Glenn Beck: The Promise of America


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GLENN: Recent poll showed 70% of the American people now believe Washington politicians are their own special interest group. 70% of us say politicians are their own special interest group, that they put their own interests above the interests of the people. Shocking, isn't it? Are you surprised by that? Politicians would be. They just don't get it.

Take the Republican party. They had their butts handed to them in the last three special elections. Two of those losses taking place in traditionally Republican districts. What did the party do? Well, they formed a committee. They got together. They got some of the best and brightest deep-thinking political scientists, the pundits, the managers, they all examined the data. They stayed up very, very late studying the exit polls. They looked in all the evidence and they found, what should they do differently to start winning the elections? The result of all of that time, money and energy, they concluded that they just needed to get the message out more effectively. Really? I don't think the Republicans need to get the message out. I thought they got their message across quite clearly. It doesn't need to be retooled or broadcast louder. We get it. We don't like it. The modern day Republican party is going to go the same way as Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party which is really funny because John McCain says I'm more like Teddy Roosevelt. You bet you are, brother. You bet you are. And the Republican Bull Moose Party ended and so will yours because you have forgotten that you're not the party -- that you are the party of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. And I'm sorry, but that's not the party of the Republicans anymore. That's why I'm not a Republican. I'm a conservative, and I think most conservatives have voted in the past for Republicans because it used to be the party that represented what conservatives stand for but now most people don't even know what a conservative stands for. Now the majority of people say yes, they're too big to fail. Yes. Well, I disagree with what they're doing, but something's got to be done.

Well, I disagree, but no one will listen to me. I'm a conservative and I think there are Democrats that are conservatives and their party has left them, Republicans that are conservative and their party has left them, libertarian conservative, independent conservatives. Conservatives believe in the American dream. They believe the American dream is alive and living and that it is under direct unprecedented assault. Conservatives believe that it can be saved but I don't know if there's enough people out there that are giving the answer on how, and the answer is by not being afraid. We have nothing to fear. We are on the right side. We are on the founding fathers side. Not being afraid to speak up. By not being afraid to be involved. Terrible, unspeakable things occur because people don't speak up until it's too late.

I think most Americans love their country. If you love your country, hopefully you love it enough, too much to not try, with everything you have, to save it. We've lost our mooring. We don't know anymore who we are. We're Americans. We believe in the freedom to succeed. You can succeed. You should have the opportunity to succeed. There's a reason we were the country that changed the world. There's a reason. Conservatives believe in the ability to succeed and not be punished for it. It has not been a conservative ideal. It was an American ideal. There's a guy who never finished school, founded a candy and ice cream store and decided he wanted to make candy and ice cream. Liked it so much, decided to make taffy and caramel and everything else, but he couldn't get it right. First he opened up a business in Philadelphia, and it failed within six years. Then he said, you know what, I've got to retool; I think I have it this time. He opened up in Chicago and then New York City. Failure, failure, failure, every time. His mother never gave up on him. His mother said, you just keep going. You got it; you'll find it.

Well, he had launched these stores over and over and over again and he couldn't get it right. He never gave up. This time he decided, you know what, maybe I won't go to the big city, maybe I'll try it out in the heartland, and he did. He tried it out in the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This time he got it right. After failure after failure after failure, this time he got it right. In fact, he got it so right that the name of the town is now named after him, Hershey, Pennsylvania. He finally got his candy right. Milton Hershey was free to succeed. He was free to succeed. No guarantees of success. No protections against the hardship and heartache of failure. Only the promise of long hours, late nights and most likely deep, dark failures. It was America that gave him the opportunity to give us the milk chocolate bar. We wouldn't have had it if Hershey was just too big to fail. We would have gotten crap candy. I'm not just against big government because I'm against big government. I'm against big government because I believe in the power of the individual. Republicans too often think -- it's enough just to call somebody a liberal. Well, I need more than that. America deserves more than that. We need answers. We need solutions. And those answers and solutions always come from the individual. And those answers always come after you've failed over and over and over again. And you never really fail if mom and dad are always there to prop you up. If mom and dad will always say, well, you're too important to fail, you're too big to fail. "You didn't fail. You didn't fail. You got a trophy anyway." You destroy the individual if you do that. It's not compassionate. You destroy people by that, by doing that. The only time you really truly fail is when you're afraid to fail, so you never try. That is the definition of real failure. Have you ever tried to do something 1,000 times and refused to give up? Failed over and over and over again? I've failed more than I've succeeded in life. I have been a failure much longer than I have been a success, at almost everything that I do. But it makes those small glimpses of success so very valuable.

The American dream is built on determination of never giving up because you want a taste of that success. Thomas Edison, if he would have given up, we wouldn't have had the electric light bulbs. 1,000 different filaments he tried and then only to have the government ban them years later. We have the incandescent light bulb because a man sat in a room and tried 1,000 different filaments before he succeeded. We focus too many times on this country on the success and not enough on the work and the failure that was needed to overcome, to get that success.

Did you know that Thomas Edison had a cement factory? You didn't know that? It failed. By the way, you do know that Thomas Edison gave us the first motion picture, right? He gave us the silent movie. Do you know why -- the man who changed the world with his inventions has more patents to his name than anybody else. Do you know why he gave us the silent movie? Because he didn't think that you could make a movie and connect it to sound. So he never tried. He failed because he never tried. He didn't pursue it. So it never happened. Pursue it.

See, this is the one word that everybody seems to dismiss in our founding documents. It's not a guarantee of success or happiness that our founding fathers promised. They promised the pursuit of happiness. It is the pursuit of happiness that eventually leads us to happiness. But in that pursuit sometimes you're going to be in very dark alleys, but you give it your best. You give it your all. And it may not be enough. As a conservative I know failure and I know failure happens, and I also know and realize the universal truth that government cannot change that reality.

When President Kennedy promised to put a man on moon, he brought in the best scientists, he brought in the most advanced technology. He poured millions of dollars into the space program. The result, three promising American astronauts were killed in a launch pad fire as they sat there on the launch pad dreaming of going into space. They died. It wasn't until Apollo XI that Americans successfully put a man on the moon. We wouldn't have gotten there after that tragic launch pad fire if we would have said, "Apollo II? What, are you crazy?" But like the candy maker from Hershey, Pennsylvania, NASA learned from its failures. It became better. It rededicated itself to the mission. And we sent a man to the moon. Think of that. Every time you look up, this country put men on the moon. They walked on the moon. Today Democrats and Republicans tell us that I can't achieve without their help, that you can't achieve without their help. You need this or that government program to succeed. The government needs to be there as a safety net in case you fall down and get a booboo. It's there to catch you, temporarily assist you while you get back on your feet. What government has become is a safety blanket, and people are being taught every day, they have been conditioned that they need that safety blanket, that they need that government to stand there and hold their hand and make sure that they protect you from all the bad things that might happen. The biggest thing our founding fathers wanted protection from was a big government that protected you. The promise of America isn't guaranteed success, but the promise that we can try, that we can try to achieve the American dream. And not only together can we do it but maybe more importantly as individuals we can do it. Because after all, we're Americans. A group of individuals that changed the world, a group of individuals that once we really recognize who we really are will change the world again.

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.

You can find him on social media – Facebook, Twitter, MeWe

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."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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Far away fields are always greener.

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

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

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

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

Role of Government

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

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

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

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

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

Tyranny North Korea Style!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish People

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

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

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

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

Going Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

You can find him on social media – Facebook, Twitter, MeWe

Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

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

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation with Rep. Dan Crenshaw:

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