The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, Welcome, welcome. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report and it’s day 2, day 2. We’ve got to go back to Our Monroe Doctrine, so we’ll get to that in a moment.
We’ve got a lot to cover today and I want to encourage you a couple of things. One, please visit proamericareport.com. That kicks to a substack where I write lengthier pieces and you can go there. It’s, I hope, valuable to you. It’s I’m trying to force myself to take some of the thoughts that we have together on the program and on all these interviews and put them in a longer form. So encourage me by going there and you can sign up free. And make sure you get an e-mail update on the substack. Also please visit PhyllisSchlafly.com sign up there for the daily e-mail. The daily WYNK which we continue the great work of Ryan Hite and Mason Mohan that keeps all that stuff going at the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, PhyllisSchlafly.com, go over there and check it out. And also you can go there And John and I got some text from some, one of you, John Schlafly and Andy Schlafly’s columns are at PhyllisSchlafly.com. We we announced that they run over at townhall.com because it’s a sister site of the Salem Radio Network. But the place where they really are housed and archived is PhyllisSchlafly.com and lots of writings.
In fact, I will make sure to post on social media. Phyllis wrote about John Kerry, Secretary of State John Kerry and how dumb he is. She didn’t say that, but how his his declaring that the Monroe Doctrine was dead was a mistake, and she actually, typical Phyllis, she said. What exactly? What exactly was John Kerry, who was? Who was? I think it was. Who was John Kerry working for when he does that because he’s not working for we the people he’s not working for our interests. All right. So the that’s really cool. I’m actually I did a search for that column and the the. I got an e-mail that Phyllis sent back in 20 in 2013 about that column on John Kerry. Anyway, we’ll we’ll talk more about that.
All right, let’s go to the Monroe Doctrine, though. It’s coming up December 2nd will be the 200th anniversary. The history of the Monroe Doctrine. It’s so important. It was, it was James Monroe, President James Monroe’s 7th annual message to Congress. Now in the old days, they did those messages by mail, by a written word. They didn’t have speeches because there was no TV, there wasn’t any radio. So the drama of it was reading it to the guys. The guys and gals in the Congress, so I guess so maybe there weren’t any women yet, but you know him going over to read it live, they just sent it up as a document. So it was a written document for many, many years into the 20th Century, but it was his 7th annual message. It includes a lot of stuff. If you read the whole document, there’s lots of stuff in there. On other aspects of basically report to Congress. At that time, you’ll remember the President was not as immensely Powerful as the Presidency is today, there was no federal income tax. The budget was a lot smaller, so you had a. It was sort of a report. It was much more Like the President was working with almost for the Congress, especially since you had, you know, Washington had served his two terms and left, and he did not become the king. He did not become the, you know, the the Almighty leader, he yielded. So the Presidency was strong and important. But it wasn’t like it is today, where the massive size of the government, the massive size of the military, the massive size. Of the of the budget, all makes it so the Presidency is even more powerful anyway, so this is the 1823 annual message and the annual message from James Monroe. So 7th annual message to the Congress.
And in there he describes this important doctrine, the Monroe Doctrine.
Now a couple of examples, by the way, that they used the Monroe Doctrine in the 1st 30 or 40 years after he was a president, they invoked the Monroe Doctrine in talking to Mexico and they were putting pressure on Mexico to make sure that they would not allow the French Government to get into Mexico to take over Mexico. Forty years after that, 1904, the European creditors of Latin America were pressured, but there was a reason the Monroe Doctrine was invoked then in 1904, to say don’t let these European creditors come to dominate Latin America.
Which brings us forward to one of the great failures of the conservative movement. I use that term loosely, and guys like Bill Buckley. Bill Buckley, and all of those folks, they, they allowed the Panama Canal, which America built, we paid for, we built it with our ingenuity and in the in 1970s, under Jimmy Carter with the advocacy of Bill Buckley and others on the conservative side, we gave the Panama Canal back.
Why do I say that? Because, One of the major intrusions into our hemisphere by the communist regime in China. Is the Panama Canal. They control the Panama Canal now. They control the land around it. They control the operating system there. I mean, the physical plant that operates the Panama Canal.
It’s a huge problem because even though you can fly everywhere now, you can’t fly all your cargo. You still have to ship it. You still have to send your military ships through the Panama Canal, and or through some way it will go around and so it’s a huge failure and guys like Bill Buckley, it turns out. And the late Phyllis Schlafly was great on this. The the reason that the advocates wanted to get rid of the Panama Canal and were so desperate to even conservatives is money. Follow the money, the follow the money tells you, and and it was blatantly obvious that there was a bunch of American banks that were owed money by the Panamanian dictator, and so once he got control of the Panama Canal, he was instantly wealthy. He could pay them back, and Phyllis Schlafly talked all about it. Follow the money.
But here we are, back to the Monroe Doctrine. I I want to speak about the Communist Chinese regime, the system that is so antithetical, and hammer home for you two things that must happen.
One, we should get back to Panama Canal. I don’t know how you do that. I know you could just take it, but whatever it is, we need to get back the control. Force the Chinese Communist regime out of their ownership and and control of the Panama Canal at the very least, at the very least, they can’t control it at the very best we get it back, that’s number one.
But the second one is is going to be more controversial. I mentioned it yesterday, but I want to hammer home for you.
We must ban TikTok.
If you take one thing away from this Monroe Doctrine discussion. Oh, by the way, I I’m looking back at my notes. 1962 The Monroe Doctrine was invoked by Kennedy to to fight out, to make a Soviet Union back off on the missile launching sites in Cuba. I mean, sorry, it’s in my notes. I was going through a few of the examples, but back to the TikTok.
TikTok is an infiltration into American life that has to be stopped. It’s one thing for Zuckerberg to be a liberal and own Facebook and Instagram it’s a one thing for, you know, social media giants Elon Musk to be a libertarian leaning conservative with free speech that that, t’s true. That those American owned companies can influence the American people and voters, et cetera.
But here’s a problem. When the Communist Chinese regime owns TikTok, that’s that’s different than just being liberal. Now, I’m not sitting here saying advocating for, you know, forcing Zuckerberg to to change Facebook, but I’m just not talking about. I’m not talking about regulating now. I’m not talking about any of them at all. I’m saying the communist regime, the communist regime in China, cannot have infiltration into America. Like they’re doing with TikTok and you say, well, the Monroe Doctrine back when Monroe meant it, he meant to, you know, he was worried about imperialism and worried about invasion and worried about a change of government that happened all over the world. I understand.
What I’m saying is the the the Chinese Communists admit they don’t allow TikTok in their country and they admit that they have control over TikTok such that they can decide what people see. They call it a heat button and what is promoted in their space. And they promote over there all kinds of transgender, all kinds of sexuality, all kinds of things, whether you agree or disagree, my point is this. The Communist Chinese shouldn’t have the ability to do it. If you want to argue that Facebook also promotes liberal causes and sexual whatever, I don’t. I’m not debating that. I’d like to, and I think we should stop it. And I think parents should not let their kids have social media and I think social media should be banned for kids until they turn 18. You can’t drive a car until you’re 16 or 17 or 18. You shouldn’t be on social media destroying your mind. But you certainly. Shouldn’t let the Chinese Communists infiltrate America. By using TikTok and admitting it, how stupid are we? You know it’s a little bit I I will say it’s a little bit like a in a period of time after World War Two. We had Voice of America and we we were blasting Voice of America across the radio, across, you know on speakers and and and excuse me, well, sometimes Speakers at the at the borders, but also into this behind the Soviet the the the curtain, the Iron Curtain. We were doing that, we were infiltrating The Soviet communists and they were resisting. They weren’t saying. Ohh great. Why don’t we give you a tower in Moscow and you can broadcast it to our people here? No, they resisted it. Just like we would resist it if somebody said voice of Communism and started blasting radio into America, we’d at least have a conversation about who was controlling it, and we’d probably end up with free speech stuff going on.
But TikTok is different and if you take again one thing away, the Monroe Doctrine demands that TikTok be banned. It should happen now.
We got to take a break. We are back Ed Martin. Here on the Pro America Report back in a moment.