The Most Terrifying Thing About Trump's Speech Didn't Come From Trump

Editor's Note: The following article is based on Glenn's monologue from The Glenn Beck Program, delivered Friday, July 22, 2016.

You pay me to do a job, and you pay me in time. You don't actually fork out anything. You spend time, which is far more valuable than money. Why have you given this time to me? You have given this time to me because sometimes I say what you're thinking, and it's good to be validated --- it's good to feel that validation.

Lately, I've said things that maybe you're not thinking and it hacks you off.

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That's happened to me in the past. I'm earning my money today, because I'm telling you the things that have to be told, that nobody wants to hear.

I'm fortunate. Because of the membership of TheBlaze, I'm only responsible to my God and to my family and to you. I'm not beholden to anybody else. So let me say what I thought last night.

I watched the speech from two perspectives. One, from my own and the other from the average person who really doesn't follow all of this stuff and is really frustrated. Most Americans are tired, and most Americans see the problems, but they don't necessarily know the root of the problems or how to fix them.

Trump Nails the Problems Facing Americans

I've told you for two years now, these are the problems:

• I don't feel like I belong to anything anymore.

• I don't feel like anybody's listening to me.

• I don't have any levers of control in my own life.

So reading that speech last night, Trump answered all three of those things.

His whole speech was, "I know you don't belong to anything because I'm an outsider too. I know you feel like you don't belong." What did Ivanka say? "I'm not a Republican. I'm not a Democrat."

"I feel like I don't belong," is what America is saying. I don't belong to the Republican Party. I don't belong to the Democratic Party. I don't know if I belong even to this country anymore, because I don't feel like anybody is speaking my language.

So his whole speech, he says, "I know you feel you don't belong, because I'm an outsider too. I'm not like these guys." The next thing he says is, "I hear you. I hear you." And he's saying that almost with every single line where you're like, "Damn right, somebody is finally saying it."

"I hear you."

It's a brilliantly written speech. Those people who feel like they're losing their country, losing their job, brilliantly written speech. "He hears me. And I don't have any controls over my own life because there's chaos and corruption in everything. I have no control."

This is the most important part of the speech last night.

So I just told you the good things that I saw in the speech: I saw a speech that was written well, that understands the psyche of a portion of America, and a growing portion of America, that is mad, not listened to, disenfranchised, has no control over their lives, and wants it to stop. And I understand it because I feel that way too.

History Repeats Itself

I have studied history: American history, South American history, European history. I have specifically studied revolutions. You've known this because I've talked about it for 15 years. But I've always paid attention to the left, because the left is usually the revolutionary. But I told you early on, the pendulum swings, and you don't want to give one side or the other this much power because when the pendulum swings and there is an event or chaos, someone will grab it. It just depends on who is in power.

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In our own history, Woodrow Wilson, he rounded up the Germans and the Italians in World War I. Rounded them up. Put them in a concentration camp. It wasn't FDR that was the first one. Wilson did it --- 170,000 people.

Then the Japanese in World War II. And it's because they had, A) a problem with those people themselves, personally as presidents. And then, B) it was popular to be a nationalist, and they could say, "There's something different about them," and point to them. Extraordinarily dangerous, in our own history. It goes much worse in South America and in Europe. And I don't think I need to use the examples.

Three Troubling Things About Trump's Brilliant Speech

Let me give you three things that he said that are bothersome.

1. "I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way without consequences."

What the hell is that? That has nothing to do with our system. Zero. A president -- a Congress cannot stop a company from moving outside of the United States. They cannot give them consequences for doing what's right for themselves and their shareholders. We may not like it, but that is the free market.

2. "Nobody knows the system better than me."

Now, what did he mean by that? He was talking about the corruption in politics. And he gave a funny face after it, because he was like, "Yeah, I played the game. I was the one pulling the strings of Hillary Clinton." Okay, so he's admitting that he was corrupt.

And then he says something even more disturbing.

3. "I alone can fix it."

Here's why this is disturbing: Donald Trump and his children --- and look this up --- they have been quoted several times as agreeing with the racehorse theory. This is a late 1800's progressive medical viewpoint that is like crazy eugenics stuff. Nobody talks about the racehorse theory anymore.

This is a step even above the racehorse theory. Thomas Carlyle is the guy who came up with what's called the Great Man theory. And, again, this went to Nietzsche and Hegel. And the Great Man theory is: There are great men who come along, and they turn history. And by studying them, you begin to see your true nature.

Now, it's dicey because it can be twisted into progressivism and socialism and communism --- collectivism, pretty easily. Carlyle admired Napolean and Muhammad and Luther. Hegel picked this up. Nietzsche used it. But this is a step beyond what Carlyle was even talking about.

I'm going to pull it all together and warn you in the strongest possible way to take a deep breath and look at what is right in front of you.

Please listen to my warning. You can dismiss it all you want, but I have a responsibility to say it. And I hope that I'm wrong.

Bone-chilling and Terrifying

Last night, Donald Trump's speech was bone-chilling and terrifying.

I hope that I am wrong, but he is displaying all of the worst tendencies of a nationalist, populist, progressive candidate. And that historically in and out of America never works out well.

I want you to go back, for those who have been with me --- when we all thought it would come from the left --- I told you, "Warning. Warning. You're going to have to be very aware and know what your principles are, or you will be scooped up right along with it."

I told you that trouble would come from the inside, that the government would throw things into such disarray that people would be afraid and they would see trouble on their streets and they would cry out, "Good God, we need someone to stop it!" And there would come someone who would say, "Oh, I hear you. I hear you, and I will stop it for you."

Bottom-up, top-down, inside-out.

I said that it would come from a national populist or a communist.

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I want to give you two other pieces. In my very first book, The Real America, I gave a similar warning. And it was the only chapter that anyone ever talked about, and it was always talked about in a negative way because they didn't read the chapter, they only read the headline.

The title of the chapter was "Jesus and Hitler Have One thing in Common." And what was that one thing they had in common? They could look at the hungry, lost, and desperate man, and say, "I will feed you. I will fix your problems."

Jesus was the Savior, and so only through him is there food, is there light, is there life. Now, if you're not a Christian, then you don't believe that. But that's what Jesus meant: Only through me is there redemption. But Jesus is a separate category. We're not talking about redemption. Collective salvation is what Barack Obama and Marxists look at, that together we'll make it.

A nationalist usually doesn't say, "It's through Jesus." They don't say, "It's all of us have to be saved." It's saying, "I'm the only one that can save you. Come through me, and I will save you."

Donald Trump last night said, "I am your voice," which was tip-off number three. When he said, "The crime and the violence that afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored" --- he said that once. He said, "I am the law and order president." He said that twice.

"I will fix these problems." He said that on every problem. That's top coming down because the bottom is rising up.

The Real Great I Am

When he says, "I am your voice," he's saying something different. And the people chanted it back to him. Ivanka said something really disturbing last night, and nobody picked up on it that I've heard.

Let me say what she just said, "On January 17th, 2017, with my father, all things are possible."

Now, if I wanted to be snarky, I would say she's just plagiarized the Bible. There's only one other person that I know that has ever said that, who had the authority to say it --- "With my Father, all things are possible." But that, again, was Jesus Christ, whose Father is God Almighty.

"With my father, all things are possible." Empty vessel. Come to him. Put your wishes, your hopes, your dreams.

And his song at the end said it all: "You don't always get what you want, but you just might find, you get what you need."

"I'll make sure. I know what you need, and I'll get you what you need. You're not going to get what you want, but I know what you need, and I'll give it to you."

Yes YOU Will

One last thing: What did I say the winning slogan would be? What was the campaign slogan of Barack Obama?

"Yes, we can."

I said the guy who captured the spirit of, "yes, we will," would be the winner.

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Something extraordinarily terrifying happened last night, and it did not come from Donald Trump. The bottom is rising up because the government has caused so much chaos, that there is fear in the streets.

And so, the bottom rose up in a populist, nationalist way and they cried out, "Somebody help us!"

And somebody at the top said, "Oh, I will help you." You may not get what you want, but you'll get what you need.

And he is telling you, "I will fix this for you because I'm Mr. Law And Order. And there will be law and order --- you want to move this company out of this country, you will not do it, and I'm Mr. Law And Order." Now, you may not get what you want, but you're going to get what you need.

I said, "The winning campaign will be led by a leader who convinces you to chant back, 'Yes, we will.'"

But how foolish was I because I had half the puzzle piece. I told you the bottom would cry out and the top would come down. Little did I know the power of one individual that could convince those people who are in fear not to chant back, "Yes, we will," but "Yes, you will. Yes, you will. Yes, you will."

They put all of their hopes, all of their dreams, all of their fears, all of their needs into a vessel --- a man --- and said, "Yes, you're going to fix my problems. You're going to deliver us from fear. You're going to bring back the jobs. You're going to crush those who have been oppressing us. You're listening to us, and they're not. You will continue to listen to us."

One person called in earlier today and said, "What he said last night that he would do, he will not do because it's not his history." That's what she said. She couldn't be more wrong.

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What he said he would do last night was crack down, tell people the way it is, restore what he believes is right, damn the consequences.

He does what he has to do to get it done. And the crowd cheers. He will do what he said he will do. Oh, he'll restore it. He will come down. The top will come down, as you cry out, "Save me, save me. Yes, you will. You will save me." He will do that.

The Cost of This Monologue

I'm a businessman. I'm talking to a crowd of people who don't know what to do, or a majority of those who believe they have to vote for Donald Trump because they have no other choice. I'm a businessman. I know what this monologue is costing me: A heavy price.

Somebody has got to speak the truth. I beg you, please proceed with caution.

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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.

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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.