Glenn talks with Joe the plumber



"Barack Obama talks about wanting to take care of people…I just moved my parents into my house. I’m not a millionaire… This guy, who has millions, can’t take care of his aunt and uncle? There’s something wrong there."


- Joe the Plumber talking about Obama's aunt who was found living in a Boston Slum

GLENN: Let's go to Joe the plumber with Glenn the radio host. Joe, how are you?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Hey, I'm doing real good, Glenn, how about yourself today?

GLENN: Very good, man. I had no idea that you listen to us.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, Lord yeah. Anytime I'm out plumbing, you know, or I'm in my truck, I got you guys tuned in.

GLENN: Well, I mean, we're both kind of in the crap business. So you know what I'm saying?

JOE THE PLUMBER: (Laughing).

GLENN: What is your life like right now?

JOE THE PLUMBER: It's definitely in a state of flux. Right now I don't have a job and at the same time I believe it's, you know, kind of, America's taking more importance on my life right now than as far as my personal deal. You know, I'm real scared for America right now. So, you know, I'm just putting anything I got going on to the side and I'm doing my best to help McCain get elected and make sure people understand more about Obama. So that's kind of what my life's been telling right now.

GLENN: Let me ask you this, Joe. When you stood up at the rope line, was that an honest question? Was that a setup? Were you just really wanting to know? Why were you at the Obama campaign and at the rope line?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Actually I wasn't at any rope line or Obama campaign. I was just popping football with my son in my front yard and he came over next to us. It's the other way around, Bubba.

GLENN: Was it -- it seemed like a rope line to me. I've seen that a hundred times. It looking like a rope line. He came over to you?

JOE THE PLUMBER: That's are all my neighbors standing around. No reap line. He was just canvassing neighborhoods. You know, the reason why I went up to him is because every single one of us always want to get a politician in front of him. It's like, why do you do that, you idiot? I had my chance to go over there and ask a question. I took it.

GLENN: So today I'm reading a story that shows that the members of the government, police and everything else assisted Barack Obama and the media to find out everything they could about you. They found out -- they went to get your address, then they went in to look at your tax records, then they looked to see if you had ever received welfare, ever received unemployment. How frightening is that?

JOE THE PLUMBER: It's downright scary, man. It kind of freaked me out. I asked a simple question and they vet me out like I'm trying to get top security clearance or something like that, you know, and then right back at them. You know, this guy wants to be President of the world -- or President of the country.


GLENN: President of the world. He does.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Caught myself there.

GLENN: You were right, though.

JOE THE PLUMBER: He wants to be President of the country and we don't know anything about this guy. As far as accusations made about me, as far as my taxes and my plumbing license, I answered them straight and honest. I didn't evade them. I didn't tap dance around them. I said, yes, I owe taxes, you know, yes, my wife, you know, as far as the question in how I practice plumbing. I'm still a plumber. That goes without saying. Barack Obama, this LA Times tape, he won't come out and say, yeah, show it, I don't have nothing to hide, I haven't hid anything. And they ran me through the gambit. They haven't ran him through anything. I challenge him to release that tape, let's see it.

GLENN: So what do you think this means, Joe, that we can find out about you within 24 hours but for two years we've been trying to get things about Barack Obama. Look how long it took to finally get him to admit that, oh, gee, I guess my pastor is a spooky dude, when there's no doubt in my mind that he knew. There's no way -- when you start to put the puzzle pieces together of this guy, he clearly has Marxist views. We find out today in the paper that his uncle, who Barack Obama said I've lost track of -- he went missing -- has just been evicted. His aunt is living in a slum and yet I know everything about you. Why?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Actually, Glenn, one thing you don't know about me, Barack Obama talks about wanting to take care of people. You know, just that information you shared with me just now is ridiculous. I just moved my parents into my house. You know, I'm not a millionaire. You know, I don't make $100,000 a year. We had to tighten our belts a little bit. Friends and family came together. We turned the garage into a bedroom, they moved them in. That's what America's about, about family taking care of family, neighbors neighbors, you know, community. It starts there. It doesn't start at the federal government and work its way down. And this guy who, you know, has millions, can't take care of his own aunt and uncle? There's something wrong there.

GLENN: See, boy, you should run for office, Joe. This is the -- this is exactly what we were talking about before. It starts at home. It doesn't start at the federal level. It's Joe Biden. It's -- well, Barack Obama is the same way. The donations to charity, almost nonexistent between these two guys and all they want to do is take the money from people like you, take the money from people like me and then force us to give charity money to places like ACORN, which I don't agree with. While their own families are struggling.

JOE THE PLUMBER: I don't agree with it, either. I mean, them two seem to use God and church as a punch line just to make people feel good when they're there. It sickens me, you know, for God and church to be used like that.

GLENN: You're from Ohio.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Yes, sir.

GLENN: How do you, how do you think Ohio is going to -- do you think Ohio's going to pull the lever for Barack Obama?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, you know, I pray they don't. You know, I've been running around town here and around the state a bit and, you know, I've had a lot of people come up to me, you know, McCain supporters telling me, hey, thanks for asking that question. But I've had a lot of Barack Obama supporters come up to me and say, hey, thanks for asking that question, you know, I'm really going to have to rethink this. I'm hoping people are waking up. Ohio, as far as if you believe the polls, which I honestly don't ever pay attention to. I mean, the vote's not in until it's in is how I look at things like that. But a lot of people are starting to question and I'm hoping they start questioning more and that's, you know, kind of what I've been spouting off is, you know, don't listen to my opinion. I'm sorry, Glenn, I tell them not to listen to yours, either. I tell them to go out and get the facts. Get the facts.

GLENN: I do, too.

JOE THE PLUMBER: I know you do. I know you do. And that's the biggest thing right there. You know, everyone else has got an opinion. Then they go off half cocked and they start spouting someone else's opinion. They have no legs to stand on. They don't know how to defend it and they don't even know why they have that opinion except for, you know, some talk show host said it or, you know, some magazine said it, you know. Find out. Find out. If you find out, it might scare you.

GLENN: Joe, I read a story today that you said a vote for Barack Obama is a vote against Israel. Why do you say that?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Well, you know, a couple of reasons. He looked at his past associations, Glenn, they're scary. I mean, you've got Reverend Wright. I know he likes to disassociate himself with that.

GLENN: You can't.

JOJOE THE PLUMBER: If it was my reverend and I did that, it would be a slap in the face to him. Anyway, you got the guy Rasheed Khalidi, you know, spokesman for the PLO, the fact that they have been friends. You know, from what I've understood and what I've read, this is what I've gathered and these are the -- 

GLENN: No, Khalidi, it is my understanding, I'm looking at one of my researchers to make sure that this is accurate. Khalidi, the relationship with Khalidi includes Barack Obama's family, his children being baby-sat by the Khalidi parents.

JOE THE PLUMBER: That's pretty serious, man. I mean, so, you know, if I wasn't -- being an American that makes me even wonder more. I mean, that's just, that's serious stuff, real serious. Anyways, Barack has engaged the enemies of America. Not, you know, Iran, which you've done a great thing about bringing that up to the surface but, you know, he's engaged Iran. These people talked about wiping Israel off the -- you know, turning them into a parking lot and here, you know, presidential candidate wants to talk to him without any kind of conditions and actually even had the President try to take some conditions to us. You know, we're Americans, man. You don't dictate to us. span>

GLENN: Are you concerned at all, Joe? You are just a public citizen. Even Bill Clinton when it came, he used the IRS as a weapon. I mean, the IRS was investigated for tax fraud. I believe the entire time of the Clinton administration. They found nothing on anyone at the NRA but it was just to keep tying them up and tying them up and making their life miserable. Are you concerned at all with a guy or an administration that always is using, well, you are just a racist, you are a hate monger, you are this. Are you concerned about any kind of retribution for what you've said if Barack Obama happens to become President?

JOE THE PLUMBER: You know, it's been in the back of my mind and, you know, some of my friends are, you know, saying I'm not going to stand close to you, man, you're going to get shot. And, you know, God, I hope America's not that bad where, you know, someone would do that because I don't want to get shot. So it's in the back of my mind. Hopefully they don't do it. As far as that goes, you know, the IRS and, you know, using it as a weapon, you know, that's why I'm a big proponent of the flat tax, you know, get rid of the IRS and go that route. Democrats always talk about fair. What's more fair than that?

GLENN: What would you say to people who say, you know, just, A, I don't want to do it, I mean, it's just too much; I'm not a political person; I don't want to get involved; I don't want to stand up. They're afraid to or they're just, they're just unwilling to stand up. What do you have to say to the average American about the time we live in?

JOE THE PLUMBER: Honestly they got the same feelings I got. I mean, until, you know, I actually asked Obama a question, I felt the same way, disenfranchised with the whole ridiculous system of politics in America right now. I mean really, I mean, how can I get up there and, you know, tell them I'm upset without coming off as sounding, you know, like a hate monger or something like that. The problem with that, they are up there spending our money, you know, just roughshod, you know -- you know, they don't represent us anymore. They get up there and they forget all about what they promised and they go do what they want. As far as the average American, where is his voice at? He doesn't really get to say, guys, whoa, whoa, what are you doing there, man, you know, stop. Stop spending my money, you know, stop digging in my pockets. They don't have a voice. And, you know, that's quite the only reason why I've even carried on. I'm actually a private guy. You know, I have a close group of friends and that's about it, but I've been given a responsibility, I believe, to, you know, keep talking. I keep getting letters, I get phone calls. You know, a 72-year-old guy called me up last night, you know, not crying but I mean, he was really upset, "You know, hey, I've worked all my life, I'm 72 years old and, you know, the stock market took a dump and now I have nothing. What are me and my wife going to do." You know, I don't have an answer for that guy, you know. I said, you know, I'll pray for you and, you know, I pray that something turns around for you, sir. But, you know, I don't have that answer but if I can get your message out there, I will. So that's why I'm still, you know, I'm not seeking the spotlight. I don't actually like my face on TV or any of that stuff and, you know, people can believe me or not. That's going to be their opinion. But, you know, they are going to hear the message, though. I'm going to keep on talking for middle class people that, you know, contact me. So, you know, that's why I'm out here, brother.

GLENN: I've got to tell you, Joe, you are more plain spoken, you are right on the money more than 80% of the politicians I have talked to in the last five years. You keep going, brother. Thanks a lot.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Hey, thanks a lot, Glenn. I really appreciate the time with you, brother.

GLENN: You got it. We'll talk to you again. Joe the plumber.

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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