The Daily Signal Podcast

10/15/2021

Kevin Roberts Explains His Top Priorities as Heritage Foundation’s Next President

The Heritage Foundation announced Thursday that Kevin Roberts will serve as the organization’s next president.Roberts says he is eager to advance the conservative movement and address some of the most pressing issues facing our nation today."The top three [critical issues that we are facing right now] are education, education and education,” Roberts says, adding that conservatives will miss an “opportunity of a lifetime” if we cannot come together and address what is “broken about the education system.”The immigration crisis at America’s southern border and the “administrative state, the power of the executive branch to do the legislating rather than the legislative branch [doing it]” are also critical issues Roberts says he looks forward to working to fix.Roberts is coming to the Washington, D.C. based think tank after serving as president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Texas.(The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)He joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss his vision for the future of The Heritage Foundation and the conservative movement.We also cover these stories: YouTube temporarily suspends Steven Crowder, host of the "Louder With Crowder" podcast, for “hate speech.”The Supreme Court changes the way it handles asking questions during oral arguments.Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary in Seattle, Washington, cancels its Halloween Pumpkin Parade because school officials say it “marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday.”Enjoy the show!
10/13/2021

Black Professor: Blacks Who Reject Critical Race Theory Being 'Erased'

Blacks who don’t adopt the doctrines of victimhood or critical social justice erode the narrative promoted by woke activists, Erec Smith, a professor of rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania and co-founder of Free Black Thought, says.“The illogic that is inherent in a lot of anti-racist activism ... is absurd," Smith says.Smith doesn't like how The New York Times' 1619 Project, authored by Nikole Hannah-Jones, only has furthered division within the nation.As a professor of rhetoric, Smith, who is black and the author of “A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition: the Semblance of Empowerment,” says he is concerned that anti-racist dogma contains “no sincere attempt to persuade” but is instead “an attempt to intimidate."Smith joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” from the Parents Unite conference in Boston on Oct. 1 to discuss why blacks who oppose critical race theory are being “erased.” Smith also explains what he would talk about discuss Ibram X Kendi, author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” if he were given the opportunity.We also cover these stories:Democrats move to slash their $3.5 trillion social spending bill to $2 trillion.Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announces that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, no longer will conduct worksite raids.Eleven state-level school board groups put distance between themselves and a National School Boards Association letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal authorities to investigate parents.Enjoy the show!
10/8/2021

‘Arrest Me!’: Mom Challenges Attorney General's Call for Probing Threats to School Boards

Rhode Island mom Nicole Solas says she is just one of many parents “with legitimate concerns about our kids’ education.”Solas drew national attention earlier this year when her local school board in South Kingstown, R.I., threatened to sue her over public record requests she made to learn what her local school district was teaching students. The school board ultimately opted against taking legal action against her.But Solas made headlines again in August, when a teachers union, the National Education Association Rhode Island, filed a lawsuit against her over the records requests.Solas made the requests to determine whether her child would be taught about gender identity and critical race theory ideology, two controversial issues that have led to an increase in parental attendance at school board meetings across the country this year.Parents “simply want to know what their kids are learning, and they want to have a say if what their kids are learning is not appropriate,” she says.Solas is actively speaking out against Attorney General Merrick Garland's order to the FBI and federal prosecutors to meet with federal, state, and local leaders to look into a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” allegedly being made against “school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”Garland’s directive came less than a week after the National Association of School Boards asked President Joe Biden for assistance looking into whether threats against school board members and other school leaders could be classified as "domestic terrorism.”Solas joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to share her personal story of speaking out against her local school board, and to discuss Garland’s order.We also cover these stories:Congress reaches an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.Former President Donald Trump asks a federal judge to order Facebook to reinstate his account.Texas will appeal a federal judge's injunction against the state’s pro-life Heartbeat Act.Enjoy the show!
10/5/2021

Why Hispanic Heritage Month Shouldn’t Be a Thing

We’re in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month, yet another 30 days of identity-focused celebration, following on the heels of Black History Month in February or Gay Pride Month in June.But while the ubiquity of the terms "Hispanic” and "Latino” might make it seem that they've always been there, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez contends that those terms were invented by Marxist activists attempting to persuade so-called Hispanics that they were oppressed."I'm very proud of [my heritage], but this amalgamation, this artificial label that is created, the officiality of it is what I'm opposed to, because I know that it is done on purpose and with malice and forethought towards the country of the United States," Gonzalez says.He joins "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss the Marxist history of terms like "Hispanic” and "Latino,” and to detail the radical left's plans to use identity politics to seize power.We also cover these stories:President Joe Biden announces his frustration with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., over the ongoing fight to raise the debt ceiling.McConnell tells Biden he should ask Democrats, not Republicans, to vote to raise the debt limit.Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., issues a statement criticizing left-wing activists who followed her into a restroom at Arizona State University and yelled at her to support Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better spending bill.