Glenn talks with Toby Keith


Toby Keith in Beer from my Horses,  coming out August 8th.

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, high above rock can he fell her plaza, sometimes they throw jelly beans at the tourists below. Welcome to it as the third most listened to program in all of America. My name is Glenn Beck. Joining me now is Toby Keith. Hey, Toby.

TOBY: Hey, Glenn. How is it going today?

GLENN: How are you?

TOBY: You know how I'm doing.

GLENN: Well, you're in New York, so kind of sketchy.

TOBY: Well, it's just another day in paradise.

GLENN: There's nothing like New York at this time of year when it's really, really sweaty and everything smells like feces. Which is great.

TOBY: Yeah. Yeah.

GLENN: So, Toby, you're actually, you're spending an hour with me on Friday on the television program, and we actually cut it last night. You brought a pitch fork and I just appreciate that so much.

TOBY: I'm doing my part. Doing what God put me here today.

GLENN: You know, the thing is that I find so interesting is a lot of people because of your song, you know, the red, white and blue, which is, I like to call it the boost in your ass song, a lot of people, you have gotten so much heat for being just a right wing, zealot that's out of control, war monger and everything else, the more I get to know you, the more I believe you're my grand father. My grandfather was a Democrat and you know what, my grandfather would quick the snot out of some of the Democrats right now on some of the things they're doing.

TOBY: It's a shame that just because you support the military and the people who volunteer to do that nasty job every day, that if you support that openly, with the agenda driven world we live in, you're automatically a right winger: There were brakes, smoking and squealing, when they found out I was a Democrat. You can't believe you know if you're getting punched on both sides that you're in the right area.

GLENN: I think you're exactly right, because I think they both sting on ice (stink on ice right now. You've actually written a new movie, you ever been 'doing it for a while. We've been trying to get together for I don't know how long, we haven't been able to do it, because you've been in Hollywood, which you in Hollywood that's

TOBY: That's a you know what, though? Just like everything else, the rap that they get is a little overrated. I know there's a lost I know there's a big syndicate of lefty, haters out there that do their own agenda, but you'd be surprised, Glenn, how many of the great, famous people walk up to me. I've always got my gloves off and my fists up ready to go if they come attacking, but you'd be surprised how many walk up, are kind, thanks for supporting our troops. I go, why don't you? They say, we've got to work.

GLENN: It's amazing to me. Somebody asked me to speak at a group of about 70 students, do you remember? It was like 70 big Hollywood names. They were having a private dinner. It was kind of like, quiet, I couldn't do it because my daughter's play was the night of that get together so I couldn't go out there, but they have told me the same thing. A lot of people in Hollywood would like to say something, but the power structure is run by these crazy whack job progressives that you just you won't work again.

TOBY: No, you won't, and they speak out you know, it's a shame that we can't support our own military, I mean, without being war mongering and, you know, I knew after 911 that our government was making plans to go into Afghanistan and the world voted that way. We have Allied forces in Afghanistan, but the second that Iraq opened up, they don't talk about Afghanistan, they just hate on Iraq and there's some people that don't even believe we should have a military. I just think it's ridiculous that you shouldn't be able to defend yourself.

GLENN: You know, I saw something that you said the other day where you said, the biggest mistake in Iraq was made by George Bush, the first one, and I thought because I remember when that happened and we didn't go in, and finish the job. I thought, we're going to pay for this. I mean, we're going to have to do it again.

TOBY: Well, we had approval. He had invaded Kuwait and at the time you know we hadn't had the terrorists attacks. And at the time, the world was always call on America when you want to prove something, and soon as the world all agreed that Kuwait was getting that there was probably genocide and mass murders going to take place, then while we had the world's attention, they should have, instead of losing boys going in there and liberating Kuwait, you know, they should have done the deed then instead of waiting here and having to go in and do it now for whatever reason.

GLENN: Let me ask you, and you don't have to answer any of these questions, because I know you're an entertainer and you don't want to, that's fine. The speech that Barack Obama gave over in Europe about, you know, we just all need to, you know, get along and work together and have strong global alliances and everything else, it sounded like such a globalist kind of agenda there and then when he said, you know, as Americans we've made so many mistakes and the crowd cheered, did it bother you at all or do you think that's okay?

TOBY: You know, those kind of things always bother me, but not the whole speech. I'll you know, clarify that. It's real easy to stand on foreign soil and say something bad about America as bad as the other countries hate us right now. It's really easy to do that. Where it takes strength, I think, is to stand and say other things. Now, that being said, I like some of the things that Obama has said and I like the fact that he's, you know, I came back from meeting with General Petraeus this year in April and my word that I was telling everybody is Iraq's about over and for years they said it couldn't be won.

GLENN: I know.

TOBY: And I said, Petraeus, I talked to him two different 45 minute conversations two years in a row. They were gaining in leaps and bounds. I think that even though one is too many, I think we've only lost six to eight Americans this whole month of July and one's too many. But when you compare that to the numbers of casualties that we've had in the past, for whatever reason we're in there. We're closer to getting out than we've ever been, so everybody wants the same result.

GLENN: No, I don't think so. I think everybody there are some that just say, just leave. Let's just get out and we don't have to being victorious.

TOBY: No, but I'm saying they want the result of getting the troops out.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

TOBY: So then you've got, he says he's going to support Afghanistan and then I think even goes as far to say he might go into Pakistan, which I don't understand that, but the guys in Afghanistan are kind of forgot about and when I go down there and perform for them every year, I visit with them and they kind of feel like the ugly stepsister, you know, that are everybody's attention is on Iraq, but Petraeus has done a heck of a job.

GLENN: When are you going back again?

TOBY: I go every spring for 14 to 17 days.

GLENN: If it is at all possible, can I tag along with you?

TOBY: If you want to go over there, I'd love to have you.

GLENN: I'd love to go over there. I'd love to bring I'd love to bring cameras if we can

TOBY: Sure.

GLENN: Everything else, but I'd love to go over there.

TOBY: I've put some troops on TV. They love to show people say hi to the people back here.

GLENN: Okay. Toby, you've got a new movie that is coming out and it is, from what I understand, I haven't seen it yet, but it comes out is it wide release? What is it August 5th?

TOBY: It comes out August 8th.

GLENN: August 8th.

TOBY: We're in about a hundred locations, and Lion's Gate doing it. Roadside Attractions, Lion's Gate are doing this thing, they take these kind of movies, they know how to market them, they know how to blow them up. The last thing you want to do is spend twice as much as it costs to make the movie trying to decide. We'll find out here in the next two or three weeks what we have and if the public likes it, then we'll blow it up, it'll be a huge expansion.

GLENN: From the way you described it, it is kind of like the old Smoky and the Bandit. It's kind of that fun, light hearted, make fun of yourself, you know, rebel but not a jerk kind of you know, charming rebel.

TOBY: Right, I always make fun of myself first and then I can just rare back and laugh at everybody else. So, hey, you know what, it I met Burt Reynolds on a project a couple of years ago and he said, you know what, you're very charming and you you have the persona to be a very charming but when crossed dangerous guy, he said, that's the same quality, not that I'm not this guy, this is Burt Reynolds, I can quote him, he said, John Wayne had that charming but dangerous thing. He said if you'll gravitate to that, you can do what I do for a living, have fun at the same time. When I wrote this script with Rodney Carrington, comedy, it was a tip of the hat to Burt Reynolds.

GLENN: Willy Nelson is in the movie. Everybody is in the movie. Ted Nugent is in the movie. You're close with Ted, aren't you?

TOBY: You know, Ted has a great heart. Ted gets a bad rap for being an extreme right wing radical.

GLENN: He is one of the most giving man I've ever seen.

TOBY: Ted doesn't get any credit, which is the way it are usually works. They pick out one thing about you, blow it up. As extreme as he is, as hard as he drives it. He does a lot for kids, he is auto he never done drugs or alcohol, he appreciates that, tells kids not to open doors (those doors at his camps. He wants to live off the land like his four fathers did, God bless him, if he wants to eat deer every night for dinner, go for it.

GLENN: I tell you what, I was doing this fund raiser for a family in Idaho and I was just about to walk on stage. Ted calls me right before I go on stage and he said, Glenn, why didn't you tell me you were doing this fund raiser. I said, you know, Ted, I don't usually say, has anybody told Ted Nugent what I'm doing. He said, why didn't you tell me? I said, I didn't know you'd want to know. He said, my gosh, they're hunters; right? I said, yeah, he said, we're going hunting, I want to do something. You tell them that Uncle Ted is going to take them on the hunt of their lifetime and he's just such an amazing man that he would take that he found out on his own, that he would take time to call me and then, I didn't ask him for anything. He just did it.

TOBY: Yeah. He's an amazing guy. You know something else. He doesn't he's not a hater. You don't get that you don't get that cut throat hate out of Ted. You get that yeah, he is's agenda strong. He believes in his conservative lifestyle, the way he lives it. At the same time if he runs into somebody that has an opposite agenda from him. He says, hey, man, thanks for your energy and appreciate what you do and let's go hunting sometime or fishing and he's just a very giving guy. He's a little extreme for me. I don't live my lifestyle like Ted does.

GLENN: Well, I think he at one point said, you've got to put your hands in the deer that you just killed and feel the blood and the warmth. Okay.

Ted, you're scaring me a little bit. Toby, if you don't mind, let me go through some of the headlines of just today, I just want to pick your brain, because I think you are I think you're the kind of guy that, you know, everybody I think that everybody in the country, is more like you are, is I don't care which party, I just want to solve some of these problems.

TOBY: Okay.

GLENN: So let me ask you this problem. Agree or disagree. Today the or yesterday, the LA city council has banned the fast food outlets from poor areas because poor areas are getting too fat and so they want nice restaurants there where people will have better choices and so they're banning fast food restaurants.

TOBY: Well, how are poor people going to afford to go to nice restaurants? I mean, you can eat at Taco Bell for you can fill up on gas at Taco Bell cheaper than you can at the gas station.

GLENN: Let me ask you this. Don't you think that if you're so stupid that you are looking at a Big Mac and because you can get a salad at McDonald's. You're looking at a Big Mac, going, is that better for me than watermelon, don't you think you deserve to die?

TOBY: I think it's your own choice and you should take care of your body better than that, but I don't think that's that's like banning guns. People are still going to get fast food. I mean, you know, about the you know, if you ban guns, and I had an argument one time with a Hollywood person and they were thinking about banning guns, and I said, why? They said, so there wouldn't be any out here. I said, they banned cocaine. You think I could go find cocaine tonight?

GLENN: In Hollywood? No.

TOBY: They banned AK 47's. There's already a ban on them, but I bet I can go find one.

GLENN: Today, the house hasn't been working on you know like finding energy or oil or anything else. Yesterday they decided and debated and finally passed a resolution to apologize for slavery.

TOBY: You know what? It's if it's never been done before, then I think everybody apologizes for that.

GLENN: I mean, why, but isn't that common sense?

TOBY: Yeah, it is.

GLENN: I don't know a single soul that is, like, oh, slavery. If we just had a few slaves. I don't know anybody that's like that.

TOBY: Yeah.

GLENN: And anybody who would be like that, we can, you know, take care of them by just saying, hey, talk a little louder because you're a freak.

TOBY: Well, we definitely need to move past it, because it's something that I see that never changes. It racial issues just never ever seem to change. We can't get past them. And so I really don't know what the answer is.

GLENN: Wait a minute. Hang on a second. Haven't we gotten past it. Isn't Barack Obama possibly the next president of the United States and you don't see people, you know, saying, oh, he's black. I don't know any of those people. I'm sure they exist, but I don't know those people. Don't you think that shows that, I mean, look at the great distance we've come in just the last 20 years.

TOBY: Okay, but, also, I think that the black people would say, he don't talk, act, or care railway himself as a black person.

GLENN: What does that even mean?

TOBY: I don't know what that means, I'm saying that's what I think that they would say. Even though the the black society would pull for him, I still think that they think in the back of their mind that the only reason that he is in is because he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian, but I think he's got a I think him and McCain are the two best choices, in my opinion, that we've had in years.

GLENN: Oh.

TOBY: I mean, I'm saying, as having I don't think I didn't think Kerry and Kerry and Gore, I didn't think either one of them had leadership qualities.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, they were nightmares.

TOBY: And I didn't think I thought Dan Quayle was, had weak leadership traits, you know, character. So I thought Bill Clinton at least was a leader and so when my Democrat roots start kicking in, you'll get me to argue with you about that, but it's at least, at least we have some we have a couple of candidates here I mean, you're always going to find fault. They're flip flopping right now, I know, and waffling and they have got to get some vice presidents and they've got to land on their issues and what they're going to stand for before we can even pick somebody, but sometimes you just wish you didn't have to vote.

GLENN: Toby Keith. Boy, isn't that the truth. The name of the movie coming up is Beer from my Horses. Coming out August 8th. Always a pleasure to have you on. Thanks, Toby.

TOBY: I'm glad to be here. Anything you need, you call me. If you want to do the USO, call me up. Troops would love it.

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.