The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Hey, welcome, welcome. Welcome to the Pro America Report. This is Ryan Hite. I am stepping in today to fill in for Mr. Ed Martin. In fact, we’ve had some different fill ins here. Obviously, spending a week between the holidays, Christmas to New Years, I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. I haven’t spoken to everyone here since Christmas time, so I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you were able to take uh Ed’s message about Christmas to heart that it was a good time of relaxing rejuvenation. And also focusing, centering ourselves on the real reason for Christmas time, keeping our faith focused during this season. And not getting distracted from that, even as the distraction of politics and culture is just crazy and continues to march on whether we care or not, but this week we have been taking a little bit of a break. I’m sure you’ve noticed we’ve had some great “best of’s” from some of our good guests this year. A lot of the topics we have covered, the things that are incredibly important, that have been worthwhile. We’ve been marching through some of those as we have a little bit of our year in review and I hope that you’ve enjoyed them. I hope it’s been helpful and a good reminder. Some of the places we’ve gone, the topics we’ve covered, the things that we have discussed and taken ownership of as Americans. These issues that matter to all of us, even if they have not yet touched our own lives as citizens, they are all important to all of us. But that has been a good time here.
Before we go on, I wanted to hop on and make sure that I delivered a little bit of a New Year’s message, something I was thinking about, something I think matters to all of us here, I wanted to make sure I I though I gave that. Before I do, let me remind you. Go to proamericareport.com. Over there you’ll find Ed’s substack you want to subscribe to the e-mail you get notifications about when those new articles come out. You can also head over to PhyllisSchlafly.com. That’s our day job. The Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. There you will be able to sign up for the WYNK e-mail comes into your inbox every single weekday morning. We have had a little bit of an alternated schedule through the holidays, but we will be back at it in January once again with that WYNK e-mail every Wednesday or every Wednesday, every weekday morning straight to your inbox, super short, super helpful, tells you a few things you need to know about your day and also gives you a few key stories in addition to the WYNK, the what you need to know. Named after this first segment here, but that’s that. Let’s get down to business.
We’ve got another couple of great interviews today that we’re going to play and it is going to be a good time, something incredibly important. And then again tomorrow we’ve got a double header interview with Jeff Clark, the former, as we say, the two time assistant Attorney General for the DOJ in the Trump administration. He has some incredible stories to tell and he is one of the primary folks being pursued and persecuted by the Department of Justice now alongside Donald Trump and his allies, he is someone who fought back against the system and the system is fighting back against him, so that’s going to be another good one.
But. I wanted to take a moment and pause as we reflect on this shift from 2023 into 2024. As we look upon this new year, I know that it’s a great time for all of us to reflect what we did and what we could have done better and then choose how to resolve in our minds and in our hearts that we will do these things better the next year. This is something we always think about and everyone’s New Year’s resolutions, it usually revolves around health or finance or personal betterment and development.
And I tell you what, as a nation, I think that America has some serious Resolving to be done, not just personal betterment, and not just for moving a different direction, but for having a very significant change. Having a very hard check on where we are as a nation. What we have allowed to creep into our culture and into our government and to make some really serious changes and and here’s what I mean.
What what I think this is, and this is really the what you need to know, maybe we should let our seventeen, let me say it this way. Pardon me. We should have our 2024 be our 1774 – let’s make that happen. Should we, 2024 – Let’s make that our 1774 and let me explain what I mean by that.
December of 1773, the Boston Tea Party, one of the hallmark moments to us in our history books of the American Revolution, the war for independence. One of the earliest. Stages that really kind of kicked off, obviously there have been several things happening, a lot of the the Stamp Act and different things. Congress or I should say, Congress at that time. The colonies asking for a reprieve from some of the really harsh treatment and neglect going on from from British Parliament, asking the king to intervene on their behalf. The King not responding. This had been going on for some time and then that hallmark moment crossing from 1773 to 1774. The anger over treatment of the colonies and its people, the lack of dignity and respect and rights as British, British citizens, given or rather not given to the colonists, the ignoring that Parliament was doing toward the colonies and the trampling of the local governance that had been set up here. And had been going along just fine. These things all culminated in this spirit that that bubbled up and began to boil over. One of those moments. One of those flash points, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, which has, you know, doesn’t look very hectic or chaotic, or even that violent compared to some of the protests of today. When you go back and watch these cols, colonists dressed up as Indians, taking apart the crates of tea. Throwing them in the Boston Harbor and cleaning up the ship before they left. It how, my how far we’ve come but.
That spirit was boiling up and bubbling over at different flashpoints. And then, in 1774, it began to form into organized action. The Continental Congress came about in 1774. That ran all the way to 1789 until the beginning of the new government. Until the Constitution took effect and our Congress and our branches of government as they are now were instituted.
But that that that was a very pivotal moment, moving from the spirit boiling over in 1773 into the organized beginnings of 1774.
And then, you know, the rest of the story, it takes off 1775 and 76. The Continental Army was raised the Declaration of Independence was signed this. This path that we were set on really found its legs from 1773 into 1774, at least in a certain manner of speaking. There’s a big timeline to consider, and I’m certainly condensing, but I think that if we look at where we are now, there is a very similar moment where the spirit of retaking America, making it what it once was returning us to our founding principles. That kind of thing is sorely needed, and the cries from the, the cries from our people, the cries from our citizens, from the working Americans, things that are represented in songs we talked in the Phyllis Schlafly column that the report column, John and Andy Schlafly wrote Conservatives of the Year. There were a couple of interesting Mentions, one of them, Oliver Anthony mentioned. He doesn’t claim to be a a conservative. I don’t believe. But his song Rich Men North of Richmond, is is just a a. It is an incredible moment in time, a crying out of the working family who is trying to get by and is being crushed by the elites who care only for their own wealth and power and accumulation. This moment that we’re in is boiling over. It is bubbling over the spirit this burgeoning of of wanting freedom again of wanting liberty and rights to be recognized again, of removing this woke agenda and censorship that tramples before it everything else except for bowing to its own agenda. These things, the reaction to them Is boiling over all across the country. It really it has been for a couple of years now. I think we started to see that in the school board meetings of Virginia that led to an interesting election there, Glenn Youngkin coming in and and we saw a lot more interesting things. 2022.
We have seen so much this year 2023 may this moving over into 2024 moving over into the New Year, may it be for us not just a time of resolving hopes. We hope to do this better. I hope that this changes. I want this personally, I want to see that.
Let it be action.
Let us take organization.
Let this be the year that people who resonate with those songs, like Rich Men North of Richmond, let this be the year that those of us who resonate with it form ourselves into grassroots action. Let us find where we can make a difference and march forward into that.
Let’s make politicians listen again, let’s make bureaucrats be accountable again, and in fact, let’s fire a few of them along the way. There’s too many as it is, and a few of the departments too. We can just close those down, you know, save the budget.
Let’s make our state officials stand up for their citizens again, even if it’s against the federal government and their own interests. As far as federal money is coming back down.
Let’s make this spirit of yearning for liberty and rights to be recognized, yearning to fight against this authoritarian, woke agenda that silences everything in its path.
Let us turn 2024 into the year of Organization just as we saw in 1774. Let that be this year, we must make it our resolve to take action.
And just as the Continental Congress rose may the American people rise again and take back our country for the things that it makes sense for the things that promote. Liberty and freedom and the rights of all men. And the rights of all Americans to live freely and peacefully together in society, not trample each other under authoritarianism and censorship.
May it be so. Let’s make 2024 our 1774. Will you join me with that? There’s my resolution. Let’s make that together and we will move forward.
Come on back after the break here. I’m going to cut this off and then we’ll come back at the end of the show and wrap it up. Thank you for being with us again. Go to proamericareport.com and PhyllisSchlafly.com. Find all the links, resources and podcasts and standalones and come on back after the break for a lot more of our great guests from 2023. Thank you for being here and we will talk to you in just a moment here on the Pro America Report.