Gutfeld on Rep. Ted Lieu’s thoughts on free speech

Last night Ted Lieu, a Democratic congressman from spoiler alert California, said that if he could, he'd restrict speech. You know, I believe him! "I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The first amendment prevents me from doing so, and that's simply a function of the first amendment, but I think … Continue reading “Gutfeld on Rep. Ted Lieu’s thoughts on free speech”

Last night Ted Lieu, a Democratic congressman from spoiler alert California, said that if he could, he'd restrict speech. You know, I believe him!

"I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The first amendment prevents me from doing so, and that's simply a function of the first amendment, but I think over the long run, it's better the government does not regulate the content of speech."

How nice of him! Thank you sir for giving a thumbs up for our right to free speech.

We were worried there!

But here's the thing Ted misses about threats to speech: it's coming from his side. Today, it's the leftists on campuses, shrill celebrities and nervous CEOs who seek to stop you from speaking your mind. Worse, they're also punishing you if you don't speak what's on their mind.

Use the wrong pronoun? You're toast.

Meanwhile, Trump's barreling in the opposite direction. He'll say anything. Take Tuesday's meeting. Ch-ancy, badly wanted the border wall discussion done in secret.

"The point is that there are equities to be weighed, and we're here to have a conversation in a careful way, so I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press on this."

Trump insisted we see the sausage being made, and surprise — the media sided with the pair who wanted to hide the sausage.

Funny. Trump's transparency scares the media, who pretended for so long to be about uncovering the truth. But that was only if the truth was what they believed.

Fact is — when it comes to speech, you won't find a better role model than Trump. He won't shut up. And he's revived a dead mainstream media by giving them a simple business plan: bash Trump every day.

For eight years they were as frozen as boardwalk bananas and Trump finally thawed them out.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on December 13, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on the French terror attack

A fiend shot and killed at least two people in Northeastern France Tuesday night. He yelled "Allahu Akbar" while opening fire at a Christmas market. Wonder what he was trying to tell us.

The terrorist was known to authorities — 27 convictions, and currently wanted for other violent acts. Considered a threat to the state, he was still out and about and might already have fled the country.

As an American, the striking thing about this recent attack, is how rarely we hear about them, now. That's good.

But the venom of Islamic terror still exists — and injected into a bitter loser — culminates in mayhem. It's been so long since writing about this, I'm pretty rusty.

The fact that such evil can move freely is another reason why security is the backbone of freedom. And while you'll never be 100 percent safe — the only way to enjoy freedom is to understand the price it takes to maintain it.

A border, it's important but when someone born here is radicalized that's not enough. Solid walls keep bodies at bay but toxic ideas float happily over them. The terrorist was in prison. Prisons have walls and borders. But they only work if the dirtbag is still inside them.

So he was out and able to kill innocent people. Why? How is that possible?

France — a target of numerous attacks — still has trouble with priorities.

While America enjoys relative safety compared with the past — this is a reminder for the modern world: as we move forward, there are still those who wish to take us back.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on December 12, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on the no-host Oscars

Since Kevin Hart bailed from the Oscars, the awards show is desperately seeking new options, including going without a host at all.

Think about that. The Oscars looked around at all the possibilities in their own inoffensive, morally pure industry, and decided – it's just not worth it. We're all jerks, clowns, sinners, bigots and pigs. And of course we're petrified of the mob.

Meaning, they're actually human. And just as every human has a skill or talent — we all have a past or a life — one worth more than a tweet.

But for some, a simple dignified apology will never be enough. The moral majority, is now the mobbing morality, and forgiveness is viewed as an accessory to evil. And the Oscars is responding the way everyone does now: to be so gun-shy about the social media fallout that they just give up. No one wants to share the risk.

So, nothing too edgy. And humans are just that, in the face of unforgiving, hordes. So, after decades of filling that hosting position, humans need not apply. So, who then?

How about Deep Blue, the chess-playing computer. It's cold. Faceless and never told a joke — offensive or otherwise, ever. Much like Seth Meyers.

Or a drone — something that can drop a crude joke from on high, then completely disappear. Like Michelle Wolf.

But, whoever they pick will be hosting the show from under a rock. Or under the rock.

Unless of course they find someone with guts whos not afraid of courting scandal.

Who could that be? ((close in of a Donald Trumps smiling face))

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on December 11, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on Democrats and connecting with voters

At a symposium, Democratic Senator Hirono was asked what Democrats must do to connect with voters. Here's what she said:

"One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people's hearts instead of here [points at brain]. We're really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [points to brain] but not here [points to heart]. And I've been saying it at all of our Senate Democratic retreats we need to speak to the heart, not in a manipulative way, not in a way that brings forth everybody's fears and resentments, but truly to speak to the hearts so that people know that we're actually on their side."

Then they sing Kumbaya.

So, the problem with Democrats are that they're too intellectual, as opposed to emotional? This, from a person who slammed all men in one burst of rage?

"It's the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men of this country just shut up and step up."

I don't know about you — but I don't see that as connecting with anyone's brain. Unless you mean hitting somebody over the head with a mallet.

The real problem? It's the opposite of her diagnosis, and it was captured in that juvenile outburst from the Kavanaugh hearings. Anger focused against others for being others. It's weaponized identity.

I'd suggest more mutual understanding — connecting with common sense that we all share. And "share" is the key word there.

The problem with Democrats, right now — is the desire to pull apart, rather than together.

For a liberal its hard to even admit that patriotism's a good thing. It's so old, crusty and mean. Instead, look backward with shame, then define all present relationships as oppressive.

The result: you split people up into envy-driven factions of grievance.

The result of that: a senator who denigrates all men as guilty parties.

That doesn't come from the heart. Or the brain. It comes from Mazie Hirono, who still owes us dudes an apology.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on December 5, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush

This is video of George Herbert Walker Bush when he crashed into the sea as a young pilot.

It’s what we call a hero.

If you're young, playing video games, shopping online or fulminating on Facebook — it's because of something called leisure time. And leisure time was brought to you by millions of men and women whose bravery in times of war made our idle activity possible. I wonder – would we even be here, if it weren't for men like him?

The passing of George Herbert Walker Bush reminds me of the recent passing of John McCain.

It also reminds me that only losing great men and women unifies people.

We try to forget about all the other crap. In fact, we realize much of that crap is pointless.

People come and go on our planet, and in our lives, and it helps to remember that all of us have something in common with the great ones.

With the exception of a few chuckle buckets who use such events to score political points — it's actually a shared loss that reveals how we really are. None of us tweet in the face of death.

Kindler, and gentler. Remember those words?

It's a return to the baseline of human goodness. A great person dies and we can observe the rituals with reverence and respect, as though its second nature. God help those who can't. It's probably best to ignore them.

So for this week, it's not a bad thing to use this passing as an excuse to make life better. Less finger pointing. More handshakes.

I'm sure in time, we'll get back to our tribes. But for now – let's do the guy a favor.

Be kind and gentle — in case he's watching.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on December 4, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on the curse of identity politics

We're a divided country, we're told.

People blame the media. Others — politicians. But, to quote former President Obama, don't blame me! Instead, put it on identity politics:

"When I hear people say they don’t like identity politics they don’t like, I think it’s important to remember that identity politics doesn’t just apply when its black people or gay people or women. The folks who really originated identity politics were folks who said 3/5ths clause and all that stuff. That was identity politics. That’s still out there."

He's dead right. The past was super racist. Just ask Democrats, who went to war to defend slavery. But that was then.

But now Obama seems to be arguing around a current problem. Kind of like when faced with Islamic terror, you say this:

"Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the crusades, the inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ."

I don't blame Obama’s what-aboutism.

Except that it excuses the one flaw, that if fixed, could unify his party, and this country. That flaw is identity politics, which prefers disunity and differences, over mutual understanding.

Political power based on grievance requires an endless supply of oppressors. Without them, there’s no power. No wonder young, healthy, individuals with endless opportunities feel and seem hopeless. Anger ruins them.

Identity politics says you're never going to win until you're the oppressor, and that means embracing a vengeance-based dogma. And it says that others, no matter their age — are still guilty of a huge historical crime. Against blacks, women, gays — you name it.

Ultimately each group will turn on itself, since one person's oppressor is another's victim. And it removes forgiveness, and commonality — replacing it with a grievance drip, that leaves you unhirable, and bitter.

Until the Democrats discard this obstacle to unity, it will only get worse.

Hell, it's not often that I give earnest advice to Democrats. What am I thinking?

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on November 28, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on Twitter bans

So after much outcry, Twitter has reinstated the account of conservative Iraq War veteran Jesse Kelly after he was "permanently" banned for violating the platforms policies.

Which policies? Not sure — since Twitter really hasn’t said. We do know it wasn't for being anti-semitic because Louis Farrakhan is still welcome.

But look Twitter's a company — it can toss anyone it wants. If I own a bar, and you’re being a jerk in that bar, you're gone.

The question, here, though, is — who stays and who goes?

If this guy was kicked off for being a jerk, then let’s kick off all jerks, right? But then, there goes Twitter.

But if the guy actually harassed someone, Twitter should have said so.

So it makes you wonder if Twitter’s treatment is fair. And, would they have changed their minds if Jesse hadn't been on Tucker Monday night.

Now I don't know what Kelly said to get him into hot water. But the trend is larger than any one dude.

It's part of a larger "fink" culture, where group-think monitors, activists, mainstream media websites and social-justice mobsters target dissenters. And this attack typically goes in one direction. Left to right. The right rarely tattles so Twitter thinks they don't matter.

So make a bad joke. Use the wrong pronoun: God help you. You'll get doxed, annoyed at home, fired from Google. Kicked off Twitter.

What's the solution? To paraphrase writer Walter Kirn, as Twitter limits expression: "It's starting to feel like tacit approval to stay."

So maybe it's time to move on — and start some freedom of our own.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on November 27, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld on Twitter bans

So after much outcry, Twitter has reinstated the account of conservative Iraq War veteran Jesse Kelly after he was "permanently" banned for violating the platforms policies.

Which policies? Not sure — since Twitter really hasn’t said. We do know it wasn't for being anti-semitic because Louis Farrakhan is still welcome.

But look Twitter's a company — it can toss anyone it wants. If I own a bar, and you’re being a jerk in that bar, you're gone.

The question, here, though, is — who stays and who goes?

If this guy was kicked off for being a jerk, then let’s kick off all jerks, right? But then, there goes Twitter.

But if the guy actually harassed someone, Twitter should have said so.

So it makes you wonder if Twitter’s treatment is fair. And, would they have changed their minds if Jesse hadn't been on Tucker Monday night.

Now I don't know what Kelly said to get him into hot water. But the trend is larger than any one dude.

It's part of a larger "fink" culture, where group-think monitors, activists, mainstream media websites and social-justice mobsters target dissenters. And this attack typically goes in one direction. Left to right. The right rarely tattles so Twitter thinks they don't matter.

So make a bad joke. Use the wrong pronoun: God help you. You'll get doxed, annoyed at home, fired from Google. Kicked off Twitter.

What's the solution? To paraphrase writer Walter Kirn, as Twitter limits expression: "It's starting to feel like tacit approval to stay."

So maybe it's time to move on — and start some freedom of our own.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on November 27, 2018.

Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.