Glenn Beck: Dodd won't run again



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


by Glenn Beck


GLENN: Let's start with Chris Dodd, shall we? Chris Dodd has decided that he's not going to run for reelection. Gee, who would have, who would have seen that one coming, huh? Chris Dodd, a guy who I mean, I live in Chris Dodd's state. Chris Dodd is I would say universally disliked in Connecticut. You live in Connecticut, too, Pat, wouldn't you say?

PAT: Yes, yep. I see Dump Dodd bumper stickers wherever I go.

GLENN: Everywhere, everywhere.

PAT: All over the place.

STU: I think Pat any need to unionize because if you think about it, with Chris Dodd going away, our jobs become much more easier because there's a lot less material and I think that we deserve more money to do our jobs because if Chris Dodd isn't providing constant material every single day. I mean, it's raising our workload.

GLENN: A, Barney Frank. Barney Frank will always be there.

STU: Well, yes.

GLENN: And B, do you know who's going to run in his place?

STU: I do not.

GLENN: Richard Blumenthal.

STU: I bet we'll have a lot of new material.

GLENN: Does anybody remember the interview I did with Richard Blumenthal where I said George Washington would find you a disgrace. It didn't end well. It didn't end well.

PAT: That was the one he wanted to that's right. He was going to confiscate their money or

GLENN: Yeah, remember?

PAT: They were going to tax 100%, all of that stuff.

GLENN: He wanted to go in and confiscate the money that they were getting in bonuses and there was a contract and everything else and I said, look, I find it obscene what they're doing as well, but you can't do that. And I asked him where in the law, sir, do you he's the attorney general of Connecticut: Where in the law, sir, do you find that power to be able to do that? "Well, I just, it's wrong that we no, no, that's not the question. Where in the law do you find the power? The attorney general of Connecticut could not answer the question because he had no power to do that. The guy is a he jumps on the bandwagon of anything that will get him press. Now, this goes back, with Chris Dodd there are so many things to talk about here, but I want to start at this level. Do you remember the poll that showed the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats? The Republicans wanted someone, this is a new poll that's out. The new majority of Republicans wanted someone that reflected their values. The Democrats wanted someone who could win. You remember this poll? Where it didn't you don't have to reflect my values. I don't really care what you believe. Just win. That was the Democratic voter in this poll. The Republicans and you're seeing it played out right now. Once again the local Republican Party has censured Lindsey Graham for cap and trade. They're going after Lindsey Graham. Lindsey Graham can win. Lindsey Graham is a strong candidate for the Republicans if you don't care what they stand for, if you don't care that the guy's a progressive. But the Republicans, at least this handful of Republicans, are going after Lindsey Graham and they're eating their own. Meanwhile the guy that helped design the banking problems, the guy who helped design the stimulus package and the guy who took a lead role in the healthcare package is being Fed to the dogs by Rahm Emanuel. Stepdown. Now, I'm sure he's just going to say, it's time for me to go. Uh huh.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: What kind

PAT: Just ran for president and that kind of makes it tough to wash.

GLENN: Well, I think he's got to let's not throw him under the bus that he would just do anything for anybody. I mean, he's the he's only the guy who moved his family to Iowa.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: To be able to run for president and win, win the Iowa caucus. I mean, it's not that he doesn't have a spine or any kind of shame.

STU: Well, he might have, he might not have shame but the strategy was so successful. I mean, look at the results. I mean, he got over zero votes. Well, he got over less than, between zero and two votes and they were important votes.

GLENN: So the question is did Chris Dodd, a guy who just ran for president of the United States, say you know, I've been thinking about it.

PAT: I'm tired of all this power.

GLENN: I've got to get out.

PAT: I'm tired of sweetheart deals from Countrywide.

GLENN: I'm so tired.

PAT: Tired.

GLENN: Of being able to get away with things that the regular folk just can't get away with.

PAT: It's too cold. I want to be prosecuted for my crimes now.

GLENN: When I break the law, I want to be

PAT: I want to be prosecuted.

GLENN: I want to have no safety net of power and control.

PAT: Like everybody else. It's only fair.

GLENN: It's only fair.

PAT: He's looking for fairness.

GLENN: You know what? He's following Mark Lloyd. Some people need to look and say who's going to step down so others can have a turn.

PAT: That's a perfect example.

GLENN: Economic justice. Power justice. That's all he's doing. Or... is it a possibility that Chris Dodd got a phone call from somebody like Rahm Emanuel and Rahm said, you know, you're going to lose like crazy, but you've been a loyal soldier; good for you. Who's just fallen on their sword? You did! And we're going to take care of you, Chris. We're going to make sure that nothing happens to you. And you know what? Do you know I've got a friend, George Soros? He knows everybody in business. You are going to be so valuable in the financial industry because you oversaw the banking committee.

PAT: Chairman of the Senate banking committee.

GLENN: You are so who's valuable outside? You are. How did you who wants to be who wants to be the biggest financial lobbyist out there? Who wants to run a financial institution? You do!

PAT: But I'm a U.S. senator and I didn't but it's wrong.

GLENN: How much do you want to make a bet a deal has a golden parachute has been given to Chris Dodd by the Republican by the Democratic Party because they're going to bring Richard Blumenthal in, and Richard Blumenthal can win. And that's really all it's about is win. You see, they think, the Democrats think you're so stupid that you don't realize it's the party. You don't realize that it's not just the individuals. Oh, really? Ted Kennedy's gone. Oh, oh. Well, gee, that's kind of sad. I hate to see a man who lived a long and evil life pass and now what is did I say that out loud? Now what's going to happen? Oh, we're going to replace him. Oh, and gee, I hope things don't change. They're not gonna change! Because it's not just Ted Kennedy. It's the progressive movement!

See, the progressives do not believe in the power of the individual. They believe in the power of the collective. It doesn't matter if Chris Dodd leaves or not. I mean, it barely matters if a Republican gets in. But there's a better chance that the but not much, but there's a better chance that a Republican will actually do something if, if the Republican Party finds a soul and a spine. Look in your file cabinet, guys. It's probably under S. I know you haven't seen a soul for a long time because you sold them for a very low price long ago and I don't think any of you were born with spines, but check under S. You might want to look them up first in the encyclopedia or the dictionary, see what they look like, see what it's all about. Read a little bit about them. See if you can find one. If the Republicans can find a soul and a spine, then maybe it makes a difference. But personally so far all I've seen is the difference between Barack Obama and John McCain. That ain't a lot of difference. They're both for cap and trade. They were both for bailouts. They were both for healthcare. They're both for big solar panels. The difference was war. That was the difference. Which one was going to keep us safe. And that seems to be turning into an important issue. But if you don't have a country to keep safe, what difference does it make? If they fundamentally transformed our country, what difference does it make? You stand firm and you know the game they're playing. And I'll tell you I'm going to give you a preview of the game I fear they're going to play and how they're going to play it. Desperate people do desperate things. The Democratic Party is desperate and it doesn't matter. Only the win matters. Not how you play the game. So how are they going to play the game? I'll give it to you here in just a second.

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.