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GLENN: Comrades! Yeah, baby. Welcome to it. It's a bright sunny day in our new state. We're glad you're here. Last night the President spoke and it was dandy. I liked it.

By the way, some unrelated news, from Reuters today Chinese regulators have told domestic banks in China to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis. That doesn't catch on. By the way, another one. Boos at Columbia University over a year ago, President Ahmadinejad yesterday of Iran received a much warmer reception from about 400 American students and professors at the Hyatt hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Especially at a time when our leaders and policy makers aren't meeting with this man, it was refreshing to hear from him, said a senior at North Central College. "It was incredible," another senior said. Ann Fisher from North Central College said, "I honestly believe that the National Intelligence Estimate is correct and since 2003 the nuclear program has been peaceful." Ahmadinejad said, "I love you all. I feel like I'm with very old friends." Oh, you were, Mr. President. Several students asked the Iranian president about some of his most controversial positions, that Israel ought to be destroyed, or that the Holocaust may not have occurred. About the murder of six million Jews, Mr. Ahmadinejad said he was unable to negate it or prove it. So we'll just continue to question it.

What the hell is wrong with us! How about this one, front page of the New York Times: North Koreans bar inspectors at nuclear site. North Koreans move to resume the reprocessing of plutonium perhaps as soon as next week. Left the country on the verge of restarting their nuclear weapons program has been shut down and portrayed by the White House as a significant diplomatic achievement.

How about this one. Charlie Rangel. The House ethics committee launched an investigation yesterday into possible misconduct by Charles Rangel in using four rent stabilized apartments, soliciting donations for an institute with his name on it on congressional stationery, failing to pay taxes on years of rental income and storing a broken down car in congress' garage for years. By the way, congress didn't initiate this themselves. Mr. Rangel said "You should investigate me." The lunatics are in charge of the Sun.

Oh, by the way, something else down in Venezuela. New war games are starting now with Russia. Venezuela says there's no nuclear weapons on board any of these ships from Russia. Um hmm. The lead Russian ship, a nuclear powered 19,000 ton cruiser, Peter the Great is one of the largest and deadliest missile cruisers afloat. It can deliver 20 500 kiloton nuclear warheads with its granite long range missile system but Pravda's saying there's no missiles on board there.

Oh, how about this one. Last night, acting with unusual speed and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives yesterday approved funding for a $25 billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel efficient vehicles. The aid package enjoyed support from both parties because of the election year importance to battle ground states such as Michigan and Ohio where many cars are manufactured. Supporters portray the bill as small change compared to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout proposed by the Bush administration, and Michigan lawmakers say they are preparing to seek another $25 billion in the short future. In the midst of all the economic dark clouds that are in the sky, this report is a bright support bright spot this morning. Spots, usually cancerous.

Oh, and here's one of my favorites. Homeland Security has a new tool out. Homeland Security is now testing the next generation of security screening. It is a body scanner. It's called MALINTENT, one word, new system. MALINTENT. They say we don't need to look for explosive or metals that pose a threat because the new system called MALINTENT can read people's minds. MALINTENT, the brainchild of the cutting edge human factors division in Homeland Security's directorate for science and technology searches your body for nonverbal cues that predict whether or not you mean harm to your fellow passengers. "Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop." "Please step through one more time, please." "Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop." "Are you thinking bad thoughts?" "Oh, I might be."

Russia has protected their people by invading Georgia. OPEC has cut production. Israel is on the precipice of attacking Iran. The U.S. economy was the subject last night of a special address to the nation by George W. Bush. The before storm is going to be the topic of conversation tonight at 7:00. Last night I did energy with John Hoffmeister. Did you get a chance to see it, Stu? It was a live show last night. You know, I thought it was pretty good. I thought, you know, the callers came in, we were overwhelmed with calls last night. I think we're going to try to do another one next week on the economy and the bailout. I'm going to do an Economy 101, a special on Monday just to bring you up to speed on what all of this is, what it all means, what caused this, et cetera, et cetera, and what the bailout means. That will be on Monday. And then we may do another call in show as well because it was incredible. But I talked to John Hoffmeister last night off the air and I said, what do you think of this Russia thing? I said, you know, their economy has collapsed, their Wall Street has been closed as they try to put things together because their economy is hurt by low oil prices. Ours is hurt by high oil prices. You know, we would not, despite what Michael Moore would tell you, we would not go into another country and cause war just for cheaper oil. Russia would for more expensive oil. The role that Russia is going to play.

You know, the reason why I've been talking about the perfect storm is because I said there's going to come a time when all of these things start to come and they come together and then that's when our enemies pounce on us because they see that we're weak. China is talking about one world currency now. The UN is talking about one world financial system. I heard a report out of Germany and France today on the BBC driving in that was, they say that New York is no longer the financial center of the world, that they have officially lost the that America has lost the financial center of the Earth. Things have you know, I've been telling you for a while that we're going to wake up on a Monday and our country will be different on a Friday. Again I thought maybe it was last week, maybe it's this week, I don't know, but things are changing and most people don't really see it coming and that's why it is so important for you to spread the news to your friends, you know. The country, I really think the country will freak out. If some of these things start to happen, the country's going to freak out, and you've got to be the person that you promised you were going to be on 9/12 and most likely you are still that person you promised to be on 9/12. You know, you were going to be a leader, you were going to keep things in perspective and you knew that we could conquer anything, and we can conquer anything. But we have to prepare people for what is possible and what is possibly coming our way. We're going to have severe change economically in our country. May not be the Great Depression but could be. A significant change in our country is coming this way, and you have to help your friends through it. You have to tell your friends now. If you've got a friend who's going to Vegas, "You know, I'm going to start blowing all their..." oh, wait a minute, Stu. I didn't mean to bring up you. Going to Vegas this weekend.

STU: Well, I did realize that you said the next four days could be the most important days of my life. I'm happy to be spending them in Vegas.

GLENN: Why don't you just put them in the stock market? You have a no, you're right, you have a better shot at winning in Vegas.

STU: I'm pulling out all my money and I figure I'm going to go heartache. I'm going to be on the heartache and yell 11.

GLENN: So if you have a friend like I have a friend who's going to Vegas this weekend.

STU: Right.

GLENN: You should say to them, what, are you stupid?

STU: Now, why would you say that? You know, here I am, I'm trying to help

GLENN: I know.

STU: I don't know if you read this article, Glenn. This came out just the other day. And I think it's very, very sad and telling. Las Vegas has unexpectedly been hit by a downturn.

GLENN: So you're giving us Steve Burguiere bailout.

STU: This is a see, I'm not doing it through the government. I'm doing it it's up to individuals, Glenn.

GLENN: Never thought of that. Never thought of that.

STU: To step to the plate, fly to Las Vegas and hand them their money for almost no entertainment.

GLENN: That is fantastic.

STU: If we don't do that for our cities

GLENN: The terrorists and the big bankers and the evil oil people win.

STU: I'm just trying to be Wall Street or Main Street. I'm trying to be Main Street on the strip. And they're evil Wall Street.

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.