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.