Glenn Beck: Alcoholics will save America


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GLENN: You know what, the FDIC, do you know where the FDIC went and doubled, more than doubled the insurance now? It went from $100,000 in the bank to $250,000 in the bank. It's all guaranteed by the federal government. Why did they do that? Why did they do that? My first thought is because what was worth $100,000 now takes $250,000? Is that maybe what it is? I don't know. They did that because they guaranteed these mutual funds and when they did that, the banks said, what the hell are you doing? People are going to take their money out of the bank and put them in the mutual funds. So this is a way for them to correct the problem that they just created. They are never the solution. They are always the problem. Some let's just, let's think this one through. Let's just say that the government decides to bail out these banks and erase the bad mortgages from the banks' books. The government then now holds the paper until the housing market comes back. How long is the housing market going to take before it comes back? When you know you've got a shoe out there ready to drop, that when the government starts to release this paper, it's going to flood the market with more supplies. It's crazy, a little thing called supply and demand. How are you going to get the housing market -- the housing market will be artificially created. It will be an artificial bubble. If things start to go up, it's artificially created by the government. And all the government has to do is to release those houses and the prices will go down again. But that's not the story they are telling you. They are saying that they are going to hold the paper until the housing markets come back and then the government gets it off their books and then money is going to be so profitable. We are going to be rich. But in the meantime if the government's plan works, as it never does but let's just say it does because we're living in fantasy land, millions of Americans will have no equity in their homes. If you originally put 20% down and your house is worth less now than 80% of the purchase price, you have no equity. You might be able to afford your mortgage but you can't afford to sell your house because if you do, you are not going to have any cash to put down on the next house. So you stay. Paycheck to paycheck, you can't move. Things get bad. Can you afford your house?

This is the thing. Everybody bought houses and, "Well, it's never going to get worse than this. It's all going to be great." The only reason why I didn't buy into that is because it's been bad, and I said that. I said those very things one time. Oh, what a stupid idiot. I actually said one time to my wife, we'll never make less than this. I made like a quarter of that for, like, ten years after. This is the dumbest thing that you could ever say. You don't buy for the future being great. You're prudent and you're like, okay, you know, that way if one way or the other, we're good.

So you can't sell your house, you are living paycheck to paycheck, you can't move. So if you can't move, how much money are the Realtors going to make? How about the mover industry? Are they too big to fail? The property title companies, the mortgage brokers, the real estate attorneys, the house inspectors. On and on and on and all the way to the places that those people shop, or don't shop anymore. Trickle-down economics. Trickle, trickle, trickle. People lose jobs because those people aren't spending money at those stores. Most people start to tighten spending. Trickle-down economics. So go ahead, congress. Take the foreclosed mortgages off the banks' books, but then what? Trickle. You know who's going to save this country? This is an opinion. Nobody's ever going to say this. You know who's going to save this country? Alcoholics. Yeah. Yeah, winos, luscious. Drug addicts. That's who's going to save this country. Because for those of us who are winos and in recovery, we know how this game works. Only the -- darn it, if you're a recovering alcoholic. Today's the day to say, yes! I'm an alcoholic! Hello, my name is Glenn and I'm an alcoholic. This is the day for you to celebrate your alcoholism. This is the day for you to say, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, I've already been down this road; I know this answer. My life was completely spiraling out of control and nobody -- they would have killed me if somebody would have said, "Oh, Glenn, oh, my gosh, you are so poor, you can't afford anything, your life is out of control, you're on the verge of losing your job. Let me pay your bar bill." That wouldn't have helped. I would have been dead by now. It wouldn't have helped if somebody was paying for my drinks. I wouldn't have benefitted from somebody, you know, giving me a loan while I was sleeping in my own vomit. That really, that really wouldn't have been a good thing. Enable, enable, enable, trickle, trickle, trickle. Alcoholics, did you need to hit the bottom? Yep. You know who alcoholics -- you know how I know when an alcoholic isn't going to make it? And alcoholics will tell you this. We're very judgmental people. I can tell you when a person says to me, "Well, I don't think I want to -- I don't think I want to, you know, drink anymore. I think I've hit the bottom." I'm pretty sure when somebody says to me, when somebody says to me, "I was laying in the fetal position in the floor and it was life or death. It was do I die or do I live," that person, that person who said it was at that moment that I said, "You know what, I can't do it like this anymore," that person is going to survive. The ones that are like, "I don't know, it wasn't so bad," they're going to drink again. They may be sober for a little while. They may be dry for a little while but they're going to go back. Not to say that I couldn't go back and drink again. I mean, it's in all of us. It's in all of us. It makes life easier. Just like money makes life easier, alcohol for me makes life easier, for a while. And then it's out of control and I can't do it anymore. I needed to lose everything. I needed to know there was no other place for me to go. I needed to be in the darkest place, the most painful time of my life, that didn't get any darker because there was no one there, because I had created a horrible, horrible place. That's when I faced my storm. And you have a choice. Be destroyed by that storm or understand what that storm is and move to the other side. And the other side of the storm is sunshine and love and warmth and security. I'm not secure in my future. I'm really not. I don't know -- and I mean this sincerely. I don't know in 2009 whether I'll have a job. I don't know that. I have contracts, but the whole world could change. I don't know where I'm going to be living in 2009. I don't know what I'm going to be doing. I hope I'm doing this. But you know what? I'm not happy. Used to be that I had to control, but I don't care anymore. I just want to be happy. I just want to be whole. I just want to be with my family. And going through the storm, whether it be an economic storm or an alcoholic storm or whatever it is, going through it and realizing the storm will never kill you because that storm you created, it only stops you from getting into the sunlight. Stop feeding it. Stop giving out of power. Take the lumps. Is there anybody out there that says, I'd rather take the lumps right now. If it means really bad pain, I'll take the lumps so my kids don't have to take the lumps. I mean, congress thinks that we can't handle this. What they think, if we nosedive, they are going to lose their job. That's what they really think. Right now it's still all about them. It's all about the enabler. "I can fix this problem. I can fix this. I can save you." No, you can't. No, you can't. Especially since enablers are part of the problem. So I'm sorry, but until there's a bailout that actually makes sense and is clean and there's no special interests, until it resembles some sort of a free market bailout that is tax incentives, that puts the burden on our shoulders not through the government, not through their oversight but says I'm going to open up these markets so people can change, people can make their own way, people can invest, we can make it easier for people to do business, then you know what, bring it on. Bring it on. Because watch what we can do. Sit down, congress, sit down, Mr. President, get the hell out of our way. Watch what we can do. Our forefathers saw us in action over 200 years ago. They knew we can do it.

We've read about how they conquered things. Let them sit down now. Watch us, how we conquer and they'll be proud. They will know they built a country and a Constitution that could withstand near devastation, but it would survive. And watch out. Because any alcoholic will tell you once you've been in that fetal position, once you've had to look into the abyss and say who the heck am I, what do I really believe, we are stronger, we are better, we are freer. A friend of mine said to me one time, you don't even know who you are. You don't even realize the power that you have inside of you. I thought she was nuts. I said, I know exactly who I am. She said, no, you don't; someday you'll figure it out. It took my personal crash to figure it out. And who I am is a guy that doesn't have answers. I'm a guy who looks for answers. I'm a guy who won't give up. I'm a guy who will make mistakes. I'm a guy who doesn't know the future. I don't know my own future, but I don't care. Because I'm a guy who believes that goodness surrounds each one of us, that we are meant to be happy. We just have to get out of our way to be happy. And no one can make you happy.

Here, can I make you happy? No. No one in make you happy. You just have to stop being miserable and that is really hard to do. But once you figure it out, that usually it's you, your expectations, your belief in something else to get your happiness or to get your wealth or belief in Washington or whatever else that's making you miserable, you'll stop being miserable. Once you realize that, you'll stop being miserable because you won't have faith in that. You'll have faith in where faith belongs, in the designer of the universe that said you should be happy. I created this. What, do you think I did tulips? You think I did cherry trees? You think I did all of this so you'd be miserable? You're meant to be happy. Just get out of your own way. This is our time. This is our challenge. This is our opportunity, to right our own wrongs. To change the course of not only our country, the world, by not focusing on the world and our country but ourselves. Alcoholics, recovering alcoholics, stand up. Tell your friends and your neighbors, you know what? The bad ain't as spooky as you think it is. The bottom ain't the bottom, man. The bottom is actually a very, very horrifying place that I never want to go back to again, but you know what? I'm kind of glad I was there. Because now look what my life is like. Now I understand what I have. I understand what's important and I understand the power of the individual and the power of setting things right, not just burying them.

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.