Chaos Comes From Having No Absolutes (We've Been Teaching Kids There Are None for Decades)

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from May 17, 2017.

Talk about fast and furious. News is breaking so fast and so furiously on President Trump that many people aren't getting the facts. They don't even know what's happening. We're going to give you those facts to help you understand the world we're living in right now, but more importantly, I want to start with trying to understand you. Nobody in the media understands you. Do I? I want to make sure that we're on the same page so that I can better serve you and figure out the things you're trying to understand.

Historic Times

We are living truly in a pivot point of history. Yesterday, I looked at the team and said, "I can't believe we are living in these times and we have a first row seat at the events of our day. This is an amazing time to be alive." We're going to be remembered for this time in history --- what we did and what we said.

One of the things people will talk about is "climate chaos." We're going on vacation next week, up to the mountains and just getting away from it all. My wife came into the closet and showed me the weather forecast. It's snowing in the mountains. (She's not happy. She's a sun worshiper.) Just this morning in Dallas, it was raining. Climate chaos! It's raining in Dallas, snowing in the mountains, hot in Florida. Yeah, it's always like that. That's not chaos. You want to know what chaos is? It's what we're living right now.

We are truly living in a world of chaos. Watch the news and try to make sense of it. Who do you trust? What institutions do you trust? What do you know is true, really true?

Remember I said to you years ago --- and it seemed crazy to say it --- everything you believe in will violated. Everything you think is solid will be liquid, and everything liquid will be solid. The world will be upside down and inside out, and you won't recognize anything.

Climate chaos? No. The chaos is not caused by the climate.

The Real Chaos

You're causing the earth to die because of your SUV --- and yet --- we have to have those SUVs. We have to have General Motors. We have to keep these companies going. Let's bail them out to make sure they can make more trucks and SUVs while, at the same time, we're told by the same people those trucks and SUVs are evil, oil is evil. (Oil --- petroleum jelly --- changed the world. You don't have oil, you don't have petroleum. You don't have petroleum, you don't have a sewing machine or a cotton gin that works for long.) Chaos.

Chaos comes from paying a tax on something that has now been deemed evil. We all went to school and learned that what we breathe out is what trees breathe in. Now our breathing is supposed to be killing the planet, killing the trees. How is that possible? Chaos.

How many genders are there? If you're like most people, you're probably thinking two, right? Wrong. Despite the solid, scientific evidence, we're supposed to believe there are more than 90 now. Chaos.

Can a white woman identify as a black woman and work for the NAACP? No, of course no!. Well, wait, yes. That actually happened, and the left held her up. Chaos.

If you're white, you can't even talk about slavery because you can't relate to slavery. Even if you were born and raised in the same town as someone who is black --- went to the same school, graduated in the same class as you --- they can understand it, but you can't. Chaos.

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Two plus two equals five. It's math, no it doesn't. Yes, it does . . . if you can show me how you got there. Chaos.

We have to print more money to make our dollar sound. What? We have to spend more money to get out of debt. What? $17 trillion isn't un-American, but a debt of $9 trillion certainly is. Chaos.

Which bathroom do I use? Which bathroom is she or he allowed to use? I'm sorry I said she or he. I don't know which one you're identifying as today --- a man or a woman? If you're identifying as a woman, but you're a man and I open the door for you, am I going to be called a sexist? If you're obviously a very manly looking man and you're wearing a dress, I'm going to notice you, but I'm going to be called a hater for even noticing that. At the same time, we're taught, if you see something, say something. Chaos.

Our eyes, ears and every statistic proves that those who kill or die while shouting "praise Allah" follow an evil form of Islam. But we're told they're simply practicing what God has told them to do, they're misunderstood. You're the one who has all the hate --- even though you're the one who will gladly live side-by-side, respectfully with anyone as long as they show the same respect in return. Chaos.

We can't use the same words anymore. Chaos. There are no rules to anything. Chaos. Nothing is consistent, ever. It just depends on who is in charge and who is in power. Chaos.

Agree or be silenced. Agree or be fired. Agree and promote or be shunned.

Nobody can function in that.

False Gods

Who are our heroes today? Every single hero has been mocked, ridiculed and explained away. Our faith is mocked. Our media, who are supposed to stand guard for us, against corruption, seem to stand guard against us --- against our beliefs, our traditions, our institutions. In fact, many of them came from the same places as us, but they no longer even like us or understand us.

Our money isn't safe in banks anymore. Wall Street is getting rich while your wage hasn't gone up, in some cases since September 11. Politicians are getting rich off things that would put us in jail. Charlie Rangel entered Congress poor after serving in the Army. He now has houses all over the world. He's wealthy. How did that happen in the service of his country? He's not alone; I don't mean to stick it to him. They're all like that, or at least a lot of them. They have better health care while we can't keep our doctors.

So what do we do?

We retreat to the things that we know we can trust like our churches. Yet when we get into our churches, we're surrounded by judgment and not people who actually care, people who are telling us they're better than us. Don't do these things. But they do them.

Our doctors prescribe drugs for our children to control the things that make them children. They give us painkillers, and we think it's okay because the doctor prescribed it. Try as we might, we can't get off those painkillers. In the end, the withdrawal is worse than symptoms. Our doctors say marijuana oil is a natural solution, but the government won't let us have a natural solution that doesn't get you high. They'd rather we be on opioids, which are killing us.

The Forecast

I got up this morning, started with the weather forecast and thought, how do I explain the world to my audience? How do I tell you what's going on when I'm not even sure I know who you are?

I don't know how you feel, but I feel like we're living in a world of chaos --- and it's important to point that out because when the rules don't apply equally, it causes tension.

Our kids are in a sea of culture that I don't understand, without any morals or boundaries. Suicide with millennials is up 30 percent. There are somewhere between 20 and 40 service men who come home and kill themselves every single day. The VA is failing them, putting them on more drugs. And those people in Washington who are in power are creating the same VA nightmare for us.

The former Soviet Union is now led by a strongman, former KGB colonel. He came in as a poor KGB colonel, and is now one of the richest men in the world. To a lot of people, he looks like a good guy.

Up is down. Down is up. Good is being made evil. Evil is good. And it seems as though nobody gets it.

You don't feel heard. You don't feel like anybody is really listening to you. I'll bet you many feel like nobody even sees you anymore, and if they do, they don't really care. They're just trying to make money off of you or trying to increase their power. Yeah, yeah, I've tried. Let's take our country back. I was called names. I wore myself out, and it didn't make any difference.

Donald Trump got it. He knew that the real trouble was coming from this cultural chaos, even if he couldn't say it. The press, the universities, the schools that have indoctrinated our children, saying fingers are guns. He knew we needed the Supreme Court, or we wouldn't stand a chance. He gave us that. You don't agree with everything he says, but at least he's swimming the other way. Really? Now he's surrounded by people who have a career in DC. The media has always hated him --- and he's alone. We knew this would happen. Never let a guy like that be president. They'd never let that happen.

Everything I thought I could trust has betrayed me, and now I'm alone --- but I'm going down swinging.

That's how this chaos makes me feel. How about you? Am I even close?

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From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.