Von Stutterheim Interview – Podcast August 3, 2020

An Immigrant’s Story. In this age of fear and disdain for immigrants, Democratic Perspective turns to our own Klaus von Stutterheim to illustrate just one example of the many contributions made by immigrants. It’s a story of someone who, as a native German, has gone from feeling the shame of growing up in the nation responsible for the Holocaust to experiencing the pride of emigrating to the US and living the American Dream.

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Cardona and Prigmore Interview – July 27, 2020

Parental Involvement In Public Education. Democratic Perspective welcomes Thomasene Cardona and Monique Prigmore who are campaigning for seats on the Camp Verde School Board in Camp Verde, Arizona. Cardona currently serves as a Tribal Council member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Prigmore is also a member of the Tribal Council. The two intend to address broad educational issues such as increased parental involvement, availability of high-speed Internet, and communication with students and parents. In particular, they are focused on addressing the achievement gap and the dropout rate, especially within the tribal community.

You can learn more by participating in an educational forum at 6:30 p.m., August 5, 2020. It will be available on Zoom. It will also be livestreamed on Facebook. The links are available on Cardona’s Facebook page.

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Ploog, Kinsella & Williamson Interviews – Podcast July 20, 2020

Meet The Candidates For Sedona City Council. After a brief discussion of a few Arizona statewide races, the co-hosts welcome three candidates who will be on the ballot for the August 4th primary: Holli Ploog, Kathy Kinsella, and Jessica Williamson.

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MacLean Interview – Podcast July 13, 2020

Exposing The Radical Right’s Toxic Plan For America. Nancy MacLean returns to talk more about her book, Democracy In Chains. The book, which was meticulously researched and documented, has deeply angered the Koch-backed Libertarians who have taken over the Republican Party. Not because it is untrue. But because it has exposed their plan and methods. MacLean says, “When they talk about freedom, they’re talking about commercial freedom…freedom for them and people of property. It’s social Darwinism. If you’re a billionaire, you are special…you have reached your just reward. Whereas if you’re a working person who’s struggling, that’s all on you…”

In describing the right’s response to the pandemic, MacLean states, “They’re perfectly comfortable with killing people in nursing homes because they’re not productive. They view essential workers as human capital. It’s literally a deadly dogma. They only value productivity as evidenced by the Texas governor who said, ‘Surely, older people would be willing to sacrifice themselves to reopen the economy’.”

As for protecting our democracy, MacLean says, “It’s really important for people to understand that Trump is a symptom of a larger problem. It’s so much deeper and wider than Trump. This is a real time experiment between two philosophies of governance. The best thing to do is for ordinary people to get organized.”

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Bordewich Interview – Podcast July 6, 2020

Examining The History Of The Ku Klux Klan. Democratic Perspective welcomes back Fergus Bordewich, historian and author of numerous books, to discuss the three stages of the KKK. He says the original Klan began from a rather inauspicious start with a gathering of ex-Confederate soldiers as a kind of lark – a club. By 1867 it had dynamically grown into a political organization spreading across all the former Confederate states and committing hideous violent acts against blacks and white, progressive Republicans. President Grant recognized the growing threat and crushed it. And, by 1872, the Klan as an organized movement was dead.

“The second Klan was inspired by Birth of a Nation in 1915,” says Bordewich. The film was praised by President Woodrow Wilson which turbocharged a new Klan that was racist, nativist, and vehemently anti-Catholic. But, by the 1940s, its membership had faded as a result of its criminal behavior.

Bordewich explains that the third Klan sprang up after WWII with tenuous roots in the previous Klan. It openly organized against the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s but was eventually penetrated by the FBI and shattered. And, though Bordewich says the Klan still exists, he notes that the real terrorist threat is from many scattered militias across the country that operate with Klan thinking under different names.

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Singal Interview – Podcast June 29, 2020

For Trump, The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Appears To Be A Train. Democratic Perspective co-hosts discuss the upcoming election with historian and author Dan Singal. Singal predicts a landslide for Biden. He says that it’s showing all the signs of what political scientists call a critical election – an election in which there is a significant realignment of voting blocs. “There is incredible animus toward Trump,” says Singal. “Biden doesn’t even have to run negative ads [because] Trump is now in a terrible trap. He decided to go full force into opening up the government. Now the virus is spreading like wildfire. And the only way to control the virus is to shut it down again.”

Moreover, he notes that Trump is running out of time with the start of early voting in some states only two and a half months away.

Singal goes on to discuss his expectations for a Biden administration. “I think it will look a lot like the New Deal. There will be one new piece of legislation after another. Democrats will likely have a majority and a lot of leeway. Biden is spending 8-10 hours a day planning for the future.”

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Kendall Interview – Podcast June 22, 2020

The Future Of US Healthcare. Democratic Perspective welcomes Dave Kendall, Senior Fellow for Health and Fiscal Policy for the Third Way, to discuss the pandemic and universal healthcare. Kendall was author of most, if not all, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

We begin by asking about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He says it was one of the worst responses in the world. “It could have been a lot better,” he states. “We had a plan. Trump had thrown the plan away. But we can do this. It’s not hard technology. That’s where we need to start with healthcare.”

(NOTE: WE EXPERIENCED SOME EARLY TECHNICAL ISSUES. BE PATIENT. THE DISCUSSION IS INFORMATIVE AND REWARDING.)

As for making healthcare available to all Americans, Kendall says, “I think the Democratic party is united on that everyone should have access to healthcare. The ACA has proven successful. People get that it protected them for pre-existing conditions…we have an opportunity to make the case that Democrats have taken the lead on healthcare. The Medicare for All movement has been good to expose some of the problems. Wage increases are going to healthcare right now. For a typical worker, it takes 6 weeks to pay off the deductibles. We can take the next steps. Cut the costs and cover everyone.”

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Singer Interview – Podcast June 15, 2020

The Future Of Medical Care In Sedona. The Democratic Perspective hosts welcome Neil Singer, MD to address rumors that Northern Arizona Healthcare is prepared to downgrade or close the Emergency Room in Sedona. If true, the impact on Sedona could be devastating, making Emergency Room care at least 20 minutes away. That would not only impact Sedona residents. It would impact visitors who are injured while hiking or biking. And it would impact those affected by the altitude.

Though the hospital has stated, “We’re not going to abandon Sedona,” it refuses to deny the rumors. But Singer says, “It’s clear that they are re-evaluating the Emergency Room. The hospital is spending a lot of money on new services in Sedona. They probably lost a lot of money due to Covid.”

As for the idea of a downgraded ER he says, “There’s not a downgraded Emergency Room. There’s an Immediate Care…similar to Camp Verde. They can’t give intravenous fluids, They can’t deal with complicated fractures. They don’t have radiology there 24 hours a day. It’s just a glorified doctor’s office.”

Sedona residents can address their concerns by contacting the NAH Board of Directors.

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Sommer Interview – Podcast June 8, 2020

Breaking Our Addiction To Fossil Fuels. Democratic Perspective welcomes Dr. Stefan Sommer, Director of Education, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University and Director of the Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance.  Sommer begins by noting that awareness of the climate crisis is different in the US than in the rest of the world. He says that the rest of the world is aware of the seriousness of the issue. But, in the US, there’s a campaign to suppress news of climate change.

Sommer says that science has known about the issue since 1970 and that the current climate change we are seeing is solely the result of human activity – primarily the result of the massive burning of fossil fuels. “The challenge now is to get everybody on board,” he says. “We’ve all been addicted to these easy, cheap forms of energy and we need to break the addiction.”

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Shaw Interview – Podcast June 1, 2020

Peace Building At Home And Around The Globe. Democratic Perspective welcomes Anne Shaw from Verde Valley chapter of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). The group’s motto is “We seek a world free of war and threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.”

According to Shaw, two of the most pressing issues are trying to end the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and building peace in the Middle East.

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