Marcus talks about another tragic loss




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GLENN: All right, hang on, Lee. I want to explain this. Marcus Luttrell called me last week. I was on my way home and he was unlike I have heard Marcus. He was beside himself. He was just emotionally drained, and he had just gotten out of the hospital the weekend before because when Marcus, who is part of the Navy SEAL team that took on it was the biggest battle the Navy SEALs have ever been involved in in the history of the Navy SEALs. Three of his teammates died. He was the lone survivor. It happened in Afghanistan. He was eventually captured. After I think three, four days, he was captured and then he was taken by the Taliban and he was tortured beyond your wildest imagination. Because of that torture, he again has had yet another surgery. He'll never be right, but he had just gotten out of the hospital. He doesn't sleep anymore at night, as he said on television, and I'll have Marcus explain that. He doesn't do well at night anymore. So he sleeps during the daytime. In the middle of the night about 1:00 in the morning, he hears a gunshot. He grabs his gun and he goes outside. He lives on a big ranch about with his mom out in Texas. He takes care of his mom and he goes outside and he sees that somebody has just executed his dog. He had a golden lab. The name of the lab was Dasy, D A S Y. Each letter stood for a call sign, if you will, of each member of the SEAL team. So this dog was given to him as a puppy during his recovery. He named her Dasy to be able to remember his fallen comrades.

Dirtbags, four of them, two are just witnesses now. One is still on the lam and the other one is now in jail. Marcus had them. He took his gun, he leveled it right at one of them. He didn't pull the trigger because he has restraint, and they got into the car. They drove away. He chased them through four different counties. He finally runs one of them runs the car off the road and he's got them and he is ready I think if he would have had a clear shot, I don't know what he would have done. But they executed his dog. They are calling him all kinds of names. They are cowering now behind the car. He calls 911 and when he calls 911, the state troopers come or the Rangers, the Texas Rangers come. Don't mess with Rangers, and don't mess with Rangers and Marcus Luttrell. I mean, that's just a suicide pact.

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According to Lt. Bryant Wells with the Texas Rangers, Michael Edmonds turned himself in to authorities. He was booked and was released on bond.


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So the Rangers come, they grab the guys, they are putting them in zip cuffs and these when these guys start mouthing off to Marcus: Oh, yeah? Well, we're coming for you next. Not just your stupid little dog but we're coming for you next.

Well, the problem is these guys have killed dogs in these allegedly these guys have killed dogs in the counties. There's been a rash of people shooting dogs. We think we have one of the guys' FaceBook pages, the guy who's still on the lam. We're going to verify if it's him. If it is, you won't believe what's on his Facebook. But, you know, may I just stop for a public service announcement here real quick.

VOICE: Warning, don't kill dogs. Aside from the obvious reason that killing a dog is the murder of an innocent animal that people love, there are other reasons you should not kill dogs, including you might kill Marcus Luttrell's dog. Marcus makes Jack Bauer look like Screech from Saved by the Bell. If you are still alive when he is through with you, you will undoubtedly kill yourself just so he doesn't do it again. So take off your Michael Vick jersey and leave the dogs alone, you worthless sack of crap. Thank you.

GLENN: Public service announcement: Don't kill dogs, especially not Marcus's.

So Lee, when you first heard the story, what was your thought?

CALLER: To tell you the truth, I stood up against my radio and I started crying because I understand what it's like when you're a soldier and you have everything taken from you. I know that I wanted to reach out and just thank the man for his service. I wanted to say that I guess if I could have, I would have tried to embrace him and tell him I'm sorry that happened to you. You know, if people would have had respect, that wouldn't have happened. And it's because he has respect and probably a love for God and various other things that are stable things that have been taught to him in his life that helped him get through it, it made me so upset that somebody would just disrespect somebody like that. I was very upset. I just felt for him and I wanted to tell him thank you, thank you, thank you.

GLENN: Lee, thank you for your call. I appreciate it. You know, the amazing thing about Marcus is his strength. I mean, he's a guy don't get me wrong and I'll say this with him sitting here. He's a guy who struggles. I mean, he has had obviously some real trauma in his life, and he struggles. And he is struggling now, you know. You know, anybody who knows SEAL members or anybody who knows diehard core guys, they're all the same. You know, they want to be with their friends, they want to be with their buddies, they want to be over there, they want to be watching someone's back. This is what they do. And now that Marcus is so screwed up with, you know, physically that he can't do it anymore, it's tough. It's tough. And that's why I think, you know, here's a guy who has fought in your name and my name, and I wish you knew Marcus.

Here's a guy who has given everything he has for justice, everything he has for the American republic, and he comes home and he has a really hard time. He hates it when people call him a hero. He doesn't under he was just doing his job, and he doesn't understand, quite honestly. And I don't think I would, either: Why did I live and they died. So he's going through all of this, plus the man is in pain like you wouldn't believe all the time.

He came over to my house about a month ago and he was with us. He was standing in my kitchen and I could just tell he was uncomfortable and he said, I didn't even know if I'd be able to make it here; I'm just, I'm just very uncomfortable. I'm in a lot of pain. What the Taliban did to him will live with him every single day of his life. And he comes home and he's welcomed home by a lot of people. I will tell you that it bothers him when people call him a hero, but I think he appreciates I know he does he appreciates when people remember his friends. He lives to make sure people don't forget those guys. The people of Texas know who he is and remember what he's done, better yet remember his friends and what they did. But when he called me up on the way home and he said, "Glenn, is there any justice. What has happened to us. Who are these guys. It's like I have been trained my whole life to live honorably and to go out and to get the bad guys, and the bad guys have always been some place else. And now the bad guys come to my house and they shoot my dog, and I have to stop because I'm no longer the guy that can exact justice on the bad guys." I mean, a remarkable story for people who don't believe that people with guns can behave themselves. Marcus Luttrell is exactly the kind of guy that needs a gun, somebody who can stop themselves.

Even though I'm guessing he didn't want to, I can't imagine the battle that he had in his head. As he called me up on the way home, he described, "My buddies have all died again." That dog kept them alive in his life. "My buddies have all been killed again." One of them is still on do we have the mug shots? I want to put the mug shots in the newsletter today and I want to put the phone number of the police department in case you see the guy who is out on the lam. These guys are psychos. I mean, it's clear these guys are I mean, you just don't kill dogs for the jollies.

STU: Yeah. What we believe is the MySpace page has pictures of him with, you know, not only little puppies which, I mean, so disturbing after thinking about what's happened but, you know, with guns and strung up animals and stuff. And none of that is necessarily bad in and of itself. But you just look at this story, as you look at it, and this isn't going to surprise anybody but how much better of a guy is Marcus Luttrell than you? Like the first thing that popped in my head is, man, I would not have been able to restrain myself. I would have just if they did something like that to my dog, I would have walked out and happily with a smile on my face shot them between the eyes.

GLENN: And especially in Texas.

STU: Because it would have been legal to kill them.

GLENN: Because if they were on his land and they had a gun and they had just shot the dog, I bet in Texas you could have shot them.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: At least one of them. You could have whoever had the gun, you could have shot them.

STU: I don't even know that I would have been conflicted about it. To be perfectly honest, I don't even think I would I mean, you would have that moment of just general human, do I want to do this. But it would seem in my head at the moment so incredibly justifiable.

GLENN: Right.

STU: That I don't think they would have any I would have had any chance of stopping myself. I mean, that's how good that's how I feel like such on another level a guy like Marcus Luttrell is, you know, and a lot of guys in the military.

GLENN: See, I don't think so. You know what, I have to tell you, I don't think so. I mean

STU: Really?

GLENN: For him because he is trained to, "Don't hesitate, pull, pull, pull. Threat, pull, pull." You know what I mean? That's what he's trained to do. So he's got extra in him to overcome. But everyone who's a gun owner, if you can't control your emotions on, "Oh, my gosh, what have you just done; boom." If you can't control yourself there, you shouldn't own a gun.

STU: That's an interesting point. You might be right. I don't know.

GLENN: No, I think it's clear on that. If you can't control

STU: If someone's on your property and has just murdered your animal, I don't know that's not justifiable.

GLENN: If you don't feel threatened.

STU: They've got a gun.

GLENN: If you feel threatened.

STU: Yeah, I'm not

GLENN: If you feel threatened, yes. But if you don't feel threatened, no. You just, if somebody shoots their dog and they've got their gun and they're like, yep, I did it, you can't just now shoot them. But if they've got their gun and they're brandishing it and you're feeling threatened, you bet you can shoot them.. But that is a that's a choice. That's not, "You just killed my dog! Boom!"

STU: Yeah, I see the line you're talking. Yes, obviously you'd definitely feel threatened in that.

GLENN: Yeah, if you feel threatened. But not because of anger, not because of rage, not because

STU: Right.

GLENN: I'm exacting justice.

STU: Yeah. To be a responsible gun owner, you're making logical, sober decisions not based on anger. You know, it's the whole coming in and seeing your wife with another man and shooting him in the head. He will feel justifiable but it doesn't mean it's right.

GLENN: For me here's where it gets complicated in this. This is where it shows character and that is Marcus just got out of the hospital. He's reliving what they did to him. He gets out of the hospital. He's in excruciating pain. His dog, who is his best friend, unconditional love from his dog, his dog is named after his other buddies. He is going through all of this again because he just got out of the hospital, and he walks out and they take it. I mean, you know, there's restraint for you. And that's something that we don't have anymore.

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.