Is Glenn being poisoned?



8.28.10: The Documentary


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PAT: Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere for Glenn who isn’t here because he's, of course, being tested for, as you know, Rumsfeld Plague.

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: And all we can do is pray at this point. When you've been infected with Rumsfeld Plague, I don't know that there's any chance of survival.

STU: No. I would say no. Obviously

PAT: You would say no?

STU: Donald Rumsfeld began targeting Glenn Beck.

PAT: He knows how to kill.

STU: Yeah. I mean, he's run wars, Pat. And he started targeting him apparently in the Eighties.

PAT: I think 1981, if I'm not mistaken, yeah.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Well, according to this, according to this conspiracy website and it is a con I mean, everything on it is like total conspiracy.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: And every anybody who doesn't believe in this conspiracy is part of it.

STU: Of course.

PAT: So if you don't believe, for instance, that Rumsfeld and Cheney and Bush brought down the twin towers, you're part of the coverup. If you don't believe it.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Because the evidence is conclusive. We all know steel doesn't melt. Nobody knows how it's manufactured apparently. Because it doesn't melt.

STU: No. No, definitely not.

PAT: Steel just is, right? It's not molten.

STU: You farm for it. You farm for steel.

PAT: You farm for steel, thank you. And so when you dig it up and you find this hardened thing that you can build buildings with, it can't melt. And it can't weaken apparently.

STU: No, no.

PAT: And so even though, you know, some discredited people like, for instance, Popular Mechanics have totally debunked this thing years and years ago with all the scientific evidence.

STU: Well

PAT: They're part of the CIA. They're part of the CIA.

STU: James Meigs is a CIA agent, the guys who was the editor of Popular Mechanics who we've had on the show many times to disprove ridiculous conspiracy theories. And, you know, he's obviously in on it just like everybody. Just like we are right now, Pat.

PAT: Of course he is. We are right now. The fact that we're talking about it will probably pop up on this website.

STU: Probably will.

PAT: They're see, they continue to be part of the problem! Their conspiracy, the deception continues! Uh huh, uh huh.

STU: So awesome.

PAT: So listen to this. Here's one of the paragraphs from this insightful article on this website: Glenn Beck may not know it of course he does now because they've released that and that's why we're in Salt Lake to be tested for it. Glenn Beck may not know it, but it is almost just certain.

STU: Almost certain.

PAT: Almost certain he is another victim of Rumsfeld Plague. And if I've seen one I've seen, well, one. On September 29th, the New York Times published a long article about Beck: His Mormonism forbids coffee but he consumes a lot of Diet Coke and chocolate, writes Mark Leibovich. Well, okay, so there's the key, right? That's the key.

STU: Yeah, you might want to the beginning of understanding whether this is true or not might start with that.

PAT: Yes.

STU: That the evidence is one sentence in a New York Times article.

PAT: I love that about him.

STU: Not saying how much he drinks.

PAT: No.

STU: Just that he consumes a lot of.

PAT: A lot.

STU: It's not really that much of, at least not compared to me. He has a diet he has a couple of Diet Cokes a day. Usually not even.

PAT: Maybe.

STU: It's usually Coke Zero. The evil Aspartame is the villain here in this story.

PAT: Yes, it's the sugar substitute Aspartame which is the starting point of Diet Coke, apparently 1982, right?

STU: Yeah.

PAT: And that, and we can trace that back apparently to, yes, the evil Donald Rumsfeld.

STU: Donald Rumsfeld, mmm hmmm.

PAT: Who is head of G.D. Searle Pharmaceuticals.

STU: Uh oh, that sounds evil.

PAT: Who apparently, he decided to market a poison to the nation. Here's a safety tip to Donald Rumsfeld. It's never a good idea to kill your clients.

STU: No.

PAT: Okay? Your customers, you want them alive to consume the product you're putting out.

STU: And yeah.

PAT: So it doesn't make a lot of sense to poison the people who are buying your stuff because then they will be dead and they won't buy your stuff anymore, you know?

STU: Yeah, and he's done a terrible job trying to poison people as hundreds of millions of people consume this every day. And the reason it's a new story that Glenn is having certain symptoms is because not that many people have them. It's because it's the reason that doctors can't immediately identify it is because they've never seen it before. It's one of those things

PAT: Unbelievable.

STU: where they are going in and they are trying to figure it out because it's not every third person walking in and saying they have Diet Coke disease. But I guess this is what happens when you go to 9/11 conspiracy theorists for your health information.

PAT: I guess so. You know, and look. I'm not trying to disparage anybody who believes in organic my wife is a big believer right now. She is on a huge natural/organic kick. And it is ruining my life.

STU: Yeah, mmm hmmm.

PAT: I mean, we are here and she was with us for the weekend and so we were in the store picking up a few things, and I wanted to get some gum and I throw it down on the counter, you know, to buy it. She picks it up and immediately goes to the back, "That right there, right there, saccharin." Puts it back in the rack.

STU: Saccharin's awesome.

PAT: So? I've had intravenous feedings of saccharin before. I'm on a saccharin drip. I don't care, put it back! "No, look at this. Look at this, season. Saccharin and blue Number 5 plus yellow Number 4." And?

STU: Oh, my.

PAT: So! I've had souffles of blue and yellow Number 5 and 4. I don't care! Oh, so I know

STU: You are

PAT: People get on those kicks, you know?

STU: Yeah. You are remarkably well adjusted for I did not know that your home life was this way.

PAT: Yeah, she's wrecked my life with it.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: She really has. I can't even buy gum anymore. We've got to go to Whole Foods for natural gum.

STU: You know, and I

PAT: I didn't even know there was natural gum. We've got natural toothpaste now. You know, I mentioned on Friday or Glenn did, mentioned the conversation I think that she found out that apparently there's some evidence that Alzheimer's involves aluminum, people with Alzheimer's disease have a high aluminum content. "You know where that comes from."

STU: Uh oh.

PAT: Well, no. Where? "Deodorant." What? I can't use deodorant anymore?

STU: No, please.

PAT: Are you serious?

STU: I demand you continue to use deodorant, Pat.

PAT: I know. So now we're shopping for natural deodorant without aluminum.

STU: Yeah, I think but there's no benefit from soda.

PAT: No.

STU: Soda's not a beneficially nutritional beverage. It's just really, really good.

PAT: You don't have to have it.

STU: But I mean, I'll be honest about it. If you want to have an idiotic conspiracy about where the president was born or where there's ridiculous fake prison camps or about a talking owl that tells all the presidents what to do, do whatever you want. But leave my diet soda alone.

PAT: I know.

STU: It is a gift.

PAT: I know.

STU: directly from God. I accept it in that way. I believe we're still in the Bible. We're still in the Bible here.

PAT: Still in the Bible here.

STU: Still in the Bible here, to quote Jeremiah Wright: I believe it is proof of intelligent design and

PAT: Now, what part of the Bible are you in just so I can

STU: We're in the good and plenty, good and plenty clause.

PAT: Good and plenty clause that's in the Bible.

STU: It's in the back of Leviticus somewhere. Just find it. But I mean, it's one of those things, they come out, there's so much scientific evidence that says this Aspartame stuff is nonsense.

PAT: Really?

STU: It goes from every huge scientific group. And I mean, it's not you know, consensus does not mean anything. People get things wrong all the time. I understand that. But you've got, you know, the here we go, here's a bunch of them. FDA. FDA has not determined any consistent patterns of symptoms that can be attributed to use of Aspartame. Here's The Lancet: One research revealed over 6,000 websites that mentioned Aspartame. Virtually all of the information offered is anecdotal from anonymous sources and is scientifically implausible. FDA again:

PAT: Wow.

STU: Analysis of the National Cancer Institute's public database on cancer incidence in the United States, the SEER program, does not support an association between the use of Aspartame and the increased incidence in brain tumors. MIT: Even large doses of the high intensity sweetener Aspartame, also known as NutraSweet, has no adverse effect on study subjects' health and wellbeing. How about this one? This is one of my favorite ones from the Lancet because opponents of Aspartame, people that attack it all the time, say that it creates methanol in the body and I don't even want to phenylalanine? I'm going to go with phenylalanine. You know how you look at the can, it always says phenyl I don't even know how to pronounce it, but you know what I'm talking about. It says it on every label that has well, you drink regular soda, but every label that has diet soda always says that. Now they are saying that a can of diet soda will yield about 20 milligrams of methanol. They admit that. This is where this comes from, Pat, and we're all going to die from because of it. The only problem is because an equivalent volume of fruit juice produces twice as much and an alcoholic beverage from three to five times as much. The other chemical they are talking about

PAT: Oh, wow.

STU: is one can of a diet soft drink will give you about 100 milligrams of it. 300 milligrams you will get from an egg. You will get 500 milligrams from a glass of milk. That's five times as much. And nine times as much from a large hamburger. So I mean, it's this stuff

PAT: So typical.

STU: You just have to just ignore all the evidence and, you know, and assign every single symptom from everything you don't understand to, you know, diet soda.

PAT: Rumsfeld Plague.

STU: Rumsfeld Plague.

PAT: Rumsfeld Plague. I love the name of it, too.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Because it's so sinister and it's so, you know, evil Bush administration and his cronies. I mean, it's what is you know, the thing, the problem is with all of these carcinogens, all these cancer causing agents is in high doses you can die from almost anything up to and including water.

STU: Yes.

PAT: We have seen that in the past where a woman drinks so much water during a radio contest, she drowned and died. Her body literally drowned from water. I mean, so if you do things in ridiculous extremes, bad things will happen.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: You do things in moderation, you're probably going to be okay.

STU: Yeah. And I will say that I mean, because I don't drink soda in moderation, Pat. I drink it in high, high access.

PAT: You're going to die.

STU: So when you hear people on the radio saying, well, they don't believe that; they are just saying that. I am betting my life that I am right on this. I have bet my entire life on the fact that I am right about Aspartame and NutraSweet and Splenda and all the other fancy things that are a miracle, a miracle ingredient that have saved me.

PAT: Splenda, man.

STU: I love that.

PAT: Splenda, oh, I love it, too, but that stuff I've got to say there might be a, you know, there might be an issue.

STU: There is no issue with Splenda.

PAT: There is no issue with it? All right.

STU: It's a literal miracle ingredient.

PAT: All right.

STU: That has saved millions of lives. I will testify to it. Well, think about this now.

PAT: All right.

STU: They always talk about, you know, if you have it in ultra extreme doses, you might have a slight increase in, you know, X, you know, symptom or disease or whatever. But I mean, when you're having something that, you know, you know what I would be doing if I wasn't drinking diet soda? Drinking regular soda. And you know what would happen? I'd probably have diabetes and I'd weigh 1500 pounds more than I already do, which is already not impressive. You know, and it's like you go through this. This is American Council on Science and Health: In fact, Aspartame, known as NutraSweet and Equal, is safe. Aspartame is one of the most thoroughly tested substances in the U.S. food supply.

PAT: Wow.

STU: Numerous authorities including the Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Expert on Committee on Food Additives, the FAO, W.H.O., the European community and the American Medical Association have concluded that Aspartame is a safe product except for with people who already have a rare genetic condition.

PAT: Okay.

STU: So maybe Glenn has that rare genetic condition that he would have to have from birth to be affected by this.

PAT: Let me ask a question, Stu.

STU: But I'm going to go ahead and say that steel doesn't melt.

PAT: Let me ask you a question. How much did Donald Rumsfeld pay you to say all of that? How much! How much!

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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