Her daughter's teacher said the pilgrims were America's first terrorists

Every parent knows the importance a good education, but the progressive indoctrination of America's children has reached chilling new heights. For over a year, Glenn has been warning parents about the dangers of Common Core. History is being forgotten, and in many cases rewritten. One mother, Cindy Vines, shared a shocking story with Glenn on radio this morning about her daughter's teacher. Allegedly, the teacher not only told the kids they should only learn from her teacher (not her parents), but also that the Pilgrims were America's first terrorists.

Below is a rough transcript of the segment:

GLENN:  So a couple of weeks ago, I was on Facebook, and it's late at night.  And I'm reading my Facebook.  And I really started to try to interact with you a little bit more on Facebook.  I think Facebook is the new -- is the replacement for the telephone and almost talk radio in a way.  It's mass communication, but also personal one-to-one.

So Cassidy Vines is a listener and a viewer of ours.  And she writes:  Glenn, I don't typically post or respond to posts on Facebook.  But after your radio program this morning, I feel compelled to share something, a story on what I feel my life purpose is.

And she goes on to talk about how she was homeschooled, and she didn't like it at the time because she was made fun of.  But then something happened to her.

She said:  Flash forward a decade now, and I have my own daughter.  This is the one-year mark since I graduated from the police academy.  And it was the deciding factor on whether or not I would homeschool my daughter.  I chose to work on my career.  But she started kindergarten and public school this year.  Seemed to be going great until a couple of weeks ago I went in for a parent/teacher meeting and found that they had been teaching these children that Pilgrims were America's first terrorists and I had an oh-crap moment.

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And so we called Cassidy, she's on the phone with us now.  Cassidy Vines.

Hi, Cassidy, how are you?

CINDY:  I'm good.  How are you?

GLENN:  I'm really good.

When you were walking into school, and you found out your daughter was making some Indians artwork.  Right?

CINDY:  Right.  Well, they had already done it.  They had it lined along the hallways on the walls.

GLENN:  And what happened?

CINDY:  I went in for just a routine parent/teacher meeting with my daughter's teacher.  I went in armed with a slew of questions.  The biggest thing that was on my mind was something she told me that absolutely outraged me.  I was absolutely furious.

I was prepared to listen to what the teacher had to say just in case my daughter was maybe stretching the truth a bit.

So how it started was, one night I was helping my daughter with her homework.  You know, it's absolutely ridiculous math homework.  It was the -- the base ten stuff.  One ten plus another ten plus one, two, three, one, makes 23.  So I tried to correct her on it.  And this is Texas.  You know, Common Core.  It's Tekx.  T-E-K-X.

And I tried to correct her on it.  And she tells me that -- she snaps at me and tells me that I can't teach her.

She says, I'm her mommy, not her teacher.

GLENN:  Oh, my gosh.

CINDY:  So I kept that in the back of my mind to bring up with the teacher, but I was more concerned at the time with her new attitude that she brought home from school.

Two days later, she brings home this little booklet to read to me.  And, again, I tried to correct her on a word that she kept reading incorrectly.  And I said it in the most gentle way possible.  And she broke down crying and said, that's how she was taught, and I can't tell her something different because I'm a mommy, not a teacher.

GLENN:  Please tell me at this point you asked, where are you hearing this?

CINDY:  I did.  I did.  And my parents were there at the same time.  And it was like this new thing she learned how to do.  She's reading now.  And there's no way this was a coincidence.

So I asked her, I said, is somebody telling you this at school?

She said, yes, I'm only allowed to learn from my teacher.

And I sent several notes to school with her in her folder.  And I requested several times a meeting with the teacher, and I never got a response.  Finally when I did go in to see her, she tells me she wants me to email her, not send notes.

So finally I get a scheduled meeting with her to discuss her grades, and I tell her what my daughter said.  And I'm waiting for her to deny it.  It doesn't happen.

She goes on to tell me that they try to discourage parents from introducing contradictory concepts to our children.

STU:  Our children?

CINDY:  Yes.  Our children.  As in the school's children?

PAT:  Did you correct her on that?

GLENN:  No.  She's not a teacher.

CINDY:  I was a little baffled.

And so when I started talking about my daughter, I emphasized "my daughter."

So I asked her, I said, am I not allowed to help her with her homework?

She tells me that it's better if I just let her do it on her own.  They don't want parents confusing the kids.

PAT:  Oh, my gosh.  That is amazing stuff.

CINDY:  So going on to the Indians, during the same -- the same conference, I mention all the Indians lined up in the hallway that the kids made, and I asked when they're going to start on the Pilgrims.

Here's where eyebrows start going up.  She tells me that, although they're going to cover the Pilgrims, they're not going to emphasize them because of all the violence and the fact that they were essentially America's first terrorists.

It took my breath away.

GLENN:  Oh, my gosh.  How old was this teacher?

CINDY:  She's probably in her 30s.  She doesn't look much older than me.  I'm 27.

STU:  This reminds me of the "Interstellar" movie that was out recently.  It was the same thing where the machines were bad.

PAT:  And they hadn't gone to the moon.

And the problem was that Matthew McConaughey's character was at the school for was because his daughter kept bringing in the father's history book, his textbook, and he was going over the moon landing and all that stuff.  He was an astronaut at one time.

And she says, we can't have that in our school because that's not the corrected version.

STU:  The corrected version --

PAT:  Of history, which shows that the moon landing was fake.

STU:  That's supposed to be fiction.  We're learning here from Cassidy and we've learned in how many cases around the country that this stuff is going on.

PAT:  Yeah.  The revisionist has begun.

GLENN:  I don't even know what to say about this.  I get so uptight about this stuff.  This is the stuff that enrages me.

PAT:  I would have been arrested.

GLENN:  I would have too.  I would have.  I would have blown a gasket.  What did you do?

CINDY:  I went home.  First thing I do is I text my dad.  Because my dad, when I was homeschooled, he really forced history down my throat.  You know, I was writing college-level papers on history.  Absolutely hated it.

I texted him.

I said, Dad, get this.  This is what they're teaching your grandbaby.

Of course, he was furious.  So we started talking about it, and I decided right then and there that she was going to be pulled out of school and I would be homeschooling her.

So I wasn't going to do it right way.  I had to build her curriculum.  So I'm still working on that.  So probably after Christmas, she will be pulled out of school.

GLENN:  Good for you.

STU:  Wow.  That has to be a tough decision.

GLENN:  And how long will we be able to do that?

CINDY:  I don't know.  I was actually looking that up.

GLENN:  Yeah.  How long will we be able to have the right -- if they're already saying that these are our children and, listen, don't listen to mommy and daddy -- do you know what this?  You remember the Al Gore speech.  It was right after the election.  It was at the inauguration.  And he said -- and it was outrageous at the time.

And we played it on Fox.  And they, of course, distanced themselves from it, and they wouldn't answer anything.  But that's when he called everyone in and would not allow any parents, any adults in there, it was just teenagers.  And one of the kids tape-recorded it.  They turned on their i Phone, and they recorded it.  And what he said was, look, there are some things that your parents don't know that you just instinctively know.

Do we have that anymore?

PAT:  I don't think so.

STU:  We have to break through our kind of private idea that our kids belong to their parents or our kids belong to their families and recognize kids belong to whole communities.

GLENN:  I'm sorry.  But this is Hitler youth stuff.  It is.  When the State deems the child theirs over the parents --

PAT:  You don't have to go back that far.  Remember the Canadian thing?  The co-parent thing?

GLENN:  Yeah.

VOICE:  This is a difficult situation for the family to be in.  And we do work hand-in-hand with these families because we co-parent, so obviously we --

PAT:  Wait.  You co-parent?  The school co-parents?  No, you don't.

GLENN:  Remember that study came out and showed that 98 percent of those who are currently unemployed in the United States, 98 percent do not want a job.  They don't want a job.

And what was the number -- the number with the youth was also staggering.  It was, out of 14 to 27-year-olds, it was -- I don't remember what the number was, but it was a very high number that they don't even want to start looking for a job.  They're just not interested in work.  Well, why would you be when the government gives you everything?  And that's what's happening to us.

They're training us not to think.  Not to think for ourselves.  Not to do for ourselves.  And there is going to come a tipping point, and I don't know when it is.

But when that tipping point hits, we're in trouble.

And I have to tell you, Cassidy, I want to thank you so much for sharing this story with us.  And you just keep going and do the right thing.  Because you're on the right track.  And your parents, I know how much you probably hated -- well, I read your Facebook post.  You hated homeschooling, but are you grateful for it now?

CINDY:  I'm absolutely 100 percent grateful for it.

GLENN:  God bless you.  Thank you so much.

PAT:  Thanks for what you're doing.  I do have the Al Gore thing.

GLENN:  Hang on just a second.  Let me just say this.  That there's coming a tipping point, and it's going to happen sooner rather than later, I fear.  That they will just start to say that you're not doing this with your kid.  And when that happens -- I mean, we're in deep trouble.  We're in deep, deep trouble.  And Americans need to wake up.

When you're sitting around the Thanksgiving table, I want you to bring up what you heard -- this story.  And you heard it.  Don't quote it from me.  Don't say what show you heard it on.

Just say, there was this lady in Fort Worth, and she was talking about this happened.  And then start talking about what's happening in your schools.  And you listen to your parents and your grandparents, the older ones at the table, and see what they have to say about this.  This is an outrage, and Americans need to stand up against this.

We're at a point now to where we have to shut down the department of ed.  There's no reform that will be good enough.  You have to shut down the Department of Education.  It must be turned off.  And the control has got to go back to the local level.

Here's the Al Gore thing.  This happened the week of the first inauguration of Barack Obama.  They call all these students in.  Al Gore is giving a speech.  And there are no parents allowed.  And one of the kids hits record on their i Phone.  Here's what she picks up.

GORE:  I'm thinking back now a long way to when I was your age, and the civil rights movement was unfolding.  And we kids asked our parents and their generation, explain to me again why it's okay for the law to officially discriminate against people because of their skin color.  And parents try to tell their kids the right thing, you know, usually -- I do.  And when our parents' generation couldn't answer that question, that's when the laws started to change.

There are some things about our world that you know that older people don't know.

GLENN:  Oh, my gosh.  This is so dangerous.  So dangerous.

The first Thanksgiving was about humiliation, fasting, and prayer.  Humbling yourself before the Almighty God, praying, fasting, and giving thanks.

May I recommend, may I strongly recommend that we do this this Thanksgiving and turn our face to the almighty before we destroy ourselves?

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.