Who Will You Serve?

From WOWO radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Today, we are out on the road in Indiana with Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz. And people in Indiana have to make their choice. Peter King, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner --- they have all made their choice. They're stumping for Donald Trump. But the people that matter are the people in the the heartland. It goes back from the coasts in to the center of the country, people connecting with their heart over their head. Meaning, softening their heart and not letting the anger that has been played in their head for a long time take root. How will they decide?

I think it's wildly appropriate that this election now comes back to the heartland, the people who have connected with the hearts --- with the values --- and have actually lived the values of this country for their whole life.

Driving through farmland, we're seeing the people who work with their hands. This is the largest manufacturing state in the union, and they've lost a lot of jobs. A lot of people are angry, but they know the principles that will bring them back home again.

We're connecting in the heartland with people's hearts, as opposed to the heads of the intellectuals on the coast, as opposed to the heads and the talking heads in Washington, D.C., and New York. It's the values and the principles that got us here.

In Boston, Howie Carr, a talk radio host on WRKO wrote an op-ed piece. He's in the tank for Donald Trump, which is fine. As long as you're out and open about it, I'm totally fine. I have a bigger problem with people who pretend to be neutral and they're not neutral.

But Howie Carr has come out for Donald Trump. And here's what he said:

I now have a roommate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. It's my wife. She was elected yesterday as a Donald Trump delegate at the national G.O.P. convention. And unfortunately for Dying Ted Cruz, she's not a double agent for him or any other Canadian-born RINOs.

Yesterday's congressional caucuses in Boston were yet another sad day for the GOP here in Massachusetts. Weekends are when the Cruz people try to make up for the beatings they absorb from the actual voters every Tuesday. And as bad as Tuesdays are for Cruz's cult, Saturdays are usually their time to slither back into the game, mainly because nobody is paying any attention.

But yesterday in Massachusetts, the local RINOs could deliver no more than four or so of the 27 votes on the table for the Calgary comet, Rafael Eduardo Cruz Jr., the Calgary comet.

Until this week, everything seemed to be falling into place for the Beacon Hill RINOs. Remember, their agenda is rather modest: six-figure state hack jobs for themselves, a few rattlesnakes, and a lot of sex offenders in the ladies' room. But that's about it.

All of yesterday's caucus locations were picked to assure a minimum turnout of actual voters and a maximum turnout of Cruz's crew of toothless snake chuckers.

This is an adult writing this, by the way. It's not a high school student. I just want to point out that the locations of the caucuses were not picked out after Ted Cruz was on the campaign trail. All of these things have been decided long before. But he claims they were selected for a maximum turnout of "Cruz's crew of toothless snake chuckers."

Yay, verily, the howl of holiness was expected to be heard in the blue hills yesterday. Tongues were to be spoken, and the gospel according to Pastor Beck. Turn to Chapter 11, brethren. He was to be preaching among the hookworm-afflicted fans of the junior senator from Texas. "Put your hands on your radio," he writes.

These Cruz RINOs have no shame. Their phony baloney hack jobs are on the line. After all, they claimed my wife hadn't shown proper ID, even though she had a certified letter from the town clerk attesting to her credentials. She was even born in the US, and that really bothered the Cruz Kool-Aid drinkers. Lying Ted stuck his minions on me, my wife said.

The fact is, there are more of us than them. Promoting Al fresco baptisms in the local creeks is not the way to build a majority, no matter what the voices in Ted Cruz's head tell him. So now my wife heads to Cleveland with me, and, no, we won't be ducking any of her fellow delegates in the Cuyoga River, no matter what his pet serpents tell Rafael at all to do. Can someone shout an amen?

That is not from the left. That is from talk radio. That is from the bastion of the right. I want to talk to whoever might be left because Abraham Lincoln was right: If this nation is to fall, the threat is going to come from within.

I want to take you back to April 30, just a few days ago, well, a few days and hundreds of years.

April 30, 1789, George Washington had just raised his right hand and placed his left hand on the Bible, which had been hastily opened randomly because they were running behind schedule. And he put his hand on Genesis 49. After he took the oath of office, the crowd cheered, "Long Live Washington!"

Then he walked a few blocks to attend a service, as was passed in the congressional resolution two days prior.

(Remember, we're not a Christian nation. We're not a nation that was founded at all on God. God played no role in this nation. Yes, we took a 5000 Year Leap in 100 years after the Constitution was ratified. We took a 5000 Year Leap. We went from fire to electricity. We went from, excuse my French, and I know it's not actually French, crapping in the woods to indoor plumbing. People had lived in poverty. People had lived without medicine. We went from hacking legs off, from something that had been done for thousands of years, and within 100 years, we had anesthesia. What gave us that 5000 Year Leap? Freedom did. The freedom to use your own mind. The freedom to be able to pursue your own happiness and keep the gains that you made from it. No longer could a Lord or a Lady say to you, a serf, "that's my idea." No. Now because of Ben Franklin's idea, the patent, it was your idea. You could keep it. The copyright says it's mine.)

George Washington walked a few blocks to attend a service passed in the congressional resolution just two days before his inauguration. It read:

"Resolve that after the oath of office shall have been administered to the president, he, attended by the vice president and members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, shall proceed to St. Paul's Chapel to hear divine service."

This chapel still stands. It's the oldest church on Manhattan Island. It's now known as The Little Church That Stood. It's across the street from where the World Trade Center once stood. It's the building that didn't have a single broken window. No damage.

It is here that Washington spent hours in prayer with the Senate and the Congress. He made a covenant with God there in front of the House and the Senate. They made a covenant: You will be our God, and we shall be your people.

Now, whether you believe in this toothless snake-charming stuff or not --- I do. And I believe we have more than ample evidence to show that God's hand has been on this country. Not always to guide it, because we're not always listening to him. We make mistakes over and over again, but he has protected this land. You know it and I know it. No land has been so protected as this land.

And I believe this covenant is still in effect, and it has protected us for a great while. But now, even talk radio, even talk radio is mocking God. We are shunning him. Openly mocking him, on all sides. We have chased him from our public spaces and our conversations. His laws aren't recognized anymore in our local courtrooms. Certainly not in our schools, our businesses, nor in most of our homes. And not only can we as a people not name the basic ten laws of God -- try it, right now. Can you name the top Ten Commandments? They're only ten. Give me the top ten. Give me the top seven. Ask your children. Can they? We don't even know them, so we break them as individuals and as a nation on a regular basis.

We have become lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal and haters of things that are good. And we wonder why our nation is in trouble.

It has nothing to do with Washington, D.C. It has nothing to do with those we sent to Washington, D.C. It has everything to do with us. Because those in Washington, D.C, are a mere reflection of us. Who are we?

Are we Hillary Clinton? Is that who best represents us? Because we're not a Democracy. We are a Representative Republic, which means, we find the people like us, whether we like it or not. The only reason why Hillary Clinton can get away with what she's gotten away with is because the Democrats were like Hillary Clinton. Not all of them. And not knowingly. They don't necessarily engage in it, but they tolerate it.

The only reason why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and all of the dirt bags in Washington on the right are there because that's us in many ways.

America is going to face the choice: Are we Hillary Clinton? Are we Bernie Sanders? Are we Marxists or are we criminals? Are we bullies? Are we the status quo? Or are we, the people of courage? Are we still a nation of God? Have you ever seen an election like to before? Because I never have. I've never seen an election like this.

Last night, about 1 o'clock in the morning, we pulled up into a Courtyard Inn, Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had flown in yesterday afternoon. I had spoken to about 6,000 people, away from my family and my business until Wednesday night.

This weekend, this weekend it was amazing to read Facebook, people mocking me for now losing money to be with losing Ted Cruz. I'm putting my money where my mouth is. How about you, blogger?

I met a woman last night in line. She came up to me. She looked a lot like my mom. She came up to me, and she said, "I'm a regular person, Glenn. I have a regular job. I don't have a lot of money." She said, "But I've been listening to all of them." She said, "I so believe that there's only one way out of this." She said, "I've heard you talk about for so long, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, but this is really the time, isn't it?" I said, "Yes, I think it is. That's why I'm here." She said, "This weekend, I gave the maximum donation to the Cruz campaign." She said, "I can't afford that." She said, "But I took it out of my savings because we got to stop this."

I've never seen an election like this where every single state counts. Indiana doesn't usually count. Hell, Texas doesn't usually count. It's usually over by Florida for sure. But every single state, every single one is being asked to stand, every citizen. This may be our last chance. And I mean that. Because I know God is just, I tremble for my country. Thomas Jefferson.

The Supreme Court judges that will be appointed are enough to seal our fate alone. But this is an individual choice. There's no collective salvation and he's asking each one of us to choose. It's the only way to really break a covenant. America is at a crossroads. Will we choose a king? Because he'll let us.

Because we're the only nation since ancient Israel to actually have made a covenant with him, it has to be broken, I believe, by all of us. Now, I know a lot of people will mock this theory, but in a way that will prove my point. We've become a nation of unholy people, and he wants to see all of us, each state choose.

Who will you serve?

Listen to a portion of this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Featured Image: 1789 George Washington at St. Pauls Chapel by Jennie Augusta Brownscomb, Wikipedia Commons

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.