How have you changed in the last five years?

Tonight, Glenn will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the 9/12 Project with a special night of programming. At 5pm ET, Glenn sits down with an audience of 9/12 members to discuss the evolution the movement has undergone these last 5 years. The evening continues at 8PM ET as Glenn narrates a special presentation of Meet John Doe starring the legendary Gary Cooper.

Learn more about the special programming HERE.

On radio this morning, Glenn poignantly reflected on the transformation he has experienced and he asked the audience to consider the same.

Tonight at 5 o'clock is the five year anniversary of the 9/12 Project. I invite you to join us. We have asked for people to tell us: How has your life changed. Have you gotten married because of the 9/12 Project? Are there any kids that have come from the 9/12 Project? How are you a different person than you were? And I really want you to ask yourself that question: How have you changed in the last five years?

If you haven't changed, maybe you should look into that. Because I mean, really? All of these things in the world have been going on and you're still the same person? I will tell you that many of the people who voted for Barack Obama would say, ‘I'm the same person.’ The people who are going to lead the world in the next phase, are the ones who have dug down deep right now.

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So how have you changed in the last five years? The TEA Party, I know has changed a lot of people and changed a lot of people politically. You've become more active but that wasn't really the main focus of the 9/12 Project. It was happenstance that the TEA Party went to Washington for the very first march on 9/12. That was the date that I issued five years ago next week. Five years ago next week, I said, ‘We're gonna meet again on 9/12. And I'm gonna tell you what I'm doing. And I want to see what you're doing.’

You showed me what you were doing. You went to Washington, D.C. That's what you were doing. I told you then we were going to Washington, D.C. for Restoring Honor because that's what I was doing. I was working on the 40 Days and 40 Nights Challenge. I was working on: Let's be Americans. You went and said, ‘I want my country back. I don't want to slide into socialism.’ You became politically active. You knew who you were. You started teaching your children. And the 9/12 Project was a big part of that.

But also the 9/12 Project was about more than just parties. It was about much more than, at least to me. It was about values and principles. What are those values and principles? Tonight, we are going to go over those again. And I'm going to do something else… At 8 o'clock tonight, I invite you and your family to gather around the TV and watch our first Blaze movie. We have never played a movie on the Blaze before. Tonight we're going to. Tonight, we're going to play an old Frank Capra movie. Frank Capra is the guy who did It's a Wonderful Life. If you liked It's a Wonderful Life you're going to love Meet John Doe.

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This is such an amazing story, and a lost Frank Capra film that you need to see. Maybe you have already seen it. Watch it again. And I want you to watch it with new eyes tonight. I want you to watch this movie and realize where you were five years ago. You were at the beginning of this five years ago.

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I want you to watch it not just as a history lesson, not just as a good movie, but I also really want you to watch the last scene because I'm going on vacation this next week. When I come back, we're gonna tell you about something. You know the phrase ‘let sleeping dogs lie’? They didn't. They didn't let a sleeping dog lie. They kicked the sleeping dog over and over and over again. Beware of dog. The dog is awake. The dog is on guard. And if we have each other, if we really understand the principles behind Meet John Doe, politics go into its rightful place. Politics is only a reflection. Done right, politics is only a reflection of the people.

What does that mean? That's why the 9/12 Project was about values and principles… We knew that somebody had to stand guard and say, this is the truth – for the record. Let history mark for the record this is what happened. We knew that TheBlaze had to exist because nobody was giving you the truth. I've seen the boardrooms from inside. I've seen the news and how it's made from all sides. And I knew there had to be someone.

Please, please watch this movie tonight. You will understand so much of what I have been cryptically saying to you for a long time. You will understand so much. I knew we had to start TheBlaze to tell the truth, but there is another component. It's not just the news. It's not just a political movement. It is cultural.

And so when I come back from vacation, after you have watched this movie tonight, I'm coming back with a new challenge to you. And you will understand in the next 6 months where we're going and what we're doing. Where I'm going, what I'm doing, I will make the same challenge to you. Except it won't be a 6-month challenge. This time it will be in one year. I will show you exactly where I'm going. You will know it. You show me what you've done. We win 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.