You have to laugh at Jon Stewart's remarkable satirize and spot-on impersonation of radical ideologue Glenn Beck. You can find it here. I recommend the Daily Show clip. It's very funny. But I know that too many low-information or high-hating voters take this man seriously. How low-information? Take a look at this article by Bruce Bartlett at Forbes. Tea Partiers are so ignorant they think that President Obama raised their taxes instead of cutting them. That's only one of the items they do not get.
On a daily basis, Beck tries to fan the ignorance and hatred of (and possibly foment violence toward) millions of America's people for no reason but that he disagrees with them and they are progressive. He's Ann Coulter, with a crew-cut and on steroids. (You'll recall Coulter once said that you should talk to liberals ("if you must") with "baseball bats.") But Ann Coulter always comes across as smug and snarky. Glenn Beck cries on cue. It is on cue because he conjures up the same tears during rehearsal (yes, rehearsals). This is staged to fire us the masses. It's a dangerous act and Roger Ailes is playing with fire.
Recently, Beck has taken to referring to progressives as "the cancer that is destroying our values," "socialists," "communists" and more. Daily his rants defame us. And we let him get away with it, or at least some of us do.
|They actually believe him, these adoring fans and minions of his show, of "Freedom Works" of "Americans for Prosperity," and of various pathetic, manipulative congresspersons such as Michelle Bauchman and Louis Gohmert. Bauchman, like Beck, never lets facts get in the way of urban-legend idiocy.
America has been down this road before. As a child, I remember listening to and watching some of the McCarthy hearings. It is unmistakable that Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Foxes of Fox seek to usher back the treacherous Joe McCarthy era. And he talks about progressives ruining the Constitution and America?
Today's mostly-extremist Republicans (almost everyone else has fled the GOP)actually think that ugly American, Sen., Joe McCarthy, was a hero. In Texas, due to a radical revisionism movement, and a conservative Republican takeover of the state school board, Senator McCarthy may well be enshrined finally as an undeserving hero in the final state curriculum vote this May. It's the state that Rick Perry brought us: Secessionism and revisionism.
Ironically, they won't admit that Senator Joe McCarthy was the ultimate Big Brother, that he used guilt by association to ruin innocent lives. They so magnified the problem of spies in America (a commie "under every bed" we were told), which was relatively small, into a national spy-on-your neighbor movement. Sound familiar? Bush-Cheney almost brought us back to that low during their eight-year big brother assault on the Constitution. Indeed, neighbors began "turning in their neighbors for the absurd reason that their neighbors did not support a war based upon lies. But Glenn Microchip Beck probably doesn't get the irony there either. There have not been greater destroyers of the Constitution in the US than Bush-Cheney, that is, until Glenn Beck, and others showed just how far some on the extreme fringe of the so-called "right" are willing to go. Recently, Glenn Beck called upon Americans to turn in their ministers and pastors to authorities...for nothing.
Beck's invented "crime" was the near-universal call for social justice in churches. This is supposed to somehow be unAmerican. Here we go again? I say hell, no we won't go. Then join in the effort to push back the real assault on our Constitution and the defamation of millions of patriotic Americans, who work for constructive change (progress) within our system.