Glenn recaps Mr. Tickle with Michelle Malkin




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GLENN: I want to, I want to talk to you a little bit about the fundamental transformation of this country that you and I have been seeing come for a long time. Some people have been on board and preaching this for a lot longer than I have. And it doesn't matter if you are just waking up today. The point is, wake up. I talked about that our country is like the Titanic. It's supposedly the strongest ship ever built, the unsinkable Titanic. But it's that arrogance that caused them to not have enough lifeboats because this ship is unsinkable. Had they not had that arrogance, people would have lived. If they had not had that arrogance, perhaps they would have been more vigilant around the ice. If they hadn't have said the ship is unsinkable, perhaps the Titanic would have pulled into New York and we wouldn't know the name of the ship Titanic because it was just another ship and they come and go. We have the same arrogance on our country. It's unsinkable, it will always be this way. And because of that arrogance, we don't build lifeboats. We think that it will always be this way. We think that nothing could ever sink it, nothing could ever change. Even though, unlike the Titanic, we had a rip in the side. We missed an iceberg, just barely, and it ripped part of our side open. That was on September 11th. And we all looked at each other and then we looked at the captain of the ship and he said, don't worry, everything's going to be okay. Even though we all looked at each other in that moment and said, oh, my gosh..

I was thinking this last night. Do you realize that it was nine years ago, nine. If I would have said to you on September 12th, 2001, in less than nine years, 8 1/2, we will not have any more terrorist activity, no terrorist will hit us on our own soil in the next 8 1/2 years but we will destroy ourselves from the inside. We will spend our way into oblivion. We won't even listen to people's campaign promises. They will be able to say anything and get away with it. The corruption inside of Washington will be so strong and so severe, and the administration and those members in congress will reveal themselves as Maoists, Marxists, and revolutionaries, and in eight to nine years we will talk about the fundamental transformation of America, and the American president will go from sea to sea, continent to continent, apologizing for America. You would have called me insane. Look where we are.

Yesterday I had what's his face on for a full hour. I said during the show last night, I'm sorry that I wasted your time because our problems are so enormous. But I held out hope that when a man loses everything and is at the bottom, he will turn his life around. I'm willing to roll the dice because I turn my life around. I believe in redemption. The guy I had on said he understood that. Clearly he didn't. Michelle Malkin was on yesterday. We had not her but because of some other things that I took out on her, and I apologized both on and off the air to her yesterday, I you know, she said, why are you having him on? Why are you spending an hour with him? There are other better people. And she's right. She was right about him. Complete and total dirt bag. However I think even though I said we wasted your time yesterday, I think we accomplished more in an hour to put this story to bed because it would have gone on and on and on for three weeks people arguing back and forth about him. The guy hung himself in an interview that couldn't have been seven minutes, couldn't have been half hour. By the end of the how are you knew exactly who this guy was, and we don't need to spend any more time on him. And that's why we have to, because of what I said about the Titanic, what I said about 8 1/2 years, look how fast things are happening. We're running out of time. We need some bold people that are willing to tell the truth and fall on their own sword. We need some people to stand up for what is right, righteous and true. He's clearly not the guy. We'll move on and continue to educate on what's going on and who's responsible.



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Michelle Malkin is back with. Hello, Michelle.

MALKIN: Hi, Glenn.

GLENN: Good, how are you doing? I know you are not the kind that would ask me for this, but I am the kind to volunteer it, you were right.

MALKIN: Well

GLENN: No no no, enjoy it.

MALKIN: No I don't actually. You know watching it all unfold is sad, you know it makes me mourn for our country, it makes me mourn for the lack of integrity in Washington and you know I said at the beginning of our interview yesterday, Glenn, that I was going to watch and that while I thought that there were lost opportunities, on the other hand in the end, it ended up being a very useful thing to watch and

GLENN: What was the use in it for you?

MALKIN: Well, I think just the painful prolonged exposure of someone who was obviously a creep ocrat which, you know, many of us who had followed his career and many folks out there who know about his long history and I think this is one of the unplumped points that is yet to be exposed. He has had a long history of doing this. I have heard from folks who served with him in the Navy who tried to warn people about it and now they will be heard, I think thanks to this, you know, pretty much extensive and unassailable exposure of his sordid character.

GLENN: Do you think how I ended the show last night is how I started the show. I said, you have to ask yourself these questions and then you have to say, does it affect me. And I'm not interested in theoretical news. I'm only interested in the news that I can apply to make myself better or our country better.

MALKIN: Yes.

GLENN: And I don't think this affects anyone at this point. Now it's just theoretical because I don't think they are really going to clean anything up. It's like Charlie Rangel. They are not going to clean it up. If it affects them, if it helps them, they will clean it up. If it doesn't, they don't care.

MALKIN: Yeah. Well, I'll say that it affects folks to this extent. This isn't just about Eric Massa, and we know that. This is about a House ethics committee that is essentially a corruption enabling cesspool and has been under both Republican and Democrat administrations. And to the extent that your audience and activists and people who care about integrity and government and returning this government to the limits and the constitutional accountability that it should have, I think that pointing to the House ethics committee and this shadow office of congressional ethics that was set up in the wake of the Abramoff scandals is something that you can do. I mean, here you have a woman who got up, wields her gavel and then invokes her gender as some sort of sense of moral superiority that now that a woman is in charge, we really will drain the swamp? Somebody needs to hold her accountable for those promises. And that's people who are going to be able to go to the polls in 2010 and 2012 and people who are going to be able to run office and show these creepocrats and corruptocrats how to run a clean government.

GLENN: Did you hear the audio from Nancy Pelosi?

MALKIN: I did.

GLENN: Is that, when she says play it here for me, Pat. When she says this isn't about diabetes, this is about diet, this should take the breath away from people.

PELOSI: You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one of the items. But I don't know if you have heard that it is a legislation for the future. Not just about healthcare for America but about a healthier America. Where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or an out of pocket. That prevention, prevention, prevention's about diet, not diabetes.

GLENN: Stop. That is remarkable because it's all about control. This shows Glenn the lies. This isn't about, this is about control of every aspect of your life.

MALKIN: It's always about power and I think as a parallel to that, of course, you've got a first lady, Michelle Obama, who's waging this antiobesity campaign and the question that I always ask, have to ask is what is this really about? Who is this really serving? And as I pointed out a couple of ways ago, this is not about trimming children's waistlines. This is about a union power grab. She wants to expand the child nutrition act because who does it serve the most? The purple shirted army of the Service Employees International Union whose members are serving the kids in the cafeterias. It's about beefing up their membership roles and fattening their coffers. It is always about power, particularly with these healthcare campaigns. And expansions of government into the healthcare arena.

GLENN: Real quick because I'm running about four minutes late.

MALKIN: Yep.

GLENN: But let me just ask you, does this pass? Do you think this passes? Are they going to get this through, healthcare?

MALKIN: There are no inevitabilities in politics. I think that's what the last year has shown. I mean, that is the purpose of

GLENN: But what's your gut say?

MALKIN: No. My gut says no. I mean, there have been enough people who have pounded the pavements on the streets over the last year and I think that, you know, with Obama on the road show, it really is crunch time now. You cannot depend on the House and Senate parliamentarians to stop this.

GLENN: I have to tell you, I you were right yesterday. I hope you're right now. Okay. Thanks a lot, Michelle.

MALKIN: Thanks a lot, Glenn.

GLENN: We'll talk again. Bye bye.

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.

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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.