Maxwell said his film covers a part of the Civil War that no one talks about - namely the anti-war Copperhead movement during 1862. He said if it had been a presidential year, Lincoln would have been defeated and the Democrat would have cut a deal with the South. His main character is ostracized because he is for the end of slavery but is aware of the Constitution being abused during the war.
Perry responded to Democrat state rep. Wendy Davis' charge that he is using the abortion issue for political purposes. He said the Texas legislature will be back on Monday to debate respectfully and that women's health will be an important consideration. He didn't feel he attacked Davis by pointing to her own life's positive achievements that wouldn't have happaned had she been aborted by her single mother.
Perry said abortion is a passionate issue on both sides and that a fetus will be deemed a life at five months ultimately in Texas. He feels Davis' contention that Texas is potentially a state that could become a blue state is hype and that Texans believe in freedom and life.
Perry said that under the 10th amendment, matters such as same sex marriage would be decided by the states. Ingraham disagreed and quoted Phyllis Schlafly's prediction two decades ago that this could become the law of the land.
Perry said the Senate immigration bill is a long way from becomng law and that legalization before border security encourages illegal immigration and that we already have a pathway to citizenship - get in line. He noted that Texas has had more experience with the border than any other state and that Washington politicians should pay attention to what is going on there.
Perry said he is busy with state issues and later in the year will decide with his family if he will make another run for the presidency.
Huelskamp explained his plans to propose a constitutional amendment that would ensure that marriage is to be between one man and one woman. Ingraham pointed out that while most states uphold marriage as only between one man and one woman, that the cultural shift is moving toward acceptance of same sex marriage. She questioned how he planned to get the necessary votes and support from the states in order to make this amendment a reality.
Ingraham and Huelskamp discussed immigration now that the Senate passed their bill. Ingraham was adamant in stating that the House should in no way offer up a bill to take to conference with the Senate as inevitably the Senate version would prevail.
Brooks said the Senate "Gang of 8" bill ratifies illegal conduct and he can't support it. He said if Speaker Boehner sticks to his word, the immigration bill will not become law. Ingraham and Brooks discussed the Hastert Rule in which the House Republicans have been overtaken by big spending bills.
Ingraham suggested that the House emphasize the issues the American people are interested in such as jobs and the economy. Brooks expressed concern that the House shouldn't bring a bill to the House floor so that it doesn't go to conference. He disagrees with Representative Paul Ryan stating that there is de facto amnesty today without the bill and Brooks said the new bill will be an open border law.
Brooks doesn't see Boehner being removed as Speaker if he caves on the immigration bill, but that he wouldn't be re-elected as Speaker if the GOP wins the House in 2014.
Hall said he will be 92 in August and received a lifetime Emmy for his many contributions. He doesn't watch today's game shows as there is too much emphasis on big prizes and not enough on engaging the audience. He owns "Let's Make A Deal" since he left the show in 1993. He said the stage hands would filch the show's food. He agrees with Ingraham that he worked during the golden era of television.
Hall was in the Canadian Army show during World War II and learned how to do the various forms of performance. He was going to study science, but discovered he could be a show business personality and his mother was also an actress.
Hall said media evolves and that the reality show will fade. He meets every few weeks with former writers and actors and feels that it isn't necessary to use coarse language and sexuality to get an audience.
Laura Ingraham hosted Hadley Arkes, Amherst Professor of Jurisprudence.
Arkes responded to President Obama's contention that he won't interfere with religious institutions not performing same sex marriages and said that there will be litigation that will force the issue based on Justice Kennedy's opinion. He noted that over 30 states have laws on the books not allowing same sex marriage. He said that there is only one side throwing hte hate speech and that's been the same sex marriage advocates.
Arkes said same sex marriage advocates state that their beliefs are right and that now the public schools will be forced to instruct and advocate same sex marriage. He and Ingraham pointed out that holding traditional views could jeopardize applicants from getting jobs, churches getting tax exemptions, etc.. Ingraham called it the legacy of the squishy moderates.
Laura Ingraham hosted Bert W. Rein and Hilary Shelton on the Voting Rights Act.
Shelton stated that the act renewals have enjoyed wide bipartisan support and that there is still racial bias, not only in the South.
Rein said not all parts of the Voting Rights Act were struck down. The Scupreme Court struck down the portions that haven't been updated since the act was enacted.
Shelton said among the states 4 are southern and 2 not that are covered under Section 5 that were put there by their actions and can get out by making changes and submitting them to the Justice Department. Shelton and Ingraham debated the merits of photo ID.
Rein said there are different perceptions of how the act is enforced and that the courts can only act on the Congressional record. He said some of the problems are due to gerry mandering where a preponderance of either party can exist.
York said that the protections so that American workers wouldn't be replaced by a foreign worker was changed so that certain foreign workders would get preference in the new immigration bill. Ingraham claimed it was the Silicon Valley crowd that pushed for non-immigrant workers that won't get benefits such as Obamacare.
York said Tom Cole asked if a minority of the Senate will overrule the majority of the House.
York said there is no requirement to learn English, but merely a plan to learn.
York and Ingraham noted that Senator Rob Portman won't vote for the bill without everify being added.
Kristol said Hoeven-Corker exposed themselves with their bill and its add ons. He said none of these senators want to discuss the bill as they are scared of a substantive debate. Ingraham cited all the handouts and goodies larding up the bill. Kristol said this resembles Obamacare at the end. He said it's important that the GOP in the House make sure that there is no conference on the Senate bill.
Ingraham and Kristol commented on the projection of weakness Obama is showing with the Edward Snowden affair which is alarming.