California lawmakers recently pushed forward a bill that will punish doctors and other medical professionals for spreading allegedly false information about COVID treatments. But this story isn’t about COVID misinformation, Glenn says. This story is about the ‘doorway’ far-left politicians are building that will allow them — and our huge, federal government — to determine what is true and what is not. And the more they successfully do this, Glenn explains, the more peril we ALL are in…
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GLENN: California Legislature, just passed a bill that will punish doctors and other medical professionals for spreading purportedly false information about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Why is this happening now? Why is this happening now? Because I don't think this is about COVID-19 vaccines, and treatments. This is a doorway. So wait a minute. So if my doctor says, listen, I don't trust that. That COVID-19 vaccine. I wouldn't take it. You know what, I'm going to -- I'm going to recommend you do this, they can lose their license. So we have the state telling you, or telling your doctor, what he can or cannot say about a product, that the state is a co-owner in.
That's not good. I want to give you just a little refresher course on our Founders. 1798, I think is the Sedition Act. Sedition Act was finally pulled and found invalid. But it caused a -- a real -- a real problem and a real debate the first time it was introduced. Now, Woodrow Wilson brought it up again. But the first time it was used was during our second president, John Adams. And so the debate became, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
Just because they're saying something about the state or you, Mr. Adams. Or you, Mr. Jefferson. You think that the First Amendment doesn't allow you to -- to have those charges brought up against you?
Well, but these people know it's not true. So this amazing debate happened. I invite you to look this up.
The debate was all around whether or not the state has a right to tell you what's true and what is not. And the Founders came to a place, to where they said, and I'm practically quoting. If you can help me remember this at all, Stu. But I'm practically quoting. Where they said, look, if a person decides he's just going to be the worst person in the world. And he has no scruples. No -- no moorings to anything ethical or moral. And he decides to make up the worst things, that are known lies, and he knows it. We cannot say that he gets jail time, or he needs to be shut up. Because of why? You remember, Stu?
STU: Because the government can't be the arbiter of truth.
STU: Because the government could be at the other end of a claim, right?
And if they're the ones determining the truth, then you can't accuse them of anything. Because they can always say, well, my side is right. So you can't put it in their hand.
And they went as far as saying, look, this is like, you had -- and they talked about at their times. Because Adams and Jefferson went at each other. So the Democrats and wigs were at each other's throats, just like now.
STU: The wigs, not a huge presence these days, but I know what you're saying.
GLENN: Yeah. So they were at each other's throats. And they were like, look, in a situation where we're in right now. And it's 50-50. And one side does not believe the other trial. You put something on trial, to decide what's true. What happens if you get all wigs in there, or a majority of wigs? Or you get a majority of Democrats?
They're not going to be able to give a fair trial. Because they see the truth differently.
Now, think of this, having a trial for anybody, in Washington, DC. Anyone who was a Trump supporter, in Washington it can't. Are you going to get a fair trail?
I don't think so. That's why the government can't decide truth. They can play no role in that.
California is deciding what the truth is. Now, California has been at some of the -- the center of squashing the truth.
And lying to you. They're using COVID-19 as an example of -- that they should be the ones?
That tell you what's true, and what's not?
California, I don't even recognize -- I don't even recognize sanity with you, anymore.
There's no logic to this, at all. But warning, it is coming. It's coming in California. And if California adopts something, wait until you see how many others do.
By the way, another story on this. I was sued -- oh. How many years ago, Stu?
I was sued like ten years ago, for something that I knew was true. Because I had the documents from a source inside Washington.
And this was a very, very credible source. And he was in the position to know what was true, and what was not. In Homeland Security. Because it all went through his hands. But he couldn't be outed. So I couldn't say who it was. And I asked him several times. Will you please testify?
I can't, or I lose the access. So I can't. Okay. So I took it.
But I had the documents. And they were not redacted.
And I went to the judge. And I said, these are the documents. And she said, well, how did you get them?
And I said, from a source. Who is your source?
I can't tell you that. Then we can't tell you if those documents are right or not. I said, then tell the government to produce those documents. We had like six White House attorneys show up to the next hearing. Six. I had one. Six. And they told the judge to her face, we're not giving you these documents. They're privileged documents. We're not giving you these documents. She said, well, you're going to turn them over.
They said, no. We're not. And they left. It was over. So they didn't produce the documents. So she calls them again and says, you are going to produce these documents. So they did.
Three hundred pages, fully redacted. You could have the ifs, the ands, and the buts. But almost everything else.
I mean, it made -- it made Donald Trump's affidavit look like the encyclopedia.
STU: And what was interesting about that was, it wasn't like they were hiding what was in the documents. Because you had the unredacted documents. So like be, it was just -- all they needed to confirm whether it was real or not. They intentional redacted everything, so you couldn't tell.
GLENN: I even went to the judge, or my attorney did. Okay. See you at the bottom -- Glenn, you see how it says page 301.
Turn to page 301. Notice the ands, the ifs, the buts are all in exactly the same place.
GLENN: What are the odds of that? Wouldn't accept it.
You cannot win against the government if they can claim secrecy, privilege. If they hold all the cards, which they do. This is why we developed the Constitution.
Because these are the things, that the king was doing to our Founders.
That's why that document is so genius. But the further we get away from that document, the more in peril you are.