Glenn picks apart a call

GLENN: Go ahead and play this, Dan, and I want to show you, I want to show you how predictable liberals really are in the people who are falling in line behind these programs like universal healthcare, how their thinking is so unbelievably consistently inconsistent.

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GLENN: I don't have policies, I have opinions. But it's America. You can disagree all you want. Okay.

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GLENN: Okay, stop, stop. Let's refer to the war, which is -- did she say a trillion dollars there? Which is a trillion dollars. Stu, do you have the actual number? Which is a trillion dollars, and it never had to happen at all. Got it? First of all, 70% of American people when we went to war were absolutely for it. The congress also for it, and you don't have to take my word for it. You can look at all of the people like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and look at their actual quotes when Bill Clinton was in office and what they said then. He had to be stopped. Then you can also look after they had been briefed about all of the things that they said that he did have the weapons of mass destruction, et cetera, et cetera. The facts are there. I know nobody wants to look at them, but the facts are actually there. But she's not actually calling for the war. This is step number one in a liberal Progressive argument. Start with the war. That way you get that premise out there and you already start in on the war but then change the subject right away until you start to lose. Then go back to the war. Start with the war. That's what she did. Now she said, so let's just start with that. Go ahead.

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GLENN: Stop. Stop, stop. So let's start with the war. Okay. The war has nothing to do with healthcare unless she's trying to tie the -- this is important -- unless she's trying to tie the trillions of dollars in her words that have been spent on a useless war that we didn't have to fight in the first place, okay, that we cannot afford. Remember, we cannot afford this war. Got it? So maybe she's tying it to the war we couldn't afford and when people go on disability, then money is taken from them. I don't even understand that but I would imagine the only time money's ever taken from me is when I'm held up every April 15th. That's the only time my money is taken from me, but maybe that's just me. I doubt that's her point.

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GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. So now we are beyond just healthcare. If you can't get healthcare, you are going to go on disability because your situation is going to get worse. So in other words, let's say I'm a soccer player but a poorly paid soccer player and I've got a foot infection but I can't afford healthcare. My foot infection is going to eventually end up as toe rot. I'm going to lose my foot and now I'm on disability. I think that's the argument but again these arguments are very hard to understand or follow because they're always bringing in, like, six different things and they always start with... the war.

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GLENN: Stop, stop. She doesn't have to read something that she's for. So if you're for it, you don't have to read about it. That is yet another interesting comment that you hear all the time in certain ways from liberal Progressives. They don't have to do any research. They don't want to hear anything about global warming. They don't have to read it. Their mind is made up. They don't have to know. They don't need anymore information. There is nothing new. There's nothing to see here, people. Move on. She doesn't have to read the "New York Times," and she also won't allow me to tell her about the New York Times.

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GLENN: Stop. Stop, I love this. "Why! Why is Sally Muckenfutch without a face? Why does her dad not have health insurance? Why? Why? Why? Why is Bill Hutchensonsonberg, he lost his job as a shoe manufacturer. Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?" We're talking about one person that's not acceptable to a liberal Progressive. You should let liberal Progressives know that that's not what we do. But the New York Times article was not talking about one individual. It was one case that showed that there are a lot of people out there that gamble with their health. They're young and so they think, I don't need healthcare; I'm not going to spend the money. Well, if you're gambling with your own health, guess what. You lose. The house isn't going to pay you for gambling and losing. No.

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GLENN: Okay, stop, here's the next one. First of all let's just totally inflate everything. Let's make this much worse than it is. Now there are trillions of people -- she said it twice, trillions. I asked her again for clarification later. Trillions of people that are in need of healthcare. Wow, that's a lot. I thought it was 49 million people but that number as I'll explain later not even accurate. But now it's trillions of people. And also, I haven't walked in her shoes. I don't know. She was one of those people. I wasn't. I must not be one of those people because I'm rich. Sucks that I happened to be very, very poor eight years ago. Really sucks that I couldn't even afford the braces for my children's teeth ten years ago. Wow, it sucks. It's almost like I've lived in those shoes. It's almost like I've walked in those shoes.

Here's the thing. You get into an argument with a liberal Progressive. They're going to start with the war. They're going to tell you about how it's wrong and how we shouldn't have fought it and if we can afford that, we can afford this program. Yet they will tell you we can't afford the war. You need to hold them to, we can't afford the war, we can't afford anything else. You can't afford the war, period. It's never worked with my wife to say, honey, we can't afford -- we can't afford that new car. That's why we should get a new sports car. It doesn't work that way. If we can't afford this, we certainly can't afford something that's more expensive. Also, they won't let you use individual examples. Fine. Then don't use individual examples because you can use actual stats and facts, but don't let them use individual examples. Also, you've never walked a mile in their shoes. I'll bet you most of the people have not walked a mile in those shoes, that are making that argument. I bet you're closer to walking in those shoes, if you haven't walked in those shoes yourself, than they ever have. The difference is you never asked the government for help. You just did it because you believe in you. They believe in the government. I'm past believing in the government thing. I kind of got -- roll the dice on me and 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.

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Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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