Glenn's plan to restore America begins with 'first principles'

Millions of Americans believe our nation is in trouble. A troubled economy, attacks on our homeland, corrupt leadership and floundering educational and health care systems threaten to wreak havoc on this country. But everyone views these problems through a different lens - and that's what divides us.

On radio Tuesday, Glenn suggested we establish our "first principles" before even attempting to come together on solutions.

"It is easy to diagnose the problems. It is harder then to prioritize the solutions," Glenn said.

Our nation's founders believed God and the Constitution were their first principles, Glenn said. If you're going to restore America, he explained, those must be your first principles as well.

He then began writing down his own first principles:

1. God.

2. Constitution.

3. Life. (And that means all life. That goes into health care. That goes into war on ISIS. That goes into Planned Parenthood.)

4. Government corruption. (And that goes to limited government and rule of law. That would include immigration.)

first principles Glenn lists his "first principles" during radio, Aug. 19, 2015.

When looking at problems through the lens of these first principles, Glenn found it much easier to know how the problems of our nation should be dealt with.

"You can't fix immigration until you fix corruption. You can't fix corruption until you fix the Constitution. You can't fix the Constitution until you fixed it right with God and you know where those constitutional principles come from," Glenn said.

Watch the segment or read the full transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors.

GLENN: It is easy to diagnose the problems. It is harder then to prioritize the solutions. What are your first principles? Our founders believed God and Constitution were the first principles. So if you're going to restore America, not back to 2000 or 1980 with Ronald Reagan, you're going to restore it back to its first principles, those must be your first principles. That's my goal.

So when I talk about things, you can understand -- this whole -- this whole self-examination here is so I can understand you better. And you can understand me better. And we can stop calling each other traitors. We disagree.

STU: Yeah, look, I certainly never called anyone a traitor. And I know you haven't. But it's out there.

GLENN: No. It's happening online from people.

STU: Certainly.

GLENN: And we will divide ourselves. And we will destroy -- we will be our own worst enemy. We will destroy ourselves.

The difference is the lens. So I think we should look at our lens and say, what are our first principles? My first principles: God, Constitution, life. And that means all life. That goes into health care. That goes into war on ISIS. That goes into Planned Parenthood. Then I would say corruption. Government corruption.

PAT: It's important to have that. Is that what you're saying?

GLENN: No. And that goes to limited government and rule of law.

PAT: Yeah. Which would also include probably immigration.

GLENN: The border. Yeah, it would include the border.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: See, I mean, once you go into first principles, you say what are the problems? You can't fix the -- you can't fix immigration until you fix corruption. You can't fix corruption until you fix the Constitution. You can't fix the Constitution until you fixed it right with God and you know where those constitutional principles come from.

So this is my thinking on -- on Donald Trump. It's not that I don't like the guy. It's not that I -- I mean, I've seen his -- I was watching MSNBC, and they're like, Donald Trump and his crazy immigration policy. And I'm looking at the talking points, and I'm like, I agree with those. So I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy too, MSNBC. Because I agree with those.

STU: MSNBC has confirmed, you are also crazy. That is true.

GLENN: I know that. I know that.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: So why is it that we're at each other's throats? Because of first principles. And so I tell you my first principles, the question is, what are your first principles? If you want to just fix jobs, we're not going to be able to do that. If you say we just want to fix jobs, well, then that gives Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders the opportunity to fix jobs. Bernie Sanders says he can fix the economy and jobs. Why don't we go for him?

Because his first principles, we disagree with. His first principles are, we live in a collective. Our first principles are all men are created equal. And endowed with things that make them individuals.

So we don't agree with Bernie Sanders, not on policy. On first principles.

I heard something yesterday from Hillary Clinton I thought was astounding. She said -- she was talking to Black Lives Matter people. And it was before I think she was speaking in Ohio. And it was caught on tape behind the scenes. And it was billed as this tense moment between her and Black Lives Matter. Do you have it?

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Okay. Play it. It's good so far.

VOICE: This is and has always been a white problem of violence. It's not -- there's -- there's not much that we can do to stop the violence against us.

HILLARY: Okay. I understand what you're saying.

(talking over)

VOICE: And also respectfully --

HILLARY: Yeah. Well, respectfully, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we're going to deal with the very real problems.

VOICE: That's not what I mean. That's not what I mean. That's not what I mean. But, like, what I'm saying is, you -- what you just said was a form of victim blaming. And you were saying what the Black Lives Matter movement --

PAT: Oh, jeez. Help me!

GLENN: Listen. Listen.

PAT: It's agonizing, first of all. But there's more.

GLENN: I know. There's more. Listen to what she says, not what he says.

HILLARY: Look, I don't believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws. You change allocation of resources. You change the way systems operate.

GLENN: Stop. This is why respectfully, I say Hillary Clinton is possibly the Antichrist. I'm just saying. This is why I think she's wrong for the country. What she just said. I don't believe you change hearts. I do. I believe you could have all the policies. All of the laws in the world. But until you change hearts, you change nothing. You only have to have a bigger and bigger police force if you don't change hearts. Okay.

Her first principles are wrong. Her first principle is, government will solve this with the right policy.

PAT: Yes. Yes.

GLENN: So I don't hate Hillary Clinton. I honestly don't think she's the Antichrist.

PAT: But that falls right in line with her first principles. Her first principle is government.

GLENN: Correct. So this is what we have to concentrate on. When we talk to people who are Trump supporters: What are your first principles? And not in an accusation way or anything else. Knowing that we'll disagree on things: What are your first principles? And does he satisfy those first principles?

Who will be Kamala Harris' VP pick?

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Over the weekend, President Joe Biden officially dropped out of the 2024 presidential election and put forward his endorsement behind his Vice President Kamala Harris.

Glenn recently predicted that Biden would step down due to the mountain of pressure within his party to do so. But now that we are here we are faced with an all-new line of questions, like, who will be the candidate on the Democratic ticket? Who will be their pick for vice president?

As of now, the answer to the first question seems to be Kamala Harris, who received the support of the president and several prominent democrats. It's still too early to call for certain, and Glenn doesn't think it's likely, but assuming Kamala becomes the Democrat nominee, who will her VP pick be? There are endless possible options, but there are a 5 big names that could prove beneficial to Harris' campaign:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

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Governor Newsom has spiked in popularity within his party since his taking office in 2019 due to his scathing criticisms of President Trump and other Republicans. Newsom has been a popular contender as a possible Biden replacement, and a future presidential bid seems likely.

His widespread recognition may be a boon to Kamala's ticket, but the California governor comes with a dark side. Newsom was famously nearly recalled as Governor in 2021, hanging on to his office by a narrow margin. He also faced criticism for his hypocrisy during the COVID lockdowns, attending large gatherings while the rest of his state was locked inside. There's also the issue that both Newsom and Kamala are from California, meaning that if they were to appear on the same ticket, that ticket would lack geographical balance and would potentially lead to a Constitutional issue that would force the duo to forfeit all 54 of the states' Electoral College votes.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro

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Another prominent Democrat Governor, Josh Shapiro has also been floated as a potential VP pick. Governor Shapiro has become a viable pick due to his well-received performance as Pennslyvania's Governor. The governor has good support within the swing state due to his handling of the I-95 bridge collapse, the train derailment in East Palestine, which had effects on his state, and the assassination attempt on the former president last week. Shapiro would bring much-needed support from the swing state if he was put on the ticket.

That being said, Shapiro has little time to build nationwide name recognition before the DNC in August and the November election. This would be Shapiro's debut on the national stage, and he would find himself in the most unforgiving situation possible.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

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Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and opponent of Biden during the 2020 Democratic primaries, "Mayor Pete's" name recognition might be what Kamala needs on her presidential ticket. Buttigieg rose to popularity during the 2020 election due to his youth and status as "openly gay." Buttigieg has served as the Secretary of Transportation during the Biden administration for the past four years and has formally endorsed Harris.

Nevertheless, Buttigieg has some dark spots on his resume. The East Palestine train derailment disaster has besmirched his reputation as Secretary of Transportation. And while his youth may work in his favor when compared to the other elderly members of our federal government, it also means Buttigieg lacks the experience and prestige that other politicians enjoy.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

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Yet another governor of a crucial swing state, Whitmer was elected in 2018, two years after President Trump was elected, helping secure the state for the Democrats. Whitmer is known for her strong opposition to Trump, both during his presidency and his reelection campaign. Whitmer serves as co-chair for the Biden-Harris campaign and as vice chairperson of the DNC, which gives her influence over the Democratic party, something that would come in handy as a Vice President. Gov. Whitmer also established the Fight Like Hell PAC, which is dedicated to helping Democrats get elected and to stopping Trump by any means.

On the other hand, in a statement following Biden's resignation from the election, Governor Whitmer stated that her role “will remain the same.” It is also worth noting that if she were to be chosen as Kamala's VP, that would make their ticket all-female, which may foster some "woke points," but is politically risky.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

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Andy Bashear has seemingly beaten the odds twice, having been elected and reelected as the Governor of Kentucky, despite the deep-red nature of the state. Beshear, who has moderate tendencies, would be a boon to the Harris campaign as he has a track record of reaching rural, typically conservative regions where Democrats tend to struggle. He is also known for his propensity to talk about his Christian faith and willingness to work with Republicans, which are traits that might help win over moderates.

But, like Gov. Shapiro, Bashear has very little time to whip up national support and recognition. He also is unlikely to be very much help for the Harris campaign in winning over important swing states.

Five times Glenn had J.D. Vance on his show and where he stands on key issues

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We finally have an answer to the long-awaited question of who Trump will pick for his running mate, and it's none other than Ohio Senator and friend of the show, J.D. Vance. At the RNC in Milwaukee, Trump officially accepted the party's nomination as the Republican candidate and announced J.D. Vance as his running mate.

Glenn has had Senator Vance on the show several times to discuss everything from DEI to the Southern Border. If you are looking to familiarize yourself with the next potential Vice President, look no further, here are five conversations Glenn had with Trump's VP pick:

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How RFK's example can help our nation in the wake of Trump's attack

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How did you feel last Saturday when you heard the news that a former president of the United States narrowly avoided an assassin's bullet by a mere few inches? Were you angry at the media for their constant demonization of Trump and his conservative contingency? Did you blame the left for curating a political climate that fostered an assassination attempt?

In his immediate reaction to the news, Glenn pointed us back to a similar moment in American history: April 4th, 1968—the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

"The best speech I've ever heard given was by RFK Sr. on the day Martin Luther King was killed" - Glenn

Robert F. Kennedy, the father of current independent presidential candidate RFK Jr., was en route to Indianapolis when he heard the terrible news. His security team, expecting violent outrage across the country, asked RFK Sr. to turn around and head back to safety. But as Glenn said, RFK Sr. believed in the good in people and demanded to give his speech. He arrived in Indianapolis Park late in the day, and he addressed the crowd of predominantly black campaign supporters.

There were no riots in Indianapolis that night.

The message RFK Sr. gave that night wasn't one of vengeance, hatred, or hopelessness, but of calm and goodness. He appealed to the best in people. He called for people to set aside their differences, anger, fear, and confusion and instead express love and compassion towards one another. RFK Sr. asked for wisdom and the pursuit of justice so that we might be resolute in our unity as the country faces another difficult chapter.

What we need in this country is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another.

Glenn has made a similar plea to our nation—a plea for unity and not to lash out in fear and anger. Don't use this time to blame your friends and family who disagree with you politically for what happened or to tell them "I told you so!" Instead, reach out with compassion and grace. This is a turning point in American history. Let's turn it upward, away from hatred and violence and towards unison and compassion.

Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.


During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”