Interview with Substack's newest contributors, who may be the ultimate symbols of America's censorship regime
I would vote for Jesse in a heartbeat if his opponents were Biden and Trump. Jesse should run with Tulsi Gabbard as his VP. What a team they'd make! Both military vets, both free-thinkers, both willing to buck the establishment.
Please, God, or Thor, or someone, give us a choice in 2024. Jesse/Tulsi in 2024! Honesty, integrity, guts.
...Substack needs a bundle option because this is getting expensive...
And my subscription list grows. Thanks a lot, Matt! 😝
The American psychosphere is ripe for another candidate who excels at pissing the commentariat off.
Jesse Ventura 2024
The Green Party exchange... The Greens are for liberal voters whose politics are too holy and enlightened for the Democratic party. You can't see yourself as a normal person and fit in there.
Great interview and article. Our proxy war to destabilize Putin, pointlessly killing as many Ukrainians as possible along the way, may not lead to World War 3, but giving Jesse Ventura the Rachel Maddow slot on MSNBC certainly would.
Even Larry King worked at RT. Every on air personality there over the years was hardly a Pro-Russia propagandist.
Jesse and Tyrel, PLEASE DO AN MST3K-STYLE SHOW FOR THE STATE OF THE UNION! That would make it soooo much more watchable.
"What would you rather have, an honest wrestler or a polished sellout?" Honesty and truth are so bitterly undermined in N. American culture. I know which one most of my family members would choose. A few too many F bombs, some liberals screaming "transphobe," and they're choosing "polished sellout" without blinking an eye. Discernment of true character goes out the window for far too many people.
I have told this story before but when I was in college I helped organize an event (as an officer in a liberal organization on campus) for the then Governor Ventura to come speak. He came and basically said kids should need to serve (in one way or another) to have the government pay for their college, and a bunch of other things that were his honest opinions and not pandering to the audience. Unlike 98% of politicians you see (even sacred cows like Wellstone. I remember seeing Wellstone speak a few times, and each speech was just a list of promising the audience things they wanted that he wouldn't be able to provide. Didn't seem like a very hard job, or an honest one.).
Anyway, so MPR News and one of the Twin Cities papers wanted to interview students about the governor's speech and since I was a part organizer I was interviewed. When asked what I thought of the event I shared that I was impressed with a politician who wasn't spewing BS, but didn't agree with some of the things he said, and that I expected a lot of student felt the same.
The reporters and I had a few back and forths, where I definitely didn't get political, or mention any other politicians by name, but kept on the message of the students and their mixed but appreciative reception.
Well somewhere in there I must have said "it was good", because the one thing they took out of this relatively long discussion, and my quote in the paper was "it was good". I think in part because they wanted to write about how the students didn't like the speech, which is not at all what I saw or said, and their article made it seem like the audience had been both negative and/or too dumb to understand what the governor comments meant in terms of policies.
Was a very instructive example in "manufacturing consent".
I look forward to Mr. Ventura running to piss them off or better to bring average Americans back as topic. We all deserve better. Who also deserves better are our military people. Many join for lack of other opportunity, many to get the GI Bill but end up sick in their brain. Society just likes to shake their hands at an airport and thank them for their service. The USS George Washington is dry docked for years to come in a VA shipyard, life for junior enlisted is so very bad that 11 young sailors took their own lives within one year and nothing in the news except one article in Military Times, top Navy enlisted went to visit them and told them to curb their expectations, while he goes home at night to a real meal and clean bed. That is horrible. Also what is not discussed at all is the corruption in contracting and military housing, how many children have died from falling out of windows, mold in homes causing severe asthma etc., you'll find several episodes on the podcast Military Matters, what is so tragic about these things is that the service men & women can't speak up about it they are verboten to strike or contact TV news. We must care for them before they kill themselves or end up homeless on the streets. Kindly look these things up and pay attention to our military. Thank you!
OK--admittedly a minor point so don't pile on, but #(@$* him and that "Middle America is the true America" bull***. It's all the "true" America. Whatever the hell that means.
Ventura reminds me of an ethical physician. He will tell you his opinion without a secret agenda. He will listen to what you have to say. Isn't that a prescription for what the country needs, whatever the platform?
"I can say the four years that I was at RT, never once did they tell me what I could or couldn’t say, never once"
I mean, people say the same thing about every news organization. For one, they don't need to; they find the people who are already saying what they want.
And secondly, it doesn't need to be communicated. Viewers already know 99% of what any news network's take on a story is going to be before they listen. Everyone knows what you can't say on CNN, FOX, and yes, RT.
Anyone have a breakdown of where he stood on various issues? I can think of quite a few people who have said the "right things" that went down in flames when voters found out their real views. Anyone can say they want to cross partisan boundaries but most of the time they are full of crap. Hint, people on the right will not stand for a gun grabber or someone who is open borders, while people on the left get very jaded when they find out some guy is just a corporate stooge who does not give a damn about the little guy (the "success" of "trickle down economics" has put many on the right there too) or makes one visit to the inner city to pretend they care and then leave for the Hamptons. Oh yeah, one of the main reasons voters are looking for someone different is the "we are going to send your kids to another overseas fustercluck", so that is a deal breaker right there as well.