Glenn interviews Ben Crenshaw



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GLENN: We have Ben Crenshaw on the phone. May I ask before we get him on, does he know that I know nothing about sports? Can you ask him that?

STU: Everyone in America knows that.

GLENN: Everyone in America knows. Okay. So I don't have to play the game like, hey, you are...

STU: No, you don't have to play the game that you are smart or a man.

GLENN: the best. Excuse me?

STU: Don't play that game. No one's going to believe that game.

GLENN: See, this is really not, it's not helpful. I notice Dan is here like a vulture, like a vulture.

DAN: I've been called. I've been summoned to the studio.

GLENN: This guy is a Dan is an avid, avid golfer, as he wears what's the name of the shirt? What are you wearing? Who are you wearing today?

DAN: Well, I just happen to have a Callaway shirt on. It's just happenstance.

GLENN: He's wearing a Callaway shirt today. He is like the avid, avid golfer of the place and he's been, he's just like ever since he heard about Ben Crenshaw and this thing that we have going on with 8/28, Ben is going to donate, let's see, watching the championship, let's see, you'll get four master pin flags personalized by Ben. Those are available on the site. Badges for the AT&T Pro Am on Thursday, October 28 to provide VIP access to the clubhouse, four tickets to the AT&T partners club, an exclusive on the 18th green Friday through Sunday, a VIP parking pass, and also don't you get an hour clinic? You get an hour clinic with is he a doctor, too? He's not only a great golfer, he's a doctor as well.

STU: No, that's not, that's not what that means.

GLENN: Ben Crenshaw. Hey, Ben.

CRENSHAW: Hi, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good, how are things, sir?



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CRENSHAW: Oh, very good. It's an honor to talk to you, Glenn.

GLENN: Oh, please, it's an honor to talk to you. I'm not going to bluff and say that I I just know your name and I know your name because my father is such a huge golfer, an avid golfer, and he'll be thrilled to hear that I spoke to you.

CRENSHAW: Well, Glenn, listen. Golfers, they are a strange cult of which I'm one. They're a lot

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I think we have remember whose show you are on. You are in dangerous territory to say you are now a member of a cult. That's all the media will report.

CRENSHAW: (Laughing). Hey, golfers are it's a there's a lot of people across the world who play golf, but it's a small community. It's amazing that people know everybody.

GLENN: Yeah.

CRENSHAW: And they are always interested in how to get better. But Glenn, it was my pleasure to hopefully help in this auction item because the Special Operations Warrior Foundation I think is so it's so vital, and I'm so happy that so many people around the country would help. Obviously people who return from the theater.

GLENN: Yeah.

CRENSHAW: But also to help families that have that these brave people who have lost who have given their ultimate sacrifice. But I'm happy to help in this item. I'm hopeful that whomever wins this auction can come to San Antonio and have a great week. It's a great town to be in, but I'd love to spend some time with them and help them with their golf game and have them watch a game of golf.

GLENN: Okay. So now so now like, Dan is a can you take somebody that like me that has absolutely no skill whatsoever and help them?

CRENSHAW: Yep. Yes, I can. You know, you introduce the fundamentals and, you know, I guess, Glenn, it's like you see all these little kids. I've never snow skied in my life but all these little kids who start early, they just, they just watch. They pick up things by rote and skill when they're young. It helps. It helps to start young, although there have been some players who have become proficient starting later. Which you might be one, Glenn.

GLENN: No, I'm not. No, I'm really have you seen me? I'm not. I'm really not. Ben, here's I just want to make a I just want to ask your permission to do this. I'm going to lower the salary of one of the guys on my staff. I'm going to pay him less and I'll be able to get away with it because I'd like your permission to allow him to say hello to you.

CRENSHAW: Well, I've heard

GLENN: It's just a financial thing for me. I figure I can pay him less money because he will be so indebted to me for the rest of his life: Wow, I spoke to Ben Crenshaw.

CRENSHAW: Well, you are a businessman, Glenn. That's fine.

GLENN: I appreciate it. I appreciate it. Dan, go ahead because you are going to be slobbering all over me all day.

DAN: Look, this is you know, I'm a big fan, you know. And

GLENN: He is, Ben! Ben, he has been all week, all week I never see this guy. He's in my office all week: You know, I'm a really big fan of Ben Crenshaw.

DAN: Look, look. Hold on a second, Glenn. Somebody asked me, look, if I wanted to help the troops and, of course, I'm here to help the troops and if you need, you know, someone to help out with this, with this item, I'm here to do it.

GLENN: You are good, aren't you, Ben? I think you

CRENSHAW: Oh, I can help. I can help.

GLENN: Yeah. No, I think I don't think he needs any help from you, Dan. I don't think you ever need to meet him or see him or anything.

CRENSHAW: Dan must be easily impressed if he's impressed with me.

DAN: Oh, come on. See, this guy's nickname is gentle Ben and you are seeing why right here. He is a humble, nice guy. Look, I'll throw it out there again. If you need help for the troops, I mean

GLENN: All right.

DAN: I just want to help the troops.

GLENN: Ben, I can't thank you enough for helping with this project. I know that you have been involved with Impact a Hero and

CRENSHAW: I have. And the organizations like this, there's a fella named Dick Lynch in Cincinnati. We've done two events in Houston, and the severely wounded, I mean, the golf industry has been fantastic to these returning heroes, and they you know, they fit people with prosthetics and the golf industry gives them golf clubs and they provide recreation and provide them help so they can get and they actually go out to the business community and try to get people to hire them. They're wonderful. So we have people to thank like that.

GLENN: Now, you probably feel free to say you are all out of time if you don't want to get into this because


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CRENSHAW: No, I've got plenty of time.

GLENN: Do you no, no. I was asking you to hold that back just in case you didn't want to answer this. Do you think Tiger Woods, is he going to be able to get his game back? Can you be a can you really be a good golfer if you are unsettled inside, until you've solved the things that you've got going on inside?

CRENSHAW: Well, troubles manifest themselves on the golf course. I mean, to play the golf at such a high level that he has and with the things going on in his life, he's it's going to take some time. But he's that good. I mean, he's naturally gifted. But you cannot play the game at the level that you want to play without a clear conscience. It's just not possible. When there's a lot of things that he has to work on obviously. He's getting better but, you know, gosh, it's going to be a while, Glenn.

GLENN: I mean, I really, you know, I think you know, and I don't know him at all and I don't know if you do, either, you know, if you really know him. But when I saw, you know, what he was involved in, I thought, boy, this guy has some you know, he just has some issues. And I'm a guy who, you know, I'm a recovering alcoholic. So you want to talk issues, bring them on. You know, I'm a guy who has lived a tough life before and I understand it, and it's tough. But when I saw that, I thought, you know, here is a guy who is really well, how much does he make? A billion dollars for everybody?

PAT: They just had it yesterday, $90 million a year. But he's worth about a billion or more.

GLENN: He's worth about a billion. And so what kind of industry was Tiger Woods. Did you do you think that the people around him knew and were just looking at him as a paycheck and nobody had the courage to step up and say, what are you doing, man? Or was he good at hiding it?

CRENSHAW: Well, he well, he must have been. I must say that I'm on the senior tour, which is the age of 50 and above, and we were removed from the situation but, you know, I guess maybe some people knew but we didn't know any, any more to the extent of what happened. And it's you know, it was just so sensational and so it was just, you know, our mouths dropped open every day. Nobody knew. But it's just sad. It's so sad. And, you know, he has been a lot of people, a lot of golfers who knew him, you know, it was just, it was sad, the whole situation. It just, it was so, so sensational but, you know, he got himself into it and he's got to pay the price. And, you know, golf is a singular game, but you have to play, you have to play with a clear conscience is the only way that you can play. You have to be very subtle in your life to play well, and that's a given.

GLENN: You know, the one thing that I have been you know, this 8/28 in Washington is really all about restoring some heroes and my son said to me one day he's 5 and we were reading something and he talked about, you know, I said about a hero. And he said, no, he's daddy can't fly, he doesn't have a cape. And I realized we have lost all of our heroes. Ben, when you were young, when I was young, you know, there were some heroes and they were sports figures and people that you could look up to. We don't really have that, nor have we had for a long time. Everybody has been destroyed.

I met Albert Pujols a few weeks ago. He seems like a decent man. Is there are there

CRENSHAW: Oh, from what I've read about him, he's just as solid as a rock.

GLENN: Yeah.

CRENSHAW: But you are right, Glenn. I mean, we all want people in our lives to look up to.

GLENN: Yeah. I mean, that was the thing about, that was the thing about Tiger was you thought you could look up to him because he was a do you think is there does that ever come across people in your field, does that ever come across your mind that, you know, you do have kids?

CRENSHAW: Oh, I've had I've been so lucky in golf, Glenn. We've had some people from the past that, I mean, people could always look up to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan and people from yesteryear. They were, they were the people who led our game. Golf is an amazing game. It's been around for 500 years over in Scotland and it's a very traditional game, and you Glenn, basically what you do, Glenn, you play tournament golf but you play by the rules, and there are very swift penalties if you don't.

GLENN: Well, I was really impressed

CRENSHAW: And usually it involves the conscience.

GLENN: Who was the guy, who was the guy Dan, you probably remember that took an extra stroke when he didn't have to nobody knew that he did it? Do you remember who that was?

CRENSHAW: Oh, Glenn, we have people that, you know, we have people who call penalties on themselves.

GLENN: That's fantastic.

CRENSHAW: That's the way our game threads through the generation.

GLENN: That's fantastic. That's the way it should be.

CRENSHAW: Well, it's pretty simple.

GLENN: Yeah.

CRENSHAW: I mean, you've got a conscience and you better do right.

GLENN: Ben, I thank you so much for spending the time with us, and I appreciate it and thank you so much for helping on the auction item here.

CRENSHAW: My pleasure, Glenn, so much.

GLENN: You got it. We'll talk to you again.

CRENSHAW: We follow you all the time. Thank you.

GLENN: Thank you, sir. Thank you. Ben Crenshaw. He will help you with your game, he will spend an hour with you and give you some of the basics and there's all other kinds of things that are available from him including the badges for the AT&T Pro Am on Thursday, the 28th. How much are those worth, Dan? Do you have any idea? How much are badges for the Pro Am? Can you even

DAN: Oh, gosh, I have no idea.

GLENN: Can you even buy them? You get into the partners club, that's the club on the 18th green?

DAN: No, that's something typically not available now.

GLENN: Okay. As of this morning they're available for $2300 and there's some other things on. What else is up for auction today? Because there's new auction items starting today, and the other one is closing either today or on Monday.

DAN: But with Ben Crenshaw, though, an hour of short game with this guy, I mean, he's literally one of the best putters in the history of the game, ever. I mean, you'll learn more in an hour than you'd learn in your entire lifetime of reading stuff and, you know, trying to find it yourself.

Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

America
  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

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Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"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."

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Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

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