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GLENN: Yes. So tomorrow's the big day. We have the coronation -- the election -- tomorrow where, you know, it's a formality, make it official: Hey, look who's God. And I just thought, you know, I want to put -- I just want to -- maybe it's just me, and you can comment on any of this. You know, anybody who wants to call in and be heard on these things, you go ahead and we'll write it down.

Stu and Dan, chime in on these things. I'd like to know the odds of a riot tomorrow. I think the odds of a riot tomorrow if Obama does not win 100%. Yea or nay?

STU: It's not a very good Vegas odd line there because I don't think there's the other side of that. But yeah.

GLENN: No one's going to take that bet. Of course it's 100%. And if it breaks out in Detroit, they will do hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

STU: Yeah, but you have to ask the people --

DAN: You have to ask the people of Detroit to clear up the answer on the bet. What are they rioting for? There's several reasons to riot in the streets.

STU: Could be a normal Wednesday riot.

GLENN: Hang on a second. First of all, in Detroit they may actually do -- it's like a public service. This might be part of the green corps: Hey, burn down that entire neighborhood, will ya? I mean, and again they would do like, I'm guessing but I mean, the insurance companies would be on the hook for, like, 50, 60 bucks. So you've got that going for you.

Now, odds that there's a riot because he wins.

STU: You mean like we won the championship, now a riot?

GLENN: Yes. Not like Wyoming, you know, is all of a sudden, "What!" I mean, yoo! I mean, all of a sudden they burn Detroit down because he's won.

DAN: There's going to be at least be cars rolled over. I would at least say that.

STU: It has to be, right? I mean, that's --

GLENN: It doesn't have to be. In the world that we're now living in, yes, I suppose the odds are in its favor, but it doesn't have to be. I don't think we've ever had -- has anybody ever rolled a car when the President has ever won before?

STU: I don't know. That's a good question.

GLENN: Could you look that up for me at some point today? I'd like to know.

STU: Definitely, I'll check that out, Glenn.

GLENN: All right. Check back especially, especially in that Hoover administration thing. That was a big one.

DAN: They were pushing cars in the Jimmy Carter one just to get them to the gas stations.

STU: Yeah, and that might start again.

GLENN: Okay, so come on, really. Odds, if he wins, a celebratory riot.

STU: I'm going to say -- I'll go no. I'll say no.

DAN: I'm going to say, yeah, I think so.

GLENN: Do you guys know how to play the odds? Yes and no, that doesn't work. You give me a percentage.

STU: What's supposed to work is that you are supposed to give us odds and then you take it or not take it, Mr. "I've never -- I've gambled one time and I've told a story about it 500 times." I mean, the way you are supposed to say it is --

GLENN: Dan, Dan, do me a favor.

DAN: Yes.

STU: Would you bring a box in for Stu Friday? He is going to need it.

DAN: Sure.

GLENN: You know what, Stu, I just want to help make sure that you get part of that bailout package.

STU: Thank you. I appreciate that.

GLENN: You're welcome. One way or another, I'm going to be paying for it. So --

STU: I'll say 35% chance of riot if Obama wins. I'd say 85% if he loses.

GLENN: If he loses, 100%. 100%.

STU: I thought the game was I was supposed to say a percentage.

GLENN: Is anybody writing this down? I guess I should have said that at the outset. Somebody should write this down. I say 100% of you loses. I agree with you. I'll take a little -- I'll be a little riskier. 40% if he wins. I think you are probably accurate, 25, 30%. But I'll go, oh, what the hell.

STU: So you are saying --

GLENN: What we need is a good riot!

STU: All right. So 100% if he were to lose.

GLENN: If he loses? Do you think, anybody disagree with me?

STU: I said 85%. Do you listen to this show?

GLENN: No, I don't listen to you. I listen to this show. It's fantastic.

STU: You just hear silence when I'm talking? Doesn't seem like --

GLENN: Hello, are we still on the air?

Okay, let's go to the stock market. On Wednesday has everybody cashed out at this point? Is everybody who said, "Holy cow, socialism is right around the corner," have they cashed out. What is -- can you look at a chart of ExxonMobil? Because if ExxonMobil hasn't lost half of its value, oh, it will.

STU: I know it's down quite a bit actually. Let's see if I can get a stock quote here.

GLENN: Look that -- who's the biggest coal producer in the country? That's got to be -- I mean, coal's going to just take a -- if you are an energy company, bye-bye. So stock market, down -- is it going to be up or down? And is it going to be big in either direction? I'm torn on this one because if you didn't get your money out yet, you're just so stupid that you -- I mean, you know, if you are still, "Well, I don't know, I think Obama, he may not be so bad." I mean, who's running for the exits after he wins?

STU: I think an Obama win has been priced into the stock market already.

GLENN: I think so, too. I think so, too.

STU: I think that's what everyone's expecting at this point.

GLENN: I think it's going to be down but I don't know if it will be big.

STU: On Wednesday? All right. You are going to say down by how much? Just give me a number.

GLENN: I don't even know what big is anymore. I say a couple of hundred points.

STU: 200 points? I'll say up 75 points. And then because that's the whole thing of you sell the news -- what is it? You sell the rumor and buy the news or the reverse, however that works. As you can see, I'm a financial genius. But I think that everyone's already priced that into the market than when he actually gets elected, it will bounce a little bit.

GLENN: Here we go, next one. The year the Democrats actually stop running against George Bush.

STU: Oh, God.

GLENN: I think 20 -- I don't know, you know, 2030. What do you think?

STU: 2030? Yeah, see, I don't think so. I think it's going to have to be -- you've got to figure -- I'm going to say 2204 because in 2204 there's going to be a lot of new issues on the table and I don't know that they are going to be able to quote George Bush.

GLENN: They will still -- you know this economy -- well, let me go back a step. How about the economy? Does the economy magically look better now that Obama is in, according to the media? Are they deemphasizing it or do they just continue to tell the news but now really emphasize how bad George W. Bush was and how this economy is called?

STU: Well, clearly the economy here is going to all of a sudden be magically helped just like it was -- remember in 2004 they ran their whole campaign on George Bush was worse than Herbert Hoover and then we went on to have like three, you know, very good years in the economy. So I think that they will probably start doing that immediately but I just wonder, what is the statute of limitations on George Bush's economic policies? Are they going to be able to -- in 2012, you know, will they still be able to say, look, we just haven't been able to recover from all that evil George Bush stuff?

GLENN: They will. They will continue to run on -- they will run against George W. Bush until the end of the Constitution. So that could be three weeks from now. We're not sure but until this country is over, they will run against George W. Bush.

I don't think the media is going to -- the economy is going to look good. I think all they are going to do is dogpile onto George W. Bush the evil capitalists, the evil Wall Street, the evil bankers, the evil CEOs. That's all they are going to do. And they will continue to say how awful this economy is, where normally it turns around. But this economy's not going to turn around. And when they realize it's not going to turn around -- I mean not going to turn around at least, you know, quickly, when they realize that, they are just going to dogpile on which will make Obama's job seemingly more easy.

Now, next question. Percent of purchase price that is the new sales tax for a firearm.

STU: By when? When is this -- whenever he UPS it?

GLENN: Twelve months. Within 12 months.

STU: What is it now? Do you have any idea?

GLENN: No idea. Joe, can you check that out for me? What is the current sales tax -- federal tax, not sales tax but federal tax on firearms?

STU: I'll go with a full double of it, whatever it is.

GLENN: I'm going to go for three times. If guns are still available.

STU: Right, yeah, that's always the --

GLENN: Number of prisoners in Gitmo released.

STU: 100%. You mean released or just out of Gitmo. Because he's always talking about closing that thing down.

GLENN: Well, released to --

STU: Released to freedom or released to, you know, they go to trial in America and they go through, you know, another -- a different prison, different circumstance?

GLENN: Can you imagine if we're trying, if we try terrorists in our own courtroom?

STU: Yes, I can definitely imagine it. It seems to be our goal.

DAN: They are going to get therapy. The sentence.

STU: Seems the only thing we care more about than main street is the terrorists' feelings of late.

DAN: They had troubled childhoods, you know.

GLENN: The date Obama hits a 30% approval rating.

STU: See, how do you get to a 30% approval rating when you are a Democrat? Is that possible?

GLENN: Oh, it's going to be.

STU: George Bush is between 25 and 35 right now. Now, he has been absolutely viciously attacked for eight years, some of it legitimately for many commentators but some of it completely unfair, that much of it completely unfair. If you are Barack Obama, you are going to get the full-fledged support like a "Pledge of Allegiance" from 90% of the media. How do you ever get that low?

DAN: Even if it did, they are not going to report it. I mean, look at congress now. Democrat-controlled congress is even lower than Bush by far.

GLENN: Here's what I think's going to happen. I think that in -- ten years ago he would hit an all-time low. I mean, congress, the approval rating of congress is at 9%? I bet you it gets down to 6. You have a -- in the old days 100 -- I mean, 10 years ago -- in the old days -- I would have said that he could hit an approval rating of 30, but I don't think that he will. I think Joe Biden is right. I think there is going to be an event and the pendulum is going to stop swinging. I really think these guys will grab the pendulum and making sure it never swings again. It never goes away. You know, I have talked to so many regular people, so many regular people that I swore, if you would have given me and said, you know, Glenn, bet your house on whether that person agrees with some of the stuff that you said, I would have bet my house, no possible way, no way that person agrees with me. I have met so many people just this last weekend that said, "Glenn, I mean, I think we're headed for a Civil War. I just, there's -- I think there's a possibility this guy turns out to be a fascist." And I've talked to Republicans, I've talked to independents, I've talked to Democrats that have said this guy really spooks me. And with the combination of congress, I think they could stop the pendulum. I think that there is a lot of people in this society that their gut says real trouble on the horizon but they think they're alone, and they're not. I just think this warning bell is going off like crazy and, you know, get all spooky, freaky religious with you, I really think that God is awakening his people and I think the opposition force is just as strong. I really do. I think the opposition is just working their own kind of miracles right now and I just think that those people -- you know, I was talking to a family member of mine and I rarely talk to her. I just happened to talk to her this week even. Rarely talk to her and she is one generation removed from the Great Depression. And we were talking about it and she said, "Boy, everything, everything my father, who lived through the Great Depression and was raising kids through the Great Depression, everything my father said to look out for is coming." And she said, "I can't understand your generation." She said, "Your generation, we taught you these things. We passed it on. How is it when these things start to come that you miss it?" I said I don't know, I don't know. She said, "You know, I have found that the people who are spiritually aware right now are the ones most likely to be awake." And I said, I don't know, I've met a lot of people who I think are, you know, real spiritual people, you know, going to church all the time, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, don't get it. They don't see it, they don't get it. And I don't understand how in a country where freedom, freedom and freedom with religion and capitalism, how people aren't saying, "Well, wait a minute, hang on just a second, I don't want a big heavy state telling me exactly what I can and cannot do."

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

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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.

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