Glenn Beck: $134.5 billion mystery


Deroy Murdock


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GLENN: We have Deroy Murdock. He is with Scripps‑Howard, syndicated columnist, been following this. And you've been ‑‑ you are like the only one covering any of this. Can you bring him up, please, Dan? Are you there?

MURDOCK: Hello, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: You are the only one covering this, you and the Financial Times.

MURDOCK: It's pretty FT, you and me, all three of us.

GLENN: Why? Do you have any idea?

MURDOCK: I guess we can be charitable saying we've got the chaos in Iran going on here, all sorts of stuff happening, we've got the U.S. Open.

GLENN: U.S. open. I want to go through a couple of these inconsistencies here and see what you have and see if you can come up with any logical explanations to make this all go away because I think you and I both agree this could be nothing, but something's wrong.

MURDOCK: I wouldn't say it's nothing. The best‑case scenario is that this is a major counterfeiting operation or at least an attempt at a major counterfeiting prime, if you will. That's nothing when you are dealing with numbers like this. So this is a big story whether these are real bonds or fake bonds.

GLENN: Worst‑case scenario?

MURDOCK: Worst‑case scenario is that this is an effort by either Japan or China or some major country to unload a lot of dollars because they are afraid the dollar's going to tank and they are trying to get out early while they can without dumping so much that the entire world notices and they develop panic kind of like trying to sneak out of the room very quietly. And if you've got a major player like Japan or China, whichever it is, having that little confidence in the dollar because of our spending and printing money, that's a very, very bad sign.

GLENN: What would that mean to us?

MURDOCK: I think what it would mean is at some point bond traders and currency traders are pretty savvy people and if they start seeing that people are sneaking out of the room, then rather than a couple sneaking out, you get people rushing for the exits and if you have a real run on the dollar and the dollar drops by a major ‑‑ by a consistent amount, that pushes up gas prices, that slows down the economy, that increases our borrowing costs. That has an effect on the federal budget and it just creates even more economic headwinds which is exactly what we don't need right now.

GLENN: Okay. So here are the inconsistencies in this story. The smugglers have been identified in the press as Japanese nationals. Have you received any confirmation that they are Japanese nationals?

MURDOCK: People think they are Japanese but there's been no clear confirmation that they are.

GLENN: We talked to somebody, somebody who knows, protocol on, you know, embassies and everything else and ask them, if you arrest someone with a Japanese passport or an American passport, does the consulate know. He said it is standard operating procedure. This isn't a Banana Republic. This is Italy. It is standard operating procedure for the officials to notify the consulate that we have your citizens; they are being held for X, Y or Z. We called on Friday, we called the treasury, the Secret Service, the office of, what is it, budget and debt or something like that.

MURDOCK: The Bureau of Public Debt which is a division of the treasury department.

GLENN: Correct. We got the runaround with all three of them. We were then sent to whatever the Italy, you know, financial Secret Service is over there.

MURDOCK: The financial police, the (inaudible) it's called.

GLENN: Uh‑huh. And they sent us to the local police. The local police sent us to the Japanese consulate. The Japanese consulate said they didn't have anything. There's no one that will confirm or deny any part of this story of who they are, where they come from or if they are even being held.

MURDOCK: Remarkable, isn't it? You've got fingers pointing in every direction and mouths being covered. And no one will ‑‑

GLENN: Which leads you to believe ‑‑ the treasury said to me on Thursday, the bureau of debt.

MURDOCK: Public debt.

GLENN: Public debt, said that these are obvious fakes. Now, my problem with that was obvious fakes? It's taken you how many weeks to decide that they were obvious fakes?

MURDOCK: This is again very strange. This whole incident occurred on June 3rd. It took two weeks. June 17th was last Wednesday when I was working on this story and I saw this story from the ‑‑ well, let me back up a little bit. The Italian authorities according to Bloomberg had contacted the Securities & Exchange Commission to determine whether the bonds were real or fake. I contacted the SEC and the spokesman there said, "I think I'm going to decline to comment." So he wouldn't say what was going on. And then later that evening I saw a story from I believe Bloomberg saying that the treasury department, in fact, determined that they were fakes and this is according to treasury spokesman Steven Meyerhardt. That's Wednesday night. Then Thursday evening about 4:30, roughly 24 hours later, Reuters, which is a very well respected and well known international news agency authorities the authorities are still trying to determine whether the bonds are fake or real. This is 24 hours after the treasury department says they are fake. So again ‑‑

GLENN: Now, wait, wait. I have an update for you.

MURDOCK: Okay.

GLENN: On Friday, because I saw that Reuters story, too, and I said wait a minute, something's ‑‑ I mean, we were just told. How could this story be true with Reuters?

MURDOCK: Yeah.

GLENN: Reuters stands by their story. So we call the treasury back: The Secret Service issues a statement for air and the statement was, of everything that we have seen on the Internet, the photos that we have seen of these bonds on the Internet, tell us that they are most likely fakes.

MURDOCK: Isn't that remarkable?

GLENN: On the Internet?

MURDOCK: Isn't that amazing? You've got somebody walking around with $134.5 billion, not million, folks, billion with a B, $134.5 billion which would be equal to approximately 1% of our economy and about 3% of the federal budget if you do rough calculations and you would think over a two‑week period, 14 days, the United States government would manage to get some guys from the Secret Service, the treasury or whatever it is, SEC to hop on some planes, fly over to Italy, sit down with their opposite numbers, their colleagues from Italy and look at these things with magnifying glasses or microscopes or special pens or radars, lasers, whatever it is and say these things are fake or these things are real. And after two weeks you still have people saying, gee, I'm not sure. Reuters says they're not sure if they're fake or not; the treasury says they are. We still have a lack of clarity here. Over $134.5 billion question.

GLENN: They say that these ‑‑ this is according to the Bloomberg article that was early. They said these bonds were dated as of 1934, but $500 million bonds didn't exist in 1934. Police are still waiting for the declaration regarding the bond's authenticity from the SEC, yada, yada. How can anyone say that these would be indistinguishable if they were indeed dated 1934? It would make it a cartoon.

MURDOCK: It would, yeah. If they ‑‑ it would be like seeing an article, you know, newspaper talking about President Obama dated 1965 or something like that.

GLENN: Yeah, it doesn't ‑‑ it defies logic.

MURDOCK: Then if that's the case, then on Day One or Day Two they should have said people at the arrested at the Italian border carrying counterfeit documents, we've inspected them on the scene, everybody go back to work, there's nothing to see here. And instead after two weeks you still get these inconsistencies and these ongoing questions.

GLENN: Now, you have also that these would be counterfeit. If they would be counterfeit, just help me out on this. Again we may have cartoon characters counterfeiting money that think also the best way to kill people is to drop a safe from a window or a piano out of a window, right. And those people, there are stupid people. But generally speaking you can't make a counterfeit bond on your Xerox machine and so they make this counterfeit bond but they make them in denominations that no one has ever seen before.

MURDOCK: That's right.

GLENN: And they are apparently trying to fence something that only a government would have had.

MURDOCK: That is correct. If you are a counterfeiter and you want to make a fake document of whatever kind, you need a real document as a basis. Now, if you were going to make fake $20 bills, it's very easy. Go to the bank, get yourself a $20 bill and then you start making your copies. If you want to make fake $500 million bonds, which is what most of these were, 249 of them, you've got to get yourself a real $500 million bond as a model. Where do you get that? You don't just go to the bank and pick one up. You don't just walk into some insurance agents and say I'd like to borrow your $500 million bond. I don't think the Chinese or Japanese or Australian treasury department would say, yeah, go ahead and borrow our $500 million bond, just bring it back when you are done. So the question is how did even cartoon‑like counterfeiters as you describe them get their hands on one of these things? Now, it could be that they have got some insider who is slipping these things out after hours saying, okay, you've got the weekend, you know, bring it back before Monday morning, then I'll put it back in the safe. Even if that's the case, you've got yourself a leak somewhere in some major national bank who's letting this stuff slip out because these are not, they don't circulate pri vately, they circulate among governments.

GLENN: Don't they have serial numbers?

MURDOCK: I believe they have serial numbers, yes. And it ought to be pretty easy to trace and track and match the serial numbers with the countries that originally got these because again this doesn't trade like currency when you go pay for your groceries or go pay money to a cabdriver.

GLENN: If I had a ‑‑ let's just say I had a $500 million bond and they were real, okay? I mean, you know, they actually printed a $500 million bond and, you know, we found the suitcase over in Italy and you were the treasury. Wouldn't you be able to, over in Italy, call you in the treasury and say, "Hey, we just have this certificate; it's $500 million; it's serial number 117945," and the treasury be able to look that up and say that belongs to Glenn Beck?

MURDOCK: I would think so. I would think so. It's possible between 1969 when we stopped issuing bonds that size and now those records got lost, but I would think seriously that if the U.S. Government wants to keep track of its public debt, they would have those records. They should have those records.

GLENN: I don't think we would lose 500 ‑‑ where did I put that receipt for $500 million?

MURDOCK: I don't think we would lose receipts for that kind of money, I don't think so. I would think it might take a little while to dig them up but those records have to exist, they must exist.

GLENN: Deroy, just off the ‑‑ I don't even know if you want to go on record because you are not a conspiracy guy, you are not a ‑‑ I mean, you are a serious dude.

MURDOCK: I have my serious moments, yes.

GLENN: You want to go out on a limb and speculate on what you think this is going to end up being?

MURDOCK: It's hard to say. I think you can make a plausible argument for any of these things. This could be people who look like Japanese nationals but actually are North Koreans who are trying to do something either to get actual money or maybe just to create some confusion and harm the U.S. dollar and harm the U.S. economy by creating doubts about whether our bonds are legitimate or not. This could be a legitimate government trying to sneak out the door, if you will, quietly and unload some dollars before the dollar gets weaker. There is an argument that this was something done by the Italian Mafia. But if this were the Italian Mafia, why would they not just give the Brie case to some Italian citizens who speak the language, blend right in, can go across the border without being noticed. No, let's not do that. Let's find two Japanese guys, give them the briefcase and let them stand out and get caught. That doesn't make any sense.

GLENN: Is there any ‑‑ I mean, just the number sticks out to me and this is it. $134.5 billion. Exactly the amount of money that we had in TARP. Is there anything that would say to you that our government is double‑dealing on debt, issuing more debt than we are wanting to admit?

MURDOCK: Boy, this is a hell of a way to do it. I can't imagine that the U.S. Government, if we are trying to collect more money than we were able to, would engage in this sort of thing. I mean, the Fed certainly can create money. They just do it like that. That's easy.

GLENN: Right.

MURDOCK: It is interesting that this $134.5 billion figure matches the act amount of money that was left in the TARP account on March 30th.

GLENN: Coincidence.

MURDOCK: Isn't that odd, what a bizarre coincidence, how strange that is.

GLENN: But it is ‑‑ but you do believe it's just a coincidence?

MURDOCK: Who knows. This is a very, very strange case. Now, I can tell you that again the strangest continues. There's something called Turner radio network and they are reporting ‑‑

GLENN: No, I checked into that. No, no, Deroy, checked into that.

MURDOCK: I called and no one answered the phone. I thought that was odd.

GLENN: There's a reason. I'll explain that to you off the air.

MURDOCK: Okay.

GLENN: And I saw that today and it's ‑‑ uh‑uh. Deroy, thank you very much. We'll talk again.

MURDOCK: Very good. Thanks a lot. Bye‑bye.

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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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.

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.

You can find him on social media – Facebook, Twitter, MeWe