By Alan Weeks, howiGit Contributing Music and Politics Writer, Boston, MA
Let me start off by openly stating my leftist allegiances, and the fact that I do in fact hate Glenn Beck. Now that you know that this article may be a bias account, keep reading.
If you don’t know who Glenn Beck is, you have probably been living under a rock for the past 2 years (maybe you actually don’t pay attention to absolute crazies, or watch Fox News). I sometimes watch it before going to lift weights, or skeet shoot as a way to pump myself up. Glenn Beck is a conservative radio and television host, political commentator, author, and entrepreneur. He is the host of The Glenn Beck Program, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States. He might also might be the most dangerous man in America. He has made a name for himself as a defender of the U.S. Constitution, and American values, and someone who cares about you! Along with Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox Entertainment, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin, he is the power and blind rage behind the Tea Party “movement.” He goes on the air everyday to talk to “his” America, which is simply the ignorant masses who actually believe Fox News to be an unbiased source for their daily updates in current events. He talks to them about “Real America,” and getting back to the values that George Washington coveted so much. He whines and cries on television about how the Progressives are going to destroy our country and his fear that Obama secretly holds a Little Red Book in his Oval Office desk drawer. Sometimes on his show, you are not even sure about what he is talking about, or what he is clawing into his infamous chalk board. I was watching one day, and he had single-handedly made Barack Obama a Nazi Collaborator by way of his chalk, simply by circling the world nationalize, and circling the word socialism. “Do you know what you get when you put those to together?” he says. “You get National Socialism.” This was the German name for the Nazi political system during Hitler’s reign. If you disagree with the health care legislation, or the financial reform overhaul, or maybe you just don’t like Democrats, that is fine, but I am going to let you in on a little secret, as a Jew myself. Making sure that 30 million Americans that do not currently have health insurance can now be covered, and that children with Type 1 Diabetes, or other pre-existing conditions cannot be discriminated against by insurance companies for coverage, is a little bit different from marching 6 million people to their deaths. You may have been wondering why all these “Tea Parties” are covered with signs that draw Hitler mustaches on pictures of our current President, and the answer is because Glenn Beck told them that he was the reincarnation of the Fuhrer. Here is a quote from Beck lifted from a Forbes magazine interview.
“What I’m trying to do is get this message out about self-empowerment, entrepreneurial spirit and true Americanism–the way we were when we changed the world, when Edison was alone, failing his 2,000th time on the light bulb.”
That sounds pretty good to me, all of that stuff is normal, and something that every person that has the public’s ear should be interested in inspiring. But here is another quote from the same Glenn Beck.
“This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”
“Al Gore’s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization…And you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did. That’s what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing].”
“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?”
“The only [Katrina victims] we’re seeing on television are the scumbags.” (2005)
“So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research. … Eugenics. In case you don’t know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. … The stuff that we are facing is absolutely frightening.”
And his latest comment on liberal billionaire George Soros (Soros was a Jewish European who lived through the holocaust and watched many of his friends die at the hands of the Nazi Party):
“…here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps…”
These certainly sound like the words of a person who hopes to inspire entrepreneurial spirit and true Americanism. In Beck’s America we would all be wearing white hoods, and goosestepping our way to church, which coincidentally would be in our public schools, where they would teach you how to not be homosexual, and make sure that you never pay your taxes.
Believe it or not this article is not supposed to be a slamming of Beck and his crazy right-wing antics. This article is meant to show you that Beck actually doesn’t even care about either side of the aisle. The self-described “Rodeo Clown” is the owner of Glenn Beck Inc., formally known as Mercury Radio Arts (after Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air), a company that pulled in $32 million in the last fiscal year. Glenn Beck is not a gun loving, god fearing, mormon that he would like us all to think he is — he is a joke. For all of Beck’s “history lessons” he never even went to college. Yes he did enroll in a class at Yale, in theology, but he dropped out. He says that he struggled with drug addiction throughout his life, and attended NA meetings in order to overcome this addiction. Guess what he was addicted to? Marijuana. Yes, that is correct, he was addicted to a non-addictive substance, and sought treatment for it. Come on man, nobody goes to NA for weed. He also carried his cross into a marriage that had him convert to the teachings of the Book of Mormon (check out Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s new Broadway show of the same name). Throughout all of this he worked as a radio commentator and personality. No political, historical, or legal training at all, which would surprise a viewer of his television show, which boasts “history lessons” and lectures on America’s grand past (one where no blacks were allowed).
“I could give a flying crap about the political process. We’re an entertainment company.” This quote entirely sums up why Glenn Beck is a dangerous fraud. Now luckily Mr. Beck, his millions of supporters, who hang on his every ridiculous adverb, do not read Forbes magazine. His supporters are probably too busy trying to buy hover-rounds with Medicare and Medicaid money while screaming at the top of their lungs for their government to stay out of their lives and destroy social healthcare.
So why should you care? The answer is that you should care because this man has turned the word Progressive, a word that by its Webster definition means “making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities,” into a negative term. This definition sounds eerily similar to those things he claimed to hope to inspire in Americans, doesn’t it? This man also has a quarter of the country listening to him like he is the second coming of Christ. And this same man, has openly admitted that he actually does not care about the American political system. My fear is that all of his fear mongering, and calling the President Adolf Hitler will inspire some slightly bored, and severely confused listener to take matters into his own hands and attempt to assassinate our Commander-in-Chief. For someone who does not care about politics to be stirring the pot of people’s political beliefs is very dangerous. People, for some reason, inherently become fervent zealots when it comes to politics. It doesn’t matter if they can’t recite the Bill of Rights, they know they have them, and they sometimes follow these leaders and personality’s words blindly, which can lead to serious trouble. This man needs to be unmasked for what he is, an Orson Welles wannabe, an attention seeking, fear mongering, bleached hair hack. And I hope that you will spread the word. I wish “Tea Party” supporters could actually read, because if they could, I believe they would find those two sentences from Forbes very unsettling. And if Christ did come back, he would punch Glenn Beck in the face, and JC was a pacifist.