By: Karl Nelson
On Monday, Mr. Open Mic, also known as the Broadcast Heavyweight, Armstrong Williams, sparked yet another noteworthy conversation on his radio show that had the phone lines jam-packed and had his guest, Attorney Shelby Emmett, in rare form. The scheduled topic of the night was President Donald Trump’s legal issues, but just like many of Williams’ past shows, the dialogue went off script, and for good reason.
In the midst of the fiery debate surrounding John Dowd’s claims that Trump could in no way “obstruct justice,” Williams learned something about Emmett — who is been on previous shows of his — which he was completely in the dark about. After hearing from a caller, Emmett went on a very passionate rant disclosing information about how she had actually once been homeless when she first moved to the nation’s capital, finding herself passing out resumes on the DC Metro. That’s right. Ms. Emmett, who is now one of the strongest voices you’ll hear on a broadcast for The Armstrong Williams Show, was in Washington, DC, with nothing more than a small bank account, limited food, and a determination to pursue a career in constitutional law.
That’s not all, though. That same driven mentality is what helped Emmett get back on her feet, ultimately cementing a career as a Constitutional Law Attorney, where she fights to protect the rights for Americans today. Emmett may have felt like a victim at one point, but she surely doesn’t show that side of her too often when on the air, which is why it was so moving for many of Williams’ listeners when she took her rant a step further, venting about today’s millennials and how many of them are completely misunderstood.
“The generation that’s getting the worst end of the deal are millennials,” Emmett told Williams’ listeners. “Millennials don’t run the White House, the House of Representatives, or the Senate. These baby boomers need to take responsibility for once!”
The conversation comes at an interesting time given America’s political and social climate — a time when we often hear a widespread of criticism aimed towards young people. What’s baffling, though, is the fact that this country is practically run by the baby boomers, not millennials, like Emmett so elegantly put it.
Yep. America’s children are still being referred to as the “future” of this great country, despite powerful young people like Shelby Emmett and our beloved Shermichael Singleton, who have both made an imprint on the issues and who both represent a strong voice in today’s media.
So, the question is: when will the narrative change? When will more baby boomers (the leaders of this country) take responsibility for where America is and isn’t today?
Mr. Williams surely understands how important talented and educated young people are to the growth of this country, which is evident if you were to look at some of his staff members as well as many of those he brings on his show. However, unfortunately, other pundits from Williams’ era don’t express the same understanding. Instead, there are many veterans in politics, media, and in the community today who are pointing the finger at those they’ve paved the way for, not even realizing that they themselves are the real ones to blame for many of the problems we’re still debating about in America today.
By: Kevin Chiucchini
This weekend in New York City, up to 25,000 veterans will proudly march up 5th Avenue in uniform with hundreds of thousands of spectators lined up to celebrate their service to our country and military. A beautiful and powerful sight to see, but how many of our veterans are not marching this weekend in their local parade?
On Thursday, Army and Q had the pleasure of speaking to veteran Adrian Atizado, the National Legislative Director for Disabled American Veterans. The DAV is a wonderful service that is one of the nation’s largest charities providing assistance to veterans and their families. More often than not, people prefer to simplify problems that need to be addressed rather than take into account the many factors or pieces that create a whole. Many will come and celebrate the people marching in Saturday’s parade, but what about the people standing in the crowd? Who will help the disabled vet bound to a wheelchair get home later that afternoon? How about the vet with missing limbs that has difficulty feeding and cleaning him or herself?
In the first hour, we discussed the issues that caregivers face not only financially, but emotionally as well. Adrian brought up a startling fact, under current federal laws 80% of severely injured veterans are ineligible for caregiver benefits. So who are the 20%? Only those that have served post September 11th, 2001. A look at an American history book will remind us that we fought quite a few more wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, Korea, Gulf...the list goes on. The caregivers are usually family members or close friends that have to deal with medical and emotional issues with no formal training. Many of these veterans rely on a combination of public and private services to help transition back into civilian life, and the majority rely on the VA to provide medical services.
Throughout the show, our board was filled with callers that have served in our military and wanted to share their experience returning home. Caller after caller shared similar stories of dealing with PTSD and the destruction it can cause a family. Overall, our veteran callers had many pleasant things to say about their treatment as a veteran and their medical treatment at their local VA hospitals. Also, when asked if the younger generation needs to be taught discipline through military training, almost all felt there should be mandatory military service. One caller said they were disgusted that we were having this conversation, but on the contrary, dialogue happens directly before improvement. A big thank you from Army and Q to all the men and women that have served our country and risked their lives to protect us civilians.
By Andrew S. Jacobson, Financial Correspondent
Immigration and taxation, some of the most vocalized points of contention in the last [election] cycle, are still at the forefront of impeding America’s path to progress. This week, while the Big Six killed the proposed Border Adjustment Tax as they worked their way through the nuances of tax reform, 10 unauthorized immigrants also died in the back of a truck while being smuggled into the United States in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio. What could’ve prevented these seemingly unrelated events from occurring? The adoption of Cryptocurrency, in lieu of fiat money [or physical currency], and an open border working arrangement, such as that resulting from the Schengen Agreement, for North American citizens.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, as of January 2012 there were an estimated 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. As such, fifty-nine percent of unauthorized immigrants were from Mexico. That withstanding, I believe that the problem is not the immigration itself, which is invariably happening, but the lack of documentation. President Trump has been very clear in affirming his intention to restore rule of law to our borders - and I couldn’t agree more. We must amend the law to work to our advantage.
Immigrants come to the United States for a variety of reasons. According to OneAmerica, some of the primary drivers for migration are poverty and economic hardship. Furthermore, “in the absence of a livable wage, access to credit, insurance, or social welfare benefits, the value of migration is greater than its hardship or potential for exploitation”. Bringing these concepts full circle, the tragedy which occurred in San Antonio earlier this week is indicative of said findings. The ten unauthorized individuals who perished on that truck saw the opportunity to come and work in the United States as outweighing the risks associated. Immigrants will come, with or without our permission. Who’s to say that by taxing every dollar earned, as it’s earned, in a shift to Cryptocurrency, and opening our boarders to our North American neighbors, in Canada and Mexico, for work wouldn’t sustain rule of law, if documented properly? The benefits to such a revolutionary shift are paramount.
First, by adopting Cryptocurrency we eliminate tracking counterfeit currency, an excess of resources squandered upon tax collection and provide an immediate source of income for the United States. Second, we can use this currency adoption to legitimize a new tax base - for whom we aren’t responsible for providing benefits such as Social Security or Medicare, which are enormously costly programs reserved for citizens. Third, and perhaps most importantly, is the potential for the restoration of the middle class.
Business owners have been penalized by the previous administration through the increased taxation vis-a-vis the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while seeing shrinking margins for domestic businesses due to increases in labor-related costs. Prior to the ACA, less than ten percent of the population was uninsured. Now, the remaining ninety percent of the country floats the costs of providing benefits to persons previously without insurance. By opening our borders, as the European Union has, we would enable our labor costs to become dramatically reduced in increasingly low margin industries, which our citizens generally aren’t interested in performing now. Furthermore, with a strong dollar we can increase global footprint, by providing more goods and services most competitively, outside of the United States. Summarily, Cryptocurrency is the answer to our immigration and taxation quandaries because its traceable, taxable, and enables our North American neighbors to contribute to a system which they’re already participating in - transparently.
By: Karl Nelson
Armstrong “Mr. Open Mic” Williams was in rare form last night while hosting his radio show on SiriusXM Urban View. Williams is usually joined by a lineup of co-hosts and guests. That wasn’t the case yesterday, though. That’s right. It was an open mic and Williams did not disappoint. Mr. Rightside went on quite a few rants. Little did he know, though, that his rants would set the show ablaze as he started at the top of the hour talking about Donna Brazile, the former chairwoman of the DNC, who accused Hillary Clinton of being corrupt in her new book "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
In an excerpt from the book, Brazile claims Clinton has controlled the DNC since as early as 2015. In fact, Brazile even accuses Clinton of rigging the 2016 election to keep Senator Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic primaries.
Williams’ mention of this in the beginning of his show gave birth to dialogue about corruption on both the Democratic and Republican side of the political spectrum. From there, the conversation during the remainder of the broadcast was centered on the current state of politics — mainly its two-party system and how it has failed the people of this country.
“The two-party system is no longer working in our best interest,” Williams said emphatically. “No significant new party has emerged in this country in over a century!”
Listeners started calling into the show at a rapid pace, but it wasn’t like other nights. They weren’t taking issue with what Williams reported. Instead, it was as if Williams’ words sparked something. His dialogue evoked strong emotions from his callers. They felt the exact same way he did about America’s two-party system — a system that has not appeared to work well for the American people in recent years.
“We the people are the employers! It’s our politicians who should be working for us, but that’s not what’s going on here,” Williams said.
Well, just like Williams leaves his audience with a question at the end of each broadcast, here’s a question for you as this editorial comes to a close.
We’ve tried the two-party system for several decades now. Is it finally time to change the way we elect our future political leaders?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, October 30, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017, Armstrong Williams, joined by his family, friends, faculty, students, and alumni dedicated The Thelma Williams Rose Garden at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg South Carolina on behalf of Armstrongs late mother Thelma Williams.
Mrs. Williams was a mother, farmer, philanthropist and extraordinary homemaker who possessed the character, values, and integrity that would make any family and nation proud. A profound figure, she leaves behind a legacy of dedication to God, her family, and community. She was an unwavering force who always led by example, constantly reminding us to be our best through moral striving.
Be sure to listen to this special edition of The #Strongcast as Armstrong travels to his Alma Mater in Orangeburg, SC for SC State University's homecoming. He sits for an exclusive 1 on 1 in the Presidential Suites at the football game with the University's President James Clark.
By: Kevin Chiucchini, Co-host The Armstrong Williams Show, SiriusXM
The past year has been a turbulent storm of allegations of sexual harassment, molestation and rape by Hollywood directors, media personalities, politicians and business executives. On Thursday’s show, Armstrong shared an experience of a woman being too sexually aggressive with him and grabbing his package at a party and asked his guests and callers if they have experienced something similar. Our guest, Former Congressmen Rick Lazio shared a similar experience. Although intended to be serious, the guests and several callers couldn’t help but laugh at the thought. There are plenty of men out there who claim they have no problem with sexual harassment if it's a woman, and while there is some truth in their answer, they should also put themselves into the shoes of the victims.
Men are capable of being taken advantage of sexually. Regardless of the rarity, it would be wrong to say it’s acceptable. No person should feel the need to sacrifice their dignity and their body for a shot at advancing their career.
Is it something that can be stopped? What would be the most effective deterrent? The main consensus of the hosts and callers was that it was an abuse of power. Abuse of power comes in many forms, including sexual intimidation, molestation or rape, and usually included in the mixture is some form of emotional abuse. There is something in these men’s(and women’s) character that gives them pleasure in manipulating the weak and vulnerable. Unfortunately, in this case, the vulnerable is all of us who have a boss and dream of advancing our career.
On some levels I admire @jeffflake for his decision. But his departure is a sign of weakness when est GOPers need those to stand & fight.
This party needs a healthy, conflict-laden fight for its future.
It is evident the Trumpers will not yield for the long-term good of the party. So let’s go ahead and get the matter resolved.