Glenn Beck: What system are we?




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GLENN: The question in USA Today, is child obesity child abuse. Courts increasingly wrestle with questions of parental fitness. Well, of course they are going to wrestle with if we could just have something, you know, like some sort of rights of the child. Oh, my goodness, we have one of those. That's fantastic. We can get that from the United Nations. They have been pressuring us to sign that for a while. And then we'll know that parents only have certain rights with their children and the courts will have to wrestle with those questions of parental fitness.

So the question today I have for you is what system are we? Are we capitalist anymore? Are we a socialist? Are we a communist? Are's an oligarchy? I'm going to tell you what I think we are in a few minutes.

Let's recap again. First definite nation is capitalism.

PAT: An economic system based on a free market, open competition, profit motive and private ownership of the means of production.

GLENN: Don't think we're that anymore.

PAT: Doesn't sound like. It.

GLENN: Socialist?

PAT: A social is government is any of the various theories or systems of social organization which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.

GLENN: Okay, I think we're closer to that one than we are capitalism but that's not right, either.

PAT: And the reason that's not communism yet, it's between capitalism and communism is because the collective ownership of the economy under a dictatorship has not yet been achieved. So communism then is the theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common. Actual ownership being a

GLENN: Hold on just a second. I just want to point this out. Listen to this carefully. The idea that property is held in common. Joe, do you have that stat on how much the exact stat Fannie and Freddie own of our mortgages?

JOE: Percentage says it's 57%. But as far as homes, I'm still looking that up.

GLENN: So 50% of all mortgages?

PAT: 57.

GLENN: 57% of all mortgages currently being held by Fannie and Freddie. Now, I just, I want to alert you on something. The TARP program guaranteed to be $700 million I'm sorry, $700 billion. Guaranteed to be $700 billion. We found out yesterday from the inspector general of the TARP program that what we have actually guaranteed is $24 trillion. No, that hasn't gone out of the $700 billion. That's what we gave out. But we've promised $24 trillion. If somebody goes, you know, down with their mortgages, if somebody goes down with their bank buildings, if somebody goes down with their commercial real estate, whatever, that's okay. We'll cover it. "But these things aren't going to happen." Well, how much more does the state own if they bail out $24 trillion worth of loans? And we think that it's just going into Fannie and Freddie. Well, that's no big deal. That is going to the federal government. You start defaulting on these things by the way, commercial real estate, much bigger than the real estate bubble that we just went through. And the second phase of the home bubble, the home real estate bubble is coming, and that one is bigger than the first one as well.

So how much will they end up if they own 57% now, how much will they own two years from now? Okay, so that's the first part of communism. You have to own the property. You have to own collectively everything.

PAT: And then the actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.

GLENN: Okay. We've already got that with GM and CitiBank and everything else.

PAT: An oligarchy is a form of government in which all power is vested in a few people or in a dominant class or clique, government by the few.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. Let's do this again. An oligarchy like what they have in Russia is what?

PAT: A form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique, government by the few.

GLENN: Dominant class or clique, I'm trying to think. I mean, I know that businesses are being huge business, they are too big to fail. You know, let's get those guys, let's bail those guys out. They have got to be bailed out right away. That's crazy. And they are the ones that are wait a minute. Hang on just a second. I'm thinking a dominant class or clique, you've got the uber rich. You've got the extreme left. You have these giant corporations that are involved.

PAT: Can you think of one in particular?

GLENN: GE, I can think of that. I can think of the labor unions, those guys.

PAT: Yeah. Any banks in particular that spring to mind?

GLENN: CitiBank, Bank of America, you know, Goldman Sachs.

PAT: Goldman Sachs.

GLENN: Goldman Sachs.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Goldman Sachs, wow, that's almost an oligarchy there, huh? Isn't that weird. I'm sure we're not an oligarchy. I'm sure we're not even close to that.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Okay, the next one, the last one is fascism. Listen to this one.

PAT: A governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

GLENN: Let's go back and take this one apart. I personally think we are on the road. We're not any of these right now, including capitalism. We're not any of these because we are going through a metamorphosis. We are a caterpillar in a cocoon right now. When the cocoon comes off, what are we going to be? I believe we are headed towards one of the last two: Oligarchy or fascism. Listen to you have the oligarchy. That is basically a system where, look, it's Russia. Russia's got, you know, popular elections, they do it. But everybody knows Putin runs the show. And he's living by the Russian constitution. What? He's the prime minister now. What? He had term limits. What? He's not running things. Yes, he is. You know it and I know it. And who's really running the country? Putin is the strong man making sure that business runs right. And if you are not doing the things that he wants, you are dead. More journalists die in Russia than any other country. It is a dangerous place because it is run by the uber powerful and the uber rich. Don't even think about trying to break that system up. No matter where you are, they will kill you. That's what's happening in Russia. Is that where we're headed? When the cocoon breaks? Are we an oligarchy? Or are we a fascistic state. Listen carefully.

PAT: Government system led by a dictator having complete power.

GLENN: Stop. This is where everyone says a dictator with complete power, you are ridiculous. You are right. Theory, just think transformation process. What are we headed towards? We have a guy who now is trying to move the inspectors general into the executive branch so the executive branch will have control of all the inspectors general. Then he's got a system of czars that answer to no one. They don't answer to congress. You have framework being put into these bills that are going to make congress impotent, not to mention what's coming with the census. You've got ACORN coming out and doing the census. That's going to shift boundaries. That's going to shift capital. That's going to shift power. All right. So you've got a very strong dictator. We don't have a dictator yet.

PAT: No.

GLENN: I hope he never turns into one. But gee, the framework is sure being built for that. Hope he never turns into it. All right, next part of it.

PAT: Forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism.

GLENN: Forcibly, that's not happening forcibly well, I will tell you that if you don't

PAT: Makings of it.

GLENN: Yeah, if you don't think that Bank of America has been told to shut their mouth, if you don't think CitiBank has been told to shut their mouth. We know for a fact Browner has told the car companies shut your mouth; don't you even say a word; I don't even want this in writing. But nobody's even investigating it. Wildly against the law. Okay? So you have the beginnings of it. But you are not there yet.

PAT: All the talk of the Fairness Doctrine, those kinds of things.

GLENN: Exactly right. If you think my voice or Rush's voice or Sean's voice are going to be here in five years, boy, I hope you're right. I hope you're right.

PAT: Regimenting all industry, commerce, et cetera and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism.

GLENN: Regimenting all commerce. What is the commerce clause? Why have we been ranting about overturn the commerce clause? Because they regiment all commerce. They are already doing these things. Is there any more to it?

PAT: Emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. If there's not racism now

GLENN: If there's not racism, I don't know what there is. It is this is a whole system built on the race card. Back in a second.

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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