Another one bites the dust? Jeff Flake flip flops on gun control

Glenn has always emphasized the importance of personal responsibility, but in light of what has been happening lately, he has also discussed the importance of listening to and trusting one’s inner voice as a source of guidance. What happens when we stop listening to the inner voice? And have our freshly elected leaders who started off strong in standing for their principles going to lose themselves to institutionalized corruption?

“Last night I went to our temple to pray. My wife and I spent the night just praying,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And I have been looking for some answers on some things, and I think I got some last night. But one of them is, we have to start back at nursery school, just like we had to start back when I was on Fox, and we had to go back and learn all about the founders. We have to go back and learn about honor and integrity. We have to learn how to not be angry. We have to learn about our civil rights. We have to learn about how to make sure we never violate trust, how we can take responsibility.”

We have become so accustomed to hearing mantras like “Give me liberty, give me death” that seem to define the ethos of the American spirit, but Glenn asserts that it is not possible to have liberty without responsibility.

“It's not ‘Give me liberty, give me death.’ It's ‘Give me responsibility,’” Glenn said. “There is no liberty if I can't have the responsibility. If I can't choose for myself and I can't live with either the benefits or the problems that I created, there is no liberty. Give me responsibility or give me death because death comes from not having responsibility.”

Following the discovery of the three missing women in Cleveland, Ohio, many people who lived in the neighborhood came forward to say they suspected something was amiss, but they either brushed off their intuitions as paranoia or their claims were not taken seriously by others.

“I spoke about the alarm system in each of us, and the alarm system is being shut down,” Glenn said in reference to his monologue on last night’s Glenn Beck Program. “We are dismissing it.”

Not only must we take personal responsibility, but we must demand responsibility from those who represent us in government too. Glenn has long been a fan of Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), but his actions lately have been seriously questionable.

“Let me report on this,” Glenn said. “Jeff Flake is somebody that we've been for. Jeff Flake is one of the guys who's the best on the economy. Jeff Flake is a friend. Jeff Flake is a guy I supported to be the senator. I fought for Jeff, and all of a sudden he is for comprehensive immigration reform. We have him on; he doesn't make any sense. We're like, ‘Jeff, you're misguided. You're misguided.’”

Now Sen. Flake is not just pro-immigration reform, but it seems as though he is now pro-gun control as well. “Now he has flip flopped on gun control. Now Jeff is suddenly for gun control, and he says he's doing it because maybe he can get a better deal on the Internet tax, that maybe they won't pass the Internet tax,” Glenn explained. “If he gives in on guns, then we won't get the Internet tax. I'll take the damn Internet tax over you taking my guns.”

Sen. Flake has only been in office some four months, and it looks like he has already compromised on some of his core values. Even Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works, a big of Sen. Flake, told Glenn in an email that he is afraid “we have lost Jeff Flake.”

More than anything else, this situation proves just how powerful the Washington machine has become. “Powerful, powerful, powerful people,” Glenn said of those in Washington D.C. “When you can turn a guy like Jeff Flake this quickly – four and a half months, they're powerful.”

Glenn went on to provide another example of politicians losing their way. Utah Republicans have apparently decided it is too controversial for them to continue to attend LDS “firesides,” which Glenn explained as “a time that you bring an expert into the church, and they will talk about whatever it is. They will talk about faith in their job, whatever the topic is.”

“I'm calling my LDS friends from Utah that are in Washington D.C. and telling them, you better stand up against this or you're going to lose your soul and here's why,” Glenn said. “I give talks at the firesides… and every time I go into a church and I speak, whether it's my church or another church, I always know whose time I'm on. I'm not on my time. I'm on God's time. And every time I give a talk, that's when I realize, am I off course… Because I'm saying this now in church on God's time. It keeps you centered. They know that. I swear to you they know that and so that's why they're suddenly saying, ‘We shouldn't talk in church.’ It is powerful evil that is going on. You can lose these guys in a heartbeat.”

In times like this, when the world seems to be turned upside down, a deep rooted faith is often the only way to help make sense of things. Glenn spoke of a passage from Corinthians that says God will take weak things to defeat the powerful, and He will take foolish things to defeat the wise.

“I have never understood foolish things. What does that mean exactly,” Glenn asked. “I'll tell you what that means: Glenn, you can't start your own network. You can't leave Fox. You'll never be able to afford it. You'll never be able to do this. You'll never be able to do that. What, are you crazy? You don't want to do that. You'll just cause more trouble. Don't do that. Hey, don't get involved.”

That is the mindset of so many of us who are afraid to speak up, speak out, do something new, do something different. But it is clear that we no longer have time to waste.

“Be foolish! Be foolish,” Glenn exclaimed. “Follow your heart! Follow what you know what is right on the inside! Follow your heart. Be foolish. It is the only way we win. Be foolish. Do the things everyone says, ‘Don't do that. That's foolish. That's foolishness. They'll destroy you. They'll smear you. You'll lose your reputation. You'll have nothing left in the end.’”

“I got news for ya,” he concluded. “Be willing to lose your life and you will gain it in the end.”

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.