Glenn's search for the truth


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GLENN: I'm trying to find what the truth is. I'm just like you. I don't know. So I'm trying to find what the truth is. But you know what? I don't want to go down crazy rabbit holes unless I have to go down that rabbit hole. Let's -- you know, somebody that can help guide me a little bit. One of the guys who's guiding me is a -- the professor, Robert George at Princeton University. Look up this guy's credentials. He's unbelievable. He's one of the greatest conservative thinkers out there, and he holds the Woodrow Wilson chair at Princeton University. So I asked him one day, I said, "Hey, by the way, I have to ask you a question. Woodrow Wilson, an okay President or just one evil SOB?" And he smiled and he was about 25 feet away from me and he came back and said, "Not really a popular thing for me to say seeing that I hold the Woodrow Wilson chair, but not really a good guy." I said, "Could you do me a favor? Could you find the best book on Woodrow Wilson. Who was he. What did he do." Let me tell you something. I just last week got a book called "Woodrow Wilson and the History of the Liberal Movement" or something like that. What is this, Stu?

STU: It's Queen of Hearts, Glenn.

GLENN: You think Queen of Hearts is going to make this better?

STU: I just say when you get into revering territory, you may hear about 15 or 20 seconds of Queen of Hearts.

GLENN: Let me think. How can I -- so I read -- so I started reading this book. It is the most boring book. It makes Queen of Hearts look good. One of the most boring books you'll ever read in your life. However, let me just say this. This is the Grand Unified Theory. This is the mother lode. This is what I've been looking for and I believe what you're looking for. You've been looking for -- you'll see things and you'll go, Nancy Pelosi, why is she doing this. Wait a minute, they can't actually believe X, Y or Z, why are they -- why is the ACLU doing this, how are these things connected. And the way most people go is right down a conspiracy theory. And I've told you before I'm starting to believe some of these conspiracy theories because they are the only things that make sense. They don't make sense. This makes sense. It is the Grand Unified Theory to understand the progressive movement. Do they know what Progressives really mean? Here's Hillary Clinton about, what, almost a year ago in one of the debates, are you a liberal. And here's what she said.

HILLARY CLINTON: You know, it is a word that originally meant that you were for freedom, that you were for the freedom to achieve, that you were willing to stand against big power and on behalf of the individual. Unfortunately in the last 30, 40 years, it has been turned up on its head and it's been made to seem as though it is a word that describes big government, totally contrary to what its meaning was in the 19th and early 20th century.

GLENN: Absolutely true.

HILLARY CLINTON: I prefer the word "Progressive" which has a real American meaning going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century. I consider myself a modern progressive, someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society when we're working together.

GLENN: Okay, stop. She gets it. She knows exactly what she's talking about. The progressive movement. When you understand the roots of the progressive movement and what it really is, everything opens up for you. This is the Grand Unified Theory and here it is. Let me start with evolution. Why is evolution so important? Why does evolution, why is -- why are people fighting over evolution in such an unreasonable way? Why is it that you cannot teach anything but evolution? Okay, so we came from primordial slime to monkeys to people. Okay, that doesn't really work, but why is evolution so important? Because it's political.

Now, that may seem self-evident but I mean it in a much deeper way than what that says. It's not just political. It is politics. During the big movement, the craze, the Darwin craze, the evolutionary moments when people are like, "Oh, my gosh, maybe we came from monkeys," that changed and rocked the world and that took thinkers like Woodrow Wilson in the 1800s. Remember he was a scholar, he was a professor. It took thinkers like that and they said, wait a minute, maybe it's not just the body. Maybe it's not just cells. Maybe it's just not primordial slime that becomes a person. Maybe we can look at that in thought as well because what it means is it starts out something small and then it grows and it progresses. It progresses into something better. The progressive movement is an evolutionary idea. Its roots are in evolution. It is a progression of thought. As the body changes, as man physically changes, so do the thoughts. And they build, and they never go back. You never all of a sudden wake up and go, oh, crap, I'm a monkey again. You're always one step ahead. So you never try to say, whoa, wait a minute, I just want to be a monkey again. Or you never suddenly lapse back into monkeyhood. You were a man. Weren't a monkey, now you're better. You're a man. Got it. Now apply that to political thinking. Woodrow Wilson actually wrote, disregard these truths are self-evident, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, take that out of the Declaration of Independence. It was for them, just like the rest of it was for them. "Oh, we've got a problem with the king." These truths are self-evident to them. Why are the founding fathers so dismissed? They've got to cut your tie to the founding fathers, your love to the founding fathers. So then they can make the case that they were flawed, they were just them. These truths were self-evident to them for that time. But we have evolved past that. So disregard the Constitution. It was the evolutionary moment that said that the Constitution is living. It evolves. It progresses. Do you see how things are starting to tie in together? Everything started with evolution. It progresses. It evolves. It gets better. Even if you think that that is correct physically, is that correct in your brain, is that correct with philosophy, is that correct -- can you ever point to a time where man went backwards for a while and all of a sudden woke up as a monkey person. May I point out Hitler, World War II. May I point out that we discovered that the Earth was round and then that information was lost and suppressed and it had to be rediscovered. Men wake up to monkeyhood a lot when it comes to politics. But the liberal Progressives said, no, no, no, no, you don't. That was then; this is now. And Woodrow Wilson, in his book The State started talking about how great all the other states are all around the world. He started looking at all this stuff and saying this is great stuff, man. You know, our guys had it back then but now look at what we can do. We can progress. We can get better. And man will always believe and always know what the right thing to do is. All that a state has to do is just do it. And anybody that doesn't understand what the best thing to do is hasn't evolved, hasn't progressed. Why do they call you a racist? Why do they call you a hate monger? Why do they call you all of these things and try to make you look like somebody that was born in the fourth century? Because you are to them. You haven't evolved. They've evolved. They are more enlightened. They get it. They understand. Man naturally gets it... unless you haven't evolved. If you are trying to tie yourself back to the Constitution, if you are trying to tie yourself back to the founding fathers, oh, boy. What are we going to do with you, hmmm? This is the Grand Unified Theory. I really believe for the first time in my life I am finally understanding what has happened and what is happening.

I'm at the very beginning of this journey and I apologize to anybody in the audience that is right now pounding their dashboard going, "It's about time!" Well, I'm a self-educated guy and I don't care where the answer comes from. I don't care where it took me, and it took me a while but I think it's finally taking me to the right place and that is the grand unifying theory that evolution is true, that everything evolves, including political thought, and we have to leave the primordial scum back where the primordial scum belongs.

When you say we've got to think about what they really, truly believed back then, those who believe that evolution is right, those who believe that all political thought is right will tell you no, it doesn't matter what they thought then. Why? Because that was then. And the only way we're going to survive is if we evolve. Woodrow Wilson actually wanted to get rid of the Declaration of Independence. Forget about it. This is the guy who wrote a lot of the things. He was the guy who helped set up what is being taught in our universities. It all connects. That's why the universities are so screwed up. This is the same time period in 1920 they stopped studying the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention. What did the founding fathers really believe? They don't care anymore! That started in 1920. Now they study case law. Why? They study case law because there is no perfect law. The Constitution is irrelevant. There's the law that we had, the law that we should be striving for and where we can move it in between today. You saw this with Justice Kennedy talking about the death penalty for child rapists. He talked about we are moving to a place to where the death penalty is no longer acceptable. Not that it's constitutionally based, it's unconstitutional to do it or it's constitutional to do it, not that, well, this is not what the law is. We are moving towards a place and there is a growing consensus. This is evolutionary law. This is progressivism. This is exactly what it's all about, and it's not evil. It's just a misunderstanding. And you and everybody else are kept out of the loop. The things that you have to know to be able to see, "Well, wait a minute, I don't know if I agree with that." You know you don't agree with that instinctively but you've never been taught what really happened. You've never been taught, here's the turning point, here's what happened, here's why we've turned into what we've turned into. So if you are not taught, it just kind of makes sense that somehow or another we've lost our way, but you don't know how. But if you know how we have lost our way, well, then you can start to say, oh, oh, okay. Hillary Clinton, she wants to be an early American progressive, an early 20th century progressive. Okay, I know what that means and I know whose side you're on, I know what you believe, I know you're not anti-American. You just view America and its founding and its founding documents and everything else in a radically different way than I do. And I don't really want any of that.


 

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.

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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.