Glenn, O'Reilly announcement


It's time for the truth straight up, whether you like it or not. Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck are teaming up and going on tour. Your town may never be the same.

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GLENN: Radicals and revolutionaries are running our country. Our healthcare is being destroyed by unions and special interests. We've got terrorists going on trial in Manhattan. Can things get worse? Yes. Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck are going on the road together. And we have Bill O'Reilly on with me now. Hi, bill.

O'REILLY: Hey, how are we doing, by the way? Do you have any idea?

GLENN: Yeah, sold out in Westbury, New York.

O'REILLY: Sold out already?

GLENN: Almost sold out in Tampa at the Sun Dome.

O'REILLY: Is that right? What's the capacity there?

O'REILLY: What, 8,000?

O'REILLY: Well, so this is like one day and we sold out Westbury music fair and Tampa already?

GLENN: Well, not Tampa still has tickets available, Bill.

O'REILLY: What did you say? What was the second one?

GLENN: Almost sold out in Tampa.

O'REILLY: Almost.

GLENN: And then about half sold out in South Carolina and Virginia.

O'REILLY: What's wrong with those people?

GLENN: I don't know.

O'REILLY: How come we're not all sold out there? Don't people realize how historic and monumental this show is going to be?

GLENN: I don't think they do. Some might say that's a little grandiose of you to say.

O'REILLY: Well, I just want to make sure that everybody listening in those areas, Norfolk, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina and few tickets left in Tampa understand that the show is mostly about me. And so they don't have to worry about the other about you so much.

GLENN: Is that really what it is? I notice, you know, I say we'll do you are not sure, Bill, we'll do a show together; it will be fun.

O'REILLY: Yeah, picture Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon. Guess what role you're going to play?

GLENN: Johnny Carson.

O'REILLY: Yes.

GLENN: So I say, sure, I'll go on the road with you. And then all of a sudden he comes back and he's like, I got the name of the tour. All right, that's great. What is it? Bold Fresh.

O'REILLY: The Bold Fresh Tour. Is there a better name on Earth?

GLENN: Isn't that the name of your book that you've been hawking for, like, four years?

O'REILLY: Beck, you want to call it the Arguing With Idiots tour?

GLENN: Yes, I do.

O'REILLY: Is that what you want to do?

GLENN: Yes, I do. I'll be arguing with you.

O'REILLY: Guess who the idiots will be? Wise up, man. I'm bold, you're fresh. I mean, that's what's going on here.

GLENN: Is that what it is? All right. So I come out, let me just say let me tell the story the way Bill O'Reilly's going to tell it. So Beck's going to do a few minutes as an opening act and then I come out and then I do 30 minutes and then we break and then, I don't know, Beck does something else and then, I don't know, maybe he turns the table on me and asks me a few questions as well. I don't know. It could be anybody doing that role, but I will be on the stage.

O'REILLY: Yeah. Well, I don't know if you are getting the texture of it. Let me, let me present it to people.

GLENN: Okay.

O'REILLY: So they would actually want to see the show.

GLENN: Yeah, sure. Well, wait a minute. Didn't I say that you would be there?

O'REILLY: Okay. But you know? Look. Some people have mixed feelings about me, you know.

GLENN: No.

O'REILLY: The audience loves you and we're on your program. So let's exploit that.

GLENN: Are you saying that your audience does not love you?

O'REILLY: You know, I think some in my audience feel a little bit this way and that sometimes. Beck comes out in full Beck regalia. So he will be dressed as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. He comes down, he's got the blackboard, he's got all the accoutrements. He does 35, 40 minutes, you know. He whips the crowd into an apocalyptic frenzy where they are all basically going to buy bunkers when they leave the arena.

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GLENN: They all have bunkers, Bill. You are the only one who hasn't committed.

O'REILLY: They are buying machine guns and

GLENN: Let me tell you something. Let me tell you something. If the world starts spiraling out of control and we're in Tampa, you are going to be out in the parking lot kicking rocks, man, asking yourself, where did everybody go?

O'REILLY: It will be the first to admit if your vision comes true, my head will be on a stick somewhere. Okay?

GLENN: Yes.

O'REILLY: All right. So Beck presents his vision of the country and then he is removed by a couple of guys in white coats. He is removed so he can rest. And then I come out and I give you the no spin look at where I think things are heading. So you get two distinctive points of view which, of course

GLENN: What is that look? Hang on, what is that look?

O'REILLY: Depends on, it's January and now it's November. Right now, where I think we are right now is I think President Obama's lost control of the process. I absolutely think that and you know I have not been an Obama barber.

GLENN: I know. And you also last I think it was last week I heard you say that you were on with Dennis Miller. And Dennis Miller who you know has made fun of me relentlessly for being a, I'm just saying somebody that might have a bomb shelter. You two were talking about an insurrection coming.

O'REILLY: Tax revolt.

GLENN: He used the word insurrection. And not in a comedic way.

O'REILLY: Yeah, tax revolt. I think people, when they figure out how badly they are going to get hurt in the next few years, there's going to be a tea party on taxes and it's going to get nasty. Nancy Pelosi's going to be bobbing up and down in the Boston harbor. But let's get back to the tour for just a minute.

GLENN: I don't think that's necessary.

O'REILLY: So after Beck comes on, then I come on and I give my state of the union because it will be around the state of the union time. We're doing this in the end of January. So you get two distinctive views which is really the beauty of the program because you don't get, you know, the same. You get different. So you hear Beck and then you hear O'Reilly and then we take it in gear and Beck stuff and we'll have T shirts.

GLENN: I don't think I have Beck stuff. I've never seen any Beck

O'REILLY: We have Bold Fresh Tour shirts and you are on them.

GLENN: I don't think I gave permission.

O'REILLY: We got bold fresh hats, we sign books, it's going to be great. And then Beck and I come back

GLENN: Wait, wait, sign books?

O'REILLY: Your book, too. You've got 15 books in the best seller list. We'll have them stacked in the corner, all right? I only have one book. You have 15 books.

GLENN: I know. You should I mean, I read the book no, listen.

O'REILLY: I know what you're doing, but

GLENN: No, I read your bold fresh book. I read it, I believe when it first came out in 1973. And it was very good.

O'REILLY: Thank you, Catcher in the Rye.

GLENN: I mean, it is a classic at this point.

O'REILLY: Right. But it's still on the best seller list, Beck. You know, I mean, Beck's got books on the best sellers but they are all thematic, Christmas Sweater, Christmas socks, Christmas earmuffs. I mean, it just goes down the apparel line. But people buy it.

GLENN: That's an idea. Write that down. Glenn Beck apparel.

O'REILLY: Right.

GLENN: Remember that.

O'REILLY: But then after the intermission on the Bold Fresh Tour, we come back, there will be two chairs, two glasses of water and then I'll ask Beck one question, he will ask me one. Back and forth. And that's going to be nobody knows because I'm not going to tell you what questions I'm going to ask you and I'm sure you won't tell me. Nobody knows where that's going to go.

GLENN: I'm going to have two piles of questions. Right rye the authorities may have to be called.

GLENN: I want you to know I'm going to have two piles of questions. I'm going to have the nice pile and the, oh, Bill decided to jump ugly on that last question to Glenn, huh? And that will be the second pile.

O'REILLY: So this is why this thing is going to be so much fun because it's going to be a lot different than the radio and television presentations that we make. And neither of us know how this is going to go. This could spiral out of control easily.

GLENN: I have a feeling the only one that gets hurt in this whole scenario is me.

O'REILLY: I don't think so, Beck. I think being associated with me no matter what happens is a plus for you.

GLENN: You know what I like about you?

O'REILLY: Everything.

GLENN: Humility. Your humility. Okay, you could go to BoldFreshTour.com and grab your tickets. Again they are almost sold out in Tampa at the Sun Dome and it is January 29th at 8:00 p.m. They are sold out already in New York. In Charleston, South Carolina we're going to be at the coliseum there 1:00 Saturday, January 30th. And then in Virginia at Norfolk in the Convocation Center at Saturday night, 8:00 p.m.

O'REILLY: Be a lot of fun. And people we're keeping the ticket prices moderate. And we are. Beck and I did that on purpose. We could have charged more, but we want the folks to be able to see us. And we want

GLENN: He's not can I tell you something? Bill's not the capitalist that I am.

O'REILLY: No. We kept them down.

GLENN: No, you kept them down. You stepped on you stepped on my business partner's throat and said keep them down.

O'REILLY: That's right.

GLENN: And I said, Bill, gouge the rich.

O'REILLY: This isn't the Puff Daddy tour. I mean, people can afford this. And they make great Christmas gifts. And particularly for people you don't like. Give them the tickets. It's a great Christmas gift.

GLENN: Yeah, they will be chewing their arm off to get out. Okay. So that is ham. Now Bill, let me ask you this.

O'REILLY: Sure.

GLENN: Why do you suppose the president is, why are we going to have a trial of killers, of terrorists here in New York?

O'REILLY: Well, from what I can put together here, it's totally insane. I mean, this guy's already admitted it. So why do we bother putting him on trial? He's committed it. You know, when you commit a terrorist act or a crime and they are two different distinctive things and we're going to deal with that on The Factor tonight.

GLENN: Hey, would you ask him a question for me?

O'REILLY: Sure.

GLENN: How does a if somebody is shooting at you, how does the bullet bounce off your siding of your house? Because it didn't even because when I heard that when Lou Dobbs was being shot at, I thought this is a bad thing, this is a very, very bad thing. But he lives in a section of the country where there are hunters.

O'REILLY: Jersey, yeah.

GLENN: And, you know, the bullet bounced off the siding of his house. That sounds like it might have been shot a long, long, long, long, long distance.

O'REILLY: Yeah, the problem was etched on the bullet was... this one's for you, Lou. So I think that was a hint. So anyway, I'll ask him about what was

GLENN: My producer looks at me and says, really?

O'REILLY: No.

GLENN: No.

STU: I believe him.

GLENN: This is why my career is tubed, going out on the Bold Fresh Tour because everybody will say they will blame that on me.

O'REILLY: This is so why it is so valuable for you to be associated with me. This is why. Let's get back to the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed deal. The guy's admitted it. He shouldn't be going on trial anyway. He should just be shot. I don't even believe in capital punishment but that's what the military tribunal would do. And these pinheads that want the trial in New York, I think there are two reasons. The ACLU crew which is pushing it and Holder, the attorney general, they want to put the Bush administration on trial, waterboarding on trial, the CIA on trial. That's what they want to do. They want to humiliate all of the war on terror, Bush/Cheney axis. That's their goal. Okay? And that will happen. Obama himself, his basic in my opinion is Pontius Pilate here. It's Pontius Pilate in Latin but we see Pontius Pilate in America.

GLENN: Do they say Pontius Pilate in Latin America?

O'REILLY: The argument, he just stands by and washes his hands of him.

GLENN: No, no, you're wrong.

O'REILLY: See, I don't believe he's the architect.

GLENN: Oh, I do.

O'REILLY: See, I think Rahm Emanuel is the architect as they call Karl Rove the architect of the Bush administration.

GLENN: Yeah.

O'REILLY: See, you give Obama far too much, in my opinion, credit for being this insidious guy who sits there in the basement with

GLENN: Well, they haven't gotten anything done now, have they, in the last nine months?

O'REILLY: That's true. And even Saturday Night Live

GLENN: No, it's not true. No, it's not true. They have gotten framework through that will boggle America's mind.

O'REILLY: Oh, okay. I mean, I thought you meant legislation that actually is on the board. No, you see them as subverting the country and setting up this far left paradise that they can walk into. I think there are elements in the Obama administration trying to do that. I agree with you there, that there are elements trying to do it.

GLENN: You are going to be

O'REILLY: But I think he's much more of a selfish guy.

GLENN: Everybody will be gone. We'll be in our fallout shelters with our canned food and you'll be eating the brains of dogs within a week.

O'REILLY: There you go. You see, this is what I'm going to have to deal with and I'm going to have to have material to counterman it.

GLENN: No, you'll never be able to

O'REILLY: He's got two and a half years left. I say only two because he's going to have to campaign for reelection hard. He's only got a short window. Even though he's only been president for less than a year, he's only got two more years.

GLENN: What happens if what happens if this country is hit? I mean, we've already been hit I don't know if you heard

O'REILLY: Yeah, Fort Hood was a terrorist.

GLENN: Yeah, it absolutely was. I don't know if you heard what Chuck Schumer was. Chuck Schumer blamed it on the State of Texas because he said it's too easy to buy guns in Texas.

O'REILLY: They always do that. I mean, they did that at the Virginia Tech massacre, Columbine, they always do that.

GLENN: This is a terrorist attack. This isn't some nut job.

O'REILLY: No, that's right.

GLENN: This is a terrorist attack.

O'REILLY: And we said that from the jump.

GLENN: So what happens, what happens, Bill, when all of a sudden, you know, we are hit again? We're hit

O'REILLY: Well, Obama loses. I mean, look, the American people are turning against see, look. This is what I don't get about you. If you look at the opinion polls, the American people have already turned against Barack Obama. They have already identified him as a liar. Most people, 60% see him that way. His approval ratings are below 50%. He doesn't have any legislation that he can call his own. And he's got chaos overseas. So the American people are basically saying, okay, we elected him on hope. He's not doing the job. Unemployment is more than 10%. So we don't like him very much anymore. Now, the only way he countermans that is if he gets a few big victories. And I'm not seeing where those victories are going to come from. So I think that folks themselves are going to blunt what you see inevitable drift toward socialism. I think the people are going to rise up in the tax realm and other areas and basically make it impossible for him to govern.

GLENN: I hope you're right. I hope you're right. I really hope. You are absolutely wrong, but I hope you're right.

O'REILLY: When have I ever been wrong?

GLENN: The name of the tour is the bold and fresh tour. He's bold, I'm fresh. I guess. Bill O'Reilly and Beck on the road. Again tickets almost sold out at the Sun Dome in Tampa. Charleston, South Carolina, we'll be there on Saturday, January 30th. Tampa is Friday, January 29th at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30th at 1:00 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina and then the night in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday, January 30th, 8:00 p.m. The tickets are on sale now. You can go to BoldFreshTour.com. Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, or as he likes to say, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck.

O'REILLY: And the other guy.

GLENN: Bill, thanks a lot, we'll talk to you.

O'REILLY: Okay, Beck, thanks.

GLENN: By the way, hang on. Are you there, Bill? Bill, are you there?

O'REILLY: Yes, I am.

GLENN: I just want to say this publicly. To my audience I get a lot of heat from people. They say, Bill O'Reilly, man, like he's really trying to give you a hard time, everything else. Bill O'Reilly has been a gentleman, a statesman and a good friend to me the whole time, and he has absolutely no reason. He really is like Johnny Carson. There's no reason for him to have to do this. He's just doing it because he's a good guy. And I appreciate that, Bill. I want you to know that.

O'REILLY: You are a big talent and I think the chemistry between you and me on The Factor is terrific and we're going to have to translate that to live appearances. That's going to a lot of fun.

GLENN: Thanks a lot, Bill, appreciate it.

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."

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.

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