Glenn Beck: White House spinning the impossible

GLENN: I want to talk to you a little bit about the spin that's coming now from the White House on healthcare. Let's go to Pat's

VOICE: Pat's audio vault.

GLENN: Pat's audio vault. Here's what happened over the weekend.

VOICE: What happened over the course of the weekend was there have been a series of phone calls and conversations to try to see what the climate is, what's the possible. But what the president is always going to do is try to push hard for the American people. He is not going to give up on that because of one election in Massachusetts. He's going to continue to work hard.

PAT: Just one election.

VOICE: We don't know what's going to happen. He is going to try to fight for absolutely as much as he can. Now, all the core principles that he set forth at the very beginning of the process...

AXELROD: They look at the polling in the Washington Post yesterday.

PAT: David Axelrod.

AXELROD: On the Massachusetts race, it's very clear people don't want us to walk away from healthcare. They want Brown to come and work with us and not be obstructionist.

GLENN: Where?

VOICE: And I suggest the Republican Party look at that poll. People were crying out for cooperation instead of obtructionism.

GLENN: Wow.

VOICE: Right now, Chris, we're working with leaders on Capitol Hill to try to figure out the best path forward. We don't know we don't know what that is quite yet but those discussions with happening right now to see whether or not we can get something done.

GLENN: I can't take it.

PAT: It's unbelievable. Okay, so they elected Scott Brown to go to Washington to not be an obstructionist when they had Martha Coakley who would have made sure there was no obstruction done. You don't they are not even making sense with their spin anymore.

GLENN: No, no. And they are going, they are going to move

PAT: That's how desperate they are.

GLENN: Here's what they're going to do. They are going to move now finally to jobs. But understand now that their jobs program, you've already seen it. Remember if you pass this stimulus bill, we will not go over 8% unemployment. We're now at 10. So you've already seen that. It doesn't work. And let's just, you know, let's just get this out on the table on why Brown had the victory. It was about healthcare. It was about the economy. It was about terrorism. It was about Obama. But it's also about incumbency. Coakley was part of the machine. That's the big key I think everybody needs to understand is the machine. That's why independents are coming out. That's why Obama won, because they thought he could break the machine. They didn't realize that he was the machine!

Here's what I want a candidate to say and do this fall. I want a candidate to look me in the eyes and really say what they mean and mean what they say. I want to be able to not hear any of the double speak, I don't want to hear any focus group. I want to know exactly what you believe. I want to know that you work for me and not the machine. I want you I want to know that you're an American that believes in the Constitution. Not some evolving progressive document but the Constitution as it's written. I'd like to hear you talk a little bit about James Madison. I'd like to hear you talk a little bit about the founding fathers. I want to know. I don't care if you're Republican, I don't care if you're a Democrat or an independent. I don't care. To me it's about the issues and what you actually believe. I don't even care if you meet with lobbyists as soon as long as you're willing to put all of those meetings up on YouTube. Yep, you know what, guys? Going to meet with you guys here. That's totally cool, just have this little camera behind me. I'm just going to put it up on YouTube because I mean, you represent me. Shouldn't I know what you're doing? Promise me that you're never going to lie. Because I'm promising myself if you do lie, I'm done. You lie on anything, I'm done with you, done. Promise me that you're not going to vote for any budget increase. I want a decrease. I don't even want a freeze. I want a decrease. I don't want tax increases, I don't want any pork. I don't care how minuscule this pork is. None. In fact, I want people that will work for free, until you get the deficit under control. And if you can't do that whole free thing, I understand that. I want you to cut your salary every single year that you run a deficit. I want you to tell me that terrorists are terrorists, not even enemy combatants. To me that doesn't even go far enough. You are going to treat them as terrorists, not as some police action and not as some bad guys that are just misunderstood and we need to sit down and have a chat with them. I don't care who contributes to your campaign as long as you don't know who they are as well. You keep those campaign lists away from you, forever. Tell me that only legal immigrants are going to enter our country, period. That's it. Legal. Not going to have any racist conversations with you because I don't think that I believe the American people are not racist. Oh, I believe there's maybe, what, 10, 20% of Americans that are racist? But that's not generally who they are. So I'm not going to have I mean, if you've demonstrated that you are a racist, you've got a little pointy hood, we should probably know about that. But if the charges about you being a racist are you just want legal immigrants? I don't have a problem with that. I need you to say only legal immigrants. I want somebody to say, whew, we're in for some tough times and here's why: Let me show you the deficit, let me show you the spending, let me show you the corruption. And then have a plan that includes me.

I want you to tell me that you're not going to go in and bargain for any, like, special favors. If it's wrong for the country, I don't care how right it is for your state. Tell me how many terms you are going to serve and then stick to it. I don't need you to be a golfer, I don't need you to be, you know, a hero. You know, I want you to be like my grandfather. He was a hero to me. He was a teacher, he was a mentor, he was an honest man. That's all I need you to be. Admit to me that you've made mistakes. There are going to be some more. But also admit to me that your big mistakes are in the past, that you've made mistakes maybe but you're not repeating them. You know what I mean? I don't care what you did 15 years ago, I really don't. I don't care what you did 10 years ago. I don't care what you did 5 years ago, although it is starting to be relevant. I really need to see the document Asian of what you've done and how you've changed if it's been five years. And then just remember this one thing. Words have meaning because words, as a man thinks, he becomes. Words have meaning. They have action. God spoke it and it became. Pharaoh let it be written, let it be said. Let it be written, let it be done. It's the same thing.

If you're weak, if you're unsure, if you're not sure what's important in life, if you're not willing to sacrifice your name, your reputation, really your life at this point, if you're not willing because that's really, I mean, you are dealing with those kinds of people. If you're not willing to say these things I believe and I will, I'll die for, then you are not the guy. And that's okay. Just get out of the way so we can find the guy. And just know that if that's the guy you are going in, have you ever, ever heard of anybody being a better man when they left Washington? If you are not that guy going in, you don't stand a chance of surviving. And coming out and getting home with your soul. That's probably a good reason for term limits for anybody who's reasonable. I probably shouldn't spend so much time there because I'll lose my soul eventually.

You've got to be the strong person going in. You have to know what you're up against. And if you are willing to fight it and you are willing to not be a part of the machine but dismantle the machine, man, you are going to have all kinds of support. You'll have all kinds of support. But just a warning. The minute you lie to us, you're done. I can handle even people who are lying if I know they're liars. For instance, I I mean, I knew that's what we were getting into with Barack Obama, didn't you? I mean, we knew we were getting into that. So I'm not so surprised. But if you're going to campaign as one of us, you know, me and you against the machine, and you become part of the Borg, oh, no, that's not going to go well, no.

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.