Glenn Beck: Ed in Connecticut


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GLENN: Let me go to Ed in New Haven listening to us on WELI. Hi, Ed.

CALLER: Glenn, no matter how this call ends, I just want you to know that I respect you more than anybody out there in the news media.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

CALLER: You changed my life in a positive way and I think in God's eyes that's one of the only things that really you can do.

GLENN: Wow, thank you very much.

CALLER: However, however.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: You got a letter yesterday or something about somebody saying they're going to tune out?

GLENN: Yes. They said that they were going to unplug because they felt too small, too insignificant and they couldn't make any difference and they were just getting angry and frustrated. So they were done.

CALLER: Well, I heard it and I thought, "Let me call in." I did exactly that the day after election day and have been firm about it up until even this day.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: And I thought I would call in and give my perspective if anyone was really interested on it because it's very amazing the feelings that I'm getting from doing this of guilt and also a feeling of half of me says I'm doing the right thing and the other half of me is really making me feel really guilty about it. The gamut of emotions. It's really a weird feeling.

GLENN: I gave up television and that included all -- this was during the Monica Lewinsky thing, all television news and everything and I just read the newspaper and kept to speed like that, and it was a wild experiment, absolutely wild. Changed my life, changed my attitude. But I understand what you're saying about guilt. Let me -- may I heap a little guilt on you?

CALLER: Sure.

GLENN: Quote from James Madison: A well instructed people alone can permanently be a free people. Another one from James Madison: If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

The unfortunate thing, Ed, is I really truly believe that is part of the design to get you to tune out, to get you to stop watching, to get you to stop paying attention, to get you to the point of frustration to where you throw up your hands and say, "I can't really even care anymore. I'm just going to conduct my own life." Because when you do that, then they have control over you because no one is standing guard anymore.

CALLER: Well, I understand that, but I think you ought to know one other thing.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: I really tuned out. Not a magazine, not a paper, nothing. I mean nothing. The only thing I had in the background is you and Rush as background music for major headlines. I didn't even know we went -- Israel, you know, was tossing bombs around with the Palestinians. I knew nothing about that until one day I saw a headline when I went to buy some gum. I really tuned out I think a little bit more than you think and --

GLENN: Oh, no, you just tuned out as much as most people do in America. They just, they get their news from Jon Stewart and watch American Idol. That's what most people do.

CALLER: You are right. I'm one of the zombies that I complained about for 20 years and I'm one of them now, but I can't bring myself back. Every time I try to turn the TV on and take a look, I got Mr. Lowery telling me, you know, I heard his benediction and I thought, hey, let me respect the presidency and at least listen to this, right? And then Lowery's telling me that white needs to embrace what's right. And I'm like, you know what, click. I went right back again. You know?

GLENN: Okay, here's -- Ed, I completely understand and this is something that I -- in fact, I just said the other day -- Stu, why was it we were talking about and I said -- remember if I said if I could just go live on a farm, I would be happy for about 10 minutes. Do you remember?

STU: Right. It's --

GLENN: What was it that we brought that up?

STU: I think it was actually moving to a farm and unplugging.

GLENN: I know, but what --

STU: There was a deeper --

GLENN: No, but there was a story or something that was making me think about it. And I remember saying that if I could go to a farm and unplug, I wondered if I would be happy or not. I could unplug, but knowing what I know, I would know that it was only a matter of time before I or my children's rights were completely gone. And so I could unplug for a little while and I might be happy, really happy for a little while, but I couldn't do it because I would be shirking my responsibility. And Ed, this is the place where all of us have to understand.

CALLER: I felt that way, Glenn.

GLENN: Freedom is a very delicate thing and if you are not standing guard, well, then you are truly not honoring the people. Was it easier to land on Omaha beach, was it easier to leave your home, watch it be burned to the ground during the Revolutionary War? Was it easier for those people to do those things? The answer is no. We're saying we don't even want to watch the news because we're frustrated. We just want to go back to our life. We are dishonoring those who went before us who actually died for this freedom that we now just say I want to unplug from.

CALLER: Yeah, but there's more going on, Glenn. My heart goes out to those people. Believe me, I cry just at the sight of those monuments and the thought of what those people did for me. The problem is today -- and I believe this. I believe that we're outnumbered now. I don't believe --

GLENN: We're not. We're not.

CALLER: I know you say is that and I knew you were going to get mad at me.

GLENN: We're not, damn it.

CALLER: I knew it.

GLENN: We're not outnumbered. We're not outnumbered.

CALLER: You look at the polls. Every --

GLENN: You know what, I -- here's the thing. Ed, you give me a month to prove this. I am going to find a way to prove this to you. You know what, Stu, I'm going to -- I'm going to give you -- Ed, you hang on the phone. I want to get a phone number from you, okay? Thank you for calling. And Ed, you are the probably -- you could be the most important caller that I have ever received in my career.

CALLER: Glenn, please remember the first sentence I said when I called on the phone.

GLENN: I understand, and I appreciate, Ed, that -- I just appreciate it. And you may be the most important person in my life because you may have changed and finally given me the impetus to actually find the way to prove it to you. So hang on just a second, Ed. Get his phone number, Dan. Make sure we know how to get a hold of him six ways to Sunday. Here's the thing. Most Americans feel this way, and I've been saying to you for the last couple of weeks, it's 15%, maybe 20% on each side, that, let's just be crazy and say there's 20% of the people, that it doesn't matter what the Republicans do. They will just vote for a Republican. It just doesn't matter. They will vote for a Republican, and there's maybe 20% on the other side that will just vote for a Democrat, and it doesn't matter. They're not tethered to any principles whatsoever. That leaves 60% of us that are. We are in the whole spectrum. There are people that vehemently disagree with me, but they are tethered to principles. Did anybody see the TV show last night? I actually have respect -- I can't believe I'm saying this -- for Dennis Kucinich. Dennis Kucinich was on last night and I'm like, I don't want to have Dennis Kucinich on. I mean, it's just going to be a yelling war; he's just going to be -- that's not what it was. In fact, it was very entertaining. It was actually very funny in a strange sort of way. And I said to him halfway, "Look, Dennis, I disagree with you 110%, but at least you actually believe in something." And let me tell you something: The majority of people do. They just don't know how to express it. They just haven't done the hard work of thinking it all the way through because everybody has made life too complex. Everybody's telling them you don't matter, you don't count, it doesn't make a difference what you say, you'll never understand it, don't worry, we'll take care of it. Most people have just, they're tired! They're tired. They're tired of fighting for what they --&nbs p;why are you so pissed at the Republicans? Seriously, why are you so pissed?

May I vocalize what I think you're thinking right now? Think about it, why are you pissed. I mean, not just disappointed. Pissed. I believe what you're thinking right now is the same thing, the reason why I'm pissed. Because I invested a lot of my time and my energy. I never went campaigning for anybody, I never put campaign signs out, I never made calls for anybody, but I defended these people. I would be at parties with people and people would come up and say, "Oh, your guy says... (mumbling)," and I defend them. I stood up for them when it wasn't easy to stand up. Many of us have been the pariahs of society, be called racist, bigot and everything else, and you do this? You have taken my time, my energy, my passion, the essence of who I am and what I believe in and you've done this? That's why I'm so pissed. How dare you. I believe in something. You don't. My gosh, you want to talk about -- you want to talk about election rape, there it is. I think many of us feel as though we have been raped, our time has been raped, our values have been raped. We have been in bed with a serial rapist. He'll sleep with anybody just for what satisfies him. That's why I'm angry. But see, there are more of us and there will soon be many Democrats if they are honest. If they really, truly believe in -- here's who you're not surrounded -- or here's who you're not feeling and you're not realizing is standing by you that you are surrounded by. Anyone who actually listened to their grandparents. Anybody who actually listened to their grandparents knows what this country is, knows who we are as Americans, wants deep inside of themselves, wants that to be true again. Why did we vote for change? We went like zombies to somebody saying change who didn't really define it because we know what that vision of America is. It's not socialist. It's an America that is good, is kind, is fair, is gentle. That's what we all learn from our grandparents, the same grandparents that stood up against socialism , who stood up against communism, who fought it! Who did far more than we will ever be asked to do, unless we don't stand up now. If you unplug, if you don't stand up, if you don't square your shoulders and say, "Damn it, I've got to do it again?" Do you think I really want to do this? Do you think I want to be this guy? Do you think I want to be the guy who is called crazy for two years, was told by almost every damn program director in my chain, "Shut up or we're going to cancel the show"? Do you think I want to be the guy that watched my ratings go down for two years because of what I was saying was coming in the perfect storm? Do you think I want to be the guy who gets calls from people in this industry that I respect, really truly respect and say, "Glenn, you're killing yourself. What are you doing? Stop doing this"? Do you think I want to do that? Do you think I get up every morning and say, "Gee, another fun day at the factory"? You think you've had enough of looking at it? Try doing it for your frickin' job!

So why do I do it? It's the same reason why I now do not say to a serviceman when I say "Thank you for your service" and they look me in the eye and say thank you for yours, I used to always say, "No, I have not served." You know what? This is my service. It is time for you to serve without a uniform. You are the protector of liberty. You are the protector of freedom! It is on your shoulders, not the military! It is on your shoulders! This is your country, damn it! This is my country, and it will stand for me to pass it on in a better condition to my children.

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.