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Episode 72: Hate Has Consequences… Tribute to 13 Brave American Heroes

I’ve made the statement before, Hate Has Consequences and we must not allow our emotions to dictate our actions. Ask yourself, where has hate gotten us? I’ve recorded this episode with a burning brain and a heavy heart. It is incredibly difficult for me to not allow myself to fall in to a mindset of hate after seeing what has taken place in recent weeks and the damage done by this administration.

I have to remind myself that Hate got us this administration, Hate for a man because of the politics of personality. The visceral Hatred from establishment politicians, Hate from a biased main stream media and Hate from a monopolistic big tech communication structure that censors those with whom they disagree as quickly as Stalin, Mau or Castro… You cannot defeat Hate with Hate, and we must not allow Hate to win the day.

Hate cost the lives this week of 13 brave American Heroes, Hate from murderous terrorists that have become emboldened and strengthened by an administration delivered to the American people and the world by the politics of hate. We must always remember the old adage, “you cannot cure a problem with the same mindset that created it”. We must not allow Hate to win the day.

Please join me in honoring the 13 U.S. Service members that were killed by these Hateful Terrorists. Share if you feel it’s appropriate.

Episode 71: Islamic Extremism, 20 Years Later; Fighting for Minds… conversation with Average Mohamed

As we approach the 20th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history, I was reflecting on what happened that day, September 11, 2001. Who were the hateful killers that shook the world by striking a blow to the greatest power and greatest country on God’s green earth? I don’t mean who were the killers as individuals, and I certainly will not mention them by name, but why did a handful of hateful murderers kill 3000 of our fellow human beings, citizens of the United States and others from nearly 90 countries on September 11, 2001?

When it comes to speaking with authority about Islamic terrorists, I turn to my friend Average Mohamed, or the man behind Average Mohamed, AKA Mohamed Ahmed. For those not familiar with Average Mohamed, we first spoke back in Episode 49 about Battling Extremism, make sure to step back and listen to that great episode.

DTH Quickshot: Jumping to Conclusions & Throwing Stones

Someone clearly did not listen to our latest episode nor did they read the show notes before they jumped to conclusions and tried to have us removed from one of our platforms. It’s sad that we live in a society when people would rather silence those with whom they disagree than listen to what they have to say, or worse, demonize them due to their own ignorance. I’d rather you just email me and we can find out a better way to communicate our differences. Share this DTH Quickshot with someone you know who does this, because we all know them…

Episode 70: Redemption for Radicals? Shifting the Paradigm… conversation with Jeff Schoep

Do you believe in redemption for radicals? Do you believe those who’ve once believed in a hateful ideology or been party to hateful organizations can do anything to redeem themselves? I think it’s unwise to say that we cannot change the hearts and minds of those who’ve lead a life of hate and radical extremism. I would not be doing this podcast if I did not think they could be reached.

This week’s guest is a shining example of someone who has gone from extremism to counter-extremism and now devotes his time to de-radicalizing the haters instead of being the hater. Jeff Schoep, former Neo-Nazi and former leader of the National Socialist Movement here in the United States did not start out as a hateful extremist, but spent many years of his life on that side of the hate spectrum. You DO NOT want to miss this episode where I ask Jeff how he got to that point and what brought him back to a life not filled with hate and extremism.

Hear from Jeff how great folks like Daryl Davis and Deeyah Kahn and her movie “White Right Meeting the Enemy” played an important role in his paradigm shift and how all the folks at BeyondBarriersUSA.org are helping to de-radicalize people of all types of extremism. Again, you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EPISODE!!

Episode 69: Misery, Politics & Extemism… coming soon… DTH Quickshot Episodes

I’ve recently had the idea to start doing some shorter, often random more spur of the moment types of episodes in addition to the regular weekly episode. There are many things that come to me each week that I’d like to share in hopes of engaging more with the listeners. Some of these may just be audio from a YouTube, Tik Tok or other platform, or some may just be quick recordings I do when something strikes me. They may just be me responding to emails or messages on social media. Either way, they’ll likely be random and of varying lengths and topics, so watch for them and share whenever possible.

This week’s episode was just based upon things I’ve seen, done or had on my mind over the course of this past week. Are you miserable with your life, job or maybe a relationship? Misery is a choice that only you can choose to change. I also spoke this past week to the national leadership team of Braver Angels about the We The Peoples’ Forum which I’m honored to be a part of. If you have not heard of that, be sure to check out Episode 66 and my conversation with David Lapp of Braver Angels and the Working Peoples’ Project.

Episode 68: Public Safety… Who Stands in the Way of Those Keeping Us Safe? …with Officer Deon Joseph

Unless  you’ve been under a rock or in a coma for the past year and a half, you couldn’t help but notice the unprecedented increase in crime in most of America’s largest cities. How did this come to be and Who is Standing in the Way of Those Keeping Us Safe?

Deon Joseph, who has been referred to as “the Angel of Skid Row”, is someone who knows something about public safety. In fact, he is someone who knows an awful lot about public safety and has a lot to say about why we are currently facing unprecedented increases in crime in most of our major cities, and why we are seeing an all out assault on law enforcement by groups like BLM and ANTIFA. This week I had the honor of sitting down with Officer Deon Joseph of the LAPD to discuss his thoughts on what we are currently facing, not only in Los Angeles but all over our great nation.

Episode 67: Embrace Opportunities to Combine Your Passion with Doing Good For Others

What is your passion? What trips your trigger and really gets you revved up? Not only have I had a series of great guests lately, guests who’s passions are doing things to better the world in which we live, but over the past couple weeks I, along with my beautiful wife have participated in a couple charity motorcycle rides.

Riding motorcycle has been a passion of mine since I was a little kid. I bought my first motorcycle when I was 10 years old with money I earned on my own. Being a kid who grew up in a working poor home, this was a great accomplishment.  If you’d like, you can actually read more about that by checking out the blog post”In Memory of my Departed Father on his 57th Birthday” that I wrote several years ago. Nowadays, one of my great passions is getting to ride my Harley-Davidson with my wife, which is often limited to a couple charity rides each year. Over the past couple weeks, we have participated in 2 charity motorcycle rides that have benefited veterans charities and inspired me to do this episode.

Episode 66: The Peoples’ Turn to Speak, We The Peoples’ Forum… with David Lapp of Braver Angels

Do you ever feel like the average working class American has no voice in today’s polarized political climate? Are you sick and tired, as I am, of those in big government, big tech and big media keeping the average working class American silent while giving those who wish to keep us divided the loudest voices? Why settle for being a prisoner of polarization? What if there were an organization that were to give the average working class American a chance to sound their voice at the podium? Let’s talk about the “We The Peoples’ Forum”, part of the Working Peoples’ Project within Braver Angels…

Episode 65: Project Delta, Providing Service Dogs to Veterans in Need… with Patti Robinson

Have you ever wondered about those service dogs that work with our country’s veterans? Where do veterans’ service dogs come from? Are you someone with a passion for animals, and specifically a passion for rescue animals? I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Patti Robinson of Project Delta, a non-profit organization that teams rescue dogs with veterans suffering from things such as PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and MST. Project Delta is a team of like-minded people from around the country that share a passion for supporting two of the most deserving groups, veterans & forgotten or abandoned dogs.

Project “Delta”(Dogs Enriching Lives Throughout America) is the result of the unrelenting ache in the heart of founder Patti Robinson and you can read more about them by clicking here…

When someone turns their passion in to a mission to help others, and especially our country’s best and brightest that lost a part of themselves on the battlefield, whether it be physically or mentally, I am honored to speak with them. Such a privilege and great pleasure having had the opportunity to speak with Patti on this week’s episode of the Derate The Hate Podcast.

Episode 64: Unhyphenated America, Let’s Just Be American… with Christoper Harris

What’s it mean to be an American? Is America great despite the sins of the past, and if so, what makes America Great? I for one truly believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation on God’s green earth, and it’s high time people stop allowing divisive forces to put labels upon us, and we all just start acting like Americans again. Christoper Harris is one that knows a lot about a lot, and he knows that being an American doesn’t need, and shouldn’t have, a hyphenated identity qualifier in front of it…
The message Chris is putting out is not only incredibly important, but many of the same divisive forces I speak regularly of in this podcast don’t want you to know his message exists. It’s not the standard narrative and this message must be spread far and wide!