Three Things You Need to Know - December 11, 2017

Thank Goodness Alabama's Election Is Tomorrow

There's one great thing about the Alabama special election that most people aren't talking about.

But first, over the weekend, the media was frantic about Roy Moore's absence on the campaign trail.

Instead of making one last push to win over voters, Moore was found at the Army-Navy football game watching his son play.

How dare he prioritize football and family over the circus?

One of Moore’s accusers, Beverly Nelson, lawyered up with Gloria Allred and presented a key piece of evidence against Moore: a signed yearbook. Late last week, she admitted that she wrote half of the inscription in the yearbook.

Oops.

Does that confirm she lied about the whole incident? Not exactly-but, it's difficult to take her seriously after this. If you want credibility you have to be outwardly honest, not just wait until you get caught. Also, if you want credibility - never go to Gloria Allred.

The people of Alabama will reveal how they really feel about Roy Moore tomorrow.

But, again, there's one great thing about the Alabama special election that most people aren't talking about - and it's incredibly important.

Mercifully, tomorrow it will finally be over.

CNN's Fake News

I wasn’t sure it was possible for the mainstream media to lose any more credibility… and then Friday afternoon happened. CNN - “The Most Trusted Name in News” - broke into their regularly scheduled programming with the mother of all scoops. They had undeniable proof that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. An email was now in their possession showing that the DNC hacked emails had been offered to the Trump campaign on September 4th. That’s TEN DAYS BEFORE Wikileaks began releasing them online.

There it was. The uppercut they’d been looking for. Social media began to explode from the jubilation. CBS picked up the story claiming that multiple sources had come forward verifying this email and its contents. MSNBC, not to be outdone here, rolled out their own “intelligence and national security” correspondent who was also claiming “multiple sources” were confirming this bombshell. It appeared the media had beaten the Muller investigation and proved collusion with one damning email. Bette Midler and the View ladies were probably getting their Save the dates ready for the impeachment party.

Oh, there’s just one small problem here. All of this… the CNN breaking news, the ensuing social media hysteria, and the follow-up stories on CBS AND MSNBC were all FAKE NEWS. The date on the email - the smoking gun - was September 14th… not the 4th. That means, whoever sent the Trump Team this email, was merely showing them what Wikileaks had already published. The entire point and angle to this “coup de grace” news story was bogus and based off of a lie.

Fake News… that term gets thrown around a lot lately. To qualify being called “fake news”, the information in question has to have been delivered deliberately with the intention of misleading the public. Mistakes are not fake news, but this story WAS NOT a mistake. Multiple sources were cited by CNN, CBS and MSNBC, and they were all confirming the September 4th date. Answer me this. How can multiple sources, with an obvious high level of access, all give the same bogus date to three different news outlets? This wasn’t a mistake. This was a deliberate attempt to influence American opinion.

The question now is, who’s behind all this? Well, we know the House Intelligence Committee has access to these emails. Was this an attack by Democrats within the committee? Whoever it was, they appear to be powerful. There’s a rule in journalism that calls for the outing of a source if they intentionally try to mislead you. So far, the quote “multiple sources” are being protected. Why?

To the media: look, we get it. You don't like the Trump administration. In many cases you have good reason to feel the way you’re feeling, but can you try and show just a sliver of professionalism here? How about checking your information before going public… you know, BASIC STANDARDS OF JOURNALISM. We already have Russian intelligence services attempting to sway public opinion via cyber warfare, internet trolls, and social media ads. We don’t need you spreading fake news along with them.

John Lewis' Boycott

Being President is impossible.

It’s a never-ending stream of lose-lose situations. Like President Trump visiting the opening of the new Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend. For Trump, it was damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Can you imagine the outcry if he had declined the invitation to speak at the museum opening? Yet he did speak at the opening and got nothing but criticism and protests from black leaders for his effort.

President Trump attended the museum opening at the invitation of Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant. Trump took a brief tour of the museum, then gave a short speech. It was fine, a normal presidential thing to do. Speaking in general, and promoting better race relations is not Trump’s strengths. This was a missed opportunity for him to do more to try to heal division and change the perception that he is racist. He could have done better in this situation, but at least he was there. He made an attempt.

Similarly, Georgia Representative John Lewis could have and should have, done more. As soon as he heard the President might attend the museum opening, he announced he would boycott it. The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi also boycotted. How does this help heal racial division? Why would you squander an opportunity to improve relations with a president they consider to be set against them? For the sake of the wider community, why couldn’t you set aside your hate for the president for a few minutes and at least pretend to get along?

It’s amazing that some Civil Rights icons, like John Lewis, seem to have forgotten the larger lessons of love and forgiveness that Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. If you can’t set politics aside for the opening of a Civil Rights Museum, and just before Christmas, then you’re never going to be able to set aside politics.

We desperately need to get over ourselves, lose some pride, and reach out to our neighbors, yes, even those who don’t vote the same way we do. We are so entrenched on our political teams that it’s making us crazy. We won’t even entertain the idea of having a conversation with someone from the other side.

Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but Christmas is a pretty good time for that.

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Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

America
  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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