Glenn Beck: Obama's elitist?




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GLENN:  We're talking to Honky Whitesville from the Obama campaign.

CALLER:  Yeah, say white campaign advisor.

GLENN:  I beg your pardon?

CALLER:  I just make sure you get that title, I'm the white campaign advisor.  I'm white.

GLENN:  I don't really think that's important, Mr. Whitesville.

CALLER:  Well, it's just important to be truthful.  I'm white.  I'm a white man.

GLENN:  But that's okay.

CALLER:  I just want you -- I want to make sure you know.

GLENN:  It doesn't really matter.

CALLER:  And your audience knows that, that I'm white.  I'm working with the Obama campaign and I'm very white.  And I'm white.  Ever see toothpaste?  You know the tube with toothpaste out?  That's sort of my color.

GLENN:  Right.

CALLER:  That's the color.  I was looking in the mirror yesterday after I looked up and I was like, oh, no, I have toothpaste all over my face but actually I just had face all over my face because my face is white, and just so everyone knows, I work at the Obama campaign and I'm white but my first name's Honky, my literal first name is Honky.

GLENN:  I don't even believe that's your first name.

CALLER:  And my last name is Whitesville.

GLENN:  So anyway, Honky Whitesville, you --

CALLER:  I love mayonnaise and just so you know, I don't pronounce it mayonnaise.  Mayo-nnaise.  I want people to know that I know, I bought mayonnaise so many times that I just know the word.  I know how it's spelled and how to properly pronounce mayo-nnaise.  Just, you know.  And I work for the Obama -- did I say that I work for the Obama campaign?

GLENN:  I got it.  I don't understand the new tack here.  But last night in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michelle Obama went on a rant that I -- I mean --

CALLER:  Powerful, wasn't it?  Powerful stuff.

GLENN:  It was really out of step with where the American people are.

CALLER:  I was -- I mean, if --

GLENN:  She is an elitist.  She is an elitist and she is one of the most angry people --

CALLER:  This is the Hillary Clinton campaign.  This is their attack and it's absolutely ridiculous if you look at the facts.  But let me paint a picture for you.

GLENN:  All right.

CALLER:  I need to paint a picture that you and the audience can all relate to.  Think of it this way.  Barack Obama is Emily Brontė and Hillary is Charlotte Brontė.  Oh, oh, my, I think your audience right now -- and I know you are, Glenn -- is really relating.

GLENN:  I mean, those are people that, I don't even know, didn't they write like Wuthering Heights?

CALLER:  Obviously I guess you are just trying to clarify in case somebody doesn't know but Emily Brontė wrote Wuthering Heights under the pseudonym Ellis Bell and then had it published under -- but then Charlotte Brontė, she would edit a posthumous version.  That's the analogy that I'm trying to -- Hillary is Charlotte Brontė-ing Barack's ideas.

GLENN:  See, this is where it gets into elitism with the --

CALLER:  This is ridiculous.  Why do people keep saying that?  Hillary is clearly the elitist.  Let me give you another one.  I'm sorry that didn't work for you.  I figured -- I mean, we're trying to relate to the people here.

GLENN:  I understand that.  I don't think the Brontė, Emily and Charlotte Brontė example is really going to work for you.

CALLER:  Hillary Clinton, she is like a bottle of 2003 Celocita Creek cabernet sauvignon Washington.  I mean, only 3400 cases were made at $85 a bottle.  How can that be the cabernet of the people?  Now, Barack Obama is much more like a bottle of 2001 Casanova Duneri Dunero Du Montel Chino Duevo Tuscany (ph).  I mean, it's only $70 a bottle.  I mean, anybody can buy it.  And at 4,830 cases made, there's much more available.  But who was the wine of the year in Wine Spectator Magazine 2006?  You know what I mean?  Say it with me.  Casanova Duneri -- you don't like that?

GLENN:  Honky Whitesville, I think that you're missing -- you people in the Obama campaign just don't know who the real people are, and you're angry and elitist and I think the -- if I may just go into the speech that was given last night.

CALLER:  I think people will understand how average.

GLENN:  So here's what happened last night.  She's at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte and there's a preacher speaking and he says tomorrow we shall achieve the victory that the kingdom of God may come on Earth as it is in heaven."  So I believe what he was basically saying is Barack Obama will bring the kingdom of God here on heaven?

CALLER:  You know... he's not part of our campaign.  I don't --

GLENN:  So he says all those who love the Lord will go out and vote for Obama, say amen, and everybody says amen.

CALLER:  Amen.

GLENN:  Then he says tomorrow the people of North Carolina, this is today, which was last night, will seek to give climax to a campaign that seeks to lift America to a higher ground and so Lord we thank you for this campaign and this election opportunity in this election to move America from the dark valley of doubt to the mountaintop of hope, to the days when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow can be mellow.

CALLER:  Yep.

GLENN:  And the red man can get ahead and the white man will see the light.

CALLER:  And the white man will see the light knowing that the white man is welcome.  They just want to make sure that he was trying to be clear that everyone knows the white man is welcome.

GLENN:  This is again all part of this kind of the white man is evil thing that you've -- hello?

CALLER:  You are saying that that's -- you have a transcript of this, or is this --

GLENN:  This is a transcript of what happened last night.

CALLER:  Do you have audio or video?

GLENN:  No, I don't have the audio.

CALLER:  But you have the transcript?

GLENN:  I have the transcript right here.

CALLER:  Now, this actually happened, what you're saying here?

GLENN:  Yeah, this is yet another reverend basically saying if you're any other color other than white, you cannot make it in America.  But then she gets up.

CALLER:  Oh, well, this is --

GLENN:  And she gets up -- now, does she speak for the campaign?

CALLER:  Oh, absolutely -- Michelle Obama is just your average person.  She's, you know, had a tough time throughout her life and honestly she had to fight against impossible odds.

GLENN:  Okay, here we go, here we go.  She says there are forces out there that are trying to take everything away from Barack and everything that Barack has worked for, but she doesn't ever name the sources of who's trying to take it all away.

CALLER:  Well, as you know, forces exist such as people voting.  That could be one of the --

GLENN:  She says they are trying to take her away from the mountaintop of hope and they have to be stopped.  She said, we've learned that we're living in a -- I'm quoting:  We're living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?

CALLER:  Right.

GLENN:  Yeah.  Well, that's what the crowd said.  Then they tell you, all you need to do is just do these things and you'll get to the bar.

CALLER:  Uh-huh.

GLENN:  Then you go about the business of doing those things.

CALLER:  Yes.

GLENN:  And she basically said that, you know, her husband's been doing that, raising money, building an organization, winning caucuses, winning primaries, amassing a large number of delegates and yet he still hasn't won because of the unnamed adversaries.

CALLER:  Oh, the unnamed adversaries are clear here and what they are are the rules of the election.  Apparently someone put these crazy superdelegate things together and I mean, how were we supposed to know about them in advance?  I mean, this is the sort of forces --

GLENN:  She said, you start working hard and sacrificing and you think you're getting closer to the bar.  You're working, you're struggling, you get right to that bar, you're reaching out for the bar and then what happens?  And the crowd screams... they raise the bar.

CALLER:  They raise the bar.

GLENN:  She says they raise the a bar, raise the bar, shift it to the side, keep it out of reach.  Who's raising the bar?

CALLER:  Well, if you look, the Democratic campaign, the whole DNC changed it from 2025 delegates to 3 million delegates.  Those were not the rules before the election began.

GLENN:  That's not what they're doing.  They haven't changed anything.  She says that's exactly what's happening in this race.

CALLER:  Right.

GLENN:  You know what happens when you live in a society where a vast majority of people are struggling every day to reach an ever shifting bar?  You know what happens to that kind of society?  And some man yelled in the audience, they get frustrated.  She said, and that frustration leaves people isolated and afraid.  Hey, Honky Whitesville?

CALLER:  Yes.

GLENN:  What happens when people get afraid?

CALLER:  They get frustrated?

GLENN:  No, but don't they cling to their guns and religion?

CALLER:  Oh, you are talking about typical white people?

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Oh, yeah.  All they do is they cling to their guns and their religion and the Second Amendment and the rule of law, crazy things, whatever.  Those white people, like me.

GLENN:  What happens when those who are reaching for the bar, what do they cling to when they get afraid and feel isolated?  Do they cling to anything?

CALLER:  Well, I mean, if they can reach the bar, they will cling to the bar.  That's one thing.

GLENN:  Other than that?

CALLER:  But other than that, they just cling to, you know, their guns and their religion and their hatred and their whiteness.

GLENN:  She says, we pass on the negative energy to the next generation.  She said, I was in a little beauty shop and we were all having a rally.  In a beauty shop?  It was me and a bunch of women and a couple of brothers.  Do you realize when your husband becomes the next President of the United States, it will be historical, says a girl.  She's 10 years old.  Everybody laughs.  Cute thing for a kid to say.  She said, what does that mean to you, she asked the little girl.  The little girl said, it means that I can imagine anything for myself.  The crowd begins to applaud.  You know, they're hearing this happy little tale.  Everybody's like, oh, this is inspiring.  And then Mrs. Obama continues.

CALLER:  Right.  This is an inspiring story.

GLENN:  No, it kind of goes awry here.  She says, and that little girl started to break down in tears.  She sobbed so hard.  She was crying big huge tears and I had to think, why is this little girl crying so hard.  I thought, you know, what's going on?  This little girl gets it.  That's what's going on.  The little 10-year-old girl knows what's at stake.  She knows that she's already five steps behind.  She knows that her hopes for college are already dwindling.  She knows that if she gets sick, maybe she has an asthma attack.  Instead of going to a doctor and being treated, she's going to be sitting in an emergency room for hours on end.

CALLER:  Oh, jeez.

GLENN:  In short -- what?

CALLER:  To clarify, you're saying she said this out loud?

GLENN:  She said this out loud.

CALLER:  Okay, yeah.

GLENN:  She said, in short the little girl, just 10, knows that the bar is moved --

CALLER:  Like in front of people?

GLENN:  In front of people she said this.  She knows that the bar has been moved far, far away from her.  She feels the veil of impossibility and it's suffocating her.

CALLER:  In a public place she said that?

GLENN:  Yes.  The little girl is in all of us.  I mean, Honky, Honky Whitesville, I mean, that's Michelle Obama speaking for the campaign.

CALLER:  Of course we agree with her.

GLENN:  She then went on to say I'm not supposed to be here.  That was a statistical oddity.  As a black girl raised on the south side of Chicago I wasn't supposed to be here.  I wasn't supposed to go to Princeton.  They said my test scores were too low.  I wasn't --

CALLER:  I'm sorry.  You said that her -- she said she was disappointed, she wasn't supposed to get into Princeton?  But she got into Princeton even though her test scores were --

GLENN:  Too low.

CALLER:  Too low.

GLENN:  Too low.  But she got into Princeton anyway.

CALLER:  And she's saying she's oppressed because she got into Princeton with low test scores?

GLENN:  Whose side are you on here?

CALLER:  She's right.  She is oppressed and the truth is that -- what did she say something about five steps behind?  What the hell is that?

GLENN:  She said, I also wasn't supposed to go to Harvard law school because they said it might be too tough for her, but she did.

CALLER:  So she had test scores that were too low to get to Princeton but she not only got into Princeton, she got into Princeton and Yale.

GLENN:  No, Harvard.

CALLER:  And Harvard and she's complaining about --

GLENN:  She said, I'm certainly not standing here with a chance to become the first lady of the United States of biography.

CALLER:  We should read her biography.

GLENN:  And there she is.  As always, they are trying to raise the bar a little higher like they did when she went to Princeton and then Harvard and now possibly the first lady.

CALLER:  Is it possible she was holding onto the bar as they were raising it?

GLENN:  No, I think she might have made a trip to the bar.  I'm not sure.

CALLER:  I don't know what you're saying.  I think the bottom line here is I think you are trying to deflect from the issues here is that the campaign is about the kids.  You know, we're all coming around and we're talking about this campaign about the kids, specifically Obama's kids.  We really need to make sure that -- I mean, let me ask you this.

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Will Obama's kids be able to get the same quality of cabernet as that 2001 bottle?  Will they be able to find a Riesling that is satisfactory?  Will they be able to avoid embarrassing mom and dad because if they embarrass mom and dad, mom and dad are going to be upset.  Let me ask you this.  If gas prices remain this high.

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Self-serve, who will pump the gas for the Obama family?  You can try to paint her as an elitist or you can try to paint him as an elitist because he is going to be eating a cheese steak with Havarti but I don't see any basis of it at all.  And just real quick, you said she said all this stuff at an -- like she meant to say it?

GLENN:  She meant to say it.

CALLER:  This was intentional.

GLENN:  That was last night.

CALLER:  She meant to.

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Like really?

GLENN:  That's what I'm saying.  Honky Whitesville, thank you very much for your time.

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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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.