History of Texas Part I: Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas is recognized as one of the most popular theme park companies in the United States. But the name represents more than just thrills and rides. The six flags are from the sovereign nations that once few their flags over Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States.

When most people think about the history of Texas, they start with the Alamo in San Antonio --- but Texas history began hundreds of years prior to that pivotal event. It began when Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca washed up on the shores of what is now Galveston Island in 1528.

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GLENN: Six Flags over Texas is the name of one of the most popular theme park companies in the country. Its name is derived from the flags of the various sovereign nations whose flags at one time flown over Texas. The nations are Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States.

When most people think of the history of Texas, they only really think of the Alamo. But Texas history began hundreds of years prior to that pivotal event in San Antonio.

Spaniard Cabeza de Vaca had been exploring north Florida with about 300 men, his expedition badly battered by hurricanes and attacks from Indians.

And with his numbers depleted, de Vaca and his men built makeshift boats and rafts to replace the ship they had lost in storms, out of trees that grew near what now would be called Tampa. Then they set sail again. The intent was to link up with their countrymen in Mexico. But along the way, they encountered more hurricanes.

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GLENN: The explorers washed up on the shore of what is now Galveston Island, Texas, 1528.

De Vaca and his men were the first white men to set foot in what would become the Lone Star State. Hit with so many devastating hurricanes in such a short time, de Vaca must have been thinking, "In 500 years or so, someone would have to do something about these frequent, intense global warming-caused weather events. Don't you think?"

There were only about 80 people that survived with de Vaca. And by the time he discovered Texas, the group was starving, diseased and had no water to drink. Initially, he was welcomed to the state with a typical Texas hospitality by the natives. Their hospitality wore thin as the Indians began to catch the diseases the visitors brought with them, and they began to die in large numbers. By the time de Vaca left. Texas on foot to find his fellow Spaniards in Mexico, only three of his men had survived that had made the journey with him. Soon after, Spanish explorer Coronado followed in search for gold, claiming this region for Spain.

By now, the French were interested in it as well, and they arrived in 1687. Even though Spain was in full control of and colonizing Mexico, it mostly abandoned Texas for about a century and a half. Perhaps due to the lack of air-conditioning in the hot, humid region, when the Spanish realized that the French had attempted unsuccessfully to colonize part of Texas, they renewed their interest in the area, and that was the year 1690.

This went on with a lot of sweat and toil and stinky people, until about 1820, when a wealthy American businessman, Moses Austin, originally from Virginia, now living in Missouri, he had recently lost his mining fortune. And he used the Spanish citizenship he acquired while mining in Spanish Louisiana and petitioned the Spanish government for permission to colonize Texas with 300 American families. Permission was granted. However, before he could make the journey, Moses Austin contracted pneumonia and died. So the task fell to his son, who was not necessarily really interested in the undertaking of, "Hey, let's go to a place even more hot and humid than Louisiana." But he agreed to take it on since it was his father's last wish.

Stephen F. Austin eventually fell in love with the land and his father's vision. From father's of Texas...

VOICE: I've been accused of having magnificent schemes for Texas, and I confess that I have them. It is depopulated. I wish to people it. The population that is there is backward. I wish it to be advanced by the introduction of industrious farmers and liberal Republicans. I want the savage Indians subdued, the frontier protected, the lands cultivated. I wish to take from my native land and from every other country the best that they have and transplant it in my adoptive land. Stephen F. Austin.

GLENN: Stephen F. Austin was only 24 years old when he took upon himself this monumental task. When Austin reached Texas, it was 1821. And the Spanish had been overthrown. The territory was now Mexico. But Mexico was at first excited to see the Anglo-Americans coming to colonize Texas. For one thing, it meant that there was a group of people who could deal with the natives in the area so they wouldn't have to. So Austin reapplied to the Mexican government to immigrate 300 American families. His request was granted. And in 1825, Austin brought the American immigrants into Texas. But by 1829, it was Mexico that was having a problem with the border. The Americans had continued to pour into Texas, and the 8-year-old Mexican government was becoming alarmed. They sent one of their trusted generals to Texas to assess the situation developing there.

VOICE: He comes back and reports, "Either we take steps to keep these Americans out, or we lose Texas forever."

VOICE: General Tehran's report prompted Mexico to enact the hated law of April 6th, 1830.

VOICE: Among the important provisions of the law were a ban on further Anglo-American immigration, which of course strikes a mortal blow at the whole empresario system. Also, a law abolishing slavery in Texas and various other laws aimed at strengthening relationships between Texas and Mexico and weakening American influence.

GLENN: Well, the racist -- because that's the only reason why you would want to keep people out of your country, were very alarmed, and they decided to crack down. The crack down by Mexico, which I don't know if they were thinking about building a wall or a fence, but it strained relations. And they became incredibly intense, the tensions between Mexico and Texas.

VOICE: In the wake of this law of April 1830, many American colonists in Texas are alarmed. What it means is that they're cut off from friends and relatives back in the United States who now can't join them in Texas. They had intended, of course, to grow with the land, with this new province, but now it seems that they have been relegated to a second class status.

VOICE: Land speculators, including Stephen Austin, became increasingly nervous. They petitioned for redress in the Mexican government. But this only added to the suspicions of the Mexicans. Finally, it was decided by the central government in Mexico that Texas must be garrisoned.

GLENN: The die had been cast. In a matter of just a few years, things had turned very quickly adversarial between the Texans and the Mexicans.

It's interesting to note here that even though Spain conquered the Aztecs in the region now known as Mexico all the way back to 1521 and Mexico didn't gain its independence from Spain until 300 years later, in 1821, the popular belief among so many people is that the long-time owner of that area that included Texas was Mexico. However, that's just not true.

The region was Spanish for 300 years. It's why Mexicans speak Spanish. 300 years with Spain, compared to just 15 years for Mexicans. And that's before Texas gained its independence. That struggle for Texas independence is the focus of our next episode.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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