Glenn Beck: Compean and Ramos update


Glenn Beck talks to the wives of Compean and Ramos on Fox News, January 19th, 2009. Watch Glenn Beck every weeknight on Fox News at 5pm ET.

GLENN: The two border agents, Compean and Ramos, were commuted. Last night President Bush commuted their sentences. They will be going home March I think 16th. I spend the day yesterday with Patty and Monica, their wives, and it was an amazing emotional day for them and many Americans who have been following this story. They are with me on the phone now. Hello, Patty and Monica.

CALLER: Hi.

GLENN: How are you?

CALLER: Good, great.

GLENN: What an amazing day we had yesterday.

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: You guys fly into Manhattan to be on the show where we were going to make one last plea to the president, and he pardons your husbands yesterday about 1:00 in the afternoon. You didn't even know. Somebody from my staff actually called -- Virginia from my staff called and I think talked to you, Patty, right?

CALLER: Right, she did.

GLENN: And told you the news. Have you guys talked to your husbands?

CALLER: Yes, I have. I have spoken with my husband and actually he should be listening right now. He listens to your show religiously. And I can tell you right now he heard it over one of the radio stations there as they were announcing it. However, he had to kind of do a double-take not really knowing if what he heard was correct and not believing it. So he waited again after a commercial. The deejay came back and said, you know, we have some breaking news, and he announced it again. And it was when my husband said he just, he was overwhelmed with such a feeling that his immediate reaction was he dropped to his knees and started praying. And it was very emotional for him.

GLENN: I have to tell you, guys, I really didn't think Bush was going to do this. I thought our best hope was for President Obama to do this, and I was really mentally gearing for, "Okay, let's go after President Obama and see if he'll try to make up some ground here with the right" and then George Bush does this. Which, have you thought, have either of you thought last night that's all about how you feel about President Bush? Has it changed since before you heard this news?

CALLER: President Bush, you know what, I just, all I am with him is grateful and just that's it. It's just very grateful and appreciative for him doing this. Even if it was at the eleventh hour, as they say. It's just, I think I will be grateful for him, to him for the rest of my life.

GLENN: We're talking to the wives of Nacio Ramos and Jose Compean, and they were -- their sentences were commuted last night, which means, if I can paraphrase what President Bush said in his statement yesterday, they will still have to live with the shame of breaking the law and dishonoring, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, which we happen to disagree on this. Do you guys feel that you will -- the guys will want to pursue cleaning up their name, or do you think you are all just pretty good at just walking away and saying, "All right, whatever"?

CALLER: Well, actually, you know, with the President saying that, you know, first of all let me just say that I am extremely grateful to the president. You know, we didn't expect it as well. So it was a decision that really probably weighed heavy on him, and we're extremely grateful. However, with that being said, you know, we are still fighting this. This is I guess the glory of having the commutation in a sense is that we will get to fight this still and continue to fight it in the United States supreme courts. If not, we have other avenues to pursue this. And yes, these men will continue to fight. I know on behalf of my husband I will say we will continue to fight to clean his name. The charges that still stands were those of, you know, the assault and the weapon charge, but we have to remember now with Davila pleading guilty, he's actually now come forward as, it just shows that he perjured himself in trial. And so there is a lot of avenues still not -- that was not, you know, taken that we will continue to take, to pursue, clear his name.

CALLER: That's guys were just doing their job -- I'm sorry, Glenn. These guys were just doing their job that day and because of that it's not over. This is just another -- this is a beginning of another chapter in this fight.

GLENN: You know, I have to tell you, I was thinking about it last night and I was thinking that this story bothered me from the beginning. At the very first I was on this story and I said, this is an outrage. Look at these, look at what is happening. And then I immediately backed off because I started getting word from very credible sources, "No, no, no, no." All of the things that the Senate had received, all of the things that the House had received that, "No, you don't know the whole story." All the things that Johnny Sutton had said. And I backed off this story, and I never said I wasn't for the guys but I was invisible on it and did it because something just didn't feel right. And it took me I think about three months of sitting with it and looking at it and doing some more homework before I realized, "Oh, my gosh." I mean, this story changed my point of view of the government in many ways. This story changed my point of view of what was even possible in America and our government, and do you feel how torn the country has been on both sides when they haven't examined it? They might think that you guys are, you know, your husbands are guilty but then as they start to examine it, did you ever want to shake America and just say, "No, please don't listen to the official story. Look for yourself and open your eyes."

CALLER: You know, it's funny that you say that because at home in El Paso, we're still hearing, yeah, they are saying, they've been commuted but, you know, they still committed a crime. You know, they keep on holding onto that, and that's a little frustrating for both of our families and people who actually know all the facts. A lot of people are just basing opinions -- because that's what it is. It's an opinion of this case on different pieces that they get, they get from the media. And yeah, it's a little frustrating but as long as we know the truth and we're fighting to clear their names, I think, you know, thank you very much for your opinion and move on, not let it affect our lives, I think.

GLENN: This audience, as well as many other groups of people all around the country, they have been praying, they have been financially supportive, they have written, they have called, they have done so much for such a long period of time. I'm sure there's something that I don't even know if you can verbalize. Do you want to say anything to the people who are listening now, who have been with you the whole time?

CALLER: I would just like to send my heartfelt appreciation, much gratitude for everybody including you, Glenn, who have completely supported us in this, who actually took the time to look into this case, see that there was an injustice here, you know, for never giving up on us. It's because everybody who has helped us and written those letters. I don't know that it would have gotten to this point without their help, and on behalf of my husband and I, we would just love to say thank you for everything you've done and I hope that you-all will continue on this journey with us because it is far from over. It's like Compean said, it's just the beginning of a new chapter.

CALLER: And then I would like to thank on behalf of my family and my husband, also, just, it's been a ride and, you know, this is the beginning of another one, like I said and, you know, just thank you. We would not have gotten this far without everybody's love and support. And, you know, the cards, they talk about our husbands being heroes. Well, in our guys you guys are our heroes because you guys decided, chose to be our voices and stand up for us and were so passionate about it and still are. You guys spoke when we couldn't and we're just completely grateful and for having the courage and just putting your integrity and your names out there, you know, on the line for us. You know, it's just been wonderful. Just thank you so much.

GLENN: Patty and Monica, I so appreciate you two and the way you've kept your family together and you fought with your men on this valiantly the whole time. And Monica, you know that -- I mean, you know how hard it was for us to get in to see both of your husbands. I mean, I think I was with you in Texas when we were going through this and, you know, they made it impossible for me to go and sit with them. So they wouldn't allow me to have a camera, they wouldn't allow me to have a tape recorder. I could come in with a pencil and paper. We can have Charlie Manson, but we couldn't have your husbands on television or radio. I hope we get the opportunity to talk to them when they get out and we would love to be there not in the personal side of it for, you know, you need your family time, but I hope we can show America your family finally being reunited when your men finally come home.

CALLER: Yes. Well, you will definitely be first.

GLENN: When you told the kids yesterday, because you weren't there, what was that phone call like?

CALLER: Actually I haven't told my two boys yet. I've told the family to hold off until I get home and actually be able to talk to the two little ones. My daughter, I didn't get a chance to tell her. My brother-in-law beat me to it. But when I did finally get to talk to her, she was very excited, very happy right now. I mean, it's a miracle for my children when my little one called me right away and said, is it true? Is Dad coming home? And I said, yes. And he says, today? And I said, no, baby, not today. As far as my 11-year-old, he's the one that fought on TV and he's not said much. He's the one that we're really worried about. This has really extremely affected him. He was pretty much connected to the hip with my husband. I think seeing is believing. When we cross that, he will really truly believe Dad's home.

GLENN: Well, anything we can do to help your son realize that what has been said about your husband in the media in his dad was not true, and your husband has been a remarkable servant of this country. Anything we can do to help your son understand that, you let us know.

CALLER: Thank you. I appreciate that.

GLENN: We love you very much, and congratulations to the whole family.

CALLER: Thank you.

GLENN: Thanks, guys.

 

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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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.

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