Completely Friendless...Again

GLENN: By the way, I want you to know we're completely friendless. We've done it yet again. Do you know that?

STU: Do I know it? Yes, I know it. I listen to this program.

GLENN: We've done it again. We're not going to -- it doesn't matter. Romney could win. Have you noticed how Romney has -- what he's been saying lately?

STU: What about?

GLENN: About talk shows?



Glenn... Alone and friendless once again...

STU: No.

GLENN: Yeah. He's like, Rush Limbaugh is supporting me, is coming out for me; Laura Ingraham has been supporting me, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, Skippy Johanson.

STU: Well, you haven't endorsed anyone. You are not an endorser.

DAN: Yeah, to be fair, Glenn, they have called and asked if you were going to endorse and you have not. So --

GLENN: Has Rush Limbaugh endorsed Romney?

STU: I don't know if he's endorsed specifically.

GLENN: See, that's what I mean.

DAN: I haven't seen where he said that.

GLENN: I don't think he's endorsed. I think Hugh Hewitt has endorsed him.

STU: I know Hannity said something of the effect of if I had to vote for him today, I would vote for him.

DAN: I think Hannity was a little stronger than that.

GLENN: I'm changing. I'm not voting for Romney.

STU: Come on, shut up. If he sends you a gift basket, would that help?

GLENN: If he sent me a gift basket. Mitt, you send me a gift basket, I might go to the polls today. I'm going to probably stand there in Connecticut because I can't actually vote because I'm not a Republican, but I might stand there, along with all the Ron Paul supporters who are standing. They're everywhere in Connecticut. There are signs everywhere. There are no bed sheets left in Connecticut. They are all -- I don't know what anybody's sleeping on. I think I might have been the only person in Connecticut that actually slept on a bedsheet last night because they are all hanging over the freeway. It's nice. It's like, welcome to Connecticut, home of white trash. You know, it's like, do you remember when our mothers -- you guys are probably too young for this. Mom used to have the clothespins. Grandma used to have the clothespins and she would hang the sheets out in the backyard on the, you know, on the clothesline. That's what I feel like we're living in, except all of our sheets, instead of having Snoopy patterns or something like that, they all say revolution, but they do say love backwards, which is really cool.

STU: Yeah, Ron Paul not going to be a factor today unfortunately for his supporters.

GLENN: Don't count it out.

DAN: He is doing well in the Internet polls.

STU: He is doing well in internet polls. It doesn't seem to correlate for whatever reason but he did come in 2nd in Nevada but he is not going to challenge that in any state tonight. Unless the polls are all wrong. Maybe they are. They have shown that before.

DAN: You missed it here, Glenn, on this program. Ron Paul's, his piece for the Glenn Beck newsletter went out on Friday when you were not here. It was a very good piece on the economy but apparently not moving his votes.

GLENN: What did it -- how did it read?

DAN: Did very well. It was a good read. It was a good read.

STU: You seem a little out of sorts today, Glenn, I've got to say. Is everything okay?

GLENN: I'm fine. What do you mean I seem a little out of sorts?

STU: I don't know. You just seem a little -- I don't know. You just seem a little off kilter.

GLENN: Really?

STU: Is this the first break back?

GLENN: I did have a scope from my mouth to my ass yesterday. I mean, that might have --

STU: That's not necessary. No one needs to -- no one needs to know that. Can you not tell anyone ever again? Is that possible?

GLENN: I'm just saying that might have done it. Wouldn't it do it to you? You would be like, I don't know, I'm a little out of sorts.

STU: Well, maybe that's it.

GLENN: Had a camera and a little claw where they are just picking like --

STU: All right, all right, we got it. We got it. Thank you.

GLENN: Picking strawberries inside of me.

STU: All right. Thank you for that. No one --

GLENN: I'm just saying.

STU: You just lost three quarters of our audience.

GLENN: We don't have any audience left.

STU: Now we're down to two people.

GLENN: Here is the thing. Is that you or Dan and me?

STU: Well, Sarah's long gone.

GLENN: Yeah. Because I'm barely listening now anyway. Did you see what happened with Rush Limbaugh and the Washington Post this weekend? He said, quote, I believe the country will suffer with either Hillary, Obama or McCain. I would just as soon Democrats take the hit rather than Republicans causing the debacle.

Here's the key. This is exactly what I said two weeks ago on this program: I would prefer not to have conservative Republicans in congress paralyzed by having to support, out of party loyalty, a Republican President who's not a conservative. And that's the problem. You know what, I spoke to the young Republicans out in Idaho over the weekend. I have to tell you about an amazing -- I did this fundraiser for this family, the Clark family, something absolutely amazing. In fact, we have to try to get Ted Nugent on the phone today. Something amazing happened before this fundraiser started.

I got up and, under doctor's orders, he said bed rest and go speak to the Republicans. So I did. I spoke to the Young Republicans at a university, and I think they expected -- I mean, quite honestly the leader of the young Republicans went... when I said, I'm voting for Hillary Clinton over John McCain. He went a little white but, you know, they kept asking me: What exactly do we do? How do we get back on track? What do we do? Here was my answer: You need to define what you are.

See, here's the problem with the Republicans right now. Nobody knows what they are. They don't know what they are. You can't -- you know what they are trying to do? They've got a bunch of machinery and they are not even sure what they're building. They think they're building a car but they are not really sure because nobody has gone back and looked at the plans and said, okay, here's how we're going to design it, here's how we're going to build it, here's how it's different, here's how we're going to make it faster or more fuel economic. They don't even know what they're doing. Somebody has to step back, and it's going to take the young Republicans because I think it's going to take a while for this to repair itself.

I'm going to make a prediction later on in the program on what I think's going to happen on Super Tuesday. I've got to think it through. Stu says I'm out of sorts. They were picking stuff out of my stomach.

STU: See, this is what I'm talking about. This is the part we don't need to know. I mean, people might be interested. People might be interested in your prediction about Super Tuesday.

GLENN: It's sitting in a jar some placements

STU: They are not interested in what's in a jar. None of them are. They all hate hearing about it, all of them.

GLENN: Doctor said could be cancer. Doctor said I don't -- could be -- I don't know, could be mushed up Special K. I'm not sure.

STU: This is terrible. Why are you breaking -- why are you talking about this? Can't you talk about -- there's a huge election going on today. That's what people are talking about.

GLENN: I'm trying to talk about it. You keep interrupting.

STU: I'm not interrupting. You --

GLENN: So here's the thing. So here's what I told them. They have got to go back and center themselves in values. What is everybody doing? Everybody's looking at John McCain. They are selling out their values because they are like, he can win, he can win. I don't want to win. I don't want to win if we're going to sell out everything we stand for. Guys, we won in 2004. Is that a good thing? Look what we've got. We've got prescription frickin' drugs. We've got a budget that's out of control. We've got a border that's out of control. We have border agents in jail. We've got a President who is actually supporting an illegal alien in the Supreme Court that could change all of our laws and make us bow down and worship the Hague. I don't know if that's a good thing. Well, mild there. I know that's a bad thing! We don't win to win, but that's what made us different, you know? I thought if our President was going to lie under oath, even if it was about sex, we would throw his ass out. We don't want him there. We stand for something. And the minute you stop standing for something, you lose in the end. You might win short-term but you're going to lose in the end. And here's the real problem. There's nobody as an example, there's nobody. The college Republicans are being beat over the head by their liberal professors. They are being beat over the head with socialism and incorrect principles. They are being beat over the head by the media. They are all now too young to really remember Ronald Reagan. They don't even know what conservatives stand for. They don't even know what it means. A Republican to them is what we've had for the last eight years. They barely remember the Newt Gingrich revolution.

It's time the Republicans find their soul. It's time the Republicans find their values. It's time the Republicans -- you know, what's crazy to me is conservatives are made to look like they're so far right. They're not. They're not. It's that the country has moved so far left. If you study history. If you go and read what our country was like just 100 years ago, there was a movement, a Progressive movement that is now fully flowering to move us away from the principles that we got started with. This isn't who America is. This is who we've allowed ourselves to become. And I don't want to be that person. I don't want to be that country. That's not who we are. We're not out of step with the mainstream. The mainstream has been duped. The mainstream doesn't know what it is anymore.

How do you think Ronald -- do you think we're really that different from when Ronald Reagan ran? We're not. Why is Obama winning right now? Why is Obama sweeping -- do you think Obama is sweeping up now because he's the most liberal senator in the Senate? Think of that. The most liberal senator in the Senate. Do you think he's cleaning house right now, at a time of war with no war experience, because of his record? He's cleaning house because he's exciting. He's cleaning house because he's a good speaker. He's cleaning house because "It says something about me that I voted for him."

I think it was in the New York Times today. This woman says, "I'm so excited. We win either way. It's either a woman or an African-American." What about the policies, America? I don't want John McCain in office. I don't want a Republican in office unless they truly understand Republican, what used to be Republican principles. If they don't understand real conservative principles and they have the cohones -- yes, I'm bilingual -- to actually implement them. Otherwise what difference does it make? What difference does it make? We all end up in the same place and we're running out of time, gang.

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.