Welcome. Welcome, welcome! Ed Martin here on The Pro America Report. Great to be with you today. And we have another great show. In a few moments, we’ll talk with the great Roger Stone. We’ll get an update from The Stone Zone. Roger, I think the number is like 15 times he’s been sued. You talk about Lawfare, one of the greatest American Lawfare victims, Roger Stone. And we’ll get an update. Also, I mentioned to him when I was texting to see about him coming on the show that I have two friends in Oklahoma running for higher office, one running for Congress and one running for the US Senate. And both guys said, well, I’m getting advice from Roger Stone. And I said, well, that means you’re probably going to win. So that’s pretty cool. We’ll talk with Roger and hear what he’s up to.
And also a new guest, Julio Ramos. Julio Ramos has written a book. It’s just out a few days called Fiery But Mostly Peaceful, which is a tongue in cheek, a description I think CNN said about rioting, Fiery but Mostly Peaceful as Kenosha, I think, burned to the ground or someplace did. So we’ll talk with Julio Ramos. He is a journalist, has covered a lot of different things. Washington Examiner’s where I remember reading him, he’s been on TV and radio a bunch. We’ll talk about his new book.
But first, the news is out today. There are lots of numbers that should make you, should give you pause. Lots of numbers should give you pause if you know how to listen, how to pay attention to numbers. Inflation numbers are up. I don’t know, 8.7, 8 .5% high percentage inflation, highest in 40 years. Consumer confidence is down. The Fed has had to signal that they’re going to continue to raise rates. So things are going wrong there. And of course, the stock market is way down. And if you remember, I used to say you look for, I called it the Eagle Index. The Eagle index was look at unemployment. Look at the stock market and look at consumer confidence. No, sorry, small business confidence. And if you did those three things, small business confidence tells you about small business. And unemployment tells you about regular people. And the stock market tells you about big business. That’s big government, big corporate, multinational corporations. Well, in America right now, unemployment is at a decent number. Actually, it’s pretty low the percentage, but the other two are in the tank. And then the economy feels way off. Lots of numbers to look at.
But here’s a number that came out in the last day or so. We’re up to 1 million people in America dying in the last year. I think it is. I’m sorry to say it might be over like 15 months, but in the recent million people died of drug overdose. Now, remember when I was watching the Sunday shows this weekend and one of my listeners, what does he say? One of our listeners. Luke texted me and said, they called George Stephanopoulos, George stepped all over us. I guess step on all of us. I don’t know what it is, but it’s a pretty good line. But they paused Meet the Press to say a million people have died of COVID while a million people have died in the last year or so from drug overdose. So think about that, by the way, that’s deaths from drug overdose, that’s not drug overdose totals. That’s not the number of people impacted by, say, drug addiction and the problem of heavy drugs on our streets.
And of course, one of the largest increases in the number of deaths from drug overdoses has come from fentanyl. And it’s not fentanyl that is being abused by people running and stealing their grandma’s patch because she has terrible back pain, degenerative disk pain, and they steal her fentanyl patch. That’s not the fentanyl overdoses that we’re seeing to the tune of 107,000 deaths last year. Overdose deaths last year. I think that’s right. 107,000. I’m saying this all wrong.
It’s a million deaths over the last ten years. I apologize.It’s over the last ten years. It’s a million deaths.Let me be clear. Still insane.
107,000 deaths last year. And a lot of those deaths are attributable to fentanyl. That’s coming across the border, and it’s coming across our Southern border, in part because the border is wide open and because China supplies the cartels with the basic chemicals to make fentanyl and put it together and sent it across the border.
So we not only have a problem at our border, we have a problem with our enemy.
China doing this to us.
And so what do you end up with? And as I put in my show notes, as I was getting ready for this, I say, if you want open borders and lawlessness, what are you going to get? Well, one thing you’re going to get is 107,000 drug overdose deaths in the last year.
And here’s where it gets even more twisted. No one is willing to stop it.
No one’s willing to seal the border, bomb the cartels, the Mexican cartels. It sounds like a pretty good idea to me.
They’re killing us. They’re killing us. So if you think bombing them is too rough, I’m not sure you’re paying attention to that. They’re not inconveniencing us. They’re not slowing our education. They’re not slowing our ability to learn to read. They’re not impacting the livelihood of Americans, although they’re doing all of those things, by the way, the thing I’m saying most is they’re killing people.
They’re killing Americans.
And here’s where it gets twisted. The groups that are seeing the sharpest increase in deaths from overdose, guess who they are?
African Americans, Latin Americans.
And I’ll pause and drop a little bit of a footnote. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I will pause and drop this footnote. Do you realize that the vast majority of the deaths are men.
So we’re allowing our enemies to kill our youngish men. They’re not all young. Right. But you don’t hear a lot of fentanyl, overdoses of guys in their 70s. It’s a lot of guys in their 30s and 40s and 20s, sometimes into their 50s.
But think about what we’re doing in this country. Think about the things that we could control.
We can’t control Putin, we can’t control Ukraine. We cannot control aspects of, say, North Korea, I don’t know, pick a topic.
But we can control our border. We can control our law enforcement. We can control those things. And we could, if we wanted to, dramatically reduce the number of deaths in this country from overdose.
Now, you may all remember, I have a brother. My brother is a retired Marine who did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s a hero. He was an infantryman, a dirt eating infantryman, just pounded away, led men into battle, battled all, lost men in battle. He’s a great guy.
Well, he retired and he got a normal job for a little while. And he said he couldn’t stand it. And he went and actually got as a firefighter at a city in Massachusetts, and he’s a firefighter as well as an EMT or paramedic. I guess they roll over together in a major city or in a city fire department.
And so one of the things he was telling me about is they’ll tell you as bad fentanyl, bad fentanyl comes up the Eastern seaboard, you can sort of track how it knocks people out, kills people in the cities as it comes up the coasts. And he said, you’ve got the drugs that can Narcan or whatever the term. I think that’s right. That can reverse the effects of fentanyl. He said it’s extraordinary, but you don’t always get there in time. You don’t always know. And so he said, this is happening all the time. Everybody knows it. Bad drugs come in overly powerful. Fentanyl gets into a drug supply and just starts killing people.
And we’re debating whether we should close the border. Why?
We’re debating whether it’s appropriate to make sure that the drug cartels in Mexico are crippled. Why?
How serious do you have to be as a human being and as a nation to, how lacking in seriousness must you be as an individual and as a nation? Joe Biden and America to not address this problem? I mean, it really is.
It defies logic. Over a million people dead from drug overdoses. I think conservatively, you can say another 10 million seriously impacted by overdose, illness and sickness and all the rest. It’s probably more than that. We’re not talking about 1000 people who are experiencing some anomaly. We’re talking about every community impacted. And we’re not taking this seriously. We’re not sending a message to China. China knows exactly who the CEOs of the companies that make the chemicals, ingredients for fentanyl they’re known the names are known and China runs an economy, a command control economy. It’s not like America where you don’t really know who’s in charge of some company that’s doing something until I don’t know, there’s some reason to look closer, whether it’s IRS filings or something to do with licensure. In China everybody that has a real job and has any authority and any ability to do anything is in favor with the government, period. So they know who’s doing this and sending it to the cartels in Mexico and killing Americans and we’re playing around. What you need to know is it has to stop and the leaders who will stop it will be heroes, first of all. And they’ll be rewarded.
All right, everybody, we got to take a break. We’ll be back. We got Roger Stone in a few moments and Julio Ramos on his book about the 2020 riots and how America was gaslighted. It’s a very interesting book. We’ll take a break. We’ll be right back.
It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.