Enemy #1: Michele Bachmann


Congressman Michele Bachmann

GLENN: Welcome to the program. Since we happen to be in Minneapolis, I don't have just us anyway. Since we happen to be in Minneapolis, Michele Bachmann, of course, this is her hometown and home state and so she's here to stop by and say hello. How are you?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I'm doing great.

GLENN: Hang on. Just have to figure out which

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Welcome to the great state of Minnesota. We're so excited that you're here, Glenn Beck, what an honor.

GLENN: Thank you. How are things going?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I think things are going great. I think people can't wait to get to the polls next Tuesday because they have looked at what's happened over the last two years and they are ready to rumble.

GLENN: You are one of the people in Washington who I think really get it. You have gotten it for a very long time. You are relentless and you know that you're causing them problems because the weekend, second time Bill Clinton was

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's right.

GLENN: in town.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's right.

GLENN: Obama has been in town, the vice president has been in town, Nancy Pelosi was in this weekend, right?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's right.

GLENN: Everybody?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Everybody. Every big gun they had, plus the head of the Democrat Party, the former head of the Democrat Party, the head of the Democrat congressional committee. Every single high powered Democrat in the country has been here to raise money against me. They raised $600,000 just this weekend.

GLENN: How are you are you worried at all about voter fraud or voter intimidation?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yes. Hey, this is Minnesota, remember? This is the state

GLENN: SOS. This is

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Two years ago, that's right. This was the George Soros Secretary of State project where George Soros had put money in to elect about five secretaries of state across the country. Ours was one of them. And our Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, was endorsed by ACORN and given donations by ACORN, and our attorney general was as well. And so our attorney general and our Secretary of State were working with ACORN walking precincts in the last election.

GLENN: So what happens this time?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: This time we do have a group called Integrity Watch and what they are trying to do is poll watching election judges. And remember we had the infamous felons for Franken program two years ago where we know that there were felons that went out and voted presumably for Al Franken. We had more felons vote than the margin of vote victory for Al Franken. So there are over about 350 felons or 600, somewhere in that neighborhood, that were eligible to vote. We know that about 350 did vote. And Al Franken won by just barely over 300 votes.

GLENN: Have you seen what George Soros is doing on the judges, state judges?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No.

GLENN: What is the name of this organization, Joe? Do you know? Justice for America? I'm not really sure. You need to look into this. George Soros has developed a new program almost like SOS. I think he senses that this state rights thing may move and so now what he's doing is he is dumping money into states to try to get the laws changed so that the governors appoint judges.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, because it's nasty to have the people's voice.

GLENN: Exactly right.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Come into play, isn't it? It's all about George Soros.

GLENN: So we'll have all of the judges be appointed by governors of each of the states, and that is his latest that he's working on now.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Because the one thing he doesn't like is the independent will and voice of the American people.

GLENN: Yes.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: There's this freedom thing he has trouble with.

GLENN: Yes. It's really amazingly

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: It's nasty. To me, you know, there was that whole Juan Williams brouhaha that came up.

GLENN: Yes.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: The thing that was amazing for me is it's good enough for the taxpayers to pay for the bricks and mortar and all the other things for NPR but George Soros wanted to pay for the journalists.

GLENN: Yes.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And so he gave up $1.8 million so that he could go out and hire two journalists for every state to do reporting for what? Probably in preparation for the 2012 presidential is my guess.

GLENN: And you know what's really interesting is there's an undisclosed amount of money that went from the Tides Foundation to the Huffington Post for the same kind of thing.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Jeez.

GLENN: Yes. So the Tides Foundation is now spending money on their what is that called, the Post's investigative arm? This is their investigative arm of the Huffington Post.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, right.

GLENN: And it's funded by the Tides Foundation.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: But that's where you come into play because probably like no other commentator in the country, you have exposed this, and I'll tell you it is the infamous Glenn Beck chalkboard. That's where the American people have been learning the truth. I will tell you, members of congress have their TVs snapped on when Glenn Beck comes on in the afternoon. We learn a lot from that infamous chalkboard about what's going on.

GLENN: Are you concerned about the things that your colleagues I think we're living in a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington sort of scenario right now.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah. This election cycle, yeah.

GLENN: This is it.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Real people. Real people who aren't perfect polished politicians.

GLENN: But they are going to come, but they're going to trust. They are going to trust, my guys are good, I think I'm I think I'm okay. How are you going to help them know who to trust exactly on because they are going to get Trent Lott said

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: What do you mean when they come to Washington, D.C.?

GLENN: When they come to Washington, there are GOP members that are going to coopt them and they will do it right as soon as they get off the airplane. They will say, you know, we want to help you, we want to help you so much.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, that's why the new members that come in need to remember who they are and why they came and then band together with like minded people. I'm the chairman of the Tea Party caucus. You know, we pretty much are standing for what we've seen people doing, getting up off the couch and trying to take their country back, reclaim the country under what the founders gave us as a republic. And to that end you and I had talked about this. I'm starting a class. We're bringing in legal experts to teach all of these wonderful well meaning people, this is what the Declaration means, this is the Constitution, this is the Bill of Rights. We'll do that the hour before we take our first vote and then try and come together because what will happen is if the Republicans take the majority, in order to pass a bill you have to have 218 votes. And so if we can keep a group of constitutional conservatives together, we actually can be a very effective rudder and unless the leader has all of the votes, if we decide we're not going to vote for something, he can't pass a bill. So I think it's really important that we stay together and we're like minded, and that will be a constitutional conservative caucus. So I'm inviting all of these newbies to come in, join the constitutional conservative caucus. That's your best anecdote I think from getting co opted in D.C.

GLENN: Is there a has anybody considered a political rape line that when you are sitting and all of a sudden you're realizing, oh, my gosh, they are trying to rape me of my values that they have a way to reach out to somebody? Because I think people are going to be cornered and they are not going to know what to do. And they may not even know that they've been co opted or until it's too late.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's why they have got to know that they have friends. They have got to know that they have friends. And so I'm going to be under an effort to, you know, phone these newbies, the new members of congress and also write to them and invite them. And I would think if they consider themselves a constitutional conservative or a Tea Party person, they might come and then we can let them know, you have a friend.

GLENN: How many people do you think are going to come? How many people are going to be

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I am hoping for 70 to 80. I am hope because

GLENN: Constitutional

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I'm hoping.

GLENN: Okay.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Now, that may be inflated. That may be too many. There aren't very many fighters right now, I will tell you that. There are some.

GLENN: How many do you think there are now?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I would say there's actually probably a good thirty, maybe as high as sixty, maybe as high as sixty.

GLENN: In the house?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah. Maybe, maybe.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Can you imagine like this new blood that's coming in, these great people? But if we can stay tight and if we can stay together.

GLENN: How many in the progressive caucus?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, I would bet there's like

GLENN: Hundreds?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I would say a hundred.

GLENN: Yeah.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And in our own Minnesota Keith Ellison wants to be the new head of the progressive caucus. So, you know, they are very bold about the progressive caucus, but that's something that you have done brilliantly. You have exposed to the world what progressivism looks like.

GLENN: It's ugly.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: You've named names, you've named organizations, you've exposed the dollar amounts, where the money is coming from. That's empowered people to actually go to Washington D.C. for rallies and actually get out and vote and run for office.

GLENN: Tell me, tell me what you know about bet I McCollum.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, that's one of our member locals of congress here. Yes, she's very, very progressive, very proud of it and she represents St. Paul Minnesota with Teresa Collett running against her who is a constitutional law professor who gets the Constitution.

GLENN: How is she doing in the polls?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, I don't know what her polls are. It's a tough area but she's worked really hard.

GLENN: Here's what I you know that our faith is under attack.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yes.

GLENN: God is under attack. The Creator's not mentioned by the president in I don't know how many speeches.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: In speech after speech after speech.

GLENN: There was a group of Satanists that got together in the Oklahoma City, what do you call it, the arena?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: In the center part of town?

GLENN: No, in the arena.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh.

GLENN: They rented out the arena in town and the did a Satanic ritual in it, in the buckle of the Bible belt. I mean, what's going on is really frightening. We had last night the president say to a Hispanic radio station that we have to punish our enemies, meaning the Republicans. You didn't hear this audio?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No.

GLENN: I tell you what, we're going to take a break.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I heard you say Republicans need to sit in the back of the in the back seat, sit in the back of the bus.

GLENN: Back of the bus. You heard that the same way I did. We're going to take a break and then, Pat, if you will, I want to play I want to play McCollum and the president's audio. And I want you to listen and tell me what you think this means because it's

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: This is amazing.

GLENN: We are heading towards dangerous territory.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah.

GLENN: And I think dangerous territory.


 

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