You get a lot more attaboy than in the old days, where you’d get people that were on the other side. Now it’s like a lot of people vote early, and a lot of them are more liberal. That is known. Anyway, it’ll be an interesting weekend. I hope everybody is, as I said, is engaged in the ways they want, and otherwise getting ready for Tuesday.
It will be, by the way, a red tsunami now. You’re seeing the mainstream media and the pollsters catch up to what I was telling you for months. The reason why they’re catching up is because being blatantly wrong is bad for your business model. I mean, they desperately wanted it to be really close. They desperately wanted it to be a nail biter in all these races. And actually not even that, they wanted the Democrats to be winning. So they like talking about in Georgia that Hershel Walker is trailing. Well, he’s up now, right? In Pennsylvania, Dr. Oz is trailing. He’s up now, right? So now they’re catching up to the truth, which I believe they knew, but they’re doing it because they have to be credible. If you’re a pollster, you have to be somewhat credible to get paid the next time that there’s an election. And if you’re the media, you have to be credible to have people pay attention to you. You don’t want to be totally off the boat, off the reservation in terms of I’m not sure I should say that anymore. Off the mark. How about that? Off the mark. So it will be interesting to see as we get closer.
All right, I want to point to one aspect of what will happen on Tuesday in terms of policy, and that is this. There is a poll out that says that almost 50% of Republicans do not want more involvement in the Ukraine. Now, that goes against the establishment Republicans that tend to be for more funding of Ukraine, more military. And you can argue that it’s the military industrial complex influence. I think it is. But whatever it is that the in office Republicans tend to be very pro Ukraine, and they want to side on the side. They want to be on the side of Ukraine 50% of Republicans are against more engagement, more involvement, and thinking there’s too much and a lot of progressives liberals that when they’re calm and not thinking about the parties, they don’t want more war.
So it’s going to be interesting to see two things.
One, what happens in the lame duck Congress, because sometime in late November, probably right after Thanksgiving, you will see Congress come into session, and it will be a great negotiation. Not big stuff won’t go on, I don’t think, but lots well, maybe some big money for Ukraine, but lots of other stuff will be negotiated because the Democrats will say, this our last chance. We gotta jam some things through. They’ll push through some judges, they’ll push through some spending if they can get it swung around, and they will try, and they will probably quietly negotiate with the Republicans to let some stuff go through in exchange for them letting some stuff go through. In other words, not objecting too much. So we’ll see. It’s a dangerous time. That’s number one.
Number two, the shift will, because of the media, social media and regular media, the shift in party leadership, meaning Republicans in charge, will, especially internationally, bring a new flavor. And my argument would be this. I think that there needs to be a real discussion about the War Powers Act and Congress’s role in declaring war and what’s happening in the Ukraine. I think it’s very dangerous. But I would like to even say, I don’t want to say put it aside. I want to say that’s one thing that will go on.
The second, though, is China, and there was bipartisan agreement on the Chips Act and other aspects of things. Donald Trump, the tariffs people don’t realize that Biden’s policy on tariffs and trade even, is really Trump’s. They haven’t changed much at all. Part of that is because Trump was pretty friendly to American labor, because he wanted American jobs, and that’s all Biden really cares about, seems, it seems, I don’t know. But my point here is I think what we need is a vision of recognizing a vision of the real enemy.
Our real enemy, not our rival, not our competitor, our enemy, which is China. And if we can imagine and start to envision that’s a better word, envision China as our enemy, it will change the way we see some of these policies. In other words, we’re not as worried about Russia. We want stability and all, but that’s not our enemy. Our enemy is China. And you can make the list and go down from trade secrets to military to Taiwan and chips to manufacturing in China to fentanyl to the influence of TikTok.
I believe that there is bipartisan support to recognize the need for a real recognition of the Cold War with China. It’s not a hot war yet, and I hope, God knows, I hope it never is. But it is a real Cold War, and we ought to envision that, and we ought to seek more and more understanding.
I was listening to a book on tape. Not on tape. On audible. A book, an audiobook, and it’s set in the 2000s, it’s uh, I should say the name of the author because if they’re entertaining. they’re kind of mindless. When I’m on the road and I need something mindless, I will pop on these Audible books that are relatively mindless. This one is a series about the investigator for the House of Representatives named DeMarco, and it’s Mike Lawson is the author, and it’s called The Second Perimeter. Anyway, in that this story is about Chinese infiltration of America and spying. That’s happening all around us. And my point is we need to envision and popularly play out who the real enemy is.
And the enemy in our world right now is China, communist China, period. It’s not even close. And the people who are employing the Communist tactics that they’re using to destroy our country, liberal, progressives, whatever you want to call them, they are aiding and abetting the Communist Chinese.
Sometimes they’re literally on the payroll. Sometimes they’re literally in bed with them. Hello, Congressman Erica Swalwell. Sometimes they’re on the staff. Hello, Senator Feinstein.
But this is part of what I think can be a shift, and I think it’s bipartisan because there will be a lot of things that are not bipartisan, impossibly partisan. I don’t think the Biden administration will make deals on much, but on China, maybe. And I think we should be looking that way.
All right, I got to take a break and be back. We got a lot more to cover today. I’m going to replay an interview with Annette Glenn. She’s in one of the great fights for the future of the country in a state Senate race in Michigan. And also an update from Jim Robb at Numbers USA on the question of Hispanic voters. Very interesting man and we’ll talk with him in a few moments. I’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.