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GLENN: The new governor of Texas, who is the last governor of Texas, Rick

Perry, just off his win is in New York. Sorry you have to leave Texas to come

New York.

PERRY: This is a great city and they need less taxes and less litigation and it

would be better place to come to.

GLENN: It would be nice if it were more like Texas. You are somebody that you

have a new book out called


Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington. You're a guy, Rick, and

I told you this before off the air and I will tell you on the air, I believe

Texas can lead the way out of this nightmare because Texans generally still get

it. A lot of America doesn't, but it's going to take it's going to take a man

with big boots to be able to stand against Washington.

PERRY: And that's really why I wrote the book. This book is about freedom. It's

about freedom from overtaxation, overregulation, overlitigation, yes. But it's

about freedom from a centralized government, putting what I consider to be

rather tyrannical pressures about the states. Telling us how to deliver

healthcare, telling us how to build our highways and educate our children and

the list goes on and on and that's not what our founding fathers had in mind for

us at all. They clearly enumerated those powers to the federal government and

said, you know, you states get out there and compete against each other and that

is what you are talking about in terms of Texas leading this country out of this

recession and forward  and doing it with freedom, freedom to let the

private sector work.

GLENN: I never had a problem with Massachusetts having their own healthcare

system. They want to have universal healthcare, they can have it all they want,

just don't force it down my throat and Texas should be allowed to buy insurance

across state lines, wherever they want and they should be able to invent what

they want to do in Texas. How do you break the spine of the federal government?

For instance, California, I'm telling you there will be a massive tax revolt. I

don't know when it will happen, but it will happen just like the Tea Party

started, it will happen at some point if California goes down the crapper after

electing Jerry Brown going on the same policies times ten and they start going

down the crapper. At some point, a group of people will stand up and say I am

not paying for my own destruction. You are destroying our wealth. You're

destroying our dollar. You're destroying our freedom. I'm not going to do it.

PERRY: They're already doing that and they're moving out of California to

Texas. 153 businesses since the first of the year, Glenn, have moved out of

California to Texas. That is happening all across the country.

GLENN: What do you do? You take on healthcare, education and education is off

the rails. How do you break the back of that?

PERRY: I think last Tuesday was the first indication that the American people

are ready to stand up and say to Washington we no longer want you messing in our

business. The Republicans elected to the House of Representatives, the work is

now in front of them. They must turn back the clock, if you will, on this Obama

Care. They must realize that we're not going to send more money to Washington,

D.C. and let them distribute it the way they think fit. One of our important

goals over the next two to four years is to really have a good, open, honest

discussion about things like Social Security because it is a Ponzi scheme. My

children are 27 and 24, and they know this thing is totally broken.

GLENN: This isn't how it works.

PERRY: 1981, cities in Texas opted out. Those people are well taken care of.

Let's have that discussion. I'm not afraid. Matter of fact, that's the reason,

you know, people ask me, will you run for the presidency of the United States? I

said no. I don't want that job. Have it best job in America. I wouldn't have

written this book if I were talking about running for the presidency of the

United States because there are some very, very sensitive issues in here, but

the fact is Americans want answers. They want solutions. They're in this book,

"Fed Up."

GLENN: OK give me one, give me the first thing that you think people have to do.

PERRY: Let's have a time out on spending. I mean, Washington, D.C. needs to

stand up and say, you know what, we're going to get this spending under control.

If the Republicans in Congress really want to send a powerful message, a time

out on spending, get it under control. Stop the earmarks.

GLENN: If you did that, if you had a chance of doing that, you wouldn't have a

president who is spending $2 billion to experience the Festival of Lights in

India. There's no chance of them. The president is not going to turn.

PERRY: Right. I don't think so.

GLENN: It's up to you guys.

PERRY: It's the Republicans in the House of Representatives and hopefully in

2012, it will be the Republicans in the U.S. Senate and a new president that

puts this country and Washington, but the governors in the states have to stand

up and say no when they try to blackmail you into taking money and changing the

way that you do business. We've done that in Texas. Unemployment insurance, $550

million they tried to send to us. Our money I might add coming back to the

states and I said no, because they wanted to change the way we put that program

into place. Race to the top, education money, sounds great. Everybody is for

racing to the top. Well, but the strings were attached. National standards,

national tests and I said no. Our legislature and the case of the unemployment,

the small businesses said Governor, you're right, we don't want to change the

way we do those. And that is what this discussion in the book Fed Up is all

about. Let the states get back to being the laboratories of innovation. Let the

states be where if you want to try out a new way to deliver healthcare, let me

tell you, Bobby Jindal in New Orleans, a bright, capable fella, and he will put

healthcare reform into place in Louisiana, and we'll go over and look at it and

go, you know what, that will work right there. This one won't, but that will. We

will take that and put that in our state. Look, I don't agree with issues like

medicinal marijuana. I don't agree with that, but if California wants to vote on

that and that's what they want to do in their state, they ought to be able to do

it.

GLENN: Right.

PERRY: The reason I joined the lawsuit against the federal government on the

Arizona law. It's not perfect by any sense of the imagination. There are things

in it that I don't want our legislature to do like creating a new cause of

action against our police officers, but it should be Arizona's sovereign right

to be able to do that.

GLENN: When it comes to the federal government not doing their primary job, and

that is, protect the borders, protect the people, if they're not doing it, the

constitution is not a suicide pact. By the things that they have done to the

states, they are putting us in a suicidal position. A governor has to decide.

Governor, the day that California defaults and the United States government has

to bail them out and just has to take it over. Basically, you lose the star on

the flag because now the federal government is just paying for everything.

They'll say that it's the eighth largest economy in the world. It can't. It's

too big to fail. You can't let them fail. What do you say on that day?

PERRY: That's one of the reasons that I worked as hard as I could for Meg

Whitman. Unfortunately, the people of California what we say that day is that's

their issue. They've got to deal with that. That's not Texas. I mean, we're

going to continue to be a place where their businesses move and at the end of

the day, California may fail

GLENN: It will.

PERRY: The job creators will be living in Texas or other states like ours

GLENN: Let me ask you this question. I'm just I'm not going to have my company

here in New York forever. Texas is a place that I would move. However, honestly,

Texas, the border is so out of control and you have you have hostiles down in

South America that would love all the communists and all that stuff is coming

over the border. You know it and I know it. You have Al Qaeda and worse coming

over. You and I both know it. And then you have a drug system that is armed and

equipped by the United States government.

PERRY: And in charge of over a thousand miles of the U.S. Mexico border. They

have operational control of over a thousand miles of the border. That's our

department of Homeland Security.

GLENN: How does Texas remain safe?

PERRY: It is a great concern to us, and at the end of the day, it's a federal

responsibility. We spent $230 million of Texas taxpayer money over the last two

legislative sessions. You know,, we only meet every other year for 140 days and

again, in my book, I talk about maybe that is one of the things that the feds

need to look at, too, a meet every other year to deal with these issues rather

all the time. Getting back to the border we have increased our assistance to the

Sheriffs and the local police departments. We have a Texas Ranger recon team

that we constituted and put down there. I have national guard troops and various

insundry roles, and it's not our responsibility to defend that border. You know,

my dad, who is a wise man, said three things the federal government should get

really well. Three things that they have great responsibility for, deliver the

mail, preferably on Saturdays and on time, defend our border and have the

military. The third thing is the only thing we get right out of those three. The

federal government needs to quit doing everything else that they're doing until

they get those two right. Defend our border. Put the troops on the border. I've

asked since 2005, Glenn, I asked the department of defense to put predator

drones. We train our pilots in those drones every day and they're flying

somewhere up and down with all the bells and whistles, infrared, forward

looking, none of that information.

GLENN: But they won't do anything.

PERRY: None of that information is being used for law enforcement purposes. You

can secure that border. It requires a commitment. It requires focus. It requires

boots on the ground, the technologies you can defend. Strategic fencing in

metropolitan areas, it works. You can secure that border and then you know what,

we can have a debate about immigration reform at that time. You can't until

then.

GLENN: The name of the book is


Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington by the Governor of Texas,

Rick Perry. Always good to see you.

PERRY: Thank you.

 

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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