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GLENN: Stu, can we get this anchor on? I think she asks some of the best questions I've heard. Finally somebody had the cojones to ask Barack Obama or Joe Biden an actual question.

STU: Yeah, we'll look into it. I don't know if she is doing press or not, if she wants any more attention but we will take a look at it.

GLENN: She should. Finally somebody -- you know, let me just say this real quick. The press is playing a very, very dangerous game, very dangerous game. They are playing a game right now that they are hoping that Barack Obama will come in and they will take away the alternative media. I really, truly believe this is what's going on. They are convincing themselves, as I heard Rush Limbaugh say the other day on Fox, he said, you know, they just want to show that they still have power, that they can still pick an election and pick a winner. I think that's true but I think it goes deeper than that. I think they also know that the Fairness Doctrine is coming and if they can clear the deck of any competition. The New York Times has been relegated to junk bond status. The New York Times. The New York Times is going out of business. Mark my words. They will be too important and too big to fail. So then they will be directly in bed with the government. They are positioning themselves and warning. Be careful what you wish for, reporters. Be careful what you wish for, journalists, be careful what you wish for, media corporations, because I think you are about to get it. And if you really think that the people who tell us global warming, global warming, the science is settled and you need to shut your mouth, you need to be, that you are akin to a Holocaust denier. If you think that's going to help freedom of speech to give those people power, you are going to enjoy a freedom of speech like you've never seen before, unless you've reported on things in Venezuela. You know, things like Sean Penn visiting. Or if you've reported on something in Putin's Russia. So here's a brave anchor that asks legitimate questions of Joe Biden this weekend. Here it is.

VOICE: Senator Obama now famously told Joe the plumber he wanted to spread his wealth around. A Gallup poll showed 84% of Americans prefer government focus on improving government positions and creating more jobs in the U.S. as opposed to distributing wealth. Isn't Senator Obama's comment a potentially crushing political blunder?

BIDEN: Absolutely not. The only person who has spread the wealth around has been George Bush and John McCain's tax policy. They have devastated the middle class. For the first time since --

GLENN: Stop. I just have to tell you, the only one who has spread the wealth around is George Bush's tax cuts. Wait a minute. What? That's what Obama says he wants to do. He wants to share the wealth with the tax cuts. How is that spreading it around? I thought spreading it around to you guys is a good thing. He goes on to battle nonsense but here it is.

BIDEN: The American people make over 21% of the income in America. That wasn't the way before George Bush became President. All we want is the middle class to once again have a fighting chance. That's why we focus all of our efforts regardless, give them a tax break. And John McCain doubles down on Bush's tax cut. That's $300 billion in new tax cuts for the largest corporations in America and the wealthiest Americans. We don't think that's --

GLENN: Stop just a second. That's just because what you're giving $3,000 bonuses to anybody who creates a job in America. $3,000 one-time bonus? That's not going to get any corporation in America. Maybe, maybe a small, small business will create a job, but I doubt it. I seriously doubt it. Not even possible, especially when you're talking about giving the unions all of the powers. This is not going to create any jobs. A $3,000 -- you are darn right they should -- we have the second highest tax rate on the planet Earth. Why do you think they are going to India? We have litigation. It's impossible to fire people. Healthcare is out of control. Litigation is out of control. Why the hell do you think -- it's common sense. Clear the way for businesses. And I don't mean just the businesses, that while you hate them, you seem to be ringing the bell that they are all too big to fail. I mean clear the decks for small businesses. Clear the decks for people who have dreams. Clear the decks for people who do it. Clear the decks for people who get up every morning and bust their ass. And why do they bust their ass? Because no matter what you people in Washington try to tell us, no matter what your community organizers try to tell us, we still believe we can make it. We still believe that in this country it provides the opportunity that if you get up early and you work late and you work hard, you'll be able to do it. Get out of the way of those people, the people who are actually working hard every day, that aren't looking for a handout, that don't want a handout, that are insulted by a handout. Get out of the way of the people who know if you hand anything out, you're gonna expect something in return, and I don't want anything from you, Uncle Sam. I want smooth roads. I want our country to have safety. When you can get those two things right, maybe we'll talk about you doing a little more. In the meantime, get those two things mastered before you start asking me to call you master.

He goes on about Marxism. Listen to this.

VOICE: You may recognize this famous quote: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. That's from Karl Marx. How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

BIDEN: Are you joking? Is this a joke?

VOICE: No.

BIDEN: Or is that a real question?

VOICE: That's a question.

BIDEN: He is not spreading the wealth around. He is talking about giving the middle class an opportunity to get back the tax breaks they used to have. What is --

GLENN: Stop just a second. Could you do me a favor, Stu? First of all, George Bush gave tax cuts to everybody.

STU: Yep.

GLENN: Dan, could you give me the audio from Joe the plumber. I don't want to quote it. I want you to hear about it. He's not talking about spreading the wealth around is Joe Biden's remark. Listen carefully to the words of Barack Obama as he's talking to Joe the plumber.

VOICE: This man's going to tax me more, isn't he?

OBAMA: It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they have got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

GLENN: Stop. I think when you spread the wealth around... I can't -- America, I'm begging you, when are you going to wake up? Not you. Not you. I know you've been awake and you've been so frustrated. You can't take it, either. I'm asking you to go ask your -- America, stand up. America, let your voice be heard. Let your voice be heard in the traditional American way, even a ballot box. But wake those dummies up. Wake those people up. I'm sorry for calling them dummies. Wake those people up who you know have gone back to sleep because they believe all of them are like this. Oh, they are going to do whatever they want anyway. Wake those people up, if they have been so tired from busting their butt every day and not being able to get ahead. Wake those people up and say, I know it's easy for you to go to sleep. I know you don't want to look at this. I know you don't believe the media anymore. I know you don't know what to believe is true, but listen to your gut. Do you believe we are in troubled times. Do you believe in the Constitution anymore. Go back to the question with Marx where she quotes Marx, each according to his -- from each according to his ability. In other words, the more you can make, the more I can take. To each according to his need. I take it from you, you make more, I take more; you make less, I give you more. It is a flattening. It is giving trophies to everybody that runs the race. There are no winners; there are no losers. There are winners. There are losers. Losers are the ones that don't try. Losers are the ones who say I can't make it. Losers are the ones who say the system's stacked against me. The system has been stacked against people for all time. Only God can even out the system. And God never, never, never has said take it from someone else. God says to you as an individual, give it to someone else. Give it to someone else.

Someone like Barack Obama will then say, yes, exactly right, that's what Jesus did. He was the ultimate community organizer. No, he wasn't! He never said have the government force you to give it to the government so they could give it to someone else. The only person that should be in your way is God. No one. Remember the food chain that professor of law, which he is not a professor of law but nobody seems to correct him on that -- Barack Obama seems to misunderstand is that in the food chain according to our founding fathers, God is number one, people are number two and government is number three. In Barack Obama's world, God he may say is number one but for a lot of people that believe in Marxism, God doesn't exist. God is only for the weak. So government replaces God. And even if you do believe in God and you're a Marxist or you're a progressive, to quote Hillary Clinton, in the early 20th century definition -- look it up. It would scare the pants off you. And you do believe in God -- you still put government between the people and God. Government doesn't tell me when the debate is settled. Government doesn't tell me what to think. Government doesn't teach my children. Government doesn't tell me when I can own a gun. Government doesn't tell me anything. I speak for myself. I'm in charge of my own destiny. I am in charge. God doesn't even make the choices for me. For anybody who's religious, you'll recognize someone trying to take away your choices, someone who is trying to take away and put someone in between so we can all finish together, we can all come back safe and sound, that none of us will have a booboo or a scraped knee or any kind of pain. You'll recognize that plan. Long before Obama or Karl Marx or anybody else had that idea, that plan was first forwarded in the spiritual world by, what was his -- oh, I remember, Satan. Lord God, give me the glory and I will bring all of your children home to you. I will return them all safely. No. No was the answer. No was the answer.

Some of them are going to have a tough time but they've got to make it through by themselves. They have to prove themselves. Obama is either trying to play God or he's trying to play the role of Jesus, the great redeemer, the redeeming power, the great equalizer, the holders of the keys of the atonement. He's neither. He's a politician. He might be the next President of the United States. That's all he is. That's all he is.

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.

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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.