Possibly all the confusion people are feeling is really not from Beck, but from the labels we insist upon, eventhough their meanings keep changing. The classic liberal would now be a conservative, liberals and progressives keep interchanging, the things that Democrats used to stand for, such as the little guy, privacy, etc. are now owned by conservatives who seem to be different from, yet somehow the same as Republicans and so forth. It has gotten to the point that there is so much confusion and sleight of hand from politicians trying to position themselves, that the labels are very confusing. THAT is intentional and I think it may be what Beck is trying to get at. The only thing that you can look for as a constant is TRUTH. See who is doing what they say, who seems to be speaking the truth and when you have decided then go with that person regardless of the label.
Labels should be shorthand to clarify, but they have been used to bypass our critical thinking and put us on automatic pilot when we vote. People no longer think of themselves as “voting Democrat or Republican”, instead they think they ARE a Democrat or Republican...which is quite different...as in “I am choosing apple pie” vs. “I AM apple pie.” Many people I know think they are Democrats, but when the issues are discussed without the label, they are actually Republicans. In addition I think there is a lot of jealousy of Beck for being successful and for daring to tread into intellectual areas as a self-made man. The Ivy League people are intimdated about ceding any of their degree conferred power or power connections to someone who didn’t come up through the elite approved system and get the proper degrees and “pedigrees.” They could as easily stress points of agreement and advance the cause while gently nudging about disagreements...but they choose instead to worry about things like Beck’s books and popularity.