You will hear people say all the time that America is a democracy, but rarely ever that we are a republic. Why is that? The Sons of History discuss why America is not a democracy, and why that is a good thing - although there continues to be steps toward turning the US into a democracy, and that's not a good thing.
It's all recent history, but it's still history. The Sons of History look at the brief history of the partisan moderators, bad questions, omitted questions, media warfare, social media censorship, and the excuse used to do all of it.
The first debate between President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden was a train wreck, and Fox's Chris Wallace's seemed to be a clueless engineer. The Vice Presidential debate was definitely a reprieve, but this was not until the Debate Commission changed the debate rules during the debate season. A truly unprecedented move and one that should be cause for concern. Now it appears the third debate slated for Oct. 15 is canceled, although Steve Scully appeared to be compromised via Twitter. So how will the final debate go - or will it be cancelled too? This year has been a mess. Should we have expected anything less from this year's debates?
An oligarchy is a government run by the few. America is a Republican Democracy cut up into 50 parts with three separate federal branches of power and too many agencies, but how influential have the elite few become? Have they become oligarchs in a country run by the people? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss their worries.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Sept. 18. On Sept. 26, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace her on the Supreme Court. The Sons of History talk about the process, complaints from the Democrats, the history of confirmations (even in an election year), and recalling the Kavanaugh hearings.
Learn what you need to know about a confirmation hearing that will most likely be one to remember and one that is up against the election clock.
In recent years, the onslaught from the radical Left has increased, including the Cancel Culture, the rise of Marxism, the affection for socialism, and the politicizing of every aspect of American life. What is to come of it? The Sons of History discuss the inevitable pushback against the anti-everything movement. Do bear in mind, we are not pleased to announce the inevitable.
Over the past six months, have you noticed the measures our states have been taking to infringe on our basic human rights? The right to assembly. The right to religious expression. The right to run your business as you see fit.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss how the American government (AND ITS PEOPLE) has taken its approach to the pandemic straight out of the Chinese playbook.
Alan Wakim has been on a road trip throughout the southeast portion of the US. While in Pensacola, he made a significant connection with author Wesley Odom, who specializes in Pensacola history. Who knew that the longest siege of the American Revolution happened in Florida and didn't involve Americans? Learn a ton about something you most likely didn't know about from someone who knows.
Alan Wakim is on a road trip through the southeast. His first stop: Louisiana. The Sons of History discuss how the Spanish assisted during the American Revolution, as well as what happened during the Battle of New Orleans. Great information as always. And truly, the result at New Orleans was nothing short of miraculous.
During the Portland riots this year, another odd thing took place - federal agents in unmarked vans were grabbing suspected rioters, tossing them into the van and taking them into custody. Was this an anomaly? Or was this just another instance of federal government overreach?
The Sons of History invite constitutional scholar Joe Wolverton to discuss whether the federal government was in the right to do what it did, or if it was another section of Pandora's box that has been opened with the federal government.
The United States conducted a military operation called Operation Paperclip, which brought Nazi scientists into the country to advance our rocket technology in order to get ahead of the USSR. But how should we look at this decision? There are various ways to look at it, and The Sons of History take this conversation to discuss the various sides of a complicated decision.
Seventy-five years ago, President Harry S. Truman authorized the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. Shortly after the second bomb hit, the greatest war in human history came to an end. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the bomb and the logic behind dropping it.
August of 1945 introduced the world to the nuclear age, but was it worth it? The Sons of History discuss in detail.
From discriminatory edicts against church openings to the burning down of churches by extremists, the American church seems to be experiencing persecution the likes it has never seen nor ever thought possible. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss what Christians should prepare for and how they should respond as it gets worse.
The Sons of History give a brief history of Christian persecution and the current global and national persecution going on. Currently, 80 percent of religious persecution in the world today is against Christians. This episode will be extremely eye-opening.
Chaos is still running rampant in various areas of the country. People on both sides of the aisle argue about whether certain statues should or should not be removed. The Sons of History discuss the issues at hand, and also what is really behind some of the chaos we see in America.
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass have somewhat differing views and we think it is definitely a conversation you should listen to.
Dr. Stephen Hardin leads us through the Mexican-American War to its final end. The Sons of History discuss the heroes (some very familiar names), the results (familiar state names), and the legacy of the war (Manifest Destiny, anyone?). Learn what you need to know about this war and how you should view the outcome.
We know you'll enjoy Part 2 of the two-part conversation.
Dr. Stephen Hardin, professor at McMurray University in Abilene and author of numerous books on Texas history, joins The Sons of History to discuss the importance of the Mexican-American War.
What led to the Mexican-American War? What role did President James K. Polk play? Where was Santa Anna? And what about that border river?
All this and more in Part 1 of the two-part discussion on the neighbor war.
Also, we recommend you listen to our first ever discussion with Dr. Hardin a few months ago on the Texas Revolution, which was the start to the ongoing hostilities between the Mexicans and the Texians - and eventually the Americans.
It has become painfully obvious that the public education system has failed our children in more ways than we can count. From grades that haven't gotten better over the decades (despite increased spending) to constant indoctrination, parents and grandparents and all those who care about the current and future generation need to strongly consider an alternative route: homeschooling.
The pandemic has made it abundantly clear the absolute inefficiency and inefficacy of the public system. The Sons of History bring out numerous facts about the system and why taking education into your own hands is the better and safer route. Education isn't simply a battle for the brain. It's a battle for the mind.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim offer numerous solutions and methods for turning this coming school year into a true success.
Amid the chaos, we should be embracing our history even more and remembering the difficulty behind declaring our independence. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss what it took to reach a decision on independence, as well as some issues currently facing the country's freedom.
The Second Amendment secures the right of Americans to bear arms. This amendment has been under heavy attack for several decades. The Sons of History discuss why the Founding Fathers chose to create this amendment, who influenced their decision, and why citizens need this amendment, even those who choose to never arms themselves.
This discussion is chocked full of information. You may want to have a pen and paper handy.
These are very troubled times. The Sons of History discuss what has happened, including the significance of the riots, the defacing and destroying of memorials, and the logic behind the destruction. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim are brutally honest in this discussion about racism, the ideologies permeating across the American (and global) landscape, and how activist groups are pushing for an elimination of American history.
We encourage you to also listen to our previous episode: When Citizens Turn on Each Other.
History is full of great nations collapsing in on themselves when the citizens turn on each other and the government loses control of law and order. The Sons of History reach all the way back to Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Catholic Church and Islam and also more modern times with the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Civil War, the Spanish Civil, as well as America's own American Revolution and Civil War.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim make a heartfelt plea for Americans to stop and consider their current path. The end of this road leads to devastating results. We hope that everyone takes a moment to listen and make the necessary personal adjustments.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim sit down with Connor Boyack, founder of The Tuttle Twins, to discuss the purpose of the books and how the issues affecting today's youth and modern education. If you have been wondering how to better educate your children, The Tuttle Twins books receive a stamp of approval from The Sons of History.
Have you experienced the Tuttle Twins? If not, The Sons of History highly encourage you buy one of the 11 books (or all of them) for your children. You can search the books on the website: TuttleTwins.com.
Our commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe reaches its finale. And what a finale it is.
New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw joins The Sons of History to discuss this moment of moments. Alex is the author of nine books, which have placed him as one of the top World War II historians.
We know that you will thoroughly enjoy this conversation.
For all Alex's books, visit his website here.
From the European Theater last week to the Pacific Theater this week, The Sons of History continue their commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the destruction of China by the Japanese, the fight over French Indochina, America's oil embargo against Japan, Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, island hopping campaigns, and finally history's largest naval battle in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Don't miss this thorough discussion about the Pacific Theater.
As part of our commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of World War II, The Sons of History discuss major moments in the European Theater between 1939 and 1944. Get an understanding about the Fall of France, the Battle of Britain, Normandy, the plot to kill Hitler, and more.
In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, The Sons of History are dedicating this month entirely to the Second World War. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss what led to the start of the war, only 20 years after the end of The Great War. The Treaty of Versailles, The Russian Revolution, The Great Depression, a reluctant Europe to check German progress, the rise of Hitler and Mussolini, and more. Don't miss these discussions.
Also, please leave us a rating and/or a review, if you enjoy our podcast. Thanks!
April is the month of Shakespeare, so The Sons of History decided to end the month on a discussion about history's greatest playwright. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim sit down with Professor Kari Lee Bush-Hammons, of Sam Houston State University, to discuss what we should know about William Shakespeare. If you've never experienced Shakespeare, you'll learn what to expect, and more importantly, where to start.
Celebrate the king of tragedy and comedy, and the originator of the tragi-comedy.
So what happened after the Alamo? What was Sam Houston really thinking before the Battle of San Jacinto? And why were the Mexicans caught by surprise at the famous battle? In honor of the Battle of San Jacinto, we discuss this and more in part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Stephen L. Hardin.
The Texas legend Dr. Stephen L. Hardin, of McMurray University, joins the podcast to discuss the Texas Revolution. Learn just about everything you need to know on the Texas Revolution in this two-part series.
In commemoration of the Battle of San Jacinto, The Sons of History releases this thorough discussion on what you knew, what you thought you knew, and what you never knew about the conflict between the Texians and Mexicans.
Statistics show that most millennials would vote for a socialist if given the chance. The Sons of History interviews Morgan Zegers, founder of the Young Americans Against Socialism (YAAS), to discuss how she is working to convince fellow millennials that socialism is the wrong path to take.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim ask numerous questions with plenty of historical context. If you're on the fence about socialism, this is the conversation you won't want to miss.
Visit Zegers organization at YAAS.org.
The Coronavirus pandemic has created a scenario that has pitted rights versus security in many countries, and especially in America. The United States is considered the most free nation, but are Americans surrendering their rights for the sake of security? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss how our government has stripped rights away in times of crisis, and rarely, if ever, restored them to their full extent.
We hope you enjoy this thorough discussion about what is happening in America and around the world in regard to how the pandemic is affecting people's basic rights.
Joshua Philipp, senior investigative reporter and host of CrossRoads at The Epoch Times, joins The Sons of History for a discussion on the Coronavirus and how China's coverup of the outbreak has led to a pandemic. Philipp has recently completed a documentary on the Coronavirus outbreak and will be out soon.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim ask a number of vey pointed questions about the Chinese government's coverup in the early outbreak of the disease and how it appears they may be doing so again. Be prepared to be hit with some hard and sobering facts about the current state the world finds itself in. We hope you enjoy the show and that you remain safe during this catastrophic time in the world's history.
The major problems with China go back a couple of generations. After the result of their civil war in 1949, Red China has been a scourge to the free world. The Sons of History discuss how the Communist Party has and continues to ruin this legendary state. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the difference between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China, as well as all the little and big things China continues to do to perpetuate instability in the Asian region, and globally. It may be time to leave China and choose another location as the world's manufacturing hub. Listen to all this, along with the banter that comes with every episode.
With the coronavirus putting the world on hold, The Sons of History discuss the history of plagues, diseases, and other illnesses that have impacted mankind, going back thousands of years. Is it a time to panic? That remains to be seen. What can be seen is how the world has had to grapple with these types of health problems, and how it appears that it will continue to do so till the end of time (not to be dramatic, of course).
For further research, here are some places you can visit for more information:
The Black Death Europe 1347-1352
The Great Plague of London 1665
General Jeffrey Amherst plan for biological warfare during Pontiac’s Rebellion
Spanish Influenza of 1918
WWII US Army Fight Against Malaria
H1/N1 Swine Flu
How much do you know about one of the greatest Americans? Frederick Douglass was born a slave and died a statesman. His journey to freedom and his work toward the freedom of others is a story of incredible courage, determination, and grit. It is also an American story that must never be forgotten.
The Sons of History discuss this incredible man with educator and historian John W. McCaskill. He is an educator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C. with the National Parks Service.
We know you'll enjoy this conversation.
The Boston Massacre: it is one of the most important moments in American history. On March 5, 1770, every frustration from the colonists to the British soldiers came to a head, eventually leading to shots fired. The Sons of History discuss not just what happened, but how and why it happened. Tune into this important topic about a most important day.
The Sons of History continue their conversation about the Father of America, George Washington. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim finish up the conversation with some of the miracles surrounding Washington, his last battles, the Conway Cabal, his presidency, and some of the things you may not know that made him special. We trust you will enjoy this final installment regarding this great man.
Happy birthday, George Washington! It is President's Day, which means we are celebrating the birth of the Father of America. The Sons of History discuss this great man during his upbringing and his military years.
There is so much great information about the First President of the United States that we had to break it up into two parts. We know that you will enjoy this episode and the next one next week.
Sudden moments in history change the course of the future. This recent historical moment of the Trump impeachment will be no different. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss many potential fallouts that will stem from the precedents made in this impeachment. The Sons of History discuss the Johnson and Clinton impeachments, as well as the Nixon investigation.
For further research, here are some links:
Johnson August 1867 impeachment
Chief Justice Warren Burger opinion for Nixon tapes
Rick Scott proposal
This month marks the 75th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Sons of History discuss the famous Pacific Theatre battle with a soldier who fought all 36 days. Veteran David Greene, who was part of the 5th Marine Division, joins the podcast and discusses the start and end to one of the most incredible battles of World War II.
We know you will enjoy this interview with an incredible American hero.
Sen. Bernie Sanders made the claim in a recent Democratic presidential debate that President Trump is the most dangerous president in US history. We are quite that most Americans by now are not unaccustomed to hyperbole. But with that statement, The Sons of History decided to discuss the times US presidents have either gone outside of the Constitution or have merely conducted overreach without going against the Constitution.
We didn't discuss all the Presidents, but there is a ton of information in this week's podcast we know you will enjoy.
Want to do some further research on these topics? Here are some links:
Aliens and Sedition Act of 1798
Indian Removal Act of 1830
Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus
Takeover of Hawaii
Sedition Acts of 1918
The Sons of History discuss Dr. Martin Luther King's final five years, Col. Charles McGee, the National Parks Service, and the importance of knowing history. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim sat down for a discussion with John W. McCaskill. McCaskill works at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and the Civil War Defenses of Washington.
This thoroughly engaging and fun conversation will leave wanting to dive into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his amazing speeches. We know you will enjoy this episode on this national holiday.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim went to see the new movie 1917. The Sons of History discuss their thoughts on the film, the accuracy, and the cinematography. Rest assured, no spoilers alerts.
The Sons of History recorded this episode on Facebook Live.
Also, just for this episode, Dustin and Alan gave their book recommendations. We hope you enjoy the show, and we hope you take the time to go see this movie.
Big news came out of nowhere this past weekend. Actually, it came out of Iraq, but still.
General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a sudden drone strike by the US. But who was this general and why does his death stand out? The Sons of History discuss the general, Iranian agitation, shows of strength compared to diplomacy, and some presidents past and present who have dealt with Muslim countries in different ways. We also discuss the War Powers Act of 1973, and how President Trump was or was not in the right to conduct such an act.
We hope you enjoy the episode.
Want information on the War Powers Resolution? Click here.
It has been the first full year for The Sons of History and it has been a great one. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim run down the highlights of the show, and some great opportunities afforded them.
The primary discussion, however, is the recent gun bill passed in Virginia's State House. What will be the ultimate reaction from the locals and how does this reflect on the Democrat party?
Read the entire bill here: SB16
We hope you enjoy the show and we wish you all a Happy New Year!
Tis the season for miracles. It's Christmas and The Sons of History discuss the Christmas miracle that took place 105 years during the first year of World War 1.
If you've never heard about the Christmas Truce of 1914, now is your chance. Listen to the backstory of what was happening during this time and what the response was to the historic moment created by the soldiers and officers on the Western Front.
We hope all of your enjoy a very Merry Christmas this Christmas season.
The week has been wild with the UK election results. The Conservative Party has taken a mass majority in the election, leaving the Labour Party with considerations on how to move forward. There is also the SNP (Scottish National Party) to consider. Will this create a sure thing for Brexit? Is the UK union in doubt? The Sons of History discuss.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also talk about the Battle of the Bulge. This Dec. 16 marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the World War 2 battle.
It is the 70th year of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization existence. Signed by numerous Western European countries as well as Canada and America, the amount of NATO countries has swelled into 29 countries. The Sons of History discuss whether America should remain in the organization, who has replaced the Soviet threat, and President Trump's demands that NATO nations live up to their 2% GDP obligations.
Want additional information for further research? Visit these links:
History of NATO
NATO's 1st 5 Years
NATO Countries 2% Defense Expenditures Ranking
Information on Turkey
Turkey-Greece Troubled Relations
Will the trade war with China to an end in the coming days? We soon shall see, but the idea of protectionism is nothing new to American politics. The Sons of History discuss the current tariffs and duties placed on imports, as well as some other big moments in American history where presidents utilized tariffs (hint: those didn't work out well).
So is protectionism a good response? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim weigh in.
Want to know our book and movie recommendations? Check out our Facebook page on our Facebook Live segment.
For further research, here are some notes on some of the topics discussed in the show:
Grover Cleveland timeline
McKinley Tariff of 1890
Reagan automobile quota
Alan is back in town! The Sons of History discuss his trip to Pittsburgh, the place known for the start of the Seven Years War.
We discuss the Nine Years War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, the Seven Years War, a young George Washington, and how it all led to the American Revolution. Listen in and learn how it all got rolling for America.
Impeachment is on the lips of just about everyone, whether you are for it or against it with the current administration. But how should we view impeachment? As a way to check the Executive? Or merely as a political weapon?
The Sons of History sat down with Joe Wolverton, author of The Real James Madison, to discuss how the Father of the Constitution (Madison) viewed impeachment and when and how it should be used.
An enlightening and engaging conversation you won't want to miss.
Interested in purchasing Wolverton's book? Purchase it from the National Center for Constitutional Studies here.
Happy Veterans Day! This episode will be a first. The Sons of History are actually giving a movie review. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim went and watched the new release Midway (during the show). Listen to their review on the movie and whether or not you should go see it.
The Sons of History also discuss all the led up to the Battle of Midway and what happened there that was so important.
Book and movie recommendations are provided, as well as their individual complaints. Enjoy!
This November 9th marks the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the wall, what people went through to get out of East Germany, and the significance of its fall in the world.
If you don't know much about the Berlin Wall, then this conversation is just for you.
The Sons of History also give their book and movie recommendations, as well as their weekly complaint about things in society.
The Kurds have been American allies for quite some time now. There has been some dispute on America's foreign policy regarding leaving or staying the Middle East areas that directly affect the Kurds. The Sons of History discuss the history of the Kurds, how their region (not nation) came to be, and whether or not leaving Syria is a good idea or not.
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass also give their book and movie recommendations, and also have their newly minted complaints for the week. We think you'll enjoy this discussion and learn more about the Kurds, our relationship with them, and how the media isn't really giving much of the story when they discuss them.
There continues to be protests in the streets of Hong Kong. With the recent tweet by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, America has become intricately intertwined with the situation. The Sons of History discuss the history of the China-Hong Kong relationship and the fallout from the Morey tweet.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also give their book and movie recommendations, as well as offer their complaints to clear the air. Enjoy!
Alan and Dustin have a friendly debate from both sides of the conversation on capitalism and socialism. There's an ongoing debate from two parties, so Dustin plays devil's advocate for a Bernie Sanders type of socialism.
Taking arguments that are typically argued from both sides yet usually never together, and never in a forum that isn't hostile, The Sons of History debate it out...peacefully.
For a lighter and funnier touch, The Sons of History added a new segment to the episode: personal complaints. Dustin and Alan complain about something they've experienced in society. They also gave their book and movie recommendations. Enjoy!
It's been more than 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, but slavery is a stain on our history, and one that should be discussed, and discussed in the correct context. The Sons of History discuss the history of slavery throughout the world. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also discuss how America and Britain led the way in abolishing slavery.
This conversation was no easy task, but we think you will enjoy the discussion.
Bass and Wakim also give their book and movie recommendations.
As promised, below are some links for your continuing research into the topic of slavery:
James Otis quote
Reuters Slavery Timeline
House Divided Speech
Franklin the Abolitionist
Franklin Speech on Abolishing Slavery
Kansas Nebraska Act
Lincoln “save the Union” response to Horace Greeley
Wilmot Proviso 1846
1850 Political Map Slave vs Free
Freedman’s Bureau Act of 1865
We have reached the 50th episode of The Sons of History podcast!
For this special episode, Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the "why" behind The Sons of History. This is an episode you won't want to miss. The meat of the discussion is about the necessity of holding on to our republic. As Benjamin Franklin once (supposedly) said when asked what type of government Congress had given the American people, "A republic...if you can keep it."
Our goal is to do all we can to help preserve what America is through educating everyone in a very entertaining way.
You can help us to do that by sharing our podcast episodes and YouTube videos, as well as telling your friends and family about us. A new way has arrived as well: Patreon. We have officially joined Patreon so that you can donate to help us spread the word about our mission, as well as our historical material.
You can donate here: The Sons of History on Patreon.
We hope you enjoy this historic episode. Dustin and Alan also provide their book and movie recommendations. Enjoy!
The Sons of History sit down with Joe Wolverton, author of The Real James Madison and countless articles and essays, to discuss the Father of the Constitution. This engaging and enlightening conversation covers Madison's education, his relationship with Thomas Jefferson, and how modern Americans (especially politicians) should follow in his footsteps, in particular in his pursuit of knowledge through education.
This is a conversation we know you will enjoy.
Dustin and Alan also give their book and movie recommendations.
Also you can purchase Joe's book here.
States Rights. That phrase, which was supposed to be one of the founding principles of America, has been given a negative connotation. The Sons of History discuss the idea of States Rights, and why it is more important than ever to secure and utilize them.
Also, ALAN IS BACK! After being gone for a few weeks for vacation to the northeast and to the Netherlands, he is ready to get back into the swing of things with the podcast. Dustin and Alan discuss his trip, and they also provide their book and movie recommendations.
The Sons of History interview Tracie Hunter, the WWII veteran documentary filmmaker and executive producer of Emmy nominated The Last Signal, and discuss her current documentary project WWII Beyond the Call.
Dustin Bass goes solamente as Alan Wakim is in Holland for vacation and conducting some film work of his own. Dustin conducts the interview to find out what all Tracie is up to with her current project, including the World War II veterans she has interviewed.
Dustin also gives his book and movie recommendation. We know you'll enjoy this episode!
There are some disturbing issues going on in the state of journalism. With ever expanding partisan media outlets, opinion-based journalism, and the constant feed of information that is often misrepresented or flat-out untrue, it is hard to get a grasp on where journalism is headed. Joshua Philipp, investigative reporter for The Epoch Times, joins the show to discuss the current state of journalism and the proper role of a journalist. We also take about where journalism is heading and why many Americans have had enough of bad reporting.
We hope you enjoy this thorough and in-depth conversation.
If you've been paying attention to the political and social landscape in modern America, you probably find it troubling, alarming, and really odd. If you know much about the Spanish Civil War, then you have probably discovered a number of similarities. From election results and election reactions to Leftist and Rightist fighting on a social, political, and even physical level.
The Sons of History discuss the warning signs Spain gave us a little less than 100 years ago. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim point out the similarities and how Americans and our government need to pay attention to our current political and social climate.
Dustin and Alan also give their book and movie recommendations. Hint: They point toward the Spanish Civil War...or at least Spain.
We hope you enjoy this podcast.
Red flag laws are currently being debated and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D - CT.) and Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) are working to put something together to better protect Americans at the federal level. But to what end? And will the ends justify the means?
The Sons of History discuss the history of laws passed by Congress over the centuries that have infringed on American rights. Are red flag laws in the same category? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the Bill of Rights, due process, gun rights, and if more gun restrictions are necessary or if current laws need to be better enforced.
For your own further research, check out these sources:
Current states with red flag laws
Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798
Rep. Lyons arrested and imprisoned for criticizing Adams
Espionage Act of 1917
Sedition Act of 1918
Requirements of due process
Duke study in 2017
Josh Horwitz WaPo Op-Ed: Risk Warrants Saves Lives
We hope you enjoy this episode. Be sure to follow us on social media.
Also, Dustin and Alan give their book and movie recommendations.
Where would America be without Britain? The Sons of History explore the greatness that is Great Britain and how it has influenced our way of life.
Here are some names and terms to know:
William the Conqueror
1628 Petition of Right
1689 Bill of Rights
King William and Queen Mary
Sir Edward Coke
There are plenty more in the show. We hope you enjoy it.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also gave their book and movie recommendations.
America experienced two mass shooting tragedies within a 24-hour span in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. In a scene that has become all too common, The Sons of History discuss what appears to lie deep at the heart of the issue. Join Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim as they discuss mass shootings, morality and religion in America.
The Sons of History also offer their book and movie recommendations (Alan has two each - YIPPEE!).
If you enjoy the podcast, please leave us a review and be sure to subscribe.
The 66th Anniversary of the Korean War was this past Saturday. President Donald Trump has unprecedentedly gone into North Korea with Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans launched another test missile on July 26, and the Korean Peninsula is still a big question mark.
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss the past, present and possible future of the Korean Peninsula. Learn more about the Korean War and what led to it and how it ended, as well as why getting back to a pre-1880 Korea would be a pretty good thing.
The Sons of History also give their book and movie recommendations. Hint: They're about Korea.
Joshua Philipp of The Epoch Times joins The Sons of History to discuss the French Revolution and how it laid the groundwork for the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism. Philipp makes comparisons and contrasts between the French and American Revolutions, and provides insight into the main characters of the French Revolution, as well as the differences between the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man.
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass also make their recommendations for books and movies. Enjoy.
The Sons of History have a nice sit down with Dr. Garry Wheeler Stone to discuss his book Fatal Sunday, regarding the Battle of Monmouth. This insightful interview may answer most, if not all, your questions surrounding the incredibly important battle of the American Revolution and one that helped ensure George Washington remained Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.
Interested in his book? You can purchase it here.
As always, Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim give their book and movie recommendations.
Alan Wakim sat down with Daniel Flores to talk about his time in Afghanistan as an Apache Pilot, as well as his book, South of Heaven, and his recent movie, Above the Best. This is an interview you won't want to miss. We hope you enjoy.
Happy Fourth of July week! The Sons of History present to you a very special episode for this very special week.
This episode comes from Episode 2 on the American Revolution, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Thomas Jefferson (Dustin Bass) and John Adams (Alan Wakim) discuss what should go into the Declaration of Independence and why. We think you'll really enjoy this episode and learn a lot about what all went into creating the world renowned document.
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass conducted a Facebook Live event to discuss the 100-year anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War 1. It was a fun conversation that provides a whole lot of information.
Find out what led to World War I, all those treaties between the nations that created a domino effect, what was in the Treaty of Versailles, and how that treaty led the world into another global conflict.
We also give our book and movie recommendations!
July 4th is fast approaching. The Sons of History play the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine in discussing all the events that led to the 13 colonies declaring independence from the British crown.
From the French and Indian War to the Boston Massacre, The Sons of History cover all the important events that led to the American Revolution. Learn and ton and get some laughs along the way.
This episode is adapted from The Sons of History YouTube series on the American Revolution. Enjoy!
Father's Day is coming up June 16. It's an important day and one that needs to be given some contemplation. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the importance of their fathers, the necessity of good fathers in our nation, and the Founding Fathers.
This is definitely a conversation you don't want to miss. Whether you had a good relationship with your father or not, we encourage you to listen in and learn why fathers are so important, and how the lack of good fathers is impacting our nation.
Also, The Sons of History give their books and movies recommendations.
Alan Wakim went on vacation for a week to go hang out where the Founding Fathers wrote, deliberated, and signed into law our most precious documents. He also went around to visit sites of some of the biggest battles of the American Revolution. With all that fun history, Alan noticed something disturbing, and it has everything to do with our nation's future.
Take a listen to this week's podcast. This is one you won't want to miss.
Also, The Sons of History leave their book and movie recommendations.
We can't think of a better way to celebrate Memorial Day on our podcast than by posting one of the last, if not the last, interview Lt. Col. Dick Cole ever did. Lt. Col. Cole was the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raid of World War 2. The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, was America's initial response to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Lt. Col. Cole passed away this past April 9, only nine days before the 77th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.
The interview is conducted by Alan Wakim. Along with Lt. Col. Cole was his daughter, Cindy Chal.
We hope you enjoy this historic interview and enjoy a blessed Memorial Day.
Want to watch the video interview instead? Click the YouTube link here.
The Sons of History had a great discussion with Mark Lardas, a local author who has written more than 25 books and who worked for NASA for 30 years. So an author and a rocket scientist!
One of his books discuss the leadership of George Washington during his Commander-of-the-Continental-Army days. After a brief discussion about Mark Lardas, we jumped into a thorough discussion about the Father of America.
Take a listen in and find out so much you didn't know about Washington.
Interested in some of Mark's books? Check out his Osprey Publishing page here.
Be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you're listening.
The Sons of History had the honor of interviewing New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw. This is the final section of the interview.
We discuss Kershaw's favorite book he has written, his favorite person he has interviewed, the similarities (if any) between him, Jack London, and Robert Capa, and what makes war veterans remember the precise details of what they experienced during battle.
We hope you enjoy the final portion of this interview. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review.
Alex Kershaw, the New York Times Best-selling author, was gracious enough to spend time with The Sons of History to talk about his new book, The First Wave, coming out May 14th; Netflix turning his book, The Liberator, into a mini-series, and the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Don't miss this first part of a two-part conversation.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also provide their movie and book recommendations.
Be sure to purchase Alex Kershaw's book, The First Wave, which will be released everywhere books are sold on May 14th. He will be in Houston in June for part of his book tour. The Sons of History will have more details on the exact date when it becomes available.
Dustin Bass recently sat down with our first intern, Nick Perez. Labeled #NickTheIntern during Episode 1 on the American Revolution YouTube series, Nick is officially in the process of joining the US Marines Corps. He has sworn in and is preparing to go to boot camp in a few months.
We sat down to discuss why he chose the Marines from all the other branches, and why he chose to go into the military in the first place. We also discuss his grandfather, John Perez, a Korean War veteran who passed away in the summer of 2018.
We hope you enjoy this conversation and please say a prayer for Nick as he prepares for the Marines and dedicates his life to the preservation of American liberty.
It was a huge shock to most people when video footage was shown of the Cathedral of Notre Dame burning. Construction on the cathedral began in 1160 and was completed 100 years later. So much history has taken place there, it would be a shame not to restore it (although it will never be the same). Some people have shown their disdain for any type of religiosity, and The Sons of History tackle all of it. From the history of the cathedral, to its current state, and the state that France finds itself in with so many desecrations taking place with Christian and Catholic churches.
This conversation is about religious liberty and preserving the world's history.
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass give their book and film recommendations as well.
Here are some links to visit if you too are worried about the persecution of religious peoples:
Stats on French church desecrations from the Ministry of the Interior
List of countries with high religious persecution rates
Quote from the Observatory of Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe - Newsweek Article
Facts and Stats on French church desecrations
US Commission on International Religious Freedom Annual Report
Hollywood entertainers continue to revel in their own political brilliance and some really do go too far in very idiotic fashion. For Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim, there are some entertainers who can go as far as they wish (well, at least in theory).
The Sons of History take a moment to have a little fun and bring across a lighter side. The Sons of History have assembled their list of entertainers who they would never boycott because, well, they're just so darn wonderful.
Along with books and movies recommendations, we think you'll have a lot of fun with this episode.
The Electoral College has been questioned from the creation of the Constitution. The Federalists argued for it and we continue to debate it today. It is definitely a conversation worth having. Senator Elizabeth Warren has advocated doing away with it, but The Sons of History think she may be advocating an impossibility and something that would be worse than the current system. The Founding Fathers knew the system wasn't perfect and nothing could ever be, but as Benjamin Franklin said, it is as close to perfect as he had ever witnessed.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the Electoral College, Majority Rule, Ancient Greece, and modern America. They also recommend their book and movie selections.
Here are some resources for further reading and research:
Federalist Paper #8
Federalist Paper #9
Federalist Paper #10
Federalist Paper #22
Federalist Paper #55
Heritage Foundation Voter Fraud List
The Mueller Report is in, but it hasn’t been made public in its entirety. Attorney General William Barr, however, released several major points from the report. The Sons of History discuss this major historical moment, and what can be expected moving forward.
The Sons of History also give their book recommendations and their first movie recommendations.
For further research, here are some of our resources from the episode:
AMENABLE SITTING PRESIDENT
FED REG VOL 64 37038-37041
SPECIAL COUNSEL HISTORY
Ethics in Government Act of 1978
RULE 6 (e)
The Sons of History discuss President Trump's recent use of the national emergency power provided to him by the National Emergency Act of 1976. The Executive Branch has continued to grow in power over the past century, but is Congress and the American People finally coming to grip that the Executive Branch has grown too powerful? Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass talk about how America has gotten to where it is today.
For further research, here are some important links you'll want to check out:
Federalist Paper 71
Federalist Paper 72
Federalist Paper 70
National Emergency power of the Roman Republic
Amount of Executive Orders by President
National Emergency Act of 1976
Lincoln and Taney Exchange
The Sons of History also gave their book recommendations. They might even be considering changing to one book and one movie recommendation. The jury is still out.
The UK looks like it is all but out of the EU. The Brexit is almost complete. This got Alan Wakim, of The Sons of History, thinking. What if there was an American version of Brexit in which states got out of the Union? Of course, we are all familiar with the secession movement of the 1860s, and the end result of the Civil War. But there continues to be whispers of seceding from the Union from states like Texas, California, and Vermont.
The Sons of History discuss the pros and cons of leaving the Union and why the Founding Fathers saw the preservation of the Union as the most important aspect of the country.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also provide their book recommendations.
For further reading and research, check out these website pages:
Frasier Institute Economic Freedom Map
Federalist Paper #1
Federalist Paper #3
Federalist Paper #10
The Continentalist No. 3 by Alexander Hamilton
This is part two of The Sons of History's talk on socialism. The constant rage for a socialized economy continues to be requested by those who either know what it is and deliberately misrepresent it, or by those simply do not know what it is. Last week's episode discussed whether or not those "socialist" Nordic countries were actually socialist. This week the discussion is more on the methods and results of a socialist economy and a free market economy.
The Sons of History also offer their personal book recommendations, and in record time too!
For further research and reading, check out these links:
America's Expenditures on Welfare
How China Became Capitalist
China's Economic Boom Since 2000
Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan
Elizabeth Warren's Tax Plan
There has been a lot of tossing and turning over which countries are actually socialist and which ones are not. The Sons of History discuss precisely what socialism is because there seems to be a halo that keeps being put on the ideology. We also clear up any confusion about those "socialist" Nordic countries.
So for any self-proclaimed socialists out there, and anyone else for that matter, give it a listen. And if you want, drop Sen. Bernie Sanders a line and tell him to listen in as well.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also give their book recommendations.
For further research, check out these links:
Economic Freedom Map
Measures of Economic Freedom
New York Times Article
"Socialist" Nordic Countries
Denmark Prime Minister Comment
Enjoy! And be sure to subscribe, rate, and review.
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim of The Sons of History selected several black American athletes to discuss for Black History Month. Kenny Washington, Jesse Owens, Jack Johnson, and Major Taylor were on the list. You won't want to miss how these athletes changed the game in America.
Also, The Sons of History talk about their personal favorite athletes growing up. They also, as always, give their book recommendations.
Below are some extra reading material you may enjoy:
The letter from Luz Long to Jesse Owens
Dustin Bass's article on Jack Johnson pardon
Article about Major Taylor
It's Black History Month! That's all good and dandy, but how much do you know about black history in America? The Sons of History are taking the next few weeks to dig deeper into the great heritage left by black people in America. In this episode we are ranging from the American Revolution to World War II and the influence, heroism, and sacrifice of black soldiers. Enjoy!
Also, Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass have their two book selections: one fiction and one non-fiction.
Is there anything wrong with colonialism? Yes. No. Maybe. Definitely. Not really. Probably. It depends.
Colonialism has been given a bad name recently, and that's not a bad thing. But it isn't a good thing. The Sons of History will discuss in rather short order the history of colonialism and its pros and cons.
America is in the midst of its longest government shutdown and it revolves around immigration and the southern border. To build a wall or not to build a wall. Is that the question? The Sons of History dig deeper into other options America has and has not utilized in its past, which involve backing or instituting overthrows of foreign governments (CIA, anyone?), becoming involved in local and regional conflicts nowhere near our borders, and not being involved at all.
National Security Act of 1947
CIA Act of 1949
CIA Reading Room
This current government shutdown is now tied for the second longest on record at 16 days. The longest government shutdown happened during the Clinton Administration in 1995. It's length? Twenty-one days! The Sons of History discuss the demands from both sides and what could possibly happen if President Trump and the House-majority Democrats held out against each other indefinitely.
Everyone loves a good Christmas miracle. But had it not been for the Christmas miracle that was the crossing of the Delaware River, there is a really good chance America would not have survived the Revolutionary War. Listen in to The Sons of History Christmas Edition podcast episode to hear the whole story of that great night on Dec. 25, 1776.
The Sons of History's Alan Wakim interviewed Col. Dean Caswell, the last surviving Marine Fighter Ace from World War II. Col. Caswell had seven confirmed kills in the air (five are needed to become an ace). He also fought in the Korean War. In memory of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, we bring you this incredible interview with an incredible World War II hero. Enjoy!
The Caravan has been all over the news. What is America to do? Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss the immigration issue and the history of American immigration policies. For further learning, check out the resources below:
History of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Benjamin Franklin letter to Joseph Galloway
Federalist Paper 49
International Call to Action for the Refugee Caravan
Chinese Exclusion Act info
Credible Fear Test
Pueblo Sin Fronteras Facebook page
Department of Homeland Security Immigration Stats
A Change in Mexican Immigration
President Trump threatens to end birthright citizenship via Executive Order. The Sons of History discuss the history behind the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment and the possible future of birthright citizenship.
Notes for further study:
Civil Rights Act of 1866
Lynch vs Clarke ruling
Lincoln's Attorney General Edward Bates' statement
Harvard Human Rights Journal on Birthright Citizenship
Wong Kim Ark case
CNN’s Jim Acosta got his press pass back after President Trump revoked it. Could Trump’s behavior cause a “chilling effect” on the media or does the media need to assess the way it conducts itself? Also, why we need the crazies to stay on social media, the Golden Age of Journalism, and why alternative media may be better than mainstream.
Alan Wakim had the opportunity to interview famed Col. Charles McGee of the Tuskegee Airmen at the Wing’s Over Houston event in October. This interview with an incredible World War II hero will be a great addition to your Veterans Day celebration. Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans!
The Sons of History discuss how the Democrat advance compares to historical midterms? Will the vicious rhetoric from both sides settle down now that the Democrats have a piece of the political power? And why it’s a good thing the Republicans lost the House.
The Sons of History discuss how the Senate works, why you need to vote, and why even a Democratic Senate won’t impeach President Trump. Alan also complains of his recent company’s Halloween costume party. Just an FYI: he wore a rubber chicken.
The Sons of History give their favorite Halloween movies. You’ll never guess Alan Wakim’s favorite horror movie. Hint: It’s not a horror movie. More importantly, Alan and Dustin Bass discuss the House of Representatives and the upcoming election for the 116th Congress.
Visit this fun website to keep track of where the country stands with its Representatives, Senators, Governors, and more: https://www.270towin.com/.
Find out more info about all the House Committees: https://www.house.gov/committees.
Wondering how Congress came to decide on 435 Representatives? Visit this link: https://history.house.gov/Institution/Apportionment/Determining-Apportionment/.
Wondering about every state's voting calendar? Visit this website: https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/.
Article 3 Section 1 of the Constitution says “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior.” Does that really mean lifetime terms for federal judges? The Sons of History discusses and also brings up the points Alexander Hamilton made in the Federalist Papers about how long these justices should serve.
In the very first episode of The Sons of History podcast, The Sons of History discuss the Brett Kavanaugh appointment, hearing and confirmation, along the Supreme Court Nomination Process and how it's supposed to work.
Also, here is the link we promised regarding the vote results of all the Supreme Court Justices: https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/nominations/Nominations.htm