Glenn reacts to Obama speech


Full transcript of Obama's speech

GLENN: So here we are sitting on the edge and what are we talking about today? Race. Barack Obama is giving a speech. I'm going to give you some of the highlights. I got an advance copy of it and he's giving the speech. So I'm going to go over, and you tell me. I would like to hear your point of view if you think this is going to play. I don't have time to play all of the comments from his reverend -- just play, just give me one of them, Dan. Just give me one of them so people have some reference point in case they haven't heard Reverend Wright.

VOICE: Drugs, build bigger prisons, passes a three strike law and then walks up to sing "God Bless America." No, no, no. Not God Bless America. God damn America. That's in the Bible. You're killing innocent people. God damn America for killing the citizens that's less than human.

GLENN: God damn America. That's his preacher and his spiritual advisor and like one of the family. With Barack Obama, how does he explain it? In a very large speech today about race in America. This is going to probably take us two shows to do. So we're going to start and then we'll probably finish it tomorrow because I know the mainstream media's not going to give you everything in it. But let me go ahead and start, "And I've already condemned the reverend." Start there, Dan.

SENATOR OBAMA: I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.

GLENN: Stop. Have you ever disagreed with your pastor to the point to where you had to leave? If you heard your pastor say what Reverend Wright just said, would you walk out? I know I would. And until that pastor was gone, I would never be there again. I haven't played for you the clips of what he said right after 9/11. You don't sit there and sit through it and be indoctrinated by a guy who says that Louis Farrakhan is one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century. You don't sit through it unless you believe it, unless a part of you says that's true. How good is the other part? Let's say this is 5% of what he does. How good does the other 95% have to be for you to sit through this? Go ahead.

SENATOR OBAMA: But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren't simply controversial. They weren't simply a religious leader's effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country –

GLENN: Excuse me. Stop. That's important. A profoundly distorted view of this country. This is a man who is his spiritual advisor. This is a man who has been working with him. A spiritual advisor, as a profoundly distorted view of this country. Again I just ask you the simple question. How good, how good is the advice all the way around? It must be manna from heaven. It must be right from the lips of Jesus Christ himself to be able to listen to a man, you're running for President of the United States, who has a profoundly distorted view of this country and yet continue to take the advice elsewhere.

SENATOR OBAMA: A view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America.

GLENN: Stop. I don't buy this bullcrap from him. Have you listened to your wife's speech or did you not attend that one, either, Barack Obama, did you not attend that one where your wife has the same kind of view from America. For the first time in her life she's proud of her country. She's explained that away but now you are explaining him away. You are now saying that he sees white racism as endemic and elevates what's wrong with America with all that we know what's right with America. Your wife has done the same thing. So maybe she's just been indoctrinated because you two have sat in this pew and listened to this man for 20 years. Or maybe you both believe it and the reverend believes it and your wife believes it but we're supposed to believe that you're completely different. Let it roll.

SENATOR OBAMA: A view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.

GLENN: Stop. Hang on just a second. Stu, your reverend who is your spiritual advisor says that one of the spiritual giants of the 20th century is Louis Farrakhan who -- and I'm not paraphrase -- I'm paraphrasing here. I can get the exact quotes, but I don't think you need them. Louis Farrakhan basically calls Jews dogs and pigs and that all the problems in the Middle East are because of the white man and the Jew, but your minister has called him one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century and he's your spiritual advisor and yet you think that it's profoundly distorted to say that the conflicts in the Middle East are rooted primarily in the actions of allies like Israel instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.

Barack Obama, let me make a prediction here. Unless I've slipped through a wormhole, which is entirely possible, man, because I don't understand America at all, but unless I've slipped through a wormhole, any thinking American is going to reject you beginning today. Because you are -- you know, I said this on TV two days ago -- or two weeks ago when he was going through that Rezco thing. If any of this stuff is true that he was in bed with Rezco, this guy has set himself up as the straight talk express. Forget about it. I mean, that train broke down on the tracks with John McCain years ago. Barack Obama is like, "I'm different, I tell you the truth, I'll shoot straight with you, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera." Really? Really? The minute you start telling lies, you're done. Because we already know. Hillary Clinton, we know she lies to us. We know her husband lies to us, she lies to us. We know what we're getting. We're getting a liar. We apparently are okay with that. We just don't want a liar that's coupled with a hypocrite. That apparently is our line now.

So now you go on and say that it's distorted and yet your wife has said it and then it's distorted to say that the problem is with our stalwart enemy -- our stalwart ally Israel, that's misguided as well. And yet your spiritual advisor says those things, believes those things and yet you keep him advising you. I can't wait to hear what you're going to say next.

OBAMA:


As such, Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems – two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change;

GLENN: Geez, for the love of God.

OBAMA: Problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.

Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough.

GLENN: Count me in.

SENATOR OBAMA: Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television sets and YouTube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators

GLENN: Who is that

OBAMA: There is no doubt that I would react in much the same way.

GLENN: Stop just a second. So in other words, you know more than I know. You know something that balances this hate and this pro -- I'm quoting you -- this profoundly distorted view of America. You know something that balances that -- no, no, no, that tips the scale into favor of, "Hey, I've got to be this guy's friend, I've got to have this guy as my advisor." That's what you're saying, that you know more about him, that there's more to the person than just those snippets. I wonder, Barack Obama, where you stood on Trent Lott. Where were you on that? Where were you on the firing of Don Imus the day he was at a fundraiser raising $6 million for a children's charity? Where were you there? Were you for Don Imus? Did you say, hey, there's a lot more to Don Imus than just the stupid things that he said in a comedic role? Were you there, Barack Obama, or were you on the sidelines? You know there's a lot of people that I bet -- you know what? I'm going to do some research. I want to find the kinder, gentler side of David Duke because I bet there are some good things that David Duke -- I can't think of any, I don't know any, I've never looked. I've made up my mind on David Duke. I think the guy's a racist! But maybe we should get to know David Duke. Maybe there's more to David Duke than just the hate. I can't wait to hear what balances out a profoundly distorted view of America and a profoundly distorted view where he sees the racism of whites as endemic. What balances that out for Barack Obama?

SENATOR OBAMA: But the truth is, that isn't all that I know of the man. The man I met more than twenty years ago is a man who helped introduce me to my Christian faith, a man who spoke to me about our obligations to love one another; to care for the sick and lift up the poor.

GLENN: I'm poor, too.

SENATOR OBAMA: He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God's work here on Earth – by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

GLENN: Okay, hang on just a second. You mean the same HIV/AIDS that the white man invented and intentionally gave to the black man? Is that -- I mean, is that the AIDS clinic that he's got? "By the way, I'm going to help you. I'm going to minister here to you but I want you to know the white man gave you the AIDS virus." Is that the -- I mean, because that's a great program. No, I'm serious. We'll have more in a second.

I mean, at this point does anybody think -- well, there's two questions. Is anybody in America going to pay attention to this? Are we so lost in our way? I don't think so. I think the average man is pissed off and fed up and it has nothing to do with race, Barack. It has everything to do with playing fair, playing the game, doing exactly what you're supposed to do, working hard, raising your kids, doing homework with them, paying your bills on time, not spending more than you take in, living the way you're supposed to live, going to church, trying to keep the commandments and then getting screwed in the end. Getting screwed by big fat politicians. Getting screwed by every single special interest group. That's who's had enough. And you can count me in on that. Now, I think those people are about to say enough, but are there enough of those people anymore? Is anybody going to listen to this speech? And if they do, will they buy it? I'll try to squeeze your phone calls in. We may have to wait until tomorrow to get your answer.

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.