Beck Under Fire

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

Glenn Beck is under rhetorical “fire” {how’s that for PC?} from the left. This is of course common fare as he — being a staunch conservative advocate of our founding principals and the Constitution as written — is anathema to the most liberal element of our society. Note I did not say all liberals. There are liberal that while disagreeing with his views do not see him as the “devil in disguise” as some liberals do.

Beck is certainly opinionated. Who isn’t? In fact some of the most opinionated personalities can be found on the left. As stated in recent posts at Rational Nation USA, expressing one’s opinion respectfully should be welcomed and encouraged.

I do not always agree with Beck. In fact I seldom watch his show as I am usually occupied with other more important activities at that hour. However, I have had the opportunity to catch a few of his shows recently I have found him to be measured in his rhetoric and clear on his denunciation of incivility in general and violence in particular.

There are some on the left that see it otherwise. In my opinion such individuals and organizations are really just concerned with shutting down conservative pundits for the sake of shutting down opposing views. This is indeed unfortunate as both liberal and conservative views need to be heard for people to make informed decisions.

I had no intention and certainly no desire of posting on Beck until I saw the following from today’s The Washington Monthly by Steve Benen.


WHEN BECK’S MINIONS GET THE MESSAGE…. Glenn Beck doesn’t just rail against perceived enemies, whom he considers dangerous villains who must be stopped; he also chooses obscure enemies he considers worthy of his rage.

It’s one of the many oddities of Beck’s bizarre message. The condemnations of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are predictable, but Beck sees imaginary patterns and conspiracies involving figures most Americans neither know nor care about: Van Jones, Frances Fox Piven, George Soros, Saul Alinsky, the Tides Foundation, etc.

In Beck’s unhealthy imagination, each are nefarious players in a plot to destroy you and everything you hold dear. Sane people don’t see the danger, Beck says, but that only proves the point — the mentally healthy are probably in on it.

The problem, of course, is Beck’s minions take all of this seriously, and consider Beck’s perceived enemies their perceived enemies.

Read the rest of here.

First: Beck has never advocated violence against anyone and rhetorical political comments do not constitute threats. Second: Beck ties quotes and information relative to the subject matter he is speaking on to the people who are responsible for the quotes.

Apparently some do not understand it is not the person per se that he is taking issue with, rather it is their philosophy or ideology. His sole purpose is to expose his viewing and listening audience to views he considers {often rightly} to be wrong-headed.

Glenn is not a news caster, although he and his staff do the research necessary to gather facts for his program. He is a television op-ed personality. He presents the data on the subject matter and then gives his opinion on the subject. While he can be tedious at times he has a useful and important place in our political dialogue. Just as Olbermann, Maddow, and Schultz have.

I can’t help but wonder what the left is really fearful of… On second thought I know.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA and Political Integrity Now

Via: Memeorandum


  1. It's the enemy you don't see or prepare for that will be your downfall unless you're prepared & vigilant.

  2. I like Beck and also do not agree with him 100%… I can't get Fox news here in Germany so I rely on other sources like;
    The fact that Steve Benen is writing about him is what is curious to me… Is there nothing else to write about? Does he offer any evidence that what Beck is saying is not true? "Beck's bizarre message"?! "perceived enemies"…
    Anyone who even with the appearance of a desire to undermine my Freedom and Liberty, are my enemy!

  3. Les, "I can't help but wonder what the left is really fearful of"?


    For the elite in the left and even the right including the MSM it is the exposure of the control they wish to achieve albeit quietly and methodically.

    This agenda cannot be advanced on their time-table let alone quietly any longer so long as people such as Rush, Beck and a host of others are free to not only research but to broadcast such finding's.

    The amplification of what was to be quiet is what they the elite fear the most.

    As to the average liberal/socialist voter, well it is really basic what they fear the most; personal responsibility.

    What Beck and the others speak of at the bottom line is dismantling the welfare state and a return to personal responsibility, sink or float. The left voter cannot fathom such a thought nor do they even wish to hear it for it terrifies them.

    Fear is an understatement in this context to these folk's, such talk about personal responsibility to them gives them night terrors.

  4. @Christopher
    Sounds very accurate… For those that want to be told what to think, what to do and wander aimlessly through life… And those that want to enable this to further their "Elite lifestyle".

  5. "but Beck sees imaginary patterns and conspiracies involving figures most Americans neither know nor care about: Van Jones, Frances Fox Piven, George Soros, Saul Alinsky, the Tides Foundation, etc."

    Except these are people that we need to know and care about. Beck may not be the best person to look to but at least he is exposing the most dangerous progressive boogiemen under the bed. The LSM certainly isn't going to expose them.


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