Glenn Beck: Most important man in America?


Saxby Chambliss


US Senator for Georgia

GLENN: Senator Saxby Chambliss. Senator, you have the greatest name given to any man alive.

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, I think so, too, Glenn, but Glenn's a pretty good name.

GLENN: Has anybody ever said Senator sexy Saxby Chambliss?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Listen, I've been called lots of names including that.

GLENN: Really? Listen, we wanted to get you on the phone because your race, you may be the stopgap of the 60 votes in the Senate or you may be the seat that causes that to happen for the Democrats. Do you have any comment on the place in history that you find yourself in today?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, Glenn, we're thinking about it in terms obviously of just being focused on our race and focused on reelection. We came within 8,000 votes out of 4 million of making it happen on November 4 and now we've got to make sure that all of our voters come back out. Obviously we do understand that the number 60 is a very critical number on the Democratic side and we know because of that they are working hard and spending a ton of money down here, Glenn, against us.

GLENN: I can't even imagine what they are spending. Explain the situation just a little bit. In Georgia you have to have at least 50%, otherwise you have to go into a runoff. You had 50% and then, of course, at the very last minute we're finding votes and now it's at, what is it, 49.8% that you have?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: That's right, 49.8. We were about 8,000 votes shy out of 4 million and the libertarian got about 3 1/2% and that's what threw it into a runoff. We actually beat my Democratic opponent by about 120,000 votes head to head but we didn't quite have enough folks to turn out frankly on election day. We had a 40-day early voting period and the Obama campaign, to their credit, did a good job of turning out Democrats and we didn't quite have enough Republicans to vote early or come on election day.

GLENN: Okay. So I saw a disturbing poll from the American people yesterday that said they don't have a problem with concentrated power in one party. They don't seem to have a problem. Do the voters in Georgia understand how important your race is?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, we're doing our best to educate them. Obviously that's part of our campaign to make sure that we do maintain the ability to stop bad legislation or shape bad legislation and if you give the Democrats a blank check, which certainly 60 votes would do, then they are going to enact legislation that a majority of Georgians are not in favor of and that certainly is part of our campaign.

GLENN: Give me some of the ideas that you think that they are going to do.

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, there's no question but one of the first things they are going to do is try to reinstate the moratorium on offshore drilling and the only way we can combat that is with legislation, and it's imperative, obviously if we move toward energy independence, we've got to have that. The card check is going to be a major piece of early legislation and taking away the secret ballot, which is a fundamental right. Raising taxes, you know, as I've been around the state, Glenn, which we did obviously on a regular basis leading up to the general election, I heard small business person after small business person say, Saxby, I'm not going to expand my business, I'm going to sit tight if Obama gets elected because we can't afford to grow our business in the face of knowing we're going to have our taxes raised.

GLENN: Oh, I -- 

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: So I think those are some fundamental issues that people understand.

GLENN: Senator -- well, let me get it from you. Where do you think that we stand in our country's history right now? How critical is this time period in our country's history?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: You know, we're kind of at a crossroads, Glenn, like we've never been at before. I mean, we're not only facing a serious financial crisis like we haven't seen since the early Thirties but at the same time that we're trying to address that, we're also in an energy crisis and major decisions have to be made there, and we're also, we're still in a war and I don't know of any time in the history of our great country where we have had three major issues like that that an incoming administration, particularly a liberal administration like this is going to have to deal with and it's kind of scary when you think that they may have the opportunity to address those three issues with a filibuster-proof Senate.


GLENN: I had Orrin Hatch on the day of the election and he believes that the Constitution, we are at a place, the Constitution is hanging by a thread. I had Joe Lieberman on just a few minutes after that and he agreed with that sentiment. Would you agree with that?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: I think you are right. I mean, the framers of the Constitution intended for there to be a balance of power and that balance of power may blow in the winds if we're not careful. And one thing I'm sure Orrin probably talked to you about that I also have a concern about is judicial appointments. If they have the 60 votes, you can imagine the judges that's going to be going to the bench.

GLENN: We're entering a place where the judges -- and we've been flirting with this, but we're entering a place where these activist judges are -- I mean, no matter what the people say, they can vote and vote and vote and vote and it doesn't matter because the judges will say, "Well, sorry, not going to do it."

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Yeah. I mean, anytime you have judges who want to legislate from the bench, there are ways that they can do it, and we've been blessed with this current administration of the two appointments to the Supreme Court which I think are two of the finest jurists that we've ever had on the extreme court but just as importantly if not more importantly at the circuit court level and the district court level we've had an awful lot of good judges appointed and unfortunately the Democrats have not lived up to their commitment to have all of the circuit judges confirmed that were confirmed in the Clinton administration and now the Obama administration's going to have the opportunity to fill that large number of vacancies that's out there.

GLENN: Senator Chambliss from Georgia. You know, the problem with the Republican party right now as I see it and I feel from the American people is they don't stand for conservative values anymore. I mean, they just, I don't -- they are old style Democrats, quite honestly in many ways when it comes to spending. Where do you stand on the financial situation and the out-of-control bailout situation?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, what we found out is that it's much tougher to govern in the majority and maintain all of those principles, Glenn, but you are right. The American people are demanding that we move back toward the basics that Ronald Reagan set out there for us, and as a party we've simply got to do that. You know, we've got this financial crisis with a plan in place that Lord knows whether it's going to work or not. We all hope it does, but we need to give it a chance to work before we even think about coming back with, first of all, another stimulus. The first one didn't work. And now it doesn't make much sense to throw another $100 billion out there.

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: It won't be $100 billion. You know that and I know it. It will be $300 billion.

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: You are probably right. And secondly, with respect to what's being talked about with the automobile industry, there are so many fundamental deep seated problems in the automobile industry that there's got to be a total restructuring of that industry to fix it. Throwing money at it today's not going to work.

GLENN: Senator, hold on just a second. Network break. Back in a flash.

GLENN: When all is said and done, the Democrats may indeed have a 60-seat majority in the Senate. The only two times that that has happened, we got the New Deal and the Great Society. It's only happened twice. Most Americans say that's not a problem to have one -- I don't know what's happened to America but they say that it's not a problem to have one party control everything. This isn't your grandfather's Democratic party anymore. This is full-fledged leftists and Marxists that have control and have the Democratic party by the throat. What does that mean and who's going to stand in the way? There is one race yet to be won. It is a runoff in Georgia between Senator Saxby Chambliss and his opponent in Georgia. The Democrats are funneling money from all over the country into this race. This is probably going to be the most expensive Senate race of all time because things could hinge, the actual course of America may hinge on this one seat. Senator Saxby Chambliss is with us.

Senator, we were talking -- and thank you so much for holding, sir, across the break. We were talking a second ago about General Motors and the big three automakers. Are you for a bailout of the automakers?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: I'm not, Glenn. Listen, I've always bought American-made automobiles from one of the Big Three. I think it's important that we have domestic automobile makers but, you know, they have created so many internal problems themselves that unless you have a major restructuring of the American automobile industry, then throwing money at it's not going to fix it.

GLENN: They would argue that it's not them, it's the unions supported by congress and it's congress themselves that have said you need to have higher fuel emission standards and they said at the time we can't afford to retool our plants. Congress made them retool it. Isn't it -- this is their argument: Isn't it partially congress' fault for doing this to us?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, if you are talking about loan guarantees to allow them to retool, I'm much more sympathetic to that because we need more flex engines. We need more battery powered vehicles. But if you are talking about throwing money as they are asking for now, Glenn, just to give them cash flow between now and the end of the year, if they can't get that from their banks, then that's not the function of the federal government to step in and provide that because it will be more money, more money, more money the further it goes.

GLENN: Well, let me ask you this, tough question on -- the Big Three automakers, if they go down, that's about three million jobs. How do you sell that to the American people?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: I don't think it's going to be a matter of them going down. I think if worse came to worse, the free market operates, they could take some sort of course of action that would permit restructuring either voluntary or involuntary and that's simply what's got to happen. You look at the legacy costs that have been created with these companies versus the costs of their competitors out there.

GLENN: Do you believe that -- I mean you look at Toyota. They are paying their workers $48 an hour. General Motors and Ford are paying almost $78 an hour and that's because of the unions. Do you believe with this liberal congress and this President that, this coming President, there's any way they don't pay that debt to the unions and save those jobs, if you will, at that kind of a rate?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: I think you are already hearing Obama say that's a priority of his and if they have the filibuster-proof Senate, then I think we're probably headed in that direction and that would truly be unfortunate.

GLENN: Let me -- may I just go down a few issues because you may be the most important race in America. Well, you certainly are today but I mean, you are in a very unique situation, and Americans, it is their responsibility to seek out those people that will help further and protect the Constitution. So let me go through a couple of things. Will you stand against a steeper climb on the progressive tax system? Will you stand against higher taxes?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Glenn, I've never voted for a tax increase and I never will. That's not going to help this economy to raise taxes.

GLENN: Obama and the Democrats want to abolish Guantanamo and bring those cases into civil court. I have had attorneys tell me that if you bring 200 of these cases into federal court, it will shut our system down. Are you for dismantling Guantanamo and bringing these into federal court?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Glenn, I've been to Guantanamo three times myself. I've seen the type of prisoner that's down there. Having practiced law for 26 years before I got into politics myself, whoever made that statement about shutting down the American system is absolutely right and I'm not in favor of that. I'm in favor of making sure that prisoners have certain rights but to give these guys who want to kill and harm us the rights that every other prisoner has and even greater rights now in some instances, if you look at the court decisions I think is just, it's wrong and I would not be in support of moving those folks out of Guantanamo.

GLENN: I fear that there is going to be a back door deal between the unions and all these, for instance, the automakers who are desperate for cash and everything else that I fear that there is a -- there is going to be a slippery slope right into, let us remove your burden of healthcare. Will you stand against universal government-controlled healthcare?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Absolutely. I campaign hard on the fact that I never want to take the right of an individual, take away the right of an individual to choose their own doctor and with the new administration coming in, that's exactly the direction we're headed in.

GLENN: Did you stand against the prescription drug bill that Bush pushed?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: I wound up voting for that bill.

GLENN: Why is that?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Well, I thought that there were a number of seniors out there that, number one we could save money on instead of them going into a nursing home or having more emergency room expenses if they had drugs available to them. And secondly that there was competition injected into there. I think having access, hasn't cost us as much money as what we thought it might.

GLENN: We had two presidential candidates that both said bring on cap and trade, a carbon tax that will totally transform the economy in America. Are you for cap and trade?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: I have been opposed to the proposal that's been laid out there by actually a bipartisan proposal and the reason I am is there's simply got to be a balance here between destroying the rest of the manufacturing industry in this country and making sure that we leave this country cleaner than what we inherited. All of us want clean air. All of us want clean water for our children and grandchildren, and we can do it but we've got to strike that right balance of making sure that jobs don't leave America as a result of this. You know, we are the leader of the free world but if we don't have the Indias and the Chinas on board with us, they are going to take every single manufacturing job we have if we're not careful.

GLENN: I have only about 10 seconds. So I need a yes or no answer on this one. Is there any scenario in which you see yourself supporting the Fairness Doctrine?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: No.

GLENN: Senator Chambliss, where can people donate if they like what your views are?

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: www.saxby.org.

GLENN: Got it. Best of luck, senator, we'll talk again.

SENATOR CHAMBLISS: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye.

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."

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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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