Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Gaining in the Polls
- Mar 29 '16
TRANSCRIPT FROM THIS 'DIRECT MESSAGE' WITH DAVE RUBIN:
Published on Ora TV on Oct 7th 2015:
I want to start this week off by abiding by one of the rules I set up when we launched this operation. I said if you guys fact checked me, I would address it on the show.I did make a minor error last week. While talking to my guest Maajid Nawaz, I mistakenly said Ben Carson was a neuroscientist, when in fact he is a neurosurgeon. That was really just a slip of the tongue, but a couple of you called me out on it so I wanted to correct myself. Of course, at the end of the day, whether he's a neuroscientist or a neurosurgeon, one thing I hope he will not become is president of the united states.
We got a really great response to our interview with Maajid last week. Actually when we finished, I felt like I had again been part of an important conversation that needs to be had more.This of course, is the irony of the regressives that bash people like Maajid and Sam Harris. Here you have two people from very different walks of life trying to promote secular values and coexistence. Whether you agree with either of them on every specific point is irrelevant -- it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain these are the people trying to find a peaceful way forward.Don't take my word for it though, listen to them speak themselves. And by the way you can disagree with where they stand on certain issues, yet acknowledge that they're having a very difficult dialogue on extremely heated topics that most people are afraid to have in the first place.When journalists call Maajid a porch monkey and Sam a racist, it exposes who the real extremists are.
In case you missed it, on Friday night's Real Time, Bill Maher had an excellent sit down with Richard Dawkins on this new split on the left. I was thrilled to hear Bill Maher actually use the phrase "regressive leftists". Bill credited Sam Harris for coining the phrase, though from what I've found, Maajid was using it as far back in 2012. In any event, the fact that it trickled up to Bill shows you the discussions we're having here on the show, as well as the ones you are having on Twitter and YouTube, are actually making a difference. That's the beauty of the Internet, right? You can get issues to bubble up until mainstream actually takes notice. There's evidence of that awakening I've been talking about all over the place.
On Twitter, someone asked me if by calling these people the "regressive left", I'm just resorting to the same type of name calling that we accuse them of. My answer is 100% no. We're giving a name to a problem we've all seen growing for some time now. We can debate with them onfacts, if they accept facts as such, and not only cherry pick them when suitable for their narrative. The reason I feel naming them is so important is because I now view these regressives as the left's version of the Tea Party. The Tea Party went unchecked by the right until it was too late -- now the Republican party is a fractured mess often only held together by its worst beliefs. I really believe the regressives are doing this to the left, and if we don't have the courage to stop them then a year or two from now we'll wonder why our system is even more screwed up than it is now. That's why talking about all of this is so important, and we should continue to do so.