Five Questions Episode 43: The Curious Case of Colin Kaepernick

Colin-Kaepernick-Donald-Trump Shawn Hardie and Wes Upham discuss the NFL’s reaction to President Trump’s comments regarding Colin Kaepernick and #takeaknee (23:00 mark). They also discuss why NFL owners chose to “unite” with the players (30:30) and Shawn explains why he still watches the NFL and why boycotting specific teams makes more sense than the entire league (35:20). Beforehand, they brought back the Hater’s Call for Shawn after his Ravens got destroyed by Jacksonville (3:45) and briefly discussed the Carmelo Anthony trade (17:00).

Five Questions Episode 25: 100 Days of Donald Trump

Shawn Hardie is joined by Nonstop Culture’s Jeff J., actor/activist J. Mikey and local attorney and politician Landon Dais to discuss Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, including…

  1. If his presidency is or isn’t what they expected at this point
  2. What would Trump take a do-over on
  3. If Sean Spicer is just bad at his job or if he’s set up to fail
  4. If this is the beginning of the end of the GOP as we know it
  5. If Trump lasts four years (whether by choice or by force)

Five Questions | S1 E14: The Legacy of Barack Obama

On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, we reflect on the presidency of Barack Obama, discussing what about him will stand out, if he’s gotten a pass that many others wouldn’t have gotten (12:15 mark), the legacy of the Affordable Care Act  (16:00, if the community failed Obama (29:30) and if America is in a better place now than it was eight years ago (40:45). Guests: Actress Brianna Seagraves (Orange Is The New Black, The Brie Show), actor/activist J. Mikey (Blue Bloods, Orange Is The New Black), attorney/politician Landon Dais.

Five Questions | S1 E06: The Election Day Breakdown with @jmikey and @JeffJSays

2016 Election Trump

Shawn Hardie is joined by actor and local political activist J. Mikey and That ADHD Show’s Jeff J. to discuss how Donald Trump pulled off the upset (3:49 mark), how in the hell did Hillary lose (19:00), who gets the “blame” (34:05) and what’s next for America (51:55).

Why Donald Trump Is The American Dream

Donald Trump

The unlikely road to the White House for Donald Trump started not in Iowa or New Hampshire or Cleveland (site of the GOP convention), but well over a decade ago on the set of The Apprentice.

Every week, Donald Trump appeared in the homes of millions of people stepping off a helicopter, entering a golden building with his name on it in the largest city in America. He told people what to do and they would do it. At the end of the day, he would  retire for the evening with his wife, a supermodel.

To many of those who grew up in New York (including me), Donald Trump was the “rich” guy with funny hair that talked a good game but didn’t have the capital (real or otherwise) to back it up.

But to millions of people in suburban and rural America, Donald Trump was the “self-made” millionaire who beat the odds to become highly successful. Donald Trump was everything they wanted to be.

Donald Trump was the American Dream.

Fast forward to the first Republican presidential debate in August 2015 with ten (!!!) candidates on stage. Those candidates were Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich.

Who is the most recognizable person in that group?

In an era where celebrities are more highly regarded than ever, Donald Trump (with absolutely nothing to lose) stepped on stage that night in Cleveland and was nothing more than himself: the boss celebrity.

After that debate, polls indicated Trump had 25% of GOP primary voters in his corner, a huge number considering he had 16 opponents (only 10 were invited to the participate in the main debate).

As each candidate dropped out, the majority of his or her votes went to the celebrity. When the establishment (hi, Paul Ryan) condemned the boss celebrity and tried to make him fall in line, the boss celebrity fought back. He basically said, “I’m a boss! I don’t need you!” and kept on marching. And he was right.

Donald Trump connected with millions of people who felt (right or wrong) that the American Dream was still possible, because HE was the living embodiment of it. To quote the esteemed philosopher Stephen Colbert, he was America (and so can you!)

Donald Trump, after bullying, downplaying, insulting and ignoring millions of Americans (while connecting with millions more in the process), will become the 45th President of the United States.

Donald Trump is the American Dream, and his supporters are now going to live the dream vicariously through him in a way they couldn’t have with his predecessor.

Maybe the American Dream isn’t what we thought it was.