Glenn Beck: Dems in Desperation


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GLENN: Did you see, by the way, that this show is under fire today because we're using a clip from Martin Luther King there, now is the time. As if the left owns Martin Luther King's ideas. As if Martin Luther King's idea of "I have a dream, now is the time to make that dream," don't see people for the color of their skin but the content of their character as if the left owns that idea.

PAT: Not only do they not own it, we don't even understand it.

GLENN: They don't even understand it. It is incredible to me how. It is incredible for somehow or another I am under fire for right before Martin Luther King Day Glenn Beck comes out and uses Martin Luther King's words. Oh, the humanity, unbelievable. This brings me to what I believe is coming our way. John is now among three prominent Democrats not planning to run again. Christopher Dodd is leaving. How many of these Democrats are jumping ship because they see that it's on fire? The strategy is, for the Democrats, to do a couple of things. One I explained last hour and that is get rid of the faces that everybody says that guy's part of the problem, at least in districts where, you know, they haven't gerrymandered the thing so much and especially in the House where they haven't like, for instance, Barney Frank will never, ever leave. If you look at how they gerrymandered his district, he doesn't have to worry about anything. It's almost saying you, you're in Barney Frank's district but your wife lives in the same house, she's not. It's almost like splitting the beds, you know, the kitchens and the bathrooms in half if the family disagrees on Barney Frank. And there's a lot of these people on both the left and the right that are like that. But where they can't control the districts like this, where you've got Chris Dodd as senator, you've got problems. And these people have to go away for the good of the party. They've been good and loyal servants, but they need another good and loyal servant, and the party needs to reinvent itself without reinventing itself. It needs an image change because Barack Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party.

Can you imagine if George Bush was coming into his first year, after his first year in office with numbers like this with Republicans just jumping ship, I mean long term iconic Republicans jumping ship. Can you imagine what the press would be saying about the damage done by this president and his policies? You don't hear that. You don't hear that the Democratic Party is being decimated. And it is. But don't worry. They have a two part plan. One, ask those people to step aside because as I lined out for you, laid up for you last hour, there's a poll that came out about a month ago that shows that Republican voters want to vote for somebody, and this is the same with independents, they want to vote for somebody who has their ideals and agrees with them ethically and morally and in their approach to life. Republican voters want to vote for somebody, and this is the same with independents. They want to vote for somebody who has their ideals and agrees with them ethically and morally and in the their approach to life. Even if it means they lose. Democrats are cut from a different cloth. They just want to win. That speaks volumes. So that's the strategy of the Democratic Party: Win. Chris Dodd, step down, let somebody else, to quote Mark Lloyd, somebody's got to ask themselves who can step down so somebody else can have a turn. Richard Blumenthal is that answer and they're hoping that you won't notice that the party hasn't changed. It's the same thing, just a different face. Well, a different face doesn't you know what? It is another example of the progressive movement. They gave you the choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. In many ways they're the same person. They're just going to take you there slower. You know, John McCain is just going to take you to the same destination just a lot slower. Barack Obama's hyperspeed. I'm tired of those choices, and that's what the Democrats are going to give you now. Well, no, no, no, we're giving you a fresh face. That Chris Dodd, he's gone now. All right.

Here's the second piece of this puzzle. And I want to get out in front of it now because to quote Martin Luther King, now is the time. Here's what's going to happen. I believe Rahm Emanuel has gotten together with Gutierrez? Is that from Illinois? Is that the

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Okay. He's the guy who's going to be writing the new immigration bill. The new immigration bill I believe is going to be just outrageous. I have no idea, but I would imagine that they're going to make it outrageous because this is the only thing they have left. They had global warming and we were Holocaust deniers. But global warming, I mean, have you checked the thermometer lately? Global warming nobody buys anymore. And the pushback on Al Gore, that thing is collapsing and it's collapsing fast. Do you notice in the last, in the last six months when Al Gore would speak, people would shout him down or they would push back? Reporters were even beginning to push back. That global warming thing is falling apart. So they can't shut down debate anymore and they're losing on that. You can't call, you can't call us Holocaust deniers anymore. Flat earthers. Because we're on to you. Healthcare? They called us all kinds of names for healthcare. But they haven't really used their most powerful card. But what they think is the most powerful card will be their undoing. But it is going to be a battle to the death, I believe. You just have to know which one is playing.

Here's what's going to happen. They're going to make the healthcare bill come out and they are going to redesign it. They are going to redesign this thing. I don't know how, but they're going to come out and they're going to make sure that it is absolutely insulting for people who believe in the rule of law but they are going to cloak it in just this mother and child sort of friendly wonderful, happy families just like you kind of nonsense. I'm sure those people are families just like me and you except my family came here legally. Here's what they're going to do. They are going to make this about race. And they have already smeared Fox and said Fox is not even a news organization, Glenn Beck is this and that. But they are going to make this into race. Anything that they can do to make it into race, to cry racist from the top of their lungs. Unfortunately they are going to fail at that because people, the game, the paradigm has changed and the only ones that don't understand it are them. And maybe we're too late to the game and they just, they know something that I don't know. Maybe they have already put the structure in place that is so strong that it doesn't matter to them anymore because they know how the game ends, with them in power in a transformed America. Maybe it does in their world end that way, but believe me that only makes things much, much worse for them because Americans are not Soviets. We won't live under that kind of rule. They don't understand that the paradigm is changed. They have pushed Americans to the wall. And Americans are good people. I personally want I agree with Bill Gates. I want it easier for companies and for people who are coming over here and they are the brightest minds. They are the strongest people in their home country. I want them coming here. Bill Gates begged George W. Bush, make it easier for people to get a certain kind of visa. I was with him on that. He was saying we're losing all of the best and brightest talent to other countries. I fought with him on that! We talked about it on this program! SEIU has, we have audio of SEIU where they are talking about their membership here in the United States is not just Mexicans who are from overseas but they're Europeans. They are Irish, they are English, they're Italians, they're Russians, they're Chinese. I mean, he's talking about all of them. Well, that doesn't there's no race there. What, I have a problem against people who are German? I come from German descent. Have a problem with Italians? My wife is Italian. It's not Mexico. It's not the color of your skin, to quote Martin Luther King. It's the content of your character. And I'm sorry, but you don't have the great content of character if you are intentionally breaking the law currently and you say, make special exceptions for me. This is going to turn into a race baiting contest. Because they need to energize their own base. Because the uber left has really kind of been lost. So what do they do to energize it? You've got to give them red meat and global warming ain't it now. What you do is you infuse millions of new voters by making them legal and at the same time you point the finger at your opposition and you cry "Racist!" Sometimes the racist charge needs to be looked at. Other times it's just a game. Watch for it. It's coming.

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.

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Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.