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Posted on Feb 25, 2010

By David Sirota

Let’s pause and give thanks to Glenn Beck.

No, seriously—because that’s what he’s due.

We owe this talk-show-host-turned-political-leader gratitude for using his televised keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference to so frankly outline what the conservative movement has become—and why it repulses so many Americans.

Coming days after an anti-tax terrorist kamikaze attacked a government facility in Texas, and following Republicans like Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Steve King expressing sympathy for that terrorist’s grievances, Beck’s homily stands as the moment’s most forthright manifesto on the right’s authoritarian objectives.

Beck began his speech posing as a libertarian against “big government.” Notice that most Republican icons are now doing this, though not all resemble Beck—not all of them previously pushed the big-government Patriot Act or the even-bigger-government bank bailout.

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From there, Beck worked up a drenching sweat, criticizing Theodore Roosevelt’s notion that we should make sure the accumulation of wealth is “honorably obtained” and “represents benefit to the community.”

His porcine complexion verging on crimson, Beck called that concept of “community” a “cancer” that “is not our founders’ idea of America”—somehow forgetting the notions of community and solidarity inherent in the founders’ “Join or Die” motto.

But ignorance, no matter how embarrassing, doesn’t get in Beck’s way. To wild applause, he labeled this alleged tumor of “community” the supposedly evil “progressivism”—and he told disciples to “eradicate it” from the nation.

The lesson was eminently clear, coming in no less than the keynote address to one of America’s most important political conventions. Beck taught us that a once-principled conservative movement of reasoned activists has turned into a mob—one that does not engage in civilized battles of ideas. Instead, these torch-carriers, gun-brandishers and tea partyers follow an anti-government terrorist attack by cheering a demagogue’s demand for the physical annihilation of those with whom he disagrees—namely anyone, but particularly progressives, who value “community.”

No doubt, some conservatives will parse, insisting Beck was only endorsing the “eradication” of progressivism but not of progressives. These same willful ignoramuses will also likely say that the Nazis’ beef was with Judaism but not Jews, and that white supremacists dislike African-American culture but have no problem with black people.

Other conservatives will surely depict Beck’s “eradication” line as just the jest of a self-described “rodeo clown”—merely the “fusion of entertainment and enlightenment,” as his radio motto intones. But if Beck is half as smart as he incessantly tells listeners he is, then he knows it’s no joke.

In a melting-pot nation of slave descendants and immigrant refugees haunted by ancestral memories of despotic violence, Beck is deliberately employing coded and menacing language, warning his opponents not to believe Sinclair Lewis’ refrain that such horror “can’t happen here.” Beck wants adversaries to know that it can and it will—to them, and at his movement’s hands.

Really, the threat isn’t even veiled. To understand it, just ponder comparisons. For instance, ask yourself: What is the difference between Beck’s decree and that of Rwanda’s genocidal leaders in the 1990s? The former broadcast a call to “eradicate” the “cancer”-like progressives; the latter a call to “exterminate the cockroaches.” Likewise, what separates Beck’s screed from a bin Laden fatwa? They may employ different ideologies and languages, but both endorse the wholesale elimination of large groups of Americans.

And so we finally see tyranny’s hideous image within our midst: It’s not a tightly cropped mustache in a beige uniform; it’s a clean-shaven baby face in a suit—a rodeo clown with a chalkboard who unfortunately speaks for modern-day conservatism.

We should thank him, at least, for admitting what his movement truly wants.

David Sirota is the author of the best-selling books “Hostile Takeover” and “The Uprising.” He hosts the morning show on AM760 in Colorado and blogs at OpenLeft.com. E-mail him at ds@davidsirota.com.

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By omop, February 27, 2010 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

Mr. Beck comes across as accepting what a tele-evangelist I happened to watch
for a minute last week said

  “its the Italians and Romans that killed Jesus Christ”.

i guess there must be an element of truth to the statemant, ” not all the crazies
are behind bars”.

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By christian96, February 27, 2010 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Ardee—-I knew after I wrote the sentence there
would be ignorant people like yourself who would
misunderstand my comment.  I am not prejudiced.
I was stating a fact.  I did get tired of standing
in line with blacks and mexicans because that’s who
was in line.  If you had any intelligence at all
you would have understood that.  Did you graduate
from high school?

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By Tennessee-Socialist, February 27, 2010 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

Just a comment on Christian Churches in America.  America which is country where many things are wrong, and a fakery, the christian churches in America do not escape this problem.  Most christian denominations in the USA are not authentic christian theology. 

Most christian denominations of America support the satanic capitalist imperialist system.  According to real smart theologists, the capitalist system is contrary to the Bible, it is satanic, and a christian cannot support imperialism and capitalism and the US satanic government.

So USA doesn’t only need a revolution in politics, but it also needs a revolution in most of its christian denominations.

Many many things in America are wrong, the political system, the health care system, the education, and christian churches in America do not escape the many things that are upside down in America

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By balkas, February 27, 2010 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

That there is Left in US appears as mucha a myth as unlce sam having two divergent agents to represent him in congress-judiciary-army-cia.

At most there may be ab 2mn leftists in US, but ?none among msm cullumnists, editors, educators, actors, pols, judges, shareholders, cia, fbi, police; i.e.,among the people that matter.

Every collumnist i read is just a tad left of mussolini. The reason i read their pieces is because i want to comment on what they and posters write.

I post on a few sites.I haven’t to date come across a comment that opposes wars on a principle, such as that no land has the right to attack another land under no known circumsatance.

They object to wars solely because of perceived failures of a war or ist duration, costs, etc.In short, not on causative factors for not waging wars but solely based on rationalizations.

Yes, of necessary truth there are causes that we can see with naked eye for not waging wars; others we can postulate as well.

The main task of a collumnist is to avoid the causative level and not just of wars but also all other ills that befall us.

Study of cause[s] of fire, cancer leads to knowledge. The study of causes for wars, poverty,illusionary thinking, massive lying, deception, etc., wld also lead to knowledge.
So, rationalization will have to do as it had to do for the last at least 10k yrs.

Pharoahs, akkadian, assyrians, sumerians kings were deemed devine. Now, it is amercian kings who are devine as far as ‘aliens’ are concerned? tnx

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By ardee, February 27, 2010 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

I, eventaully, got tired of standing in the welfare line with blacks and mexicans.

Poor baby, would it have been easier if you were standing in line with your ‘equals’?

The intellectual left thinks the common men are stupid for clinging to a God,

The intellectual left ( as opposed to whom I wonder) is condemned by a rather superficial opinion couched as fact. Thus this poster, after condemning the entire progressive movement for the hyperbole of the few intemperate who post here, engages in similar crap…Nicely self involved I think.

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By christian96, February 27, 2010 at 6:28 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind——-Sorry, I didn’t teach at
Liberty University.  Never followed Falwell much so
I don’t really know his ideas.  I taught Educational
Psychology at Radford College(now Radford University).  It was an all girls school years ago.
Virginia Tech University in Blacksburgh was 10 miles
away.  It was an all boys school.  The boys would
journey over to Radford to date the ladies.  To do
so they had to fill out a form and be interviewed
by the dorm mother to explain where they were going,
what they were going to do, and when they would be
home.  Try that now! Ha.  I bet there was a lot of
lying going on back in those days. I got along fairly
well with the Dean, Dept. Chairman, and some faculty.
There are always jerks anywhere you work.  The
Dean and I were very good friends.  When we had
faculty meetings if he wanted to make a comment he
would ask me to temp. take over the meetings.  People
who wanted to be the next Dean would about fall out
of their chairs.  Some of the students I became
friends with told me some of the older professors
were calling students into their office asking about
my sex life.  I was single.  They were looking for
a reason to get rid of me.  I gave them one.  It
came out in the college newspaper on Nov. 4, 1976
that I would be appearing on “Viewpoint,” a tv
talkshow in Lynchburg.  The next day Dean Gibson
told me they would not be renewing my contract.
I know he hated to do that.  He was just following
orders from someone above him.  Those rich bluebloods in Southwestern Virginia didn’t take
kindly to a West Virginia hillbilly going on tv to
talk about why rich people neglect poor people.
I appeared on the program on Nov. 7, 1976 which just
happened to be my parents 38th wedding anniversary.
I broke an engagement to a beautiful Christian lady
back in 1972 because of losing my job at another
university.  I’m one of those kind of people that’s
going to express my opinions regardless of the
consequences.  I was never able to secure another
university teaching position.  Mississippi State
Univ. flew me to Starkville for an interview but
I didn’t receive an offer.  That’s unusual.  When
they spend the money to bring you to campus they
usually offer you a teaching position.  I guess my
references from Radford weren’t up to par.  I was
unemployed 18 months before locating a job as School
Psychologist in rural West Virginia.  While unemployed I drove to Southern California and rented
a room in Pasadena for $100 bucks a month. I was
out everyday looking for work.  I got welfare and
food stamps to hold me over.  I learned Monrovia,
Calif. was looking for an elementary school counselor.  Since my doctoral degree major was
Elementary School Counseling I drove over to Monrovia to interview for the position. The lady
behind the desk said, “You can fill out an application if you want but we are getting pressure
to hire a black person.”  I responded, “Lady, I grew up in a small coal mining town in West Virginia where my father worked in the mines.  We were as
poor as any black person.”  She said, “I’m sorry.
We are getting pressure to hire a black.”  I tried
to reason with her.  I said, “Lady, you mean if a
black person walked in here and applied for this
position whose parents were doctors or lawyers they
would get the job before me?”  She said, “Yes, they
would.”  I filled out the paperwork anyway and walked out the door shaking my head.  I, eventaully, got tired of standing in the welfare line with blacks and mexicans.  I went home to West Virginia.
I got home just in time to watch Kentucky win the
NCAA tournament in basketball. I watched the game
with daddy.  That was a big deal in our house. I
was born in Western Kentucky in Muhenberg County.
We moved to WVA when I was 5.  Daddy’s brother got
him a job in the mines.  Mom and dad listened to
every Kentucky game on WHAS Louisville.  Ky. basketball was part of my conditioning.

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By Allan Krueger, February 27, 2010 at 6:12 am Link to this comment

And these (cough-puke) people compare Obama to Hitler!

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By DaveZx3, February 27, 2010 at 12:00 am Link to this comment

Why does the left attack Beck so viciously?  All that does is increase his popularity.  If a man’s ideas are repulsive, attack his ideas with better ideas of your own, but do not attack the man.  It doesn’t work. 

The post: “By WriterOnTheStorm, February 26 at 5:40 pm”  is one of the best on this thread.  I repeat it below:

“At least Beck has enough common sense to understand that he is in a war, albeit
one of ideas. And although it appears he’s been eating the chalk again, if his
staged-hate tutorials finally convince progressives that they are the enemy in his
war and thus engage the struggle, then we really should thank him as this piece
suggests.”

“Ridicule him if you want, (I’ve done my share, but frankly, it’s not sporting), but
he gets at core beliefs, the true arena of the battle, and the place where the
conservatives are most vulnerable. But in making him a figure of fun, you don’t
change a single heart or mind, and you miss an opportunity to engage the
enemy on their turf.”

“Truthdig would better serve its readership and the public by posting a piece that
addresses Beck’s argument point by point. If he’s half the clown progressives
claim, a full rebuttal should be pure Betty Crocker.”

I (DaveZx3) can see Beck’s appeal to a large chunk of the populace.  I try to find the rebuttal ideas of the left, but I find mostly posts filled with hate towards the man, and few concrete alternative ideas. 

Some of the posts here are far more radical than anything Beck ever said, one guy even saying that the problem with “free speech” is that it allows people like Beck to speak.  An exact quote is:  “Freedom of the Press” has made the field of journalism near obsolete and is on the brink of extinction in the USA”  Reread the whole thing at:  “By zeroinfinity, February 26 at 9:18 am #”

And his post went totally unchallenged on this thread.  The leftist posters here are equally scary as are a few of Beck’s ideas, in my opinion.

But the scariest thing to me about the left is that they will not acknowledge that our inalienable rights are given to us by our creator, God. 

If my rights do not come from God, then where do they come from?  The fickle governments of man?  The “survival of the fittest” law of nature?  No, not as far as I am concerned.  They come from God.

I can never accept anything but a creator above man, because I do not trust man, based on knowledge of his history.  And when I read all the polarized hatred from the left and right, I can see why man’s history is what it is. 

The intellectual left thinks the common men are stupid for clinging to a God, but the common men are not stupid.  They insist in God, because the alternative is unnacceptable, which is to be subject to the injustice of powerful men without recourse.  The scariest concept to them is the majority rule of a fickle godless democracy.  Like one which would mandate the purchase of insurance on a 51% vote of Congress. 

I will defend the rights of people to speak their weird ideas, and I will abide by the laws of the republic, but I will never cease to defend the constitution of the United States, because that document contains the words which give me the best chance for the freedoms and rights which I love.

The sole basis for my conservatism is the constitutional elements which state clearly the source of my rights.  Beck hits on a lot of that, and that is where he has popularity amongst a great many people, in spite of his theatrics.

Is there any vision of personal rights and freedoms in a leftist government?  I ask that legitimately, as my only visions of leftist governments are the ones which did not seem to give a lot of creedence to individual rights and freedoms.  Why do so many leftist governments persecute the religious?  Mandating non-belief is equal to mandating belief.  Both elements of tyranny.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

Fascism is corporations running the government with a godly jingoism.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment

Fascism is corporations running the government for their profit with godly jingoism.  And, with that last Supreme Court vote to make corporations the same as individual members of the populace, I do believe the United States has arrived. 

Rupert Murdoch is really heavy into running our government in the United States through lobbyists and shills in the media along with the few other corporations that socialized into mergers for easy control of the populace.

And, based on what Rupert Murdoch did politically in Australia, he is the money behind the faux FOX News and the faux populace Tea Party and faux populace Coffee Party and everything that is against liberals, socialists, progressives, unions, race, and anything that would help the populace to be equal in power to the corporate Right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch

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By Tennessee-Socialist, February 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

JDmysticDJ: You actually the stupidity of the centrists, progressive-liberals. Because the real left (marxists) agree in that fascism in USA began as soon as US Republic was founded.

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By Tennessee-Socialist, February 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

TAXES ON FOOD ARE REALY EVIL, AD JOE STACK IS A HERO.  TAXES ARE REAL BAD FOR POOR AMERICANS.  Every time i buy 10 dollars of food, i gotta have an extra 1 dollar, just for taxes.  This is fascism. 

If the US government would nationalize many giant providers and corporations, the US government could profit from those state-owned companies and would not have to tax to death the american people, and wouldnt have to rely on taxes for every thing

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm Link to this comment

Is it free speech to yell FIRE!!! in a packed theater?

Conservative faux populace Glenn Beck, one of Conservative faux populace Rupert Murdoch’s FOX News Network shills for News Corp. are doing the exact same thing to the populace.

Again, is it FREE speech to yell FIRE! in a packed theater?

Conservative Rupert Murdoch has helped take over a liberal political party in Australia and now he is working the same Hitler type plan in the United States.  Check Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch

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By mildred, February 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing but biased lies on this site. None of my freaking comments ever get posted. Never seen worse. Congratulations, you are hereby awarded the Joseph Goebbels Uber Propaganda Award for 2009-2010.

Good to know because I will make sure many, many others know. Get it?

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By Inherit The Wind, February 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

JDmysticDJ, February 26 at 8:39 pm #

Inherit The Wind

I really hate this factionalism, but I’m compelled to respond to the “stupidity” of your comment.

“The stupidity of the Left is to think that the fascist movement begun under Reagan, but VASTLY accelerated under Bush/Cheney/Rove/Rumsfeld died when Obama was elected.  No, instead it got mad. It got nasty. It got desperate.”

It’s stupid to disparage the left when the left has always been the opposition to fascism. Your statement that the left is unaware of the threat of fascism is also stupid. The left is most aware of this threat, and is really tired of hearing from stupid people who assert that there is no dichotomy between left and right. People who don’t recognize the threat of fascism are center left, centrists, apolitical independents, and the right wing loonies who are so stupid that they stupidly don’t realize that they are fascist dupes.

That being said, I think that we agree on the threat of fascism. People who think Beck and his ilk are only stupid and not a serious threat are stupid, and need to brush up on their history.

Some will stupidly say…Oh, it can’t happen here. They are stupid; they are as stupid as the citizens of former societies where fascism took power right before their eyes, and with their approval.

Fascism in this country was evident before Reagan, and it is now quietly pre-eminent. Economic, terrorist, or foreign policy crisis could bring fascism to the fore, in all its totality. It will take a herculean effort by the left to circumvent it.
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JimmyD: It’s like the joke about the watch-dog—he watches the burglars empty the house.  What are we, Fabian Socialists “waiting” but not acting?

The fact is: The Left DID NOT ACT in the face of all these various fascist factions gaining momentum.  They COUNTED on apathy and they were right. They got Reagan and Scalia and 1994 Congressional takeover and then Bush 43 with Cheney, Roberts and Alito to create the most activist Court we’ve ever seen.  We sat back and watched while the factions of anti-science and phony history take over our school boards and town councils, and finally, the ENTIRE power structure of the Republican Party.  Only a few GOP governors are left with ANY common sense—and THEY are denounced and threatened with mayhem.  New Senator Scott Brown voted for what was best for Massachusetts and got death threats for it.

Yes, JimmyD, the Left are idiots who LET THIS HAPPEN!  And still are.  To ALLOW Lieberman and Nelson and Bayh to TOTALLY undermine the President’s efforts to reform health care, shilling for the GOP is intolerable incompetence.

The Left isn’t just a few fringers, rallying around Ralph Nader and a disgraced Cynthia McKinney.  It is still the heart of the Democratic Party.  It is STILL what the late Sen. Kennedy believed.

We didn’t “win” in 2006 or in 2008.  We just held back the deluge.

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By James M. Martin, February 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment
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I should think most Republicans and even many neo-cons and tea party-goers are terrified by Glenn Beck.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment

Is it free speech to yell FIRE!!! in a packed theater?

Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch’s FOX News Network shills are doing the exact same thing to the populace.

Again, is it FREE speech to yell FIRE! in a packed theater?

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By Basoflakes, February 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

Yo Beck.  Tell me.  Whose money is going to have to be spent to rebuild that IRS building that the moron you lionize flew into.

Yep, you got it.  Taxpayers.  So, Beck, you are for increased wasteful government spending and terrorism.  You ought to run on that ticket.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

Don’t be a dick MarthaA free speech is for everybody even a slime like him or are you against the Constitution/Bill of Rights? Read Rev. Neimoller‘s lament about about not caring for others.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

You truly don’t know a terrorist when you see a terrorist.  Glenn Beck is a terrorist.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

Are you on the Glenn Beck payroll Night-Gaunt?  You got coffee cup shirts too.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

No “running him out on a rail” if I have anything to do with it. Because you or I could be next. Don’t be like them or you will become just like them. What Nietzsche warned against and he is right.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

This should suffice to show that Glenn Beck is strictly a Rupert Murdoch propagandist for the Right-Wing.  A traitor to the very public libraries where he got what education he has, and he’s an alcoholic.

Conservative Propagandist Glenn Beck wants to get rid of all things progressive, while owning up that his self-made liberal education was from free public libraries:
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/stewart-beck-socialist-libraries/

It would be interesting to know where Rupert Murdoch found him, and cleaned him up and put him on the sophism and propaganda path against progressives, liberals and socialists.  This man should be run out of town on a rail—no one should advertise with him.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind their open operation did after all the years of infiltration and planning after their failure in 1934 when they started it up in 1980. But you can start the precipitous fall of the Middle Class and the New Deal etc being slowly dismantled and attack and defunded as time went on. The coffers of the Republic wasted on the military to expand across the earth larger than any of the last three full empires.

It almost happened in 1934 (where we would have joined the Axis if they had won) so they are trying again stronger, better funded, organized and gaming the system to do it. They are winning. They are one economic collapse away from getting it lock, stock and gun barrel.

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By Virginia777, February 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

Exactly, JDmysticDJ: “Economic, terrorist, or foreign policy crisis could bring fascism to the fore, in all its totality. It will take a herculean effort by the left to circumvent it.”

And yet the left is so fractured, it wastes time groveling in bitterness (and Sirota himself has been guilty of this), or worse, denial.

Meanwhile the truth is staring us in the face, evidenced by the outrageous outbursts of pundits like Glenn Beck, yes, we can laugh at them, but the evidence of just how effective they are, is everywhere.

The left needs to wake up, and get mobilized, and it is not. At this point herculean effort, is a long way off.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Glenn Beck is a Rupert Murdoch Right-Wing toady alcoholic who didn’t go to college, but taught himself at the public library.

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By JDmysticDJ, February 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind

I really hate this factionalism, but I’m compelled to respond to the “stupidity” of your comment.

“The stupidity of the Left is to think that the fascist movement begun under Reagan, but VASTLY accelerated under Bush/Cheney/Rove/Rumsfeld died when Obama was elected.  No, instead it got mad. It got nasty. It got desperate.”

It’s stupid to disparage the left when the left has always been the opposition to fascism. Your statement that the left is unaware of the threat of fascism is also stupid. The left is most aware of this threat, and is really tired of hearing from stupid people who assert that there is no dichotomy between left and right. People who don’t recognize the threat of fascism are center left, centrists, apolitical independents, and the right wing loonies who are so stupid that they stupidly don’t realize that they are fascist dupes.

That being said, I think that we agree on the threat of fascism. People who think Beck and his ilk are only stupid and not a serious threat are stupid, and need to brush up on their history.

Some will stupidly say…Oh, it can’t happen here. They are stupid; they are as stupid as the citizens of former societies where fascism took power right before their eyes, and with their approval.

Fascism in this country was evident before Reagan, and it is now quietly pre-eminent. Economic, terrorist, or foreign policy crisis could bring fascism to the fore, in all its totality. It will take a herculean effort by the left to circumvent it.

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By garth, February 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

Dave Sirota is going to debate Thom Hartmann on the issue of continuing to support Obama (Hartmann) or to say, in effect, he’s revealed his true colors and he’s not what we thought we were going to get (Sirota).

I’m with Sirota on the debate issue, but as far as Beck is concerned, I don’t take any of these rabble rousers lightly. 

There was a time in America when one could follow Harry Truman’s advice and “Take and laugh at ‘em.”  But not anymore. 

I remember in the eighties when a few talked about the religious right, but fewer still listened.  Look what we got from them.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

Christian96:

Lynchburg, VA, 1976 eh?  Let me guess: Liberty Baptist College, later Liberty Baptist U, now Liberty U.

AKA, Jerry Falwell’s school of right-wing religious indoctrination and racism.

I first came across the Falwell while flipping around the channels one Sunday morning in 1978, while living in North Carolina.  I came across this self-satisfied fat dumpling in a 3 piece suit and I could NOT believe he was preaching what he was preaching in America.  All liberals were devils, women were supposed to obey their men, breed babies, and be “homemakers”.  Jimmy Carter was evil-incarnate and all homosexuals were perverted sinners who had to be kept away from “nice” people.  There was no need for environmental care because the Apocalypse was just around the corner.  The Devil was alive and walking among us on earth.

“Can you say that you have accepted Christ Jesus (never Jesus Christ) and that you are as sure for heaven as if you are already there?”

In short, he was a pure fascist in an expensive suit.

Think he’s now at The Lord’s side?  Nope. I’m Agnostic, so I don’t believe there’s a Lord’s side to be at.  But if I was a believer, I’d be confident that Falwell either was in Hell or Purgatory for a VERY long time!

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By devark, February 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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This country has all but entirely devolved into the blind leading the blind, or more accurately, the blind stealing from the blind. What little truth and good that remains is so hard to see and so rarely utilized it may as well not even be there at all anymore.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, February 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

At least Beck has enough common sense to understand that he is in a war, albeit
one of ideas. And although it appears he’s been eating the chalk again, if his
staged-hate tutorials finally convince progressives that they are the enemy in his
war and thus engage the struggle, then we really should thank him as this piece
suggests.

Ridicule him if you want, (I’ve done my share, but frankly, it’s not sporting), but
he gets at core beliefs, the true arena of the battle, and the place where the
conservatives are most vulnerable. But in making him a figure of fun, you don’t
change a single heart or mind, and you miss an opportunity to engage the
enemy on their turf.

Truthdig would better serve its readership and the public by posting a piece that
addresses Beck’s argument point by point. If he’s half the clown progressives
claim, a full rebuttal should be pure Betty Crocker.

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By tropicgirl, February 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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David, I am VERY disappointed with you. Quite frankly, I would have expected
more.

Either you have no idea of what is going on, or you have joined the Obama
minions in their constant creation of a straw man, only to knock it down in
their oh-so-condescending way, lacking true substance or understanding.

So, just in case you really don’t know, let me explain it to you:

Rush, Beck and the neocons posing as Tea Party “sympathizers” are in a fight
for their very lives. They are scared to death that the Tea Partiers will have
success, and that they will control the primaries in the republican party, which
they are already doing quite successfully. They are completely scared of the
Libertarian branch of it, and so is Obama and the Democrats, so they
consistently ignore that side of the Tea Party. They are scared of progressives
turning Libertarian and joining. YOU should be urging this to happen, not
against this. Believe in the power of what you believe and the fact that, if it is
true, people need it and want it, including the tea partiers.

Basically, Rush and Beck are trying to do to the Tea Party what Obama did to
the “progressives”. And Sara Palin is having quite a lot of fun with this, being
outside the party. She’s just killing them all. They don’t know what to do with
her but if she goes much farther toward the Tea Party libertarians, they will
turn on her like the vampires they are.

Watch closely. Beck already turned against the Tea Party in Texas, by smearing
their primary candidate for admitting there should be another 911
investigation. That is why republicans in the whole state of Texas hate him
now. He doesn’t want a lot of people knowing that.

But the truth is that the Libertarian side of the Tea Party is starting to take over
the rest. That is why Beck is performing his Lonesome Roads routine like never
before. Tappin’ and dancin’ like the shill he is. Scared to death of the tea
partiers while trying DESPERATELY to shape their image into his own. So is
Rush. Rush is even losing his voice he’s so desperate. Every day he repeats over
and over. “All you people who think there is no difference (equally corrupt)
between the dems and republcns are WRONG…” The very thought makes him
NUTS… (Yes, I listen sometimes and that is how I know this. You should try it.)

So, David, please go a little deeper here. You are not helping your man, Obama.
I know he loves his straw men and “his” opinions, but ignoring the truth has
gotten him trouble in the past and will get him in the end. Soon.

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By whatareugointodo, February 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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What are you going to do when Beck’s psychopaths come for you and your family?  Call the cops?  Think they’ll get there in time?

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By norman michael harman, February 26, 2010 at 11:53 am Link to this comment
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Beck’s an ignoramus who knows so little of what he speaks he contradicts
himself over and over in a single sentence. I watched his show a few nights ago
for almost 45 minutes (I was recovering from a bad bout of flu and was too
lethargic to use the clicker). In the span of nearly 3/4 of an hour Beck spewed
10,000 words but said nothing at all. He’s a fool and an imbecile and he knows
nothing of what he speaks. BUT! When the rest of the garbage peddlers -
sometimes known as the MSM - repeat his imbecilic, incoherent drivel, and give
it the same credence as an actual statement of fact, then we all have a serious
problem. Especially when the day after Beck (or O’Reilly, or Limbaugh, or
Blitzer, or Wiliams, or Mitch McConnell, or Lyndsey Graham, or Ron Paul, or
John “Boner”) makes some criticism of the Dems and the Dems, from Pelosi and
Reid to Obama, run to the microphones to apologize. There are no Democrats
anymore, there are no Republicans, there are only corporatists. The Republican
party has morphed into some weird amalgam of oligarchs and racist,
fundamentalist, libertarian know-nothings. The Democrats have become a
party that stands for nothing at all. Both work for those who write them the big
checks.

The media, the Congress, the White House, the military leaders” and the
corporations: all one big happy family. All living in their mirrored rooms and
halls, hell, their mirrored worlds! They see and hear nothing other than
themselves. They know nothing of the world outside their mirrors. They believe
themselves to be so completely in control they see nothing of the great wave
that’s going to wash away their cozy little world. They remind me of the old
European families in the lead up to WWI or the German industrialists as they
funded the National Socialists, thinking Hitler was going to be “their man,” or
the Russian Czar and his pitiful forces who believed shooting down a few
socialists in the streets could stave-off the madness that was engulfing them.

We are now them. We hear no rational voices countering this idiocy in the
American public sphere because the elite who control the public conversation
are so lost they couldn’t recognize a rational voice if they wanted to. Those of
us who are still rational have nowhere to turn, our voices are blocked from the
public conversation. In fact, a rational voice is now looked on by those in
control as being “a crazy.”

We are not witnesses to the collapse of American Democracy, that happened
several decades ago. What we are witnessing is the collapse of civilization
itself. I have little or no hope but I continue to fight, I continue to “rail against
the darkness,” I continue to write to newspapers and other media outlets, I
continue to barrage my Congressional representatives with letters and articles,
I continue to vote against the money.  I do this because I have to, because my
gut and my heart and my head won’t allow me to stop.

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By norman harman, February 26, 2010 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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blah blah

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By balkas, February 26, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

In rereading sirota’s piece, i found very liitle enlightening or understandable in it.
I drew the conclusion that he is merely concluding ab what beck said.
And what beck said, according to sirota, is equally ununderstandable to me.

I am speaking for myself only. This is my usual mode while talking to people. Sirota shld have explicitly said that whatever he said is his conclusions and interpretations of beck’s own wishes, rants, conclusions and not necessarily anyone else’s!

I say let the free speech freely flow. There is no way, i aver, one can violate any moral precept or ‘law’ by saying anything.
Not by talking ab anything and saying anything but solely by doing s’mthing.

If one wld say that all blacks shld be sent back to afrika, it wld be ok with me. But please, tell me when-how-why on eis gonna do that.
For that u need army, judiciary, congress, wh, fbi. The mos that person needs wld be a hearty laugh.
Unless, of course, army wld indeed do it!

For don’t pols say God Bless America, We are a nation of laws, We are governed by laws and not people for that is Greatness of America, etc.

So one person says let’s kill all such and such wld perhaps endanger a banana republic, but not, one wld hope, mightiest empires of all time.

Sirota’s piece is represents an obnubilation. That’s what ?all msm collumnists do and ?all the time.

I bet a piece such as this wld never appear in MSM!
And that is perilous behavior for some americans; to me, anyway! tnx
btw, i deliberately left out my political views!

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By Night-Gaunt, February 26, 2010 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

I first thing I would ask Beck is to prove where Pres. Obama showed he was a racist.

He and his backers know their audience and they are desperate people who want the same wealth as those they support even as they don’t have a chance ever to get it. The endless hunt for the elusive carrot that runs them around by the nose to the end of their days. Never to be satisfied.

He and his backers are working to create a popular alternate history so that their followers/minions will be armed with this to confront us. Just try to talk to them then! Insidious and dangerous. Interestingly Beck when he first got on the airwaves advocated violence. Since then he has been careful to say “...don’t do violence, the other side will, but don’t you…” but as we see in this speech he still speaks the language of exterminating your enemies. I don’t want them to win but I want to use Constitutional means to do it. Violence only breeds more violence. If the words promote violence it will inevitably lead to actual acts of combat.

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By balkas, February 26, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

Inherit, with respect.
u have the right to your understandings ab beck’s calls and i have to mine.

However, if we cld ascertain that beck controls WH, congress, constitution, cia, army, fbi, judiciary, laws, he wld represent a peril to some people.

However, it seems to me that the system had allowed him to say that. It is true that system still might go after him and charge him with incitement to violence.

But, but, but, what he said is of the system; so US system of rule cannot act against itself.No, beck migt not even be fined let alone fired for speaking for mns of americans.

Racism and its sister, the discrimination, is of the system; i.,e., systemic. So what is beck and people like him in comparison to US constitution and US governance which functions under US constitution; i.e., a set of ‘laws’ written by slave owners and other rich people.

Picking on and blaming an individual for national ills, is an old artifice used by ?all msm collumnists-editors.
It is used because it does not elucidate the sit’n in US.

Of course, if there is no meritocracy, discrimination, racism, classes [division of people into less- and more-valued], banksters, and other gangsters in US, then my analyses wld be false.

However, i aver that one needs just one good eye to see what i have said. No schooling is needed to see it; provided one is a tabula rasa or has not evaluated lies as truth; usually happening to kids in schools.
Precisely, why schooling is mandatory! 
more cld be said. tnx

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By christian96, February 26, 2010 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

In 1976 I was fired from a university because I went
on a talkshow “Viewpoint” in Lynchburg, Virginia to
discuss “why wealthy people neglect poor people.”
The host was a black man named Darnell Stamps.  I
lost my university teaching position and Darnell
lost his TV show.  You can say what you want in
America.  You just can’t keep your job.  I was never
able to secure another university teaching position.
Since then I’ve tried numerous times to have articles
published and to make appearances on media programs.
All were rejected.  The following list of assests
owned by one man, Rupert Murdoch, gives me confirmation why media owned by the wealthy have
shut me up. But, lo and behold, along comes the
internet where I can express myself for the time
being.  I wish I knew more about computers.  I might be able to publish on the computer.

(continuation of assets of Rupert Murdoch)

  [edit] Magazines and Inserts
InsideOut
donna hay
News America Marketing
SmartSource
[edit] Newspapers and Information Services
[edit] United Kingdom
News International
The Sun
News of the World
The Times
Sunday Times
thelondonpaper (a free newspaper which closed in September 2009)
[edit] Australasia
News Limited
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)
The Australian (national)
The Weekend Australian (national)
The Advertiser (Adelaide)
Sunday Mail (Adelaide)
The Sunday Times (Perth)
Herald Sun (Melbourne)
Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)
mX (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane)
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)
The Cairns Post (Cairns, Queensland)
Geelong Advertiser
Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (Hobart)
Northern Territory News (Darwin)
The Sunday Territorian (Darwin)
Australian Associated Press (45%)
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier
Fiji
The Fiji Times
[edit] United States
New York Post
Community Newspaper Group
The Brooklyn Paper
Courier-Life Publications
TimesLedger Newspapers
Bronx Times Reporter Inc.
[edit] International
Dow Jones & Company

Consumer Media Group
The Wall Street Journal - the leading US financial newspaper.
Wall Street Journal Europe
Wall Street Journal Asia
Barron’s - weekly financial markets magazine.
Marketwatch - Financial news and information website.
Far Eastern Economic Review
Financial News
Enterprise Media Group
Dow Jones Newswires - global, real-time news and information provider.
Factiva - provides business news and information together with content delivery tools and services.
Dow Jones Indexes - stock market indexes and indicators, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Dow Jones Financial Information Services — produces databases, electronic media, newsletters, conferences, directories, and other information services on specialised markets and industry sectors.
Betten Financial News — leading Dutch language financial and economic news service.
Local Media Group’
Dow Jones Local Media Group (formerly Ottaway Community Newspapers) - 8 daily and 15 weekly regional newspapers.
Strategic Alliances
STOXX (33%) - joint venture with Deutsche Boerse and SWG Group for the development and distribution of Dow Jones STOXX indices.
Vedomosti (33%) - Russia’s leading financial newspaper (joint venture with Financial Times and Independent Media).
SmartMoney (50%)
FiLife.com (50%)
[edit] Books
HarperCollins
HarperCollins India (40%) joint venture with India Today Group
Zondervan Publishing
Youth Specialties — organisation helping youth workers worldwide through training seminars and conventions, resources and the internet.
Inspirio — religious gift production.
[edit] Miscellaneous
National Rugby League (NRL) (50%)
Ansett Australia, Until 2000 (50%)
Curb Records
Jamba! - Mobile Entertainment/Mobile Handsets Perso

(there are more.  I just ran out of characters.)

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By christian96, February 26, 2010 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind—-I’m glad to provide some humor.
Years ago I was elected “class clown.”  I don’t know
your age but when you reach my age you will understand my comments.  I rely on places like
Truthdig to educate me about the puppets of Rupert
Murdoch.  Speaking of Rupert I just read about him on
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.  The following are
some of his assests.  I was quite impressed.  I spent
my formative years in a coal mining town in West
Virginia.  I’ve never owned one bussiness:

This is a list of assets owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation:

Contents [hide]
1 Film
2 Television
2.1 Broadcast/Production assets
2.2 Cable Assets
2.3 Direct broadcast satellite Assets
3 Internet
4 Magazines and Inserts
5 Newspapers and Information Services
5.1 United Kingdom
5.2 Australasia
5.3 United States
5.4 International
6 Books
7 Miscellaneous
8 See also
9 References
10 External links

[edit] Film
20th Century Fox
Twentieth Century Fox Español
Twentieth Century Fox International
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Studios Australia
Fox Studios Baja
Fox Studios Los Angeles
Fox Television Studios
[edit] Television
[edit] Broadcast/Production assets
20th Century Fox Television
20th Television
bTV
Foxtel
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox International Channels Italy
Fox Kids (1990-2002)
Fox Sports Australia
Fox Telecolombia
Fox Television Stations
Fox Television Studios
Imedi TV
Latvijas Neatkar?g? Telev?zija
MyNetworkTV
STAR TV
TV5 R?ga
[edit] Cable Assets
Big Ten Network (49%)
Fox Business Network
Fox College Sports
Fox Movie Channel
Fox News Channel
Fox Soccer Channel
Fox Sports Enterprises
Fox Sports en Español
Fox Sports Net
FUEL TV
FX Networks
Fox Reality
National Geographic Channel (50%)
National Geographic Channel UK (50%)
Speed Channel
SportSouth
LAPTV (Latin America — co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/MGM Holdings and Universal Studios/NBC Universal)
Telecine (Brazil — co-owned with Globosat Canais, Paramount Pictures, MGM, Universal Studios and DreamWorks);
[edit] Direct broadcast satellite Assets
BSkyB (39.1%)
Sky Deutschland (39.96%)
SKY Italia
SKY Network Television (43.65%)
Tata Sky (20%)
[edit] Internet
Fox Interactive Media
AmericanIdol.com
AskMen.com
Fox.com
Foxsports.com
GameSpy
Hulu.com
kSolo
IGN
Drownedinsound.com
MySpace
MyNetworktv.com
NewRoo.com
Strategicdatacorp.com
Photobucket.com
Scout.com
SpringWidgets
WhatIfSports
Beliefnet
News Digital Media

(to be continued)

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By hark, February 26, 2010 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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The Republican Party has succeeded in making virtues out of selfishness, greed, aggression, belligerence and paranoia.

And how could the media so badly miss what was plain as day in yesterday’s summit - that they care nothing about the plight of the uninsured in America?

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By myxzptlk, February 26, 2010 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

Those who believe “It can’t happen here” and are old enough to remember politics
before Reagan need only conduct a simple thought experiment:  how would 1979
America respond to a Glenn Beck?

What would have been rejected as extremist lunacy not fit for media attention
back then has become a mainstream discussion with a dedicated media
infrastructure, today.

I hear prominent progressives opine that “It can’t happen here” because we
haven’t yet crossed the threshold of overt fascism.  Given the slippery slope that is
our history for the past 30 years, what makes them believe that things won’t
degrade further?

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By djnoll, February 26, 2010 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

Beck calls for the end of “community”, of “progressive movements”, and claims that this is the ideals from the Founding Fathers!?!  What a load of BS!  Our Founding Fathers, the ones who actually fought for our freedom, were all about community.  They helped each other in times of trouble, they held multiple jobs within their towns, they supported the ideas of family and church and solidarity in the face of tyranny.  They were the living embodiment of community - and the American Revolution was the ultimate in progressive movements!

The problem, perhaps the biggest problem, we have in the nation is that we have forgotten to be communities.  We have been so busy embracing diversity at the behest of political hacks that we have forgotten what made us strong - communities coming together regardless of race, religion, gender, or whatever diversity you currently embrace, and working to create a unified whole.  It was what made this country strong and it is what we need to get back to again.  We are weaker in our diversity, not stronger, and until we accept that fact, we cannot stand up against the likes of Beck or the corporate power structure.

One of the posters here is from the UK, where the Transition Initiatives are working to create localized communities that are more effective at addressing the combined impacts of peak oil, climate change, and economic hardship by coming together as communities to work to find localized solutions.  We have such a movement in this nation as well - TransitionUS.org - and it should be embraced.  It is only by becoming once again strong, localized, engaged communities that we can create change and stand against the likes of corporate power or a Glenn Beck form of tyranny.

Make no mistake - the idea of tyranny is not new in the world, nor in this nation.  Our Forefathers fought to overthrow tyranny in 1775, and it is not part of the American ideal.  However, tyranny can come in many forms and its inception is insidious.  It is bred through ignorance, and fostered in apathy.  Beck et al use this to their advantage, and the only tyranny they want is the one where they are the tyrants, and we are the masses.

Beck et al are afraid of communities because they are people uniting to create democratic ways of living that are not susceptible to their hate and divisive rhetoric.  They want progressive movements stopped because progressives believe in such things as a good free public education, universal health care, peace, small business, full employment, support for the poor, elderly, and disabled.  These are the kinds of things that can only be found in communities, not in corporate states or tyranny.

We need to embrace community and we need to start in our hometowns.  We need to become pro-active and create towns where we address our needs as citizens at the local level, and protect small businesses, family farmers, our schools, our independence from the imposition of the kind of country that Beck and DC seem intent on forcing on us. 

Beck and the corporate power behind him fear us - the united citizens of this nation - and that is why he demonizes us.  They are cowards, but until we unite as communities and stand up to them, they will continue to bully this nation into tyranny.  We must never let this happen - and we stop it by becoming strong communities once again.  Embrace what our Forefathers stood for - community, independence, freedom!  And start doing it now!

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By Chuck23, February 26, 2010 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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I was a federal employee during the 1990’s when the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed.  I’ve always felt that Newt Gingrich and his ilk shared some responsibility for that attack, as their anti-government rhetoric and clearly expressed contempt for all government workers contributed to an atmosphere in which hard-working civil servants are seen as “the enemy.”  Even Ronald Reagan, with his foolish “government is the problem” mantra, shares some culpability.  Glenn Beck and the Tea Party fanatics are the next step on a thirty year slide toward   on an ugly, right-wing facism.  I doubt whether Beck believes a quarter of what he says—he’s clearly a shrewd entertainer who knows that right-wing hate speech makes money—but he shouldn’t be dismissed as a clown.  I expect there will be more right wing attacks on federal workers in the near future, and Beck, Palin, and the rest of that crowd will be smiling about it.  As an aside, I worked for ten years as a federal employee, and ten years as a corporate employee.  The widely held belief that government workers are lazy and incompetent is completely wrong.  Federal employees work just as hard as workers in the corporate world, and they bring an equal amount of talent and dedication to their jobs, but that’s not something you’ll ever hear acknowledged in public.

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By knobcreekfarmer, February 26, 2010 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

when someone uses the term “eradication” i don’t think of a balanced system
where fair elections by a majority calls the shots. rather, i think of shots being
fired.

“Join or Die”

like so many, i said if bush (w) was re-elected I was moving to canada. well I
didn’t. i stayed to work with my “community” and try to make it a better place.
now, i’m thinking about canada again… this country is about to implode and i
don’t want to be around.

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By Vic Anderson, February 26, 2010 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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“Well,” (to quote Reagan); Beck only prattles the extreme reaction of a radio clown,
BUT OBAMA actually PRACTICES totalitarian duplicity in halfascist corporate
collusion against US “fellow” Americans under the smoke and mirrorspeaking
guises of “HOPE” and “CHANGE” (seen ANY?)! Who’s by far the bigger threat? As
one of the PEOPLE, Beck’s only exercising his Constitutional right of speech!
Indeed, deplore what he says; but why demonize? I believe the cheek turn
requires “defend to the death” such rights! Peace AND Love.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 26, 2010 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

Christian96:

Thanks for the laugh!

Balkas: Beck is bordering closely to “incitement” which is NOT protected speech.  You’ll find that actively inciting people to commit violent criminal acts is generally not covered by 1st Amendment protections. 
You can’t ask someone to go murder someone you don’t like—not protected speech.

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By balkas, February 26, 2010 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

Glen beck is not the issue- issue is US constitution that either demands or merely allows such talk.
Glen is not breaking any rules let alone the ‘law’.tnx

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Propagandist Glenn Beck and the FOX Puppets Want to Repeal the 20th Century:
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/02/22/glenn-beck-and-the-fox-puppets-want-to-repeal-the-20th-century.aspx

Conservative Propagandist Glenn Beck wants to get rid of all things progressive, while owning up that his self-made liberal education was from free public libraries:
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/stewart-beck-socialist-libraries/

Beck’s argument is simple, direct and full of raw meat for his ultra conservative audiences: the only difference between communists and progressives is the difference between revolution and evolution.
http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/02/25/glenn-beck-auditions-for-joe-mccarthys-job/

Liberal Neo-Monarchists???  What will they call liberals and progressives next?
http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth
/item/cpac_2010_festival_of_whites_20100223/

England has banned all commercials for Glenn Beck, but Rupert Murdoch keeps his propaganda machine on daily at great cost to News Corp., so that Beck can undermining liberals and progressives for his master, Rupert Murdoch, who has hopes of ruling the world, as he already lives in China and has homes all over the world.  Murdoch himself will not live long enough to rule very long, but he is leaving a massive ruling network:

http://stopbeckuk.info/

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By lmttd, February 26, 2010 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

QUOTE: “Really, the threat isn’t even veiled. To understand it, just ponder comparisons. For instance, ask yourself: What is the difference between Beck’s decree and that of Rwanda’s genocidal leaders in the 1990s?”

NONE – WHATSOEVER!! I recall there were a couple of assassinations of liberal leaders towards the end of the elections in 2008.  There was brief mention in the media about the right wing murderers claims about how much they hated liberals and that was it – no further mention or in-depth news investigation.

IMV, to use the analogy of the Hutu’s (right wing) murderous hatred of the Tsutsi (liberals) we’re nearly there… it’s just a matter of time. 

And just as in Rwanda the members of MIC elite have and will incite the more ignorant, desperate among us i.e. tea baggers, right wing nuts, racists, abortion terrorists etc., against anyone who holds views that are even slightly to the left of Genghis Khan in order to maintain their power – the cause of much of the poverty and misery on this planet.

The MICs never ending disinformation campaign’s purpose is to manipulate and direct right wing fear and hatred of the other at liberals lest the righties stop for an even nanosecond to consider who and what is the true source of their misery. Unfortunately, as in Rwanda, so here, too will history repeat itself – for our sake I hope I’m wrong…

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By christian96, February 26, 2010 at 5:51 am Link to this comment

I’m glad someone is watching Glenn Beck.  I’m sure
not.  I’ll be 70 in April.  I’m at the age where
time is at a premium.  I’m not going to waste any
of it on Glenn Beck.

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By Jerry Elsea, February 26, 2010 at 5:43 am Link to this comment
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Beck’s anti-community tirade builds upon scorn displayed at the 2008
Republican National Convention, notably from speakers Rudy Giuliani and
Sarah Palin. Their sneering at “community organizers” was meant mainly as a
slap at Barack Obama.
But leave it to Beck to intensify the attack.

Such spectacles must leave traditional conservatives wondering: “What we do at
the food bank, in United Way volunteering and with Friends of the Library—
isn’t that ‘community’?”

The library part of course abets Glenn Beck. Disdaining government-connected
services, he crows about getting his information where it’s free—at the public
library.

That, too, must leave traditional conservatives wondering.

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By zeroinfinity, February 26, 2010 at 5:18 am Link to this comment
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It’s pathetic that Glenn Beck has any amount of credence.  Unfortunately, there are people in the USA who believe his garbage, his propaganda garbage!  That is what it is, after all, and nothing besides.

I get a kick out of these wastes of space using the words “manifesto” and “revolution” - such leftist words, I tell ya!

Unfortunately, because we have freedom of the press in the USA, the media has made it difficult to separate fact from fiction and for objective reporting.  “Freedom of the Press” has made the field of journalism near obsolete and is on the brink of extinction in the USA.  The unfortunate fact that the USA has freedom of speech has allowed people who should be in an asylum to “have equal voice at the table” and that “all ideas are worthy of consideration for possible solutions.”  This should not apply to the so-called “ideas” proposed from these people!

These tea party people are going to gain popularity.  Just watch…  That’s definitely a bummer, but it is inevitable sadly.  The tea party is an example of why politics should only be a profession for smart and sane people with fresh ideas for the benefit of the common good.  Politics is NOT for propagandized fools like these people who attend tea parties, who would just assume that the USA become anarchy for their cause of freedom. 

To these beyond help Americans who are the REAL threat to the USA social fabric, “community” is a bad thing.  Helping out fellow human beings in need is a bad thing.  My question is:  Since when has this been a immoral action and concept?  The problem I have with tea partiers in general is that they kind of have an anti-civilization bent to them.  Obviously, tea partiers have a “Me first!  Screw everyone else!” attitude and they are against being taxed for ANY reason.  This sounds anti-civilization to me. 

Naturally, tea partiers are unable to take 10 minutes out of their busy schedules to look up “socialism” on the internet for a general idea of how it is defined.  If they do, they will hopefully discover, unless they truly are stupid, that the USA has not been a socialist nation or even a predominately leftist nation for several decades, if ever.  There has been no leftist anything in the USA for years.  The USA government has been ran by idiots similar to these tea partiers all along.  Do notbe fooled by these people who are supposedly transcending left and ring politics. 

Obviously, tea party people are far-right conservatives, and dangerous ones at that!  They are merely going insane for the simple fact that they have lost a LITTLE influence on the government.  “Uh-oh!”, they are thinking, we must go into propaganda hyperdrive!  They brought out the “socialist” boogeyman, like the brought out the “Islamo-fascist” boogeyman WHILE in power under George W. Bush Jr.  Maybe it is just me, but I see a pattern here.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 26, 2010 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

Glenn Beck is the judas goat, leading his fellows to an impossible fascist movement.  Populism, when it throws out all law, justice and order, when the ends justify the means and when “you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs” always turns to some form of fascism.  It doesn’t matter to those who are hurt by it and enslaved by it if the face of it is a right-wing Pinochet or a left-wing Hugo Chavez—or baby-faced bully-punks like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

Even the admired Castro has simply turned Cuba into a hereditary dynasty, with his despotic brother as the new king, locking up dissidents.

The stupidity of the Left is to think that the fascist movement begun under Reagan, but VASTLY accelerated under Bush/Cheney/Rove/Rumsfeld died when Obama was elected.  No, instead it got mad. It got nasty. It got desperate.

And it’s getting violent, just like the Black Shirts in Rome after WWI and the Brown Shirts in Germany in 1923 and later.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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By ardee, February 26, 2010 at 3:33 am Link to this comment

It seems obvious why these sorts of rants, whether from talking heads like Beck or gasbags like those found in the Legislature, gain traction despite being liberally laden with lies, distortions and outright fertilizer. There is a one way dialogue found in today’s political arena, and it comes exclusively from the right.

I am , as most here understand, no supporter of the actions of President Obama. I do , however, applaud his use of the public forum to debate health care with the GOP. Anyone who sat through all six hours of that meeting has my utmost respect. I work and thus did not. But the sound bites will , or should, proliferate thus casting the position of the Republicans in disrepute.

For far too long we have heard only the words of the right wing of our political bird, and thus , it is no wonder that our government flies in circles.

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By Commune115, February 26, 2010 at 1:15 am Link to this comment

This is where Liberals are dropping the ball. WE should be the ones organizing the working class and those out there angry and disillusioned by Obama and the current economic situation. Instead, if commentators keep dismissing the IRS attack as the work of a “anti-tax terrorist kamikaze,” this will only help the ranks of the Tea Party and Glenn Beck fans grow. I recently attended the Farmers’ Fair in California for example, one of the biggest agricultural gatherings in the world and the Tea Party was there recruiting, there wasn’t A SINGLE Liberal or Democratic group there.

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By mrfreeze, February 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

What so amazes me is the number of Americans who actually find ANY legitimacy in the rhetoric, facts, world view or historical resonance in Beck (not to mention Palin, Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, etc.). Honest thinkers know that Beck is an intellectually impaired showman. They also know that people are listening to him and THEY BELIEVE HIS BS. Our public discourse has become toxic due to the Media’s inability to distinguish between fact and fiction, news and entertainment, fantasy and reality. There was a time when calling the President a “racist” was really inconceivable. Now the networks repeat this unacceptable language over and over again. I’m not very proud to be an American these days because we seem to get dumber and dumber by the day.

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