Congress: DO. YOUR. JOB.

"Those in leadership give us tax increases and tell us we must also do with less. Have they thought about those who have always had less? Especially the minorities. This is like telling them that just as they stop on the first rung of the ladder of opportunity, the ladder is being pulled out from under them. That may be the Democratic leadership's message to the minorities, but it won't be our message.

Ours will be we have to move ahead. But we're not going to leave anyone behind.

Thanks to the economic policies of the Democratic party, millions of Americans find themselves out of work. Millions more have never even had a fair chance to learn new skills, hold a decent job, or secure for themselves and their families a share in the prosperity of this nation. It's time to put America back to work. To make our cities and towns -- make our cities and towns resound with the confident voices of men and women of all races, nationalities, and faiths bringing home to their family a paycheck they can cash for honest money.

For those with or without skills, we will find a way to help them get new skills. For those without job opportunities, we will stimulate new opportunities, particularly in the inner cities where they live. For those who have abandoned hope, we'll restore hope, and we'll welcome them into a great national crusade to make America great again." --- Ronald Reagan

A great national crusade to make America great again. So how can we do that?

May I suggest we spit ourselves out of this mess, this back and forth (Yes, he did! No, he didn't! It doesn't matter! Yes, it does!)? It's a nightmare, and it's going to do the same thing we did to our society in the 1990s. It made us more callous, it made us more divided --- and the unknown repercussions weren't known for at least ten years.

Let The Media Scream About Collusion, Congress, While You Do Your Job

With the Democrats and the Trump administration so distracted right now, it's the perfect time to actually get something done. Let them scream about collusion. Let them scream about treason. Let them scream about it, whatever they want to say. Meanwhile, why don't we focus on demanding Congress finally do what the people want, the people who are always the ones who actually make the difference in this country and elected them into office.

Congress is afraid of you. Congress won't come out against Donald Trump right now. Just watch them on television. They're all there, kind of supporting Donald Trump, but not really. Why? Because they're afraid of you. Good. They should be. Let's tell them they should be afraid because we'll vote them out.

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Pass Tax Cuts Now, Congress.

We'll vote them out unless they pass tax cuts. President Trump will sign it. If they put it on his desk, he will sign it. Pass tax cuts because those of us who have businesses who are struggling will create new jobs if they give us a tax cut.

Make it clear to Congress that they work for us. We demand that they get this done. You see, we've been convinced that we shouldn't call them. That they won't do anything. I've been convinced in the last week they're so afraid of the Donald Trump voter they think turning against him on Russia is going to hurt. They're afraid of Donald Trump turning on them because he'll unleash you on them. That's a proxy war. You're nobody's proxy. You have the power. Call Congress and demand they pass tax cuts now.

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Repeal Obamacare now, Congress, and reform health insurance in the free market.

I don't care about Obamacare reform. I care about reforming the insurance industry and giving real insurance a chance to lower our costs. I actually care about the people who are struggling.

When my daughter, who has cerebral palsy and seizures, came home and said, "Dad, my insurance no longer covers my medicine, and it's $3,000 a month," what is she supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? I'm in a very blessed situation, but God forbid her dad lost his job. Who or what would pay for her medicine then? She was raised in a family that doesn't take handouts, doesn't take government charity --- but she must have the medicine. And so must the woman down your street.

The members of Congress are in a very blessed situation. They get everything covered. They have a health issue? No problem. For the rest of their lives they're covered on health care. Demand that they repeal Obamacare, and then get off our backs and stop the regulations that are driving the cost of health care through the roof.

We need to let Congress know that while the focus is on Donald, Jr. and Russia, we don't care. Repeal it. Repeal it now and reform health insurance.

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Congress, Secure the Border, Reform Immigration and Stop Caving to Income Inequality

I don't care what's happening with Russia. I don't care. They're going to solve that, and it's going to take a year. But in that year, we'll struggle while no one creates a job. We demand tax cuts now. Take action and forget about Donald Trump and Russia. No matter what Donald Trump tells us to do, we'll vote your ass out.

We want the border secured. It's astonishing to me that the most powerful and innovative nation in history can't do something as basic and as necessary as secure our border.

Pass a tax cut so our corporations are not paying the highest taxes in the world. Germany just reported they're not having a hard time finding really high skilled workers in Germany because the Americans are answering the jobs. Americans are saying "move me over to Germany, and I'll take the job."

Stop caving in, Congress, to income inequality. It's Marxist rhetoric. Do what Reagan did --- lower the taxes and spark the economy.

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Your Work for Us, Congress

There are 320 million of us and only 545 of them. It's time to remind them who is in charge. And gee, 2018 is right around the corner. That's how our country works. We put them in place to do our work, not the other way around. We don't vote for them so they can pass laws and we do their bidding. For too long now, we've been beaten down, believing that we don't matter, that our voices don't count, that we can't do anything. It's a lie.

Tucker Carlson was on two nights ago talking about American exceptionalism and American values and pooh-poohing them: "Come on, we all know that that's pretty much a Frank Capra dream." Bullcrap. Don't you listen to that. What Frank Capra tells us in It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is true in its spirit --- as long as we demand that it is true, as long as we keep it alive.

Look, here's a great thing. We have a window of opportunity here. The media is falling all over themselves. They're not paying attention to anything else. This is the greatest watch-the-other-hand misdirection I've ever seen come our way. They are foaming at the mouth right now about Donald, Jr. In the meantime, Congress is doing nothing. Are they crazy? Now is the time to go, Congress.

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What Makes America Great Is Her People

The last decade has been tough, and it's only going to get tougher and more frustrating. But I believe, most Americans believe, in the idea of what makes America great is not a leader. What makes America great is the neighbor down the street that finds out about another neighbor that is struggling and helps them. What makes America great is that we serve one another.

You want to serve? Let's do it. There are six fantastic nonprofits that we mention on air all the time. Help serve the person that is having a hard time and just needs their porch painted. Help us educate the next generation. Help rescue children from slavery. Find the person who is struggling, who feels alone and unheard and reach out to make their life a little better. You may disagree politically, but that's not what service is about.

We're caught up in madness right now. The entire world is going over the cliff of madness. I'm not going over the cliff with the rest of humanity because it's madness --- and that's not what Americans do. While the world goes over a cliff, we turn to each other --- and we say we deserve better. We can do better. We are better. Our children deserve a future. Mankind deserves a future. And as bad as things are, we are still the last greatest hope for the whole world. If America falls into madness, the entire world loses its freedom.

I don't believe one man can make America great again because that's not what made America great in the first place. But I do believe in making America great again --- and America is great because America is good. So let's serve each other. Let's listen to each other. Let's do everything we can to heal the wounds as Abraham Lincoln said with charity for all and malice toward none, and let's get on the phones right now and call our congressman.

Call your senator and say pass a damn tax cut now. Repeal Obamacare and reform health insurance now. Protect our borders now.

They're afraid of being perceived as going against Donald Trump? That's not what they should be afraid of going against. It's not Donald Trump. It's what Donald Trump said --- tax cuts, immigration reform and repealing Obamacare. That's why Americans elected him and expect Congress to follow through. And if they don't do it now, they're going to have one really bad 2018.

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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.

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.