Sometimes, he hits it on the head:
Sometimes, he comes up with the most convoluted diagrams and theories that I am left in awe of his ability to find connections, however tenuous, between people and organizations. I am talking about Glenn Beck, of course, who is today one of the most influential commentators on the airwaves. Beck is not my cup of tea: I don’t like the crying, his voice kind of nauseates me, and his chalkboard diagrams suggest vast Left-wing conspiracies (something I do not entirely agree with). On the flip side, I think that Glenn Beck is tremendously logical in his analysis. The central belief that I share with Beck is that the Obama administration is comprised of socialists (from simply socialist-leaning folks to full-blown communists, the whole spectrum). The problem is that I do not believe that Obama and the socialists of the world have a weekly meeting at the oval office to decide on how to destroy America. Glenn Beck would have us all believe that the conspiracy is active, but I beg to differ.
I do not have fancy diagrams to show you, but I do have personal experience and some analysis of what is currently happening in this country of ours. My main argument is this: I have no evidence that Obama is a Manchurian candidate, i.e. that he is a secret communist or secret terrorist or secret anything, therefore, as a regular Joe, I can only take the president at his word and conclude that Obama truly believes that his policies are good for the country. Now, this is more dangerous than if he actually were a Manchurian candidate, because as a true believer in socialistic policies, he will push them through with all his will, use his intellect to disguise radical policy as moderate policy, convince the uninformed, and coerce the underrepresented (non-leftists) to get his policies passed. The effect of his rhetoric and the mainstream media’s near-constant repetition of his message has been profound for two reasons: it has given legitimacy to impractical leftist ideas, empowering them even more and his message appeals to the idealist sentiments of people, sentiments divorced from rationality. The problem is that human beings prefer the “nice-sounding” idea to the “true” idea, hence the reason for phrases such as “the truth hurts” or, as Jack Nicholson said:
Which brings me to the anecdotal evidence. Just two days ago I briefly overheard a conversation at a coffee shop where one man was defending the current president’s foreign policy and a woman was criticizing it. The man reflexively equated defending Obama with attacking Bush and started denouncing a basic premise of Bush’s foreign policy, that there exists evil in the world, specifically the Axis of Evil. He said, almost verbatim “there is no such thing as an evil country. What makes them evil, that they disagree with us? Does their ethnicity make them evil?” This naivete is the type of thing that left us open to attack on 9-11. In my own opinion, populations are not evil but leadership can be, as is the case with the leadership of terrorist organizations or dictatorships that murder their own people. Castro is not evil because he disagrees with us, he is evil because he has coldly murdered thousands and destroyed his country. Same goes for Saddam Hussein, former member of the Axis of Evil. Same goes for Kim Jong Il, who would rather spend billions on nuclear weapons while millions of his subjects starve to death. Despite the clarity of this argument, that there exists evil in the world, here you have an educated person making the argument that we must see the world through a morally relativistic lens, the very type of person that Obama is. Systematically raping virgins so that the state can execute them in Iran is not a cultural curiosity, it is a gross violation of human rights and it is evil. With the Obama presidency, the clarity of these basic observations has been muddled and those who already believed that certain cultures should have the right to act however they want and violate human rights if they so wish have been given a voice in the oval office. For those without a thorough understanding of history and current events, rhetoric emphasizing “empathy” for others and peaceful coexistence at any cost may sound very appealing but make no mistake, there are people in countries all around the world that are actively planning to destroy the United States and actively using violence to gain and retain power. These are not cultural curiosities, these are calculated moves aimed at benefiting from the suffering of others… and it is called evil.
This man that was confused about the nature of evil in the world did not seem to be a radical and probably was not. Since I have no proof that he was not, I point to people I know personally. After the president’s speech on health care the other day, a colleague of mine, a relatively rational person, said that she was very inspired by the president and could not understand those who were protesting his policies. Apparently, she was drawn in by his language and not by the substance or a clear understanding of the consequences of a government-run health system. She obviously has already heard the counter arguments, at the very least from me personally, but she has decided to block all of the reasons out and continues to blindly follow the Leftists. She is not the only one, I am certain that each of you out there knows a few or more than a few people that almost faint at the mere mention of the name Barack. Which brings me back to Glenn Beck and his insinuations that there is an active conspiracy. With so many people out there, regular people at coffee shops, schools, and supermarkets that are enamored of the president and believe everything he says without question, is there any need for an active conspiracy? There are so many people out there that have turned away from rationality and embraced a worldview that emphasizes what “feels right” that I can attribute Obama’s success to this percentage of the population plus the widespread rejection of a truly disappointing Republican Party during the Bush years.
Then consider that Obama appoints socialists as czars and as advisers, does this mean that we are looking at a conspiracy? Of course not. Obama is a person who aligns himself with the Left, therefore he aligns himself with other people who align themselves with the Left, people that include America haters, full-blown communists, terrorist sympathizers, and the like. This means that the pool of people he trusts and that he chooses from to fill positions in his government will be those very same people form the Left. I mean, seriously, how many former-members of a terrorist organization, like William Ayers, host fundraisers for you? I do not even know one terrorist or former-terrorist. That is not proof of a conspiracy, it is a consequence of the “crowd” he runs with. I may be wrong, but until I see some real evidence of closed-door meetings where Obama and his cohorts plan out the downfall of America I will not be convinced. It is sufficient to believe that all of these shady characters that Glenn Beck parades out in front of us during his show are acting independently towards the same goal: redistribution of the wealth and power of America.
To a certain extent, I worry that tying all of these characters together will instill a paranoid fear among those of us liberty-loving people that the Leftists are in an active conspiracy against us. This is not necessarily true. For years, the labor movement and the environmentalist movement were not on the same page. Labor still has certain problems with the Left’s immigration policies. The African-American community, though staunchly liberal, has not embraced the “gay rights” movement. This is good news because it shows that liberals do not form a monolithic group and that some are open to alternate, rational arguments. Beck seems more worried about the commies hiding under the bed than in facilitating some sort of national discourse whereby liberals have a viable alternative to the extreme Leftism that has taken over the Democratic Party. I prefer coming up with ways to brings all Americans together by addressing common concerns and rejecting ideas that would make our country and by extension every one of us, weaker, poorer, and not free. This is why Beck is not my style… sounding the alarm only makes people alarmed. That said, there are times where I support Glenn Beck 100% and this is one of them:
American needs people like Glenn Beck because at least he cares enough to be outraged and maybe even a little misty-eyed. Let’s just make sure that while we strive to defend our freedoms, we not alienate those who are still on the fence.