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GLENN: I saw a story on Friday as we all did. The news broke that Russia was bombing, Russia was bombing Georgia. I'm going to play an interview that I had with the president of Georgia in just a few minutes and you have to hear it. You have to know who these people are. Right now you'll see in the papers the Georgians saying where's America, why is America not helping us. They have streets named after George W. Bush. They understand our founding fathers. They understand democracy. They want to be free. They try to model themselves after us in the good old days when we had sense and had values. They have worked tirelessly to take corruption out of the system. Now, a lot of people, I've read story after story after story, and a lot of people will explain some of it but they will do it in such a way that honestly you want to hang yourself by the end of it and so you just don't pay attention. It is important that we pay attention to Russia because it goes into something that I've been talking about for the last couple of months. So let me try to explain first of all what the media has been trying to explain and then let me take you to a place where I don't think anybody else is going. So here's the first part. Let's say the country is Georgia, is our State of Georgia, okay? And let's say Russia is the evil South Carolina, got it? Georgia is the State, Russia is the State of South Carolina. Georgia's friendly. They believe in freedom, they believe in democracy. They love it. But Savannah doesn't like being part of Georgia. They really want to become their own state. They are much more closely aligned with the evil South Carolina. Now, there's no debate on whether Savannah's actually part of Georgia or not. They are. In the early Nineties, though, they tried to pull away from Georgia and a peace keeping force including troops from the evil South Carolina have been there since the early Nineties. Well, the new governor of Georgia has made it a priority to actually deal with the problem and not just let it fester because of something that the media's not talking about that I will in a second, they got to solve this problem. So he told Savannah, you can govern yourself but you are still a part of Georgia. They said, no, we want our independence. So about a week or so ago, the fighting broke out and both Savannah and Georgia say the other side started it but eventually Georgia decided that they were going to crack down. The United Nations then stepped in and expressed serious concerns that the escalation of violence, and they issued a strongly worded statement to that effect. What a shock, that didn't solve the problem. Usually it does. So the question is, is Georgia allowed to fix their own problem inside their own borders, yes or no. Well, South Carolina, aka, Russia, they are always so helpful. They have offered citizenship to all the residents of Savannah. If you live in Savannah and you want to be a Russian citizen, hey, congratulations; you're a citizen. It would be like George Bush and Dick Cheney going into Iraq and offering citizenship to the Iraqi citizens. And then when the government of Iraq says, United States, you might want to get out, and they start suppressing the riots there, then George Bush and Dick Cheney can say they're slaughtering our citizens. Not really. Most Savannah residents now have taken advantage of the offer. So that's how South Carolina is justifying their involvement. They say they are since, we have to protect them. South Carolina pushed back hard, bombed targets inside of Georgia. Since then Georgia says cease fire, cease fire, cease fire. And then they explain how South Carolina isn't honoring it. So that's basically where we stand. In reality here's what it is. If you believe Georgia is the good guys, they are right. If you believe Russia is the good guy, you're right. I don't know who that is, but it all comes down to whose story you buy unless you know the real story. If you are picking sides, you should know that Georgia has proved itself a great ally. If that's all, as far as you want to go, they are strong supporters of America, strong supporters and joined us in the Iraq war. Now they have to pull out many of their troops to deal with the situation at home, but listen to the Georgian citizens, the voices that are quoted now in the financial times and a few other papers, thank goodness, requests where is America. Why won't America and NATO help us. If they don't help us now, why did we help them? The Russians will be here tomorrow. They want to show us and the world how powerful they really are. Tomorrow it will be Ukraine, and nobody in the West is doing anything to stop Russia. Why were our soldiers in Kosovo and our soldiers in Iraq if we never get any help from the West?" Doesn't this sound like the Kuwaitis? Doesn't this sound like the Iraqis after they rose up during the after the first Gulf War when they said, wait a minute, you told us to rise up; you said you would supporters; where are you? Georgia in some ways is like Israel. Eastern Europe is a beacon of hope for democracy in Georgia, surrounded by Putin on one side and the weasels of Western Europe on the other. They need at least our verbal our strong, verbal support here.

By the way, in a completely unrelated story, oil prices are up today. Now, some cynical people might think that Russia is escalating the situation to stop the fall of oil prices, but that would be crazy to think that this is a war for oil, wouldn't it? Be crazy.

Last night I stayed up, because I wanted to brush up on Georgia to be able to tell you because I know if you're like me, you see the Georgia think and you're like, what is this? I think I kind of get it but I'm not really sure, I know Putin's a bad guy, Russia, we can't really trust them. What's this all about. So I wanted to be able to come prepared to tell you this story so you don't have to think it through, so you don't have to go do your own homework. I want to take you back to something that Ronald Reagan said back in the 1980s. He said, do not to Europe. They were about to let the Russian or the then Soviet empire build a natural gas, an oil pipeline all the way through the heart of Europe. And Ronald Reagan actually had to fly over to Europe and say and convince all the leaders, what, are you crazy? Don't do it; you will be slaves to their energy. He convinced them. They didn't do it. Well, they've built it now and already we have seen while everybody is paying no attention to them, they are buying up all of the natural gas and all of the oil reserves everywhere they can get their hands on. They already have a ton of oil. That's why they have been able to rebuild. Putin has used an iron fist. He has taken control of the oil companies. He cut taxes down to 13%, a flat tax of 13% and their economy exploded. Hmmm. That's crazy, isn't it? He took control of their oil companies and he said screw everything else; we're going to be oil. We are going to be the OPEC of the next century.

So the United States, along with that evil Darth Vader, Dick, you're my vice president; you're not my father and you're not Dick Cheney. "Yes, I am Darth Vader." Darth Vader, aka, Dick Cheney, decided to go over to Georgia because they built this giant pipeline and Dick Cheney being an evil oilman, knew exactly what Ronald Reagan, who wasn't an oilman was, just kind of like that freedom thing, decided, you know what, we really can't have only one pipeline coming out of this area. Otherwise Russia will control everything. So he got together with a few states and they decided to build a pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Baku, wherever the hell that is, okay? Putin didn't like that. That was a very bad idea because it would challenge his pipeline that ran from Baku to Turkey. That's the one Russia said don't ever let them build this. Well, the Russians along with the Italians who are now in bed with Gazprom are doing everything they can to ensure that a bypass and a second pipeline isn't built. Putin is doing this, or has been doing this by not only going after the suppliers and saying don't sell your oil to the secondary pipeline but also to the customers and saying, don't you ever buy your oil from this pipeline.

So here's what's really going on. I've been telling you about this for a while and nobody is paying attention. There are three things that I want to tie together for you this half hour: John Edwards, the Olympics and Georgia. Let's start with Georgia. Nobody is paying attention to the real story. The real story is this truly is war for oil. What Russia is trying to do is take all of their money and they are trying to buy up all of the natural resources of gas and coal and oil and they are going to be the world's leader in those natural resources. That's why they are connecting to anyone that has it. They want to be the leader of the new OPEC. Why do you think they took a submarine and shot a torpedo tube with a flag in it to the top of the world? Because they are laying claim to all of the natural resources underneath Santa's castle. They are consolidating their power through energy. They have replaced nuclear weapons with energy. Why use a nuclear weapon when you can just shut down somebody's energy. Oh, yeah, Germany, you really need to go along with this or we're going to shut down your power. Yeah, I don't think we're going to sell you any more natural gas. Oh, Georgia, you've got a problem with that? Boy, it's January. Yeah, you hear that? I'm just shutting down the pipeline for you. They are intent on being the world's superpower yet again. So why is it that a country that has been so helpful to us, why is it a country that wants to be in NATO and NATO wants them to be in, why is it that this unbelievably Democratic state that thinks like we do, why is it that NATO isn't speaking up? Why is it that George Bush isn't speaking up? Why is it that George Bush could sit two seats away at the opening ceremonies from Putin as they are bombing a country that we expect, that identifies, that has pictures of George W. Bush up. He's a national hero there. How is it George Bush can kind of, like, laugh about the Olympics and talk? Because we're not going to say anything. You know we can't say anything. Because we are in the reverse situation where we put them at the end of the cold war. We cannot afford to do anything with Russia. We are their little play thing now. And they are con they are grabbing all of the energy. While we sit here and listen to these clowns in Washington tie our hands with energy. If we don't wake up to our energy situation, we will be dominated and controlled and slaves to Russia. And, slaves to China. Why is it we're not paying any attention to China? Why is it that these big giant news organizations like NBC news in China doing all of these great stories in China, when they are oppressing their own people? Why are we allowing this propaganda to happen? Did you see the opening ceremonies? And why is it the media has not talked about John Edwards until now? And now they are even making excuses for it. I'll give you the answer here in a second.

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.