Glenn's one on one with Sarah Palin



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GLENN: When I first walked in to this great restaurant I've never been to before, when I walked in, my makeup and hair people and everything that do all the stuff for our show, they were there and Sarah was sitting in a chair and she was she had her BlackBerry and she was going on her BlackBerry and I walked in and I said, Governor, how are you? And she said, Fine, Glenn. Oh, how great to meet you, etc., etc. And it was kind of an awkward because I feel like I know her and so I she was sitting in the chair and I kind of reached over and grabbed her hand and kissed her on the cheek and I said, Thank you so much for doing this. And she said, No problem. She said, I'm just preparing now. And I said, What do you mean? And she held up her BlackBerry and she said, Oh, I'm wondering why you have me here at the Statue of Liberty. And I said, Because it's a symbol of trust and I think that's what we've lost and that's what this show is about is trust and I want to point that out. And she said, So, you're not going to ask me about the 25 windows?

Stu: The 25 windows?

Glenn: I said, The 25 windows? What are you talking about, the 25 windows? She said, The 25 windows. Come on. Don't play with me. 25 windows, they stand for the different minerals. I said, You could be making that up right now. I have no idea. There are 25 windows in the Statue of Liberty?

Stu: And they stand for minerals?

Pat: I didn't know that.

Glenn: And she said, So, the seven points? I said, Which points? And she said, The ones on her head, you know, the crown. And I said, I mean, I can challenge you that it's not a crown, but what are the seven points? And she said, The seas and the continents. And I said, no, we're not going down that road. And she just looked at me like, Um Hum. And I turned around and I walked off for a minute. I come back and she's still Googling. So, now she's Googling now she's Googling Ellis Island. Her shields were so high. I have never met now, I will tell you this: Debra, who does makeup for the show, she was the one and I think I shared this story with you she was the one that said to me at the end of last year, she said, well, it's a year. How do you feel? And I said, Tired. And she said, Yeah. I can tell. And I said she said, I can tell. Television does that to you and television changes you. And I said, Oh, geez, Debra. Have I changed? She said, Yes, you have. And I said, Oh, this doesn't sound good. How? She said, It's actually quite sad. She said, You don't trust anybody anymore. When you came here a year ago, you trusted people. You don't trust anybody. And I said, It's true. I don't. I don't want that to bleed into my real life. I just don't trust Washington and I just don't trust anybody in the media, but other than that, I still trust people. Sarah Palin is exactly the same way. As high as my shields are when I, you know, bump into Katie Couric or, you know, I walk onto a set with Jay Leno or whatever, my shields are very high. I don't even think I have shields as big and as thick and as high as Sarah Palin. What she has gone through is remarkable. I asked her on the air and she didn't really answer, she didn't give the specifics. I said, Do you know when you stopped trusting people? And I don't think she'll mind me telling, because it was something that happened after the show, she told me the moment that she stopped trusting people in the media and it's exactly, exactly I mean almost identical situation on when I stopped trusting people in the media. The one thing I learned about Sarah Palin is we're very similar in our experiences . The other thing I learned about Sarah Palin is we couldn't be more different. Todd showed up with frost bite on his face. I said, you know it's 2009. You don't have to be outside anymore. And he just looked at my like I was an alien life form. He is a man's man and the most honest part of the conversation yesterday, the part where I went, this is why I like you, and I didn't say it out loud. I'm going to play it and I think it's why you like her, as well, but I don't know if it translated to television. I don't know if you could feel it, but a moment happened on television last night where, in fact, you can hear the pause before I ask the next question, because I was wrestling with what I was going to say because that one took me by surprise. All I can think is when she was saying it, was I believe you. I 100 percent believe you. You're telling the truth. And I'll play that for you here in just a second and share with you what happened afterwards, to where the point where she said, I can't trust people in the media at all.

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Glenn: 1 888 727 BECK. I want to play for you one of the more honest point, in fact, the point where I said, this is what America needs to know about Sarah Palin and it is the place where I thought she was the not that I felt that she was untruthful anywhere else. So, I can't say it was the most truthful, because I don't think she lied to me at all. I think she was the most unguarded here. I don't think anybody can ask her a question at this point and have her risk, you know you can't really know what a President is going to do unless they're willing to go out on a limb. You can't have a real conversation. This is what I tried to have with her yesterday, not an interview and a gotcha, but a conversation. And I think she is very cautious and so you can't really have that unless you can't really have a conversation unless the person is willing to risk and she's done I think she's done enough risking for awhile, but she spoke of the future and I believed her. We're going to play that here in a couple of seconds, because we have to take a break here and I don't want to cut it off and I want you to hear the whole thing. The other thing is I asked her on the air, When did you stop trusting? And she said whatever she said on the air, but off the air I had the magazine cover of Time that I signed and had the magazine cover of Newsweek, which she signed. The Newsweek cover was. Ment how do you stop this Sarah Palin problem? And had her in the, you know, shorts. Mine was on Time: Madman: Is Beck bad for America? So, we signed them for a charity thing that we're both involved in. And I said to her, you know, Sarah, this is when when this picture was taken, this is when I stopped trusting people. And I told her the story behind that picture and I told her the story approximate who took it and how they took it and how they just lied to me, without a soul, without a soul. This photographer was one of the most despicable people ever met because she didn't have any problem lying to my face and we had a contract on it and everything else and all the people involved were and then Time, they didn't care. They just took that photo and just used it in a different way and nobody cared. Nobody cared. And she looked at me and she said, this is the same story with me. This is when I knew. This is when I knew. She said that. We had a contract on that. It wasn't supposed to be used in any way. I said, same story. And she said when somebody I guess it's because you know, it's like the Native Americans. They didn't want their pictures taken because it takes your soul. That's kind of the way you feel when you first the photographer and they take a picture, they really are taking your image and you have to trust them. If you're going to do anything risky at all, you trust them and when they look you in the eye and say, No, no, no. Don't worry about it and then you go the extra distance and you have a contract but it doesn't matter, you think these people have no soul whatsoever. Is Sarah Palin the one? Could she be the next President of the United States? The answer is: Yes, but I have to give it a caveat because there's one thing that I require. There's one thing and I think you'll understand when I say it and I've only seen it from her one time and it's the one thing that Sarah Palin needs to have if she wants be to be the President of the United States, but I'm not convinced that she does want to be the President of the United States. I'm not convinced that's the direction she's going, and I'll share why I say that coming up in just a second.

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Glenn: 1 888 727 BECK, 1 888 727 BECK is the phone number. Sarah Palin, is she the one? People ask me all the time, Glenn, is she the one? Is she going to be the one? Can she be President, etc., etc. Can she be? Yes. Will she be? Well, if it's up to the Republicans, I doubt it. I think it's Mitt Romney's turn, which drives me crazy, but I think they take turns. Is she qualified? Yes, with a caveat. I need to see one thing and I didn't even feel it in her yesterday and it's really sad because it's a good thing that I didn't feel it in her. I've seen it only once from her and it was magnificent when I saw it, but if she wants to be the President of the United States, she needs to demonstrate it a couple of more times and I'll share that with you, coming up in just a second. I wanted to play the most honest thing and this is why this is, I think, the most important part of being President, myself. I mean, you have to have the aptitude and the intelligence and everything else, but, please, stop insulting Sarah Palin. I mean, all you have to do is go back and look at every single Republican. Look at them all. George Bush, he was dumb. George Bush, the first one, he was dumb. Ronald Reagan, he was dumb. Dan Quayle, he was dumb. Gerald Ford, he was dumb. Nixon was a crook. I mean, it is the MO on everybody. That is the way they do it. Let's stop buying into the dumb thing. You may not agree with her. You may not think she has the right answers. You may not have heard enough of the answers, whatever. That's fine. But she's not dumb. Stop insulting her. Here was the most, to me, the most honest piece during the hour long interview, it was this yesterday. Listen to the setup.

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Glenn: But the real answer is I came this close to losing my soul once because I bottomed out and went down the wrong path and excuse my poise voice. I'm sorry, Governor, but the I needed the atonement probably more than anybody else I know and I got it and I made a promise I would never I would never violate trust, I would keep my word, do the hard thing, I would I would follow just live the 10 commandments. Try that one on for size. I don't think you can go to Washington and not lose your soul.

Palin: Hum.

Glenn: I've never met somebody who went to Washington and came back and I went, you're a better person. Have you?

Palin: Come to think of it, I don't know if I have, Glenn.

Glenn: How do you

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Glenn: Stop for a second. That was genuine. She didn't I don't think she had thought of it that way before. I could see in her that she was, you know, the hum, hum, but when I said, have you? That was an honest search in her, you know, data bank, scanning, scanning. No. But here it comes.

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Glenn: The system is so infected. How do you as an individual go in. I'm not asking if you're going to run, but let's just say you were going to run.

Palin: Uh huh.

Glenn: How do you go in and how do I, as a voter, know that you're not going to cut so many side deals to get that power, that by the time you have that power, you're no longer who we needed?

Palin: I think a voter first needs to sincerely know and it sounds impossible, but sincerely know who that candidate is to see what their track record is and to see if they have lost their soul along the way.

Glenn: We're not even talking about track record anymore. We're talking we're not talking about how did you vote. We're talking about trust. How do you restore trust and honor? How do you how do we even know anymore?

Palin: That's what everybody is asking. That's what those who are conscientious and concerned about America are asking and those who are so disenchanted and disgusted with Washington DC, I don't have that answer. I'm asking the same thing. How do we know that we can trust what's going on in the White House? The White House?

Glenn: Do you know?

Palin: I don't know. I don't know, but I don't feel that some of the things that they are doing are trustworthy.

Glenn: I have to tell you that every time I bring up your name and somebody says, who's out there, I answer one of two ways. I'm waiting for George Washington to appear and then it's usual followed by your name. And I say, but I don't know.

Palin: Uh huh, uh huh.

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Glenn: Listen to her answer here. This is it.

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Glenn: I don't know I don't know if you're smart enough. I find this insulting. Your kids must find that extraordinarily insulting when they hear that. It's not that you're not capable or anything else. I don't know. I don't know I can't give my trust out to anybody anymore.

Palin: Yeah, yeah.

Glenn: Every time you do, they burn you. Every time you're, like, oh.

Palin: It's because we have a fallen world and mankind has fallen and we can never put I don't believe that we were created to be able to put our faith wholly, solely, except for our spouse, in another person, certainly not in a politician. I don't believe that except, you know, looking back on our founding fathers and seeing the sincerity there, the genuine love that they had of country, I don't think in recent days we can find too many of those politicians.

Glenn: That's why we've got to stop taking from the barrel and start picking from the free.

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Glenn: Can you stop for a second? Notice she says a fallen world. I mean, this is, as many of the left has their Saul Alinsky speech, this is religious speak. We're in a fallen world. So, you can't, except for your spouse, which I really like her spouse, you can't really trust anybody but your spouse. You can't really lend that and get into anybody else but your spouse. I thought that was critical, but now listen.

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Glenn: founder?

Palin: You know, well, all of them because they came collectively together with so much diverse

Glenn: Bull crap. Who's your favorite?

Palin: so much diverse opinion and so much diversity in terms of belief but collectively to form the union.

Glenn: (Inaudible.)

Palin: No. And they were led by, of course, George Washington. So, he's got to rise to the top. Washington was the consummate statesman. He served. He returned power to the people. He didn't want to be a king. He returned power to the people. Then he went back to Mount Vernon. He went back to his farm. He was almost reluctant to serve as President, too. And that's who you need to find to serve in government, in a bureaucracy, that's who you know will serve for the right reasons, because they're reluctant to get out there and seek a limelight and see power. They're doing it for the people. That was George Washington.

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Glenn: Okay. Now, everybody just let it run. Just let it run, Sarah. Just bring it down a bit. Everybody is everybody's talking about George Washington and she's talking about George Washington and everybody is saying that I said "bull crap" here, "Oh, bull crap," but listen to how she this is why she likes George Washington. Listen.

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Glenn: So beyond question that he can bring people together and say, Look. We've got to do this. It's going to be hard.

Palin: That's exactly what we need to seek in a candidate, someone I'll repeat this almost reluctant to serve. Someone who will not prostitute themselves and say what they believe a voter wants to hear at that time in order to get elected, but someone who the people find and ask, will you sacrifice, will you do this for our country to get us back on the right track.

Glenn: That is why I think you're on the most admired list, because some people find you to be that. As you came out of the blue and you did serve, you were asked to serve and you got butchered and you continually get butchered and, yet, you're still going.

Palin: Well, let me tell you one thing in that vein. I would be perfectly happy to go back to Wasilla, Alaska, with my five children and my grandson and raise a happy, healthy family, loving our great outdoors, doing the things that we do in Alaska, but if I believe that in some capacity I can help this great nation, I'm going to be willing to sacrifice and to

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Glenn: Stop, stop. This was the most unguarded she was, when she said, I am absolutely willing to go back to Wasilla and live out my life. That eight seconds was absolutely true. I think there's a big part of her that says and I think part of it I don't have anything to back this up except my thinking about Todd with frost bite all over his face, standing there Manhattan. I mean, this is, like, a foreign this is like putting, you know this is like putting Norah O'Donnell on the moon. I mean, it's a foreign landscape. Putting Todd Palin in Manhattan had be to be just like, what am I doing here? It's weird here. He's got frost bite on his face because he was out having fun and doing you know, living the great outdoors. There's a big part of her that I think would be totally fine and wrestles with, I'm just going back. I don't need this. I don't care. A willingness to serve.

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.