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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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.