Glenn Beck: Pelosi solves energy crisis


Book link: Know Your Power

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. We go to the Obama campaign now and Honky Whitesville who is with us. Hello, Honky.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Hello, Glenn, how are you? Thank you again nor having me on your program.

GLENN: You are the liaison to the white community?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: I'm Barack Obama's white liaison. You have to remember white people don't have to be afraid. You see, Barack Obama looks different than other Presidents and has a funny name and I know that's why you won't vote for him but you have to remember he has white friends. So it's okay.

GLENN: And that's what you're here to remind us?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Well, that's part of it. But you have to remember, too, that he's also

GLENN: Don't you think this is a little I mean of the campaign, don't you think this is a little shallow? Aren't you really saying that America is a racist nation just by saying things like, you know, we won't vote for him because he's black?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Well, no one has ever said that. We are just saying you won't vote for him because he looks different and has a funny name, it's completely different. I don't know what you're saying when you say it has something to do with his race. We've never said that.

GLENN: But what do you mean he looks different? I mean, John McCain looks different than I do, too.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: No, he doesn't. He looks exactly, they all look alike. All the white people look alike.

GLENN: But see, now you are bringing race into it.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: I don't know why you keep bringing race up.

GLENN: What is the point? Why are you calling?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: A lot of people are commenting, I'm sure you've heard the talk that the Democrats have solved the oil crisis.

GLENN: No, that's one point I haven't heard yet. They solved the energy crisis?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yeah. Oil prices were high. Remember that? Since then Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have reconsidered supporting offshore drilling and prices have dropped by $30 a barrel.

GLENN: Wait a minute. So weren't you on this program saying that when George Bush said I'm going to remove the federal ban on

HONKY WHITESVILLE: George tell me what part of this is wrong. Oil prices high, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama start talking about oil and now it's low. I mean, now it's pretty much free. I mean, you go to any gas station. There's too much gas at the tanks. They can't give you the gas fast enough. That's the biggest problem we're facing today.

GLENN: Okay. So this is Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama that have solved this?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yes. Not just talking about oil. It's deeper than that. It's also intelligent conservation. For example, think about a book, okay? You take trees, you murder them, you ship them to a factory, you refine them into paper, you ship the paper to a warehouse, then to another factory where the books are printed. Then transport them to another warehouse where they await distribution and hundreds of trucks, shipping to thousands of individual bookstores where the people buy them and individually bring them to maybe millions of houses and it takes a lot of energy for that entire process.

GLENN: So you're saying that

HONKY WHITESVILLE: So how are you going to solve that?

GLENN: How?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Enter Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi, if she had written a book that was in any way readable, she could have sold a lot of copies, tens of thousands of copies. But instead she dedicated herself to write one of the biggest flops in literary history to save her energy future. Think about the damage.

GLENN: So wait a minute. You are saying that wait a minute. You are saying that she intends

HONKY WHITESVILLE: She humiliated herself for this country.

GLENN: You are saying is that the background of the office there?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: I don't know, there's somebody, there is a guy delivering a package and he definitely doesn't understand energy.

GLENN: So what you're saying is Nancy Pelosi intentionally wrote one of the worst books ever written, maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I, nor anybody else in America has read it.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yeah, that's the point.

GLENN: But it is that she either wrote it intentionally bad or she wrote something about like, you know, having principles when she has no principles. You know what I mean?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yeah.

GLENN: It would be like me writing a book on my experience as an African American.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Uh huh.

GLENN: I don't have one.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Right, exactly, yeah. Because you're yeah. This is I mean, you have to think about the dedication here. This is a woman who will, for the country, write one of the worst pieces of crap ever written, on a national stage embarrass herself in front of millions of Americans for this country. Now, think about this. The amazing thing is not only is Nancy saving energy with her awful, awful book, her terrible embarrassment of a book.

GLENN: Are you really with the Obama campaign?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Of course I am.

GLENN: Okay.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Why would you question?

GLENN: Well, I'm just thinking, Honky Whitesville, I mean, that sounds a little suspicious but then you seem to be a little you seem to be harping on the quality of the book.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Well, I am pointing out that she did intentionally write the worst book ever written. But if she didn't write such a terrible, horrible failure of a book, she wouldn't have been able to save that energy. But beyond that she's actually creating energy as well. This is absolutely fascinating.

GLENN: How is she doing that?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: There are tens of thousands of her books that have absolutely no hope of being sold.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Okay.

GLENN: No chance.

GLENN: Right.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: It's never going to happen. Tens of thousands of copies of this booger just sitting in a warehouse.

GLENN: Well, maybe they would be sold.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Zero chance, no.

GLENN: Somebody's got to say maybe my couch is uneven and buy that book.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: It would just bring a bad aura into your home, okay?

GLENN: Maybe there's somebody who is so cold in the winter because they can't afford the high gas prices, they are so cold, they don't even have a fireplace but they're like, "Honey, I was walking down the street. They were handing these books out for free and they said just normally we're against book burnings but this one should be burned."

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Bingo, Glenn, you're absolutely right. This is what she did. She made tens of thousands of these books, made them completely unsellable. Did I mention they are unreadable, you couldn't do it if you tried to read it, it's that horrible?

GLENN: Yes, yes.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Now there's tens of thousands that we can burn to create energy. If you just burned all of Nancy Pelosi's unsold books, you could power all of San Diego for 11 1/2 months.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Wait a minute.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Even could electrify the border fence.

GLENN: Hold on just hold on just a second. You're actually, this is the Obama campaign, you're advocating book burning?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Well, for our energy future, this is what the Obama campaign is about, securing our energy future by burning Nancy Pelosi's unsold books.

GLENN: But wouldn't, wouldn't the output of carbon from burning those books, because ink I'm sure you know being in the Obama campaign.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yes.

GLENN: Ink is very environmentally unfriendly.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Of course I know that. Why would you say I didn't know it? I mean

GLENN: Well, because you are advocating burning of books.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Well, you have, this is it's all about you have to take a reasoned, logical stance on this and look at the risk and reward.

GLENN: Okay.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yes, we may do some damage to the environment in the short term, but the positive is no one reads this horrible book. It's horrible. No one will buy this book. This is an utter failure.

GLENN: But wait a minute. It's called Know Your Power, a Message to America's Daughters. It's about how she did (laughing). It's a book about how she did it. Honky, are you there? Are you there, Honky?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yes, I'm here.

GLENN: Are you okay?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Yes. I dropped the phone.

GLENN: It's how she did it

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Did you know, and this is a fact that people don't know, if you stacked all of the, all of the Nancy Pelosi unsold books up on top of each other and you climbed to the top of it, you'd have to duck because you might hit your head on the space station.

GLENN: That many unsold books?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: That many. If you just

GLENN: How many has she sold? You must be exaggerating. For instance, my book has been out for a year, almost a year.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: And you hurt the environment with all those copies.

GLENN: Right. And we printed them on extra heavy, extra expensive paper, too, with lots of ink on every page.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Each page murdered another tree.

GLENN: Now this book has been out, it was on the New York Times best selling list for 18 weeks.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Right.

GLENN: Now it's nowhere to be found. We sold

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Hundreds of thousands of copies.

GLENN: Right. But last week we sold, like, 2500 copies.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Right. Because it's been out for almost a year.

GLENN: How many, how many copies has Nancy Pelosi's book sold? Last week, what is it, second week out?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Less.

GLENN: What?

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Less.

GLENN: No, but she was on the she's on vacation now but she's working.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Well, she's doing a book tour meaning that people are coming out, or in theory, are coming out to meet her and buy her book. So you'd think she would sell a lot of copies. But that's how horrible she made this book, Glenn. It's like, think about it this way. If a good Nancy Pelosi book is a plate of nachos, this is like pouring rat poison on the nachos. So you are not going to want to eat the nachos.

GLENN: I see what you're saying. I see what you're saying.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: Our energy future has been locked down by Nancy Pelosi's pathetic writing.

GLENN: All right. Well, thank you very much.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: And I doubt she wrote any of it anyway.

GLENN: All right.

HONKY WHITESVILLE: She probably just farmed that puppy out. Worked out pretty well for her.

GLENN: Thank you very much. Honky Whitesville from the Obama campaign. 

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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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.