WATCH: Eternal Vigilance

Alright, let’s talk about this weekend, because it really was the tale of two weekends. One group gathered in Houston, Texas, men and women who understand the times in which we live, that liberty comes with responsibility, that without liberty there is tyranny, the time is now if not passed, to stand. They get it. Government is part of the problem. I mean, we’re part of the problem, but it’s certainly not the solution.

And then there were those gathered to say exactly the opposite, that the American people are the problem, and government is the solution. First, let me take you to a university where the president was speaking. Notice he’ll always speak to university students. He is reaching right directly for the youth of the world.

President Obama said Mexico’s gang violence is because of our addiction, the U.S. citizens’ drug addictions, not Mexican cartels, no, no, no. Watch.

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President Obama: We understand that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. And we also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.

Do you hear what he has done? What he has done…most of the guns that kill Mexicans – he is setting us up. He is setting us up. When we are weak, they will pile across the border, because the president has even verified it’s your fault. It’s your fault. There was no mention of Fast and Furious. They’ll be no questioning of the DOJ officials responsible for trafficking guns over the border, guns that were later used by criminals to kill U.S. border agent Brian Terry and over 300 others in Mexico.

To date, no one in the DOJ has gone to jail for this number. Nobody’s even being questioned. No one’s been held accountable for trying to use guns as a way to show America and push for stricter gun control laws. Incredibly, as our own government goes to extremes to try and infringe on the right that shall not be infringed, the president is also at the same time this weekend advising American students to ignore anyone who warns against big, out-of-control governments.

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President Obama: Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.

This is amazing to me. This is truly amazing. He says you’ve grown up. This is very reminiscent of what Al Gore said where, you know, you just know things that your parents don’t – you’ve grown up hearing voices. Will who’s been telling them that? Who’s been telling them? Certainly not in the classroom…they haven’t been told this in the classroom.

Nobody has taught Thomas Jefferson in quite some time, who said, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” George Washington said, “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence – it is force like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master...” He had so little trust in government that he fretted over his job title. He wanted be called president. Everybody else wanted him to be called king.

He and the other framers were more concerned about building a government that wouldn’t get out of control. It’s what they feared the most. Fast forward now 236 years, and our president now scoffs at Washington and Jefferson’s advice and instructs America’s youth to just trust the government, trust them, and reject anyone who is vigilant, basically saying the government can’t go bad. There can’t be a tyrannical government, a tyrant taking over, so let your guard down.

Let me tell you something. We have failed to teach our kids not only American history but world history. We have failed to such an extent that the students didn’t even laugh. May I ask you a question? Imagine if the president gave this very same speech in Egypt or any of the former communist countries. Can you imagine?

Can you imagine if he went down to Foxconn? This is where your Apple iPad – oh Apple is such a great businesses, isn’t it? It’s fantastic. These people here are the ones who make your iPad for Apple. Imagine if he met in this cafeteria.

This is the building where you leave – I’m sorry, you never leave. You live in this, and you never leave, because the business where they’re building your Apple product is underneath these housing tenants here. And they all go down to, like I think it’s the third floor and eat. And then they go down and work, and then they go up and sleep. It’s beautiful existence. That’s why people are throwing themselves off this building, and they’re doing it because this is what the government tells them they have to do.

Now imagine if the president went down to the cafeteria in this building and said that – hey, don’t listen to these people who say there might be a problem, there might be a tyrant, that somebody could control your life. Well, the fact is freedom is so rare, the experience that we have had living under freedom…so rare. Ninety-five percent of the time, mankind has lived under some form of oppression. Only 5% of all the people throughout human history have lived free. It’s an exception, not the rule.

Washington and Jefferson’s advice was wise. To advise otherwise is reckless. It flies in the absolute face of history. Government tyranny – that’s what this office has always guarded against, government tyranny. I mean, Abe Lincoln, he freed the slaves, right? What was that all about? What was that about? What was the Civil War about? The slaves were liberated, and then later, they were severely discriminated against.

I did the speech this last Saturday. Please watch it, because I talked about the political party that was set up to stop slaves who had been freed from having any freedom. It was all about power. How about this, the wrong Native Americans? This is a government agent standing on the top, and those are buffalo heads. These government agents would go out, and they would kill all the buffalo. And then they would stack them up in a pile to say to the Indians, no food for you. Get out.

Was that individuals that did that, or was that the United States government? Mr. President, I can’t believe that you tried to present yourself as a friend of the oppressed. Who was it that slaughtered tens of millions? Well, it was Mao. It was Stalin. It was Hitler. It was Pol Pot. It was Mugabe. Should I go on? Those are just the last 20th century.

One of the president’s advisers said power generally comes from the barrel of the gun. Well, who’s he quoting? Mao – power comes from the barrel of the gun. He should know. He killed 80 million people. Mr. President, you have a guy who says that…we generally agree with Mao.

Well maybe the president, maybe the president just meant America, that it never happens in America. You have to have this conversation with your friends about slavery. Forget about your friends. Have this conversation with your kids, because your kids are being taught the exact opposite junk.

You ask your kids and anybody who will listen to you that’s more than just politics, that really cares about the country, ask them about this advice that the president gave to the students, and if they generally agree or disagree. If they’re like, well, I’m not really – have a talk with them.

What about the enslaved African-Americans? Who enslaved them? Was it the people or the government? The secret is it is the people, but the government is the enforcer. It has to come from the people. That’s why we have to be good, decent people. But it’s the government that is the enforcer.

We had indentured servitude here in America, but then in 1654, things changed. John Casor became the first legal slave in America. He was owned by an African-American. Did your friends know that? Do your kids know that? Look it up, John Casor.

How did it happen? Well, John said, I just bought this guy, and I have him for life. And he said no, indentured servitude. No, for life. Well, he went to court. Who ran the court, the people or the government? It was the government of England at the time. It was a court decision that started slavery here in America.

So ask your friends after slaves were freed with the Emancipation Proclamation, was the government in the south not operating as tyrants? They had already lost, but then what happened? The government in the south rose up again for reconstruction.

How about the way they treated the Native Americans? This is a tragic story of how… I mean they killed an entire tribe. On Saturday, I had the gun of Kicking Bear of this tribe. This was for gun control – this picture, gun control. What I’m trying to understand here is how the president could make a statement like that in the face, not only of all of the facts, but also his own past.

I mean, what happened to the guy who listed all the horrible things about America, one right after another? In France, he said Americans were arrogant and dismissive and derisive. Does he mean the people, like the people we know next door? The American people are arrogant, dismissive, and derisive? Or did he mean the government was? Because I know a lot of people who are arrogant, but I dismiss them. It only matters if, you know, they have power.

In Turkey, he said the United States was still working through some of our darker periods in history. What does that mean? Maybe it’s this – when we rounded up the Japanese-Americans? Is that what this is? I love this picture. This is in my office. “Office of Free Press,” but this is an internment camp for the Japanese-Americans.

Or maybe it was the Native Americans or slavery, which darker period? Was there some darker period where hundreds of thousands ended up in total misery that was done by our neighbors and not the government? In Trinidad, he said the United States has been disengaged, and at times, we sought to dictate our terms. Who, Steve, or the United States government?

In Egypt, he said America acted out of fear and anger, after which 9/11 led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. He condemned the U.S. soldiers in the Quran burning, which they did nothing wrong. He scolded America over torture tactics. I know Bob down the street’s not torturing anybody. The government is. Now we can add Mexico to that list.

I’m sorry, Mr. President, I just don’t know who you’re talking about. Who do you mean? Do you mean the government? Because I don’t agree with you, but if you mean the neighbor down the street, I agree with you. Don’t worry. They’re not going to really become a tyrant, unless you’re down the street is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or anybody who works at the Capitol building.

See, he forgets his own speeches, I think, because I don’t think he actually even reads them. He just says the words that are on the screen. I could be wrong. I don’t know. But one of the things he warns about, still warns about, is how the government is in bed with Wall Street and big oil and big pharmaceutical. Well, isn’t that tyranny?

He said the police acted stupidly. Isn’t that tyranny? He went to a church for 20 years with a guy who said the United States government is so evil it created the HIV virus in order to kill African-Americans. Don’t believe me? Watch.

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright: The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. Governments lie. The government lied about a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein and a connection between on 9/11/01 and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Governments lie.

Okay, the governments lie. I mean everybody that surrounds this guy…Van Jones, a 9/11 truther who signed a petition that said the United States blew up the World Trade Center in order to further its militaristic agenda. He also, Van Jones says we stole the wealth from the American Indians.

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Van Jones: They now own and control 80% of the renewable energy resources. No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth. Give them the wealth.

Okay so we stole the wealth. This is current. He is saying we stole the wealth. Okay. Currently, this president is acquaintances, neighbors with Bill Ayers, who didn’t just say he hated the government. He literally tried to overthrow it by building bombs and bombing buildings.

In 2008, New York City judge recalled the Weather Underground’s attempt to kill his family said, “We didn’t leave our burning house for fear of who might be waiting outside. The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. Sunlight, the next morning, revealed three sentences of blood-red graffiti on our sidewalk: Free the Panther 21; the Viet Cong have won; kill the pigs.”

Does he mean real pigs, Mr. President? Does he mean the neighbor pigs, or does he mean the cops as your hippie friends used to say? Cops, you know, the kind that act stupidly and work for the government. Who was Bill Ayers trying to stop in Vietnam, my neighbor, Skippy, or the government?

This is all very reminiscent of when he told American students not to watch me but read instead the Huffington Post.

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President Obama: If you’re somebody who only reads the editorial page of the New York Times, try glancing at the page of the Wall Street Journal once in a while. If you’re a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website.

I do. Hillary Clinton said to watch Al Jazeera. America, it’s not really about who we listen to in the media. It’s what we know to be true of who we really are. This is the place where we really come together as Americans, and if we can’t, I mean, we’re just not going to make it. We have to unite on a few things.

Can we unite on at least those things that our country is up against? Can we unite on a few things just to move our country forward? I mean, I want maximum freedom and maximum responsibility. Those people who believe in government but know that governments go corrupt…I mean, we all knew it was corrupt under George W. Bush. It’s worse now, but it was corrupt then. Can’t we agree on that? Can’t we unite on that one thing?

We have to reach out to our friends and neighbors and not in anger but in gentleness and peace. People are going to become more and more angry as the days go by. We need to unite and become one in mind. The lies, the deception, has to stop. I’ve never asked you to take my word on anything, nor will I.

The pictures of the internment camps, you know, the buffalo piles, I want you to ask your kids if they know about it. Ask them to do a research paper on it. Do it with them. Do a paper on it. Have them find online the things our government has done that is bad. You know, that’s something that the left would always say, Oh no conservative would tell you to do that.

I want you to look these things up. I want you to know them. It will, believe it or not, deepen your love and respect for the country when it goes right. It will help you keep the country going right. We did horrible things. Look up the Lakota Indians – horrible, horrible stuff. I talked about ’em at the NRA.

I said a lot of things at the NRA, and if you haven’t seen the speech, I urge you to watch it. It’s available at TheBlaze.com or I think at GlennBeck.com. The transcript is up there now, but you should read it or watch it. Anybody that says trust me, trust me on this, don’t even think about it, dismiss everybody, you shouldn’t trust them.

Make a list of all the people that you truly trust right now. Have your kids do the same. Who do you trust with your money? Ask yourself as a parent or ask your neighbors. Your money, your Social Security, your sensitive information, your e-mails, your children’s education, your welfare, your health, all of those things…can you name the individuals that you would just blindly hand over, that you would put your kids into their trust for their welfare, their education, everything else, and not ask any questions?

I can’t think of anybody. I mean, good friends, I wouldn’t do that. I would certainly not hand my kids’ future and literally hand my kid over all day without asking any real questions. I certainly wouldn’t do that to anybody who still works in Washington.

I don’t have to believe that the government blew up the World Trade Center or created AIDS, but I know if I sat in a church where they taught that for 20 years, I don’t think I’d be the guy who came out and said, “Hey, the government is good.” What I would actually try to do – if I sat in that church for 20 years, and I had all of the friends that he has – what I would actually try to do is try to dismantle it, because this would be evil. All this would be evil to me, because if I heard that my whole life, I would despise this. My wife wouldn’t be able to get out of here fast enough.

Jefferson, Washington, and all the presidents in our past, all of them have warned about getting too cozy with big business with our government – warned. Watch the government when they start getting into bed with special interest. It means the government will make laws that are good for those special interests, the banks or GE but not good for you. Well, isn’t that tyranny? Someone from the left should understand this concept.

You see, they’ve always maintained that our biggest danger to society was special interest groups, the banks, big money, big business, or big corporations. Well, that’s what’s happening now. Big business and big corporations and big military, they’re getting together. And I can’t figure out how I’m the one now saying that and warning the left. Your friends should be warned and just ask the question – I’m puzzled.

The first president to warn about this, the one who gave the hippie left their whole language was a Republican, Dwight Eisenhower. I believe Dwight Eisenhower may be the last president who actually really spoke the truth on this issue very openly. Watch:

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President Eisenhower: In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

Okay, so what he’s saying is the military, the government, along with business, if you put them together, it’s disastrous. The potential for disastrous and misplaced power exists and will persist. It’s arrogance or a lie that this president would believe that he has defeated this threat for all time – eternal vigilance. Eternal vigilance is no longer required?

Well, that’s what he’s telling the students, and why is he telling the students to put their guard down? It’s eternal vigilance, and every president on both sides of the aisle have always said that. Is that why he’s okay with taking guns away from law-abiding citizens, because we’re safe? Does he recognize the opening that some future tyrant would have if we weren’t vigilant at all? Or is there something else?

The potential always exists. That’s why we have to teach our children the opposite of what everybody in school is teaching them today. The president is teaching our college graduates. It’s not just other countries. It’s not just China. It’s not Cuba, which they have been taught isn’t so bad. I don’t want to live in Cuba. Do you?

It’s not individual Americans, because individual Americans don’t have the force of law behind them. If I don’t have the force of law, I can’t be a Fascist. I can have fascistic tendencies, but I can’t be a Fascist, because I can’t force you to do anything. If Hitler’s living next door, but he doesn’t have control of the government and the media and everything else, Hitler’s just a crazy neighbor that I don’t want to live next to.

Governments do things. Those governments have to be created, and then those governments have to be let go, and so the people allow that government that the people created to become bad. The people had to allow Andrew Jackson and that big government to follow manifest destiny that wiped Indians out.

We had to allow Woodrow Wilson to round up the dangerous foreigners and naturalized American citizens, you know, of German and Irish ancestry. The people had to allow slavery and segregation and Jim Crow laws. They had to allow FDR and the progressive icon to round up the Japanese through executive order and put them in an internment camp.

We’ve heard forever the horrors of Jim Crow laws, but could we focus on…just a second, it’s the last word there in those three that give it power, Jim Crowe laws, written, and more importantly enforced, by a government. If we’re not vigilant, who will stop Jim Crow laws from happening again?

It would be a miracle if our young generation even noticed, because they’re being taught to exchange freedoms and responsibility for government freebies and promises of protection. We’ll feed you. We’ll keep you safe. Just trust us with more of your money and higher taxes. Give us your guns. Let us come into your house whenever we’re shutting a city down looking for somebody.

We’re raising a generation that doesn’t understand nor appreciate the value of freedom. We have to teach them. Please, do some homework with your kids tonight. I don’t care how old they are. Do some homework with your kids. Last century was one of the deadliest in the world. In all of human history, last century was the worst. Why, because the neighbors down the street in Germany or because of those who had power of governments? Evil claimed the lives of millions, but goodness prevailed.

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Glenn Beck: Because of people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, later Martin Luther King and Lech Walesa, Mother Teresa, Henrietta Szold, they awoke the world. They gave their lives in the pursuit of human rights. They took the side of justice against injustice. They held aloft the torch of freedom to push back the darkness of hate.

But the cause now of human rights has been taken over by organizations who share little with those individuals who originally led those movements. Human rights, the cry, “but I have a right,” used to be a plea. All too often now it has become a threat.

These organizations now have become bullies and grotesque parodies of the principles they pretend to represent. They criticize free nations. They criticize the free nations, and they spare the unfree. They denounce nations like Israel and America who have high standards for freedom, and they leave alone the nations that have no freedom at all. They are nearly comical in their double standards. Whatever moral force they once have had is spent, and so today, we dismiss them.

Those words are almost two years old now, but they were alive again this weekend at the NRA speech. It was the tale of two weekends – those who realize that freedom is in trouble, the freedom of all mankind is at stake, and those who don’t or don’t care. The lines are being drawn, and it is time to choose sides. It’s really pretty easy to choose. I’m going to show you the signs of the near future, the sides of the near future, by showing you the sides and the signs, the echoes of the past, next.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn discussed claims that the Obama administration depleted and never replenished the federal supply of emergency gear, including N95 respirator masks, during the H1N1 flu, or swine flu epidemic, in 2009.

Last month, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, reported that the Obama administration used, and failed to restock supplies of N95 respirator masks, and ignored recommendations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should replenish the "Strategic National Stockpile." Read more on this here.

USA Today followed up with a fact-check article titled, "Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?"

On Sunday, 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of "failing to prepare our nation to respond."

President Trump fired back, "You and Obama depleted America's stockpile of N95 masks after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. You were advised to replenish the national stockpile but FAILED. STOP LYING AND EXPLAIN!"

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,359,010 (up from 1,284,805 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 75,906 (up from 70,906 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 293,454 (up from 271,782 yesterday)
  • Still Just 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% yesterday, and down from the 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 367,650 Confirmed Cases and 10,943 Deaths, up from 336,851 cases and 9,620 cases yesterday
  • The US currently has 336,897 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1.2% of the US Population tested
Motor City Nightmare: More Than 700 Employees in One Detroit Hospital System Test Positive https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/491484-more-than-700-employees-at-one-detroit-hospital-system-test-positive-for
  • Hundreds of staff at a Detroit-area hospital system have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Dr. Adnan Munkarah of the Henry Ford Hospital Campus confirmed 731 cases of the coronavirus among employees at the hospital, accounting for 2 percent of the hospital system's 31,600 employees.
  • As many as 1,500 at another hospital in the state have reported symptoms similar to coronavirus, though those numbers are not confirmed cases.
  • "If we are to test the whole population, you are going to see large numbers of people who are testing positive...Testing positive is just a measure of how contagious this virus is." said the hospital director.
  • "Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety is a top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic," Munkarah said in a separate statement Monday evening confirmed the total number of positive test results.
  • "We know we are not immune to potential exposure and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team," he added.
  • Detroit, Michigan's largest city, has seen a surge of coronavirus cases in recent days while the state itself has seen just over 17,000 cases of the virus – the third-largest total of any state in the U.S. More than 5,000 of those cases were reported in Detroit, where hundreds have died.
The Invisible...Invisible Enemy: Can COVID-19 Hide In Cells? https://www.the-sun.com/news/645016/fears-coronavirus-hide-cells-reactivate-recovered-patients-test-positive/
  • COVID-19 may be able to remain in the body and "reactivate" later after 51 recovered patients tested positive again.
  • The patients, from the city of Daegu, South Korea, had all spent time in quarantine while recovering from the disease but were diagnosed again within days of being released.
  • The center said it did not believe the patients had been reinfected, but that the virus had remained at undetectable levels in their cells and later "reactivated".
  • The claim runs contrary to the bulk of current evidence about how the virus works.
  • Investigators said the most likely explanation was that the clearance samples for the patients were false negatives, a common issue with nasal swab tests.
  • "Still, we remain vigilant and open to the possibility that the virus can remain dormant for some time," Dr Leong Kwok, Director of Viral Epidemiology at the National Health Institute in Seoul said.
Maybe Don't Go To the Grocery Store After All https://www.foxnews.com/health/los-angeles-braces-itself-more-coronavirus-deaths-warns-residents-not-go-shopping-warns-residents-not-to-go-out-shopping
  • With coronavirus related deaths spiking in Los Angeles County and "a critical week" ahead, health officials advised residents on Monday to stay at home and avoid shopping to limit the spread of the virus.
  • "If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether," said public health department Director Barbara Ferrer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • Officials confirmed 420 new coronavirus cases in the county and 15 deaths on Monday.
  • Over 6,360 cases and 147 deaths have been reported since the outbreak started, per data from Johns Hopkins.
Mexico's Slow Response May Cause Problems for Texas https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/mexico-slow-response-coronavirus-texas-us-15181201.php
  • As recently as March 15, some 40,000 concert goers crowded into the Foro Sor venue for the popular Vive Latino music festival.
  • Tourists from Europe and the United States were able to enter the country without any restrictions until late last week.
  • Restaurants, airports, subways and grocery stores remain open in Mexico City, though churches and large markets have closed.
  • The rapid spread of the COVID-19, however, has begun to increase the urgency of the government's response. Mexican health authorities reported on March 16 that the country had 82 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two weeks later, the number swelled to nearly 2439, including 125 deaths.
  • Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell, who two weeks ago dismissed US social distancing restrictions as "an extreme tactic" and "irresponsible" is now urging citizens to "stay at home, stay at home, stay at home."
  • "If you have food at home, stay home. There is no reason good enough to go out, period," he said.
  • Mexico is just one of many nations that reacted slowly to the coronavirus pandemic, in large part because government leaders failed to understand how contagious the virus is.
  • President Lopez Obrador spent the first half of March dismissing the gravity of the virus, encouraging Mexicans to frequent restaurants and posting videos of himself in crowds, kissing babies.
  • He said Mexico's spirituality would protect the country against the virus and made a public display of pulling out two religious amulets that he said would be his shield.
  • Mexico shares over 1,200 miles of border with the United States.
Hong Kong Closed to All Foreign Travelers, Indefinitely https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3078633/coronavirus-five-hong-kong-residents-flown-back
  • The city extends its ban on arrivals after most cases over past two weeks have come from overseas.
  • Only six of 24 newly infected yesterday are local transmissions, but all are linked to entertainment venues already closed.
  • All entertainment venues are closed until further notice.
  • Hong Kong recently issued a new state of emergency order revoking travel into the country from any outside nation, including China.
  • The order will prevent Hong Kong from 'opening up' it's economy through at least early May
Drug You Can't Pronounce May Be Saving Lives https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/04/06/democrat-karen-whitsett-coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trump/2955430001/, https://abc7.com/coronavirus-drug-covid-19-malaria-hydroxychloroquine/6079864/
  • A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the coronavirus.
  • State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.
  • "It was less than two hours" before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.
  • Elsewhere, a Los Angeles doctor said he is seeing significant success in prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The drug has been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 by President Trump among others, but it remains controversial as some experts believe it is unproven and may not be effective.
  • The drug has long been used for treatment of malaria and conditions such as lupus and arthritis but is not technically approved by the FDA for COVID-19. The agency, however, is encouraging trials and has provided limited emergency authorization for its use to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.
  • "Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," Cardillo told Eyewitness News. "So clinically I am seeing a resolution very consistently."
Belt and Road, COVID-19 Style https://spectator.us/italy-china-ppe-sold-coronavirus/
  • After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country's significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread.
  • Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells The Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.
  • "Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help China protect its own population,' the administration official explained. 'China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy — some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it."
  • China also recently donated PPE to Sweden and Spain, with many doctors reporting that masks and respirators included in the shipment were defective or already used.
  • "Someone got very sloppy," said a senior health official in Spain. "It must have been a mistake."

"This was a sneak attack, like a thief in the night."

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

"We will win and declare a great victory for our country."

All of these are direct quotes from President Donald Trump, all uttered since March 1st of this year.

And of course, all of them ring decidedly true and make perfect sense. Even Trump's most ardent opponents have referred to the current situation in which America finds itself as a once in a generation emergency, and that we should be on a wartime footing. They've called for more and more power to be handed to, no, more explicitly they've called for more power to be taken by the President to do battle against "The Invisible Enemy," everything from commandeering manufacturing plants to logistics and shipping companies to pharmaceutical manufacturing and research, to nationalizing the banking sector and all mortgages.

On the other hand, the President has preferred to form a partnership with private industries to wage the war. Turning to America's great companies to produce masks, respirators, ventilators, medicine and vaccines that will ensure our country can and will prevail.

The United States – and the entire world – is engaged in a great battle, against an unseen enemy. An enemy that threatens to kill our people and destroy our nation and our way of life. It's an enemy that we have seen and fought before, as a people. We have faced this enemy throughout human history, over and over we've had to battle it. All of us are descendants of survivors of the countless previous wars that humanity has had to fight against this hidden enemy of man.

The enemy is a disease. The enemy is a virus.

The enemy is not SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus.

No, the virus we're battling against is Slavery.

Call it what you want. Socialism. Collectivism. Communism. Statism. Despotism. A one-world government. Those are all forms of the same thing: some people's individual liberty captured for the betterment and benefit of others. All of those are forms of enslaving some men to the will and needs of others.

A virus is a biological construct. It's a biological disease caused by a virus, an unliving, unthinking sliver of organic material and takes over cells to turn them into factories that produce more viral particles to take over more cells until, ultimately, the host is killed. Doing battle against a virus requires treating both the symptoms caused by infection as well as finding a vaccine that can destroy the virus itself.

But slavery is a political and moral construct. It's a social disease caused by an immoral idea, spread by unthinking, unfeeling human beings who transmit the disease to others turning them into factories that produce more unthinking, unfeeling human beings. They take over the lives of more and more people within a society or a country until that country is destroyed. Doing battle against slavery requires treating both the symptoms caused by the infection within a society as well as finding a cure that can destroy the idea itself.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war. He's also correct, we have fought this type of war before.

But this is not a war against a coronavirus. That's child's play. Terrible though it may be and despite the thousands of lives we may lose to COVID-19, it's relatively straightforward how to defeat it. Prevent the spread, find a cure. And we will. America and the world will survive this pandemic as it has survived a million others in our past. Each of us is the descendent of survivors of a thousand biological plagues.

The President rightly stated, we cannot let the cure for COVID-19 be worse than the disease itself. And he has the right idea in terms of the outcome here: we can't let our response to coronavirus destroy the American economy.

But saving the American economy isn't really the objective. A healthy, productive American economy that enables people to generate wealth and accumulate things is a consequence, an outcome, it's not a cause in itself. What has enabled the American economy to be the most robust and powerful engine for human ingenuity, productivity and wealth generation in world history is individual liberty? Men free to think and build, to seek new achievements and to be rewarded for doing so, to collaborate with each other, to challenge and compete with each other, driving each other to be smarter, to work harder, to find the better way to solve problems.

That is America. That is the battle we're in, what we're fighting to save. Beating COVID-19 is easy, it's only a matter of time. This particular virus may be new to us, but we know the formula for its defeat, much like the long-march to destroy the NAZI war machine in World War II, the writing was on the wall long before Berlin fell. Germany's defeat was inevitable once America entered the war. So too, the defeat of SARS-CoV-2 is already a foregone conclusion, the application of human ingenuity and thousands of years of human inventiveness and knowledge ensures our ultimate victory over this latest scourge.

But that is not the great threat. If the cure for COVID-19 is the slavery of some men for the benefit and betterment of others, then perhaps it would be better for COVID-19 to take us all. If the cost of defeating the biological virus is that we succumb to the political and moral disease of collectivism, then Trump's fear will have been proved right and the cure will have been worse than the disease.

Look at what's being proposed here. In the US, the government should take over every major industry, from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to grocery and food delivery to airlines to shipping and transportation. Construction, take it over! Banking system, take it over! Stock market, take it over!

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.
Ostensibly designed to fight COVID-19, but made permanent to enable the UN to fight future pandemics, as well as the ongoing pandemic of Climate Change…oh, and Poverty and Income Inequality, and sexism and nationalism and a thousand other isms they believe are unfair.

The United States is less than 5% of the World's population, but we represent over 25% of the world's GDP. So, the UN is effectively proposing that about 4% of the population transfer 10% of our wealth each year to support the remaining 96% of the human race, including supporting countries who are our enemies and who seek our very destruction.

What is proposed here is nothing short of the permanent enslavement of the United States for the betterment and benefit of every other national on earth.

There is no doubt the human race will survive COVID-19. Human beings have survived a thousand similar pandemics with barely more than a blip in our progress as a species.

But the plague of collectivism, the idea that some men should be slaves to others, that some people have some sort of right to lay claim to the intellect and productive energy of others, that is the real battle. That is the true invisible enemy that we must yet again defeat.

Ask yourself, would you have some right to charge into Mike Lindell's My Pillow bedding factory and point a gun at him and his workers to force them to produce cotton face masks to avoid being shot? No, of course the idea sounds preposterous and all rational thinking human beings would clearly see that as an immoral, criminal act. And yet many people are proposing that we do exactly that, just the gunman wears a blue UN Helmet or carries a US Marshall's badge.

Alternatively, does Mike Lindell have the right to choose to convert his factory over to making cotton face masks, at his own expense and to pay his workers to make those masks instead of making pillows? Yes, that is moral, that is a human being engaged in activity that he believes to be virtuous and right and, yes, for the love of all that is holy — profitable.

Just as with COVID-19, the defeat of all forms of slavery should be an inevitability. And yet from every corner of our country, the call is for the forced enslavement of some people for the benefit of others.

President Trump has this right. We cannot let the cure for COVID-19 come at the cost of our economy. And if that is the objective, then it is our original principles: individual liberty, freedom of movement and speech, that is what must be defended. That is how we protect and restore our economy and our country. That is how we ensure that our children's children will also be descendants of survivors of plagues and pandemics, whether they are the biological - or the moral kind.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,284,805 (up over 250,000 from 1,030,324 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 70,328 (up 16,100 from 54,226 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 271,782 (up from 219,896 Friday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Friday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 336,851 Confirmed Cases and 9,620 Deaths, up from 245,380 cases and 6,095 cases Friday
  • The US currently has 309,254 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1% of the US Population tested
NY Times: Official US Death Toll Off a Bit...By About 100% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICO0KwPFWcI, https://www.wsj.com/video/in-ecuador-epicenter-families-forced-to-leave-dead-outside/B35D7405-55AC-4876-821F-8B995AAEF1BD.html
  • In one Italian village, a Mayor reported he had more than 300 bodies, presumed COVID-19 deaths, which officials had not picked up or counted in Italy's official numbers. "The army told us Friday, then Sunday. We're still waiting," he said.
  • Virus Can Contaminate Facemasks up to 7 Days https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3078511/coronavirus-can-remain-face-masks-week-study-finds
    • The pathogen that causes COVID-19 is gone within three hours from surfaces like printing and tissue paper, but can last for days on banknotes, stainless steel and plastic, researchers from University of Hong Kong find.
    • The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can adhere to the outer layer of a cotton surgical face mask for a week, according to a study by researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
    • "This is exactly why it is very important if you are wearing a surgical mask you don't touch the outside of the mask," Dr. Peiris, research lead, said.
    • "Because you can contaminate your hands and if you touch your eyes you could be transferring the virus to your eyes."
    • In the instance where the public or health care workers must be forced to reuse masks due to short supply, the study recommends using surgical gloves and frequently washing hands immediately after using facemasks.
    USA Today Factcheck: Did Obama Deplete US National Stockpile of N-95 Masks? True! https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/03/fact-check-did-obama-administration-deplete-n-95-mask-stockpile/5114319002/
    • USA Today researchers Fact Check Daily Wire article from last week that the Obama Administration failed to replenish the National Stockpile of N-95 masks after using for Swine Flu (2009) and Hurricane & Flooding clean up operations (2012).
    • The article notes available funds were used not to replenish masks: "With limited resources, officials in charge of the stockpile tend to focus on buying lifesaving drugs from small biotechnology firms that would, in the absence of a government buyer, have no other market for their products, experts said.
    • Masks and other protective equipment are in normal times widely available and thus may not have been prioritized for purchase, they said."
    • Overall, USA today flags the Daily Wire story as True, lending credence to the Trump claim that the stockpile program was 'in a shambles' when his Administration took over.
    "Most Comprehensive Pandemic Response Plan In History" Bush Plan Based on Spanish Flu Book in 2005 https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/george-bush-2005-wait-pandemic-late-prepare/story?id=69979013
    • In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through an advance copy of a new book about the 1918 flu pandemic. He couldn't put it down.
    • When he returned to Washington, he called his top homeland security adviser into the Oval Office and gave her historian John M. Barry's "The Great Influenza," which told the chilling tale of the mysterious plague that "would kill more people than any other disease in human history."
    • "You've got to read this," Fran Townsend remembers the president telling her. "He said, 'Look, this happens every 100 years. We need a national strategy.'"
    • Thus was born the nation's most comprehensive pandemic plan -- a playbook that included diagrams for a global early warning system, funding to develop new, rapid vaccine technology, and a robust national stockpile of critical supplies, such as face masks and ventilators, Townsend said.
    • The effort was intense over the ensuing three years, including exercises where cabinet officials gamed out their responses, but it was not sustained.
    • Large swaths of the ambitious plan were either not fully realized due to lack of funding from Congress, or were entirely shelved as the 2008 financial crisis took hold.
    The Latest Casualty: Corona Beer Officially Stops Production https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/business/corona-beer-production/index.html
    • Production of Corona beer is being temporarily suspended in Mexico because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Grupo Modelo, the company that makes the beer, posted the announcement on Twitter, stating that it's halting production and marketing of its beer because the Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses.
    • This week, the Mexican government announced the suspension of non-essential activities in the public and private sectors until April 30 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The country has more than 1,500 cases and 50 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins, but researchers fear the actual number of infected and dead could be much higher than reported as almost no testing has occurred in Mexico.
    • Grupo Modelo stated it is ready to enact a plan to "guarantee the supply of beer" if the Mexican government decides to include breweries as essential, according to a statement.
    Japan, Hong Kong May Declare States of Emergency After Virus Researgance https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3078542/coronavirus-japan-set-declare-state-emergency-amid-surge, https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3078491/coronavirus-hong-kong-may-have-impose-wider-lockdown
    • Both Japan & Hong Kong saw new waves of COVID-19 cases as travel and work restrictions were lifted about 10 days ago.
    • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, a government official said on Monday, as a recent surge in infections sweeps Tokyo and other major cities.
    • The news comes after Japan officially moved the 2020 Olympics to 2021.
    • In Japan, An Emergency eclaration, the first of its kind in that Nation, would restrict individual rights and allowing prefectural governors to call for specific limitations on people's activities.
    • It has been made necessary by a rapid nationwide spike in cases that poses significant risks to lives and the economy, an official said.
    • In Hong Kong, officials report they may have to impose strict lockdown with people told to stay home, government adviser says, amid warnings of third wave of infections swamped hospitals over the weekend.
    • The Government put Hong Kong residents on notice for hardline approach to coronavirus seen in countries including Italy and Britain.
    • Epidemiologist Dr. Kwok-yung of The Hong Kong Medical University warns of a third wave of infections as mainland Chinese had resumed work with some traveling to Hong Kong last week.
    • Dr. Kwok-yung recommends reinstating the travel restrictions from Mainland China.
    Dark Days Ahead https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/politics/jerome-adams-coronavirus/index.html
    • The US Surgeon General said this week is going to be the "hardest and the saddest" for "most Americans' lives," describing the upcoming grim period of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States.
    • "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that," Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on "Fox News Sunday."
    • Adams continued: "I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
    • Doctors are expecting peaks in Death Rates to occur in some of the hardest-hit areas, including New York, Louisianna, and Chicago.
    • Washington State, one of the earliest hit states, experienced a peak in cases and deaths nearly two weeks ago, and now new cases and deaths have declined for 2 weeks straight.