Sunday, August 29, 2010

Was Glen Beck wearing body armor?

Was Glenn Beck wearing body armor during his Washington side show? Sure looked like the outline of a Kevlar vest under his shirt. Hopefully, not because of death threats.

Alex Jones, right-wing radio host with a conspiracy theory for everything, claims Glenn Beck’s beliefs differ from the Tea Party in three major areas. Now how would he know? The Tea Party is not a political party, they say. But that’s a lot of shine.

Best headline:
Glenn Beck: Master Politician or Master Baiter? (As in race baiting.)

Busloads of people cost money and the bankroll came easy from the billionaire Koch brothers in New York City. And back when it was called Citizens for a Sound Economy, Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks received $12 million of its own from Koch family foundations. Bus tickets, getcher bus tickets right here.

Several of the preachers he recruited to stand with him have nasty history. Name two: Jack Abramoff ally Rabbi Daniel Lapin and bigot fundamentalist John Hagee.

Beck’s rally was neither good theater nor good theology. It was divisive and, in my view, cooked up by a deranged man. He spooned a lot of pabulum and platitudes. I think we are witnessing a mental break down on national television.



Anonymous said...

Here's a great quote that Maureen Dowd used recently and it
seems appropo re your column.

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

(Charles Mackay, "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds")


The South Plainsman said...

I wonder if Beck's gathering was any more divisive than MLK's was at the time?

Just thinking.

Those on the right have the same rights to assemble as those on the left.

I will bet Pelosi couldn't draw a crowd like that.

paula said...

Re: who could draw a crowd that big? Bono could, and so could Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson et al and plenty of pop culture/sports stars, especially if the Koch brothers paid the way for the audience.
I remember the crowds at the various peace marches in the 1960s and 1970s, and how they were under-estimated by media, when it was obvious there were hundreds of thousands of people stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln, but the paper said 50,000 or so.
Also, magic develops when you put that many people together in one place, so it's easy to see why those at big rallys think they're listening to meaningful words, when they're hearing little more than drivel and madness. Not so with the MLK "I Have A Dream" speech, which is as good on paper as it was in person, even almost 50years after the fact.

Anonymous said...

Blog of Ages said...

Next question: was Sarah Palin also wearing body armor? Sure looked like it to me. Her jacket was cut a little too boxey.

Gerry said...

I went to the 1963 March on Washington. When I saw the last summers "Restoring Honor" gathering abusing the memory of Martin Luther King I wrote this song. You can see it on this URL:


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