The status quo is over in America.
Everything the country once trusted and revered is being tossed overboard at a pace that probably hasn't been seen since the 1960s.
Is it a cultural shift? Who cares ... that's a crusty old term that only the elite used or even understood. Let's toss it out, along with anything else we ever trusted.
Out with the old, in with anything else, as long as it's new and hasn't lied to us yet.
President Trump has fostered some of this thinking, but even Trump is just a sign of the times. He rose by pointing out what stand-up comics have known for years: The government can't do anything right.
It wouldn't have worked just a few years earlier. But now that Trump is in, it's hard to imagine anyone running on the bland old promise that government will somehow figure it all out and make things better. To those who say Trump hasn't done all that much, the rejoinder is that he's done plenty by showing how shoddy the government's work product has been.
Trump laughed off and then abandoned the non-binding climate deal, and the sun rose the next day.
He was brutally frank about the U.S. failure with North Korea, which was maybe a little scary until the regime lobbed two missiles over Japan. Each missile, each nuclear test is a reminder of how the U.S. spent years knitting itself a security blanket out of useless words like "containment" and "deterrence," and somehow felt safe.
This week, Trump is expected to take a major step back from the Iran deal, and probably the sun will stubbornly keep coming up over the eastern horizon just as it has always done.
Trump has also been useful in pointing out the media's failure. Who can trust what they say anymore, these TV performers who constantly reveal their biases on Twitter and are so routinely wrong that they would be jailed if they were in any kind of licensed profession, such as medicine or accounting.
Less than a year in, the press has been reduced to a few crumbling empires that shout "fake news!" at each other.
And now, the erosion of the status quo is expanding to non-government empires we once thought were untouchable.
People are boycotting the beloved NFL because some players won't stand for the national anthem. The NFL spent weeks in a state of confusion, wondering why not all of its players felt like matching the post-9/11 level of patriotism seen in most of the NFL's advertising.
On Tuesday, the NFL caved to the rabble that wants the players on the field to salute the flag the NFL uses to wrap itself. The giant NFL, dripping with money, was brought to heel.
Hollywood is even bigger, but even this leviathan seemed to crumble every day this week.
The Weekly Standard's Lee Smith argued this week that Hollywood bigshot Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual assault would never have been uncovered with Hillary Clinton in the White House. The media would have shied away from hurting Clinton and her husband by covering the story, since Weinstein was a big Democratic donor and Bill Clinton is widely seen as a sexual predator, too.
It's hard to escape the idea that Clinton's loss gave Weinstein's victims a free shot to out him as a sexual predator at long last. Now, less than a week after the sordid revelations, Hollywood actors are fighting each other over who knew what, and when, and who should be blamed.
Will people pay to see a movie starring someone who knew about Weinstein for years, but did nothing? Does anyone feel like paying hundreds of dollars to watch millionaire athletes disrespect the flag? Will people consent to being taxed to fund a government that can't do anything other than fail and expand? And which media outlet will people use to read about all these horrible failures?
People have more choices than every before in history, and plenty of information about those choices. They're learning that they don't have to give all their money and all their trust to a few giant entities just because that's how it's always been done.
The old cliche for all this is, "the emperor has no clothes." But in America today, everyone and everything is naked. And exposed. And ready to be challenged, and dumped for something better.