Glenn Beck talks with Dr. Keith Ablow



Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty



by Keith Ablow

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. We have Oleg on the phone. We're going to go to her in just a second, or him. I'm not really -- anyway, he's from the former Soviet Union and he says, Americans, you don't know how great communist policies are. You are right, I missed all of that in the history books. So we're going to go to him in just a second because it sounds fantastic. But we also have Dr. Keith Ablo on the phone, and I want to talk to Keith for just a second about, he is a psychiatrist and, Keith, you still have your practice?

ABLO: Yes, I do.

GLENN: And, you know, you're one of the big cheeses and have been on television for a long time, had your own show, Today Show, et cetera, et cetera. You kind of just watched psychiatric trends really and help people kind of, you know, weather the storms that everybody may be going through. I talked to you a little bit last night about the storms that I think are coming our way are going to be very similar to what people were feeling right after 9/11 where they kind of lost a sense of security. They lost a sense of self. They didn't know what was real anymore and they could depend on. Would you agree with that, that that's why people are starting to move again?

ABLO: I think that's absolutely right, and I think you have your finger on the pulse of that trend, Glenn, because not only is it a question about when will the economy repair itself, when can I look forward to being less financially stressed and having my self-esteem restored, now I think there's an additional variable which is what is my country likely to be like, what is this part of myself that I consider to be an American is changing in a way that I feel I have little control of.

GLENN: Do you have any --

ABLO: I think people don't know exactly where we're headed.

GLENN: Okay. So how does that -- play this out for me. I mean, to be an American is a very important thing to many Americans. I mean, there's a lot of people who are like, "Hey, we're not any, you know, better or worse than anybody else." But Americans, the founding of this country for a profound number of Americans, what we have always stood for for freedom and small government, et cetera, et cetera. To have that change and -- you know, Stu and I were talking about it earlier today. You know, the difference between the socialism in Sweden or anywhere in Europe and here is over there they voted for it and it changed slowly. This is just the imposing of real socialist machinery on the country, and we didn't really have a say in it. We had one election and then, boom, all of this has happened. How is this going to play out in people's heads, Keith?

ABLO: I think it remains to be seen, but I'm concerned. I think that, yes, people do care this is part of their self-concept. The notion of being American, that you can fix your own problems, that if liberty is at risk, whether here or abroad, that there's a court of last resort called the United States. People internalize this. It empowers them. And not just entrepreneurs. It empowers working people who feel competent, who feel like they are part of a force in the world. I think now that is a kind of -- the rudder of that ship is adrift and I think that people not only question where will I be economically but what will I be in terms of my national identity. And what if it doesn't match all of these things that I've internalized since I was being a powerful and independent person committed to liberty.

GLENN: Dr. Keith Ablo is with us. Let me share this with you. I had a police officer who's an Insider post something and he said -- the Insider is our premium membership website thing. And he posted something and I read it the other day and in it he said, "Look, I've been a cop in Tennessee for a very long time, and I would have never, ever seen this stuff coming. I wouldn't have believed it a year ago." And he said he can't tell me how many people he runs into that are currently quoting the Declaration of Independence. And he said, "I'm very concerned about, you know, how people are viewing the future and their role, et cetera, et cetera" because it is unstable. How, Keith, how do we empower people in their own lives to make sure that they know they are in control of their own destiny but we don't create a situation to where people want to pick up arms and go get the people in Washington. You know what I mean? How do you -- this is a very delicate balance because people feel like their government has betrayed them.

ABLO: I think that it is very delicate, Glenn, and I think that you do that by reminding people that they're individuals with choices and that no one, despite the way a system can change, can deprive them of the daily choices they make about how they conduct themselves, nor are they yet or in the foreseeable future hopefully deprived of their votes and so I think that the way to empower them is to say, look, you still have a pen in your hand. You are going to participate in writing the next chapter of our collective histories together and be acutely aware. Listen. Learn. Really think about the direction that we're headed because you know what? You're still empowered to impact that direction. Don't put your pen down. Don't put your mind aside and hope that the momentum of what we've known to be our nation is going to continue in the same direction because it doesn't feel that way. And that's causing people an awful lot of anxiety. You've got to tell them, listen, you really still can chart the course of this country. You've got to get more information, you've got to look at things realistically about what's really happening. You know, people carry this deep in their souls. They may have been told "I love you" by a parent who was hurting them and they get confused. I see in my patients for the first time in 16 years that their doubt about whether they are being told the truth about who we are and who we're becoming as a people is weighing on them in terms of their mood and anxiety level on a daily basis.

GLENN: That's significant, Keith. In your profession what you're seeing come into your office as this, how significant is it?

ABLO: I think it's a sea change. I think this is tremendously significant. Listen, I've had -- you know, I've talked with people who have been violent. I've talked with people who have suffered through major depression. I've counseled families when the spouses are considering divorce or have divorced or God forbid have lost a child. I have not had, in a decade and a half of experience at the front lines of psychiatry, I have not had one after another individual, regardless of his or had your stature socioeconomically coming in saying, "Well, I just don't know what to believe anymore. I don't know if I believe in my company and I don't know if I believe any of these politicians and I don't know if I believe in myself because last time I checked, the decisions that I thought I made that were good and decent about where I lived or how much money I was saving or where I was investing, you know, I believed all these things. I thought I was, you know, at least smart enough to manage my feelings. So I'm not sure I can believe in myself anymore."

GLENN: Wow.

ABLO: This is a very dangerous time because you know, as I do, that at times like this people can look for a charismatic voice that takes them in any direction because they feel directionless, and you don't want to go in the wrong direction. People are vulnerable to that.

GLENN: Keith, I'm concerned about our children. I remember the first time I saw my father cry and it was a big deal because my dad didn't cry. Unlike my kids who, you know, they walk into a room and I'm, you know, reading -- you know, I'm reading the back of a cereal box and I'm crying and they're like, oh, jeez, Dad's crying again. But for the first time in my children's lives besides September 11th, they have seen me cry and it will be because I get off the phone with a friend who is losing their house or I watch something in the news and I see and I know what it means and I've noticed that they don't -- you know, usually they make fun of me when I cry. They don't now. They'll stand there and they'll look down and then they will just slowly look back up at me. And I'll say it's okay. I think this is happening in a lot of homes where the adults either know that they are going to lose their house or they are fearful for their country or they don't know what's going on and there will be whispered conversations perhaps with the adults or they will see -- kids aren't stupid. They see the emotion and they don't -- what does it mean to them and what is the best way to handle this with our children?

ABLO: Well, I think what it means to them is a kind of, you know, sphere of anxiety that's around them that they can't quite define, right, because unless you are a teenager and, you know, more aware of things and sampling the news and hearing this from your, you know, teachers in school, if you are 6 or 10 years old, what you have is sort of vague sense that things are not right. This is the breeding place, right, for later depression and anxiety and sleeplessness and questions about your self-worth. You know, my kids notice that 7 and 10 years old the dads are at the bus stop, more dads than before. Why? Why is our neighbor at the bus stop now? Well, he lost his job. Now, what does that -- will they be able to stay our neighbors, right, and what does that mean to them? Can we keep our house? I think what you have to say, you have to be able to tell your kids the truth about the circumstances but also bring them to this reality which is that the thing that can't be taken from us is that we're a family and if you're lucky enough that your house isn't threatened, you say, no, we're not leaving here. But listen, God forbid we had to, guess what, we'd be going together and here's what, we can change. You know, we're still going to sit down to dinner every night. We would even do that if we were living in a house a third this size. And we could, you know. You know, because I have a particular perch, Glenn, as you do. You have a pulpit. You listen to people. In my office in 16 years, I haven't had a single person ever come in and say, "You know, I'm upset with my dad or mom." These are adults coming in. "Because when I was growing up they didn't have a lot of money."

GLENN: Right.

ABLO: Never. It's always a question of what was the quality of their love.

GLENN: Keith, how do you explain to people who are losing -- because it seems to me like empty rhetoric, but I know it to be true because I've lost everything before, and I said to a good friend of mine who was losing everything, I said, you're not defined by what you have, and when you can come to grips with losing it and know that you're not losing who you are and your family is going to be fine and it will be a good time for your family because you will lean on each other. You'll struggle but you'll come through it. You'll be better for it. It seems like it's empty to most people. They will kind of -- I can feel it. They will roll their eyes. I've lived it. How do you explain that? What should you say to your friends?

ABLO: Yeah, and one thing that you explain -- here's the way that I explain it I'd say this. That to deny your pain would be to impoverish yourself.

GLENN: What does that mean?

ABLO: Of course it's painful to contemplate not having material possessions that you once did. But to be able to say that in the midst of that you are tapping a core strength heretofore potentially unknown to you, your ability to survive and to render assistance to others I think can be a way out of feeling helpless where you say, listen, this is a calamity of sorts and now to extract the best from it, you are going to have to reach deep down and show who you are as a person, what your family's like as a family, what kind of neighbor can you be and what are you going to do in the face of this, what resources can you bring to bear. It's one thing to feel so ashamed that you've lost your job that you can't pick up the phone. It's another to call 20 friends and say, "Hey, listen, I'm in a tough spot here. I'm calling you because there aren't -- you know, there are a dozen and a half people in the whole world, I could use some help. Can you think with me about what my next move should be." There is help out there and guidance and there's that certain knowledge that you're connected to other people and you're never powerless. They can't take that away from you unless you give it away.

GLENN: Okay. Keith, I'd love to have you on again next week and I want to talk to you a little bit about, I think that there is a coming addiction problem in this country of prescriptions.

ABLO: Well, there is.

GLENN: Agree?

ABLO: Nobody wants to feel pain. Where do they go? Alcohol and drugs.

GLENN: Yeah, okay. So we'll talk. I'll talk to you again next week. Dr. Keith Ablo. Thanks, man. All right, bye-bye.

Just, we've just got to watch each other. We really have to watch each other. And if your spouse is thinking about going to a doctor and Xanax and everything else, please, as somebody who has experience in the family on this, please, please be careful.

 

On "GlennTV," host Glenn Beck argued that the World Health Organization has been knowingly helping the Communist Party of China spread disinformation about the coronavirus.

Why?

Well, it turns out that the current WHO director-general is a politician from Ethiopia (the very first director without a medical degree) — and apparently Ethiopia owes China a lot.

"This outbreak has revealed the WHO as nothing more than a Chinese Communist front," Glenn said. "China knew early on just how dangerous the coronavirus was, how it spread, how fast it spread, and the fatality rate, but were more concerned with getting the blame than protecting lives. So, they had their front man, the World Health Organization, tell the world there was nothing to worry about."

On Jan. 14, the WHO repeated the Chinese Communist Party's claim that the coronavirus does not travel human to human.

On Feb. 3, WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade" to combat the spread of COVID-19.

On the exact same date, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China released a statement criticizing President Trump for restricting travel to China.

"[S]ome countries, the US in particular, have inappropriately overreacted, which certainly runs counter to WHO advice. The US government hasn't provided any substantive assistance to us, but it was the first to evacuate personnel from its consulate in Wuhan, the first to suggest partial withdrawal of its embassy staff, and the first to impose a travel ban on Chinese travelers. What it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a very bad example. Even American media and experts doubted the government's decision, saying that the US government's restrictions on China are precisely what the WHO rejects, that the US is turning from overconfidence to fear and overreaction, and that banning the entry of visitors who traveled to China in the past 14 days is suspected to be violating civil rights instead of reducing risks of virus spreading," spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Hua went on to say, "As the WHO Director-General noted, China is setting a new standard for outbreak response."

Indeed, Tedros has been very consistent in his praise for China's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The steps China has taken to contain the outbreak at its source appear to have bought to the world time," he told the Munich Security Conference in mid-February.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn discussed claims that the Obama administration depleted and never replenished the federal supply of emergency gear, including N95 respirator masks, during the H1N1 flu, or swine flu epidemic, in 2009.

Last month, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, reported that the Obama administration used, and failed to restock supplies of N95 respirator masks, and ignored recommendations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should replenish the "Strategic National Stockpile." Read more on this here.

USA Today followed up with a fact-check article titled, "Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?"

On Sunday, 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of "failing to prepare our nation to respond."

President Trump fired back, "You and Obama depleted America's stockpile of N95 masks after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. You were advised to replenish the national stockpile but FAILED. STOP LYING AND EXPLAIN!"

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,359,010 (up from 1,284,805 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 75,906 (up from 70,906 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 293,454 (up from 271,782 yesterday)
  • Still Just 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% yesterday, and down from the 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 367,650 Confirmed Cases and 10,943 Deaths, up from 336,851 cases and 9,620 cases yesterday
  • The US currently has 336,897 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1.2% of the US Population tested
Motor City Nightmare: More Than 700 Employees in One Detroit Hospital System Test Positive https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/491484-more-than-700-employees-at-one-detroit-hospital-system-test-positive-for
  • Hundreds of staff at a Detroit-area hospital system have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Dr. Adnan Munkarah of the Henry Ford Hospital Campus confirmed 731 cases of the coronavirus among employees at the hospital, accounting for 2 percent of the hospital system's 31,600 employees.
  • As many as 1,500 at another hospital in the state have reported symptoms similar to coronavirus, though those numbers are not confirmed cases.
  • "If we are to test the whole population, you are going to see large numbers of people who are testing positive...Testing positive is just a measure of how contagious this virus is." said the hospital director.
  • "Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety is a top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic," Munkarah said in a separate statement Monday evening confirmed the total number of positive test results.
  • "We know we are not immune to potential exposure and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team," he added.
  • Detroit, Michigan's largest city, has seen a surge of coronavirus cases in recent days while the state itself has seen just over 17,000 cases of the virus – the third-largest total of any state in the U.S. More than 5,000 of those cases were reported in Detroit, where hundreds have died.
The Invisible...Invisible Enemy: Can COVID-19 Hide In Cells? https://www.the-sun.com/news/645016/fears-coronavirus-hide-cells-reactivate-recovered-patients-test-positive/
  • COVID-19 may be able to remain in the body and "reactivate" later after 51 recovered patients tested positive again.
  • The patients, from the city of Daegu, South Korea, had all spent time in quarantine while recovering from the disease but were diagnosed again within days of being released.
  • The center said it did not believe the patients had been reinfected, but that the virus had remained at undetectable levels in their cells and later "reactivated".
  • The claim runs contrary to the bulk of current evidence about how the virus works.
  • Investigators said the most likely explanation was that the clearance samples for the patients were false negatives, a common issue with nasal swab tests.
  • "Still, we remain vigilant and open to the possibility that the virus can remain dormant for some time," Dr Leong Kwok, Director of Viral Epidemiology at the National Health Institute in Seoul said.
Maybe Don't Go To the Grocery Store After All https://www.foxnews.com/health/los-angeles-braces-itself-more-coronavirus-deaths-warns-residents-not-go-shopping-warns-residents-not-to-go-out-shopping
  • With coronavirus related deaths spiking in Los Angeles County and "a critical week" ahead, health officials advised residents on Monday to stay at home and avoid shopping to limit the spread of the virus.
  • "If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether," said public health department Director Barbara Ferrer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • Officials confirmed 420 new coronavirus cases in the county and 15 deaths on Monday.
  • Over 6,360 cases and 147 deaths have been reported since the outbreak started, per data from Johns Hopkins.
Mexico's Slow Response May Cause Problems for Texas https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/mexico-slow-response-coronavirus-texas-us-15181201.php
  • As recently as March 15, some 40,000 concert goers crowded into the Foro Sor venue for the popular Vive Latino music festival.
  • Tourists from Europe and the United States were able to enter the country without any restrictions until late last week.
  • Restaurants, airports, subways and grocery stores remain open in Mexico City, though churches and large markets have closed.
  • The rapid spread of the COVID-19, however, has begun to increase the urgency of the government's response. Mexican health authorities reported on March 16 that the country had 82 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two weeks later, the number swelled to nearly 2439, including 125 deaths.
  • Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell, who two weeks ago dismissed US social distancing restrictions as "an extreme tactic" and "irresponsible" is now urging citizens to "stay at home, stay at home, stay at home."
  • "If you have food at home, stay home. There is no reason good enough to go out, period," he said.
  • Mexico is just one of many nations that reacted slowly to the coronavirus pandemic, in large part because government leaders failed to understand how contagious the virus is.
  • President Lopez Obrador spent the first half of March dismissing the gravity of the virus, encouraging Mexicans to frequent restaurants and posting videos of himself in crowds, kissing babies.
  • He said Mexico's spirituality would protect the country against the virus and made a public display of pulling out two religious amulets that he said would be his shield.
  • Mexico shares over 1,200 miles of border with the United States.
Hong Kong Closed to All Foreign Travelers, Indefinitely https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3078633/coronavirus-five-hong-kong-residents-flown-back
  • The city extends its ban on arrivals after most cases over past two weeks have come from overseas.
  • Only six of 24 newly infected yesterday are local transmissions, but all are linked to entertainment venues already closed.
  • All entertainment venues are closed until further notice.
  • Hong Kong recently issued a new state of emergency order revoking travel into the country from any outside nation, including China.
  • The order will prevent Hong Kong from 'opening up' it's economy through at least early May
Drug You Can't Pronounce May Be Saving Lives https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/04/06/democrat-karen-whitsett-coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trump/2955430001/, https://abc7.com/coronavirus-drug-covid-19-malaria-hydroxychloroquine/6079864/
  • A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the coronavirus.
  • State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.
  • "It was less than two hours" before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.
  • Elsewhere, a Los Angeles doctor said he is seeing significant success in prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The drug has been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 by President Trump among others, but it remains controversial as some experts believe it is unproven and may not be effective.
  • The drug has long been used for treatment of malaria and conditions such as lupus and arthritis but is not technically approved by the FDA for COVID-19. The agency, however, is encouraging trials and has provided limited emergency authorization for its use to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.
  • "Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," Cardillo told Eyewitness News. "So clinically I am seeing a resolution very consistently."
Belt and Road, COVID-19 Style https://spectator.us/italy-china-ppe-sold-coronavirus/
  • After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country's significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread.
  • Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells The Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.
  • "Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help China protect its own population,' the administration official explained. 'China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy — some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it."
  • China also recently donated PPE to Sweden and Spain, with many doctors reporting that masks and respirators included in the shipment were defective or already used.
  • "Someone got very sloppy," said a senior health official in Spain. "It must have been a mistake."

"This was a sneak attack, like a thief in the night."

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

"We will win and declare a great victory for our country."

All of these are direct quotes from President Donald Trump, all uttered since March 1st of this year.

And of course, all of them ring decidedly true and make perfect sense. Even Trump's most ardent opponents have referred to the current situation in which America finds itself as a once in a generation emergency, and that we should be on a wartime footing. They've called for more and more power to be handed to, no, more explicitly they've called for more power to be taken by the President to do battle against "The Invisible Enemy," everything from commandeering manufacturing plants to logistics and shipping companies to pharmaceutical manufacturing and research, to nationalizing the banking sector and all mortgages.

On the other hand, the President has preferred to form a partnership with private industries to wage the war. Turning to America's great companies to produce masks, respirators, ventilators, medicine and vaccines that will ensure our country can and will prevail.

The United States – and the entire world – is engaged in a great battle, against an unseen enemy. An enemy that threatens to kill our people and destroy our nation and our way of life. It's an enemy that we have seen and fought before, as a people. We have faced this enemy throughout human history, over and over we've had to battle it. All of us are descendants of survivors of the countless previous wars that humanity has had to fight against this hidden enemy of man.

The enemy is a disease. The enemy is a virus.

The enemy is not SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus.

No, the virus we're battling against is Slavery.

Call it what you want. Socialism. Collectivism. Communism. Statism. Despotism. A one-world government. Those are all forms of the same thing: some people's individual liberty captured for the betterment and benefit of others. All of those are forms of enslaving some men to the will and needs of others.

A virus is a biological construct. It's a biological disease caused by a virus, an unliving, unthinking sliver of organic material and takes over cells to turn them into factories that produce more viral particles to take over more cells until, ultimately, the host is killed. Doing battle against a virus requires treating both the symptoms caused by infection as well as finding a vaccine that can destroy the virus itself.

But slavery is a political and moral construct. It's a social disease caused by an immoral idea, spread by unthinking, unfeeling human beings who transmit the disease to others turning them into factories that produce more unthinking, unfeeling human beings. They take over the lives of more and more people within a society or a country until that country is destroyed. Doing battle against slavery requires treating both the symptoms caused by the infection within a society as well as finding a cure that can destroy the idea itself.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war. He's also correct, we have fought this type of war before.

But this is not a war against a coronavirus. That's child's play. Terrible though it may be and despite the thousands of lives we may lose to COVID-19, it's relatively straightforward how to defeat it. Prevent the spread, find a cure. And we will. America and the world will survive this pandemic as it has survived a million others in our past. Each of us is the descendent of survivors of a thousand biological plagues.

The President rightly stated, we cannot let the cure for COVID-19 be worse than the disease itself. And he has the right idea in terms of the outcome here: we can't let our response to coronavirus destroy the American economy.

But saving the American economy isn't really the objective. A healthy, productive American economy that enables people to generate wealth and accumulate things is a consequence, an outcome, it's not a cause in itself. What has enabled the American economy to be the most robust and powerful engine for human ingenuity, productivity and wealth generation in world history is individual liberty? Men free to think and build, to seek new achievements and to be rewarded for doing so, to collaborate with each other, to challenge and compete with each other, driving each other to be smarter, to work harder, to find the better way to solve problems.

That is America. That is the battle we're in, what we're fighting to save. Beating COVID-19 is easy, it's only a matter of time. This particular virus may be new to us, but we know the formula for its defeat, much like the long-march to destroy the NAZI war machine in World War II, the writing was on the wall long before Berlin fell. Germany's defeat was inevitable once America entered the war. So too, the defeat of SARS-CoV-2 is already a foregone conclusion, the application of human ingenuity and thousands of years of human inventiveness and knowledge ensures our ultimate victory over this latest scourge.

But that is not the great threat. If the cure for COVID-19 is the slavery of some men for the benefit and betterment of others, then perhaps it would be better for COVID-19 to take us all. If the cost of defeating the biological virus is that we succumb to the political and moral disease of collectivism, then Trump's fear will have been proved right and the cure will have been worse than the disease.

Look at what's being proposed here. In the US, the government should take over every major industry, from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to grocery and food delivery to airlines to shipping and transportation. Construction, take it over! Banking system, take it over! Stock market, take it over!

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.
Ostensibly designed to fight COVID-19, but made permanent to enable the UN to fight future pandemics, as well as the ongoing pandemic of Climate Change…oh, and Poverty and Income Inequality, and sexism and nationalism and a thousand other isms they believe are unfair.

The United States is less than 5% of the World's population, but we represent over 25% of the world's GDP. So, the UN is effectively proposing that about 4% of the population transfer 10% of our wealth each year to support the remaining 96% of the human race, including supporting countries who are our enemies and who seek our very destruction.

What is proposed here is nothing short of the permanent enslavement of the United States for the betterment and benefit of every other national on earth.

There is no doubt the human race will survive COVID-19. Human beings have survived a thousand similar pandemics with barely more than a blip in our progress as a species.

But the plague of collectivism, the idea that some men should be slaves to others, that some people have some sort of right to lay claim to the intellect and productive energy of others, that is the real battle. That is the true invisible enemy that we must yet again defeat.

Ask yourself, would you have some right to charge into Mike Lindell's My Pillow bedding factory and point a gun at him and his workers to force them to produce cotton face masks to avoid being shot? No, of course the idea sounds preposterous and all rational thinking human beings would clearly see that as an immoral, criminal act. And yet many people are proposing that we do exactly that, just the gunman wears a blue UN Helmet or carries a US Marshall's badge.

Alternatively, does Mike Lindell have the right to choose to convert his factory over to making cotton face masks, at his own expense and to pay his workers to make those masks instead of making pillows? Yes, that is moral, that is a human being engaged in activity that he believes to be virtuous and right and, yes, for the love of all that is holy — profitable.

Just as with COVID-19, the defeat of all forms of slavery should be an inevitability. And yet from every corner of our country, the call is for the forced enslavement of some people for the benefit of others.

President Trump has this right. We cannot let the cure for COVID-19 come at the cost of our economy. And if that is the objective, then it is our original principles: individual liberty, freedom of movement and speech, that is what must be defended. That is how we protect and restore our economy and our country. That is how we ensure that our children's children will also be descendants of survivors of plagues and pandemics, whether they are the biological - or the moral kind.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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