Lori the 'Pinhead Progressive'


Glenn is seen here on the Insider webcam listening patiently as Lori, the 'Pinhead Progressive', talks about the marvels of socialized everything.

GLENN: Let me go to Lori who is in Philadelphia.

CALLER: Hey, Glenn.

GLENN: Hello, Lori.

CALLER: I have a new name for myself. I am a proud Progressive pinhead.

GLENN: Are you?

CALLER: I love it, yes.

GLENN: Good.

CALLER: I have two points for you. One is --

GLENN: Wait, wait. Do we get to have a dialogue or are you going to make the two points and then hang up?

CALLER: No, no, no, no. I'm going to make the two points and then you can comment.

GLENN: Then you'll stay with me so we can have a conversation.

CALLER: Okay sure.

GLENN: Okay, good.

CALLER: And I am a listener because I like to converse with my conservative friends.

GLENN: Good for you.

CALLER: The point you made about Barack Obama, the bill, the $210 billion.

GLENN: $210 billion, yes.

CALLER: I know. Well, guess what, Glenn. If you were Tom Friedman, you would probably understand and like some of what he has to say. I believe that you as a capitalist should be investing heavily into those companies that will be so-called green collar companies.

GLENN: Oh, so it's -- wait a minute. So what you're saying is it's --

CALLER: I'm saying it's going to be economically feasible for you as a capitalist to make some money off of this.

GLENN: My gosh, can I tell you something? You are exactly right.

CALLER: I know.

GLENN: You are exactly right. You have just -- wait a minute, wait a minute. You have just developed -- oh, wait, it wasn't your idea. You've just copied exactly what Putin is doing in Russia and what they are doing in China right now. They are combining communism, socialism with capitalism.

CALLER: Exactly.

GLENN: It is the future.

CALLER: I -- well --

GLENN: Well --

CALLER: Regardless of -- no, it's absolutely right.

GLENN: It is right, exactly what -- wait a minute. I want to make sure you understand what you're saying. What China is doing now, a giant government system, what Russia is doing, nationalizing things and giant socialist system and capitalism together is the very right thing to do.

CALLER: I am only pointing to the specific bill, the $210 billion.

GLENN: The Green Corps.

CALLER: For green collar industry.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: I believe that that is a smart investment in the future.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: And it's time that the country really get off their butts. Why did GM -- wait, let me finish.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: GM just lost, you know, a ton of money. We need to stop putting our head in the sand, and we can make it economically feasible and a profit-making industry if we all kind of just get behind it. There is no denying that this is an important way to start thinking.

GLENN: I think you're exactly right, as long as you forget that we don't have $210 billion. We're going to borrow that money from the Chinese.

CALLER: Well, okay. You may be right in that fact.

GLENN: Right.

CALLER: I'm only merely saying that investing in that future is a very smart thing

GLENN: So you can't --

CALLER: And you might want to --

GLENN: Hang on, Lori. You cannot dismiss the fact that the head of the GAO, the controller of the, the comptroller of the United States, the chief bean counter, he was appointed by Reagan and then reappointed by Bill Clinton and voted in unanimously or confirmed every single time. He's the chief bean counter. Never, ever made a political statement, has come out and said by 2040 if we don't cut spending --

CALLER: I agree.

GLENN: If we don't stop -- listen to yourself, Lori.

CALLER: I agree.

GLENN: If you don't -- do you know what he said? Do you know what the end is, by 2040 what happens? By 2040 what happens?

CALLER: We're going to be under China's control.

GLENN: No.

CALLER: Well, something like that.

GLENN: No. Why don't you listen to the fact.

CALLER: Okay.

GLENN: This is the fact from the GAO. That by 2040 we will only have the money to pay just the interest on these loans that we currently have. So in other words, there is no Department of Transportation, there is no Department of Education, there is no Department of Defense, there is no Department of Green Corps, there's nothing left by 2040 if you don't take these programs and stop them right now.

CALLER: But Glenn, Glenn.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: When was the last time that we were in a balanced budget?

GLENN: Balanced budget? I can't tell you the last time we had a balanced budget.

CALLER: Okay. Well, you know what? You are trying to prove that I'm not making, you know, a good, good statement, but I think that what the point is that it's more -- I'm trying to make the point about the industry. I'm not trying to make a point about the spending. I agree. I do have -- wait, let me finish.

GLENN: You can't separate them!

CALLER: Wait. I believe --

GLENN: You can't separate them.

CALLER: Glenn, you're interrupting. I believe, I do believe that a smart congress and a smart White House can get their act together. I think there's been huge mistakes. You agree there's been huge spending mistakes. Just because I am a pinhead Progressive doesn't mean I think we should have big government. My second point, only --

GLENN: You are just -- wait. I'm not going to let you go. No, your second point -- Lori, you're not going to your second point. You're not going to your second point until you allow me to respond to your first one. You cannot pull that off, my friend. You say, I'm just saying that they could get their act together. I'm just talking about this industry. You cannot separate just talking about this industry and you cannot say, well, the Government could get their act together by spending an additional $210 billion. It doesn't work, Lori. You have to be consistent and that's the problem with not just Progressive pinheads but with too many people that claim they're conservatives as well. You must be consistent, period.

Now, you have a second point?

CALLER: Yes. My second point as a Progressive pinhead is that when you find a lot of obscure viewpoints about the 11-year-old, I mean, you find things that are so outrageous and --

GLENN: Oh, wait. Wait, wait, wait.

CALLER: Wait!

GLENN: I just want to verify.

CALLER: I'm speaking on behalf of a lot of us Progressive pinheads. You are not really speaking for us. We don't agree with that crap, either.

GLENN: Yeah, I know. I'm just -- the people I quoted a half hour ago were just good friends of the Clinton and helped her design the "It takes a village" kind of ideas that she had. They are just longtime Clinton friends and advisors, but that's --

CALLER: Okay, but you shouldn't lump -- you know as well as I do, Glenn, and I know this doesn't help your radio show, but most people are not one way or the other.

GLENN: I understand. Never said that.

CALLER: We aren't.

GLENN: I said -- Lori, what I said were people like you, don't you refuse to look at the facts. And you've already just proven this. You refuse to look at the actual facts. You want to gloss over everything. You are saying people don't actually believe that. The point of that monologue was, you don't believe in that, Democrats don't believe in that, but this is something that has been designed by the Progressive pinheads of the early 20th century that Hillary Clinton self-designates herself as. Not the pinhead part. This is who they are, and you are being lumped right in and you are just following blindly. You think you're not, but you are because you refuse to look at the facts.

Tell me about the UN resolution on the child, Lori. Do you agree with it or disagree with it?

CALLER: What? Wait. Guess what. I listen and I probably do more reading about politics than most of the people that I know. However, there is a certain point when you have to live your life and you have to -- you cannot specifically know about every fact, okay? And if we count on you to provide us with all those facts, we're only hearing one side, Glenn. We need to hear the other side.

GLENN: I understand. That's why you can watch anything on PBS, just about anything on CNN, just about anything on ABC and anything on CBS and anything on NBC and everything on MSNBC.

CALLER: And Fox.

GLENN: So there's me, there's Rush, there's Fox and then everything else. What?

CALLER: But what I'm saying is an informed person, somebody who really wants to be -- just to be informed. I'm not going to classify myself as a conservative because I like being a Progressive and I'm proud of it. However, I think it's very important for people to listen to both sides and you have to --

GLENN: Tell me the roots of the Progressive movement. Can you tell me what the first things that they did?

CALLER: I have no idea. I just --

GLENN: Wait. You're proud of it.

CALLER: But I like the name. I like the name Progressive because it's forward thinking.

GLENN: Because it says something about you. Thank you, Ms. Prius driver. Unbelievable. She has made every point. I mean, there's nothing else left to be said. "I like the name. It says something about me." Forget about all the facts.

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.