227. Ron Perlman. Optimus Primal in Transformers: Rise of The Beasts. The Autobots Are Like America. Trump Indicted. Ron Goes Off. The Most Ridiculous PGA Sellout of All. Messi Stiff-Arms the Saudis. Vigilance Can’t Take a Smoke Break. Father’s Day 2023.


Trump has finally been arrested. And indicted. Just in time for Flag Day. And just in time for Father’s Day. And it’s most definitely a time to stay vigilant. From the ongoing PGA saga, to the Ukrainian offensive, to primaries that are closed to independents in NYC, Oklahoma and Washington, DC, to the special importance of Father’s Day 2023, this episode is tearing into the most important, urgent and interesting topics in America. 

And taking you inside the biggest film in America. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the most popular movie in the world right now. And the starring voice of the film joins us–for a return visit! Actor and activist Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) was one of the VERY first guests to join us on this show over 200 episodes ago in Episode 3 in 2019. And again for Episode 64 in 2020. He was, of course, righteously angry about the state of our nation. But it’s been a while. Been too long. And while Ron’s still righteously angry, he’s more thoughtful, focused, vigilant and insightful than ever. 

He’s the voice of the hero the world needs. A man of a thousand faces. An icon with a global following. A master storyteller. And an entertainingly unpredictable fire-spitter. And never any BS. With the world in peril, and Trump indicted, this incredibly popular returning guest is letting it fly. 

Ron joins our host, national security and political analyst, 9/11 First Responder and Army veteran Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff), for another fun and fiery episode of the best independent politics, news and culture show in America. 

Every episode of Independent Americans is independent light to contrast the heat of other politics and news shows. It’s content for the 49% of Americans that call themselves independent. And delivers the Righteous Media 5 Is: independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. Always with a unique focus on national security, foreign affairs and military and vets issues. This is another pod to help you stay vigilant. Because vigilance is the price of democracy. In these trying times especially, Independent Americans is your trusted place for independent news, politics and inspiration. 

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