The top 10 memorable moments of 2009

It was an amazing year for Glenn Beck & Co, so much so that this may be the first time Glenn had more memorable moments than chins. We've looked over every classic moment from the year and compiled a Top 10 list.

Frog-Gate

The left is always looking to discredit Glenn in any way, shape, or form possible. So when the media reacted with horror after Glenn boiled a fake (yes, fake) frog on TV, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Glenn was talking about how John McCain would have been ‘worse’ for America as President. Glenn argued that McCain and Obama are both progressives, and would lead us to the same place. Obama has just stomped on the accelerator. To illustrate this point, Glenn used the boiling frog analogy. As the saying goes, if a frog is placed in lukewarm water (McCain), it will stay in as the temperature rises and eventually die. However, if you place a frog in boiling water (Obama), it will immediately jump out. Glenn proceeded to toss a (fake plastic) frog in a pot of boiling water. Glenn clearly explained, on camera, that the frog was a fake. It was plastic. But that didn’t stop the attacks from the left, however. The next day Glenn did a segment showing the lengths the left went to call him a frog killer, and also shows how he pulled the double switch.  It was a tremendous segment, and it comes in at #10 on our Top 10 Glenn 2009 countdown.

Buckner faints live on TV

Usually it’s the audience that falls into a slumber when the topic shifts into bond market talk.  This time it was the guest who passed out – literally. The interview was one of the most bizarre moments of Glenn’s broadcasting career, and it all started with Columbia University Professor David Buckner. He and Glenn were deep into discussing the financial crisis when Buckner gets a little wobbly and whispers ‘I’m going to pass out.’ Glenn is hard at work (using the 7 brain cells that survived his drinking days) trying to understand the intricacies of 4 week treasuries but still manages to pick up that something bad is about to happen. He offered his hand to Buckner and moments later Buckner is out cold. Thankfully, David was just fine and pretty much the only thing bruised was perhaps the ego. To this day he still gets ‘hey, aren’t you that guy who passed out on Glenn Beck’s show?’. The Buckner pass out is # 9 on our Top 10 Glenn 2009 countdown.

Glenn’s Mug

It was a rough year for magazines. They were hoping to find a way to continue putting Barack Obama’s mug on every cover issue, but instead they have a major dilemma. The President is steadily tanking in the ratings as he spends the country into oblivion. So they needed an alternative – and unfortunately for them Britney Spears hadn’t relapsed yet.  Fresh out of flesh, the magazines decided to go a different route: The villain. Enter Glenn Beck.  Time Magazine rolled out their September 28th issue with Glenn’s mug on the cover, along with the title ‘Mad Man: Glenn Beck and the angry style of American politics.’ Apparently Time hadn’t noticed the previous eight years of Bush bashing. Time wasn’t the only one. Glenn’s mug and references to Glenn started popping up all over the place this year – SNL did a parody as well as South Park. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart view Glenn as show prep, shows like Law and Order and Glee all found a place for Glenn. Keep it coming, guys – Glenn has plenty of chins to go around, and his mug seemingly everywhere this year comes in at # 8 on our Top 10 Glenn 2009 countdown.

Lying sack of dog mess

There’s nothing quite like an ambush, and that’s exactly what happened to Glenn when he made an appearance on The View. Within mere moments, Glenn (who was not feeling well) was under full-fledged estrogen attack. Not surprisingly, the attack wasn’t related to anything of substance. It was about Glenn’s telling of a chance encounter he had on the train with Whoopi and Barbara. It’s an understandable angle to take if you are Whoopi Goldberg or Joy Behar because they’d have about the same chance of winning as a 13 year old would of escaping Roman Polanski. Whoopi’s attack culminated with her calling Glenn a ‘lying sack of dog mess’ during the hit job. Of course, Glenn was not lying, and Scott Baker laid out the timeline of events to prove it, making this ridiculous and baseless attack #7 on the Top Ten Glenn 2009 countdown.



Art 100

Glenn finally makes a list he cares about – The Art Review’s Power 100 list. No one is exactly sure how Glenn landed on the list, being that his only contribution to the art community in recent memory was painting something that looked more like a 3rd grader spilling grape juice than an actual painting. It’s either that or the flamboyant wardrobe Glenn sports that is considered ‘art’ by some. Whatever the reason, Glenn (even if he doesn’t really admit it) is most excited about landing on the Power 100 artist list, and it comes in at #6 on the Top Ten Glenn 2009 countdown.

 A new home

Things kicked into high gear when Glenn started his new show on The Fox News Channel, January 19, 2009 at 5pm. There were the usual ups and downs that go along with starting something new. The ups included having Sarah Palin as the featured guest on the very first show, a tremendous way to start things off. The downs included Glenn’s eyes doing an entire segment, which caused the comedy show to have a field day. Everyone had high expectations for Glenn, but no one could have predicted that this little 5pm cable news show would obliterate the competition and rise to the #2 show in all of cable news. There was even talk of ‘Palin/Beck 2012’ floating around, but Palin was once again on the mark and simply called this possibility ‘a hoot.’ Glenn’s Fox News debut – and eyes – are #5 on the Top 10 Glenn countdown.

Glenn rips Blago

Governor Rod Blagojevich, of Illinois, was in deep trouble after facing multiple corruption charges including trying to sell President Obama’s vacant Senate seat for  … This guy was so shameless and brazen in his corrupt dealings that prosecutors could ‘barely contain’ their ‘revulsion’ as Blago could be heard on tape complaining that Obama and staff are ‘not willing to give me anything but appreciate… (expletive) them.” The PR campaign that followed was nothing short of miraculous, instead of going into hiding, Blago tried the contrarian approach. He went on a media blitz where he coined gems, for example when he dubbed himself the ‘anti-Nixon’ because he wanted people to hear the tape recordings. Needless to say, this was not a good strategy. Making matters worse, he agreed to do an interview with Glenn. What took place after that lands at #4 on the Top 10 Glenn countdown.

Common Sense

Earlier this year, Glenn wondered if common sense was dead. Passing TARP and the Stimulus were bad enough, but add government healthcare, Cap and Tax and even more stimulus spending bills to the mix and it was enough to send Glenn over the edge. Politicians didn’t seem to mind that America was broke, so they just kept racking up debt. Especially frustrating was the feeling that no one cared – as no conservatives in Washington DC were willing to say ‘stop the spending!’ When would someone speak up? Since the spineless weasel politicians weren’t going to do it, Glenn did. And the #1 New York Times bestseller Common Sense was born. When it was released, it skyrocketed to #1 and stayed in the top ten for 26 straight weeks, clearly sending the message common sense was alive and well in America. Common Sense: The Case Against an Out of Control Government  is #3 on our Top 10 Glenn 2009 countdown.

The Red Phone

When videos of White House’s Green jobs Czar Van Jones started surfacing in the blogosphere, no one in the media bothered to report on it. Glenn seemed to be the only one who cared that a communist was working to ‘restructure’ our system. As Glenn uncovered more and more outrageous video clips of Jones spouting his commie rhetoric, the White House would only say ‘his official title is not Czar.’ Not exactly a spirited defense. News that Jones was a 9/11 truther broke, and that was the end of Van Jones at the White House. But that wasn’t the last of the radicals as Glenn again uncovered more disturbing video. Fed up that they were dealing with Glenn, the White House decided to act - that’s when Communications Director Anita Dunn declared war on Fox News. As if that attack on the first amendment wasn’t disturbing enough,  shortly into the war a tape surfaced showing Dunn proclaiming Chairman Mao was the philosopher she ‘turned to most’ for guidance. Chairman Mao killed 60 million people. Dunn resigned shortly after the controversy erupted. A couple of bad apples are gone – but the pattern of radicals is clear, leaving many unanswered questions. That’s why Glenn has the red phone – a direct line to the show that only the White House has. They still haven’t called. Will 2010 be the year it finally rings? The quest to get answers on the pattern of radicals in the White House, the clashes with Glenn and the White House, and the patiently waiting Red Phone are #2 on the Top Ten Glenn 2009 list.

 The 9/12 Project

When ‘Ed’ called the radio program early on in 2009, he could not have predicted the chain of events that would be triggered from his decision to pick up the phone. Frustrated and feeling like throwing in the towel, Glenn pleaded with Ed not to do that, saying it would only serve those who seek power. Ed’s call inspired what Glenn would unveil a few weeks later – the 9/12 Project. Based on 9 Principles and 12 Values, the 9/12 Project was a place where people who, although they may disagree on some issues, could unite at the end of the day as Americans, just like we united on 9.12.01 after the 9.11.01 terrorist attacks. The idea took off and took on a life of its own. Small 9/12 groups all around the country mobilized to let their voices be heard. They rallied on tax day – of course the media largely ignored the rallies. It all culminated in September with a giant rally in Washington D.C. as hundreds of thousands of people showed up. The media might not be too impressed – but Washington is hearing and responding to what Glenn hopes will become America’s #1 D.C. special interest group: The American People.

The movement that will really bring ‘change’ to the country – The 9/12 Project – is #1 on the Top Ten Glenn 2009 list.

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.