Clint Didier talks Common Core, the Federal Reserve, and more

On radio today, Glenn dedicated the full show to comprehensive coverage of the midterm elections. You probably won't get another show between now and Tuesday as dedicated to politics as this one. One of the candidates that impressed Glenn the most was Clint Didier, candidate for the House of Representatives in Washington's 4th Congressional District.

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Below is a rush transcript of the segment

GLENN: We have Clint on the phone with us now. Hello, Clint. How are you, sir?

DIDIER: I'm doing very good, Mr. Beck, and I did meet you down at Freedom Works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Yes, we did. Yes, we did. Sorry about that.

DIDIER: That's okay.

GLENN: So Clint, you are a dream come true on all of the things --

DIDIER: Well, I'm just an American. And I can see where this country is headed. And I've got four children. I got five grandchildren. And I've lived the American dream. I've got to play in the NFL. Three Super Bowls. And it was all when Ronald Reagan was the president. And this country was united. We had our first black quarterback by the name of Doug Williams, and I caught a pass from him in Super Bowl XXII. And since then we've been on a slippery slope going downhill. And since then, we've lost our moral compass. We've lost our direction. Nobody is looking at the Constitution anymore for direction. And I want to restore pride back to America. I want to get this country, I want to be part of the equation of getting it back on track for our kids and our grandkids, grandchildren and every generation to come to live their dream.

GLENN: How would you expect to get the Department of Education and Energy eliminated?

DIDIER: Well, let's look at how these were all brought into play. That was Jimmy Carter's era. The Department of Education, everybody thinks has been around a long time.

It was brought into play when Jimmy Carter was president. And when it was brought into play, we ranked third in the world. Today we rank 36th in the world. We're losing ground, because we're not teaching the core principles of education anymore. We're now in this Common Core that I'm absolutely set against. I want to give this back to the states. You see, when Joe Gibbs brought in eight tight ends to take my job every year, he told us, the players, that competition brings out the best in everyone. And so if we had 50 different educational systems, with the core principles of course teaching history and arithmetic and English, what used to be taught, then that will bring out the best, the cream will rise to the top. And people will go to the educational systems that are successful and the rest will follow. And it's as easy as that. It's creating a competition so that it can build this educational system back to where it once was.

GLENN: Tell me about a abolishing the Federal Reserve.

DIDIER: It's not even part of our government. This Federal Reserve was created by the men that went out to Jekyll Island and they thought up this grand scheme. It's not even part of our government. And yet we allow them to print the money and they're devaluing our currency.

GLENN: I think we owe them --

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GLENN: I think we owe them almost $5 trillion now. They've just inflated the money into -- so how are you going to get out of that?

DIDIER: Well, you were there that day. David Swaggert from -- he reported that the new report out, the new study, is with the unfunded liabilities of social security, Medicare, Medicaid and our debt were $205 trillion in the hole. How are we going to get out of that? We're going to have on unshackle our industries and let them run again. And this is one of the reasons I'm running for this position is because as a farmer here in eastern Washington -- my wife and I, we farm a thousand acres with two of my sons and daughter. And we are under attack.

They have determined a White Bluffs bladderpod as an endangered species. And they are using that as a means to take away our water as they're doing it all across America.

The EPA was created December 2nd, 1970, by Richard Nixon with an "R" by his name. This agency doesn't even have the authority over the American people because it wasn't created through the powers of our government. It was supposed to be created through the legislature, and we're allowing a lot of these agencies to create the harm to America when they don't even have the jurisdiction to do it.

So we have to rein them in and how do I propose to do that? By cutting their funds. And if we don't, then we are going to be a nation that will not pass down freedom to our children.

GLENN: How are your poll numbers?

DIDIER: Very good. We're in eastern Washington here, although we do have the west siders. The grandfather of the establishment party, Slade Gorton will be here. He just paid for a hit ad on me and it's pretty ugly. They got -- it's got me speaking to the Second Amendment rally and as you well know, I'm telling people to get ready. As Joe Gibbs always told us, get ready for the worst possible predicament you can imagine. And that way you'll never be surprised. So if you get your food put in place, if you get a portable ham radio and get it in a box and get it somewhere the EMP or a Solar flare and our governments warn us of a Solar flare. Fox News the other day, if you get that put away, you have that -- you have that confidence, the poise that if something does happen, you're ready for it. As we see so many times across America when people aren't ready, is when the anxiety and the panic takes place and then it's too late.

GLENN: If the president of the United States --

DIDIER: So I'm telling people -- go ahead.

GLENN: I was going to say, if the President of the United States were a responsible guy, he would be saying the same thing. He would be saying, don't panic. You just don't panic. There's no reason to panic, and you prepare for the worst. And hope for the best. But I mean, it was the United States government that buried cans and crackers and blankets and water underneath all of the federal buildings and state courthouses and county courthouses all across this nation during the Cold War. I mean, that's exactly what they did. We didn't have to use it, but it gave us peace of mind so we didn't have to panic.

DIDIER: And you see this grandfather Slade Gorton over here running the hit ad and then he also said that Clinton Didier said if we keep the weak alive, it only brings down the strong and he shows a woman holding a child which I was talking about business. When you keep propping up the businesses that aren't making it on their own, you're weakening a strong business.

PAT: That is despicable.

DIDIER: It is. And I encourage everyone to look at it, because this is what's going on. You see this establishment party realizes one thing F. a true newsroom conservative -- and Glenn, you lived here. You know about Washington state.

GLENN: I do.

DIDIER: I don't know if you remember Slade Gorton.

GLENN: I do.

DIDIER: Honestly, he doesn't have anything in his tenure that he can even speak of. He raised taxes and he voted no for the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He really -- his profile is just horrible as far as a Senator for the United States of America. And they know, if I win this, and I'm going to, it's going to change the landscape of the state of Washington. We're not only going to settle for being the fourth congressional member. We're going to also campaign and work hard to get other conservative -- conservative politicians or whatever -- I like to call statesmen -- elected in our state and going back to represent the federal government. We're going to turn the tide.

STU: Clint, do you feel bad in retrospect playing for a football team with such a mean name?

DIDIER: You know, I haven't met a Native American yet and I've got one working on my staff that is offended by that. Quite honestly, they're all taken by it because they're remembered.

GLENN: So we have Clint now on record saying that he's making Native Americans work for him. Notice that one.

DIDIER: That's right. And he does it on his own free will. He's a volunteer. But if it was so offensive, honestly, if that was so offensive to the American people, would we have them lining up and waiting in line to buy tickets and buying all the memorabilia from the Redskins?

GLENN: No. Makes me want to buy more.

DIDIER: Exactly.

GLENN: I'm going the game tonight. I might be rooting for the Redskins and it's in Dallas. And I'm from Dallas. So I mean, I just -- and you know, all the Dallas people will turn around and be like, guys, guys, guys, this is just -- it's just this anti-P.C. thing. And I might turn the whole crowd around. The whole crowd in Dallas may actually be cheering for the Redskins just because of the name. Clint --

DIDIER: You know, Glenn.

GLENN: Go ahead.

DIDIER: When I was down there in Jackson Hole, you had some great memorabilia there and you shared all of them with us and it was just powerful.

The one thing that sticks in my mind is the guy that was stuffing the papers down in the train. For those people at -- over in Germany. We just lost our neighbor of 55 years, his name was Chris Chrisman. He flew 71 missions in World War II. He was a hero in our neighborhood. We just lost him. I got to spend an afternoon Sunday watching a football game with him here about a month ago. But my mom went and interviewed him and the one thing that is -- I can't get out of my mind is, every mission he prayed. He prayed that he wouldn't drop bombs on the innocent people. He didn't pray for his own life. He prayed for the people, the innocent people. And people -- and we're being accused of being an evil nation? And that sticks in my mind, because these men that go to fight for our liberty and our freedom, they live with it for the rest of their lives and he took that to his death bed and I'd like to give a little homage to Chris Chrisman who just passed away. He was neighbor here for 55 years, a great man.

GLENN: Clint, I think we don't have to ask you how your soul is. I think you just answered it. God bless and you best of luck next week. Running for U.S. Congress in Washington's fourth district. Clint Didier.

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.