Monday, March 19, 2018

Podcast: In defense of Donald Trump

First episodic podcast featured Donald Trump
The following was the script for the first topical episode of the Traditional Americans podcast: "In defense of Donald Trump".

Hello America and welcome back to the Traditional Americans podcast. I’m your host, Matthew Veasey.

After using our pilot episode last time out to introduce you good folks to myself, the podcast direction, and its social media and internet resources, this will be our first real topic-driven discussion.

So what topic would be most appropriate, most important to you, the listeners? Well, with everything that has been in the news lately, the fact remains that one man dominates the news cycle, probably more than any previous individual.

Today we’re going to talk about the Presidency of Donald Trump over the undeniably controversial, but also undeniably successful first 14 months of his first term in the highest office in the land.

There are so many directions from which we can begin a discussion of the Trump presidency to this point: his social media usage. The large and frequent turnover among his key advisors. His battles with the Democrats and with their liberal media mouthpiece. And of course, the accomplishments of his administration.

Let’s start with the positive - those accomplishments. Now, of course, most of these are only truly positive accomplishments if you’re a supporter of the president and his policies. That would mean that you need to be a conservative, because frankly, this president has accomplished more for Traditional American conservatives than any of recent decades. And that includes our beloved President Ronald Reagan.

The list of Trump administration accomplishments is indeed impressive for those of us in the conservative camp:

On jobs and the economy, we’ve seen passage of the first tax reform bill in more than three decades. This measure will mean $5.5 billion in real tax cuts to American workers and businesses.

Bloomberg has reported that the unemployment rate is expected to fall below the 4% mark by this summer. The DOW ended last week at the 24,984.45 mark. That’s up from the 18,589 on the day that he was elected back in early November of 2016.

All of these economic victories mean real jobs, real money in the paychecks and pockets, and real increases in the pension plans and 401K’s of real working Americans. No wonder Barron’s just reported that the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey rose to the 102 mark, its highest level in 14 years.

Another big piece of the Trump economy success story has been the elimination of numerous stifling Obama-era regulations. The president has operated from the beginning on the position that any new regulation would have to be accompanied by the elimination of at least two. In 2017, the president actually cut 16 for every new regulation, saving an additional $8.1 billion per the Washington Examiner.

Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was grossly unfair towards the United States, put an end to even more looming stifling economic regulations. Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership helped forward the cause of fair trade for American businesses, as will renegotiation of American involvement with NAFTA and the president’s recent threatened tariff increases.

President Trump has freed up agencies to further loosen the regulatory environment, which includes the Department of the Interior making 77 million acres available for gas and oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The president nominated and saw successfully seated to the U.S. Supreme Court an originalist justice in Neal Gorsuch, a move that should benefit Traditional Americans for decades to come. 

Also, President Trump has successfully placed 14 judges to the district courts, and another 14 to the courts of appeals. He currently has another 55 nominees to those two courts awaiting Senate action.

In the area of Homeland Security, the president has ended Obama’s practice of “catch and release” of illegal immigrants. He has started towards an end to DACA and chain migration. 

The president has added roughly 100 new immigration judges, and empowered ICE and local communities to boost the arrest of criminal gang members and other illegals. He has enacted a travel ban from nations that have refused to clamp down on terrorism.

He visited the southern border just this past week to examine proposed samples for the border wall. Though numerous conservative commentators, Ann Coulter chief among them, has criticized the president for not pushing ahead with actual construction, the fact remains that this is a major project which cannot be taken lightly. Trump knows construction projects. He’ll get this done, and done right.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Podcast: Pilot episode

Pilot episode of the Traditional Americans podcast

The following was the script for the Pilot episode of the Traditional Americans podcast. This first-ever episode was a basic introduction to the purpose and direction of the site. It also served to introduce my role as the host, as well as to provide contact information.


Welcome to the first ever Traditional Americans podcast. I’m your host, Matthew Veasey, and I’m coming to you from the Matt Cave, my personal lair here at the Veasey Ranch, a bright beacon of conservatism located on the northeast edge of the ultra-liberal City of Philadelphia.

In this cherry-popping first information explosion, I am going to introduce you to what these podcasts will be bringing to your ears and ultimately to your brain. And I’m also going to be letting you know where you can find us out there on the intrawebs, and how you can contact us as well.

Let me start off this first episode by making three pledges to you, the listener.

My first pledge to you is that these podcasts are going to be as succinct and on-topic as possible. Each will run for approximately 15 minutes. So you can enjoy them while on your drive to work in the morning, on your lunch break, or home in the afternoon/evening hours. Or you can pull up the latest episode or any back episodes that you may have missed or want to re-ingest, and not lose much time out of your busy day. Each will focus on a lead topic, a hot button news story, or an issue that I find of interest that I believe you will also find interesting.

Second, I pledge that we will be consistent in delivery. There will be at least two or three new podcasts each week. If my availability allows more, awesome. That’s just more of my enlightening conservative political, social, and religious commentary for you good folks to enjoy. As we get underway, the hope is that I can narrow down their delivery on a regular, consistent schedule on particular days and times.

Third, my pledge to you is that I will ALWAYS be honest with you. I’m not here to simply parrot the opinions of any other individual or organization. That includes any politician or political party. We’re going to call a spade a spade here, and let the chips fall where they may.

However, that said, this pod will be centered around what we refer to as Traditional American values. Our national Judeo-Christian faith system. Generally conservative political and social positions.

As we move forward, my hope is to bring other voices into the conversation. That could be co-hosts in the future. It most certainly will mean guests to the show from time to time. If you think that you are interested in either role, feel free to drop an email to the show, and we’ll get back to you in a timely manner.

Now you might ask yourself, what the hell do you hope to accomplish here, Veasey? I mean, there are thousands of podcasts and blogs and voices already putting in their two cents. Why are you starting a podcast? Who do you think is going to listen anyway?

Well, first of all, if you’re hearing this, YOU are listening. So that’s one. My hope is that you’ll tell a family member, or friend, or co-worker. Maybe they’ll listen. We’ll be getting the word out at the website, on social media, and any number of other resources.

Why? Because every voice matters. Every opinion matters. And you might be surprised how many people actually feel the same way that you do about many issues. But frankly, not everyone has the ability and opportunity to share their voice.

I’ve been blessed by the good Lord with a voice and a brain that I am not afraid to use. He has given me the ability and the intestinal fortitude to stand up and speak out without fear. And with my recent retirement from a longtime profession, which we will most certainly talk about in future podcasts, I have the time.

Who am I? Well, as I said at the top, my name is Matthew Veasey. Born and raised in the City of Philadelphia, PA – the City of Brotherly Love and the Cradle of Liberty. I’m a 56-year old retired Philly police supervisor and instructor who just left the profession in January after nearly three decades in law enforcement. Prior to that, I worked in the banking industry for more than a decade. 

I’m a married father and grandfather. A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in Criminal Justice. By voter registration, I’m a Republican. By religious affiliation, I’m a practicing Roman Catholic. I’m a huge Philly sports fan, and also a lifelong baseball fan in general.

My political and social positions have been staked out over decades of living, experiencing, reading, and education. I’m pro-life, and that includes being against the death penalty. I’m a strong supporter of the U.S. Military and American law enforcement. I’m a huge believer in capitalism and free markets, while also believing that as Americans we need to protect and defend our nation’s workers. I’m most definitely an America First player.

I’ve been writing at my own blog since 2004, at a website that I hope you will all become familiar with as we go forward. But this podcast thing is brand new to me. So there are going to be some hiccups along the way. There is going to be a learning curve. But trust me, I’ll get it down, and it will get even better as it continues to develop and grow for you.

Where can you find me in writing? The core of that experience can be found at my website “” – I will spell that for you: m a t t v e a s e y . com.

At the site you will find a handful of topics at the toolbar: the Commentary section includes general opinion pieces on a wide range of topics. The categories of Faith, Politics, History, Sports, and Terrorism are fairly self-explanatory as to the content you can find in those. There is a “Reviews” category where over the years I’ve reviewed everything from TV shows to motion pictures to books.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jake Arrieta is the perfect player at the perfect time for Phillies

Phillies sign free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta
In a move that was rumored for weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies won the race to sign the top free agent on the market this off-season.

That signing not only bolsters the starting pitching rotation immediately. It also signals that the club is clearly ready to move towards a return to winning baseball right now.

Jake Arrieta, who turned 32 years old exactly one week ago, has been reportedly signed to a three-year deal worth $75 million total dollars.

However, as Wayne G. McDonell Jr with Forbes wrote, the deal is more complex than that:
"... it appears as if Arrieta’s contract is front loaded and includes an opt out...2018salary is $30 million, but drops to $25 million in 2019...opt out clause apparently is an option at the end of the 2019 season with a 2020 salary set at $20 million...the Phillies have the option to void the opt out and establish a two-year contract extension that begins at $20 million per year. It also appears there are various performance incentives as well. In total, the contract has the potential of reaching $135 million."
Arrieta immediately becomes the #1 starting pitcher in the Phillies rotation, the true ace that the club has lacked since dealing away Cole Hamels at the 2015 trade deadline.

A veteran of eight big league seasons, Arrieta broke in with the Baltimore Orioles. He battled mechanical and health issues with the O's, and it wasn't until a 2013 trade to the Chicago Cubs that the right-hander truly began to blossom.

Arrieta finished 9th in the NL Cy Young Award voting during his first full season in Chicago. Then in 2015 he won the award, honored as the National League's top starting pitcher after going 22-6 with a minuscule 1.77 ERA and 0.865 WHIP.

In 2016, Arrieta helped lead the Cubs to the franchise' first World Series championship in 108 years. He pitched gems in winning Games Two and Six, both times tying the Fall Classic after Chicago had fallen behind the Cleveland Indians.

That year, Arrieta was selected as a National League All-Star for the first time, again finishing 9th in the NL Cy Young voting. In his final season with Chicago a year ago, Arrieta went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA. He allowed  150 hits over 168.1 innings with a 163/55 K:BB ratio last year.

While with the Cubs, Arrieta tossed a pair of no-hitters, one each in 2015 and 2016. Per Ed Barkowitz at, in that 2015 no-no against the Los Angeles Dodgers he struck out the side in the 9th inning to end it, becoming the first to accomplish that feat since Sandy Koufax.

What was an extremely young and inexperienced pitching rotation now has a talented veteran at the front to take on a leadership role.

Manager Gabe Kapler will still go with Aaron Nola on Opening Day in Atlanta. However, Arrieta is not really behind the other pitchers, despite joining the club in Clearwater for Spring Training nearly a month late. He addressed readiness in his introductory press conference:
"I've been throwing 50-65 pitch bullpens every two or three days, so my arm strength is there. The workload is there. My body is in tremendous shape. I feel like we'll probably sit down and game plan, and decide how quickly I get into a game, how many pitches I'm able to throw right away, and develop a program to get me ready for the opening week of the season."
The Phillies rotation, given health, will be led by Arrieta and Nola. It appears in the early going that the club will slot Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez behind those two. The fifth starter job would then become a battle between Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Jake Thompson, and Mark Leiter Jr.

No one in that group, including Nola, has more than two full big league seasons under their belt. Arrieta's experience and leadership will be invaluable to the others as they watch how he goes about his business. That goes not only for how he handles the ups and downs on the mound, but also how he handles himself in the clubhouse, during the off-season, and away from the game.

Based on a reasonable look at the remaining Grapefruit League schedule, Arrieta should get at least two and possibly three chances to start games in Florida. He could then be ready to start during the opening series in Atlanta.