Join us as we discuss the critical loss of civil liberties and the dramatic expansion of government power in the U.S. What is the responsibility of free people to remain? And what fight lies ahead as Americans make a critical choice?
The heart of the story of America will include what we do as a people right now. Join us as we explore our new Not Free America.
MIKE DONOVAN: The America that we are living in right now is not a free America. You know, I think free people become lazy when they don't have to fight for it. Wake up America, the fight is here.
Good evening, everyone. Happy Sunday to you all. Mike Donovan here, your host on Not Free America podcast and we are here tonight. You get another day of watching the government of the United States of America seemed to grow by leaps and bounds hour by hour. It makes you wonder where does the government go from here in its largest form it's ever been in. We've never had a federal government take as much power as this federal government has outside of a war time exercise.
We've never had the state governments take this kind of power. So I ask you, what comes next? Now, in my estimation, in my read of human history, my read of American history, is that people who acquire a large amount of power typically don't want to give it away so quickly. And so therefore it begs the question, not one that we've had to answer much in our history as a free people, which is -- what are we going to do with this monster now that we've created it?
This is the biggest expansion of government authority in generations. And outside of wartime it's never happened, but the American people fall behind in this consensus that we need to do more. We need to get the government bigger, badder, more into our lives, and so that's what we're doing. But yet have you noticed that the government's failing? Why would you continue to hire someone who's doing a bad job for you? It doesn't make any sense. If I hire someone to fix my car and he messes it up, the next time my car breaks down, I'm not going to go to that mechanic. That makes sense. And if I do, I deserve what I get. Because if I'm okay with mediocrity, then I'll continue to accept it. Well, that's what we're doing except far worse. We're not accepting mediocrity. We're accepting abject failure. This government, this federal government, our state government, almost to a letter have failed us -- many local governments as well. Because the plans to deal with the pandemic weren't in place.
And so the only thing that we could do is try to force manage mass numbers. I want to explain to you the difference. See, a government that cares about me will make sure I'm okay. A government that cares about numbers will simply want to flatten the curve or calm an apex. They don't care about you and they don't care about me. I care about me and I care about my family far more than a bureaucrat in Richmond or Washington D C ever will.
And that means that if I'm responsible for keeping my family safe, I'm going to do more to keep them safe than Richmond or Washington ever will. But guess what? Even if you are kind of on your own and you don't have a lot of family, you don't have a lot of friends, the people you do have in your life still care more than the government.
I promise you. Even if you have no one, and you live alone in an apartment. The guy down the hall that you see in the elevator every morning… he cares more about you than the government does. And more importantly, you care more about you than the government does. And that's the whole ever-loving point of the American revolution. The idea that people mattered before governments so much that a government could be of, by, and for those people.
That the idea of people managing people and our own affairs could work in some sort of complex tapestry of watching the better angels of ourselves come to existence. And that's what we've seen. And it hasn't been perfect because this country is marred and scarred with horrible biases and horrible terrors that we've committed. You can't honestly say that you're proud of the American history, but you can absolutely say that you're proud of American redemption and American advancement. And our ever-alive search and quest for knowledge that forces us to tear down barriers and overcome biases.
We do it over and over and over again. And now because of a virus, because the government wasn't prepared, it created a propaganda machine that has grown much larger, much larger in size and in severity as a problem in the virus. Not that the virus isn't real, not that the virus isn't serious. Not that people aren't dying from it… but we're talking about a fundamental change of our government forever and your interaction with it forever. And it will not care about you tomorrow any more than it cares about you today.
The Supreme court has said that police officers, oh, you know, duty of protection… Why do you expect that a government health care worker would? Or a government immunology immunologist would or a biologist would, or a government agent checking your temperature, a government agent testing you for antibodies? I'm not saying you shouldn't have a temperature check or get a test.
Just be real about what's happening. If you flock to the government thinking they're going to save you, you're already dead. This government doesn't care about you and it doesn't care about me. It simply cares about getting over the curve and existing afterwards. We should be so lucky that the one thing that dies in this pandemic is the government of the United States and its unbelievable persecution of people of color, socioeconomically disadvantaged white people, and anyone that doesn't have enough money to make enough noise to matter in a room full of white powder wigged millionaires.
I'm sorry, but that isn't the country that we established. It isn't the country that was promised to us and we now are on a cliff, one that was not of our own creation. We have the ability to choose and we will make a choice and it will go one way or the other.
A very big disparity in difference of the result… You're going to make a choice. We're all going to make a choice that what kind of America do we want? Because we are in this crisis, we are going through this crisis and we're going to get to the other side of this crisis, whatever that looks like. What do you want? Do you want a government that tells you what to do or do you want a government that you tell what to do?
If you want a government that tells you what to do, keep doing what we're doing. Push the pedal to the metal and enjoy losing every freedom you've ever had. Now listen, that's okay. Maybe that's what you want and you don't ever want to have to make a decision. Decisions are stressful. Having to make decisions isn't always easy. Sometimes it's nice to have the government come and tell you what to do until you disagree.
But guess what? Once you've abdicated your ability to make decisions, it doesn't matter if you disagree or not. That's the rub of a free people. You know, I think free people become lazy when they don't have to fight for it. Wake up America. The fight is here and if we don't work now to critically and importantly scale back the powers of federal and state governments, we are never going to be a free people again.
Throwing people in jail for gathering, for not wearing face mass, for being in groups of more than 10 people, for going to church… Shame on us. Not because we should encourage behavior that encourages viral spread, but because we're Americans and because an individual can do what an individual wants to do, if it doesn't hurt others. And don't give me that bull crap about how allowing someone out of their house is going to hurt you.
If you're scared, stay inside, wear a mask, take some precautions, do whatever the heck you want to do, but you don't have a right to sell my rights out to a government that you're so willing to trust. And let's talk about that. You trust this government? Do you know why we don't have tests right now? Because the government screwed it up. The CDC screwed it up. Do you want to know why $500 billion wasn't enough to bail out small businesses? Because the small businesses that actually needed the money couldn't get it because the Patriot act required them to follow a series of know your customer rules with the banks that were lending.
So the big businesses, Ruth's Chris steakhouse and all of their individual franchises, for example, they get the loans, but mom and pop businesses that employ the majority of Americans, they don't. Why?
Because the Patriot Act. You know, the last time we got afraid, we decided to abdicate our freedoms, give them away. And now it is harder to open a bank account in this country than it's ever been. And small businesses are suffering as a result. And we only have ourselves to thank because when you ask yourselves why we're appropriating another $350 billion, which is surely not going to be enough to fund small businesses out of the nightmare we created by shutting down our own economy. Understand this, the one thing standing in the way between those businesses and funding is the Patriot act.
The last thing we did when we decided we were going to give our freedoms to the government and runaway like scared little babies. If you continue to do it, all of your rights will be gone, not just your right to bank.
All of them will be gone… and you won't be at the point of a barrel of a shotgun that you will have lost it. It will be at the seedy underbelly of your pathetic self, not realizing that you're a better person than this… that you're a better person than being controlled, that you're a better person than being manipulated, that you're a person who can control the health and welfare of your own family… better than Washington, Richmond or anywhere else. That's true.
If you want to give bureaucrats the ability to make decisions for you, great. Not me. And if you stand here and decide that you're going to make that decision for me, we're going to have a problem. I'm still a free person and damn it, I'm going to die one because I am not going to abdicate my freedom and my rights to people who would manipulate and use that for their own selfish power grab purposes.
This is still the United States of America and we need a new free America in this country. Folks, I really appreciate you taking the time to be with us. Went a little late tonight. So I am going to wrap up but I just want to encourage everyone and remind you that we do have a toll-free hotline. We do have fund a law firm that helps individuals whose civil rights have been violated. If you have a problem where you feel your civil rights have been violated by a government, by a police officer, by a company, by a bank, and the PPP program… by anything, please give us a call. (855) 925-2833 for a legal referral so that we can get a civil rights lawyer talking to you and looking at your case. If we can help, we will. We're all in this fight together. Let us fight together to save the liberties of the American people. Stay safe, stay healthy. I'll see you tomorrow.