Bono Understands and Loves America More Than President Obama

Bono, lead singer of the legendary U2 and renowned philanthropist, loves America. By all appearances, he loves America more than her current president. While Obama continually cites what he believes to be America's shortcomings, Bono proves again and again that he gets what America is all about.

"Did you ever think we'd see a day when Bono, an Irish rock star made a lot more sense, sounded more American than the American president?" Co-host Pat Gray asked Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program.

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In a recent interview with Charlie Rose on CBS Morning News, Bono talked about the greatness of the American ideal. He also spoke out against Trump while showing empathy and understanding for his supporters.

"That's really great, really great, and not disparaging the American people," Glenn said.

Read below or listen to the full segment for answers to these rockin' questions:

• Do Irish rock stars appreciate freedom more?

• Why does Bono think America is the best idea ever?

• What could be the worst idea that ever happened to America, according to Bono?

• Why is America different from other countries?

• What does Bono think about America's two major political parties?

Listen to this segment, beginning at mark 1:26:16, from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

PAT: Did you ever think we'd see a day when Bono, an Irish rock star made a lot more sense, sounded more American than the American president?

GLENN: No. Play the Bono thing again. This is --

PAT: This is what he most recently said. I think this was yesterday, right?

GLENN: Oh, okay. Yeah.

BONO: Look, America is like the best idea the world ever came up with.

GLENN: Stop there. Wow.

PAT: Just that.

GLENN: "America is the best idea the world has ever come up with."

PAT: Now, keep in mind, this is during an interview with Trump.

GLENN: On Trump.

PAT: About Trump, yeah. And so most rock stars would start bashing Trump. They'd bash America. They'd bash the people for being so stupid. These are right-wing zealots. These are all racists, but that's not exactly the path he takes.

GLENN: He's about to go the other way.

PAT: Yeah.

BONO: But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America, potentially. He could destroy it because of what we're saying. Because America is not just a country. Ireland's a nice country. Great Britain's great country. All the rest of it, it's not an idea. America is an idea. And that idea is bound up in justice and equality for all. Equality and justice for all, you know.

DONALD: -- to making America strong.

BONO: He hijacked the party. I think he's trying to hijack the idea of America, and I think it's bigger than all of us.

PAT: Wow.

BONO: I think it's -- it's -- this is really dangerous.

CHARLIE: Why do you think this race is even about running against a woman who has been Secretary of State in the United States Senate for --

GLENN: Okay. Stop.

PAT: So here is Charlie Rose trying to gin up some of that, some of what we were talking about.

GLENN: Right. And gin up Hillary Clinton. How could you --

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Because, Charlie, she is wildly corrupt and out of step with the American idea as well.

PAT: Yeah.

CHARLIE: -- First Lady of the United States. And the race is about even.

BONO: Well, I would not diminish --

GLENN: Now, listen to this.

BONO: -- Trump's supporters or underestimate their angst.

PAT: Wow. That's crazy.

BONO: Because I feel that in a way, they have correctly assessed that the center parties haven't yet become clear.

CHARLIE: In other words, what you're saying, their angst is real and genuine? A sense that I worry about my country and where it is?

GLENN: No, Charlie. No. Stop. That's now what he's saying. He's saying that their angst is real. That the parties, in the center, the Republican and the Democratic Party, aren't listening to the people, aren't reflective of the people, are corrupt to their core.

PAT: Both have gotten us to where we are now.

GLENN: Right. That the center parties, both of them, are corrupt.

BONO: -- problems, facing, not just America, but facing Europe. And remember, who is in the White House? I'm Irish. I don't have a vote. And I can't be telling people how to vote and don't want to. But I have a voice and I can say who sits in that office really affects everyone in this world.

PAT: Wow. I mean --

GLENN: That's amazing.

PAT: That's great stuff.

GLENN: That's really great. Really great. And not disparaging the American people.

PAT: Not at all.

GLENN: It's not disparaging America.

PAT: In fact, he said, what we're going through is real. They should have angst. Rightly so.

GLENN: And he said, "It's going -- it's happening all around the world."

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Now, listen to what the president just said. The president is standing in front of the United Nations, the antithesis of what's happening all around the world, and he's saying we have to surrender more of our will to it.

PAT: Unbelievable.

GLENN: Unbelievable. Absolutely -- you want globalists, that's a globalist. That's a globalist.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Somebody who is actually talking about surrendering the will of the nation to a global governance. That's a globalist!

Featured Image: U2 lead singer Bono speaks at the Opening Plenary Session: 'Partnering for Global Prosperity,' at the Clinton Global Initiative on September, 19, 2016 in New York. (Photo Credit: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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