Glenn Beck: Am I my brother's keeper?



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GLENN: How's Aunt Zeituni?

PAT: Great.

GLENN: Seriously Aunt Zeituni is good?

PAT: Yeah, she's good.

GLENN: Have you checked in with her? I'm worried about her.

PAT: They have in Boston. They're worried about her, too. Well, I don't know if worried's the right word.

GLENN: They're angry?

PAT: So much as irritated and downright mad.

GLENN: Well, this is Obama's aunt who, Aunt Zeituni who we all love and admire and who is here illegally and has been they've tried to evict her how many times?

PAT: Several times they tried to kick her out of the country and she wouldn't go.

GLENN: Yeah, and then George Bush saved her the last time because it was during the election and nobody wanted to make it look like it was an election ploy. So she had to go right to court in January right after election.

PAT: And now she's been granted asylum. So I don't think she's illegal anymore.

GLENN: Oh, she's granted asylum?

PAT: Granted asylum.

GLENN: Why has she been granted asylum?

PAT: You know, the cynical among us would say it's because she's Barack Obama's aunt but I know that has nothing to do with

GLENN: No, she's actually very angry with America.

PAT: Yeah, she doesn't seem, you know

GLENN: Grateful?

PAT: No, uh uh.

GLENN: Huh. That's a

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: It's an aunt of Obama's

PAT: Not grateful.

GLENN: Not grateful.

PAT: Surprising, isn't it?

GLENN: It is.

PAT: Instead she's more like this.

ZEITUNI: If I have come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.

PAT: Oh, if she comes.

GLENN: If she comes.

PAT: As an immigrant. Then we have the obligation to make her a citizen.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. This is an aunt of Obama. She's not saying that we're an oppressive society, is she?

PAT: No, I'm sure not.

GLENN: No, we just have the obligation.

PAT: I'm sure not.

GLENN: She's demanding citizenship.

PAT: Well, she took the opportunity to come to our country illegally and break our laws. The least we can do is make her a citizen in return.

GLENN: Well

PAT: So

GLENN: Well, we're such why are we so oppressive?

PAT: I don't know.

REPORTER: President Obama's aunt, a woman many say is the poster child of our broken immigration system. We only found out about her back in 2008.

ZEITUNI: Me, Americans dream became was my Americans worst nightmare.

GLENN: Okay, stop for a second. The American dream for her coming here illegally and taking our illegal taking our services here, while she's here illegally. The American dream of being able to come here and leach off us has become a nightmare because we say we don't like leeches.

PAT: I hate that. He asks why.

ZEITUNI: Because of what I have gone through.

REPORTER: Tell me what you've gone through.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

ZEITUNI: It's a hell of a lot.

GLENN: Hell of a lot.

ZEITUNI: Hell of a lot.

PAT: Pretty specific. A lot like her nephew.

GLENN: Her nephew.

PAT: He gives us those answers.

GLENN: A hell of a lot.

PAT: A hell of a lot.

GLENN: Hoping for change.

PAT: Yeah.

REPORTER: She became political fodder intended to hurt her nephew. She also became a focal point of anger. How could Zeituni be here legally for years living in government housing?

ZEITUNI: I've been treated like public enemy number one.

GLENN: No, no, no.

REPORTER: In 2004 Zeituni was ordered out of the country by an immigration judge. She didn't leave.

REPORTER: Did you know that you were staying in this country illegally?

ZEITUNI: I knew I had overstayed.

REPORTER: She said that once she got out of the hospital, she lived in a homeless shelter for nearly two years and then was assigned public housing despite thousands of legal residents also waiting for that kind of assistance.

STU: Weird.

GLENN: Hold it just a second. That is weird. First of all, did she know that her nephew lived here? And he is so into being his brother's keeper.

PAT: Yeah. He's charitable.

GLENN: That he's living in Chicago.

PAT: You know what?

GLENN: She should have gone and gotten help from her nephew.

PAT: His salvation can't come about without a collective salvation for his whole family.

GLENN: He is his brother's keeper.

PAT: That's

GLENN: Now, I don't know about the aunt, but his brother well, no, his brother is out also living

PAT: On 75 cents a month.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Yeah. Another weird thing is that he was making tons of money and being an evil rich person and paying the rate of the Bush tax cuts, meaning that he shouldn't have even had an extra 5% of his money. He should have been paying a higher rate. That 5% of the money would have easily helped his aunt.

GLENN: He wouldn't have even noticed the money for her rent and her food and her car and her transportation.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And her healthcare and everything else. He wouldn't even notice it.

STU: Wouldn't even notice it was gone.

PAT: Doesn't need it. Doesn't need the extra cash.

GLENN: Why does he hate his aunt so much?

PAT: I don't know.

STU: Just selfish, I guess, because he certainly was going on vacations and had a nice home and a nice car.

Oh, no. Oh, my, I see it.

GLENN: There it is. It just landed on my cheek.

STU: Well, why don't you brush it off your cheek?

GLENN: Because it doesn't bother me at all. I could sit here and have a fly or a bee just crawl around on my face all the time while I give speeches that I'm reading right directly from a TelePrompTer and it doesn't seem to bother me. What, does it bother you when that happens?

STU: Well, kind of. You are sitting and you are not even

GLENN: Hang on. It just flew away.

STU: Hang on, it's moving again.

GLENN: Now it's on my nose. Not a problem.

STU: Why isn't a problem? You could easily move it

GLENN: No, it's kind of cool. Doesn't bother me at all. No, doesn't bother me at all.

STU: You could easily remove it with no effort.

GLENN: No, hang on. You know who knows? You know who knows about the aunt?

STU: Who knows?

GLENN: The Bees Know.

PAT: The Bees Know.

GLENN: That's seriously.

PAT: Which is why we're wearing

GLENN: The Bees Know sweat shirts new for fall. They're in the they're in the Web store starting tomorrow. Yes. Yes, I'm an evil capitalist. Yes.

PAT: All the proceeds go to Aunt Zeituni, right?

GLENN: Not a dime. Not a dime.

PAT: Oh, wow.

GLENN: I believe that I am not Obama's aunt's keeper.

PAT: So does he, frankly.

GLENN: What's really weird is he thinks that you

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: are his aunt's keeper.

PAT: Yes, he does. Yes, he does.

GLENN: So anyway, there's more.

PAT: There's more.

GLENN: We're just getting started. Good eating.

REPORTER: How do you respond to those families that would say, why is she getting anything?

ZEITUNI: Let me tell you. I don't mind. I can't even be on the streets with homeless people. I didn't ask for it. They gave it to me.

GLENN: Stop. Stop just a second.

PAT: I mean, what is she pissed about?

GLENN: She doesn't care? She doesn't care? Then kick her out.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And put American citizens in the house.

STU: That do care.

GLENN: She doesn't care. "I do not care, and I live on street with homeless." Good. Go live on street with homeless people then.

PAT: And for those who say that's horribly

GLENN: Callous?

PAT: callous, get over it. How about her family? I don't know. She's got a nephew who makes $5 1/2 million a year and pays no mortgage! At least on the house he currently resides in.

STU: And is still paying, by the way, lower tax rates than he once he has plenty of time.

PAT: Plenty of time.

STU: Until they kick in, he's got months.

PAT: And he doesn't need the money. She does.

GLENN: He wouldn't even notice the money.

PAT: Wouldn't notice it. Wouldn't notice it.

GLENN: His salvation depends on a collective salvation. He can't go to heaven unless we all go to heaven.

PAT: Mmm hmmm.

GLENN: That's why he's got to be his brother's keeper. He'll let his aunt starve on the streets but his brother he'll let live for 75 cents a day.

PAT: A month.

STU: A month.

PAT: Oh, he would be a wildly wealthy man if he made 75 cents a day. 75 cents a month.

GLENN: 75 cents a month?

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: Has Sally Struthers called Barack Obama?

PAT: (Laughing).

STU: I don't know.

PAT: Barack, for less than the cost of the humpback whale in the tasty butter sauce I just ate, you could feed your brother George Onyango in Kenya. You know?

STU: That's persuasive.

PAT: It is. It is good. I'm not sure she got his name right, but

GLENN: Is there more Zeituni? Because I love her.

PAT: There's even more.

GLENN: There's even more Zeituni. Here's Aunt Zeituni.

ZEITUNI: And you better just ask the system. Ask your system.

STU: That's what we're doing.

ZEITUNI: I didn't create the system.

REPORTER: And she's right.

STU: She is right.

REPORTER: But not apologetic. When news of Zeituni broke, it was of national interest. How could she be living here so long illegally?

There are people that need assistance who have been paying into the system and they've waited in line and they've waited their turn.

GLENN: Yes!

REPORTER: And then somebody like you they say comes along and you never waited in line and you never paid into the system and yet you took advantage of the system.

ZEITUNI: I did not take any advantage of the system. The system took advantage of me.

PAT: Do you love that quote?

STU: Oh, did they?

PAT: In what way? In the way that they provided you with shelter and food?

GLENN: Could we raise the money?

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Could we raise the money in less than a tenth of a second to buy her a small little no, a small little, you know, one room home in is she from Kenya?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: In Kenya and a plane ticket, a one way plane ticket. Could we raise the money in less than a tenth of a second to do that?

PAT: You know we could.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. No, no, we could.

PAT: I'll bet you the phones are being dialed right now.

GLENN: Yeah. But you would have to agree that you never, ever come back again and you are sworn to secrecy that we've done this to you, we've inflicted a new home on you!

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: That we've taken advantage of you so much that we have given you free housing while you were here, free food while you were here, while you were raping our system I'm sorry, while we were oppressing you, the victim somehow or another in your twisted mind.

STU: Yeah. I mean, this is, of course, going to be spun into some evil fashion. But the bottom line here is that you have everyone wants people who need help to get help. But you have people who are struggling and actually could use the stuff and appreciate it.

GLENN: Can I tell you something?

STU: Standing behind her in line who paid nothing into the system.

GLENN: Last night, last night my son saw a garbage man on the street, and I was so proud of him. He saw a garbage man on the street, and this guy was working his ass off. He was just working it. And he was hot and he was sweaty. I mean, he was just working it. And my son looked out the window and he said, look at that guy, Dad. I said, the garbage man? And he said, yeah. Look at how hard he's working. And I said, yeah, he is. That's good, isn't it? He said, yeah. Wow, he's working hard. That guy? That garbage man? That guy I'll help. That guy falls on hard times, that guy I will help. Because he's working it! I thought as I was driving away, I thought, now how does that guy get ahead? You know how that guy gets ahead? By working. In today's society, somebody who will actually give a full day's hard labor and do it with happiness in their heart and in believing the American dream that if they work hard, the next generation can be a little bit better off. That's how he does it. That's how he gets ahead. I've said it before. I'll work at McDonald's, I'll work the Frialator at McDonald's because I'll know by the end of the year I'm the manager of McDonald's. Not because I'm smart or anything else. Because I will apply myself. And so many people will just, "I have to work at McDonald's? You are inflicting a McDonald's job on me?" Yeah, I'm giving you a job and a chance. Yes. You do with it what you will. You can say, "I can't work at McDonald's." You get nothing. You're working your butt off in McDonald's? You're really working hard? You're going to advance. Because a lot of people won't do it. And if you're really working hard, those are the people that we should help! Those people and the people who just cannot do it themselves. If you are if you cannot do it yourself, if you are mentally incapable of doing it, if you are handicapped and you can't do it, you're old, you're infirm, whatever. It's a totally different story. Those are the people that we help. And those who are helping themselves. I got news for ya. Even the handicapped can help themselves. My daughter has cerebral palsy. She works her butt off every day. You're darn right she has a job. She works her butt off every day. Is she going to be a millionaire? I don't know. Will my other daughter who's not a who's not handicapped be a millionaire? I don't know. But all of them work. And all of them must work. And the day they stop working is the day they get nothing from Dad. Nothing. And that's the way that's the way my house is run. And that's the way our country should be run. You want to better yourself? Great. I am there. You don't want to better yourself? You want to make excuses? You want to lay around? Do it on somebody else's couch, not mine.

On "GlennTV," host Glenn Beck argued that the World Health Organization has been knowingly helping the Communist Party of China spread disinformation about the coronavirus.

Why?

Well, it turns out that the current WHO director-general is a politician from Ethiopia (the very first director without a medical degree) — and apparently Ethiopia owes China a lot.

"This outbreak has revealed the WHO as nothing more than a Chinese Communist front," Glenn said. "China knew early on just how dangerous the coronavirus was, how it spread, how fast it spread, and the fatality rate, but were more concerned with getting the blame than protecting lives. So, they had their front man, the World Health Organization, tell the world there was nothing to worry about."

On Jan. 14, the WHO repeated the Chinese Communist Party's claim that the coronavirus does not travel human to human.

On Feb. 3, WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade" to combat the spread of COVID-19.

On the exact same date, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China released a statement criticizing President Trump for restricting travel to China.

"[S]ome countries, the US in particular, have inappropriately overreacted, which certainly runs counter to WHO advice. The US government hasn't provided any substantive assistance to us, but it was the first to evacuate personnel from its consulate in Wuhan, the first to suggest partial withdrawal of its embassy staff, and the first to impose a travel ban on Chinese travelers. What it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a very bad example. Even American media and experts doubted the government's decision, saying that the US government's restrictions on China are precisely what the WHO rejects, that the US is turning from overconfidence to fear and overreaction, and that banning the entry of visitors who traveled to China in the past 14 days is suspected to be violating civil rights instead of reducing risks of virus spreading," spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Hua went on to say, "As the WHO Director-General noted, China is setting a new standard for outbreak response."

Indeed, Tedros has been very consistent in his praise for China's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The steps China has taken to contain the outbreak at its source appear to have bought to the world time," he told the Munich Security Conference in mid-February.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn discussed claims that the Obama administration depleted and never replenished the federal supply of emergency gear, including N95 respirator masks, during the H1N1 flu, or swine flu epidemic, in 2009.

Last month, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, reported that the Obama administration used, and failed to restock supplies of N95 respirator masks, and ignored recommendations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should replenish the "Strategic National Stockpile." Read more on this here.

USA Today followed up with a fact-check article titled, "Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?"

On Sunday, 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of "failing to prepare our nation to respond."

President Trump fired back, "You and Obama depleted America's stockpile of N95 masks after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. You were advised to replenish the national stockpile but FAILED. STOP LYING AND EXPLAIN!"

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,359,010 (up from 1,284,805 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 75,906 (up from 70,906 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 293,454 (up from 271,782 yesterday)
  • Still Just 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% yesterday, and down from the 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 367,650 Confirmed Cases and 10,943 Deaths, up from 336,851 cases and 9,620 cases yesterday
  • The US currently has 336,897 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1.2% of the US Population tested
Motor City Nightmare: More Than 700 Employees in One Detroit Hospital System Test Positive https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/491484-more-than-700-employees-at-one-detroit-hospital-system-test-positive-for
  • Hundreds of staff at a Detroit-area hospital system have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Dr. Adnan Munkarah of the Henry Ford Hospital Campus confirmed 731 cases of the coronavirus among employees at the hospital, accounting for 2 percent of the hospital system's 31,600 employees.
  • As many as 1,500 at another hospital in the state have reported symptoms similar to coronavirus, though those numbers are not confirmed cases.
  • "If we are to test the whole population, you are going to see large numbers of people who are testing positive...Testing positive is just a measure of how contagious this virus is." said the hospital director.
  • "Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety is a top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic," Munkarah said in a separate statement Monday evening confirmed the total number of positive test results.
  • "We know we are not immune to potential exposure and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team," he added.
  • Detroit, Michigan's largest city, has seen a surge of coronavirus cases in recent days while the state itself has seen just over 17,000 cases of the virus – the third-largest total of any state in the U.S. More than 5,000 of those cases were reported in Detroit, where hundreds have died.
The Invisible...Invisible Enemy: Can COVID-19 Hide In Cells? https://www.the-sun.com/news/645016/fears-coronavirus-hide-cells-reactivate-recovered-patients-test-positive/
  • COVID-19 may be able to remain in the body and "reactivate" later after 51 recovered patients tested positive again.
  • The patients, from the city of Daegu, South Korea, had all spent time in quarantine while recovering from the disease but were diagnosed again within days of being released.
  • The center said it did not believe the patients had been reinfected, but that the virus had remained at undetectable levels in their cells and later "reactivated".
  • The claim runs contrary to the bulk of current evidence about how the virus works.
  • Investigators said the most likely explanation was that the clearance samples for the patients were false negatives, a common issue with nasal swab tests.
  • "Still, we remain vigilant and open to the possibility that the virus can remain dormant for some time," Dr Leong Kwok, Director of Viral Epidemiology at the National Health Institute in Seoul said.
Maybe Don't Go To the Grocery Store After All https://www.foxnews.com/health/los-angeles-braces-itself-more-coronavirus-deaths-warns-residents-not-go-shopping-warns-residents-not-to-go-out-shopping
  • With coronavirus related deaths spiking in Los Angeles County and "a critical week" ahead, health officials advised residents on Monday to stay at home and avoid shopping to limit the spread of the virus.
  • "If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether," said public health department Director Barbara Ferrer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • Officials confirmed 420 new coronavirus cases in the county and 15 deaths on Monday.
  • Over 6,360 cases and 147 deaths have been reported since the outbreak started, per data from Johns Hopkins.
Mexico's Slow Response May Cause Problems for Texas https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/mexico-slow-response-coronavirus-texas-us-15181201.php
  • As recently as March 15, some 40,000 concert goers crowded into the Foro Sor venue for the popular Vive Latino music festival.
  • Tourists from Europe and the United States were able to enter the country without any restrictions until late last week.
  • Restaurants, airports, subways and grocery stores remain open in Mexico City, though churches and large markets have closed.
  • The rapid spread of the COVID-19, however, has begun to increase the urgency of the government's response. Mexican health authorities reported on March 16 that the country had 82 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two weeks later, the number swelled to nearly 2439, including 125 deaths.
  • Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell, who two weeks ago dismissed US social distancing restrictions as "an extreme tactic" and "irresponsible" is now urging citizens to "stay at home, stay at home, stay at home."
  • "If you have food at home, stay home. There is no reason good enough to go out, period," he said.
  • Mexico is just one of many nations that reacted slowly to the coronavirus pandemic, in large part because government leaders failed to understand how contagious the virus is.
  • President Lopez Obrador spent the first half of March dismissing the gravity of the virus, encouraging Mexicans to frequent restaurants and posting videos of himself in crowds, kissing babies.
  • He said Mexico's spirituality would protect the country against the virus and made a public display of pulling out two religious amulets that he said would be his shield.
  • Mexico shares over 1,200 miles of border with the United States.
Hong Kong Closed to All Foreign Travelers, Indefinitely https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3078633/coronavirus-five-hong-kong-residents-flown-back
  • The city extends its ban on arrivals after most cases over past two weeks have come from overseas.
  • Only six of 24 newly infected yesterday are local transmissions, but all are linked to entertainment venues already closed.
  • All entertainment venues are closed until further notice.
  • Hong Kong recently issued a new state of emergency order revoking travel into the country from any outside nation, including China.
  • The order will prevent Hong Kong from 'opening up' it's economy through at least early May
Drug You Can't Pronounce May Be Saving Lives https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/04/06/democrat-karen-whitsett-coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trump/2955430001/, https://abc7.com/coronavirus-drug-covid-19-malaria-hydroxychloroquine/6079864/
  • A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the coronavirus.
  • State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.
  • "It was less than two hours" before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.
  • Elsewhere, a Los Angeles doctor said he is seeing significant success in prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The drug has been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 by President Trump among others, but it remains controversial as some experts believe it is unproven and may not be effective.
  • The drug has long been used for treatment of malaria and conditions such as lupus and arthritis but is not technically approved by the FDA for COVID-19. The agency, however, is encouraging trials and has provided limited emergency authorization for its use to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.
  • "Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," Cardillo told Eyewitness News. "So clinically I am seeing a resolution very consistently."
Belt and Road, COVID-19 Style https://spectator.us/italy-china-ppe-sold-coronavirus/
  • After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country's significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread.
  • Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells The Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.
  • "Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help China protect its own population,' the administration official explained. 'China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy — some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it."
  • China also recently donated PPE to Sweden and Spain, with many doctors reporting that masks and respirators included in the shipment were defective or already used.
  • "Someone got very sloppy," said a senior health official in Spain. "It must have been a mistake."

"This was a sneak attack, like a thief in the night."

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

"We will win and declare a great victory for our country."

All of these are direct quotes from President Donald Trump, all uttered since March 1st of this year.

And of course, all of them ring decidedly true and make perfect sense. Even Trump's most ardent opponents have referred to the current situation in which America finds itself as a once in a generation emergency, and that we should be on a wartime footing. They've called for more and more power to be handed to, no, more explicitly they've called for more power to be taken by the President to do battle against "The Invisible Enemy," everything from commandeering manufacturing plants to logistics and shipping companies to pharmaceutical manufacturing and research, to nationalizing the banking sector and all mortgages.

On the other hand, the President has preferred to form a partnership with private industries to wage the war. Turning to America's great companies to produce masks, respirators, ventilators, medicine and vaccines that will ensure our country can and will prevail.

The United States – and the entire world – is engaged in a great battle, against an unseen enemy. An enemy that threatens to kill our people and destroy our nation and our way of life. It's an enemy that we have seen and fought before, as a people. We have faced this enemy throughout human history, over and over we've had to battle it. All of us are descendants of survivors of the countless previous wars that humanity has had to fight against this hidden enemy of man.

The enemy is a disease. The enemy is a virus.

The enemy is not SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus.

No, the virus we're battling against is Slavery.

Call it what you want. Socialism. Collectivism. Communism. Statism. Despotism. A one-world government. Those are all forms of the same thing: some people's individual liberty captured for the betterment and benefit of others. All of those are forms of enslaving some men to the will and needs of others.

A virus is a biological construct. It's a biological disease caused by a virus, an unliving, unthinking sliver of organic material and takes over cells to turn them into factories that produce more viral particles to take over more cells until, ultimately, the host is killed. Doing battle against a virus requires treating both the symptoms caused by infection as well as finding a vaccine that can destroy the virus itself.

But slavery is a political and moral construct. It's a social disease caused by an immoral idea, spread by unthinking, unfeeling human beings who transmit the disease to others turning them into factories that produce more unthinking, unfeeling human beings. They take over the lives of more and more people within a society or a country until that country is destroyed. Doing battle against slavery requires treating both the symptoms caused by the infection within a society as well as finding a cure that can destroy the idea itself.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war. He's also correct, we have fought this type of war before.

But this is not a war against a coronavirus. That's child's play. Terrible though it may be and despite the thousands of lives we may lose to COVID-19, it's relatively straightforward how to defeat it. Prevent the spread, find a cure. And we will. America and the world will survive this pandemic as it has survived a million others in our past. Each of us is the descendent of survivors of a thousand biological plagues.

The President rightly stated, we cannot let the cure for COVID-19 be worse than the disease itself. And he has the right idea in terms of the outcome here: we can't let our response to coronavirus destroy the American economy.

But saving the American economy isn't really the objective. A healthy, productive American economy that enables people to generate wealth and accumulate things is a consequence, an outcome, it's not a cause in itself. What has enabled the American economy to be the most robust and powerful engine for human ingenuity, productivity and wealth generation in world history is individual liberty? Men free to think and build, to seek new achievements and to be rewarded for doing so, to collaborate with each other, to challenge and compete with each other, driving each other to be smarter, to work harder, to find the better way to solve problems.

That is America. That is the battle we're in, what we're fighting to save. Beating COVID-19 is easy, it's only a matter of time. This particular virus may be new to us, but we know the formula for its defeat, much like the long-march to destroy the NAZI war machine in World War II, the writing was on the wall long before Berlin fell. Germany's defeat was inevitable once America entered the war. So too, the defeat of SARS-CoV-2 is already a foregone conclusion, the application of human ingenuity and thousands of years of human inventiveness and knowledge ensures our ultimate victory over this latest scourge.

But that is not the great threat. If the cure for COVID-19 is the slavery of some men for the benefit and betterment of others, then perhaps it would be better for COVID-19 to take us all. If the cost of defeating the biological virus is that we succumb to the political and moral disease of collectivism, then Trump's fear will have been proved right and the cure will have been worse than the disease.

Look at what's being proposed here. In the US, the government should take over every major industry, from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to grocery and food delivery to airlines to shipping and transportation. Construction, take it over! Banking system, take it over! Stock market, take it over!

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.
Ostensibly designed to fight COVID-19, but made permanent to enable the UN to fight future pandemics, as well as the ongoing pandemic of Climate Change…oh, and Poverty and Income Inequality, and sexism and nationalism and a thousand other isms they believe are unfair.

The United States is less than 5% of the World's population, but we represent over 25% of the world's GDP. So, the UN is effectively proposing that about 4% of the population transfer 10% of our wealth each year to support the remaining 96% of the human race, including supporting countries who are our enemies and who seek our very destruction.

What is proposed here is nothing short of the permanent enslavement of the United States for the betterment and benefit of every other national on earth.

There is no doubt the human race will survive COVID-19. Human beings have survived a thousand similar pandemics with barely more than a blip in our progress as a species.

But the plague of collectivism, the idea that some men should be slaves to others, that some people have some sort of right to lay claim to the intellect and productive energy of others, that is the real battle. That is the true invisible enemy that we must yet again defeat.

Ask yourself, would you have some right to charge into Mike Lindell's My Pillow bedding factory and point a gun at him and his workers to force them to produce cotton face masks to avoid being shot? No, of course the idea sounds preposterous and all rational thinking human beings would clearly see that as an immoral, criminal act. And yet many people are proposing that we do exactly that, just the gunman wears a blue UN Helmet or carries a US Marshall's badge.

Alternatively, does Mike Lindell have the right to choose to convert his factory over to making cotton face masks, at his own expense and to pay his workers to make those masks instead of making pillows? Yes, that is moral, that is a human being engaged in activity that he believes to be virtuous and right and, yes, for the love of all that is holy — profitable.

Just as with COVID-19, the defeat of all forms of slavery should be an inevitability. And yet from every corner of our country, the call is for the forced enslavement of some people for the benefit of others.

President Trump has this right. We cannot let the cure for COVID-19 come at the cost of our economy. And if that is the objective, then it is our original principles: individual liberty, freedom of movement and speech, that is what must be defended. That is how we protect and restore our economy and our country. That is how we ensure that our children's children will also be descendants of survivors of plagues and pandemics, whether they are the biological - or the moral kind.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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