Darryl Glenn Closing Gap to Defeat Senator Who Supported Obamacare, Iran Deal

Darryl Glenn, a promising new face on the national political scene, joined The Glenn Beck Program on Friday to discuss his current campaign for senator in the state of Colorado. A 21-year veteran of the U.S military with an MBA and law degree, Glenn is currently an El Paso County commissioner in Colorado Springs. Now within striking distance of defeating his Democratic opponent, Senator Michael Bennet, Glenn optimistically predicted a four-point win.

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: An Air Force veteran retired in 2009 as a lieutenant colonel, he's involved in local politics and for some reason wants to commit living and working in Washington, DC, for the next six years. Good luck with that.

Darryl Glenn is joining us now from Colorado, nominee for Senate.

Hi, Darryl, how are you, sir?

DARRYL: Doing great. Thanks for having me back on.

GLENN: You bet. You have the endorsement of Ted Cruz. You have the endorsement I believe of Freedom Works. We talked to Club For Growth, and they're taking another look at you because you're now within striking distance. They said, the last time they looked at you, you were about 20 or 30 points behind. And now you're within striking distance of being the next senator in Colorado.

DARRYL: Yeah. If you believe polls, we're within seven, and closing rapidly. Our campaign has been based on faith and hard work, and we're going to win this thing by four.

GLENN: You're going to win it by four?

DARRYL: Absolutely.

GLENN: Why should -- why should the people in Colorado trust you, and what makes you not your stereotypical G.O.P. guy?

DARRYL: Well, I recognize the fact that so many people have helped me get to where I'm at.

You know, I'm a deep man of faith. Family, commitment, and making sure that we lay out a pathway to take care of that next generation. Because they're important to me. I spent 21 years serving this country. Retired as a lieutenant colonel. I've been blessed to have two adult daughters. And I'm looking at the direction that this country is going. And I'm concerned.

And enough to where you roll up your sleeves and you do something about it. So I'm grounded in making sure that we have people that will stand up for the Constitution, stand up for the founding principles that make us a great nation. And I'm going to do that.

GLENN: Darryl, what do you say to the people in Charlotte or the people in Tulsa that are rioting right now?

DARRYL: Well, what I do is tell them to take pause and allow the process to take place. We need to be calm. There needs to be clearly an investigation -- a very open and transparent investigation. But what I would caution people and really encourage them, what they need to do is this is a perfect opportunity where we need to bring people in the policy-making group, along with law enforcement, along with the community leaders, and we need to get together and start coming up with a plan on what is going on as far as making sure that we learn from the situation and learn from one another. Too often --

GLENN: In North Carolina, you've got a situation where a black officer killed a black man, and they're crying racism. How is that even possible? And how do you -- how do you solve -- better question: How do you solve a situation when the facts don't seem to matter?

Because we know there are bad cops. We know that -- there's bad people in all businesses and industries. So there's bad cops. And there's been a history of it. And we all want the bad guys out. But when -- when everyone who fires their gun are only firing their gun because they're a racist or they hate black people, you've got a real problem. How do you -- how do you come together with that?

DARRYL: Well, and that's where it takes leadership. Because a lot of the frustration that's out there, it comes from years of underlying tension, of not really recognizing and addressing issues that are within the community. And you can only do that when you bring all of the parties together and really have some substantive discussions. Because we keep talking over one another. Because like you've mentioned, good cops do not want bad cops on the street.

GLENN: No.

DARRYL: But also communities need to understand that if you are there and you're underemployed and unemployed, you need to also look at the policymakers that are in place. And what are they doing to help or hurt you? But we also must recognize that there are cultural differences. And the best way to talk about that is in a civil setting, where you get to know one another. And you also want to make sure that people understand the tactics that are being used by law enforcement so you can work together so there isn't this fear or perception that the law enforcement community is specifically targeting members of color.

So we got a lot of work to do.

GLENN: You'd be the second black senator, the first black senator was Tim Scott. A Republican. You are running for the Republican seat in Colorado. Is there anything to that for you that's special?

DARRYL: Service is special. I -- you know, this is -- and I'm very serious about this. I've been blessed to be in public office for over 13 years. And this is the only election where I've even thought about race. And that's because I believe that the current administration and the tone that's being sent out there, he ran as a great unitor, and I believe we are more racially divided today than we were back then. So now what?

GLENN: But aren't we more divided -- I mean, I don't even want to ask you about what you think about the front runner of the Republican Party because, no matter what you say, the party will split. And there is no acceptance of you one way or the other.

And aren't -- I mean, it's not just racial divides. We're doing it as conservatives. We're divided ourselves.

DARRYL: Well, I've been blessed to have started my campaign early. I've traveled around Colorado. And I am getting support from all parties, when it comes to -- when you're breaking down the Republican Party and all the internal problems that we're having, because I'm trying to stay focused on the message. The message is extremely important.

Because we're at a point in this country where this is a monumental election, where we're going to forever change -- when you start thinking about issues with regard to the Supreme Court, you need somebody to step up and lead. And that's what I'm bringing to the table. So the issues that I'm addressing are issues that resonate across this country. When you start thinking about national security issues. When you start thinking about energy independence. When you start thinking about fiscal responsibility and coming up with real solutions to deal with our debt.

It doesn't matter if you're Republican, Democrat, unaffiliated, if you're a American, if you love this country, we must buckle down and address these issues today because the next generation is going to suffer if we don't do our job.

GLENN: How do you do that with the next generation not paying attention because they don't believe in anybody? They don't believe in the parties. They don't believe in anything any politician can do. They see it as broken. They're going to pay the price. And, quite honestly, we are the -- this is the first time in my life that I have seen a culture that the facts do not matter, on either side.

DARRYL: Well, I happen to be blessed -- I have two millennials. And our campaign has been very successful being able to bring them into the fold because, one, we empower them and give them leadership positions within my organization. And we're including them in the conversation and talking with them instead of at them and showing them that if we support certain things -- that, really, when you think about the potential liberty infringements upon the millennials, they get that. They also get the importance of the debt and the fact that, guess what, they're going to be the ones that will have to deal with that.

So I'm very optimistic, at least about the millennials that we've been in contact with. And we're going to continue to work with them and empower them and invite them to be a part of our team. That's why we're telling everybody to go to ElectDarrylGlenn.com.

GLENN: So sitting Senator Michael Bennet, he's not going to debate with you. He's skipping the debate. You could look at him as the deciding vote that gave us Obamacare. He likes the Iran Nuclear Deal. He's a fan with Planned Parenthood. Seems to be okay with abortion. Even on board with population control with the United Nations.

If the good people of Colorado reelect Michael Bennet, would you say that is evidence that legalizing marijuana is a really bad thing? Maybe everyone was high.

DARRYL: Well, I think that -- well, luckily we won't have that problem because I'm going to win this race.

GLENN: How -- how is this the legalization of marijuana working out there? Has that changed anything? Go ahead.

DARRYL: It really has opened up, you know, a discussion about the pushback and whether or not we're going to stand up for the Tenth Amendment, states' rights or not. It's really opened up that discussion.

And there are some unintended consequences. And I still believe there's still more discussion that needs to occur. So you're going to continue see me to push to try to resolve that conflict. Because you either respect states' rights, or you need to do something else. And so we've got a long way to go.

GLENN: There's one more question, there's a lot of people in the Senate you could buddy up with. Who do you see in the Senate that you think, "I have to be in this group of senators. I want to be around these people?"

DARRYL: Well, I've -- believe it or not, I was just there yesterday. And I met with so many senators. And I generally get along with every single person that I've worked with or at least have talked to. And they've come out to campaign for me.

Senator Lankford is a personal hero of mine because we have a very deep connection when it comes to faith. Tim Scott has come out. Ted Cruz has come out. Mike Lee. Rand Paul. These are all guys that I really -- Ben Sasse, are all guys that I really personally see ideologically a lot alike.

GLENN: Wow. Hang on just a second, Darryl. I want everybody in this audience, if you feel small and insignificant like you haven't made a difference, remember in 2012 where we were. Could you list those senators again that you like?

DARRYL: Sure. I personally have relationships with Ben Sasse, with Ted Cruz, with Mike Lee, with Rand Paul, with Tim Scott, with -- when you start thinking about Senator Lankford, it's unbelievable. And guess what, I even shook hands with Mitch McConnell --

GLENN: Ooh. Ooh.

DARRYL: -- and he is supportive of my campaign. And so trust me, they are realizing that we need the Senate and they need Darryl Glenn in the Senate.

GLENN: Yeah.

Well, Darryl, it is great to talk to you. Elect Darryl Glenn is the website, is that right?

DARRYL: ElectDarrylGlenn.com.

GLENN: ElectDarrylGlenn.com is the website. And we think that you're somebody definitely to watch and if we were living in Colorado, we would definitely be voting for you. I should speak for myself: I would be voting for you, from what I know. And it's great to have you on the program. And best of luck to you.

DARRYL: Thank you and God bless.

GLENN: Thank you.

Look at that list. Is that -- was that not amazing?

STU: Some really good ones.

GLENN: And those were all from the Tea Party. Those were all from the Tea Party. There was a time where we couldn't name one in the Senate that we could trust.

Featured Image: Darryl Glenn arrives on stage during the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo Credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

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.