“Christians should leave Glenn Beck; Christians should no longer watch his show,” said Reverend Jim Wallis, President Obama’s spiritual adviser. “You’re a Marxist like me, right?”
“We have to say that the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama,” said Reverend Al Sharpton.
“You know, I don’t look back on those things (setting bombs at the Pentagon and the Capitol) and regret them,” said William Ayers, co-founder of a communist revolutionary group, The Weather Underground, who describes Obama as a “neighbor and family friend” in his memoirs.
“We’re trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn’t work we’re going to use the persuasion of power,” said Andy Stern, union boss and the man documented as the most frequent visitor to the Obama White House.
“Before you say ‘oh, it’s communism’ – think whatever you want to about (Cuban dictator) Fidel Castro – he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met,” said Democratic California Congresswoman Diane Watson.
“And in Venezuela with (Hugo) Chavez, an incredible revolution – a democratic revolution,” said FCC Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd.
“The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities,” said former Obama Green Jobs Czar Van Jones. Glenn Beck didn’t say it, Van Jones said it. Beck just played the tape; Van Jones – who proudly promoted his extensive resume of radical, communist and Marxist connections – later resigned.
“I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose,” Jones said afterward, “for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”
“Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control,” wrote Obama Science Czar John Holdren. “Indeed this would pose some very difficult political, legal and social questions to say nothing of the technical problems.”
“To be acceptable,” Holdren continues, “such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements. It must be uniformly effective. In other words, you can’t kill one race of people and not another. Despite widely varying doses received by individuals and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals, it also must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects and it must not affect members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.”
“Two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Tse Tung and Mother Theresa – not often coupled with each other, but the two people I turn to most,” said White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. Glenn Beck didn’t say it, Dunn said it. Beck just played the video. Dunn resigned in November 2009.
“We kind of agree with (Chinese dictator) Mao (Tse Tung) that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun,” said Obama Manufacturing Czar Ron Bloom. Glenn Beck didn’t say it, Bloom said it. Beck just played the video…of an Obama appointee agreeing with Mao about political power at gunpoint. Note Bloom’s use of ‘we’ in the above quote. “And we get it that if you want a friend, you should get a dog,” Bloom added.
Note – whether you want to or not – that deceased Chinese dictator Mao’s policies and political purges from 1949 to 1976 are widely believed to have caused severe famine, political and social destruction, and the deaths of between 50 to 70 million people.
Freethinking is a process, not a right, nor a variation on liberty, nor a virtue, nor something people who dismiss logic should claim they are doing. It is a process of investigation and deduction and problem-solving by which one takes in all available evidence and tries to reach conclusions based on the proof provided by the facts at hand. It often becomes necessary to muster courage and bravery to deal with unexpected conclusions and unnerving results. Putting aside personal opinion and dogmatic belief is a hallmark of successful freethinkers.
What conclusion should a freethinker draw from the above testimony? Should we fear Glenn Beck, or maybe put aside that he is just the messenger here?
The fact is that Beck’s television show is not always easy to watch. The tearful pleas and the sixteen chalkboards and the criss-crossing arrows and photos and sarcasm are deservedly the stuff of Saturday Night Live skits and Daily Show riffs. In all fairness, Beck has even described himself as a “rodeo clown” and everyone knows he was just a dopey deejay back in the day.
Yet, when it comes to the nasty, hateful, deranged, disturbing, racist anti-American anti-human sentiment in many or most of the above statements, does it really matter who Beck is or what he’s about?
These are not Beck quotes.
“God damn America!” said Reverend Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s pastor for two decades.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League (among many others) has tried to brand Glenn Beck as “dangerous” and “fearmonger-in-Chief,” presumably for playing videos and sound bytes of things other people have said. The Jewish-founded ADL fights anti-Semitism and hate speech, yet they criticize Beck rather than the people whose quotes Beck is trying to expose.
“Them Jews ain’t gonna let (Obama) talk to me,” Wright said later, obviously frustrated that his friend and former parishioner will no longer return his calls or talk to him. “An ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza, ethnic cleansing by the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity and they won’t want Barack talking like that because they will say that he’s anti Israel.”
(In a rather bizarre issued statement – examine the words closely – the same ADL that branded Beck said Wright’s comments were “inflammatory and false” but added: “Reverend Wright manages to both label some of the President’s closest advisors solely by their religious beliefs and give them powers superior to the President himself.” Notably, Obama met with no fewer than 37 Jewish politicians this past Tuesday.)
The unnerving and appalling collection of above quotations analogously resembles a pile of expended shell casings. Instead of blaming Beck for all this negativity, maybe the truth-mangling Keith Olbermans and Arianna Huffingtons and Joe Kleins of the world could try asking who is holding the smoking gun; they have staffs and budgets – what about integrity? If you the reader want to know where these fired bullets came from or went, do the homework – look up each quote and determine its exact context.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
This phrase, attributed to Shakespeare and Sophocles and often used in modern times to describe how people should view the media, is also known as Ad hominem: a classical logical fallacy, an attempt to persuade by linking the validity of a premise to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise.
If you think you’ve just read a defense of Glenn Beck, you’ve missed the point entirely. I didn’t say these crazy things and neither did Glenn. He reports – you decide.
“Judge me by the people I surround myself with,” said President Barack Obama.