Jim Acosta Should Stick to Reporting and Leave the History Lectures to Those Who Know History

A few years ago, I met with two amazing men, the Stewart brothers. They're a composer and conductor of an incredible choir, the Millennial Choirs & Orchestras. And I said, "Let's give the Statue of Liberty a voice. But let's correct it." Because everybody thinks that the Statue of Liberty is a mother, a nurse that is inviting give us the worst of the worst. And that's not what that poem means. I asked them, I said, "Can you write something that gives this heart, but then corrects the legend and gives the correct voice to the Statue of Liberty?"

The Statue of Liberty is not -- we're not a hospital. And that golden door is not the golden door to a hospital. This, the Statue of Liberty is a shield saying, "We don't want your storied pomp. We don't want your lords and ladies and your knights, and all of the crap, the lions on your flag, because it's all crap. We don't want any of that. That oppresses people. That keeps people down. Now, this is coming --- written at a time when we had no national anthem. We didn't even have a standardized flag until Woodrow Wilson. And no national anthem until FDR. We had no storied pomp at all. We were a collection of people who believed in something. That's the message.

The real poem says, not like the brazen giant of Greek fame with conquering limbs, astride from land to land. Here at our sea-washed, sunset gate shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is imprisoned lightning, and her name is Mother of Exiles.

From her beaconed hand glows worldwide welcome. Her mild eyes command the air bridged harbor that twin cities frame. Keep your ancient lands and your storied pomp, she cries with silent lips.

You give me the ones that you say can't make it, who try and try and try and you continue to push down in the mud, that all these people are asking for is a chance to change their lives. Give those people to me. I will stand as a shield to protect them against people like you so they have a chance to not just survive but to thrive.

The Statue of Liberty is not saying give me those that you can no longer keep on insurance. The tired, the worn-out, the broken, the ones that won't work, the ones that are just expunging off your system. That's not what the Statue of Liberty is saying. The Statue of Liberty is saying, "Give me the tired." What are they tired of? Tired of being pushed down in the mud. Tired of being told by some lord or lady, "You work for me. That's now my idea." They're poor because you wouldn't give them the opportunity.

Ask any European today, they will tell you, unless you are connected, unless your family has a name, you don't change your status.

If you're poor, you're always poor. If you're homeless, you're never going to be the president. You'll never make it to king. You'll never make it to prime minister. Who was your family? Your dad was poor. Your dad was a drunk and homeless. You'll never amount to anything. Stay in your station!

But wait. I can do it. I'm the better man. I'm the better woman. I work harder than anybody else. I know more than that person over there. I've built a better mousetrap.

Yes, you have. And because you've built it and you've built it as my serf, it now belongs to me.

The Statue of Liberty, that poem, it never, never meant, send me the worst of the worst, and they're going to stay the worst of the worst. I'm just going to protect them.

That was a challenge. You keep all your ridiculous lion flags and your ridiculous edifices of great power. We're a simple country. We don't have any of that stuff. We're just a collection of people that every country said, "They'll never make it. They're worthless. They're farmers. What, we're the greatest army and navy in the world. They're farmers. Go kill them."

Our first president was a farmer and just wanted to be a farmer. Always wanted to just farm. That's all episode to do. He became president. And where did he go? He didn't become a lord or a lady.

He went back to being a farmer. And no greater than anybody else alive at the time. President was an insult. They laughed when he said, you should call me president. That should be the title.

President? That was like "shopkeep." That was like "manager."

That was an insult to somebody who had power over in Europe. I am so sick of the playground and the playground fights. I'm so sick of the press. I'm sick of Congress. I'm sick of the White House.

I have spent most of my life as a joke, so I come to you from a position of authority. I know jokes when I see them. And Congress and the press and the administration, they're a joke. If you didn't pay attention to the news yesterday, you'd think, "This is one weird-ass way for starting this show today."

But there was an argument between Acosta, a reporter from CNN, and I don't know, the next Trump spokesperson of the day, at the White House press briefing.

Now, I want you to understand, up front, I agreed with him. Acosta, do I need to explain what your job is? You're a reporter. You're a reporter. That means you report on what happens, not argue, not lecture. You report. You can ask questions, but that's not what you were doing. You weren't asking questions yesterday. You were making a point. You were lecturing. You were using histrionics. You don't even know the truth behind the Statue of Liberty.

Hey, Acosta, can you tell me why the French boxed that baby up and pretty much dumped it into a park in New York City? Oh, yeah, and, by the way, here are some instructions on how to assemble it. Some assembly. In fact, a lot of assembly is required. All of the instructions, and I mean this literally, all of the instructions are in French. We didn't even take the time to put them in English for you.

Jim Acosta, can you tell me why? Can you tell me what the Statue of Liberty was even meant for? Because it really wasn't meant for us.

No, see, you don't really care about history. Because all you were trying to do was win.

And I understand. I mean, that's what you've all been trained to do. That's what you think reporting and journalism is now. You win.

And I really had zero time for Steven Miller at the White House, even though any other time in my life, I would have been, "Yeah, look at Steven Miller go. He's right. He's right. He's right."

I had no time for him last night. I get home. I'm trying to spend time with my kids. My son is going to get his swimming certificate for Boy Scouts.

I've got a million things going on. And I turn that on? Why? Why?

And you expect me, Steven Miller, to give you credit, standing behind a podium where, yeah, I don't know -- is it possible that 30 seconds before this discussion, you were defending the indefensible. You were so distorting the truth and defending absolute bald-faced lies. Yeah, it's not only possible. It's probable. And if it wasn't you, it certainly was somebody an hour before you.

How does this help America? They weren't discussing the concept of the melting pot. You know, maybe we should all have a quick refresher on how Americans resident sending all of their rapists. And then after that, a real quick quiz on all of the illegals who are rapists, drunks, and killers, and thieves. Those guys that shouldn't be arrested 20 times, just to be let out again so they can finally rape an old woman after they steal her car, or just go down on a beautiful afternoon and shoot an innocent woman on a San Francisco dock. Then maybe after we talk about those two things, maybe we could take a break. Have a little lunch. Then pick up some big boy talk, concerning the ridiculous idea that we're actually helping immigrants by not ensuring that they speak English.

Of course, that is going to require you to have an honest conversation regarding history on why it was illegal to teach a slave how to read. Gee. By the way, that's not an American thing. That law was first enforced in ancient times, including countries that were not made up of white Europeans. It's crazy and shocking, yes, I know. But I will give you this: Perhaps the ancients learned about that law from the Americans that arrived via the Stargate. I'm not sure. James Spader may have taught them that.

How many people in our own country today are being abused, as well as in other non-European countries, by people of all colors and creeds. Because they don't speak the language.

This happens all over the world, and it is as old as time itself. How many dirtbags are ruling over those poor huddled masses?

Because those poor huddled masses don't speak English. Save your speeches, both of you clowns. Save your speeches for the people that died in the back of that semi-truck in San Antonio.

You know what, and then give the same speech to those who live in the shadows and are afraid of calling the police when they had been raped or beaten or robbed. Talk to me about the Statue of Liberty then, will you?

Who is ruling over those people? Somebody is. It's got to be just -- well, it's got to be just the Democrats, right? Because all the Democrats are good. No, sorry. All the heroes are really all Republicans.

Yeah, neither of those are true. And we as Americans need to say to these clowns, "Shut up. Stop it." Because I know the horror caused by the twisted thinking on the left on this issue, I ain't buying it. But I also know the horrors of a place which is a no-go zone here in America called the colonias. Most Americans have not heard of the colonias. This is an area here in America, just over the border, a no-go zone where it just kind of falls in the shadow, where giant corporations are allowed to use and abuse these people and trap them in what is nothing more than modern day slavery because those companies have given payoffs to the GOP. So neither of you have much to say that I really want to listen to because you're just both using the situation. You're exploiting the people and situation for their own power and money.

People in Congress, people at the heads of the parties, people in the administration, quite honestly, the last two, you're grotesque, and you're sickening. You should be ashamed of yourself.

You want to have a real conversation, let's have a real conversation. But can we have that? Because right now, there are people listening who, "See, Glenn Beck just hates Donald Trump." And those people who are just listening who are now saying, "See, Glenn Beck has always been a GOP stooge. He'll stand up for anything." And, of course, the ones I really like, the people who have just tuned in, heard maybe one sentence, and now are currently tweeting or posting somewhere their valid and vapid opinion to the whole world, even though they have absolutely no idea what I'm even talking about.

Maybe it's an audience of one, me. But if you're sick of them had it and you want to fix the problem, good.

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.