Glenn Beck: Biden's big mouth at it again




Joe Biden? The debate continues...

GLENN: I want to talk to you about something very serious here, something that I feel, well, some people might say this is an extremist point of view, some people might say that this is crazy talk. Whatever, that's fine, but I think it should be said. I believe we should wrap the president's head in tinfoil, some sort of a tinfoil hat, some ‑‑ and I also think it should be camouflaged, at least on the top of it. It can look like tinfoil everywhere else, but on the top of it, it should be camouflaged. I know it's a very slim chance, but there is a chance that aliens are watching, and I don't ever want them to know the whereabouts of the president of the United States. I don't ever want to aliens up in some spaceship going, "Hey, maybe, maybe we should beam up the president, huh? We'll get the president." I don't ever want him to disappear. I don't want him beamed up on any ship. I want him in a tinfoil camouflaged hat. Doesn't have to be ‑‑ again, Mr. President, you think it's stylish not to ‑‑ you know, to have the tinfoil, that's fine. Just from high above, I want it to look like there's no one standing there. I don't want you to ever have dinner with Shirley MacLaine. I want an ankle bracelet on Dennis Kucinich and I want to make sure Dennis Kucinich is at least 100 yards away from the president at all times. I don't want them in the same place. Dennis talks to the aliens, you know. I guess I should probably explain at this point why the president, to make sure everything ‑‑ I want the Blackberry taken from him if we have to.

As I'm listening to the latest Joe Biden nightmare where Joe Biden has revealed where the secret bunker is! I think to myself, Good Lord, he's in line for the presidency. It makes me pine for the days with Dan Quayle! At least Dan Quayle would have said, "I don't... bunk, what?" Joe Biden is quite possibly the biggest mouth vice president I have ever seen. Don't let him near the meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today. Don't let him ever near any ‑‑ stop, stop mic'ing the man! We should lock him in the secret bunker!

He gives an interview to Newsweek and he talks about the secret bunker. He said, I'm quoting, a young naval officer gave him a tour of the residence, showed him the hideaway which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway.

You know what, it would be easier, why don't I just show you. Here are the blueprints. What is he doing! I just want you to know, I hate to boil this down to your pocketbook, but you paid for that massive steel door. You paid for the secret hideaway. It is, for eight years ‑‑ sorry, make that seven years it was the undisclosed location. Now it's not undisclosed anymore. Now it's pretty much disclosed. Now it's pretty ‑‑ oh, really? Hey, is it down that long hallway with the big steel door? That's amazing. It's a secret hideaway!

STU: You have to look on the positive side, though. We have no idea what the color scheme is, we have no idea what wallpaper he might have there.

GLENN: No, no.

STU: We don't know any of those things.

GLENN: We have massive communications equipment right there in the hallway. We know that.

STU: Right, but what scent candles does he have?

GLENN: I don't know. I have no idea.

STU: He could have gone a little further, not much further but he could have gone slightly further at describing the exact ‑‑ I mean, where the secret ‑‑ does he have leather seating, does he have ‑‑ is it microfiber? What does he have? I'd like to know.

GLENN: He even went on to tell Newsweek, the officer explained that when Cheney was in lockdown in this undisclosed location! At the naval observatory right down a long‑hallway with big steel door, lots of equipment in there and stuff. This is where his most trusted aides were also stationed. What is ‑‑ please ‑‑ what, Stu?

STU: Do you see why he said that, though?

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: This is from the same story. This is where his most trusted aides were stationed, an image that Biden conveyed in a way that suggested we shouldn't be surprised at his policies that emerged were off the wall! (Laughing). This guy's a hoot! You believe that? This is the vice president of the United States who is dumb enough to give away the undisclosed location in an interview with the media and he's making fun of Dick Cheney! Isn't that hilarious?

DAN: What an idiot that Dick Cheney is, huh?

STU: Oh, the guy who kept it secret for the entire time that he was there. Hey, you did it for three months, though. Good job, Joe.

GLENN: Well, but Newsweek did some investigation and they found that neighbors, right after September 11th, were complaining about the construction noises that were going on in the neighborhood and underground, and the neighbors complained and they were told ‑‑ they were visited by secret service and they just said there's some national security things that are happening and get over it. So they didn't say, oh, we're just building a secret location for Dick Cheney. They didn't reveal that, oh, yeah, what we're doing here is having a secret bunker built where the vice president can be! By the way, set your GPS ‑‑ Russia, just set the GPS device right for there because that's ‑‑ going to need some sort of bunker penetrating missile, I think. Get another interview with Joe Biden and he'll tell you how thick the door is.

STU: Can we not ‑‑ can we just take a moment to recall the reason this man is our vice president, the reason he was added to this ticket is to give it gravitas. This idiot is the reason ‑‑

GLENN: But wait, wait. Wait, I've got more good news.

STU: Oh, good.

GLENN: As I'm driving in to work and I'm thinking I need to send tinfoil to the White House. I don't know if they have tinfoil but he should wrap his head so they can't read his mind or know where he is. I want the president to be the boy in the plastic bubble! I don't ‑‑ I want nothing to happen to this man or Joe Biden is our president!

Now, my next thought is what happens if I don't have tinfoil on the head of Joe Biden and the aliens come for Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Third in line is Nancy Pelosi! Number two and number three in line for the presidency, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, two people that if they were running banks, we'd fire! And here's the funny part: They are running banks! I can't, I can't take it. I can't take it. You couldn't write this stuff. If we were writing a movie script and I said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, and number two gives away the secret location, in the middle of a war." He just gives it out. The people building missiles, we're worried about missiles! North Korea's got missiles going up into space. We're all freaked out about that. That we have the vice president character go out and just give away the secret location where the vice president's been.

STU: I'm surprised he didn't get stimulus funds for an Amtrak stop there.

GLENN: You know what, Stu? Look it up. I'll bet you there will be one.

STU: Secret bunker, dingdong. (Laughing).

GLENN: Next stop, Joe Biden's secret bunker.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: I mean ‑‑ Stu it's unbelievable. I mean, he is, depend, my favorite character out there right now. I love ‑‑ I'm so glad he's in office because it gives us something, something that just to bring comedy to the situation because there would be none if we started actually looking at these issues. But with Joe Biden there, there's always something, always something to sweeten the pot.

DAN: Does anyone doubt that Al‑Jazeera's upping their booking efforts for an interview with Joe Biden right now?

GLENN: You know what made me think, the first time I thought Wanda Sykes, she wasn't funny. She was right!

STU: On which part?

GLENN: Wanda Sykes, when she did the monologue, when she said, you know, you never want to torture Joe Biden. He'll just talk and talk and talk and talk. She said, Al‑Qaeda will come out of the room as he gave us just volumes worth of stuff. We know all of their secrets. We know absolutely everything. "Did you torture him for long?" Didn't even torture him. He's still in there talking.

STU: You are absolutely right. Look at this. This is exactly the sort of information that our enemies would want and this guy just blurts it out to Newsweek. It's fantastic.

GLENN: It's like there's no one ‑‑ that's why he's so against waterboarding. You don't need to water board people. Just ask 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.

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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.