Editor’s Note: The following is based on Glenn’s monologue from May 17, 2017.
Talk about fast and furious. News is breaking so fast and so furiously on President Trump that many people aren’t getting the facts. They don’t even know what’s happening. We’re going to give you those facts to help you understand the world we’re living in right now, but more importantly, I want to start with trying to understand you. Nobody in the media understands you. Do I? I want to make sure that we’re on the same page so that I can better serve you and figure out the things you’re trying to understand.
We are living truly in a pivot point of history. Yesterday, I looked at the team and said, “I can’t believe we are living in these times and we have a first row seat at the events of our day. This is an amazing time to be alive.” We’re going to be remembered for this time in history — what we did and what we said.
One of the things people will talk about is “climate chaos.” We’re going on vacation next week, up to the mountains and just getting away from it all. My wife came into the closet and showed me the weather forecast. It’s snowing in the mountains. (She’s not happy. She’s a sun worshiper.) Just this morning in Dallas, it was raining. Climate chaos! It’s raining in Dallas, snowing in the mountains, hot in Florida. Yeah, it’s always like that. That’s not chaos. You want to know what chaos is? It’s what we’re living right now.
We are truly living in a world of chaos. Watch the news and try to make sense of it. Who do you trust? What institutions do you trust? What do you know is true, really true?
Remember I said to you years ago — and it seemed crazy to say it — everything you believe in will violated. Everything you think is solid will be liquid, and everything liquid will be solid. The world will be upside down and inside out, and you won’t recognize anything.
Climate chaos? No. The chaos is not caused by the climate.
The Real Chaos
You’re causing the earth to die because of your SUV — and yet — we have to have those SUVs. We have to have General Motors. We have to keep these companies going. Let’s bail them out to make sure they can make more trucks and SUVs while, at the same time, we’re told by the same people those trucks and SUVs are evil, oil is evil. (Oil — petroleum jelly — changed the world. You don’t have oil, you don’t have petroleum. You don’t have petroleum, you don’t have a sewing machine or a cotton gin that works for long.) Chaos.
Chaos comes from paying a tax on something that has now been deemed evil. We all went to school and learned that what we breathe out is what trees breathe in. Now our breathing is supposed to be killing the planet, killing the trees. How is that possible? Chaos.
How many genders are there? If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking two, right? Wrong. Despite the solid, scientific evidence, we’re supposed to believe there are more than 90 now. Chaos.
Can a white woman identify as a black woman and work for the NAACP? No, of course no!. Well, wait, yes. That actually happened, and the left held her up. Chaos.
If you’re white, you can’t even talk about slavery because you can’t relate to slavery. Even if you were born and raised in the same town as someone who is black — went to the same school, graduated in the same class as you — they can understand it, but you can’t. Chaos.
Two plus two equals five. It’s math, no it doesn’t. Yes, it does . . . if you can show me how you got there. Chaos.
We have to print more money to make our dollar sound. What? We have to spend more money to get out of debt. What? $17 trillion isn’t un-American, but a debt of $9 trillion certainly is. Chaos.
Which bathroom do I use? Which bathroom is she or he allowed to use? I’m sorry I said she or he. I don’t know which one you’re identifying as today — a man or a woman? If you’re identifying as a woman, but you’re a man and I open the door for you, am I going to be called a sexist? If you’re obviously a very manly looking man and you’re wearing a dress, I’m going to notice you, but I’m going to be called a hater for even noticing that. At the same time, we’re taught, if you see something, say something. Chaos.
Our eyes, ears and every statistic proves that those who kill or die while shouting “praise Allah” follow an evil form of Islam. But we’re told they’re simply practicing what God has told them to do, they’re misunderstood. You’re the one who has all the hate — even though you’re the one who will gladly live side-by-side, respectfully with anyone as long as they show the same respect in return. Chaos.
We can’t use the same words anymore. Chaos. There are no rules to anything. Chaos. Nothing is consistent, ever. It just depends on who is in charge and who is in power. Chaos.
Agree or be silenced. Agree or be fired. Agree and promote or be shunned.
Nobody can function in that.
Who are our heroes today? Every single hero has been mocked, ridiculed and explained away. Our faith is mocked. Our media, who are supposed to stand guard for us, against corruption, seem to stand guard against us — against our beliefs, our traditions, our institutions. In fact, many of them came from the same places as us, but they no longer even like us or understand us.
Our money isn’t safe in banks anymore. Wall Street is getting rich while your wage hasn’t gone up, in some cases since September 11. Politicians are getting rich off things that would put us in jail. Charlie Rangel entered Congress poor after serving in the Army. He now has houses all over the world. He’s wealthy. How did that happen in the service of his country? He’s not alone; I don’t mean to stick it to him. They’re all like that, or at least a lot of them. They have better health care while we can’t keep our doctors.
So what do we do?
We retreat to the things that we know we can trust like our churches. Yet when we get into our churches, we’re surrounded by judgment and not people who actually care, people who are telling us they’re better than us. Don’t do these things. But they do them.
Our doctors prescribe drugs for our children to control the things that make them children. They give us painkillers, and we think it’s okay because the doctor prescribed it. Try as we might, we can’t get off those painkillers. In the end, the withdrawal is worse than symptoms. Our doctors say marijuana oil is a natural solution, but the government won’t let us have a natural solution that doesn’t get you high. They’d rather we be on opioids, which are killing us.
I got up this morning, started with the weather forecast and thought, how do I explain the world to my audience? How do I tell you what’s going on when I’m not even sure I know who you are?
I don’t know how you feel, but I feel like we’re living in a world of chaos — and it’s important to point that out because when the rules don’t apply equally, it causes tension.
Our kids are in a sea of culture that I don’t understand, without any morals or boundaries. Suicide with millennials is up 30 percent. There are somewhere between 20 and 40 service men who come home and kill themselves every single day. The VA is failing them, putting them on more drugs. And those people in Washington who are in power are creating the same VA nightmare for us.
The former Soviet Union is now led by a strongman, former KGB colonel. He came in as a poor KGB colonel, and is now one of the richest men in the world. To a lot of people, he looks like a good guy.
Up is down. Down is up. Good is being made evil. Evil is good. And it seems as though nobody gets it.
You don’t feel heard. You don’t feel like anybody is really listening to you. I’ll bet you many feel like nobody even sees you anymore, and if they do, they don’t really care. They’re just trying to make money off of you or trying to increase their power. Yeah, yeah, I’ve tried. Let’s take our country back. I was called names. I wore myself out, and it didn’t make any difference.
Donald Trump got it. He knew that the real trouble was coming from this cultural chaos, even if he couldn’t say it. The press, the universities, the schools that have indoctrinated our children, saying fingers are guns. He knew we needed the Supreme Court, or we wouldn’t stand a chance. He gave us that. You don’t agree with everything he says, but at least he’s swimming the other way. Really? Now he’s surrounded by people who have a career in DC. The media has always hated him — and he’s alone. We knew this would happen. Never let a guy like that be president. They’d never let that happen.
Everything I thought I could trust has betrayed me, and now I’m alone — but I’m going down swinging.
That’s how this chaos makes me feel. How about you? Am I even close?
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