Michelle Obama: 'Prepare to earn less'




“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do” - Michelle Obama

GLENN: Here's the thing. I could have a big old sloppy drink right now just reading the newspaper and, you know, while I watch someone from the wetlands commission tell me how to plant a frickin' carrot. And then I open up the newspaper and I read about Michelle Obama, how she's drawing the crowds. She gave another inspirational message of change and hope that I don't know if you heard in Zanesville, Ohio. You know, they could use some hope there in Ohio. You know, they're struggling. Average median household income 2004, $37,000. That's below Ohio and the national averages. 20% of the people there don't have a high school degree. What does she go, she goes and tells the people in Zanesville, Ohio, you know, the people who are living the this kind of life, the ones who have been living with low incomes the past few years, what message of change and hope does this woman bring? Quote: Don't go into corporate America. She said, we need people to go into the helping industry but if you do go into in direction, as we're encouraging young people to do, your salaries will respond. So she's telling struggling people, quit pursuing higher paying jobs and stay poor. She said, do what Barack and I did. We quit the money-making industry and went into public service. You have got to be kidding me. She goes on to claim the only reason they were able to escape the money trouble was because Barack wrote to best selling books. Really? Is that what it is? It wasn't the Princeton or Harvard education. It was that he wrote a couple of books. Really? She said it was like Jack and the Magic Beans. Once again, this is the prime example of a liberal who has made it and tossing their own success story aside as a fluke, sending the message loud and clear, you can't make it, I did but not because of a Princeton or Harvard education but because, you know, he wrote a book. Even if you do make it, she argues that the cost of college and education is so high that you'll be paying it off forever. Basically it's just not worth it. She says, I'm in my 40s and we're just paying off our student loans. You went to Harvard and Princeton. "We left corporate America and that's what we're asking you to do." Oh, good, good, leave corporate America, good. What she conveniently leaves out is, you know, is that she made up quite well in the helping industry as she likes to call it. She was the vice president of community affairs for a hospital in Chicago. She was making $121,900 in 2004. So that's a lot different than the $37,000 that, you know, people in Zanesville are making. About $121,900 in 2004. And then there was this weird coincidence. Her husband was elected senator of Illinois and her salary mysteriously jumped to $316,962 the very next year. That's weird how that happened, huh? That's crazy. But it's a good thing that she's helping and left corporate America. Community affairs industry, wow, that seems to be booming and quite lucrative, too. Not quite the sacrifice she might have left the audience with.

Oh, by the way, and the salary doesn't include corporate boards she still served on. So I'm just trying to figure this out. She wants us to leave corporate America, yet you can still serve on corporate boards. Now, you combine that with the salary of a United States senator and I would say that Obama's -- you know, I think they're doing pretty well for themselves. I don't think they're in need of Jack and his Magic Beans.

Now, let me ask you this question. Is this really the message of hope and change? Really? We made it but it was complete luck. You are going to be riddled with debt. So just do a job that helps people. Don't worry about the sacrifices you're going to have to make. How does she get away with telling a -- how does anyone stand in that building and not walk out? How does she tell a crowd of people who are making an average of $37,000 a year -- that's a household income -- to prepare themselves to serve the common -- for the common good and make even less money. You want a message of change? You want a message of hope? Here's one. How about telling people you can be whatever you want to be! How about telling people that if you do your best, you can make it. How about telling people you're going to do your best to make sure that the system is set up for them to pursue their dreams, whatever their dream may be, we're going to clear a path for ya. We're going to get all of -- we're going to let you plant carrots in your backyard if you want to! You want a message of hope and change? How about you're able to stop being ashamed of the fact that you were able to live the American dream. How about a message of hope that uses your own life as a blueprint for others to follow? We were disadvantaged. We had troubles. Barack's father wasn't in his life. He struggled because he wasn't a part of either race. He was white and he was black. He struggled and he made it and he's running for President of the United States. Never give up!" How about that message of hope and change. And let me ask you another question. What's wrong with being an executive? They are making it possible for millions of people to have jobs. What's wrong with being a lawyer? They often help people who are in need. Of course, they suck a lot of the times as well, but so does every profession. What's wrong with being a vice president of community affairs at a hospital making $391,000 a year? Nothing is wrong with that. What's wrong is telling Americans that they can't make it, that they have to settle for something other than what their hopes and dreams are, that they have to settle for something that they don't want to do. They have to do something that's good for the people.

Let me ask you this. What if Jon Huntsman, I told you about this guy. Guy who grew up literally in a house with cardboard walls, now one of the richest people in the world. What if Jon Huntsman never went into the corporate world? What if he never created the plastic fork and spoon? What if he never created, oh, those evil styrofoam containers for McDonald's. I'm sure the thousands of cancer patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute wouldn't want to go back into history and change that career choice. I bet you there's nobody who is sick with cancer and currently being cure in his cancer institute would say, yeah, I wish he would have done something for the common good. He is doing something good for the common good! He's just used his wealth to get there, wealth that he created, wealth that was not handed to him on a plate. You know what, Michelle? I know you are not proud of this country. I know you are not proud of the opportunities that we have in this country but I am. I am. I've seen ordinary Americans give selflessly of themselves, whether they're doctors, they're lawyers, they're hedge fund managers, truckdrivers, wives of presidential candidates. What you don't understand, Michelle, is that we are already a helping nation. We just don't believe the bureaucrats in Washington know how to help. I believe my neighbors know how to help. I believe I know how to help. I believe Americans know how to help. We don't need to leave our evil corporate jobs to help. In fact, since you obviously don't know this, Michelle Obama, let me explain. We are the best in the world at helping others. Which country donated the most money, civilian donations, to tsunami victims? Which nation was it? What country had its citizens standing in line to give blood even though there was no use for blood on 9/11? What country has an endless amount of church groups and mission trips helping others all around the world for clean water? What country do you think has the longest list of thank you cards received from any other country from saving them from an evil dictator or genocidal maniac? What country has made the most military sacrifice in the name of helping others than anyone else in history? What country has freed more people than any other country in the history of mankind? What country has consistently been the brightest beacon of hope since it began back in 1776? Hope and change isn't something that's unique, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. It's not unique. It's what this country was founded on. The United States of America and the citizens that make it up. It's nothing. The government is nothing without the citizens that make it up. We have been providing hope and change to the rest of the world for quite some time now and maybe you should shut the pie hole for a few minutes and read some history. Or maybe you should just take four years off and sit back and watch it as it happens. Perhaps you discover the same thing the rest of Americans already discovered, that despite our problems, despite our mistakes, despite all the things that we have done wrong in the past, we're the greatest country in the history of this planet. That's not jingoistic to say it. It's just the truth. If you did that, if you just took some time and read just history, just read the history prior to the Progressives taking over, read the founding fathers and their words. Read about the American Revolution. Read about the average person, the average person that walked without shoes, without any clothing, that were naked, that stayed in the winters. Read about those people. Maybe if you did that, you would stop saying stupid things like "Leave corporate America." Maybe you would understand that hope and change isn't coming from the government. It comes from within the individual, that the power is not in Washington. That's a lie. That's a lie that gives people like you and your husband power. It's a lie that gives people like John McCain power and Hillary Clinton power and George W. Bush power. Lies don't give power for long. Truth is the source of all ultimate power and the truth is God gives people rights, liberty and power and we lend them do people like you. If you're worthy, if we see that you're somebody that sees America in the same way we do, if you see America as a place where people can follow their own unique dream, they can follow it, they can follow it and they can serve other people or they can follow it and they can destroy themselves. That's what makes America great. That's why we're proud. That's why millions of people come here. That's why people crawl here. That's why people make rafts to float here. That's why people give up their life in pursuit of coming here because it is the land of opportunity, not the land of perfect government, not the land that never made any mistakes but the land of opportunity, to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, sitting in your multimillion dollar mansion, you of all people should realize that. But you don't and sadly you probably never will.

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.

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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.

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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.