Senator Ben Sasse (R – Nebraska) is making a name for himself through his uncommon, outspoken refusal to endorse Donald Trump’s likely nomination. Sasse took to social media last night, criticizing the ideological drift within his party while requesting any candidate: a moderate, a third party, a dumpster fire, literally anything over the current playing field of Trump and Hillary Clinton. Sasse sees both as “two dishonest liberals” that don’t represent the needs of everyday folk.
Sasse used his Facebook page to publish an impassioned open letter summarizing the concerns of his constituency. Unsurprisingly, much of his “OPEN LETTER TO MAJORITY AMERICA” relied on a well-worn populist ethos. His straw poll of everyday Americans was something like Joe the Plumber’s greatest hits: the union meatpacker, the evangelical Christian mother, etc. all conveniently located at his local, Midwestern Wal-Mart. Sasse signs off by announcing he needs to give his children baths and tuck them in because can’t you see? He’s One Of Us ®. Regardless, his approach connected with readers, earning thousands of Facebook likes and shares. He closed his manifesto with this:
“I believe that most Americans can still be for limited government again — if they were given a winsome candidate who wanted Washington to focus on a small number of really important, urgent things — in a way that tried to bring people together instead of driving us apart.
I think there is room – an appetite – for such a candidate.
What am I missing?
More importantly, what are the people at the Fremont Wal-Mart missing?
Because I don’t think they are wrong. They deserve better. They deserve a Congress that tackles the biggest policy problems facing the nation. And they deserve a president who knows that his or her job is not to ‘reign,’ but to serve as commander-in-chief and to ‘faithfully execute’ the laws – not to claim imperial powers to rewrite them with his pen and phone.”
Some conservative PACs are already pleading with him to consider an independent run. As one of the lone Republican politicians willing to challenge Trump and censure his tryst with the GOP, Sasse’s aware of his emerging national identity. And he’s probably listening.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.