| Glenn Beck CNN Commentary|
Glenn: We were just talking a little bit about history and I'm wondering if anybody did anybody see if the history lesson I gave on CNN.com about Che Guevara? It made it even into the top 10. Usually we're the No. 1 or No. 2 most read story when we publish an editorial, but this week we had Che Guevara and it was it's quite amazing when you actually look at the history of who this guy is. Everybody buys the T shirts because it's cool. Everybody thinks communism is neat and it amazes me how nobody knows the history not only of killers but of our own country. Dan, what was the thing you got from the history channel on our founding fathers?
Dan: Yeah. This was a special that I downloaded on the founding fathers and founding brothers and the description and the show description of Sam Adams is this. It says Sam Adams was a rumpled pugnacious man who failed as a variety of professions before finding his niche as a revolutionist with a knack for inciting violence.
Glenn: By the way, joined by my best friend Pat who is filling in for Stu today who is sleeping because it was a long night. Anyway, give me John Hancock. I love that one.
Dan: Oh, yes, a wealthy aristocratic merchant, was also a known wine smuggler and he had a junior economic stake in breaking away from Britain.
Pat: It was all about the money for him.
Glenn: I didn't like the way the HBO John Adams special portrayed Franklin, as a real womanizer. There is absolutely no evidence, there is not a single letter, there's not a single there's no evidence of that, none whatsoever.
Pat: But it's just absolutely 100 percent embraced now, just as the Sally Hemings thing is with Thomas Jefferson.
Glenn: Didn't the DNA say.
Pat: No. The DNA said it was one of 26 members of the Jefferson family. That's what DNA said in 1998. One of 26 potential members of the Jefferson family. Thomas Jefferson, it could have been him, more likely it was either his brothers or one of his nephews. One of 26 Jefferson men.
Glenn: So, I don't
Pat: His daughters
Glenn: It wouldn't surprise me with Jefferson.
Pat: Oh, it would surprise me a great deal. It was not in his character.
Glenn: Tell me Jefferson's character. You know, he used to be my founding father. Good God. How did this train go off the track? Stations, I apologize for the there isn't a soul listening. I don't know, Pat. I think my favorite founding father is Thomas Jefferson. Geez
Pat: Founding fathers are interesting.
Glenn: George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, my favorite founding fathers.
Pat: What's the problem with Jefferson?
Glenn: I loved Jefferson but he was too conflicted. I see him as the most human out of all of them.
Glenn: And he was because he was very conflicted, you know, he was against slavery, yet, he died with slaves. He was you know, he was he couldn't overcome his own human nature, where I think Franklin didn't necessarily do that, but Washington definitely did.
Pat: Oh, yes. There's never been a better man on the earth.
Glenn: Never been. There's by far never been a better President but quite possibly
Pat: You're forgetting Jimmy Carter. Right?
Glenn: Oh, you're right.
Pat: Yeah. Jimmy Carter.
Glenn: Yeah. He only had the burning helicopters. Washington had
Pat: And double digit unemployment and
Glenn: Yeah. He was great
Pat: Interest rates.
Glenn: George Washington never won a Nobel prize.
Pat: No, he didn't do anything with Israel and Egypt.
Glenn: By the way, speaking of this ADD moment, have you read Brad Thor's book, "the Patriot"?
Pat: No, but I've seen a lot of stuff from you guys on it.
Glenn: It was the No. 1 book last night.
Pat: Is he the Salmon Rushdie of America?
Glenn: This guy is
Pat: I want to read that.
Glenn: If you love Thomas Jefferson, you have to. It is the Di Vinci Code of Islam and the you know, instead of Leonardo Di Vinci, it's Thomas Jefferson.
Pat: They're going to stinking kill this poor guy.
Glenn: I think they will. He says he takes it seriously and I know that he's got some
Pat: I heard him on your show. It doesn't sound like he takes it seriously.
Glenn: He should, but he doesn't. You know, he was as cavalier as I was, you know, four years ago.
Pat: Kind of know better now, don't you?
Glenn: Oh, yeah. Well, stop me from saying what I believe is the truth.
Glenn: But I at least know.
Pat: And you've got to take some precautions.
Glenn: He is taking precautions. You've got to read it. So, anyway, we were talking about some history and stuff like that and this is how out of control we've gotten in this country. I had an incident with a battle flag of Gonzales.
Pat: You've always liked the Come And Take It flag.
Glenn: It's a Texan flag.
Pat: It was a flag from the battle of Gonzales. The settlers are Texas were given a cannon from the Mexicans, from the Mexican government, and then they wanted it back and they tried to take it back and the settlers were going to give it back and so there was a big battle over, we want to take it back and we're not going to give it back to you. So, they said
Glenn: This is the worst version of this story. So, it's the worst. You've got it all wrong. I mean, there was a cannon involved there was a skirmish between the Mexicans and the it was not a gift to the Texans.
Pat: It was given to the Texans.
Glenn: It was given to the governor of the Texas region that it happened in and the Texas
Pat: Was he a Texan?
Glenn: No, he wasn't.
Pat: The governor was living in Texas at the time.
Glenn: It's my understanding that Mexico had come in and had a big battle. They were occupying that area.
Pat: Yeah, well
Glenn: But that the governor was given this deal, he was out when the Texans kicked all of the
Pat: I'm not even going to listen to you anymore. I don't even have any idea what you're talking about.
Glenn: I know that. So, anyway, it was a big deal. The flag said Come And Take It. It has a cannon on it.
Glenn: And it's just the greatest it is the way America should be. Really? You want a piece of this? Come And Take It, with the implication you know, the implied threat of, we'll kick your butt if you try to!
Glenn: And I was flying that at my house and my neighbors complained because they thought it was wildly aggressive and so and so I wanted to hang the Benjamin Franklin, you know, from the Thomas the John Adams series, I love the flag with the snake on it, it's cut up and it says Join Or Die. I actually had it changed to unite or die because I was afraid, after what I went through with the Come And Take It.
Pat: That would be too aggressive.
Glenn: That Join Or Die, they would say he's running a compound cult and he's going to kill us all. I hate my neighbors.
Pat: So, how did unite and die go over in your neighborhood?
Glenn: I haven't had a complaint.
Pat: Did you explain it to them? Did you explain the story to them?
Glenn: Are you ready?
Glenn: I had to explain it at a zoning meeting.
Pat: And how did it go over?
Glenn: Not well, no, no, huh uh
Pat: It was ugly, then.
Glenn: There were, like, 23 people on the zoning committee where I had to explain the flag. No, no, no, no, no, didn't go well. Didn't go well. But thanks for asking