Glenn Beck to the Rescue?

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Some of the fanatics who were dreading the possibility of an Obama re-election have reacted in ways that resemble the image they portrayed for those on the left who, it was suggested, would become mad and begin rioting if Obama did not win.  Indeed there were hundreds of Tweets, largely by blacks, that intimated a riot would ensue if Romney won.  Such sentiments however have always been a part of our political environment but seldom made as public as the new social media allows today.

I can recall in 2000 that my supervisor in the new-home building industry indicated that if Al Gore wound up getting the Florida vote that “there will be blood in the streets.”  My supervisor then was something of a racist based on his frequent use of the “N” word that he used when he felt sure he was amongst those who shared his prejudices.  He knew damn well that I didn’t but I was an “underling” so he felt no compulsion to respect my views.  The point being, there’s no reason to think his sentiments toward an Obama victory are any different from what he felt about Gore and yet I haven’t read anything in the newspaper where he has participated in any violence.

Strong feelings run deep within us all about political issues today and rage and anger is frequently expressed.  Fortunately most of this has not materialized into real action though there are those who have carried their dark, bitter feelings to a final solution.

The man in Florida who killed himself after Obama was elected was convinced that the end was nigh.  It was a conviction that many are overcome with when they get so steeped in extremist political ideologies where it literally suppresses all rational thought.  Again, this is not a new phenomena.  John Wilkes Booth is a character in history that was led by his virulent antipathy toward Unionists to kill the man he felt represented all that was evil about things he had conjured up in his small little brain.

But the influence of these hyper-angry people back then was marginalized considerably compared to today by their lack of an effective means of communication.   So when the same personalities today have access to the broadcast medium in our modern age, they are bound to influence millions.  Some of those millions will have mental deficiencies whose fear and hysteria can push them over the edge.  Glenn Beck is one of those demagogues who can have an extreme influence on some of those with mental deficiencies.

Mr. Beck requires no introduction or background to those who have resided on this planet for at least the last ten years are so.  His flights of fantasy are well-documented on videos that were produced by his former bosses at FOX.  However it seems that Glenn Beck’s madness exceeded even the typical mindlessness that FOX accommodates with their slanted portrayal of social and political issues and so was summarily dismissed in April, 2011.  Even the ultraconservative WorldNetDaily website posted a story on Beck’s firing entitled “TOO CRAZY FOR FOX – AND THAT’S CRAZY”

So what has Glenn Beck done that elicits his name amongst those who have reacted alarmingly to President Obama’s re-election?

On his radio show, former Fox host Glenn Beck lamented the downgrade of the country, but promised “I won’t make a deal with the devil… I will tell you last week we purchased more farmland as a family. May I recommend if you have a chance to buy farmland, you buy farmland. If you live in the east may I recommend get the hell out of the east. Find a place where you are surrounded by like-minded people and the best way to find those people is, you should probably look at the maps on how counties voted… May I highly suggest you get grandfathered in to the second amendment today. Oh and don’t forget the ammunition.”     SOURCE  

Now lest one might think that the self-described “rodeo clown” was advocating a pastoral return to a life where self-sufficiencies were met by the nuclear family, please read what is clearly stated by the man who is literally asking people to band together in a circle-the-wagons mentality.  And though some of us may laugh at his overreaction to current conditions, it is his illogical solution in response to an Obama victory that requires our attention.

What Beck want’s his followers to alter their life’s for is a change that by itself would ruin most of those families who took his advice; far more than any perceived evil he or they may have attributed to a renewed Obama administration.  By moving to those areas he implies, away from the East coast and purchase farmland, is to put these desperate people in regions that are suffering some of the worst drought conditions since the Dust Bowl days of the Great Depression era.  These droughts today can be linked to that bugaboo the former FOX host was and remains in denial of – man-made climate change  – where natural disasters are enhanced by increased warming attributed to accelerated levels of CO2 from fossil fuels in our atmosphere.

In the main stream media’s failure to report substantively, if at all, on the growing threat of climate changes, Jim Naureckas with the FAIR website has pointed out how bad things are as a result of global warming.

July 2011 to June 2012 was the hottest 12-month period ever recorded for the mainland United States, the National Climatic Data Center announced in July (CNN, 7/9/12)―which itself turned out to be the hottest month ever in the lower 48 (CNN, 8/10/12). Drought produced the largest agricultural disaster area in U.S. history (Atlantic Wire, 7/12/12), and the accompanying wildfires burned unprecedented acreage―nearly 7 million (Mother Jones, 8/21/12)―while the Arctic icecap shrank to its smallest historical coverage (BBC, 9/19/12).     SOURCE 

Here’s a map of the area that Beck is suggesting his disgruntled supporters move to and purchase farms.  Notice that those areas “away from the East coast” are under severe drought conditions.

These areas are also short on water resources with many lakes and reservoirs below acceptable levels.  Underground aquifers are also dwindling from agricultural use as well as extraction for use on the thousands of natural gas wells sprouting up in these areas.  Fracking just one natural gas well can use on average 4.5 million gallons of precious clean water that’s needed for crops to be cultivated and families to have drinking water.  History has shown that individual property owners – like those who Glenn is encouraging to “buy farmland” – have less sway over the authorities that control water access.

Farmers in the Great Plains are expecting to harvest just a fraction of their corn and other crops this year as the worst drought in 50 years plagues nearly two-thirds of the nation.    SOURCE

It’s not outside the realm of probability to believe that Beck’s desire for his listeners to buy farmland is perhaps an appeal to find sponsorships from the rural real estate market.   You can only appeal to so many people about buying gold, the industry sponsorship that stayed with Beck even when he was dumped by Roger Ailes at FOX.

So in his hysteria, the excommunicated moron from FOX news is enticing emotionally distraught people to invest their life savings in ventures that are likely to fail for reasons that they have been poorly informed of.  Poorly informed because they have listened to people like Glenn Beck far too long.

 

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23 responses to “Glenn Beck to the Rescue?

  1. “And don’t forget the ammunition” And this is exactly what his disciples hear and follow. In a saner world, Glenn Beck would be receiving medication and therapy for his delusional, and often psychotic, lapses. His is a case where freedom of speech has tested the limits and failed. And yet, here he is, still inciting violence and racism, resonating with the very ignorant in our society. Too crazy for Fox and too crazy to be given a forum at all. I hope the FBI is monitoring his emails.

    • ” In a saner world, Glenn Beck would be receiving medication and therapy for his delusional, and often psychotic, lapses.”

      Doesn’t say much about our world does it? However, I think there have always been the lunatic fringe out there. It’s just that now they are more emboldened and organized because of the modern communication technology. But that blade cuts both ways,

      Regarding his comments about the ammunition. I’m pretty sure it was intended to tell those people to be prepared to defend against what Beck was inferring would be the “takers” coming after the fruits of their labor when armageddon kicks in. But of course it’s those imbalanced few that would have read it to mean “attack”.

      • One of my Facebook friends said she was going out to get more ammo and guns. I asked my friends at work, who she and others like her are afraid of – they couldn’t answer. No one really knows who the boogie man is. Unless, they think President Obama himself is going to show up on their doorstep and demand their guns back.

      • Fear and loathing is always the response of not knowing. It allows us to conjure up the worst possible scenarios with nothing more than what we have concocted with our wild-eyed imaginations, massaged by hates that we have been raised with.

  2. I know free speech but he can truly destroy lives for the sake of getting his name back in the news. I hope there is some kind of law he is breaking that might put an end to him. Extremism is contagious. I have made this argument before about people spouting opinions before knowing facts or reporting wrong facts for the sake of the cause and the real facts remain buried because they don’t sell newspapers or get views. This kind of panic causes extremism and the destruction of innocent people. Example: this secession rhetoric that these extremists promote. These states who have managed to get thousands and thousands of signatures run the risk that the rest of the states won’t give a rat’s ass about them if a major tornado or other natural disaster comes barreling through their towns. And the secessionists will be looking for Glenn Beck, but he won’t be around to help.

    • ” I hope there is some kind of law he is breaking that might put an end to him. Extremism is contagious.”

      I’m not sure he has breached the totally insane level yet Donna. However he doesn’t help subdue an already tense situation in our country and is merely perpetuating the angry white man hostility that has been trying to reclaim an America that will never come back. It is this reality that Beck and followers rail against – the diminished dominance of white western european male culture – but all for naught. It will be education though not laws that will eventually ameliorate any future threat from hacks like Beck.

    • I agree with you, Donna, completely. I wish there were some kind of law that could be used against him and others like him.

  3. Beck is a demented toad! This secessionist movement is full of the assclowns that are pouting because they were too stupid to see that Mitt was a total dud…..they are afraid that the extreme right will be pushed out and they to stay in the news…..did you see there are petitions in all 50 states?

  4. These guys never give up. I have a friend who follows Beck, and on Glenn’s advice, or constant commercials, bought gold at $1700 and ounce. Gold is well below that now, and may even be in it’s own bear-market.

    • Yep. Beck is like the Romney-style venture capitalist that sucks people in to spend their money on a product whose future is uncertain yet he can still walk away with the funds he gets paid to exaggerate the claims of whatever it is he promoting this week or the next.

  5. Some of the fanatics who were dreading the possibility of an Obama re-election have reacted in ways that resemble the image they portrayed for those on the left who, it was suggested, would become mad and begin rioting if Obama did not win.

    Your intent is not immediately clear, Larry. Are you suggesting that nearly half the county is fanatical? Most Romney voters, as I’m sure many Obama voters, are hardworking citizens who care deeply about the country.

    The point being, there’s no reason to think his sentiments toward an Obama victory are any different from what he felt about Gore and yet I haven’t read anything in the newspaper where he has participated in any violence.

    Republican threats in 2000 are different from threats by Obama supporters in 2012, for one reason: the circumstances of this election were irrevocably and inherently different. The defeat of the first black president steals away the hopes of an entire people, not merely those of a political party. Your analysis fails to take this into consideration, and thus fails.

    Glenn Beck is one of those demagogues who can have an extreme influence on some of those with mental deficiencies.

    Glenn Beck is a mouthpiece for an extremist rightwing ideology that has little in common with conservatism. If no distinction is made between rightwing extremism and rightwing, then I’m not obliged to lend the benefit to your side either. So let me take a moment to compare the progressive movement to Stalin’s Terror, Mao’s Great Leap Forward, and Pol Pot’s genocidal preferences in Cambodia. And for the hell of it, let’s include the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Nicaragua’s Sandinistas. Wouldn’t that be fun?

    (Pss. I’d rather defend rightwing extremism.)

    I know, I know. You were talking about Glenn Beck and his followers only. But you know better. Glenn Beck is linked with conservatism as readily as Rachel Maddow is linked with liberalism.

    • Hey Terrance. I know you’re taking Obama’s win poorly but your comments regarding this emotion are not suited for what I’m writing about here.

      “Your intent is not immediately clear, Larry.”

      Then you are really not concentrating. I thought my intent was more than clear but let’s see where your mind is at on this.

      “Are you suggesting that nearly half the county is fanatical?”

      ??? Why would you conclude this? Where in my comments did I make any reference to the entire 48.5% that voted for Romney? I was talking about a single lunatic who is capable of influencing thousands of his listeners. This isn’t about you and millions of others like you, presuming of course you don’t think Glenn is of sound mind regarding his comments I posted.

      “Republican threats in 2000 are different from threats by Obama supporters in 2012, for one reason: the circumstances of this election were irrevocably and inherently different.”

      Terrance, you must accept the fact that the universe doesn’t revolve around your interpretations of it. You are in no position to speak for a race that is still working its way to a level playing field with white America. They have indeed come along way but their skin color is till a factor with how many whites , NOT ALL, treat them. I am witness to this pretty regularly down here.

      The fact that a few hundred angry black guys made threats to riot if their man didn’t win is essentially no different than what my boss and thousands like him were saying in 2000. Underlying reasons may be different but the obvious intent was to negate the constitutional results of voters. Whites in 2000 had less reason to feel violated since their candidate won on a legal technicality, not by popular vote. Despite what you may THINK about how Obama achieved his popular majority vote, the hard evidence is that he won it by virtue of enough people getting off their duffs and making it to the polls.

      “Glenn Beck is a mouthpiece for an extremist rightwing ideology that has little in common with conservatism.”

      I wouldn’t disagree if we were talking about traditional conservatives but you know as well as I do that people like Glenn have hi-jacked the Party of Lincoln and now even earlier Republican heros like Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and even Ronald Reagan don’t fit the mold many within the GOP now defend. Such past heros are now viewed as RINOs.

      ” Glenn Beck is linked with conservatism as readily as Rachel Maddow is linked with liberalism.”

      I have no problem whatsoever with Rachel Maddow being linked with liberalism. She’s bright, thorough and willing to debate with her political adversaries, many who condemn her safely at other venues but never come to her studio face to face. She doesn’t recommend that liberals circle their wagons and prepare for physical assaults from the right. She doesn’t claim to be in communication with God. But most of all she hasn’t insulted any President by calling him a racist, or derisively associating them with, Hitler Nazis and Stalin, like you and Beck seem to impugn.

      • Not spot on at all. Much of it was either totally unrelated to my comment or self-contradictory.

        For starters, my response was not overly emotional. In fact, I took emotion completely out of it so I could view Larry’s post objectively, hence my questions.

        Then you say I’m in no position to talk about race. Well, I said nothing about race except:

        “The defeat of the first black president steals away the hopes of an entire people, not merely those of a political party. Your analysis fails to take this into consideration, and thus fails.”

        You amplify my point by saying:

        “You are in no position to speak for a race that is still working its way to a level playing field with white America.

        They have indeed come along way but their skin color is till a factor with how many whites , NOT ALL, treat them. I am witness to this pretty regularly down here.”

        Precisely the reason their threats should be taken more seriously. They have more to lose!

        You then claim that you’re only talking about Glenn Beck (which I predicted). Fine.

        But I say:

        “Glenn Beck is a mouthpiece for an extremist rightwing ideology that has little in common with conservatism.”

        And you respond with:

        “I wouldn’t disagree if we were talking about traditional conservatives but you know as well as I do that people like Glenn have hi-jacked the Party of Lincoln and now even earlier Republican heros like Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and even Ronald Reagan don’t fit the mold many within the GOP now defend. Such past heros are now viewed as RINOs.”

        You just admitted that you’re lumping most of the GOP in with Glenn Beck…And I’m not concentrating?

        Outside of her liberalism, I like Rachel Maddow. She’s at least fair, which is more than I can say for some…

      • “Precisely the reason their threats should be taken more seriously. They have more to lose!”

        They have more to lose?? In whose opinion? What do you base this on? Is there some agenda by blacks that you are aware of that I’m not that would validate this point? This is conjecture pure and simple Terrance and and if you are unable to see this then I have no counter argument for you.

        You know Terrance, I’m in no mood to cherry pick details and split hairs with you. This is Thanksgiving week so here’s wishing the best for you and your lovely wife and little girl. Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Larry. And I have four kids, actually. LOL. My son Aidan Michael, my daughter Lexie Ann, my son Kian Kendrick, and my yet-to-be-born daughter, Reagan Elizabeth.

      • Sorry about that Terrance. I’m used to seeing that one picture of you and your daughter so I guess it stuck in my head that she was the only child. Enjoy them all this Thursday as I know you will.

    • Your intent is not immediately clear, Larry. Are you suggesting that nearly half the county is fanatical? Most Romney voters, as I’m sure many Obama voters, are hardworking citizens who care deeply about the country.

      This is something I generally feel obligated to respond to. It’s the most forgotten -and arguably most important- part of the American “democratic” experience. It’s the fact that, for several decades, the winner of every election has actually been None Of The Above. It routinely gets considerably more (non) votes than the winning party does.

      I’m not sure how this election measured up, but about half of America generally refuses to vote, even for the highest office in the land. It’s also worth noting that participation falls off the further down the ballot you go. The fact that overall voter turnout is hardly ever talked about says quite a lot all on it’s own. (The process treats apathy with even greater apathy.)

      So, if there is a “typical American” reaction to any election result, it’s that the largest segment of the population couldn’t give less of a fuck who won. I also think that you could add in most of the all-important Undecideds. These are people who are essentially incapable of determining what is in their and/or society’s best interest, but feel obligated to vote, probably out of some desire to be “better” than non-voters. I’d also hazard a guess that a good chunk of decided voters don’t care much either and vote largely out of habit.

      The only people who treat election results as more “important” than the release of America’s latest made in China tech-toy, or the results of this week’s Dancing With The Stars vote, are the deeply committed. Most probably are well intentioned folk, even some of the ones who disagree with me. However, a good chunk of them actually are batshit crazy, if only because they are caught up in a process that never, ever, ends and is so all-consuming that any “loss” (real or perceived) carries with it far more impact than it ever should. Very few have a healthy overall outlook towards the political anymore.

      And some committed people, like Beck, really SHOULD be committed…to a very secure mental health facility. He really is dangerous, if not to himself, to others and the very democratic process itself. People like him and their steady diet of wild, fact-free, conjecture occupy public airwaves while offering next to no informational value, paralyze government by destroying any possibility of compromise and drive others away from participating in democracy at all.

      NO responsible person would give a guy like Beck a microphone. He gets rich trying to make people as crazy as himself and has a pretty good success rate at it. But you’re right, Beck and his ilk also destroy whatever credibility conservatism has left. They’ve virtually ruined any appeal conservatism has for any person under 55 who isn’t rich, racist, retarded, or born with a cast iron stomach. Beck is toxic to all.

      • “The only people who treat election results as more “important” than the release of America’s latest made in China tech-toy, or the results of this week’s Dancing With The Stars vote, are the deeply committed.”

        And you and I know Sherry, this is how the plutocrats want it. Egad, the lowly common man or woman having an effect on their accumulation of wealth is unnerving to them.

  6. Some of these folks have traveled so far down the road that they no longer can think. They merely parrot what they hear from the sources they consider sacrosanct. There is I fear, no reaching them at all. The things they believe are not rational, they resemble no reasonable assessment of the true nature of the world as it exists to the rest of us. I have no clue what will happen to these folks but I shudder to think of them breeding and instructing another generation in this sort of other worldly insanity.

    • “Some of these folks have traveled so far down the road that they no longer can think.”,/i>

      This is what’s really sad. You wouldn’t think it couldn’t go this far with people but then I am reminded about the older man who fully believed such nonsense and gave away all his money (in the millions) in preparation for what Harold Camping told him and other listeners. You’ll recall that Camping is the California radio minister who proclaimed the world was going to end last year and thousand of people emptied their bank accounts to fortify themselves for D-Day.

      • The real and present danger is this: these extremists teach their children how to hate and whom to hate. They teach their children that fear and paranoia can excuse all sorts of despicable behavior. Unfortunately, the right wing, non extremists, the conservatives on the right, have declined to speak out against them. They allowed these ignorant fools into their party and allowed the conversations to be hijacked by them. Staying silent is silently complicit.

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