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it through compromise. other times there is people violence and even separation. the idea of succession today is not far fetched. we are witnessing a cultural possession and separation could go even further the, the cross talking succession. i'm joined by my guess, daniel is our new york. he is a journalist and author of 3 books on the us constitution. and in toronto, we have arthur claire. oh, he is a liberty advocate and freelance editor, gentleman close to growth. in fact, that means he can jump at anytime you want. and i always appreciate, daniel, let me go to you 1st. i mean, we hear new civil war, cultural, civil war, culture war. it's been a while. that's been with us for awhile and we have a president. the united states is constantly invoking this is, you know, as bad as it was before the civil war. and, you know, we have, it's almost like a battle him right now. i mean, it's this high per billy because when i hear it,
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it sets everybody off on all sides. go ahead, daniel. no, i don't think it's really hyperbole. i think it's really in certain ways. biden is quite accurate. what we saw in the years leading up to the civil war and 861, was a very small minority of southern large scale southern slaveholders, really only a few 1000 people in all were able to use their constitutional advantages to leverage their power over the government as a whole, and consequently what happened in $1861.00 is that the northern masses rose up and revolt and essentially cast off as the minority dictatorship. and what we're seeing now is something oddly similar, where the republicans are using their constitutional advantages to gain an edge on the what is clearly the democratic, both with a capital d and small d majority. as they tried to, you know,
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to bend the government to their will as is their right. and the, the republicans are using the electoral college, the supreme court the, the standard filibuster, etc. as techniques to frustrate the democratic will. and that is leading to huge, a huge build up and anger and frustration on both sides of the aisle. it's why we had january 6, for example, and while will undoubtedly will have similar russian in the years to come. okay, well, when you say it's really quite interesting, i hadn't really thought about it that way arthur a bit, but these are institutions that are known and have been accepted. okay. and i've always said, we don't like the electoral college and let's have a discussion about it and let's vote on it. ok. the same thing with the pillow with all of these things here. and if you look at a lot of the things that daniel just said they don't have majority and support in the country. okay. so again,
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this is where the tension is here. i understand the argument that daniel is making, but the institution, the lay of the land, the rules are known to everyone. if you can succeed, then you know you want to change your like pack the quarter or something like that . but that's the reason why we're talking about these things is because the, there's so much tension building up and it's mostly around culture. daniels right is institute tional. but the culture is in your face and this is what is a motive with people here. and i find, you know, some of the things that are being said now on cable and in the broad sheets in the opinion, pages is something that i wouldn't even imagine leaky by 67 years ago. go ahead, arthur. yeah, you're absolutely right. i think it's, it's interesting because it's been this divide between kind of the lead to the coastal ally on your side and middle america for a long time. there's been a growing with a cultural rift. and like you said before, the culture wars have been with us for a very, very long time as well. but it seems like now what's happening is, you have,
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i would say, particularly from the left, the left has the majority of institutional power and has held that for a long time, even when the republican government or public incentives like with the 2016 election. you have a lot of in build kind of bureaucratic power as well as i mean media and etc, which to shape a lot of perception. and i think one of the biggest things i actually didn't expect to kind of say this, but one of the biggest things that that's not being done is something that we hear so much about which is empathy and actually listening to the actual citizens. yep. what, what is it that people want? because i would, i would venture to say that the majority doesn't want what's going on on either side. they want in america, they love, they want to flag, they can rally around. so that's, that, that would be where i completely aren't. so that's a really interesting point. i mean, and then, i mean, it depends on where,
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what news outlets are you watch or what you read. because, you know, the, this whole debate about critical race theory that is, that the writers using a lot and then you know, we have the olympic games going on. now, how you respect your disrespect the flag, you know, i sense of unity isn't there. at least from what i can see here. okay. and it's, and that certainly changed dramatically. daniel, let me go back to you kind of pull the thread from arthur just said here, you know that there is a lot of that left as have so much institutional control, like the academy media, things like this here. and a lot of really conservative people feel very much under siege. do you think it's fair that the is that it would legitimate feeling to have being undersea? go ahead. daniel. no, it's ridiculous. it's absolutely ridiculous. first of all, the conservatives control the supreme court. they, they have a great advantage in the electoral college which on which gives access way to under
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populated rural states like why owning or the dakotas. they have. they have a senate on their side, which essentially gives the same number of votes to california as it does to wyoming, republican, wyoming. even wyoming has literally $170.00 the california population. and they have the filibuster, which allows 40 senators representing as little as 11 percent of the us population to veto any build a like. so what america is suffering from is a minority dictatorship. it's and that dictatorship is baked into a 234 year old constitution, which thanks to a completely dysfunctional amending clause, is effectively unchangeable. so, so that's what's causing the, this, the tumbled, the majority wants to rule majority has a right to rule,
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but the majority is not allowed to rule due to an 18th century law, dating from the age of powdered wigs and 2 teeth, 3 mass russia. the same at the same government as it had under a catherine the great, well, i would not want to live on under that government. okay. you make very fair points . but, you know, arthur, you know, until the filibuster was a problem for the democrats. they used it all of the time. ok, so, you know, and plus, you know, daniel may be right and i think technically he is right here about how the electoral college worked. but arthur, that's what the, you need to 70 to win. that's what you need to 70, that's all that really matters here. the what am i keep stressing the point, the rules of the game are before you, everybody know is you need to 70. now if that's right or wrong, daniel's got a good argument there, but that's where we stand right now. so i, i, so i get really frustrated when you don't get to 70 for your candidates,
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that we don't like the electoral college. it seems to me that's kind of reduction is go ahead arthur. while to address that point. i'm not a constitutional scholar. so i don't want to go to, to on constitutional history necessarily. but from my understanding, the whole point of that system as it was, was to make sure that each state which kind of was like, almost like a country and a union sort of like the you maybe a bad comparison. but similar would have equal representation when it came to law making. so you couldn't have one state with 10 times the population dictating to the rest of the country. what they can account do, especially because one of the biggest problems of that kind of centralized authority is california doesn't know what goes well with us or wisconsin or wyoming or any those places. and i understand the frustration would be, well, hey, we're a big state. we get to do what we want or we should get to do we want and these little guys over here blocking us. but from a conservative perspective, sometimes that's the best way to do things is to make sure that goes even sometimes
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excruciatingly slow to make sure you're not pulling up fences that have a reason to be there. yes. if you want to avoid the tyranny of the majority, i think that was what the, the founding part of the fathers had of me. but we're, we're kind of going afield. what i want to talk about is go back to the culture wars, the succession and things like that. you know, daniel, i think you would agree with me, but the, the, the very, of course language. i mean, rival, you have a rival, you have an opponent. now we have enemies, ok, and both sides are demonizing. the other and my point is always been is that sometimes you, you know, some things you say are almost impossible to take back. and i always caution people . you really want to say that if you want to continue the conversation, you think, you know what i'm getting. i go ahead daniel, you know, and i think with an 856 or 57, a member of the house, nearly b to b. yes. yeah. a member of the senate on the floor of the senate with a, with
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a wooden cain. so you know, so things haven't quite weeks that, that, that point. although they did, we step one in january 6. actually, if they go at the mob gotten their hands on nancy pelosi or mike or alexandria castillo cortez, they might very well have killed them. be frank. but you know, but and 1861, the great majority of the population wanted to abolish slavery. but the, the stranglehold exert by the southern slave owners prevented them from doing doing so. now and then therefore they rose up in frustration and now 150 years later or so. the great majority wants to make fundamental changes and a well entrenched minority is protecting them. so we're seeing the same, the same pressures are building and you know, and, and this time around that, you know, it's not gonna, it's not going to turn to outright the session where, where the states actually pull away. but as you point out, it's leading to succession by other means cultural succession, political,
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political succession, the, you know, the country dividing up the 2 separate arm camps. right? you know, like a couple of scorpions and a bottle. and the effects are poisonous, but they're poisonous because there is no possibility of a democratic small de resolution. that is the whole problem. and you know, and you say you say the rules, the rules, the rules, the rules are what they are. but after 234 years, americans should have a right to vote democratically to change the rules if they wish. and they have no such right? well, if they think that there's certainly a mechanism to change things, it's really hard. and i said it was, it was meant to be what we've had new or new amendments to the constitution. hang on to that thought where they got it was short break. and after that short break, we'll continue our discussion on concession stay with our team. the psychiatric
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okay, go back to arthur in toronto. i am in full agreement with daniel has to say about a democracy. democrats with a small, di, what you have no argue. we have a lot of arguments, but i know where you're coming from and it's coming from a good place. ok. but arthur, the other side of the coin is minority writes as well. okay. and i will disagree with with daniels, i think a lot of conservatives, a lot of people in the g o. p do feel very much under siege with the, with the current administration and some of the things that they want to do. ok, and, and that's their right to do it. ok. but you know, smearing them is deplorable in, you know, in interaction is, i don't think is helpful. i think it's very unhelpful, and i think it will lead in a very bad place because it polarizes people even more. i mean, having, you know, patriotic americans being called says, insurrection is a, is an amazing upfront. okay. and i mean, they're not,
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they're not taking it very well. and daniel brought up january 6. we can dive into that too. but what about the rights of the minority? go ahead arthur. well matched exactly it. i'm all due respect, daniel, you're talking about a majority being blocked by minority and maybe within the political institution. that's the case, maybe within congress and senate. that's the case right now. i would be very curious to see the actual numbers of americans hold to see if they support a lot of this stuff. because the consensus from where i'm standing from the people i know, and obviously that's not a full poll of every american, but most people from all walks lights and all political standpoints are opposed to the sort of bar let extremism that's captured pretty much every institution. and you can go from corporate, the corporate world to the church, to the government, to the f b i. d r s who were targeting conservatives. this is not just a media smear, it's more than that. it, it goes deeper than that. and i think that
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a lot of this pushback politically, from the, let's say, minority conservatives that are there is their attempt to legally stand up against that push. it's, there are a lot of people who are right now thinking, you know, what if it keeps going this way there will need to be an actual america because what's being pushed is not american. danny, how do you respond to that? because i think there's a lot of people in the country that feel that way you have these, you know, again and again, it's all about perceptions and your own values here. but, you know, i look at, you know, they meet the dropping charges against governor an investigation against governor cuomo in the nursing home incident during the, and the pandemic conveniently. not. you know, curious about hunter biden, you know, in his story, which, you know, it's coming out more and more. i mean, there's this perception and then you have this palletization of the military,
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which is, you know, that's kind of a bash of red, white, and blue. you know, mom and apple pie, you may be like or dislike it, but that's kind of an institution that we didn't touch. and now it seems like it's pretty intensely political. this is what i'm getting a get a, getting about what this kinda defeats thing here. also, you know, what's going on in schools. i mean, do parents actually know what's going on? they learned a lot because of locked down. so, i mean, you know, there's this sense here that these ideas that are being push may not be majority, marian, but they certainly have the ideas of people in power. go ahead, down to bear even the idea of insurrection, as that title that it is, is, will be politicized. things are going to daniel grad jumping. that's fine. i mean, yeah, i mean both sides have their grievances. i mean for every, for every complaint by the right, i can cite 10 complaints by the, by the left which you know which the left leaves and just as passionately and
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justice fervently. but the point is, and it's and was throwing around the ward majority. and i believe that ultimately democracy rests on majority rule. we can discuss the question of minority rights and what that means, etc. but ultimately majority democratic rule is the driving force behind democracy . if you have 25 people vote and 13 want one, option 12 want the other well, the 30 then well, that's simply the way it works. and, but the problem in america is we don't have that. we have a system of minority rule upon minority rule. neither side has the power and consequently everyone's going bonkers as a consequence. they're more and more frustrated. i said before, i brought up the image of a 2 scorpions in a bottle, and that's exactly what we're seeing. so, i mean, so america needs effective majority democratic rule and a can't get it. what you know, arthur, correct me. i'm in canada. got
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a new constitution and 1986 that correct? yeah. so i mean, and have canada fall apart. is canada to be on. the constitution holds almost no weight and canada, and not not the same kind of way, but catalyst though canada. that can is still a well functioning society. and fact it's orderly mess and democratic nature are the envy of americans. now. so all america needs is the same thing that, that, that canada got 25 years ago. i mean, it needs a new plan of government, a new plan of government, which is democratically decided upon by the majority acting in a democratic needs. that's all i'm saying. it's very simple and we don't have that we're laboring, daniel, i think we're going a little bit at cross purposes because i think arthur and i are agreeing with you on some things but, and you and you're talking about the institutional process here. i'm, i'm trying to get into the values one and this is what, you know, you said,
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you know, if you have 25 people and 13 people feel one way, you know too bad for the 12. but what if it's something, you know, like, like abortion or something like, transgender rides, or these kind of things where people to say my value, i have a conflict here. ok, that's what i'm trying to get out here. because we do see a growing separation, a culturally and socially, and the point of the program is could it gets so divided that it would end up going into the political realm. that's why i'm calling the program for session. you've arthur, you want to pick up that one and i'll go to daniel, go ahead arthur. yeah, absolutely. will want to. one of the things i want to address really quickly was this idea of the left, which again is being the majority of our being very focused on justice. they are, but it's a, it's a audience sort of neo neo marxist sort of justice in that for example, in new york city, the laws that came out over the last couple of years have sent violent crime,
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skyrocketing, and they're not addressing it or guessing it the way they should be in california, you can steal up to the camera, what the number was, the thousands of dollars worth of goods from stores and it's, it's almost prosecutable. people like there's video people watching other people walking, walk out with arm loads of stuff and they can't do anything about it. there's, there's a sort of strange justice that is moving away from all of law, like actually ordering the law across the board. ready equally to everyone and moving to a sort of we pick and choose who we like and who don't like we don't like you, no matter what you do, you're gonna be in trouble. and that's definitely possible with, with any legal system. and we like you to do whatever you want. got to like, like call me and, and putting people in the old a shot phones. this is, this is the issue at hand. i think because there is a double standard. and then we hear these calls for wallace room while the other state guards. let's remove the electoral college. that's where all of us are. and
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we've all these things and the people on the other side, hold on, hold on, hold on. you're already, you have a war point of view, you already have a lot of power. and now you want the last safeguards keeping you from overrunning. daniel, react to that because i think that's a good summation of how a lot of conservative feel. go right ahead. because they aren't safeguards, i mean that the funny thing is that the founders were great believers in the moderate center and but they created a system which is resulting and growing polarization. and so why is that? and the reason is, is that when you don't give any, don't allow democracy, society for force a part of the factional lies is that balkanized his head off in different direction because there's no real way of effectively resolving disputes. and yes, of course, you know, democratic argument can be ferocious. i mean, if 13 people want abortion and 12 don't want to butcher them. yeah,
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i think that those 12 people will be extremely upset, but they also know. 1 in a democracy that all they have to do is get to get one of those 13 to switch sides sides and they all be then the majority and in a position to do want to others, others have done and to them. so i, so, i mean, that's the way democracy works. and curiously enough, the most democratic countries are usually the paperless and the most moderate. and the, the countries that are left democratic are the ones that are more polarized. and that's what we're seeing in the us, that tendency towards breakdown and polarization and freeform anger that has no rational out. okay, with arthur. and i would i completely agree with the polarization argument that daniel's making. but arthur, it seems to me, and it's patently obvious to me, is that the media enjoys doing this and putting people at each other's throats. i
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mean, it's ok to really hate and hate hard on all these platforms here. and i don't even participated, and obviously it's such a waste of time. why should i get my blood up about it? because it's, i wouldn't, it's so disrespectful to you. why should you have any respect in an answering is you can have an argument with people like that. and i think that's a lot of people are people. and i think daniel, for genuine, for very different reasons would say, you know, people are very, very tired of this, that the big kind of discourse that we have because you can't win. ok, it's a 0 sum. that's not the way it's supposed to be in a democracy. go ahead, arthur. so this brings me to one of the things that i think would make a big impact in, in reuniting people. and it's something that the journalist author, diana west calls neutral fact. and it's something that, at least we believe used to happen, definitely doesn't happen any more. but where there at least is some body
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of neutral fact to which people can refer. we have this we decided that was built on the idea of evidence and rationale and enlightenment thought. and we've moved into a sort of post modern place where there's so much subjectivity and of course, the media for whatever reasons for all the reasons that they have really, really exacerbate this. but if we could have that body of knowledge studies just back needs to be proved and needs to have evidence to back it up. i think that would go a long ways to changing this. and one of the key points on this would be something like, what's called the insurrection on january 6th. you have a media that for an entire year was completely white washing riots. autonomous zones. portland was burning. i don't know if it still is, but it's been going on for a long time. there is all this sort of may him and violence going on and it was
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arthur, i have to jump. sorry, i have to jump in here. we have run out of time, i would have you both back because we didn't really get into january 6 and i want to have a long conversation about that. many thanks and i guess in new york and in toronto, and thanks to our viewers for watching us here are to see you next time. remember, cross talk rules the the long when i was the wrong one, all just don't i mean you get to shape out the thing becomes the after an engagement equal trail. when so
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many find themselves, well, the part we choose to look for common ground in the families that jennifer mark took marking function. you have a good idea to do john. good that i've got that limit and i wanted them to go back to the left me about the less about
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