Nonsense and ignorance spread by Glenn Beck

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By now, you have seen or heard the strange Glenn Beck on radio and TV shows or read one of his books. If you are scratching your head, go to the library and read Alexander Zaitchik's "Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance."

A short time ago, Beck started out as a none-too-successful morning DJ with a bare education who hadn't a thought about politics. He loved to party and was a mean tempered, self centered cocaine addict.

He developed a nostalgic vision of America (that never was) of his grandfather's day, sitting on a porch rocking chair, in a country, "the heartland," with a relatively small government and about 4 million white people.

There were no "evil progressives" leaving one to wonder how slavery ended or child labor, or, who brought about Social Security or the right of women to vote, among other things.

Glenn Beck expresses a strange populist, paranoic, conspiratorial vision of a world divided into ‘them' and ‘us'. Such beliefs, along with delusions of grandeur, righteousness, and self importance, power, emotional instability (likely bipolar) have been seen by those who have worked closely with him.

He is well known for using the airwaves to humiliate people personally. He has always had bursts of anger and difficult relationships, needing constant affirmation and attention. Kind of fits into the drug addict's persona. (my comment)

One of Beck's most infamous incidents was when a friend's wife was on the phone just after having had a miscarriage, and he put her on the open mic and humiliated her.

He moved into the spotlight when regulations were loosened and a few corporations took over most of the radio and TV news and talk channels. He began to talk politics, about which, he admitted, he knew nothing.

When he started picking up on the ACORN situation he would not let go, giving it negative publicity and eventually pushing till ACORN was defunded of its few million dollars. Of course he never talks of Phizer, which was fined billions for Medicaid fraud, or of military contractors' fraud in the billions. He was getting a growing audience and was rallying for far-right ideology. His humor was always berating the ‘elite' educated and he was the champion of the ordinary person. His programs attracted millions of listeners, distrustful of big government while he was protective of big corporations.

When he converted to the Mormon faith, he ended a lifetime of drugs and picked up the "testimonial" tears he is so famous for.

He quickly identified with the most fringe philosophical elements of the Mormon faith in the person of Cleon Skousen. Skousen raged against the intellectual elite, called black children "pickininies," and the slave owners, "victims."

Beck made Skousen's works, which have been called a "joke" by Zaitchik, required reading for his followers. From oblivion, and from the dust heap they are now on the best seller list along with Beck's own books.

Beck cries out, "We need to rescue our Constitution and go back to the founders," despite that the constitution was written as a secular document with no religious references.

The constant contradictions matter little in Beck's books such as "Common Sense," a sort of parody on Thomas Paine's famous pamphlet of the same name that helped spark the American Revolution.

Beck is thrilled with his following, lack of truth notwithstanding. Beck shouts support for Wall Street, which he calls the "victim."

Beck tries to isolate the urban poor and black people from the ‘heartland'. He called Katrina victims "scumbags" and unemployed people, "unamerican ." (my comment)

He sees the corporations involved in the government getting bigger but calls for a world which would leave corporate power free to pollute air, water, and land. He would end government regulations protecting worker safety, food, and the environment and denies global warming.

He supports corporations that support him but talks angrily against corporations that supported Obama or that dropped advertizing on his program when he became very offensive and a huge movement was launched against him by Moveon.

Beck is making millions leading his movement to "take the government back" From whom? The first black American president!

Such racist (although he denies that he is racist), paranoid, conspiracy theorists have existed before in times of hardship. Zaitchik feels that the Beck phenomenon is temporary due to "its operatic nostalgia, opiate history, and tin can Orwellian imagination."

My fear is that when Beck sells so much untruth and hate and lies to a largely fringe element that is armed, we cannot brush it off so easily. His divisive use of people and incitement has not gone unnoticed by Jews and others knowledgeable of the rise of Hitler Germany.

 

 

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  • Yes, Beck seems to be the Joseph Goebbels of the Tea Party fascist movement. So, when are we going to organize a Red Front to combat these nazi dogs???

    Posted by Lincoln Vader, 09/23/2010 12:05pm (4 years ago)

  • Certainly not unnoticed by the Jews - he's one of the only friends we have left.

    Posted by jk, 09/09/2010 10:12am (4 years ago)

  • Beck supporters, don't waste your time.
    He doesn't deserve anyone's loyalty.
    He's a charlatan.

    Posted by Chris, 09/09/2010 12:22am (4 years ago)

  • "Rant" not "rants"

    Posted by jen, 09/08/2010 10:05pm (4 years ago)

  • Probably the most moronic rants I've ever read! First off, get your facts RIGHT! Idiot! Secondly, I am not a huge Beck gal, but calling the country back to God is racist? Bigotet? Sexist? Anti-American? Really? He did what our Country needs AT THE LEAST...to get back to our roots. Tell ya what, read " The Christiam Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States" and tell me what you think then. . .doubt you have the stones to do so, but, hey, I can try, right? In the mean time, "research" and "honesty" are good words too look up. As well as "slander" and "libel"...just so you keep yourself covered, legally.

    Posted by jen, 09/08/2010 10:03pm (4 years ago)

  • Blackshirts and Reds by Michael Parenti, is a great book that shows the difference between Fascists pseudo revolutionaries and Socialists and Communists.

    Posted by Sean Mulligan, 09/07/2010 10:29pm (4 years ago)

  • i suggest vasaman read "the rise and fall of the third reich" an excellent book on the nazis, who were financed by the german banks and corporations to make sure the german working class did not get too many rights (the 2 leading parties were the social democrats and the communists) together they vastly outnumbered the nazis in the german parliament but they couldn't overcome their differences. the nazis promoted capitalism smashed unions murdered jews, communists,socialists, democrats, etc. daimler deutsche bank and the other sections of big capitalists embraced hitler. in solidarity jim

    Posted by , 09/07/2010 2:52pm (4 years ago)

  • ...lets see, Hitler joined the German Workers Party, kinda liked their political ideas and their nationalism, later changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party though not keen on the socialist ideas of racial and gender equalilty, socialilsm was the cause de celeb in those days in Germany so he used it to help build the party in the beginning championing the programes that included several measures that would redistribute income and war profits, profit-sharing in industries, nationalization of trusts, increases in old-age pensions and free education blah, blah....from there it morped (beyond socialism) to its final version of thugs, violence, the Third Reich...absolute evil..

    ..and so we must be vigilant for the rise of socialist leaders, idiologies and policies, add to that communists, maoists and marxists because none of them believe in or would desire to keep intact our US Constituition and Bill of Rights....

    ..do we have anyone in the current administration who may fit into any of those categories or find a kindred belief in their ideas? maybe even by their own words?

    We have been given a unique document to govern ourselves by. Individual liberty, limits on the powers of the federal government with the bulk given to the state and the individual...we do not intend to give it up.

    Posted by vasaman, 09/07/2010 2:23pm (4 years ago)

  • I don't think "Vasaman" has a good grip on history or reality. But that's ok; we're all entitled to make mistakes.

    Posted by Smarter-than-a-teabagger, 09/07/2010 12:51pm (4 years ago)

  • Ha! Ha! Ha!....what drivel! Note that the Hitler Movement was a Socialist Movement aka Progressive, Obama, Leftist...

    Posted by vasaman, 09/07/2010 12:20pm (4 years ago)

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