Glenn Beck: Krugman half right?



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


by Glenn Beck


GLENN: Here's what's coming in our economic news according to Paul Krugman. The next employment report could show the economy adding jobs for the first time in two years. The next GDP report is likely to show solid growth in late 2009. There will be a lot of bullish commentary and the calls we're already hearing for an end to stimulus for reversing the steps of the government and the Federal Reserve and the steps that they took to prop up the economy will grow even louder. But if these calls are heeded, it will be repeating the great mistake of 1937 when the Fed and Roosevelt administration decided the Great Depression was over and that it was time for the economy to throw away its crutches. Spending was cut back. Monetary policy was tightened and the economy promptly plunged back into the depths. This shouldn't be happening. Both Bernanke, the Fed chairman and Christina Romer heads President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors are scholars of the Great Depression. They have warned explicitly against reenacting the events of 1937. You will read the economic news. It will be important to remember first of all the blips, occasional good numbers, signify nothing. The economy, the fact of the economy is we're mired in a prolonged slump. Early 2002, for example, initial reports showed the economy growing to a 5.8% annual rate, yada, yada, yada, goes on. All right, listen. Paul Krugman is half right. Paul Krugman is telling you that we're not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. We're not. What Paul Krugman, however, forgets is the great mistake of '37 led to the great mistake of '39 where they didn't listen to the well, it's either the chief economic no, I think he was the head of the treasury and FDR's best friend and a huge, huge fan of the new deal. By 139 he saw that the New Deal didn't work and he saw that the rest of the world had already come out of it. Remember the Great Depression as it's called here in America was only the depression in the rest of the world. We made it a Great Depression because we didn't let things fail and we didn't let things reset. The rest of the world let it all reset. So that's why it's the Great Depression in our history books but if you go over to Europe, it is only called the depression. By the end of 1939 the guy who helped design the New Deal said in his testimony in congress, we see now that none of this works. We've tried valiantly, we've done it over and over again but now it's turned into insanity because it doesn't work, we have to reverse course. What Paul Krugman and nobody else will tell you and I will in the next two days on radio and television is it is imperative that we reset the system because it's coming one way or another. If you use any kind of common sense, you'll know that the reason why we've had so many problems and the problems seem to get bigger and bigger is because we're erasing natural bubbles.

Kondratieff was a guy who was the economic advisor for Stalin. There's something called the Kondratieff Wave in economics and basically it is that, you know, there are seasons to everything. There is the winter season that we're in now and it seems like it will never end. And then you hear green shoots. You've heard those phrases before, green shoots. That comes from the Kondratieff Wave. The advisor of Stalin. Economy said there would be green shoots and that would show that spring would come. And in spring you would think that we were new and we were refreshed and we were revived, and the economy would start to boom again and people would say, oh, my gosh, I've got another idea. And then summer would set in. And summer would go on for a very long time where it would be just good times and people would begin to think that it would never end. But then autumn, and autumn would set in and you would start to see the season change and you would notice that the leaves are starting to turn and you would think, my gosh, the plants are starting to die and the trees are starting to lose their leaves. If you don't understand the cycle, you would do everything you could to bring those plants into a greenhouse. But those plants will go to sleep anyway, and the more you try to stimulate the growth in those trees, the better chance you have of killing the forest. The leaves all fall down and then you hit winter. And in that winter, that is a season of renewal. When Stalin said to Kondratieff, "Which is the better system, capitalism or communism," Kondratieff said, well, let me look at it. And he came back to him with the Kondratieff Wave and said, you know what, capitalism is because capitalism, they allow things to fail. And when they fail, they go into a season of renewal and then the green shoots start again. Where communism, we can't allow it to fail. We'll continue to prop up the old outdated systems, we'll continue to prop up the bad decisions of others because we can't allow it to fail. So in the end capitalism will win because it will reset itself and it will be a short period of time. It will only last a season. And then there will be three seasons of growth. Stalin thanked him for his analysis and then executed him. We see that Kondratieff was right. We use his language of the green shoots. But yet we don't listen to him. That 1937 feeling that's coming over Paul Krugman doesn't take into account the Kondratieff Wave. And these bubbles have gotten bigger and bigger. We started with the dot com bubble, the pets.com bubble when everybody was like, yeah, I've got to buy that. Pets.com, $300 a share? That makes sense. I don't even know what they sell. I don't know anybody that but it's pets.com. People love pets, people have computers. What a surprise, they failed. And they should have failed. But the government immediately ran in and tried to make the booboo go away. The Fed rushed in and tried to make things better and then we had the September 11th event, and the Fed tried to make the booboo go away and they rushed in. And each time they rush in, they lower interest rates and they make money, spending, debt, more affordable. Then we had the housing bubble, and you see how each one of these is getting bigger. The housing bubble still has remnants of the dot com bubble and 9/11. And we've just compounded it and taken those three now events and made them into one giant event. And now what we're doing, there was a story in the New York Times on Sunday. Do they even read their own paper? There was a story in the New York Times on Sunday that the bailing out of people's personal mortgages, going in and trying to save the homeowner on the front page of the New York Times is actually making things worse! Because instead of losing their homes, they get this blanket, they get this bailout and what they do is they get the bailout, they spend that money and they continue to pay for a house they cannot afford. And so eight months later they are even more destitute and the taxpayer is out of the money. And nothing's been solved. If you want to see green shoots, the kind of green shoots that grow into a tall, strong forest, you must allow winter to happen. These people who believe that we must stop all forest fires haven't worked a day with their hands in the soil. Forest fires, naturally occurring fires replenish the soil and make the forest stronger. And the longer you prevent any kind of fire, controlled burn to actually happen, the more chance you have of the entire forest burning down and that's what we've done. He says we can't stop spending. I believe the American people have told the truth of the situation and how if we don't stop spending soon, a forest fire beyond your wildest imagination will burn the country to the ground and there won't be anything left. If we don't allow the system to reset now, economics like physics laws of nature, you cannot change them. If it doesn't reset now, it will only like a snowball gather more mass and it will slam at the bottom of the hill at some point. It will do more damage. It will be harder to clean up. Congratulations, New York Times and Paul Krugman for being half right. I haven't seen the New York Times being half right in quite some time. That may be an all time record for them.


 

GLENN: Here's what's coming in our economic news according to Paul Krugman. The next employment report could show the economy adding jobs for the first time in two years. The next GDP report is likely to show solid growth in late 2009. There will be a lot of bullish commentary and the calls we're already hearing for an end to stimulus for reversing the steps of the government and the Federal Reserve and the steps that they took to prop up the economy will grow even louder. But if these calls are heeded, it will be repeating the great mistake of 1937 when the Fed and Roosevelt administration decided the Great Depression was over and that it was time for the economy to throw away its crutches. Spending was cut back. Monetary policy was tightened and the economy promptly plunged back into the depths. This shouldn't be happening. Both Bernanke, the Fed chairman and Christina Romer heads President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors are scholars of the Great Depression. They have warned explicitly against reenacting the events of 1937. You will read the economic news. It will be important to remember first of all the blips, occasional good numbers, signify nothing. The economy, the fact of the economy is we're mired in a prolonged slump. Early 2002, for example, initial reports showed the economy growing to a 5.8% annual rate, yada, yada, yada, goes on. All right, listen. Paul Krugman is half right. Paul Krugman is telling you that we're not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. We're not. What Paul Krugman, however, forgets is the great mistake of '37 led to the great mistake of '39 where they didn't listen to the well, it's either the chief economic no, I think he was the head of the treasury and FDR's best friend and a huge, huge fan of the new deal. By 139 he saw that the New Deal didn't work and he saw that the rest of the world had already come out of it. Remember the Great Depression as it's called here in America was only the depression in the rest of the world. We made it a Great Depression because we didn't let things fail and we didn't let things reset. The rest of the world let it all reset. So that's why it's the Great Depression in our history books but if you go over to Europe, it is only called the depression. By the end of 1939 the guy who helped design the New Deal said in his testimony in congress, we see now that none of this works. We've tried valiantly, we've done it over and over again but now it's turned into insanity because it doesn't work, we have to reverse course. What Paul Krugman and nobody else will tell you and I will in the next two days on radio and television is it is imperative that we reset the system because it's coming one way or another. If you use any kind of common sense, you'll know that the reason why we've had so many problems and the problems seem to get bigger and bigger is because we're erasing natural bubbles.

Kondratieff was a guy who was the economic advisor for Stalin. There's something called the Kondratieff Wave in economics and basically it is that, you know, there are seasons to everything. There is the winter season that we're in now and it seems like it will never end. And then you hear green shoots. You've heard those phrases before, green shoots. That comes from the Kondratieff Wave. The advisor of Stalin. Economy said there would be green shoots and that would show that spring would come. And in spring you would think that we were new and we were refreshed and we were revived, and the economy would start to boom again and people would say, oh, my gosh, I've got another idea. And then summer would set in. And summer would go on for a very long time where it would be just good times and people would begin to think that it would never end. But then autumn, and autumn would set in and you would start to see the season change and you would notice that the leaves are starting to turn and you would think, my gosh, the plants are starting to die and the trees are starting to lose their leaves. If you don't understand the cycle, you would do everything you could to bring those plants into a greenhouse. But those plants will go to sleep anyway, and the more you try to stimulate the growth in those trees, the better chance you have of killing the forest. The leaves all fall down and then you hit winter. And in that winter, that is a season of renewal. When Stalin said to Kondratieff, "Which is the better system, capitalism or communism," Kondratieff said, well, let me look at it. And he came back to him with the Kondratieff Wave and said, you know what, capitalism is because capitalism, they allow things to fail. And when they fail, they go into a season of renewal and then the green shoots start again. Where communism, we can't allow it to fail. We'll continue to prop up the old outdated systems, we'll continue to prop up the bad decisions of others because we can't allow it to fail. So in the end capitalism will win because it will reset itself and it will be a short period of time. It will only last a season. And then there will be three seasons of growth. Stalin thanked him for his analysis and then executed him. We see that Kondratieff was right. We use his language of the green shoots. But yet we don't listen to him. That 1937 feeling that's coming over Paul Krugman doesn't take into account the Kondratieff Wave. And these bubbles have gotten bigger and bigger. We started with the dot com bubble, the pets.com bubble when everybody was like, yeah, I've got to buy that. Pets.com, $300 a share? That makes sense. I don't even know what they sell. I don't know anybody that but it's pets.com. People love pets, people have computers. What a surprise, they failed. And they should have failed. But the government immediately ran in and tried to make the booboo go away. The Fed rushed in and tried to make things better and then we had the September 11th event, and the Fed tried to make the booboo go away and they rushed in. And each time they rush in, they lower interest rates and they make money, spending, debt, more affordable. Then we had the housing bubble, and you see how each one of these is getting bigger. The housing bubble still has remnants of the dot com bubble and 9/11. And we've just compounded it and taken those three now events and made them into one giant event. And now what we're doing, there was a story in the New York Times on Sunday. Do they even read their own paper? There was a story in the New York Times on Sunday that the bailing out of people's personal mortgages, going in and trying to save the homeowner on the front page of the New York Times is actually making things worse! Because instead of losing their homes, they get this blanket, they get this bailout and what they do is they get the bailout, they spend that money and they continue to pay for a house they cannot afford. And so eight months later they are even more destitute and the taxpayer is out of the money. And nothing's been solved. If you want to see green shoots, the kind of green shoots that grow into a tall, strong forest, you must allow winter to happen. These people who believe that we must stop all forest fires haven't worked a day with their hands in the soil. Forest fires, naturally occurring fires replenish the soil and make the forest stronger. And the longer you prevent any kind of fire, controlled burn to actually happen, the more chance you have of the entire forest burning down and that's what we've done. He says we can't stop spending. I believe the American people have told the truth of the situation and how if we don't stop spending soon, a forest fire beyond your wildest imagination will burn the country to the ground and there won't be anything left. If we don't allow the system to reset now, economics like physics laws of nature, you cannot change them. If it doesn't reset now, it will only like a snowball gather more mass and it will slam at the bottom of the hill at some point. It will do more damage. It will be harder to clean up. Congratulations, New York Times and Paul Krugman for being half right. I haven't seen the New York Times being half right in quite some time. That may be an all time record for 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.

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.