Neil Cavuto Interview

Glenn: From From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, the third most listened to show in call of America. Hello, you sick, twisted freak. Glad you're here. Dan, you don't want to hang up on Neil Cavuto.

Dan: No, I don't want to hang up on might be.

Glenn: Would you like to call him the wrong name? What's what you did with may major Mayor Giuliani.

Dan: I think I said mayor Mayor Giuliani.

Glenn: And then told him to call back a little later and then when he did call back, Dan hung up on him, which is -- in fact, let me go to Neil Cavuto. Hey, Neil?

Cavuto: I sent Glenn some anti-Italianism with Dan.

Glenn: Do you? Now, if he called you Neal Cavuto. And then said call back later and then you called back and you said, Hey, I'm just calling back, it's Neil Cavuto and then he hung up on you?

Cavuto: It wouldn't get farther than that initial dismissal, you know. But, I mean --

Glenn: You think this is the way a show like mine impresses presidential candidates?

Cavuto: I think not.

Glenn: How are you, Neil?

Cavuto: Good, good.

Glenn: I'm -- quite honestly, I'm in a state of shock that Countrywide's earnings are down today. I didn't see that coming. How is Stanley Steam Engines doing?

Cavuto: Well, I mean, there should be no surprise on this. This was well forecast and, you know, the company which will soon be part of Bank of America kind of threw out the baby in the bath water, everything, to try to let people know that this just might be the worth of it. I'm not smart enough to say, Glenn, but I think this was pretty well telegraphed.

Glenn: You think? I hear Enron is doing poorly, as well. Stu, what show were you watching yet where Jim Cramer made this wild accusation?

Stu: I will say it wasn't me, Glenn, but thanks for bringing me into the conversation.

Glenn: Somebody I know was watching it -- oh, it was Chris. It wasn't his show, it was like High Net Worth? Okay. And he was watching the show -- oh, crap. Neil, that's not your network, is it?

Cavuto: That's okay.

Glenn: He wasn't watching it on that network.

Cavuto: Well, clearly.

Glenn: Yeah.

Cavuto: The mispronounciation, now my network. I'm sure there is a third insult coming.

Glenn: Dan wrote this question. So, anyway, he said that he believes that in six months it will come out that a major bank called the Fed up on the day they cut the rate and said, we don't open our doors today, we're done, if you don't cut the rate. Do you believe that?

Cavuto: Well, you know, there's always that corporate crowd that suspects that something more sinister in the Fed prior to the opening of the trading day on Tuesday last week decided to do something dramatic. People always say that. There are a lot of people who subscribe to, you know, grassy knoll financial theory. I don't think you would have to need or -- you know, that might be proven to be the case. I think the Fed was responding to the markets more than suspected panic among banks because, as we know, the interest rates don't -- folks who make them at least immediately better because the Fed had been cutting rates prior to this and we saw in the earnings reports in the banks out in the latest quarter, it didn't make a big hell of a difference. So, I'm not sure I buy that.

Glenn: May I put another shooter in the tree?

Cavuto: Sure.

Glenn: I believe that -- hang on. Is that a black helicopter I hear? I believe that the Fed knew about the bank in France and knew that that would just cause even more panic in the market.

Cavuto: You're referring to the rogue trader who lost about $7 billion. That might be because now we know in retrospect that a lot of the selling that day in the financial markets -- it was Martin Luther King day. So, markets are closed here -- had, in fact, been triggered -- again, I'm not smart enough to know. I think that the Fed is really -- what worries me isn't so much whether it responded to a French bank and it's potentially going under or rogue traders or any of, that it's responding to the markets at all.

Glenn: I mean, you say you're not smart enough to know, but I'm dumb enough to guess. Won't you be dumb enough to guess?

Cavuto: There will no many other factors, though, Glenn. I mean, why assign it to a rogue trader who absconded or tried to with 7 billion bucks?

Glenn: Can you explain, because I still don't really fully understand what this guy did and how he did it and I understand now that the bank held on to this information because there was actually, like, $70 billion or something. Can you explain this?

Cavuto: Well, he fixed trades, essentially, to make them look a certain way and to take advantage what were swings in the market. I'm vastly oversimplifying it but when the trend was his friend and we saw, you know, particularly real estate investment trucks, which are a vehicle for investing in real estate, doing very well, he was brilliant. When that turned on him, Glenn, he looked stupid and there's some thought to the notion that society's officials knew that maybe something weird was going on but when they were making a ton of money, they didn't complain. When it went the other way, they started complaining. I think it's ironic that this happened a little more than a week after the European because their financial institutions don't know how to deal with it and then all of the sudden comes this.

Glenn: I wondered that very thing. I was thinking, because, really, the problem -- I shouldn't say the problem, but a lot of the problem that we're going through right now is just out and out greed. People don't care. Any way they'll make a make, they'll make a buck or, you know, on the other end, anyway you can get into a house you know you can't afford, you just take the money and --

Cavuto: You know, the trend is always your way when it's going your way. You know, no one ever complains or bitches, you know, when those who -- you mentioned Enron earlier and they were money hands over fists when the stock was rising and it was the only stock in their 401(k) and people had become millionaires, no one complained. Even though a lot of people were requesting.

Glenn: Here's a guy that grew up in a house with cardboard walls, not kidding, and is one of the richest men in the world, a multi billionaire and that guy never compromised. It's right or wrong. How do you -- it's driving me crazy, these people in Congress. I mean, Hillary Clinton is talking about very strong, rigorous government, and all kinds of meddling in private business. That's not the answer, but how do you get the business community to embrace, oh, I don't know, something I like to call ethics?

Cavuto: Well, I mean, I think the days of the John Huntsman types whose company, you know -- the petrochemical concern, you could describe what it does in a sentence. I think with Enron, when it became this kind of weird cross-trading energy, contract swapping, I didn't understand it entity that went from traditional energy to God knows what, you couldn't explain it anymore and I think that was enlarge part the problem. When we took just black and white clarity out of investing, we also added a lot of grays and the grays added a lot of problems and I think Huntsman was and is right when he says when they get too fancy, maybe they are.

Glenn: Did you see the President's speech last night?

Cavuto: I did.

Glenn: What did you think?

Cavuto: I thought it was a very good speech. I'm always amazed at the people who say he's a lame duck. You know, Glenn, he has almost a year to go and I can remember everyone saying that, right up until September 10th 2001, Rudy Giuliani would go down as a disastrous mayor and then in the final three months of his mayority we all know what happened. So, a lot can happen and change and the last time I checked, Glenn, we only had one president at a time and he's the guy and I always like it in the end. We were commenting about this on fox business network, the network none of you guys apparently bother to watch.

Glenn: I'm watching you right now. It says Amazon results due Wednesday. Google reports Thursday. I'm watching you right now.

Cavuto: You mock me.

Glenn: No. I'm watching you right now.

Cavuto: Dan adds to the mocking. So, I will let the mocking go, but in all seriousness, the one I think thing I got kick at is they say the president doesn't matter, but look at all the people, democrats and republicans who are yapping and wanted that moment to shake his hand and sign something. It means a lot.

Glenn: Yeah. So, Florida, I know you're not smart enough to know, dumb enough to guess?

Cavuto: You know, I could be wrong. I think Romney's going to win it. Again, I could be wrong and I'll erase this tape and I hope you do, as well, if it doesn't turn out, but even if he doesn't win, it looks like it's so close that it's hardly this huge sort of push for McCain and I think there are a lot of republicans who are looking -- and I'm not quite sure whether Romney's the guy for that but so far he seems to be -- a dedicated turn around businessman who, say what you will of his bank capital days, that's what he was in charge of, has a record with this, but I do find is interesting, Glenn, that every since Romney started pushing those business roots in Michigan, he turned around a deficit and he turned around what had been a 10 percent deficit into a real horse race. I think he edges it out. Even if he doesn't, I think it's very close. I don't think it's over on the republican side by any means.

Glenn: I think it's interesting that the No. 1 issue now is the economy and John McCain is doing so well when he's been so wrong on the border but on the economy he says it's not really his strong suit. Can we afford to have a President who says, not really my strong suit, the economy? Do we live in a time when he doesn't need to know, really, he can just get somebody else?

Cavuto: Well, he can't have it both ways. He criticized Mitt Romney about saying he would have to talk to his advisors. I do think that Presidents are oftentimes their economic team. I think it's by assembling a good team of market folks who at least had Wall Street's ear and respect. That counts for a good deal early on?

Glenn: Wasn't Bill Clinton's first two years an absolute economic nightmare?

Cavuto: It was, but to be fair on the issue of a credible economic team, they got kind of whacky as time went on, but he did have that. I mean, Bob Ruben was very much respected and he had the kind of team that Wall Street paid attention to and whether he did it because he had pressure from a republican Congress after '94, you're right, history could judge that any way it wants, but in retrospect, his economic team did matter. So, there might be some truth to what McCain says and the advisors you have but the street is all about credibility and if you have that, that can get you pretty far.

Glenn: Do you think any of the hits that we're seeing now in the market and everything else, in business, is because they believe that Hillary Clinton is going to possibly get the election? I mean, that she's more likely or a democrat is more likely to win at this point and they just know what a nightmare is coming our way, taxes and everything else?

Cavuto: Well, I think a lot of them fear, you know, eats not a homogenous. But I always say, you know --

Glenn: But is there a -- I don't care what party you're from. Is there a businessman out there that thinks socialism is the way to go for --

Cavuto: Well, you know, it's funny, when you talk to these guys, they're neither red nor blue. They're green. They like money, but they look back at the Clinton years fondly. They say maybe it was especially fondly because markets took off and the economy took off post '94 and they're quite right, but they don't really split hairs here. I do think you're right insofar as most are leery. At least the things she has said, she is for ending the tax cuts for at least the upper income. She is for tinkering around with capital gains and dividend relief.

Glenn: Did you hear what she said, a week or two ago, that she wants strong government and vigorous regulations.

Cavuto: At least I tip my hat to her about being very clear on this, that everyone should get and be included in this nationalized health plan of hers. That is the most equivocal statement you could make, especially on Wall Street say, you know, wait a minute, wait a minute, but I think, you know, Wall Street goes through phases, Glenn, that they sell and panic ahead of something, then they resign themselves to it but by and large, Wall Street is an inherently optimistic group because they always try to find a way to make money and they will -- you know, when a democrat takes over, they avoid defense stocks and avoid drug stocks but they start buying food and casino stocks. When a republican takes over, just the opposite. So, it's not black and white rules but enough that they will try to find a way to make lemon aid out of the lemons they're dealt.

Glenn: Neil.

Cavuto: From fox business, the channel that I'm watching right now, always great to have you on, sir.

Cavuto: Well, you know, Glenn, I've always said that if you just give me your money to invest, I will get back to you in three years --

Glenn: I would like to compare our bank accounts, Neil?

Cavuto: .

Cavuto: With a tidy profit, Glenn.

Glenn: Dan would just like to say good buy.

Dan: Yeah, Mr. Sabudo, thank you for coming on.

Glenn: I'll talk to you again. Neil Cavuto, a friend of the program and always glad to have him on.

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

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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