Glenn Beck: Joe Biden gaffe machine

Biden "No Coal Plants Here in America"

(Obama is for coal plants...)

Biden Gaffe: Asks a Gentleman in a Wheelchair to Stand Up

Biden on FDR's experience and management of the 1929 crash

(Hoover was President in 1929 and the speech he's referring to wasn't on television as it had yet to be released to consumers)

GLENN: Dan, can you take me to the take me to Joe Biden, will you? Here's the latest Joe Biden that's a personal favorite of mine.

BIDEN: Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence, is demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about and communicates to people.

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop, stop. Hang on just a sec. Stu, I want can we make a list here? Because my pen just went dry.

STU: We want to know what his job is?

GLENN: I want to know what his job is. Part of what a leader does, what was it, Dan?

BIDEN: Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence.

GLENN: Okay, stop. Instills confidence.

BIDEN: Is to instill confidence and demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about.

GLENN: Stop, stop. That he or she knows what he or she is talking about.

BIDEN: And communicates to people. If you listen to me and follow what I'm suggesting we can

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. If you listen and then can convince people, and can convince people hang on. This is starting to sound like Jesus I'm sorry Obama.

(Angel music).

GLENN: If he could just convince me that if we just listen to him and follow him, he can fix this problem. That's great.

STU: I think convincing people you can fix the problem starts with really understanding how we got there, what the history is.

GLENN: You've got to know these things. That was covered in point number two, wasn't it?

STU: Demonstrate that you know what you're talking about, instill confidence.

GLENN: There's more. Go ahead. We've learned what he has to do. Okay, good. So

BIDEN: We can fix this. Stock market crash, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about, you know, the princes of greed. He said, look, here's what happened.

GLENN: Okay, okay, okay. Hang on.

STU: Why are you laughing? He was in the middle of

GLENN: I know, during the stock market crash in '29.

STU: Demonstrate he knows what he's talking about and convincing people he can fix the problem.

GLENN: Right. He didn't just go after the ministers of greed, which is exactly what Roosevelt did. Unfortunately he did it on radio, not television. And a few years after the stock market crash because Hoover was the President! Of course also the inventor of the vacuum cleaner.

STU: So he instilled confidence there.

GLENN: No, he didn't no, uh uh.

STU: You are now confident that he knows


STU: He's imagined other scenarios that could have happened in the Great Depression.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: He's demonstrating he knows what he's talking about. He predicted no, listen. He predicted that the television was coming.

GLENN: But he's already missing the television coverage it's like he didn't know that it was on radio.

STU: The television was coming. He predicted that Roosevelt would be President. And imagine what would have happened and he's convincing people that if Roosevelt were President on TV, that wouldn't be the right thing. Joe Biden is the correct this guy could be a heartbeat away from the presidency any day. I mean

GLENN: Give me some of the other Joe Biden stuff today. Give me some of the other Joe Biden stuff today, will you? Who was the one you know, I just heard today for the first time, and I just love this. I know I read about it and everything else, we talked about it, but I haven't actually heard about it. Do you have the "Come on, Senator, stand up, Senator, go ahead. Give those legs a try." Who was the senator he was talking about? Some state senator, right?

STU: Yeah, I'm not sure of the name, but I can say that he was instilling confidence in him. You should stand up, you should be able to have the confidence to rise.

GLENN: Yeah, he was in a wheelchair.

STU: Right. And then he was demonstrating he knew what he was talking about.

GLENN: No, because he was in a wheelchair. The guy can't stand up.

STU: Right, but he knew that afterwards and corrected it. He convinced people he can fix the problem. He was saying stand up; that would fix his problem. If the guy would have stood up, he would have been able to walk, he wouldn't have needed the wheelchair.

GLENN: He should have known that he was not....

(Savior of the universe music).

GLENN: Only Barack Obama can look at a man in a wheelchair and say, Senator, rise up!

(Savior of the universe music).

GLENN: Only Barack can do that. Instead Joe Biden does this.

BIDEN: I also am told that Chuck Graham, state senator is here. Chuck, stand up, Chuck. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal. Thank you very, very much.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh, stop! Can you stand up for Chuck? Unless you're in a wheelchair. Oh, dear God, I'm in a nursing home. Oh, boy. I didn't realize I was speaking at the convention of MS. I holy cow, I just thought these were convenient chairs. I'm so sorry. Jeez! Can you imagine if George W. Bush no, no. No. What's the guy that made the JFK movie, got the new one coming out on W? Oh, pinhead, he changes history and everything. Named Nixon? You know who I'm talking about?

STU: Why his name?

GLENN: Because we're smart, we've got other things in our head besides this loser's name. What's his name? Do you know how to use a computer or are you John McCain?

STU: Well, I

GLENN: Is that what it is?

STU: Are you trying to make some sort of a

GLENN: John McCain doesn't he can't use a computer. He doesn't use it. He doesn't like it. He doesn't understand it. He's old. He was watching Woodrow Wilson on TV.

STU: Oliver Stone. That takes so long. I have no brain.

GLENN: That's a good thing. A badge of honor man, Oliver Stone. So can you imagine if Oliver Stone were a conservative and Joe Biden would have said that? Can you imagine what would have can you imagine if Michael Moore were a conservative and he would have said something like this? Play that again. That's just amazing to me. Play these, just these two clips back to back and listen to this guy.

BIDEN: And I also am told that Chuck Graham, state senator is here. Chuck, stand up, Chuck, let everybody see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal. Thank you very, very much. I tell you what, stand up for Chuck.

GLENN: Holy and then this one.

BIDEN: Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence and demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about and communicates to people. If you listen to me and follow what I'm suggesting, we can fix this. In the stock market crash Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about, you know, the princes of greed. He said, look, here's what happened.

GLENN: No, he got on and talked about the princes of greed, but it was on radio and it was in 1933 or '34! That's when he did it! It was Hoover. And then, of course, Joe Biden does this.

COURIC: Are you disappointed with the tone of the campaign, the lipstick on the pig stuff and some of the ads? And you guys haven't been completely guilt free making fun of John McCain's inability to use a computer?

BIDEN: I thought that was terrible.

COURIC: Why did you do it then?

BIDEN: I didn't know if we did it. And if I knew we did it, we would have never done it. If Barack you know, I just think that was

GLENN: (Laughing). Stop.

STU: That's the greatest

GLENN: This was the greatest thing. This has made McCain/Feingold worth it. This has made McCain/Feingold worth it. John McCain, this will be the one and only time I thank you for your stupid, stupid bill that requires people to say, "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message." Thank you, John McCain. Then here's Joe Biden, "I didn't approve that and I don't think Barack Obama approved... apples, this guy has apple juice. Who wants apple juice? What is that, a stick burning? I've got to go, bye." I mean, it's unbelievable. And for some reason the press just... it's just Joe being Joe.

STU: We have to see if Joe did his did he do his list of tasks on that one? Did he instill confidence?

GLENN: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Instill confidence? Yeah, he was instilling confidence. That was wrong.

STU: He confidently said it was terrible.

GLENN: Yeah, it was terrible.

STU: He confidently said his own job was bad.

GLENN: But he didn't approve it. No, no, but he thought it was terrible. He didn't approve it. "I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message."

STU: Look, I don't think Barack approved... would you like a prune? I don't think he approved

GLENN: That was a Barack Obama impersonator.

STU: Yeah, totally.

GLENN: "I'm Barack Obama and I'm an impersonator of this message."

STU: Did he demonstrate that he knew what he was talking about. If he didn't know what he was talking about, he would have said, "I don't think Barack Obama approved of that message." But he knows that he did. He demonstrated by stopping three quarters of the way through the sentence.

GLENN: You could just see. It was like, you know, the train lights. You know how the gates come down and you're like, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing. You know, the gates come down and the big red lights. You know that's what was going on in his head. Play that audio again. Just imagine the train coming. Go ahead.

BIDEN: I thought that was terrible.

COURIC: Why did you do it then?

BIDEN: I didn't know we did it and if I knew we did it, I would have never done it and I don't think Barack I just think

GLENN: Go back. I thought she said it, I thought she came in. (Laughing). "No, I didn't do it."

STU: He gets all the way to the name before he figures out he needs to stop.

GLENN: It's like, holy cow, there's a train. And then here's the train. Do it again. Do it again.

(Audio playing).

GLENN: Stop. Stop. Katie, you're just like, oh, good God, it's a freight train and it looks just like Katie Couric.

STU: Katie Couric does a great job there because she just says, well, why did you do it then? (Laughing).

GLENN: (Laughing). I can't believe it. In one break I said thanks to John McCain for the McCain/Feingold ad, and Katie Couric was great, wasn't she?

STU: Wait, wait. The third Joe Biden requirement of his job, we have to see if he's done that. Convince people he can fix the problem.

GLENN: Yes. Yes, I'm convinced. He shut his mouth halfway through.

STU: He's always doing his job, this guy.

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.