Obama to Stewart: we've put a structure in place


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PAT: This is Barack Obama on Jon Stewart yesterday, and Stewart was giving

him kind of, he was giving him some flack.

GLENN: Giving the raspberries?

PAT: He was. Giving him some flack because he was saying that the healthcare

bill was kind of timid, didn't go far enough, didn't go as far as he sort of

promised during the campaign. And in the course of defending it all, here's what

President Obama said.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Look, when Social Security was passed, it applied to widows and

orphans. And it was a very restricted program. And over time that structure that

was built ended up developing into the most important social safety net that we

have in our country. The same is true on every piece of progressive legislation,

every bit of progress that we've made.

GLENN: Listen to that.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: When the Civil Rights Act passed, there were still a bunch of

folks down South who couldn't vote and, you know, I'm sure there were a bunch of

commentators out there who said, you know what, this law's not doing the job.

There's still folks who aren't able to exercise their franchise. But the point

was is that we had created a structure, we put a framework in place.

GLENN: Listen to this.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That allowed us then to continue to make progress.

GLENN: Listen to this.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That's what we've done over the last 18 months, that's what I

expect

GLENN: Stop. What did I tell you? It is about structure. It is about framework.

You don't understand the framework that they're building.

PAT: Said it every day.

GLENN: Every day.

PAT: Every day for a year.

GLENN: You cannot allow this to pass. The structure is what this is all about.

PAT: And that's what he said. He said every progressive thing we've done is

about that.

GLENN: Now, he's also verified

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: two other things. One, let's go back to, what has he said? This is he's

talking about the structure, and it allows us every progressive thing, it allows

us to make progress. It builds the original structure. Listen again. This is the

Tides Foundation. I played this every day for months. Listen to this.

HACKER: Someone said to me this is a Trojan horse for a single parent. I said,

it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there. I'm telling you. We're

going to get there.

GLENN: Do you remember also, you got it? So there's the Tides Foundation saying

exactly what the president has just verified, that we were conspiracy theorists

for.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: And now if you can go back, do you have where Van Jones was talking about

the progress of the Civil Rights Movement? If we would have said these things at

the Civil Rights Movement, do you remember this audio?

PAT: Trying to think of

GLENN: Find it. Catalog, find it here. We're going to take a quick break here.

I'm going to break a little bit early and I want you to find this. It is Van

Jones talking about in the Civil Rights Movement, if we would have done this, so

we're going to go to old gray we're going to go from gray capitalism to green

capitalism but it doesn't stop there.

PAT: It's right here.

VAN JONES: One of the things I think has happened too often to progressives is

that we don't understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum

goals. Right after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, if the civil rights

leaders had jumped out and said, okay, now we want reparations for slavery, we

want redistribution of all wealth and we want to legalize mixed marriages, if

that had been there, if they had come out with a maximum program the very next

day, they would have been laughed at. Instead they came out with a very minimum

program. You know, we just want to integrate these buses. The students if they

had come up with a very minimum program, we just want to sit at the lunch

counter. But inside that minimum demands was a very radical kernel that

eventually meant that from 1954 to 1958, you know, complete revolution was on

the table.

GLENN: Okay, stop. Listen to his words. If the healthcare is if they're

following this plan, which the president verified last night, if healthcare was

the minimum demand, and inside is the radical kernel that has revolution on the

table, where are we progressing to? This is why the Tides Foundation, this is

why George Soros and this administration want to shut me up. Because everything

I'm telling you I can think like these people. And why can I think like these

people? Because I think out of the box. I have been telling you for a while, you

must not think in the regular way. They're counting on you thinking like a

politician or like a typical American. You must think out of the box. I can see

these people coming a mile away. A mile away. They are revolutionaries. They

think out of the box. And they're counting on you dismissing it. And that's why

they have to shut me up. They have to. Because I can tell you what they are

going to do. I can tell you what they are working on. I know how they move. And

you're getting the evidence every day. Remember Van Jones is a revolutionary

Marxist. Redistribution of wealth. "Of course that's not redistribution of

wealth." Well, we had the guy who is now doing Medicare and Medicaid for the

president, who he didn't push through congress, he just appointed, saying that

any good healthcare program must be, must, twice he said it, be about

redistribution of wealth.

VOICE: And that any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized

and humane must, must redistribute wealth.

GLENN: Got it.

VOICE: From the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate.

GLENN: So what is the radical kernel? I have told you and I've never told you

what exactly it was, nor will I today, but I will tell you that these people

have been planning this for a very, very long time. And there are pieces of

radical kernels that I don't know what it all fits to. I don't know. I don't

know how they are planning all of this. But there are radical kernels in several

bills that were passed during the Bush administration. And I went back and

looked at the record. They all said it was meaningless, oh, it's meaningless.

Why is that in there? Oh, it bothers me. Why is that in there? There's nothing,

that connects to nothing. That's why it passed, because it connects to nothing.

Oh, wait a minute, but there's this piece over here that was passed a year

before and this piece that's passed three years later. What are they assembling?

What is the structure that they are building? I beg you, America, to get down on

your knees and pray. Pray, please pray. I beg you to know what the truth is and

what you truly believe in. I beg you to be peaceful. I don't care if they are

hitting you. I don't care if they are beating you and sicking dogs onto you. Our

lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. You must be honorable. The guy who

stepped on the back of the protester, this protester from that's what they're

trying to do. They're trying to get you to strike out. They need you to. They

are agitators, and it is only going to get much, much worse. You must be so far

different than that. You must be a shining beacon. You must emanate goodness.

That is hard to do. You must do it. The republic is at stake. You must

fundamentally transform yourself. Because we are five days away from

fundamentally transforming the United States of America. We are five days away

today. But be very careful because in that fundamental transformation did you

see ABC News is reporting today that they are already doing they already filed

Freedom of Information Acts, the Democrat, to look at all of the people that

could run against Barack Obama. They have asked for documents from the Pentagon,

from the Pentagon on anyone who might run against Barack Obama. Check it out.

It's on the front page of The Blaze today. It's from ABC News. These guys are so

far ahead of the game, so far ahead of the game. You must get out and vote. You

must find the people with spines. You must fall to your knees. You must be a

beacon of goodness. And you must buckle up. Because the fundamental

transformation of America ain't over on Tuesday. It is not over on Tuesday. The

structure is in place. They're just beginning.

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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