Three Things You Need to Know - January 29, 2018

The 5G Crisis

Crisis creates opportunity. That’s the way every progressive and big government scheme takes flight. The threat of crisis gave us the federal income tax. The threat of environmental catastrophe gave us the EPA. The horror of people “dying in the streets” gave us Obamacare. And now, the fear of China is causing the government to consider nationalizing the countries mobile network.

Private companies like AT&T and Verizon built the networks you use to make cell phone calls and surf the internet on your iPhone. Call clarity and internet speeds have advanced rapidly over the years. From third generation, or 3G, in 2010 to 4G almost immediately after. But now there’s a global race for 5G, and the US government is scared to death that China will beat us.

In a leaked memo, the plan lays out two options. One: the US government pays for and builds the network. They would then RENT the airspace to private carriers. What could go wrong there?! And Two: private companies could build the network.

How is this even a hard decision? The leaked memo actually states that having private companies build the network isn’t even a real option because it would take too long and… wait for it… the Chinese might hack into it. And there it is. Every time you’re forced into one option due to a boogeyman, you need to take a step back and realize you might be getting manipulated.

This is America. We don’t nationalize private industry. We incentivize and promote competition. The Last time we nationalized an industry we got the TSA. Is anyone happy with the TSA? Show me almost anything built by the government and I’ll show you a private company building and maintaining it better.

The communications industry should be going absolutely crazy over this. Not only would this significantly hurt their business, but it’s a huge slap in the face. The government is saying, we don't believe in you. You can’t get this done, so we’ll do it for you.

We must not let fear of what’s difficult and challenging turn us into the object of our fear. If the government does this, you might as well call the new 5G network The People’s Network or The Democratic People’s Network. Give it a good communist dictatorship homage.

“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.” If we do this we’re no better than the Chinese. The government will have greater power to do exactly what the Chinese do to their people. Listen in on calls, track internet usage, monitor GPS… imagine all the applications 5G will have on our lives in the next decade.

As with all progressive power plays, this isn’t about any tangible or real threat, this is about control. Don’t give it to them.

Steve Wynn Steps Down

In 2018, sexual assault accusations have become a daily, maybe even hourly, occurrence.

This is our new reality.

So, it’s no surprise that over the weekend we learned about allegations against both a Republican and a Democrat.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned as national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid dozens of sexual misconduct accusations published by the Wall Street Journal.

The worst of these accusations claims Wynn pressured a married manicurist into sex and then paid her a $7.5 million settlement, according to people familiar with the matter.

Wynn denied all allegations, citing that these accusations are the result of his ex-wife—who is trying to resettle the terms of their divorce.

Burns Strider, on the other hand, does not deny the claims against him.

Strider was the Clinton campaign faith adviser. Female colleagues have complained about him going back to 2007.

He is accused of kissing female peers on the nose or forehead, trying to plan commuting times with them, and sending late night emails that expressed loneliness and poor judgment rather than X-rated material.

Strider’s accusations don’t even begin to approach Steve Wynn level allegations, but nevertheless, people are angry that Hillary Clinton didn’t immediately fire him and that he continues to work in Democratic politics.

Whether you’re Steve Wynn or Burns Strider, in the eyes of the new America—you’re guilty the second someone, anyone, claims you’re guilty. You’re immediately a sexual predator no matter how insignificant or outrageous the accusation may be.

Everyone deserves to be believed, but let’s allow common sense back in our world.

Burns Strider is not Steve Wynn—if, of course, the allegations against Steve Wynn are true.

The People's State of the Union

Have you bought your tickets yet?

If not, it’s probably too late. I’m not talking about Super Bowl tickets. I’m talking about the most self-important political rally of our times…

“The People’s State of the Union.” That doesn’t sound communist at all.

President Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address tomorrow night. So, tonight, several brave American patriots, who are more concerned about everyday Americans than you or I could ever dream of being, are banding together for a preemptive rally to protest what the President says in his State of the Union speech.

But, I thought you just said Trump’s address isn’t until tomorrow night. Yes, but don’t haggle over details like that. There’s no time to listen and critically evaluate what a Republican says when there’s so much hashtagging and outraging to be done.

Who are these patriots organizing the “People’s State of the Union?” Well, there’s Sam from Who’s the Boss, Hulk from The Avengers, and Michael Moore from Flint, Michigan, among others. So, regular people. The event is in Manhattan, one of the areas of the country least associated with the common man. And tickets cost $47.

“In essence, it’s a better reflection of our state of the union based on a more populist point of view, based on the people’s point of view,” said Hulk, who also goes by Mark Ruffalo. “We want to celebrate this moment that we’re in of what is now probably one of the most influential and powerful and really beautiful movements to come into play in the U.S. since the civil rights movement.”

Sorry, Hulk. “The people” aren’t going to rally to your cause, because they know you’re not for them. They’re also smart enough to know that President Trump saying dumb things, or signing a tax-cut bill, is hardly in the same universe as the injustices of the Civil Rights era.

The real people’s state of the union is that they’re not going to spend much time this week worrying about Donald Trump’s latest tweet or your phony exercise in outrage. Not because they don’t care about America or its leadership, but because they’re too busy making a living and raising their family. You know, important stuff.

Next time, you might want to get to know some of the actual everyday American people before you decide to represent them in your anti-Trump rally.

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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.

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Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

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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Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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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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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

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On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck reveals how deep the Great Reset tentacles reach into government and business to strangle freedom and their efforts to control every aspect of your private life.

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