Glenn interviews Ty Pennington




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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. My name is Glenn Beck. Last night I filled in for Larry King and had Michael Savage on. And he has said some things about autism that I want to get into here in just a little while, but I think his point is that we are an overmedicated, overdiagnosed society. Now, this is something that I wrestle with in my own family and with my friends because as you know if you listen to this program for more than 10 minutes, I'm riddled with ADD and in fact, when I first was diagnosed, the doctor said, so do you think I -- and he just laughed and he said, are you kidding me? Ask the people you work with.

Now, I have tried different medications, et cetera, et cetera, and don't like most of them and it is really an odd thing to mess with, especially at my age, mess with what a lot of -- I believe a lot of my ADD has led to my success. But to be able to regulate it in such a way to where you don't drive everybody out of their mind crazy around you, I started taking something called Vyvanse. It's a new drug, and it has -- if I may point out my staff knows when I'm not on ADD medicine. True or false? I called Chris Balfe when I was on tour and he was -- and he's our president of our company and I said, you know what, I just realized something, I'm off my medication and that's why all of this stuff is going on in my head. And he said, Glenn, you're telling me like this is a surprise? I was on the other side of the country. I hadn't seen him in a week. And he said, Glenn, day one every member of the staff called and said, could you please get Glenn back on his medication? Because I was keeping people up at 3:00 in the morning going, no, no, wait, wait, wait, I got a better idea.

Ty Pennington also riddled with ADD. He's the star of Extreme Home Makeover and yada, yada, yada. Welcome to the program.

PENNINGTON: Just from listening to you, I can definitely tell you're riddled, my friend.

GLENN: See, that's just not necessary. This isn't -- I mean, this isn't necessary. I didn't know you -- I didn't know you had ADD.

PENNINGTON: Are you kidding? Wow, what are some of the signs? Maybe erratic behavior. No, honestly I'm kind of the poster child, man. It's funny because a lot of parents come to me and say thanks for coming out and, like, saying that you have it. Because a lot of people are embarrassed or whatever kind of, you know, not proud of the fact that they might have some type of disorder, you know. But as you obviously know, you know, it does affect your work, it does affect your whole life and, you know, if it's not treated early, it can really affect, you know, the whole outcome of your life. I mean, I --

GLENN: Are you at all -- sorry to cut you off.

PENNINGTON: No.

GLENN: But, you know, you understand more than most. Are you at all torn? Because I believe that my success in business is because I can process a million things at a time and move very rapidly but my failure at home is because of ADD. Are you at all torn by ADD or do you only see it as a bad thing?

PENNINGTON: You know, that's the thing. It's like -- well, here's what I will say. And you keep calling it ADD. Now, what I have is ADHD. That's the hyperactivity disorder. And that's easier to recognize in somebody. They are usually the kid that's, you know, bouncing up and down, probably making a necklace out of a desk, climbing out of windows. It's pretty obvious from that extent. But yeah, I mean, the whole thing is like changing your mind constantly going, wait, wait, wait, wait, I got another one. But they also can't focus on one thing. But, you know, usually in that situation you are not the first person someone's going to pick to get the job that's going to be the one that they say doesn't get it done. You are the one that doesn't finish the projects. You keep going down the line, down the line, down the line. And what happens is my confidence just kept waning and waning until it wasn't until I finally got treated literally in college that I realized, hold on a second, you know what, I actually do have a talent, I can put myself through school and I actually can make something of myself. But what I want you to know as for me is that, you know, even though I've been treated -- I'm glad that you're on Vyvanse because that's really fantastic for adults with ADD and what really helps is that it's long-lasting. For me my personality doesn't go away. You were explaining some of your success comes from ADD because I think, you know, we as human beings, especially when we have ADHD, we are creative, we have great ideas. But the problem is can we express and finish our sentences. Now, that personality doesn't go away because I got treatment, you know. I'm still that kind of guy but I can actually complete the tasks. I can actually finish a sentence and actually finish the projects that I've got on my to do list. And the fact --

GLENN: Is it amazing to you that I never finished a project, ever, in my life, ever. Everybody -- the big joke on me was that I never, ever continue on a -- I mean, the big joke this last week, correct me if I'm wrong, Stu, is the McCain/Obama headline battle. They produced all of this stuff for the show and they always do it. They produce it and then I do it for, like, two days and I'm bored with it and I move on. And we just pointed out just the other day, been doing it now for, like, seven days. And every day I'm the one going in, hey, we're going to do the headline battle today? I mean, it's really, it's amazing. I've never finished a project before in my life until I started, you know, taking Vyvanse and straightening, you know, straightening my head out.

PENNINGTON: Well, yeah, that's the big change, though, man. I mean, look, the way I see it is this. I didn't really -- up until the point that I was in my first year of college, I had not been treated for it. That's when my doctor, you know, just accepting that I might have some kind of disorder was disturbing enough but then once I was put on lasting medications like Vyvanse, next thing you know, bam, it's like somebody gave me glasses and all of a sudden I could see, you know, not only what I couldn't see before but I could see the mistakes I made and how I could correct them and how, you know, like my grades are well, really focusing, my grades went from D's to A's, I'm putting myself through art school, instead of doing one project, I'm actually completing three, could show just how talented I am because I'm also very competitive. Next thing you know instead of having the idea, I'm actually completing it and saying, this is what I mean, you can see. They can actually see it instead of me trying to explain the thought. Until then people were just like, huh? What are you saying.

GLENN: You know, my family makes fun of me because I have a 3-year-old son and he will be in the middle of a conversation and be like, dad, I was fighting a dragon last night and... sticks! But we make fun of it. I look at him and I just laugh because it is so funny the way he is just so -- he is a 3-year-old. He is not ADD. He is a 3-year-old and my family -- I say that is so funny when Raphe -- they say, yeah, it's funny when you're 3, Dad. That's the way you are all the time.

PENNINGTON: My dad used to call me the king of non sequitur because I'd be in the middle of a story and I was like, I was going to be a clean driver and (inaudible). And exactly, just like that. It's like you go to a completely different story. And then you go on and finish the sentence you started a minute ago because you hadn't lost track, you just decided to take another avenue and people are like, what are you talking about? Are you talking about your soccer game or are you talking about -- what is this? You know, I don't have time for this gibberish.

GLENN: Let me ask you this. Because I've said on the air before if I had an 8-year-old or a 10-year-old, I found that it is extraordinarily difficult to find the right medication for you, and I took some medications that my personality just changed and I took -- I have to know when to take it, I have to know when to use it, when not to use it. There are times that I need those skills, times that I don't want those skills. And I don't think I would give it to my 8-year-old because I don't think they're self-aware enough. And I'm afraid that we do look at anything that we used to say, you know, settle down, or, pay attention or whatever, that sometimes we are overdiagnosing or we're overmedicating. Do you have any thoughts on that?

PENNINGTON: Well, you know, I think what counts to kids, it's really your parents' choice there. You know, I mean --

GLENN: But what I'm asking is, parents, if you don't have ADD or ADHD, you have no idea what it is like. And when you take this medication, it does change the way you think and the way you function. And I was on some medicine, I don't remember even what it was, but I hated it. It totally stripped me of personality.

PENNINGTON: Well, sure.

GLENN: Where Vyvanse has been great for me, others were horrible.

PENNINGTON: That's what it is. I think with each human being we all have different chemicals in our system and I think that's why you have to go see a doctor, talk to your doctor, talk to, you know, a specialist to find out really what is good. But what's great is that Vyvanse is working for you and, you know, that's the thing. Once you find something that works and it does seem to, like, make a difference but it doesn't change you as a human being and you don't feel different, that's what you are looking for, something that keeps you you, the next thing, it's you that's actually completing the task and actually getting the things done you've always wanted to get done. Most of us as you know until you actually get treatment and none of that is actually possible. And that's why it is such a huge thing, man. I've never been -- you know, I noticed I was like, oh, my God, this is like the great thing that -- because I was so, you know, -- I was kind of worried. I didn't want to be that guy that had to take any kind of medication and then all of a sudden, you know, then I realized, oh, my God this is -- it's a completely different me. I was still the guy that would do crazy things but I was accomplishing things I never thought I could. And, you know, I mean next thing you know I'm confident saying, hey, wait a minute, I might have a talent I could actually make money at, have a successful career someday.

GLENN: I haven't reached that point yet.

PENNINGTON: What's that?

GLENN: I haven't reached that point yet but someday I will.

PENNINGTON: Yeah, yeah. You're right, though. I'm glad that Vyvanse has worked out for you. It shows --

GLENN: The first time that I took any kind of ADD medicine -- boy, is this a frustrating interview for anybody that's listening that's not riddled with ADD. The first time I took ADD medication, I wept because I played with my son on the floor for 40 minutes and I had never done that with any of my children. It was, it was night and day.

Let me switch subjects with you.

PENNINGTON: Okay.

GLENN: Let's talk a little bit about Extreme Home Makeover. I think I saw the first episode that you guys ever did and I went on the air the next day and I said, this is the perfect idea. This is capitalism and the media making something really entertaining and doing good. You are, to me you're one of the poster Childs for good capitalism, to where you can do something great.

PENNINGTON: Well, you know what, it's great because everybody wins.

GLENN: Right.

PENNINGTON: First of all, I've said this before but, you know, I've got the perfect job. But good thing about it is we actually do things for good people. You are right, the way media is and we have to, you know, we have to get advertising out there, the network has to make their own. In this particular thing what's great is everybody wins. The family wins, the builder gets a little bit of exposure, the companies that want to give away their product get that exposure, you know, the ratings are good. You know, everybody wins. In a way it's the perfect storm for, I don't know, good television in my opinion, you know. But it's a hard job. But it's so worth it because you get to see the gratification immediately. Not only that, you impact someone's life. It's not like, you know, you really do make a difference.

GLENN: Have you ever thought about finding a family, like nobody had a face? That way you just didn't have to -- they couldn't see it, they couldn't speak out or anything, so you could just bring them into the same house and go, hey, there's a new computer over here.

PENNINGTON: That's really, really horrible.

GLENN: But I mean, it would be great. Think of the money you could save.

PENNINGTON: Oh, my God. Yeah. I'll write that down as a future thought.

GLENN: I'm just saying if the economy goes south, you might want to look at people without faces.

You have a new book coming out in September?

PENNINGTON: I do, yeah.

GLENN: What is it?

PENNINGTON: Well, it's basically how good design can change your life. The designs I do for the people that I do and, you know, what inspires me to do it and how I do it and why I do it.

GLENN: Is that like a feng shui or --

PENNINGTON: No, it's about, really it's about change in your life and it's the stories that inspire me, it's the people that I've done the rens for. But the time we have on the show, you don't really see all the details that go into it. So this is really how and why and the cool things that I've actually done and the detail of how I did it. But also why I did it and the stories and the people that inspire me. What's great about my job is like, you know, after we leave, it's not over. Like I still stay in touch with some of these people. You find out just how much of a difference you've actually made.

GLENN: What is the one family or the one story that you, to your dying day you will remember?

PENNINGTON: You know what, that's a tough one, you know. There's so many. I mean, there's -- you know, there's, wow, there's the police officer out in California who is in a wheelchair because she was working the tough beat in L.A. and almost died but now I meet her and she's like punching her legs because she hates to be a victim and she just wants to -- now she just wants to survive it all and be a mom that can actually hold her kid. It's also like an 8-year-old girl named Belle who was fighting the worst thing in the world which is cancer and, you know, she didn't quite make -- she didn't quite beat that battle. But before she left, she ended up impacting other kids' lives that were facing the same thing. She knew how horrible it was and what a sad place the hospital was and she would bring toys to these kids to make your days before. I don't know, man. It's not so much -- it's these moments that you have with these people and the fact that they share their stories with me. That's the best part of my job is I really get to really see the human spirit, man, and get to see. It could be an 8-year-old, could be an 80-year-old. It's somebody that inspires you to do better as a person.

GLENN: Have you found that the people that, because they are also inspiring, have you found that the people you build houses for and get involved in their life, that because they're survivors, because they are so amazing that they are not victims, they don't like the victim mentality that these are -- that that's part of the reason why they are so special?

PENNINGTON: I think you have to look at things like that is that, you know, you're not going to be -- I just met a little girl named Brooke. We just finished the second build on our sixth season which is going to air in September. But I met this little girl named Brooke who is battling something called SMA which is a really horrible disease that really is incurable and she's had to have countless operations and surgeries and she's not even 8 yet. But this little girl's got this spirit. She's just so happy. She will point you around and direct you how to do things. She's like a leader. She must be an old soul, you know, just coming back. I don't know. It's just an amazing little girl who's got this driving spirit. And it's people like that, that they know what they're going through but they don't see themselves as a victim. She was actually more worried as a victim because her mom's having to pick her up and carry her and she's more worried about her sister who's got the same disease but she's hoping it's not as bad as what she has. It's those people that are going through something horrible like that but want to make sure other people around her has a better life. Somebody who can have that much thought of other people amazes me. I think that's the beauty. I mean, that's the greatest part of my job is meeting people like that that make you realize what an inspiration is, what, you know, a person that you will always be inspired by and like, you know, sometimes it comes in the shape of a young girl.

GLENN: Ty, great talking to you. Sticks! Talk to you later, man.

PENNINGTON: Okay, man. Bye.

GLENN: Ty Pennington.

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.

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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.

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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.