Observations of an Irishman: Good Americans Turned My Travel Nightmare Into a Miracle

If you ever want to see America at its greatest, all you have to do is look for a disaster (anywhere in the world) and chances are you will see some American involvement. The world witnessed this when the Southern United States suffered major hurricanes and, once again, ordinary American people stepped up with both time and money.

If you have ever listened to my show on TheBlaze, you will notice I always finish my show the exact same way --- by sharing the sentiments of Alexis de Tocqueville:

America is GREAT because Americans are GOOD.

I share this for many reasons, but the main one is to remind everyone who listens that the success or failure of America will always be in the hands of her people. Being blunt, the day America stops being good is the day the nation is lost forever.

A Hero

On my recent trip across the United States, I met with so many amazing people who shared stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I will never forget meeting an individual (who asked to remain nameless) and their story of helping during the cleanup in Houston. This individual was not some millionaire or billionaire, in fact, they recently had their electricity cut off. It would have been very easy and totally justifiable for this person to believe that charity starts at home and that they had to focus on getting themselves back on their feet.

That is not what happened. This individual got large drums, filled them with gas and drove down to Houston to deliver them to people in need. What amazed me most about this person was their humility, selflessness, hope for the future and belief that tomorrow is a new day.

I also believe that if someone had found out about this person's situation and given them some money towards their electric bill, they would have either not taken it, or taken it and bought more gas for the people in Houston.

My Disaster

Over the years, I have met many people who would literally give you the coat off their shoulders so you could be warm. I have seen people donate huge sums of money, but the stories that always hit me the most are those of people donating their time and effort --- rich or poor we all only have 24 hours in a day. I have been very blessed in my life to never really be in a situation where I needed someone’s time and energy. That changed on this trip.

I was coming towards the end of my trip and about to spend a week in Texas. I was due to fly into Austin, drive to Fredericksburg for an event, then down to Houston for another event and then drive back to Dallas for a couple of events and spend some time with Glenn Beck and the team. It was all planned, booked and paid for well in advance.

I hate letting people down and it was looking like I was going to let a lot of folks down.

I arrived in Austin as planned, but the car company messed up my reservation and could not hire me a car. They had no other cars available. I tried every other car rental company in the airport without success. To say I was upset would be an understatement. All I wanted was a solution to get to the event, but every option I considered was blocked. I hate letting people down and it was looking like I was going to let a lot of folks down.

I was stuck in Austin airport with no car, no access to the internet and no answers. I gave up and decided to get a cab to the hotel I was staying at and hopefully, with internet access find some answers. I checked into the hotel and was determined to find a solution. I was looking for a car for over 10 days so maybe that was the problem? Nope. Maybe it was only Austin airport that had no cars? Nope. I searched for car hire for one day in all of Austin and this is what came up:

I have traveled a lot and that is something I had never seen. I then forgot about cars and sought out other forms of public transport but none would get me to the events in time. I had one chance left and that was to go to my Facebook family and see if anyone could help me or provide me some advice. I was really desperate and honestly was not sure what to expect.

My Miracle

I received nothing short of a miracle. Within a couple of hours, not only were my problems solved, but I had multiple offers. One of my friends, Caroline, stepped up and offered to collect me from my hotel and drive me from Austin to my hotel in Fredericksburg. I had reached out to the events and let them know of my problems and the folks in Fredericksburg picked me up from my hotel, brought me to the event, and then took me out for dinner and back to the hotel that night. It was truly Southern hospitality at its best.

However, by far, the biggest hero in this story is a new friend called Joel. He drove from his house near Waco, picked me up in Fredericksburg the next morning and drove me all the way to the airport in Dallas where I had a choice of any car I wanted. He then had to drive (in Dallas rush hour traffic) back to Waco.

America is great because Americans are good!

The only sad part about this disaster was the fact I did not get down to Houston, where I was due to give a presentation to Young Americans for Liberty. But not everything was lost. Their amazing director came up with a plan. The event went ahead as planned and I gave the presentation via Facebook Live (technology is wonderful), and was able to answer all of their questions from the comments in the video.

This is the America I know I love and a prime example of when people are at their best. I don’t ever want to be in that situation again, but I am so honored to know I received a miracle during my visit. I can only hope every American never forgets what makes them exceptional.

America is great because Americans are good!

Jonathon Dunne is an Irishman with a lifelong dream of becoming an American citizen. After waiting for over 13 years, Dunne received a job offer from Glenn Beck so he could achieve his dream, but unfortunately, he did not meet the requirements to apply for a visa. Unless laws change or Dunne decides to break the law (he won't), his American dream is dead. Despite this setback, he still loves America and seeks to be a positive influence on society by promoting the idea of America and God-given freedoms. While on a recent vacation, Dunne delivered sixteen presentations (for free) in eight different states across the U.S. During this time, he kept notes and we asked him to share some of his experiences. As you read the column below, imagine the words are being spoken in a thick, Irish accent. If you're having trouble imagining how that sounds, you can hear it for yourself by tuning into Dunne's free weekly podcast, "Freedom's Disciple," on TheBlaze Radio, available on SoundCloud, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Google Play and Stitcher.

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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