Interview with Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root


Wayne Allyn Root

GLENN: Okay. Now we have Wayne Allyn Root on the phone who Stu has given his -- I don't want to say you have endorsed but you have given his -- Stu has said this guy is worthy of the main show.

STU: Yeah, he is worthy of the main show. I think he is worth looking into seriously.

GLENN: And he's on the phone with us now. He's a libertarian candidate for President of the United States. Wayne Allyn Root.

ROOT: Hey, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good. How are you?

ROOT: I'm fantastic.

GLENN: All right. Would you -- you can't have it but would you like a Kenneth Cole concealed weapon handbag?

ROOT: I'd love it. It would be a great souvenir.

GLENN: Okay, that's where I -- we are on good footing so far. Now may I take you to the next level? You're a libertarian and you may be a libertarian that I could actually really kind of get behind, and I'm only basing that on your initials spell out "War."

ROOT: Well, you know, I think you would get behind me because I'm a lifetime Republican conservative who changed to libertarian the last year and a half because I got sick of George W. Bush and the big government Republicans that are currently running the GOP.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I need to -- go ahead. Talk some more to me.

ROOT: And I think I'm a little bit different, Glenn. I think that's why you like me. I'm a son of a butcher. I'm a small businessman. I'm a home school parent. I've got a brand-new baby. I want education reform, I'm a fiscal conservative and I'm strong on defense. I think those are all things that you can get behind.

GLENN: You're speaking my language here. Now, usually the devil is in the details. So let's find the devil, shall we?

ROOT: Sure.

GLENN: Let's start with -- oh, let's just go for the big one. Let's start with war.

ROOT: Okay.

GLENN: Tell me about -- tell me where you stand on Islamic extremism, what we're fighting, how we should fight it, et cetera, et cetera.

ROOT: Well, first of all, you know, it's not like Ron Paul where I don't believe that the war on terror is a fraud. I don't believe that at all. I believe there's a terrible enemy out there. I think yesterday pointed that out with the terrorist attack at the seminary in Jerusalem. We've got a horrible enemy out there. I believe Israel is the canary in the coal mine. They are just like us and the Islamic extremists want to -- what they want to do to us eventually.

GLENN: This is like a conservative -- this is like a conservative porno right now. I haven't heard words like this for a while.

ROOT: I think what yesterday pointed out is nothing is sacred. They will kill women, they will children, they will kill the elderly, they will kill religious scholars in the same place. They are all infidels, they don't care. You know what they pointed out, that seminary shooting? The reason that more people weren't killed is one of the students in the seminary was armed with a rifle, and in America I'm a big gun guy, by the way, and I believe the reason we have so many shootings in America is not because guns are bad. It's because the people are getting killed in these slaughters are unarmed, they are complete unarmed because the Government will not let us fight back. So that's a good example of why we should have different kinds of gun attitudes in the United States of America.

GLENN: Hang on. I'm just -- I'm just --

ROOT: So you wanted to know about war.

GLENN: No, I'm just cradling my Kenneth Cole concealed handbag right now. It's crying. It's weeping. Kenneth Cole's bag is weeping right now.

ROOT: We all know who Kenneth Cole is married to, by the way, Mario Cuomo's daughter. I've never been a Kenneth Cole fan. I wouldn't buy his shoes right off the bat.

GLENN: So let's see. The war in Iraq, the war in Iraq, were you for the war in Iraq? Are you for the war in Iraq?

ROOT: I was for the war in Iraq in the beginning, as I think everyone was. Hillary Clinton voted for it. We all had information that led us to believe we would are safer if we had the war. But I've come a long way since then. I am no longer for the war. I don't want to drop our guns and run with our tail between our legs but I do want to get out as quickly as possible. I supported the surge and I believe now the surge has proven successful. We should declare victory. We achieved our goal. We built a democracy. Let's get the heck out and the lesson I think I learned is that nation-building is a failure and I never want to do it again. We can't afford it, first of all. Even our great country can't afford it with a little country like Iraq.

GLENN: Where do you stand, where do you stand on Iran?

ROOT: Well, where do I stand on it? Let's see what the facts are. At the moment I don't trust the information we get from the CIA very much due to the fact that they were pretty wrong on Iraq, don't you think?

GLENN: Yes.

ROOT: I wouldn't be in any rush to jump into Iran. I don't think we can afford any more wars quickly but certainly I would use any diplomatic means, any United Nations means, and I'm no fan of the United Nations. I can't stand them. I think we should get out of them. But I would use any means to put pressure on Iran. I would do anything at this point to avoid another war. War is expensive, it's unaffordable, it doesn't even achieve our goal. The end result is we keep butting in all over the world and the wrong things seem to happen instead of the right things after all.

GLENN: If you had to drill through a caribou's head to get oil in ANWR, I know you would avoid drilling through his head but if that were the only choice, would you do it?

ROOT: Well action actually I --

GLENN: Cover your ears, Kenneth Cole.

ROOT: To avoid terrorism we've got. Right now we depend on foreign oil and it's the liberal environmental whackos who are stopping us from finding oil in Alaska, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the California coast, off the Florida coast. That oil could wean us off our dependence on foreign oil, which is nothing more than paying the people who are supporting the terrorists who are killing us.

GLENN: Okay.

ROOT: So yes, of course I would.

GLENN: His name is Wayne Allyn Root. He is running for President of the United States. His website is RootforAmerica.com. You went to school with Barack Obama. You also had an amazing experience when you were in school in Ronald Reagan, the day that Ronald Reagan was shot and I want you to share both of those stories. We'll do it when we come back.

So far I like him. I'm waiting for the shoe to drop, but so far I like him.

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GLENN: Wayne Allyn Root is the libertarian that is running for President of the United States. Wayne, how come there's -- I mean, how come -- you know, what happened? Why weren't you in the national debates or -- you know?

ROOT: Well, I mean, the national debates were Republican and Democrat. I haven't had the opportunity yet but if we come to September, October, November and I believe the threshold is to have 15% of the national vote in the national polls, you get to be in those national debates. Certainly the classmate of Barack Obama, we graduated on the same day. I'm going to call on my classmate to include me in those debates.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. You were actual -- did you have any classes with Barack Obama?

ROOT: Well, I'm sure I did. I just never knew him. We were both political science majors at the same college, Columbia University, graduated in the class of '83. So I guarantee you we were sitting in the same classes together but I did not know him. It's probably a graduating class of 600 or 700. So it's very possible to be in the same class and not know a person. I didn't know everyone in the whole class.

GLENN: Right. Were you -- did you have the political leanings then that you have now?

ROOT: Oh, yeah. I actually represented Ronald Reagan in the class debates in 1979 or '80, I think it was.

GLENN: So you were popular. You were popular on campus.

ROOT: Well, funny enough they took a vote before the Columbia class debate and it was 85% for Jimmy Carter. Then we had the debate and they asked the students to vote and I won in a landslide, representing Ronald Reagan. Quite amazing actually.

GLENN: It's weird how facts actually play a role in people's thinking sometimes.

ROOT: Not too often with liberals but once in a while.

GLENN: You were in class the day that Ronald Reagan was shot.

ROOT: Right.

GLENN: And I have heard the story told that Obama may have been in that class.

ROOT: Well, who knows. I'm not going to say he's in or he wasn't. I'm just going to say it was the most popular political science class at Columbia University. It was Professor Fuke (ph), it was actually taught at the women's school at Columbia University and it was about 250 kids in a theater in a round. The door opened behind us. Somebody ran in completely out of breath and started talking loudly, and everybody turned around to look and it was just so loud, it was reverberating, echoed into this large hall. And the kid said, President Reagan's been shot, he's been assassinated. He's dead. That was the first words out of his mouth and I guess that was the first erroneous report in the media was he's dead or this kid shot to that conclusion or whatever. But in any case that's what we all heard. At that moment, you know, I literally -- I'm a pretty rough kid born on the streets of New York, right on the Bronx, been in my share of street fights and I don't cry and tears started running down my eyes because this was my hero and here he was shot. I couldn't believe it. Do you know what the reaction was of the rest of the class? The entire class, after about a two second delay, jumped up like it was the middle of a football game and started screaming, yeah! High-fiving and hugging each other because Ronald Reagan had been assassinated. That was when I realized what the liberal intellectual elite in this country are really like and I was tell you, I don't know if Barack Obama was in that class. I have no idea. So I'm not saying that. But I do know that those were my fellow students at my Ivy League college and I do know that most of them today are the elite media and elite political and the elite journalists and the elite lawyers of our society. Every one of them has gone on to something special and this is their true leading in life. They cheer and high-five and hug each other and jump up and down like a football game and a touchdown's been scored at the thought that a George W. Bush or a Ronald Reagan or maybe me, Wayne Root, has just been assassinated who has conservative fiscal ideas. And that's a sad, sad thing, sad conclusion to come to.

GLENN: Wayne Allyn Root, I tell you, you've earned a second longer interview on the program. I'm intrigued to learn more about you and learn more about what you stand for.

ROOT: Could I sum up one thing that I think is real important to get out?

GLENN: Yeah.

ROOT: Well, you know, never before in the history of America two classmates run against each other for President. If Barack indeed has the nomination, and we don't know that, I have a funny feeling Hillary may find a way to steal the nomination at the convention, but Barack certainly has a lead that she probably cannot pass a delegate. There's never been a more stark contrast in comparing the life of two people that graduated the same college on the same exact day 25 years ago, and I just think it's important to note in those 25 years I've done nothing but started small businesses with my own money, created jobs, risked my own money, helped other people that worked for me achieve the American dream, paid health insurance and payroll taxes for others. I think I understand the economy where small business, the majority is nongovernment jobs.

Barack Obama sits those 25 years, talks about a very different big government existence. He's been a lawyer, he's been a community activist, which is a professional protestor on his own definition, and he's been a guy who lives off government paychecks as a state legislator in Illinois and now as a U.S. senator.

GLENN: Wayne, I've got to run but we will have you on again, sir. Wayne Allyn Root, it is RootforAmerica.com.

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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