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Video: Al Gore on Andrea Mitchell

PAT: Well, Al Gore's infallible and he stuck to that yesterday. In the Andrea Mitchell interview here's some of what Al Gore had to say.

GORE: The global warming deniers persist in this era of unreality. After all, the entire North polar icecap which has been there for most of the last three million years is disappearing before our eyes.

PAT: Right before our eyes.

GORE: 40%'s already gone. The rest is expected to go completely within the next decade. What do they think is causing this? The mountain glaciers in every region of the world are melting, many of them at an accelerated rate, threatening drinking supplies, drinking water supplies and agricultural water supplies. We have these record storms, droughts, floods, fires.

STU: Record lows even?

GORE: Three lows in the American West, climate refugees beginning now, expected to rise to the hundreds of millions unless we take action.

PAT: Where are the climate refugees?

STU: Oh, my I can't tell you how many climate refugees showed up at my house last night.

PAT: At your house? They are all there? Really?

STU: They are all there in the backyard. That's where they live. They leave the climate from down the street and they take refuge in my backyard because I'm high ground, Pat. I can

PAT: Everything around you's underwater?

STU: In let's say 10,000 years when the waters rise 20 feet, I'm going to be the only house above water. And that's why the climate refugees have gathered at my home.

PAT: Will you care in 10,000 years?

STU: Well, you know what, I care about the Earth. I care about our children, our children's children, our children's children's children. Not so much about the children's children's children but the children's children's children's children.

PAT: So you'll care for a while, the first 1500 to 2,000 years you'll care.

STU: Right. But after that, screw them.

PAT: Now, I know you've done a lot of studying, too, and I've looked into it, too, but is there anything to 40% of the polar ice caps disappeared?

STU: Well, you know

PAT: 40% has already disappeared. It's gone.

STU: You know, I've been trying to track this stat down. I always find it fascinating to look back and trace what they've done. I mean, anyone can throw it out there and you could say, all right, 40%, that's not right. But to go back and find the thought process they used to justify bringing this up on a national talk show I always find to be interesting. Looking I mean, I think what he's talking about is the sea ice extent, and you look at this and if you measure it like, because 40% sounds like this big thing. But I mean, it goes from, you know, it drops I'd say I'm just looking at the chart off the top of my head here, dropped 60% by itself from winter to summer. I mean, that's what it does. It melts and it goes back up.

PAT: That's just normal process.

STU: Right. So I think what he's doing is he is picking the absolute lowest number, like the lowest point on the chart where this, where the sea ice melt is would be most significant percentage wise. So instead of picking it at the top of the peak where it would be like 10%, you go to the very bottom of the peak and find the lowest possible point so that will extend it. I still can't get a 40% reading yet.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: But I can at least get, I can get into the double digits. Indiana find a little bit higher than that. I'm trying to, you know, e mail around to some of the sort of scientists we go back and forth with. I can't find it.

PAT: And then in ten years the polar icecap will be completely gone? Where do they get this madness?

STU: They predict this every year.

PAT: I know.

STU: If you remember, this past

PAT: They said by summer.

STU: And they said this for several years. One of, I'm trying to think, was it this year or was it last year that a boat tried to go all the way through because they said, there's not going to be any ice, so we could boat through. And then they just got surrounded by ice and stuck in the middle of the ice.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

STU: I mean, they say this every single year. As you know, there's it's always catastrophe. But the bottom line is what Al Gore's talking about, even if he were true, does not prove his point.

PAT: No, it doesn't.

STU: We acknowledge that there's been

PAT: There's volcanic activity, there's all kinds of things at play. What do they think it is? It could be anything, Al! The sun! I hate to bring this up but there's a two million degree burning orb in the sky. The sun!

STU: We do believe that there's been a .7 degrees temperature warm in 100 years.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: That's something we do believe, that's something that scientists believe.

PAT: Although hasn't that been wiped out already in the last several or has it?

STU: I would say no. It's still level gone up. As I think what you're pointing to is the cooling that has happened over the past, you know, give or take eleven years.

PAT: Yes.

STU: Which is, it's not, it's still higher than it was 100 years ago. It has lost some of the overall gain from 1998. But the bottom line here, though, is the fight is not about whether the temperature has risen or that the majority of the warming has been up in the polar region.

PAT: It's about what's causing it.

STU: It's about what's causing it.

PAT: And what can we do about it even if we are causing it. And your stupid proposals don't fix it. Not even close, even if everything you say is true.

STU: If you get past all this other stuff and you accept all that's what I loved about, we had the guys on from super freakonomics.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: And they are not acting skeptical to any scientific finding whatsoever. They are accepting everything Al Gore's says

PAT: They would say that.

STU: Exactly. And they just look at it as what's the best solution? What makes sense for our country, our future, our children's children's children's children, all of those people that we're supposed to care about and making sense of sort of policy arrangement. And when you look at it that way, you can't find any rational path to what Al Gore says.

PAT: Absolutely none. After he said this, I was doing some searching. I couldn't find any like you, I couldn't find any backing for the 40% is already gone claim. The closest I came to finding anything about 40% is that about according to some Seattle scientists they say about 40% of the ice that usually blankets the top of the world during summer will be gone by 2050. So it's another one of those dire predictions that if we don't act now, blah, blah blah, this will happen.

STU: Right, all based on models that plug in Al Gore's theory.

PAT: Exactly. All based on models, none of which predicted the current cooling trend.

STU: No.

PAT: Not one of them predicted the current cooling trend.

STU: A lot of this has to do with it's interesting because Al Gore says it in that clip you just played, which is, I don't know what it is I can't do it like you. I don't know what it is. If it's not this, tell me what it is. Well, that's not science.

PAT: No, it's not.

STU: That's guessing, okay? When you don't know what the cause of something is and you just apply the cause you think it might be, that's a guess!

PAT: Yes.

STU: That's a guesstimate.

PAT: Well, and he does that all the time. He did that on what show was he on when he did the million degree Earth thing? Was it Conan O'Brien a couple of weeks ago when he said this:

O'BRIEN: Is this a viable solution, geothermal?

GORE: It definitely is, and it's a relatively new one. People think about geothermal energy, when they think about it at all, in terms of the hot water bubbling up in some places.

PAT: Bubbling up.

GORE: But two kilometers or so down, in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks because the interior of the Earth is extremely hot, several million degrees.

PAT: Several million degrees!

STU: Million degrees!

PAT: The rocks a couple of miles down in the Earth are hotter than the surface of the sun!

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: That is news. I don't know why that didn't go out everywhere to science journals because that's news.

STU: I can't even imagine what that would do to the 57 states if that were true.

PAT: Let alone, you know, the, the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter.

STU: Seriously.

PAT: Come on!

STU: I think at that point Saturn would be like a tropical locale with this scenario.

PAT: Several million degrees. The sun is two million when you go two miles out, I think because the surface is like 11,000 degrees or something. But then it mixes with the atmosphere and causes this reaction that creates a two million degree temperature a couple of miles out from the sun. And then that spreads through the solar system. The center of the Earth is about 12,000 degrees. 12,000.

STU: Well, look, you

PAT: Not millions.

STU: I mean, you can spin your numbers.

PAT: It's not even close.

STU: You can spin your numbers all you want, but 12,000 and 2 million are basically the same.

PAT: All right, I stand corrected.

STU: I mean, those numbers, look, there's a few other zeroes on there.

PAT: Yes, right.

STU: But zeroes as we know have no value. So

PAT: Who's counting. Who's counting.

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.