Glenn: No more right and wrong, just political agenda

I want to talk to you a little bit about the truth tonight and if it matters, and I want to start with a story that is getting very little play in the mainstream media.

In fact, this is the way it’s reported by the Associated Press, and I just want to give it to you, an incredible story. “Authorities are investigating the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Central Texas who was assaulted by several men, some of whom used cell-phone cameras to record the attack. Court records filed in Austin indicate the girl ran away from home June 29 and was approached by a car with three men inside.

The girl was driven to an apartment about a mile away. Records say up to 10 men were at the apartment, with some taking turns having sex with the girl. She told police that some cheered…Two men have been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Twenty-four-year-old Juan Lozano Ortega and 26-year-old Edgar Guzman Perez were in custody Thursday, each on a $30,000 bond, after being arrested a day earlier.”

That’s the end of the story. That’s all they thought. That’s the best they could do, no other details that they felt were important enough to share because they’ve got other things to do, I guess. But there’s a little bit more to this story. If you take the Associated Press story and throw it out, there’s more, more that you probably should know.

First of all, she was a runaway. Did she run away from her parents? No, she was living in a place called The Settlement Home for Children. The Settlement Home is a place for…it’s a placing agency for foster children, so this isn’t some spoiled brat teenager mad because I didn’t get an iPhone, mom, for my birthday. This is a child who has been rejected her entire life. At 13, she probably understands she’s most likely going to age out of the foster care system in and out of homes, in and out, in an out.

So she runs away from The Settlement Home. She hitches a ride with three men she didn’t know, first mistake. They take her to this nearby apartment complex. The young girl is escorted into an apartment, only to find ten other males inside waiting for her. The next few hours have to be described as hell on earth, thirteen grown men up against one frightened 13-year-old girl, taking turns one after another after another after another.

Demented animals, and they reveled. It was a party for them, taking out their cell phones and recording all of it, one cheering another one on as they viciously raped a helpless 13-year-old girl, a girl with no family, no one really looking for her, no one coming to help, alone in the world, surrounded by men. Well, this gruesome attack goes on for hours and hours, all the way through the night and into the morning.

I just spent time with Elizabeth Smart. She told me when I was out in Utah she didn’t think she would live to see that morning. I’ll be you this 13-year-old girl didn’t think she’d see another sunrise. Well, finally they had enough, and they called off the attack. And one of these animals was kind enough to let her use his cell phone so she could call her foster brother, but her foster brother, not being a brother or a man, refused to help.

So, surprisingly, they had the compassion to drive her to a nearby neighborhood. They kicked her out of the car. They told her you gotta go find someplace else. Go find someplace else to go. She did find someplace else to go. She actually met a woman who brought her to another apartment, another apartment complex where this man was waiting for her.

Unbelievably, this 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted yet again in the same 24 hours asking someone for help. Well, of the 13 attackers in the first attack, these two have been arrested. What the AP and the rest of the media haven’t bothered to point out is that these two and the other 13 appear to be all of them illegal immigrants. The others are still at large. Where is the outrage? Where’s Al Sharpton? Where’s Barack Obama?

Shouldn’t the president give a speech and say something like this girl could have been my daughter, after all, my daughter is just turning 14? Boy, he could give that speech, couldn’t he? How about the speeches on the dangers of letting illegals live in the shadows? How about the speeches of let’s just be good to each other? Where are the marches – no justice, no peace?

It’s not going to happen, because see, nobody really actually cares about people anymore. It’s really only about politics. It’s not about Trayvon Martin. They had to make him look like a little 13-year-old boy when he wasn’t. Why? Because it would help them get elected or reelected or get them to cause trouble or get them to get more power. But you see, this little 13-year-old girl, you don’t have to doctor a picture of her to make her look 13. She is 13.

Does anything even matter anymore? Does the truth matter? Is there such a thing as right and wrong? I don’t even recognize us anymore. I’m in our New York City studios today, New York City that has Michael Bloomberg as the mayor and soon could possibly have Anthony Weiner of all people, a man – do you think Anthony Weiner should be – look at this. Should he be anywhere near elected office, let alone leading the largest city in North America, one of the largest on the planet?

You know what’s really amazing is people are actually saying oh, you know, we shouldn’t pay attention to this. One week, one week before his big redemption video or interview goes to print in People magazine, he posed for pictures. There he is. That’s the pictures from People magazine, but as this was being printed, he actually starts up a sexually charged online relationship with a 22-year-old progressive activist.

He didn’t even try to hide it. He used his own name most of the time – the arrogance and the insanity of the rest of us. And here’s the biggest disgrace – this is still being defended. It’s all being defended by people. Andrew Sullivan actually came out and said sexting shouldn’t exclude anyone from public office. Really? Sexting shouldn’t?

Let me read it to you. “In this new Internet age someone has to be the person who makes sexting not an excludable characteristic for public office. If it becomes one, then the range of representatives… we can choose from in the future and present will be very, very different in experience and background than the people they are supposed to represent.” Andrew, may I just point out, I don’t think it’s sexting.

I mean, if he was sending, you know, explicit pictures and you know, hey, honey, I’m so hot and bothered by you right now, can you put the kid down early tonight so we can have animal sex on the kitchen table, I wouldn’t care. That’s up to him. It doesn’t matter. And if he wants to do animal sex with somebody else, I don’t care either, but he shouldn’t be trusted with our cities. It’s the fact that he lied about it. It has nothing to do with this sexting. He’s lying while asking us to trust him.

Is there no right or wrong anymore at all? Any? Is there any concept? Everybody else is doing it. Just accept it. Why not? Let me show you Slate.com and what they’ve said. “Anthony Weiner’s sexts don’t make him look like a sexual predator or even a freak. They make him look very, very ordinary.” Really? Wow, I mean, do you have a girlfriend that you’re trying to put into your Chicago love nest? What does he call it, a fallout shelter?

He calls this some bizarre name, someplace where they could go and just live out their wildest fantasies. Do you have a high heel fetish? Because I don’t. I mean, if that’s normal, I’m so proud to be abnormal right now. Spending all of your free time telling a stranger on the Internet that oh, you’re so hot, I love you, and sending naked pictures of yourself while you know, your wife is just down the hall, you know, with your firstborn kid, just a year old – that’s normal? Really, is it? I don’t think so.

We’re witnessing a society that is completely detached, and we’re detached from anything because we have an agenda. Why didn’t we tell the girl, why didn’t we tell the story of the 13-year-old girl? Because of an agenda. The second rapist was black. The others were illegal immigrants, so we don’t tell a story. That’s not a good story. That doesn’t help us with our agenda.

Right now MSNBC, they’re praising her for her courage. Imagine that, praising her for her courage – really, the people who fancy themselves as warriors fighting the good fight against the war on women? You want a war on women? It’s this guy, and they’re praising her staying with him. She’s been humiliated how many times? How many times does she have to have…not just once but twice. She’s not a woman – that’s pathetic. It’s pathetic.

I’m all for forgiveness in a relationship. I’m all for that. Nobody’s perfect, etc., etc. This guy is a sexual predator. That’s who he is. He’s a freak. He’s out of control. If she wants to do it, fine, but I’m not going to praise her for it. And look at me, I’m not attacking her. I’m just saying what are you thinking? What are you thinking? If this is my sister, get away from the monster. This guy relentlessly objectifies and corrupts all young women. He does. I mean, and they’re fine with it.

Let me give you another story. How about Nancy Pelosi’s progressive pal? This is the Mayor of San Diego. He’s refusing to step down despite the fact that he’s groping women at the office. He can’t even be trusted with women in the office. We’re a people who have no shame. We have absolutely no shame. He won’t step down. Nancy Pelosi was asked how she feels about him, and she says, you know, what happens in San Diego should be left to city residents. Oh, should it? Is it Vegas now, San Diego is? You have no opinion.

America, we have got to get a hold of our children, and I don’t know how we do it in a country – I mean, we look like the old fuddy-duddies. You just don’t understand sexing. Yes I do. Yes I do. Got it. The future of American Progressives, we are in deep, deep trouble. The ones we are growing, the 22-year-old Weiner sexting partner, she said that Weiner could send all of his naked pictures, all of them that he wanted as long as he kept legislating the way he was.

But if we continue to disregard right and wrong, and it doesn’t matter what anybody does – this is so far beyond anything that Bill Clinton ever did. We make fun of countries like Italy and France because they elect perverts and liars. What are we doing? This is our fault. And New York will probably elect this guy, and we will go the way of those countries. And those countries are on a timetable. They’re on critical – they’re on life support now.

No one’s going to be able to trust anything. The truth doesn’t matter. We turn from the truth, and they’re perverting absolutely everything.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9.

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?