Glenn Beck: VP Romney?


Governor Mitt Romney

GLENN: We have Governor Mitt Romney on the horn with us. Hello, governor, how are you, sir?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I'm terrific. Thanks, Glenn, how are you doing?

GLENN: I'm doing pretty good. I'm you know, I'm coming to a place, Mitt, I really don't know who I'm going to vote for. And I think you know, I just saw a poll the other day, what is it, 63 or 73% of Americans are just not satisfied with the choices that they have, you know, because I don't think anybody's really telling us the truth or telling us what they really believe. Convince me I should vote for John McCain.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, it shouldn't be too hard because even though it's very unlikely that every Republican is going to be 100% behind the positions of one person who's running at the head of our ticket or the same thing among Democrats, you know, you're going to find that there are some differences between the nominee and yourself in either party

GLENN: Sure, yeah.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: But in the sitting of who's going to be our President, I don't think there's any question but that you want the kind of person who has the judgment that's been developed over a lifetime of experience and that judgment to help guide the economy, that judgment to help get us off of foreign oil, the judgment to help us deal with the Russians as they show their territorial ambitions. John McCain has that experience, Barack Obama's a lovely guy but he's ready to spend 20 years as he prepares to be President.

GLENN: Let me take this one at a time and you help me with this. The economy. The guy, John McCain, has been in public service and this is not a slam been in public service his whole life. He's never run a business, he's never been out there. He says he understands tax cuts. I learned some of this stuff from you as you were debating him. He comes out and he says now he will veto any tax increase, yet he voted against the Bush tax cuts. And when he said that he couldn't do it, he said he couldn't do it because, you know, the rich were just making "I can't stand around while the rich get richer. What is that?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, you are not going to get me to say that I agree with everything John McCain has ever said because obviously we ran against each other and there are differences between us but on the issues of the day, he happens to be right. And he recognizes that this economy cannot handle a tax hike, that raising taxes will cost jobs, will cause businesses to go offshore, will hurt families and, you know, at the same time you've got Barack Obama who's saying he will raise taxes. And I know one thing. Every congress, every legislature I've seen, they really want to spend money because, you know, it helps them back in their home district. They are always in favor of spending the money and then maybe either raising debt or raising taxes. And the only way you don't raise taxes is if there's someone in the Oval Office or in the executive branch that says, no, I'm going to veto it. And you've got to have a person who will say no to taxes. John McCain will, Barack Obama won't.

GLENN: Okay. Do you remember the first time we spoke, sir, on the air? Probably not. What did you say?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: It was a while ago.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah. I asked you, and I said to the audience beforehand, anybody who listens to me knows that I'm into pivot points. And the thing that bothered me about you before we spoke, I said the flare for me was where, where was Mitt Romney when he changed his position on being pro life. And I said, if he can't answer that question immediately and tell me what the room looked like, then I won't believe him. And then you came on and you told me what the room looked like. I believed you on your position. Now, tell me, sir, why, what did the John McCain room look like when he decided that, oh, the economy can't handle tax cuts? Why do you believe him that he's not going to flip back?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, he said that he is always opposed to raising taxes. He won't always vote for a tax reduction if he doesn't think it's the right one, but he's not going to raise taxes. Pretty straightforward. That's the posture that he's given, and I think in this kind of setting given how tough the economy is, you don't want to raise taxes. But again your question is which is the better, Barack Obama or John McCain.

GLENN: No.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Barack Obama has said he will raise taxes. I think you can take him at his word. John McCain says he won't. John McCain is somebody who you know loves vetoing and so you're going to find in John McCain a guy who's not going to be taking more out of the pocket of American citizens.

GLENN: See, I don't buy into the lesser of two evils because

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: But you have to choose between two, though.

GLENN: No, I don't. I'll go to Ron I'll go to Bob Barr. I mean, I'm not going to put I'm not going to I don't believe in the "Throw your vote away" thing. Throwing your vote away only is a wasted vote when you vote for something you don't believe in. And I know you and I know I know how you are in your faith. You only stand and raise your hand when you believe in something because it means you have to support it. It means now, that doesn't mean you agree with everything, but, you know, you gave me the list, and I wrote it down as you gave it. So the first one is economy. The second one is oil. The man is for drilling but now he's not but he's not for drilling in the ANWR. I don't I don't understand that. I don't he's also for global warming and cap and trade, which is I believe another kind of socialist program. So you're first one was the economy. The second one was oil. I don't know where he really stands on oil, either.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I think he will do everything that he believes is reasonably feasible to get us off of foreign oil and that for him says, look, we're going to drill offshore, number one; number two, we're going to build on a fast track a number of new nuclear power plants, and of course we're going to tap all of the renewable sources of energy we've got. Barack Obama, coming from the Democratic party, has to bow to the left wing of the party where the environmental extremists are saying no drilling for oil, no additional nuclear power plants. You know, Harry Reid won't even let a coal power plant be based in Nevada. You know, you have a very different view. Barack Obama as a state senator voted to raise taxes on oil and natural gas which, of course

GLENN: Hang on. We're you're breaking up.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: So again you've got a very dramatic contrast.

GLENN: Hang on. Hang on. Are you on a cell phone, sir, because you're breaking up.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: No, I'm on a land line. I'm on a land line.

GLENN: Okay. That's weird. Okay, something's going on. So I'm sorry. We lost you there for a second.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Oh, I'm sorry about that. Well, you know, Barack Obama has a very different view on nuke power and offshore drilling. With reference to Alaska, John McCain has indicated he will look at drilling in ANWR if it can be done environmentally reasonably and I believe it can be.

GLENN: Okay. The one thing that John McCain and do you think the polls on John McCain are turning now because of this, because, you know, I have been asking for a while, and you are the only one. I've been using you as an example lately. I went back and I looked at your platform on energy and everything else and I said the world would be a different place today if Romney were the candidate because you were talking about the things when nobody else was talking about them. You can see over the horizon, and the only time I've seen any of these people running for President lately that seems to appear as though they can see over the horizon is with John McCain with Russia. He recognized that one. He wasn't surprised by it. He nailed it the first time out. How much of a concern is Russia for you?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, Russia is a real concern for me. Glenn, I see the world being driven by the power of each nation's economy, and the strength of your military derives from the strength of your economy. We're competing on the basis of free enterprise and democracy. China is saying, we're going to take that free enterprise but we're going to be a communist, one party, no freedom land. Russia is saying we're going to compete on the basis of energy and we're going to get the energy resources of the world and hold up the world. It's a whole different strategy and they are serious. They intend to become the world superpower, to dominate the world. That has been their ambition from the beginning. Putin is still there. John McCain said, I looked in his eyes. I did not see, you know, a sympathetic soul. I saw the KGB.

GLENN: Yeah.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: And John McCain has been proven right and he's absolutely right to be concerned about the Russians and we're going to have to be serious in confronting their ambitions for power and for territory.

GLENN: Do you believe that there's a fairly good shot that Israel does try to take care of business in Iran and Russia stands to block?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, that's one where I don't have the kind of data I'd like to have from our military in terms of briefing as to Israel's capacity to go into Iran. I just don't think, based on the analysis that I have done with military leaders of the Iran nuclear program, that Israel has the capacity to take it out other than for a short period of time, and I'm not sure they want to take that risk for something so fleeting. But, you know, time will tell.

GLENN: If you were Barack Obama and you were looking for a vice presidential candidate, who do you think would be on your short list?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, I'm not going to guess what's in his mind in this regard, but I had to listen the other night when I listened to Karl Rove say that he thinks Hillary Clinton would be his best choice. And then I saw Ralph Nader predict Hillary Clinton. So I didn't realize that Karl Rove is advising Ralph Nader. But that being said

GLENN: I think don't you think that's a position of weakness for Barack Obama?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well

GLENN: At this point?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the strange thing is you look at the other four people that are being spoken about as his potential running mates. Each of them I think has some real flaws and, of course, Hillary brings recognition I think on the part of a lot of people that she could be President. Heck, the truth of the matter is if she were the nominee, I'd feel a lot better than I do with Barack Obama because at least she has some experience that a nation like ours needs at a critical team.

GLENN: If you are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's your vice president, do you just use two words: Taste tester?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: (Laughing). The real challenge I'd have with, if I were Barack Obama with Hillary would not be as much with Hillary as it would with Bill.

GLENN: The idea of Lieberman running on the ticket with John McCain?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, the last person I'm going to give advice to in this regard is going to be John McCain. I guess the only advice I'd give him is go with your instincts. John McCain's instincts have proven to serve him very well in the past. You know, I think there are a lot of there's a lot of speculation out there that is off the mark, but only John McCain knows, keeping his own

GLENN: You are the guy who turned the Salt Lake City Olympics around. How did you feel the Chinese have done on the Olympics?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Their games were spectacular, the opening ceremonies was above anyone's expectations. The other sporting events have been well organized and well managed. It was extremely easy to get around. They did very, very well. The one thing that really stood out, though, was that they were held in a place where there was no Bill of Rights, no freedom of assembly, no freedom of speech, no freedom of religion. And what you missed with the great crowds in Olympic venues of spectators and nonspectators coming together to celebrate. They didn't allow that because they didn't want people to assemble. They were afraid of demonstrations and free speech. It's really, it's really sad to see such a great nation but to see that they would have to stifle the freedom and expression of their own citizens.

GLENN: You know, I'm really quite dismayed that I was talking to a Chinese citizen here in the United States and she works here and everything else. And I said, you know, you ever see yourself going back? And we were talking about their one child policy and how oppressive that is and everything else. And she said, oh, yeah, because we have problems there just like you have problems here. There is a there seemingly is a disconnect now from the evil of communism, that it's just another choice. Have you sensed that at all?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, I'm sure that's the case among people in our country as we look across the pond and wonder what it's like over there, but it came home powerfully to me. You watch CNN, for instance, on your hotel TV and occasionally it turns off. It blanks off because they are saying something that they don't want the people to hear. The newspapers were in some respects laughable. Now, I didn't read the Chinese, but I read the English version of the Chinese papers and it was all puff piece. There was no criticism. There was no concern about problems with the Olympics. It was it's almost like a Stepford nation, if you will, where everyone is going to be a Stepford wife and a Stepford citizen. And you want to have the kind of vitality and energy, that dissent and free speech and assembly and the rule of law bring.

GLENN: Let me just give you this. This just came out from the census bureau. Those women that were receiving public assistance, those women who are on welfare, the birthrate is three times higher. What does that tell you?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, that's pretty straightforward which is that's true throughout the world where low income individuals and low income nations have much higher birthrates than higher income nations but it also says that our welfare programs are once again beginning to become a way of life and that creates a culture of poverty that is unfair to the children and unfair to the parents and we've got to not let that become a hammock.

GLENN: I don't think I've ever heard these kinds of phone problems before. Governor Mitt Romney, I appreciate it. Let me I'm not going to ask you the question everybody's asking you because I know you're going to answer it the way you always answer it. So let me ask you in a different way. Will not you not be unnominated for the nonlead ticket vice presidential position in the not, too, distant future?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Glenn, I have absolutely no idea what that question said, but I can tell you I'm not expecting to become a member of the ticket but I sure plan on campaigning for it.

GLENN: All right, sir. Thank you very much.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Thanks, Glenn.

Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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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."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation with Rep. Dan Crenshaw:

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