Glenn Beck: The new Karl Rove?


Glenn talks to John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis.

GLENN: 888 727 BECK, 888 727 BECK. We go to Rick Davis, the man who is going to be the new Karl Rove if McCain wins. I mean, that means you are going evil. Do you know that, Rick? You are going to be labeled evil for the rest of your life.

DAVIS: Thanks, Glenn, I appreciate you handing the Democrats another TV commercial.

GLENN: Well, there you go. I'm just saying, I'm just saying. Rick, let me first say this maybe you don't because, like, four people listen to me. But the I have been tough on John McCain, I have been wondering who I was going to vote for. I have to tell you, his judgment, off the charts with Sarah Palin. I am going to vote for John McCain.

DAVIS: Hey, you heard it here first. That's great.

GLENN: She is a remarkable woman and exactly you guys now have the real message of change. The one that Barack Obama hasn't been able to get out for the last couple of years, you guys have the living example of it now.

DAVIS: That's right. And not only the living example of it but two people who actually know how to shake it up, who are completely in sync on what they want to do to Washington, and all the powers that they have available to them. So it's going to be an exciting period of time.

GLENN: So let's talk a little bit about the economy and I heard Joe Biden on NBC this morning, and you have please make this into a TV commercial. You have got to do this. He said that they are going to lower taxes but they are going to go after they are going to raise taxes on all of these evil rich people, et cetera, et cetera. I think it's Meredith Viera said, well, there are a lot of economists who said that would be bad for the economy. He said no economist has ever said that, which I was amazed at but you didn't need an economist. Didn't Barack Obama just two weeks ago on Meet the Press say that if the economy is bad, he won't push for the Bush tax cuts to go away?

DAVIS: Yeah, you know, here's the problem you have with Obama and Biden and their ever changing positions. They've had about four different tax plans in four different months. Every time that they go down in the polls, they go out and produce another tax plan. They've almost got to the point where they've taken the John McCain tax plan and put their name on it. And so here's what the real scary thing is. They really don't have a plan and they don't have any experience and they have absolutely no idea what they're going to do to the American economy. And what that means is more volatility, more unpredictability, and it doesn't settle the markets the way we need. John McCain has had one plan since he started this campaign 18 months ago. He stuck to that plan. It's a good plan. It lowers the burden on the American family. It puts everybody back to work. And what more importantly it does, it puts teeth into the kind of regulatory environment we need for Wall Street so that these guys don't go out of control and ruin our economy.

GLENN: Well, hang on just a second. Let me hold your feet to the fire on this one. What kind of regulation are you talking about? I mean, here's the kind of regulation I would like. I would like to have where are the hearings in congress on the people in congress that were supporting Freddie and Fannie and saying we've got to have people who even have less credentials to be able to buy a house?

DAVIS: Totally agree. Let me tell you in 2006 long before the Freddie and Fannie scandal emerged, John McCain stood up, gave a speech and said, why in the world do we allow the two biggest financial institutions that govern our mortgage markets to operate virtually completely in the dark. Now, that was in 2006, long before the crash in the market houses.

GLENN: Hang on, do you have

DAVIS: That's long before the scandals at Fannie and Freddie and long before the government had to bail them out.

GLENN: Do you have that audio?

DAVIS: Absolutely.

GLENN: I'd love to have it to play on television tonight.

DAVIS: Not only that, back in 2004 John McCain gave a speech in Washington where he attacked corporate greed and said the problem we have with our economy isn't the hard working Americans that pay their taxes and do the hard work. It's the corporate greed on Wall Street where these guys take enormous amounts of money. And you know what he said? He said these CEOs don't own the companies. The shareholders own the companies and they are the ones who should be getting the economic benefit of their expansion. Now, this is a guy who's been 100% consistent on shedding the light on these kinds of institutions, many which we find out even the regulators didn't know what they were doing. And so I think you want a guy who's actually stood up when it wasn't popular, when it wasn't in the news, when it wasn't some big new scandal that they wanted to try and make political hay with and call it like he sees it and that's John McCain.

GLENN: Why do you think that Obama hasn't look, the Democrats should be ahead by 20 points. Here we have a very unpopular President. It has been Republican ruled for a while, we've got problems, the economy is always number one on everybody's mind, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. They should be 20 points ahead. Why can't Obama why is he fading and can't close the deal?

DAVIS: Because he doesn't have that much to offer to the American public. I mean, the only thing that he has tried to sell is hope and change and it's defined as, have hope? Then I'll find change. And what John McCain has been doing is he's been going around the country standing in these wells with town halls, hundreds of people bulleting questions to him, you know, minute after minute and he's responding with the kind of experience and knowledge it takes to actually implement change. And that's the difference. And people can see through the haze of the national media, they can not every voter reads the New York Times. And they can see through these guys. And, you know, the nice thing about the media exposure is sooner or later they have to go on TV and they have to give an interview and they have to debate and that's when the voters make up their minds. And that's what we're going to be seeing coming up here in the next couple of weeks.

GLENN: Rick, I hate to be Keith Olbermann here, but may I give you an ad? I don't know if you know this stat. The running ads on, you know, McCain saying, he's voted with Bush 90% of the time. What they are not talking about is that Biden is voting with Bush more often than he votes against him. He's voted with Bush 52% of the time. Obama has done 40% of the time. But I think this is the real key here. There are only five Republican senators that vote against their party more than McCain and he does it five times the rate that Obama does.

DAVIS: Yeah. Well, Obama leaves out a lot of details in his advertising. You know, one he attacks John McCain on for supporting George Bush's energy policies, except that it was Obama that voted for the Bush energy plan, not McCain. And so I mean, it really, it goes beyond the pale. And then he's the first guy that if there's an ad that attacks him, oh, my God, you'd think it was the most horrible thing that ever happened to the Earth. Politics isn't being bagged. The American public expects a debate and we're ready to make that debate happen.

GLENN: Rick, thank you very much, campaign manager for John McCain and just say hello to Sarah for us. She's just absolutely fantastic, off the charts pick.

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.