Top Glenn of 2010!

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December 30, 2010

#1 The Miracle on the Mall

 

The biggest moment of Glenn in 2010, and probably his whole broadcast career, was undoubtedly the “Restoring Honor” Rally on 8/28. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC Glenn addressed hundreds of thousands of people (sorry CBS), and gave them an inspirational message about faith, hope, and charity. There were numerous guest stars at the event, including baseball superstar Albert Pujols and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Sarah Palin delivered a message in support of the troops. And at the end of it all, Glenn unveiled a new Black Robe Regiment, a group of spiritual leaders who would go back to their communities and carry the message of 8/28.

Of course, the event didn’t just end when people left the mall. The MSM couldn’t stop debating everything from the crowd size to the message. Other groups and media figures tried and failed to recapture the same spirit and energy that was there on 8/28, and in the end only the people that were there and took part in the shared experience that day will truly understand what it meant. Read about the weekend HERE.

The Spirit of 8.28

  

For months, Glenn poured his efforts into a non-profit cause, auctioning off anything he could think of. The goal for Glenn was to give as much as possible to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation on August 28th at the “Restoring Honor” Rally. During a broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn recounted a story that he felt embodied the virtue of charity, a recurring theme on his TV and radio programs over the 2010 year.

On his way back from a fundraising dinner, Glenn was reviewing the recent donations he had received, focusing on some of the big donors. Glenn said, “What else did we get? And [a staff member] said, well, we also got a letter in and the person said, I can't make it because I can't afford to come, but I believe in our special forces and I believe in what you're doing. And honor is the key. I wish I could come, but I can't but I wanted to show my support and this is all I could afford. In the envelope was a baggy, and this is not from a child. 8 cents, 8 pennies.”

Glenn was speechless. He tried to wrap his mind around what motivated a person to make a donation of eight pennies. And then he took the pennies and put them in his pocket - after replacing them with eight new ones, of course. Glenn explained, “I remember filling up my gas tank and having to count it out in change. I remember the days that, you know, my kids didn't think that my gas tank held more than $5.27. This to me is the epitome of our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

For Glenn, those eight pennies epitomized the notion of charity, where an individual gives as much as they can, of their own free will, to a cause in which they believe. Glenn had those pennies in his pocket during his speech on 8/28 at the Lincoln Memorial.

Divine Destiny

The night before 8/28, Glenn assembled a group of loyal listeners for a free event at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. For hours, people waited in line outside the Kennedy Center in order to get tickets to what Glenn promised would be an uplifting and spiritually enlightening event. And what an event it was! While ticket quantities were limited, Insider Extreme members were able to watch the event live over the Internet. Glenn and David Barton hosted the event, which was highlighted by gospel music, prayer, and testimonials. Chuck Norris even made an appearance on stage!

The abundance of miracles, amazing moments, people & memories makes 8.28, The Miracle on the Mall, the top Glenn moment of 2010. Click HERE to see the complete list.


December 29, 2010

Redefining media: Glenn launches the all new Insider Extreme @ Nokia Theater

This ain’t your momma’s webcam (wait – that sounded kind of creepy. That’s not what was intended – anyway)…Glenn may broadcast everyday from high above Times Square, but for the launch of Insider Extreme he took the show right to the heart of it all. Setting up at the Nokia Theater, Glenn unveiled the future of broadcasting in March of 2010. Glenn took the audience through the history of media, from print to radio to television, and finally to the web. More than any other event in 2010, the launch of Insider Extreme was a revolutionary moment for The Glenn Beck Program. The radio show, once a mostly auditory experience with a single web cam, became a professional six camera shoot. GlennBeck.TV saw the launch of a second show, the 4th Hour, which saw Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray step into a starring role tackling the news and issues that don’t fit into the regular three hours, as well as fan’s favorite topics (Sports!) and games l ike More On Trivia. The stage show was also the first Insider Extreme Special Event, a precursor to live events like Divine Destiny, Election Night, and America’s First Christmas. Check out this recap video of the first 5 months HERE. Look for even more to come in 2011 - get details on some of the new features  HERE.

Election Night 2010 & subsequent gloat-fest

No one had ever seen election coverage quite like this. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on fancy technology and “qualified” experts, Glenn broke out chalkboards and stickers. He relied on Stu for expert analysis, while Pat provided some armchair commentary. Brian Sack provided “on the ground” coverage from Times Square, San Francisco, Alaska, and, of course, Jupiter. Among the night’s many highlights was Glenn wandering off camera for twenty minutes, Brian Sack's “wardrobe malfunction”, and general conservative domination of the election results. But there was perhaps no bigger highlight than Alan Grayson losing the election, which Stu, Pat and Glenn pointed out over and over again. And again. And again. The five plus hours of coverage was available exclusively to Insider Extreme members and was the only place that Glenn could be found on election night.

Gloat-fest!

Not quite as fun as Gloat-fest 2004, but fun nonetheless. For one day only, Glenn & Co put all common decency aside and had a good hearty laugh at the expense of the Democrats who were absolutely thrashed in the mid-term elections. All the news wasn't perfect, of course - Barney Frank and Dick Blumenthal won their races. But Alan Grayson didn’t win! He lost. Badly! Watch gloat-fest 2010 HERE.


December 28, 2010

Glenn nominated for Time Person of the Year

Love him or hate him – one thing about Glenn that everyone can agree on is that people love to read about him. Fans want to hear what he has to say and so do the haters. That meant (unfortunately for America) Glenn’s mug was popping up everywhere.

Forbes Cover

Glenn talks a lot about how his business practices are more than a little unconventional, and yet 2010 has been Glenn’s most successful year yet. Forbes took notice, and on April 8th Glenn was the cover story on their magazine. It was an article about the success of his company. But it was really an article about you because Glenn's company literally wouldn't exist if it weren't for you. Your support has been amazing and it is truly appreciated. You work extremely hard for each and every dollar earned  - Glenn knows this and that's why it is his mission to ensure that when you spend your money (and even your time) with him, it's an investment you won't regret. Read the full article HERE.

NY Times Magazine

Glenn was all over the place in 2010. Washington DC, Wilmington, OH and various other cities all over the country. But perhaps the most shocking place Glenn showed up was on the cover of New York Times Magazine. The article made somewhat odd comparisons between Glenn and Drew Carey, talked about Glenn’s past and tendency to break out in tears, and - of course - his emergence as a media superstar. Nevertheless, Glenn found the article to be very fair, especially since it came from the bastion of media liberalism. To read the in depth (very long) article and see Glenn’s reaction, click HERE.

All the attention culminated with Glenn being nominated for Time’s Person of the Year – which eventually was awarded to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. But the real story isn’t that Glenn received recognition – this is recognition of you. Only a year prior you were ignored by Time in their ‘year in pictures’ – you felt alone – now everyone is hearing you loud and clear.


December 27, 2010

The Blaze

As if Glenn didn't have enough on his plate, he thought it'd be a good idea to pick up the slack for the mainstream media and start a brand new media platform. The latest is The Blaze ( theblaze.com), a site for news and opinion that's dedicated to covering all the big stories, and the stories the MSM are neglecting, spinning or not understanding. As Glenn put it, too many important stories were being overlooked or being distorted by the MSM. Let’s face it, Glenn was no stranger to complaining about the media. So he decided to do something about it. He went out and hired a team of journalists to go out and report the news the way it really happens.

Why call it The Blaze?

Glenn explains that when Moses saw the burning bush – the fire blazed  but the bush was not consumed. That fire was God. Stand in the truth and you will not be consumed – everything that isn’t the truth will eventually crumble.  Everyone at the Blaze will seek out truth and insight into current events, popular culture, and matters of faith and family. Built over just two months, The Blaze has already become a force to be reckoned with in the arena of online news, and 2010 was only the beginning. 2011 promises to be a big year for The Blaze as it continues to grow and become your #1 source for breaking news. Read Glenn's welcome note HERE.


December 24, 2010

Christmas Message from Glenn

Tomorrow is December 25th, what most think of as the end of the season.  But me, I see it as the “middle child” in our trilogy of American holidays.  We started back on Thanksgiving, preparing for the renewal that comes at the start of the New Year.  The thing is, January 1st can often be a disappointment. Not because your goals or resolutions were unrealistic, but because you didn’t properly prepare yourself spiritually.  That’s the process we’re going through.  So now that you cleared away the unnecessary distractions in your life on Thanksgiving (both material and otherwise) Christmas is the time to stop and think about what you really have and what it is you are truly grateful for.  This Christmas, I say that instead of spending the day saying, “Merry Christmas,” maybe it’s time we started to instead say, “Thank you.”

Christmas is a time for gratitude.  Think about just how blessed you are, and not just for your friends and family and whatever may be under the tree.  Think bigger. Think deeper.  Think of the Christ child and what he grew up to do.  What did he give up for you?  What are you willing to give up for others?  This is a time for service. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Be a shelter for someone else.  Help shoulder a burden and lighten someone’s load.  You, me…we all deserve a second chance, and that clean slate comes in the form of God’s redemption.  It’s the one gift we can all receive whenever we’re ready to accept it.  His redemption is always there for you, and not just on December 25th.

Be humble, get down on your knees and help your family rise up by getting down on their knees with you.  Christmas is a glorious time of year and perhaps the best time to remember the saying that goes, “All that is not given is lost.”  Show your gratitude through deeds and not just words.  Reflect on who you really are and what you really have. And through it all, be grateful that you’re here to experience it and know that the path towards redeeming your own life runs through the lives of others who also need help.  Then and only then can you be ready for what lies ahead in the New Year.  What a year it’s going to be!

And while I’m talking about gratitude, let me say just how thankful I am for you.  This year you have been especially gracious with your time and attention. You’ve sent me and my family your warm thoughts and prayers, and for that I will never be able to say thank you enough.  But I promise I’ll try.

May God bless you always, and I wish for you and yours a very Merry Christmas.


December 23, 2010

5pm on Fox still steamrolling

It was another great year on TV – the ratings continue to defy all the odds in the cable news world, routinely pulling down primetime numbers in a non-primetime slot. There were so many highlights, chalkboards, radicals and more – here’s 2 moments that stood out:

Glenn takes on Spooky Dude

Glenn had been talking all year about “Spooky Dude” George Soros, the power behind the throne of the Progressive movement. Well, after George Soros made a donation of a million dollars to support Media Matters in their crusade against Fox News, Glenn decided to reveal the puppet master behind the progressive structure that has taken hold over America. No stone was left unturned, as Glenn exposed Soros’ involvement in collapsing multiple governments throughout his lifetime. He tackled Soros’ childhood and education, drawing connections between his youth and his current world view. Glenn also went into depth about Soros’ connections to President Obama, known radical Van Jones, The Center for American Progress, and controversial legislation such as cap and trade. Glenn could have spent weeks and weeks focused solely on Soros, but rather than give all the answers on air, he put up the research needed for viewers to do their own homework.

The Red Phone finally Rings

It was a day that will live in infamy. Something happened that had never happened before. The red phone rang. As far as anyone on Glenn’s staff knew, the only people who had the number for the red phone were White House employees - so when Glenn was in a commercial break and the phone rang everyone went into a panic. The phone had sat quiet for so long on the set that no one could remember quite how to patch the audio into the control room! Glenn answered, and everyone was wondering who had called. Was it Robert Gibbs? John Holdren? President Obama himself? No, it was Tim from Texas. During one of Glenn’s monologues earlier in the show, he picked up the phone and the observant viewer was able to pause his DVR and copy down the number. After everyone calmed down, Glenn thanked him, got his information and made sure to send him something nice from the show. The staff made sure to change the number that night. The phone has not rung since.


December 22, 2010

The blueprint for America

“America’s First Christmas” from where Glenn dubbed ‘the ground zero of the recession’ Wilmington, Ohio. One of the themes all year long for Glenn was his core belief that we should expect miracles. In the midst of a tumultuous year, some incredible miracles still happened – including most recently in Wilmington. The people there are just incredible, and as soon as Glenn heard about them (a story in itself, how he found out) he knew their tale had to be told. Here were people who get it – America the way she was designed to be, people helping each other to get through very difficult times. The town had been thrust into economic hardship after DHL packed up and left town, taking 7,000+ jobs along with them. Glenn brought the show to Wilmington, not to bring them a message – but to bring their message to the rest of America. The values, principles, and all around human goodness in Wilmington and the ripple effect it’s already having on other Americans everywhere makes this a top moment of 2010…and look for more to come in 2011!


December 21, 2010

Health issues

Cancer? Rumsfield disease? Aspartame poisoning? Glenn’s health was a major concern in 2010. It’s hard to imagine someone built as rock solid as Glenn could have health issues (*cough*) but it was a scary year for Glenn and family this year. He announced he could go blind (he hasn’t), occasionally lacks feeling in his hands and feet (he’s still working like crazy), and has been working with a trainer to improve his health (on occasion). While Glenn underwent a series of tests at The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, there was one disease which could not be ruled out: nanobots!

While most “doctors” would not have reached this diagnosis, a caller was kind enough to call in and alert Glenn about “electronic harassment”. While the caller could not identify the sources of the attacks, referring to the attackers only as “they”, he said he had experienced many of the same symptoms as Glenn and was currently partially blind, hard of hearing, and experiencing similar tingling in his hands and feet. Stu immediately spent the rest of his day researching nanobot attacks, but nothing conclusive has been found at this time. But one thing Glenn can say conclusively – he felt each and every one of your prayers during times of doubt. The love and concern of this audience has left Glenn speechless (and often in tears) and the outpouring of support is something Glenn appreciated more than you can ever know, and will never be forgotten.  ( Transcript,The Blaze)


December 20, 2010

The next 2 weeks we are counting down the top Glenn moments of 2010. Today we start with:

Hey HEY, Ho HO, Glenn Beck has gots to GO! 2010 was another big year for boycotting Glenn Beck. He’s seen his share of boycotts since joining Fox News in 2009. Last year the highest profile boycotter was Obama’s Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, who used the group he founded, Color of Change, to lead the charge against Glenn. This year that boycott continued and a few others joined the mix. President Obama’s spiritual advisor Jim Wallis, through his group Sojourners, attempted to boycott Glenn over two words: Social Justice. Also joining in the fight to stop Glenn was the George Soros funded Tides Foundation. This ‘grassroots’ effort caught the eye of another organization: the George Soros funded Media Matters for America. They worked tirelessly and spent millions and millions and millions of dollars trying to get Glenn off the air. They failed. Instead, Glenn grew his radio program to over 400 stations nationwide, continued huge ratings on Fox News, pumped out New York Timesbestselling books, sold out theaters all over the country, had countless speaking engagements – AND actually expanded his media reach by adding 2 brand new platforms. That’s what the youth call a ‘boycott FAIL’.

One of those best-selling books is another top Glenn moment in 2010: The Overton Window

Glenn has spent years conquering the New York Times bestseller list, but the summer of 2010 saw Glenn pen his first political thriller. Noah Gardner, a young PR executive, has little interest in politics until he meets Molly Ross and gradually learns more and more about how America as we know it is about to be lost forever. Glenn blended fact and fiction to address the problems facing our country, andThe Overton Window debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Some of the books glowing reviews:

“Let's face it, this book is horrible on all fronts. The plot is completely stupid and gets derailed every three chapters so someone can launch into pages-long political theories that make absolutely no sense.”

“I would never read this book and based on the reviews I read, I think I get the book.”

“The book is garbage. The writing is horrible.”

“This is an excellent read if you are suffering from insomnia, or need to purge your stomach.”

Everyone knew the libs would bash the book no matter what – need proof? To promote the book, Glenn played this fantastic promo which featured a poem by Nobel Prize winning writer Rudyard Kipling. Of course, the progressive dolts from the Huffington Post and others thought the poem was done by Glenn, so they bashed it. Oh, you progressives are sooo culturally superior! Not. Another thing critics get wrong about Glenn is that they often call him a shill for the Republican Party. Obviously they didn’t see his CPAC speech…

CPAC

Back in February, Glenn gave one of the biggest speeches of his career at the 2010 CPAC conference. Glenn was the keynote speaker for the three day conservative conference, and he took the opportunity to deliver a message to Republicans about getting their own house in order and eliminating the threat the Progressives present to America. Was it still morning in America, as Ronald Reagan so famously put it? Yes! It’s just a really bad hangover morning! Glenn accused the GOP of having an addiction to big government and big spending, and that the only way to fix the problem was to admit their problem, enter a “recovery program” and stop being Progressive-lite. Shockingly, most of the media coverage following the speech was fairly positive, or at least ignored.  Check out the full video of the speech HERE.

 

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.