Friday night, I went to a Passover dinner at a Jewish friends house, and it was as I felt last year when I went. It is truly remarkable because it is a six-hour meal that is all about ritual, and it is all about the story of the exodus of Egypt and the Jewish people. David Barton went with me. And so we were sitting next to the table, and we talked the whole time and saying, "This is the problem with America. There are no rituals anymore. There's nothing. There's nothing that teaches us who we are." In fact, there is everything in our life teaching us the exact opposite of who we are.
Rituals were in our life for a reason. It's like what happened to the Grimm Fairy Tales. They used to teach us something, that life outside is scary and rough. But we've "Disneyfied" all of them so the lessons have been lost.
These rituals were in our lives for a reason, but now the past, people tell us, has nothing to teach us now. This is a real problem. The rituals in our church is gone. There's are no more rituals in church. The church has conformed to the world.
The silence of reflection has been replaced with lights, a fog machine and a band. The respect for the sacred is gone. It has conformed. Our music is filled with sex. Our radio stations are the same. Our television shows are the same. We tolerate it. Our schools no longer deal with kids that maybe set off a smoke bomb in the bathroom, but now our schools are dealing with kids in middle school that are having oral sex (which, by the way, I want to remind you is not really sex. And even if it was sex, it doesn't really matter because sex isn't even sacred anymore).
Our rituals are gone. The ritual of coming together and having dinner for a family meal is all but gone. The sacredness of the family is mocked. Mom is okay. I mean, as long as she puts her career ahead of her family and she doesn't really need a man, then mom is okay.
Men have been mocked and ridiculed for so long and have been told that you need to be more like a woman. Dads aren't needed anymore. And we wonder why -- we wonder why there are so many children without fathers.
But, really, the truth is, now with modern science, you don't even need a mom or a dad. You don't need a male or a female to have a children. We can just mix your children up in a petri dish from the DNA of up to three different people and then plant that DNA into your grandmother's womb so she can carry the baby for you.
And, by the way, when I say you, I don't want to say that it was going to a traditional family because that would be wrong. I mean you as in you and your partner. It could be same sex. It could be traditional. It could be single. It doesn't really matter. All choices are good.
And, by the way, you can have a child. Have a child. Not raise a child. Not shepherd a child. Not even care for a child. But in our arrogance and our greed, you can have a child because that child . . . it's more like an accessory for your life --- new friend, a pal.
I don't know if you're keeping track, but anybody who is keeping track, we're now up to 89 different sexes. I still only know two, but we're up to 89 now.
And everybody can use a bathroom -- any bathroom. And depending on how you feel that day because you're probably pretty fluid (isn't that why you're going to the bathroom . . . you have a lot of fluids in you?), so you're very fluid. Whoever you choose to identify as today . . . nothing will go wrong with that. Today you're gender fluid. So choose your own bathroom.
I know our common sense is fluid. You can choose your own common sense. Our TV shows, I can't take it anymore. I think I may have to give up the BBC. I've been watching things like Doctor Who with my son. I've been watching Torchwood with my son.
Try watching Torchwood, a spin-off of Doctor Who. Can't do it. Can't do it. It's riddled with sex. And all the women have to experiment by having a lesbian affair. And the main character? I'm telling you, on show after show after show features homosexual characters.
It's your choice. Wait a minute. I thought it wasn't a choice. Why are you teaching people that you should choose to experiment when you said it wasn't a choice. Wasn't this the argument that I made? No, it's a choice now. You can choose whatever you want to be. Whoever you want to be with. Even the way you are born is no longer sacred. I thought you were born that way. No.
It doesn't matter how you're born because you can change anything now. And maybe this began when we began to cut our faces up to look like somebody else --- somebody with a better nose, somebody younger, somebody more famous.
Our body is a temple? No, not anymore. Not unless you can poison the temple, degrade it and deface it, then your body is a temple.
I was with my son this weekend for father/son weekend. The girls are out of town. I had time with my son that I never had with my father.
And even though I look back and my head tells me, "Yeah, you know, your mom committed suicide, you and your dad didn't really hit it off, it was really kind of a crappy childhood," I pine for the days of my childhood. I pine for the days when the worst thing you could have caught us doing at the time was smoking a pack of cigarettes. Maybe. Maybe, when we got really crazy. I pine for the days when my dad walked me half a mile -- I was probably six years old -- I had to walk about half a mile back to this grocery store. It was the corner grocery store. My dad and I had gone up for a carton of milk, and I was standing there at the counter. And they had the little bazooka gun. And I took the bazooka gun, and I just put it in my mouth. Halfway home, my father said, "Where'd you get the gun?" I said, "It was at the counter." He said, "You didn't pay for it." I said, "I didn't know." He made me walk all the way back with him and pay the guy a penny. Not tomorrow. Today.
I miss a time -- I don't miss necessarily the shows, but I miss the time when Gunsmoke was still relevant, when you still knew people who knew what it was like to live in the days when things were tough and real. Those days are gone.
The family hour was ruled unconstitutional. The Sunday driver? My kids don't know what a Sunday driver is because they've never even heard of the blue laws. And while I agree with the courts on both of those things, part of me says we needed those laws to be able to hold our culture and our people together because we don't have any rituals to do it. We don't choose to do anything to hold us together.
Even the rituals of getting old, the ritual of actually getting old and spending Sunday with your grandparents, going to dinner with the family on Sundays, and the rituals of your grandmothers' actually looking their age -- those rituals are gone.
Grandmother is a thing of the past. Do you know anybody who still is a woman and lets her hair go gray or even white anymore, that isn't 95? Do you know any grandmother that actually looks like a grandmother anymore and is proud of it? Do you know any grandmother who likes to be called grandma? Fewer and fewer every day.
We no longer have any meaningful rituals on the Fourth of July. What is that? We listen to James Brown. Oh, we listen to the fireworks go off to Born In the USA. An anti-American song. And then we go on a picnic, maybe. We go water-skiing, maybe. We drink beer, maybe. And then we listen to anti-American songs with fireworks. Happy Fourth of July.
Easter is about egg hunts. Try explain that. I tried to explain that to my children the other day. Why the eggs? Why the bunny? I don't know. I have no idea. I have no idea why there is a bunny. "Oh, well, the egg is a new birth of Jesus." Shut up. Thanksgiving is about turkey and football. Christmas is about Santa. Truth is gone. Justice is a joke. And nobody even knows what the American way is anymore.
Hope? Have you read the news lately? Hope? Where do we even find hope? Our society isn't screwed up because of our government. Our society is screwed up because we're screwed up. You get hope from remembering who we really are, who we really are.
The power of the individual. You can't remember who we are as Americans unless you remember who you are as a person. You can't know who you are as a person unless you know who you came from. Who you are. Who does your soul belong to? And that leads you right to the Declaration of Independence, that there is a Creator and he created you and he gave you certain rights, and it's your job to establish a government that protects those rights.
Is there a reason we took a 5,000-year leap? That in 1791 those rights were spelled out and we established a government to protect those rights? And with within 100 years, the world went from the way it had always been to something remarkable. We went from the campfire at night to the lightbulb. We went from the outhouse --- or crapping in the woods because we didn't even have a shovel --- to an outhouse to indoor plumbing. We went from a fire to the furnace. We went from whale oil to gasoline. We went from the handwritten letters to the telegraph and the telephone.
Within 100 years, a 5,000-year leap. Why? Did that just magically happen, or was there something that protected the rights of the dreamers and the doers that said, "I have a better way?" That something happened that those dreamers said, "I can actually do this now."
You know, I read a story this weekend about Microsoft. Bill Gates just said the biggest mistake he ever made is when he started Microsoft and for the first ten years or so, he didn't hire a lobbying firm because his idea was the government has nothing to do with my business. Listen to what I just said: Microsoft's Bill Gates said the biggest mistake he ever made was he didn't hire lobbyists because his idea was that government had no place in his business. Apple, on the other hand, went ahead and hired a lobbyist firm.
You want to start a business, you think we're going to take another 5000-year leap? You think we're going to cure cancer? You think we're going to go to Mars? You think we could ever colonize Mars? No. Not as long as you have government being that portal on everything.
You think we're going to put Apple out of business with the next great invention? No. Because Donald Trump will do it. Hillary Clinton will do it. I'm going to bring these Apple jobs back to America. Well, I read another job about the most secret Apple manufacturing plant in China. You know why it's secret? Because they're working 60 hours a week with slave wages. They can barely feed themselves.
Do you know how much an Apple iPhone costs now? $650 is the base. $800 is the top end. Do you know what the $650 phone would go for if you brought those jobs back to America? Because that's what Donald Trump says he's going to do --- force those jobs back here. He's going to bring those jobs back to America, and the crowds cheer. How much would your Apple iPhone cost? $2,000 for the $650 model now.
Oh, I can't wait for those jobs to go back. When they come back, then we'll be able to buy that $2,000 phone which Apple won't make because they'll go out of business. That's what happens when the government doesn't protect rights, but decides to pick winners.
America is at a point of choosing. The first thing that has to happen is we have to wake up to who we really are and where we came from, so then we can chart a course forward.
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