Glenn Beck on the President of Georgia

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GLENN: A lot of people, lot of people will watch the Georgia thing and they have absolutely no idea what it's about, and a good reason for that. I mean, as part of the former Soviet Union and, you know, you're like, okay, I don't know about all the politics. I don't even know where all of these countries are over there. You know, the former Yugoslavia's, what, like 40 different countries now? I don't know. So most people will watch the Georgia thing and they will say, what is this even really all about? And we've told you before that this is about Putin flexing his muscles. This is about the energy grab and the power grab. This is about remember when everybody was saying, "We need a bipolar world." We're the only people on the planet that scream and protest in favor of bipolar. That's not good.


So everybody was saying we need a bipolar world. Well, we're getting a bipolar world. Georgia actually, however, should be on our map. It's a U.S. ally. They sent over 2,000 troops to Iraq. Its troop commitment of 2,000 puts them in the top five countries in terms of actual boots on the ground. Russia has been sending in peace keepers. They have been giving away citizenship to people in Georgia. Hey, you want to be a citizen of Russia? Here, sign up. And they have been giving away citizenship. So that way they have citizens there and they could send peace keepers to protect their citizens because Georgia was attacking their citizens. That would be like Saudi Arabia coming in and saying, "Who wants to be a citizen of Saudi Arabia?" This is a bad example because nobody would want to do that. This would be like us going into Montreal well, wouldn't work in Montreal. All right, just go with me. This would be like us going some place in Canada where there are no French people and saying, "Hey, who wants to be a United States citizen" and then giving them citizenship. And then those people, having our military advisors there to train a little U.S. military in Canada with our citizens. And then when Canada said, you know what, guys, I don't think so and started rounding up the people, then we would get on television and say, they are rounding up our citizens. They are shooting our citizens. That's how trumped up this is.

I'm going to tell you not only what this fight is about because it's really all about messages, but what's going to happen. But first I want you to get a taste of the president of Georgia. This is Mikheil Saakashvili. He is the president of Georgia. I was a fan of his how long ago was this, Stu, we started talking about Georgia. At least a couple of years ago, and a year ago I really started looking into him and I'm thinking, wow, what is going on with Georgia. And then they started dropping missiles on Georgia. And so I wanted to get the president of Georgia on. This is six months ago maybe? And I talked to him just about, just about Georgia and the things that he was doing because I thought this guy America needs to hear because we've lost a lot of what he has found.

Well, I had him on. As it turns out, if I'm not mistaken, I think somebody in the Georgian embassy is a fan or something like that. And so he came and did an interview and he liked it and I liked it and it was good for everybody and so when we called and said could we get an interview now with what's going on, they wouldn't grant that yesterday because yesterday he was under a Kevlar blanket because the bombing raids were coming in and he believes, I believe and most people believe, you know, at least on this side of the argument that they're targeting him. They want him out. And so he had a Kevlar he had Kevlar jackets piled on top of him, and he also was in a bunker. Tonight he has agreed to come on. I have agreed to give him a full hour if he wants it. I have no idea how much time I have with him. I believe that we have been told that we have at least 20 minutes with him. And they are trying to get more time on their side. They are trying to get more time, but they can't promise anything at this point. I can't even promise that I'll have a picture, a live picture to go with the audio because we don't know where he'll be. He may again be underground, but if it's safe enough, he will be at a TV studio and we will have the sound and the picture. And you need to hear this man.

In case you missed the interview with the president of Georgia that I did a few months back, we didn't talk about Russia. What we talked about were the principles of Georgia and what inspired him and what he has done to clean up one of the most corrupt places on planet Earth and how he did it. If you don't feel connected to the Georgia story yet, check your gut and tell me how you feel about the Georgia story and if you feel connected to it in about three and a half, four minutes. Here's the president of Georgia six months ago.

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GLENN: You were known for cleaning out government corruption. How did you do it, sir?

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: Well, it's certainly a pleasure for me to be on your program Glenn, sir. We were one of the most corrupt countries but no exception in any way in our part of the world and we needed to we were brought to the government not by special interest but by popular revolution. And we really basically had to deal with, you know, to really radical measures. First of all, the first thing we did a few years ago when I became president, we fired the entire police force of the country and that was one of the most corrupt police forces throughout the European continent. We fired more than 40,000 people. We recruited new people within several months. But here what the result is. You know, the previous police force had only 5% of population's trust and confidence according to the Gallup polls. Now we have more than 70. So police moved from being universally hated to being universally loved by the people and having support of the people. And there are other radical reforms which also applied. Cutting red tape, you know, cutting, downsizing the government functions, giving incentives to be honest as well as watching the people very carefully.

GLENN: I have to tell you I let me give you another quote here. Quote: The government is going to help you in the best way possible by doing nothing for you but by getting out of your way. I exaggerate, but you understand. Of course, we will provide the infrastructure and help get rid of corruption, but you have all succeeded by your own initiative and enterprise. So you should congratulate yourself." Sir, you sound like an American founding father, and we have lost that in our own country.

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: Well, in some way the people I mean, I'm not the only one. The people that came with me to govern my country are in a way founding fathers because we are making nation it's a nation nation but as a modern state, we are making it from scratch. And, of course, one of the main things is to develop people's initiative, to empower people. To give them a sense that they are the ones to build their own country. They shouldn't be looking at the government because in our case, more government is, the worse it is. We cut red tape. What's our resource? We don't have much of oil and gas. What's our resource in our part of the world? Our resource is having no red tape, having no corruption, having efficient government, small government because big government, as a rule means in our case corruption and inefficiency. I feel not only in our case. And basically empowering people, giving them initiative and basically encouraging initiative because after all, after so many years of communism, after so many years of connection, after so many years of cynicism and cynical rule, you need basically new mentality to tell people, well, we are our own, our government is there to help when it come. Most of the times we can help ourselves to build our own country. After all, when people don't give credit to some smart leaders or smart governments but say, okay, this is up to us, this is our country, we have to build it, you have get an entire new nation and that's exactly what we are seeing in my country of the world, in my part of the world. You are liberating by giving people more freedom. Freedom is the keyword. Encouraging initiative is the other thing. And having government that knows its place and doesn't want to play its hand can also be very efficient when it can to encourage freedom. It's something that really helps them get results.

GLENN: I have two questions for you. I have to get in. I have about a minute. Real quick, did you read any of our founding fathers or our founding documents when you

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: You know, I was very encouraged by the founding fathers' example, I have to tell you. I mean, I went to Columbia law school.

GLENN: Right. That doesn't necessarily that doesn't necessarily study American history the truth.

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: I remember those lessons at the very moment and I go back over and over and over again because one thing that America really exports to us is idealists. Is, you know, initiative, is believing in good spirits of the men and love mankind. But, of course, you have to work very hard at it. One thing that changed in my country is that we told the people, look, you have to work hard, but then you have to accept the rule of law. And if those two match together, you can do, perform just miracles. And Georgia has performed just miracles. We moved from being a failed state of being one of the top business destinations in the world with highest economic freedom, being the world's number one economic reformer, doing very well, being the number one fighter with corruption worldwide and being top destination for foreign investments from all over the region despite the economic problems worldwide and, you know, that's quite a remarkable success. And the main thing, people started to believe in institutions. People started to believe in democracy and democracy works. That's what the beauty does.

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GLENN: There you go. I don't think we need anymore. That is that is an interview I did with this man as I read more and more about him and I just, I saw some quotes in a newspaper that he had said and I thought, I have got to speak to this guy. And much to my surprise, he agreed to be on the program when he was in Washington. Much to my surprise again, he has agreed to be on the television show and we're trying to work it out for the radio show as well. So you can hear him and you can see him and you can judge the man on what he has to say about Russia and where are we, what's going on, what is this all about.

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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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.