Truth Through Artifacts: Mercury One Unveils Summer Apprentice Program

College students face an onslaught of liberal propaganda on most college campuses. How will they defend their beliefs and avoid revisionist history from liberal professors and fellow students? In order to arm them with facts based on original, historical documents and artifacts, Mercury One and Wallbuilders have combined forces for a training experience like none other.

Mercury One will be holding two-week programs this summer --- one in June and one in July --- for a hands-on experience to research original historical documents from their incredible collection, providing specialized teaching and instruction to learn the truth about America's astonishing history. Participants will have the opportunity to to hear from from speakers and guest lecturers.

Coursework will include:

  • A Biblical Worldview
  • The Truth in History
  • America’s Godly Heritage
  • Early Education in America
  • How the Bible Influenced America
  • American Exceptionalism
  • God and the Constitution
  • Reclaiming the Land

If you know someone 18-25 years old who would be interested in this specialized training, please have them visit the Mercury One website to learn more and apply.

Listen to this segment about the Mercury One summer program from The Glenn Beck Program:

Welcome to the program. We started this hour -- and if you didn't listen at the beginning, please go back to the podcast at GlennBeck.com. Or you can watch the show at TheBlaze.com/TV. But go back to the beginning. Because I'm trying -- I'm trying to figure out the ways to best serve you and help you.

And first, we have to understand each other. I have to -- I have to understand you. And you have to understand where I'm coming from. And where I'm coming from is, this is a time of chaos. And what we're really feeling -- and nobody is identifying it this way. They're identifying it as rule of law, or they're identifying it as political correctness. But rule of law isn't the same for everybody. Political correctness, what's politically incorrect for you to say is perfectly fine for somebody else to say. It doesn't make any sense.

That causes chaos and friction. And so what we need is consistency. But you can't find consistency without truth. And we're now being taught and told there is no universal truth.

Well, I got news for you, there's no culture, there's nothing but chaos if we can't agree on truth.

So one of the things that David Barton and I have been working on for a while is a -- is a museum, et cetera, et cetera. But that comes later.

Gathering the documents and gathering these things to be able to put together the true story of America and, more importantly, the principles that allowed us to be free, was our first step. David is here, along with his son Tim, who is heading something new for Mercury One, that is happening this summer.

We have decided because of the number of people who have applied and the scramble for it, that we have decided to expand it this summer.

JEFFY: Nice.

GLENN: David, welcome. And can you guys explain exactly what we're doing this summer?

DAVID: Yeah, we've had kind of a -- I don't want to call it an intern program because that's the wrong concept.

GLENN: Yeah.

DAVID: But it's a training program for young people, 18 to 25, that are going into college, in college, or just out of college. And it really is --

GLENN: We should call it an apprentice program, a historic apprentice program.

DAVID: Yeah. It is.

GLENN: Because it's learning at the side of someone who knows history and then actually putting it into practice by their side so you can repeat it.

DAVID: We know what they're going to get taught in colleges and schools. We know it's out there. We know what the profs say. Tim, all the time, is engaging profs and debates. And it's really fun to watch them have to back down on things.

And so we know what they're going to get thrown at them, but the kids don't know how to respond to that. But with all the stuff we've collected over the years, they get to come in and actually handle that stuff. And we say, here's what's coming at you. And so when the prof says -- no, no, I held the document. I know that that's not true.

And it does go back to, there is truth in history. Now, whether you like it or not, there's truth. And you can decide what you want to do with that. But kids right now aren't even being taught the basic truth, and that's what Tim does.

GLENN: So, Tim, first of all, how old are you? Twenty-five?

TIM: Thirty-four.

GLENN: Thirty-four! And they say black don't crack. What is your secret? Thirty-four years old, wow, okay.

You went to school to be a teacher, if I'm not mistaken.

TIM: I was a business major. But I got very involved --

GLENN: Business major, I'm sorry.

His microphone is not on, I don't think.

JEFFY: I don't think so either.

GLENN: Yeah.

TIM: I don't know if it's safe for Jeffy to be in that part of --

GLENN: No.

JEFFY: If it's not on, use mine.

GLENN: Just talk into Jeffy's chest here.

JEFFY: See, that's even better.

GLENN: This is a trick. Okay. So you went to business school.

TIM: Hi.

Yeah.

GLENN: And then tell me about what -- tell me about what changed you.

TIM: I actually got involved -- very involved in my church. I got involved in ministry. I loved working with young people. So there was a local school --

PAT: Your mic just came on.

GLENN: So you don't need to touch him anymore.

TIM: Thank you. That's the best part of this morning so far. Don't ever --

JEFFY: Wait.

GLENN: Anyway, go ahead.

TIM: Anyway, I loved working with young people, and one of the things --

GLENN: Now your mic is off.

What the hell, guys? Can we please figure this out? No, don't worry, a professional radio program.

TIM: Yes.

I loved working with young people, and so one of the things I enjoyed -- I was a high school teacher and coach, but I had the opportunities throughout the summer, since I was off from teaching, to start traveling, doing things for Wall Builders.

And I saw a big gap of knowledge, with a -- still a big desire of interest from young people, who wanted to know how to -- to answer problems.

How do we solve -- as you mentioned in the monologue, you know, the whole chaos situation going on.

Well, it really can --

GLENN: Go ahead.

TIM: It really can be answered with a foundation of truth. And we just don't have a foundation of truth and culture to know how to answer these problems.

As you were talking about, whether it's courage or integrity, there is a definition for courage and integrity, we don't know anymore. But because we've changed the definition of words, because there's not truth, college students are being taught mixed messages about even what truth is of history.

But they want to know. What are the solutions to problems? What are the solutions to even history? And so that's one of the things we try to do. And that's really where I got involved in Wall Builders, is how do we help the next generation know what truth is?

GLENN: So the real secret is -- the amazing thing is, there is truth. There are answers to these things. And they're not being taught in colleges. And I really believe you're right, that the young people that I -- I meet. You know, the 20-somethings. When they hear this, their whole mind just turns on.

TIM: Yeah.

GLENN: And it's exciting -- all of a sudden, they're like, "Wait a minute." And the whole thing starts to make sense.

So what we've done is we've taken the Mercury One library and the Wall Builders library, which is extensive. How many documents together do you think we have? How many --

DAVID: Well, we've got 120,000 from before 1812. And then Mercury One has another 8-, 10,000.

GLENN: Okay. So we have this huge library of documents. And what we're doing is bringing in these apprentices -- they have to be 18 to 25 years old. And what we're doing is we've having you come in, work by the side of David, myself, and Tim, this summer. And we're going to help you answer the questions of who these guys are. Is America a Christian nation? Is -- were we founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Were the founders Christians themselves? You know --

DAVID: Are they racist, bigot slave owners?

TIM: Yeah, were they all rich white guys? Were they separation of church and state kind of guys, or what did that really mean? When we say they were atheists, agnostics, and deists, well, who were the guys that were? Or even the thought of them being slave owners. Well, the Founding Fathers were also the ones that started the first abolitionist societies of America.

GLENN: Right. And what does the three-fifths clause mean in all of this? And what we're doing is we're having you go back to the original source.

TIM: Right.

GLENN: And then you will -- you will be responsible for documenting, footnoting, and using all -- using the library and going to original sources only.

Then we're going to put that work -- after it's been checked and verified, we'll put that work online for others to be able to use, along with those original documents.

So not only will these apprentices be able to come in and learn everything and have hands on experience with these unbelievable, you know, first copy of the documents, but they will also be able to help us propagate this all throughout the world.

TIM: Right. Yeah, with the first original sources -- these primary documents, it's something that will certainly diffuse a lot of the confusion that's being communicated at universities and give them a foundation to where, when someone says something, they can go, wait a second. No, I held the actual original document. I know what it said, and it's not what my professor tells me.

GLENN: Right. Okay.

DAVID: And it also answers the question of, does it make any difference what that believed and what they said? Does any of that stuff 200 years ago apply today? We'll get into that.

GLENN: So what are we asking for? Because I know we shut off applications because we filled up. How many -- how many spaces are you opening up?

DAVID: Essentially, about 15 for each session that we're opening up, to bring in 15 more apprentices.

GLENN: How many sessions?

TIM: There's two sessions. There's one in June. There's one in July. They can get the information on MercuryOne.com. The website. I think it's mercuryone.com/intern.

GLENN: It's mercury.org/intern. So this is not really an intern program. This is working side by side with Tim, with David. I will also be working. And we will show you -- you will handle the original documents.

Believe me, there is an extensive screening process to go through. You want to talk a little about that?

TIM: Yeah. It will be application -- we'll look through applications.

Then there's an actual face-to-face interview, which usually is through Skype or FaceTime or something. And then there's background checks. And because it's very limited. You know, we just can't take everybody. Now, we're going to start hopefully doing this over the summer, maybe even increase it in future summers. So if someone doesn't make it this summer, for sure try to apply next summer. But there is a lot of process going through. Because if we can only take 15, it's going to be pretty elite whoever makes it in.

DAVID: Yeah. We'll have about 50 in each session this time. So we were at about 35. We're going to 50 with it.

GLENN: Okay. And we hope to be able to eventually year-round, not only just for kids, but also, not this particular program, but younger kids. And older kids.

TIM: Sure. Families.

GLENN: And, quite honestly, families and adults. We hope to provide this service eventually year-round.

DAVID: That's right.

GLENN: This is the first time we're kicking it off this summer. And we would love to have you involved, but it is a rigorous screening process.

Again, you are -- you will be knee-deep in millions of dollars of worth of documents, original documents. And so we just have to make sure we have the right people in, who have the right attitude and right ethics and everything else. And so join us. Mercuryone.org/intern. You can do that now.

Guys, thank you very much. God bless.

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.