Monday, August 30, 2010

Glenn Beck's Rally

It is a sad commentary on our public education system when a media personality has caused more people to read The US Constitution and the writings of the founders than has all of the primary and secondary teachers combined

I don't get a chance to see Glenn Beck's TV show, and I only catch snippets of his radio show on the way home from work, but I admire him.  I admire him for pulling himself out of a self-made gutter of materialism and alcoholism.  Not only did he come back from the brink, he leveraged his talents to become a multi-millionaire who stands atop a multimedia empire. 

I admire his ability to educate with humor.  What other media personality could hold an audience larger than all of MSNBC and CNN combined while talking about Woodrow Wilson, early 20th Century Progressivism, and the most obscure founding fathers?  Beck is a life-long learner, an everyman delving into history and philosophy.  He is an example for all of us.  

I didn't watch the rally, but I did wade into the poisonous stream of vile liberal invective that reached its high-water mark sometime after the rally.  I won't even honor any of it by echoing the lefty lunacy.

We are no longer a nation of laws

A liberal defending big government and bashing Beck maintained noisily that we are a nation of laws.  I responded that actually, no, we are not a nation of laws. At least not anymore.  When our government passes laws that favor certain groups (sugar farmers, for instance), and creates literally tons of laws per year that they themselves admit they have not read, and when they selectively enforce others, or refuse to enforce them (immigration), then they have made a mockery of the very concept of the rule of law.

We are a decadent nation ruled by the capricious whims of a political oligarchy grown fat upon corporate contributions. But that's OK with the left as long as the oligarchy favors them and their causes. That is what separates left from right today, and it will be the death of progressive democrats:  The right has turned a critical eye upon it's own politicians while the left childishly refuses to do the same.
...And I love how Glenn sends the left into bug-eyed apoplexy on a daily basis.  It's fun to watch.

Here's what I think about the rally, which drew "hundreds of thousands" according to McClatchy News Service:

We need government, and we need it to perform its constitutional duties efficiently and effectively.  We must also never lose our self-sufficiency. Katrina was a tragedy. People just sitting there as a hurricane hits them while school buses sit underwater.  Did government benumb them into inaction?

Government has its place, but so does freedom and liberty of each person to rule their own lives and make their own decisions.

Washington, We have an Imbalance

We have an imbalance between personal liberty and government power. That is what Glen Beck is (comically? cynically? self-servingly? genuinely? sincerely?) pointing to.

Too many look to government for too much. Meanwhile, over-reliance on government has caused our self-sufficiency to atrophy, like a muscle that goes unused.

It's about damning the DC-NY crony capitalist connection. It's a shout out to the politicians that the times they are a changin' (Apologies to Bob Dylan). We don't believe their crap anymore.

Statism is so Yesterday...

Have the republicans screwed us over? Of course they have. So have the democrats, who are just as deep in the crony capitalist sewer as the GOP.

Our nation is too big and too diverse for outmoded one-size-fits-all solutions.  We don't want to destroy the federal government, we want to restrict it to its constitutional duties so neither left nor right can hijack its coercive power for their own narrow financial and political interests.

The only solution is to take it away from Washington and hand it back to the states and the people. If we screw it up there, then it's our own damned fault.


KOOK said...

Great post, good points, we are in super agreement here

Mustang said...

I never thought I’d agree with a kook, but in this case, I do agree. You are spot on.

I did watch the rally. It wasn’t political; it was rather patriotic. His theme was that we Americans have lost our way and if we expect to regain our country, we’d better return to a time when we understood what was important. Honor is important and we need to get back to it.

Initially, I watched it streaming on line; there was a chat room and you should have seen the comments the leftist were making along the way. Suffice to say, there was no honor there —only cheap filth. In fairness (with honor), the far right is equally inane. At Z’s blog, a far right zealot castigated Beck because he is a Mormon. There is no shortage of stupid people in this country.

Ray said...

I'm lucky to work at home so I catch it daily and I also catch the loons like Olbermann so I know what I'm talking about and you're right! Their invective is so so far beyond anything the right or middle produce.

"I admire him for pulling himself out of a self-made gutter of materialism and alcoholism."

Been there done that so I do too.

Leticia said...

The government has way too much control and they have abused that power to such a degree that the people have lost their voice. We are nothing but mindless drones to them to be used as they see fit.

They must be voted out.

Finntann said...

The sad commentary on our public education system is when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) can run an add in Colorado with the voiceover and get away with it:

"Ken Buck is so extreme he actually proposed re-writing the Constitution to take away Coloradans’ right to directly elect their own Senators"

"Rewriting the constitution, Taking away our right to vote, Ken Buck is too extreme for Colorado"


Sorry, revisionists really piss me off. Repeal of the 17th amendment is not rewriting the constitution, it is restoring the balance of power in our republic between the people and the states.



Linda said...

SF ~ Well said and right on the mark! Thank you again for your consistant, rational, thoughtful commentary on so many important subjects. I look forward to your blog posts.

Silverfiddle said...

Thanks Linda! I think the same of your blog.

Mustang: Kook is really a quite sane conservative with mucho common sense, so don't feel bad agreeing with him.

Bob Belvedere said...

The Camp Of The Saints

Silverfiddle said...


Thanks Bob!

Most Rev. Gregori said...

We NEED more Glenn Becks in America today.

Grung_e_Gene said...

I admire his ability to educate with humor.

Becks false piety and zealous megalomania are excellent teaching tools.

Silverfiddle said...

He's an entertainer who gets people thinking. MSNBC should try that and then maybe they wouldn't have an audience so small it could fit in a bathroom.

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