Guardians of the Republic
Well, That’s Ben Sasse For You!

Well, That’s Ben Sasse For You!

March 26, 2020

Ian and Patrick look at the impact of the White House COVID briefings on public confidence, Trump as an authoritarian "weakman," the trillion dollar stimulus package (where Ben Sasse finally emerges from his silence), and the Democratic nomination.

We WOULD Shut Down the Highways, You Idiot!

We WOULD Shut Down the Highways, You Idiot!

March 19, 2020

Ian and Patrick discuss some of the questionable statements and about-face takes from those who are putting party before country around the coronavirus outbreak. Plus where the presidential election is headed and thoughts on how we can learn something positive from the current crisis.

The Coronavirus Episode

The Coronavirus Episode

March 12, 2020

President Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak not only has consequences for public health, but for the health of the republic itself. Plus the state of the Democratic nomination race and the search for a running mate.

The Joe Biden Episode

The Joe Biden Episode

March 5, 2020

Joe Biden had a big week and coronavirus roils the markets.  What does all this mean for the Republic. Plus Ian and Patrick look back at the 2020 Democratic field. 

The Bernie Sanders Episode

The Bernie Sanders Episode

February 27, 2020

With news that Russia was trying to boost Bernie Sanders in the 2020 election, Ian and Patrick talk about what his candidacy means for the country and the Democratic Party. Plus: will guardians (or betrayers) of the Republic emerge from the coronavirus outbreak?

On the Air with Radio Sputnik

On the Air with Radio Sputnik

February 20, 2020

The rule of law under AG Bill Barr and Radio Sputnik is broadcasting Russian propaganda to the heartland. Ian and Patrick talk about the Democratic debate in an extended "hot takes" and Sen. Ben Sasse gets special recognition in the Guardians of the Week segment.

Where is Your Conscience, Ben Sasse?

Where is Your Conscience, Ben Sasse?

February 13, 2020

Did Donald Trump learn a lesson, as Susan Collins claimed? Where did Ben Sasse's conscience go? Is Mitch McConnell divinely inspired?  Plus a look at public opinion on the impeachment trial outcome and the state of the Democratic 2020 field.

 

 

I Believe Our Constitution was Inspired by Providence

I Believe Our Constitution was Inspired by Providence

February 7, 2020

Mitt Romney, the State of the Union, and Donald Trump's post-impeachment victory lap. Ian and Patrick discuss whether there is such a thing as a constitutional brain transplant. Plus the state of the Democratic nomination race.

I Think the Patient is Brain Dead

I Think the Patient is Brain Dead

January 31, 2020

As the impeachment trial wraps up, it may be time to start thinking about Guardians of a *New* Republic. What does "no witnesses" mean, not just for the trial, but for the country?  Plus: Chief Justice Roberts, The Lincoln Project, and how to greet a dog.

Why, Why, Why, Why, Why?

Why, Why, Why, Why, Why?

January 24, 2020

Joe Biden's outburst may have captured the mood of the week as the impeachment trial gets underway. Ian and Patrick discuss the House manager's opening arguments, "lawyer lawsuits," "A Very Stable Genius," the latest polls, and a special Guardian of the Week courtesy of Ian's mom.