Why do you need to see the Man in the Moon?

What have July 4th celebrations turned into? Usually you drive in the car to a nearby park or parking lot, look up at the sky and watch the fireworks go off. Then you pile back in the car with the kids and go home. Is that really all July 4th should be dumbed down to? It’s time to reconnect with the real story of America -- as told like you’ve never seen it before. Glenn explains more about the ‘Man in the Moon’ production...

I remember about ten years ago I was at Disney, maybe longer, with my family and I had ‑‑ and Pat will tell you and so will Stu. They have worked with me now for 20‑something, almost 30 years, that I have had these ideas in my head forever. I've just never had the money to be able to do them. In fact, one of the things that Pat and I joke about all the time was I used to say, can you imagine if we had ‑‑ if we had money what we could do. And I'm blessed enough to be able to have the people around me now and the resources to be able to create amazing things. We're in the midst of building a network and so many other things and at the same time I'm having a hard time, quite honestly, knowing what God's will is right now because it's easy when He asks you to do things that you don't want to do because you know that's from Him. You know because you're like ‑‑ I mean, for the last five years I've been, "Oh, jeez, you've got to be kidding me. I don't want to do that." And it was tough. Now I'm worried that I'm off track or not doing God's will because there's so much of it that I want to do.

When I was at Disney about ten years ago, I saw technology that I had dreamt about and I thought, boy, if you could tell a story and you could use this kind of technology. About ten years ago I went into the ‑‑ I went into the Disney parks and I saw Fantasmic, and like a little girl I got all weepy because I saw this technology and I thought, "It's here. Look what can be done."

Two years ago I went to Disney California and I saw their California adventure and their Wonderful World of Color and that is also using the technology in the ways that I was ‑‑ had been thinking and ‑‑ but I watched that one and I thought the story, it's ‑‑ all they are relying on is the technology. Where's the story? Where's the heart? All they are trying to do is get you to buy a plush toy.

I've known now for the last couple of years that I was supposed to pick up the storytelling staff, if you will, and start telling real American stories to not just entertain but enlighten and also to try to keep people awake a little bit longer, maybe awaken them, but keep the rest of us awake. And I'm working on some things that, I'm going to plant my stake in two holidays, July, July 4th and Christmas, and try to reel us back in to the core of those holidays.

We have for the last three years done an event in August, and I told you last year that that would be the last Restoring. We did Restoring Honor, Restoring Courage, and Restoring Love. But people come from all over the country to experience these events, and they are life‑changing to so many people. And the most exciting thing, for me at least, is that I see people that have met up and they are just seeing old friends. People, families now that are planning their vacations around these. And what it is is that we want to be around like‑minded people. We want to show our kids that it's not all pushing and shoving.

When you experience one of our events, it's different, and it always has been. I am the luckiest man on the planet because every theater I've ever performed at, every single time the management will come up to me and say, "Yours is the nicest audience we've ever had." I'm so proud to be associated with you. And our summer events have become vacations, and so we are not going to be traveling internationally anymore on summers. We are going to begin a Fourth of July series, and this year it's in one city. It's in Salt Lake City, and tickets have just gone on sale at GlennBeck.com/ManintheMoon and this is a one‑time performance but it's a three‑day event. You can join on any part of it. Part of it is service. Bring your kids. Teach them service. It is an upping of the ante of what we did last year with Restoring Love. Because service changes people. And people came from all over the country to serve and to help people that were ‑‑ I mean, I don't know about you, but I have a hard time. I'm so blessed. I have a hard time with my kids.

My kid actually said to me over the weekend, "I hate my life. I just wish I had a normal life." And I looked at him and I said, "Oh, you're about to have a normal life." With all the blessings that all of us in this country have, we have a hard time sometimes teaching it to our kids that service and there are other people in need. Service is part of it.

One of the main things that people are asking me is what do we do about education. We have an education conference that weekend where you'll hear from some of the best minds around the country and you will see the beginnings of some of the things the American Dream Labs are working on. For those of you who are looking for what do I do if I don't want my kids in public schools, what do I do if I have to have them in public schools; and how do I pick a college for my kids? What does the future of education ‑‑ it's all going to change. We'll show it to you, and it is uplifting. The message I think is really uplifting and really good.

And then the other one is, I don't know what they call it, the Hope Through Truth. But the truth of who you really are. I like to call it Man Up. It's an event. The tickets have just gone on sale for the first part of it, which is the Man in the Moon. They only have ‑‑ we only have 20,000 seats. Most of them are $75 and $35, and they're great seats. The whole thing, great seats. There are some other packages up there. The, you know, bronze, silver and gold packages. Some of those are very expensive but that gets you into all kinds of additional stuff, not just the show. But I urge you to bring your family and join us, in the shadow of the Everlasting Hills. And celebrate Fourth of July unlike it has been celebrated in this country ever before, or at least in quite some time. Make new friends. Meet up with old friends. Plan your vacation. Come with us. Tickets are on sale now, Man in the Moon at GlennBeck.com/ManintheMoon, or GlennBeck.com/tour.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

Mercury Studios

6301 Riverside Drive, Irving, TX 75039

Learn more about the event here.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

Support Mercury One's mission to restore the human spirit by making an online donation or calling 972-499-4747. Together, we can make a difference.

What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.