Our Rituals Are Gone

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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If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.