Glenn Beck: Birthers Birthing


Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government


by Glenn Beck


GLENN: So there are apparently, apparently there is and I'm just going to there's always games being played behind the scenes at a talk radio show and on television and everything else. It is really, it's very, I don't know, it's disappointing. Rush has called them on the games in radio behind the scenes, Rush has always called them seminar callers. But instead of being coy with the seminar callers or with you, I'm just going to expose the game that is going on. Today there is a concerted effort on all radio stations to get Birthers on the air. I have to tell you, are you working for the Barack Obama administration? I mean, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. First of all let me just let's just play these out. If you are a Birther, you believe that the president of the United States was born in, they think Kenya, right? So he was

STU: Anywhere outside of here, I guess, but yeah.

GLENN: Anywhere outside of the U.S. So he was born in Kenya.

PAT: I think it was Managua, Nicaragua.

GLENN: So you believe that he was born outside of the United States of America. And then somehow or another he became and I saw this movie with Frank Sinatra oh, yeah, it's called the Manchurian Candidate. So somehow or another maybe he was indoctrinated or whatever and then he came over here and he ran and became president.

STU: Well, he also, you've got to remember that he preemptively planted his birth announcements in the Hawaii newspapers back when he was actually born.

PAT: Knowing, I mean, his parents knew at the time that someday this man would become president of the United States.

GLENN: That's what they want you to think.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: So he preemptively put those birth announcements there.

PAT: Then hypnotized somehow Hillary Clinton to not find out any of this.

GLENN: Well, not only hypnotized but also

PAT: She's pretty

GLENN: I believe is somehow or another in league with the people that have you know, did you see men in black?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Did you see the little flasher thing? Got all of the investigators, and anyone will tell you when the Clintons run for office, you can't get a PI in New York. Can't get one.

STU: You can't, no, no way.

GLENN: Seriously because they're using all of them.

STU: Right.

GLENN: The Clintons can. You can't.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Because they use all of them. Somehow or another the Clinton machine couldn't get their hands on this Birther thing or they did and then for some reason didn't want to release it.

STU: You know why? Maybe Hillary didn't want to be president. Maybe she wanted to be Secretary of State really bad.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: If the Clintons were known for ambition, maybe you'd have something there.

GLENN: If the Clintons, if the charges were from the right that the Clintons kill people for the presidency.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: I have a hard time getting my arms around how they're not

PAT: She's secretly more powerful in the position she's in now.

STU: That must be it.

PAT: If she's so low profile, highly unlikely

GLENN: It is the case that global warming, the world is so hot that it's now cold. You are right. Thank you for that, Pat.

PAT: She is so low profile, she is high profile.

GLENN: So you have that on one side. The other side is he didn't pre emptively plant a story as a newborn. That maybe he was born in the United States of America.

STU: And just to clarify, that would be two separate stories in two separate newspapers that he planted as an infant. It's ridiculous to plant one.

PAT: If you are going to do it, do it right. When babies do things, they do it extremely well.

GLENN: Extremely well, okay. Well, it could have been his KGB control.

PAT: Yes. He has controllers who

GLENN: Yes. Don't know, don't know.

PAT: Have taken control of him from birth.

GLENN: Don't know when the Soviet Union started to recruit.

STU: Right. But some

GLENN: Could be at birth in Kenya.

STU: It could be. That's how you start.

PAT: If you are going for a future president of the United States, naturally you go to Kenya.

GLENN: Of course you do. Of course you do.

PAT: You find a Kenyan.

STU: Especially in the Sixties. You are thinking African Americans.

PAT: In the Sixties.

STU: You are thinking this is the guy.

GLENN: Yes, you are. Well, they've got a roadmap.

STU: They thought all of these complaints and have already defeated them.

PAT: Don't call it KGB for nothing, they are cagey... B.

GLENN: The other idea is that he was born here in America.

STU: Oh, come on.

GLENN: Wait, wait.

STU: Who would think that?

GLENN: Hold on. I know it's way out on a limb here. But as the guy who the media says is the king of conspiracy theories, all I do are forward conspiracy theories, let me forward this conspiracy. He was born here because it seems a little unlikely that somebody planted the birth records, okay, a little unlikely, in the newspapers. Now you would say, well, then why doesn't he just produce? Good question. That one kept me up for minutes at a time, minutes.

PAT: That long?

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: So you tossed and turned for literally minutes?

STU: Not whole minutes.

GLENN: Not whole minutes. Parts of minutes.

PAT: Parts of minutes on different nights?

GLENN: May I go out onto this conspiratorial limb, please. If I'm Barack Obama which I want you to know I'm not, but if I yes, you haven't seen us at parties together, I know. But let's say I were Barack Obama and I had somebody who was forwarding a conspiracy like this.

PAT: And looking stupid doing it?

GLENN: Yeah. And then my advisors would come in and go, let's just make this go away. Here's an idea: Just call the doctor, just get the nurse. Just, here, let's just have, you know, three really credible people examine the birth certificate because really let's just make this go away so we can get on the work with the American people. If I were Barack Obama, I would say, no, now, wait a minute; why do that when these people are so discrediting themselves because if I can get them to discredit themselves and they'll use the argument, "Well, you think it's nonsense to have him answer that question when it's in the Constitution? He would be the first unconstitutional president!" Yes. But I believe he already is, seeing that healthcare is against the Constitution. The fundamental transformation of the country is a little unconstitutional.

STU: Right. When you've lost 40 points off your approval rating, the only thing you have left is the people who are coming out and yelling about your birth certificate. The only positive this guy has left.

GLENN: Yeah. So why would you discredit yourself? Why would let's say it's true. Let's just say it's true that he's not. Do you really think that is the fastest way to get him out? Do you really think that's the fastest way to stop him from what I believe is the fundamental transformation of this country? Do you think that's going to stop healthcare?

STU: No.

GLENN: If you could, if, if you could hold his feet to the fire and say, "Produce the doctors and the nurses and the birth certificate" and somehow or another he couldn't do it, how long would it take you to get to that point? And in that point, in that time how much of the fundamental trans do you still have control of the court system in that time?

PAT: You should be able to get that to the Supreme Court by about 2015 1/2. I'd say by late October 2015.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: You get that right to the Supreme Court, yeah.

STU: There's a helpful conversion chart for Birthers which is Birthers are to Barack Obama as Megan Fox is to every 14 year old boy. A lovely, beautiful dream come true.

GLENN: Dream come true. Dream come true.

STU: There is nothing he could possibly want more than Birthers talking about birthing.

PAT: And look how often the MSNBCs of the world bring it up.

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

PAT: Even if the story has nothing to do with Birthers, they bring them into the story just to throw in another discredited movement.

STU: That's what they do with healthcare. They find the one Birther sign at a healthcare rally and make the healthcare rally about the Birthers. That's what they do. They're using you.

PAT: They love it. They love it.

GLENN: It is the same as, it's the same as carrying signs that show Hitler on it. Nobody is saying that Barack Obama is Hitler. Nobody is saying that. What they are saying is that the Nazi regime started in very much the same way. I mean, it started with an economic trouble, it started with a guy who said one thing but meant, well, meant what he said, actually meant something. You go back and you read Mein Kampf. He laid it all out. But the people wouldn't believe it.

STU: Right. And that does not mean that Barack Obama's going to start the Holocaust.

GLENN: He is not going to start the Holocaust and he's not going to turn us into a Nazi regime.

STU: Right. But the bottom line is believing people who are what they say. He promised changing the economy. He promised energy prices skyrocketing because of his policy.

GLENN: Correct.

STU: He promised a lot of things leading up to this. We should probably listen to them.

GLENN: Now, is it going to be Nazi like? No. Because the Nazis are Nazis. Is it going to be Mao like? Well, there's one that they really do like. They think power comes from the power, the end of the gun. That's according to Ron Bloom. Anita Dunn believes that. Is it going to be Marxist like? Is it going to be like reverend Jeremiah Wright believes America should be? I don't know what it's going to be. I just think we need to start listening to the man. But every time you put a Nazi sign up, that is yet Megan Fox coming in and making out with, who? Give me another hot chick?

STU: Ooh, let's go. This is a better show than what I thought it was going to be.

GLENN: That's what it is. That's what it is. It's Barack Obama looks at the Birthers as Megan Fox and the Nazi signs as

STU: The sweetness in there, let's get a little Carrie Underwood in there, get a sweet

GLENN: Carrie Underwood. And he's like, look and make out; that is fantastic.

STU: And it's really hard to think about healthcare right now.

GLENN: Really hard.

STU: Really hard.

GLENN: Why don't we concentrate on healthcare? Because once healthcare passes, I told you before, it doesn't matter. As they have demonstrated, it doesn't matter what's in the bill! They take it in, put it in, take it out. Doesn't matter. It doesn't matter who's for it, who's against it. They will bribe their way to it. Why? Why? Do you have the audio of one of the senators explaining why that it's the starter house. Do you remember, was it you, Pat? You and I were listening to that?

PAT: We were. We were listening to that.

GLENN: Who was it that said that?

PAT: Chris Dodd.

GLENN: It was Chris Dodd.

PAT: Chris Dodd, uh huh.

GLENN: I am tired of the people on the left saying they didn't have all the things and what they have to understand is this is a starter home! You have to lay the foundation! We can add other wings to it! We can add additions later!

STU: It was our entire case leading up to this.

GLENN: Sure was.

PAT: Exactly. It was everything we've said it was going to be, spilling right out of Chris Dodd's mouth.

GLENN: So why don't we concentrate on those things. Because they're provable. They're actionable. And they and once these in, once these things are in, you ain't gonna have a courtroom to be able to go back on him. You give this kind of movement, if they continue this kind of movement over the next four years, I don't know what the hell you have left in the end. So why don't we go after the things that are provable, after the things that actually you need to stop right now. And if you want to argue, you want to argue, then let's argue based in fact, based on things that are provable and true. And what do you say? Do you want to argue the Constitution? Good. Let's show the number of people in congress and in the Senate that don't even read the Constitution. Can't tell you right now if healthcare is even in the Constitution. Let's talk to the scholars. Let's talk to the average Joe that understands this isn't in the Constitution. Let's argue the Constitution on the laws and the systems that they are building today. Instead of arguing the Constitution and whether or not he was born in America, why don't we argue the constitutionality of a little known thing called czars. And the power that these people have. Back in a minute.


 

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.