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GLENN BECK FOR NEWCOMERS or GLENN BECK 101
Love him or hate him, Dr. Glenn Beck of radio, book selling, and Fox News fame is a lightning rod for the storm of public opinion on the direction America is headed.
Why does Glenn Beck inspire his large TV and radio audience into huge book-buying and reading frenzies on the Founding Fathers while his detractors demonize, belittle, and revile him as a hate-mongering, fear-mongering, and racist charlatan?
GLENN BECK EXPLAINED
To understand the Beck phenomenon, you have to use metaphors, analogies, and a bit of story telling because that’s what he does. Simply trying to label him or force his words into a black and white soundbite won’t give you even a hint of who he is or what he thinks. He defies easy profiling. Most authentic — or crazy people — do.
So which is he? Crazy or authentic? Let’s explore this through my version of the frog boiling analogy:
If you walked into a huge library, it’s doubtful you would know every book housed there. And you probably wouldn’t notice if certain types of books — let’s say all those with the color purple on their covers — slowly disappeared. And what if at the same time, all the books with pictures of cats slowly disappeared — how many people would notice right away?
The first to notice these kinds of changes would be people attuned to the color purple or cat lovers. Cat lovers who love purple would be even more aware, even if just at the back of their minds, that something was amiss.
BECK’S GIFT OR CURSE
If you weren’t attuned to these losses, the library would seem normal. Your life isn’t affected, so you wouldn’t notice any changes. If a person developed a suspicion that something odd was happening, the librarians would probably not attribute it to someone trying to mess with the library. The idea of someone pilfering books with purple covers or books with pictures of cats is too easy to dismiss.
Beck is gifted — or cursed — with the knack of seeing societal patterns and expressing them to an audience. In his mind, the patterns reveal to him a few elitist librarians with an anti-library agenda who are slowly changing the library from a place of learning to a place of indoctrination. He sees the library’s once vibrant power of knowledge dissipating into propaganda-filled books espousing doctrines and ideologies contrary to the historical role of libraries.
In the real world, the library of course is the United States of America. Beck sees a small, powerful minority working hard to alter America at a fundamental level. The transformation or shift has been ongoing, but recently sped up by the Obama administration.
Beck fans are those who wake up and see the same patterns Beck reveals. If you don’t see the patterns, you think he is a crazy man ( “Why would anyone want to get rid of books with the color purple on their covers?! That’s crazy talk!” ). If you do see the patterns, you start to see more of them forming a coherent framework that motivates you to do something to stop the fundamental transformation.
THE PATTERNS REVEALED
What are these changes Beck’s awakened fans think are so troublesome that they read tons of his recommended books and launch Beck into best-seller orbit? Here are three:
The core values of personal liberty, a free market, and individualism once honored by Americans from past generations are being replaced by:
1) tolerance for every idea around instead of wise discernment and a understanding of good vs. evil
2) anti-capitalistic ideas favoring huge, invasive government designed to redistribute wealth so all can share in what are being labeled as human rights
3) rewriting history to minimalizing patriotism, the Constitution, and God as Neanderthal concepts that cause national arrogance leading to war and injustice
The Green Movement and Global Warming provide cover and the emotional fuel to scam the world into complying to green initiatives that will:
1) line the pockets and give greater power to those people, businesses, and unions rushing quietly to be on the inside of the green machine
2) use pro-green political correctness and governance to nudge, manipulate, or intimidate businesses into a collective-minded economy
3) use the greater good argument to force changes in individual habits, buying choices, and energy usage
Those in power working to make these changes claim to do so because they believe human civilization has been held back by the core values once honored in America, and a more enlightened and intelligent elite should use government to legislate human behavior for the betterment of all people.
1) those in power must deem themselves more able and worthy to make the decisions for the good of all
2) this elite, ruling class of bureaucrats will eventually make decisions once reserved for private citizens and businesses
3) the average citizen will need to let go of whatever personal liberty or belief systems that run contrary to or slow down the move toward social justice for all in a new world order of collective goodness
IN A NUTSHELL
According to Beck and his fans, what made America a proud nation filled with hard-working, charity loving, and innovation-creating people — able to solve problems, weather the tough times, and leave a legacy to their children of a better country — is being replaced by a government becoming a monopoly and heavy-handed player as its elitist leaders shepherd the misguided, uniformed, and anti-intellectual bulk of voters into a better, safer, and kinder world. In the course of this fundamental transformation from Truth, Justice, and the American Way to Choice Control, Social Justice, and the Collective Way, certain parties are making sure they get the biggest piece of the power and money pie.
You can see that if even a wee bit of this Beck perspective is true or if we are on a slippery slope headed anywhere near this future, then a majority of Americans won’t stand for it. This means the Progressives working to quietly create this New World Order must never awaken Americans to the reality too quickly. That’s why so many Progressive blogger, media types, and the Center for American Progress must try to belittle, besmirch, and blame Beck for every evil under the sun — they can’t handle a fully awakened — and engaged — America.
Now you must decide for yourself — not from reading the Huffington Post, not from liberal bloggers, not from anyone else, including me — if Beck is crazy or authentic. The only way to know for sure is to watch or listen to him with an open mind for a few days. Try, on your own, to refute what he says. Look up things, read, become informed. Because if Beck is right, Americans need to discuss and decide which way they want this country to go and do it as “We the People,” not “We the Uninformed.”
Photo: Gage Skidmore