Glenn Beck: Bachmann responds

Congressman Michele Bachmann

Glenn: Michelle Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota, Congresswoman, how are you?

Bachmann: Oh, Glenn, I'm doing great and by the way, I heard that you were going to do the documentary later today. It's on my calendar. I can't wait to sit down later today to watch it.

Glenn: Thank you so much.

Bachmann: I think it will be explosive.

Glenn: Thank you so much. I appreciate it. You are one of the people that have been on the forefront ‑‑ I mean, here you are in Minnesota. I don't know how you got elected. Here you are in Minnesota ‑‑

Bachmann: I come from a tough neighborhood. Put it that way.

Glenn: And you are fighting tooth and nail and have been on the forefront of the tea party movement, really. I mean, you're one of the people that I could say safely, you're not a hidden progressive, you're not a hidden Republican. You've been there at the beginning when nobody, when it was ‑‑ when it was death to be part of this movement.

Bachmann: Before it was cool.

Glenn: Well, I don't know if it's are really going to be really cool. But here you are and you're with Arlen Specter who is ‑‑ I don't even know that I could say he's a progressive. He's just a political opportunist and has been from the very get‑go. What were your thoughts when he said to you not once but twice, act like a lady?

Bachmann: Well, I felt like he was talking down to me, like I was a little girl, like he was being stern and telling me ‑‑ he was barking and telling me to get back to the corner and be quiet

Pat: Not to the corner, Congresswoman. Back in the kitchen. Get me a sandwich, if you will.

Bachmann: I'm going to be 54 years old. I'm a mother of five kids. We raised 23 foster kids. I went ‑‑ I put myself through college. We came from very humble beginnings. I went through law school. I've been a tax litigation attorney. We started a business. We started a charter school for at‑risk kids. I mean, we ‑‑

Pat: That's your problem. You need to act like a lady. Get back in the kitchen. Get me a beer.

Glenn: Yes. But are you on the weekends wearing pants?

Bachmann: If this is how you treat women? I was floored. It was the first time I had are met him and I sat down next to him and I thought we were going to have a conversation about the last year under the Obama administration. Remember, this is right after the trouncing in Massachusetts by Scott Brown and it was really emblematic of me, Glenn, the arrogance, the out of touch arrogance of not listening to the people. He doesn't are to agree with me. He doesn't have to agree with him, but really isn't that what we're supposed to be doing in DC, stating your positions and making our arguments instead of being barked at to don't speak if you don't agree with me?

Glenn: Well, that's cute, little lady, but here's what ‑‑ I mean, I'm listening to you when you were talking to him and you made a great ‑‑ you made a great argument. You're saying, look. We created these things, less than 7 percent of the Obama administration, have any private sector experience. That's why it's calls big government and he says, well, prosperity, you said you voted for that, was never a bill. He doesn't even understand that prosperity ‑‑ he believes, as do the progressives in the administration and all through Congress, especially those who have been there far too long, they create prosperity. They actually believe that prosperity comes from some sort of bill in Washington.

Bachmann: As a matter of fact, the very first statement that Senator Specter said in the entire clip ‑‑ I realize you can't play the entire clip, but the very first statement Senator Specter makes the premise that government creates jobs and it isn't until later that I'm able to fully answer that and say government doesn't create any jobs. That's the problem. You people think that government creates jobs, but that's taking money away from taxpayers, out of the private sector to have government make work jobs. What we can do is create an environment for job creation, cutting taxes all the rest. We all know what that is and, really, this isn't rocket science. We could turn this country around next quarter if we wanted to do. All we have to do is put the fundamentals in place. Stop spending money, reel the money in that hasn't been spent, cancel programs, and dramatically cut taxes. No one should pay more than 22 percent in taxes, no one. No business should pay more than 9 percent in taxes. No one should are pay a ‑‑

Glenn: Hold on just a second.

Bachmann: Capital gains should be zero.

Glenn: Hold on, hold on.

Pat: Act like a lady.

Glenn: Pat, would you do me a favor? I'm just listening to her. Would you just turn down the lights a little bit? I mean, it was really ‑‑

Pat: It was sensual what she was saying.

Glenn: I mean, Arlen Specter could have been saying this to me and it would have still been sensual. That's like conservative libertarian porn that you're talking about, that you give people their own money. That's crazy.

Pat: Nobody pays more than 22 percent? I can't even fathom it. I can't even fathom it.

Bachmann: I just love prosperity. I love it. And if you look back in the recent history with the Cold War, the Soviet Union didn't lose the Cold War for lack of will. It was for lack of money, lack of rubles. As I look at our present situation, at what we're looking at in the next 5 to 8 years, max, because we are broke, dead broke. If question don't turn this around, that will impact our national security, without a doubt.

Glenn: Would you are ‑‑ I said this ‑‑ mark this down on your calendars. I said this, I think it was, in the early, early spring, maybe late winter, before the election, I said to Sarah Palin, would you are consider being Vice‑President if anyone asked you. Of she said, no, no, no, no, no. Michelle Bachmann, would you are consider running for President?

Bachmann: Oh, goodness. I haven't thought about that. Right now I'm Nancy Pelosi's No. 1 target to get rid of. She's slated me for defeat and I am her No. 1 target. All I think about now is trying to get reelected in a very tough neighborhood in Minnesota, Al Franken country.

Glenn: I would take that as a yes.

Pat: Sure, yeah.

Glenn: I'll take it as a yes, I'll do it, yes. Yeah. Good.

Bachmann: What did you just say?

Glenn: We just announced that you are going to run for ‑‑ whether you like it or not, you're going to run for President.

Bachmann: I'm running for reelection in the House and Senate. Look. I've got a bull's eye on my forehead and Nancy Pelosi is aiming for it.

Glenn: Whatever, whatever, whatever. Could you hang on? Do you have time?

Bachmann: Sure. You bet.

Glenn: Hang on just a second. We'll be back in just a second. I've got a couple of more questions that we would like to ask. Do it like Arlen Specter.

Pat: First of all, we would like her to act like a lady and get us a beer. That's the first thing.

Glenn: I mean, gosh, it's like he's out of a time tunnel. He's like out of a time tunnel

Pat: What is it that she's doing? She's wearing these pants.

Glenn: Driving.

Pat: They drive. They work. Getting out of the house without their husband's position.

Glenn: Michelle Bachmann is with us. She is, of course, the lead singer of Bachmann Turner Overdrive and now ‑‑

Pat: Her voice is a little deeper in the band.

Glenn: Well, you know. The ‑‑ but she has been ‑‑ she's now a Congresswoman and one of the good, hard fighting members of Congress in Washington DC and, Michelle, dare I say it, one of the only members of Congress that I actually trust.

Bachmann: I'm taking care of business, baby. That's what I'm doing.

Glenn: We had you on because we were talking a little bit about how you felt to have Arlen Specter say these things that I felt like came out of 1956, but, of course, nobody on the progressive left will, you know, highlight those things. Is this getting a lot of press? Do you know?

Bachmann: It is all over Pennsylvania. That's what I understand.

Glenn: Yeah. Well, it should.

Bachmann: It's not going really well.

Glenn: It exposes him as a nightmare

Bachmann: And the thing is, honestly, I'm not a victim. I can take care of myself. That's the problem, but it was really to me, again, emblematic of what we saw earlier this week in Massachusetts, the arrogance that's out there right now in Washington DC. We know better. We've got a big design and a plan that we're going to put into place. We don't care what you people think. After all, what do we care? It's your money we're spending. And that whole attitude seemed to come out when we had this interplay, Arlen Specter and I and I was just floored. I thought, you just took a trouncing. I mean, you guys have been shellacked and now you're keeping this up? I was amazed that he hasn't sobered up.

Glenn: Because I don't think they ‑‑ now, wait a minute. We're breaking news here. I don't think he ‑‑ he was drunk?

Pat: I think she's talking sobered up in the political sense.

Glenn: Okay. All right. In the political sense. Michelle was, like, dear God. What did I say? I was kidding, Michelle. I knew what you were saying.

Stu: And you wonder why politicians never want to come on. Huh.

Glenn: Politicians never want to come on my show. Okay. Michelle, here's what I want to ask. I was to go to Boston for a second and two quick questions, because we're running out of time. One, do you think, because you're the No. 1 target against Nancy Pelosi, do you think this whole, oh, health care is dead, is true? I think they're going to assemble it one piece at a time. They're not stopping. They haven't changed.

Bachmann: I don't think it's dead because there's a trica of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid. This is their dream come true. They recognize that socialized medicine is the very center of social ‑‑ of socialism. They're not going to give it up because these people are committed to that dream. President Obama said to the Republicans right after he came into office, he said, I would prefer to enact my agenda and be a one‑term President rather than be a two‑term President and not enact my agenda. He knows they will never have this type of support and numbers again. I think they'll buy off whoever they can possibly buy off. Somebody on the Republican said, if they possibly can, and pass their bill. I think they're going to go forward and I don't think we can give up. That's why next Wednesday we're going to announce our next step for patriots in this country. We're going to have a press conference at the Capitol, because that's the State of the union, that evening, and we're going to have a press conference announcing where we go from here. It's a Declaration of Independence, but a declaration of health care independence, and we're going to have patriots and we're inviting the people to come, too, to sign this document that says we reject what they want, the centralized government approach, and what we want is no back room deals, no political favoritism, no doing a bill behind closed doors. You read the thing before you actually vote on it. Some very simple things. Don't add to the crushing debt. Don't add to the State crushing debt. Things that are vital ‑‑ you know, all these things ‑‑ we're going to sign this.

Glenn: Get this to me. Will you? I would love to see that.

Bachmann: I will. I will.

Glenn: The other question is I'm getting some heat because I was joking about Scott Brown and I don't know who Scott Brown is. I mean, other than what I see in, you know, you know, on television, etc., etc., and what research you can do, but, you know, people were automatically saying he's going to be the next President of the United States, etc., etc., and I'm like, Can we slow down and have somebody accomplish something before we just anoint them President of the United States? We saw how that is working out the last time we did it. And he made a comment on stage and we were joking about it and many people in the Republican party are very upset at me because they say, oh, he was just giving us hope and now you're going to tear him down. I think when we can't joke about people on both sides of the aisle, no matter what it is, and if we don't say, Hey, if the politician screws up or ‑‑ I don't care what party they're in I'm going to call them out. I think we're dead at a movement. Do you agree or disagree?

Bachmann: I think one of the greatest gifts of God to mankind is a sense of humor and sometimes people just need to take a chill pill and have a sense of humor. That's all you're trying to do and people love to prop up new idols to worship, it seems like.

Glenn: Right.

Bachmann: And this isn't "American Idol." This is the greatest country that has ever been. Let's make sure we take care of it.

Glenn: Michelle Bachmann, thank you very much. As always, a pleasure to speak to you. We'll see you tonight.

Bachmann: Thanks, Glenn

Glenn: You bet. Bye‑bye.

Bachmann: 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.

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

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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