Skip to comments.Mark Levin: I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he
Posted on 02/21/2010 1:14:06 PM PST by Sergeant Tim
I was invited to be the opening speaker at Saturday's CPAC session. I had accepted but then, to my amazement, I learned that the John Birch Society would be one of many co-sponsors. This takes the big-tent idea many steps too far for me. So, I withdrew. Apparently, others were not so moved. That's fine. But it wasn't for me. Bill Buckley and Barry Goldwater, among others, chased the Birchers from the movement decades ago. And they're not a part of the movement. So, to give them a booth at CPAC was boneheaded.
I want to commend Bill Bennett for his wise piece this morning on the Corner. I agree with him.
I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he. It's incoherent. One day it's populist, the next it's libertarian bordering on anarchy, next it's conservative but not really, etc. And to what end? I believe he has announced that he is no longer going to endorse candidates because our problems are bigger than politics. Well, of course, our problems are not easily dissected into categories, but to reject politics is to reject the manner in which we try to organize ourselves. This is as old as Plato and Aristotle. Why would conservatives choose to surrender the political battlefield to our adversaries -- who are trashing this society -- when we must retake it in order to preserve our society? Philosophy, politics, culture, family, etc., are all of one. Edmund Burke, among others, wrote about it extensively, and far better that I possibly can. But all elements of the civil society require our defense. Besides, why preach such a strategy when conservatism is on the rise and the GOP is acting more responsibly?
Moreover, when he does discuss politics, which, ironically, is often, how can he claim today that there is no difference between the two parties when, but for the Republicans in Congress, government-run health care, cap-and-trade, card check, and a long list of other disastrous policies would already be law? The GOP is becoming more conservative thanks to the grass-roots movement and a political uprising across the country, which has even reached into New Jersey and Massachusetts. Why keep pretending otherwise? My only conclusion is that he is promoting a third party or some third way, which is counter-productive to defeating Obama and the Democrat Congress. These are perilous times and this kind of an approach will keep the statists in power for decades.
And what of his flirtations with Ron Paul's lunacy respecting America's supposed provocations with her enemies, including al-Qaeda? Why should such a fatal defect in thinking be ignored? Do we conservatives agree with this?
Finally, Beck is fond of congratulating himself for being the only or the first host to criticize George Bush's spending. This is demonstrably false. I not only attacked his spending, but the creation of the Homeland Security Department, the prescription drug add-on for Medicare, his "moderate" tax cuts, as well as his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, "comprehensive immigration reform," and so forth. And I was not alone -- Rush and Sean did the same, for example. And as someone who fought liberal Republicans in the trenches when campaigning for Reagan in 1976 and 1980, I don't need lectures from Beck, who was nowhere to be found, about big-spending Republicans. But this is not about me, or Beck, or Beck's past drunkenness (which he endlessly wears as some kind of badge of honor). It is about preserving our society for our children and grandchildren. Beck spent precious little time aiming fire at Obama-Pelosi-Reid in his speech, and it is they who are destroying our country.
On as a positive note, I am personally happy to see that Beck has cleaned up his public act -- as best I can tell, no more boiling fake frogs on TV or pretending to pour gasoline on someone -- and the rest of it. But I do think his speech, which contained nuggets of truth heard before and read elsewhere, including on Rush's show and in my book and many other books, may have distracted from some of the more compelling and coherent speeches at the event, including Marco Rubio's superb speech. I fear the media will see to this. I hope not.
The vote was 92% for Mitt.
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I was trying to be polite.
Today on his show FRed Thompson mentioned Beck had said that there is no difference between the parties...
FRed said “Think judges, Glenn. Think judges.”
Romney - Romney,
He’s our man!
If he can’t save the Constitution that’s hanging as by a slender thread,
No one can!
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Doubts creeping in?...
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That is my prayer.
as i see it, beck is not infighting because he is outside throwing spitballs - outside both the democrat and republican parties - 'they are both the same'
I guess it can be scary out there without God...
Uncertainity, paranonia, windmill monsters...
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Windmill monsters exist. I used to work for one of the big wind farms in CA, talk about SCARY! ;)
Like Barry without his teleprompter...
Like Beck without his Ross Perot charts...
When a recovering alcoholic forgets the anonymous in Alcoholics Anonymous- trouble is sure to follow.
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Very true. I was talking to someone about this the other day. I really think Beck believes he is entirely immune to a relapse.
Someone needs to inform Mr. Levin that the Birchers have been proven right on so many things. Their presentation may suck, but they’ve generally been ahead of the curve.
as i see it, he is educating about principles and historical trends and cautioning that politicians from both parties are violating our principles. he’s not telling us what our principles should be, he’s asking everyone to decide for themselves. The bottom line is : ragging on Beck when we are facing what we are currently facing is NOT the best use of our time. Stop being petty about who is better and reclaim America.
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Thank you, SZ. I prophesy crickets, however.
If you are going to trash talk me in the future - pls ping me to the party. I usually ignore you because you cannot put a coherent reply together.
Is this the forked tongued commenary you accuse Chrisians of?
I get it: a PADDED 2*4!
If youve not read Levins book then youll never see Becks plagarism. Arguing with Idiots was a Beck autobiography.
oh Please I have bought serveral copies each of Mark’s books and given them to people to be informed
I just don’t understand why there is not room for all voices!
This knowledge was around in the 1980’s way before Levin’s book.
There were courses in the 80’s on About “Making of America” Seminar”
Over the years, we have held seminars in many different places: schools, libraries, business meeting rooms, churches, homes, college campuses, city convention centers, etc. No matter the setting, when good people come together in the spirit of learningpeople who sense that something is terribly amiss in America and they are seeking to know if there are better answersa sense of peace and hope pervades the room as the story of the Founders’ message is unfolded to them.
We invite you to come join us as we discover the Founders’ original success formula for freedom.
This is not the only site I also apppreciate
Years ago I got a video from them on George Washtington love it very much!
Eisenhower was what the Soviets called a “useful idiot.”
We’ve had thousands of them.
You appear to be trying to become a post-soviet useful idiot.
do you agree that everyone sucks equally?
Levin is another pseudo-conservative
That is not true do not mistake Mark discipline as being
Pseudo in matters of importance he wants to make sure folks get the correct information.
They each have different styles...
One who has learn to conform well while getting a higher education.
The other who is unrefined but still has the information.
I know it can drive the learned crazy
There is no reason the unlearned cannot be humble to receive council from those who are discipline for fine tuning!
Instead of this contention fine a way to resolve the differences!
i mean better as between BECK and LEVIN, since i see the various partisans for both going round and round, aimlessly spinning their wheels about who is right about this. i like them both, they serve different constituencies and both are doing yeoman’s jobs of it. it is wasting time to quibble, lets get rid of the dang socialists, TOGETHER.
Well, no. Supporting or refuting the John Birch Society is not an issue that interests me much.
I sincerely doubt Ike was a useful idiot. Are you a Bircher?
Same warning for gold tablets.
i don't see beck as having any part of that
I can understand why you'd think this way...
It appears that the UNlearned can be quite, shall we say, loony as well.
Speaking of LEARN...
Beck has done some work that is admirable, however one must not overlook the forces driving him and wonder what is his eventual personal goal. One must also look into those for whom he has expressed great admiration, such as Cleon Skousen.
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Elsie, DO NOT go there...
Would that be the same for Mitt?
i agree that change has to be within the republican party, i am not a third party advocate. beck may not be fighting your fight or doing it your way but he is educating people about the situation we are facing in this country, people that Levin is not reaching and isn’t likely to. why expend energy denigrating Beck, go about what you think needs to be done or listen to Levin and agree with him and laud his particular methods while leaving others to go about it THEIR way. i do not see what Beck is doing as interfering with the Republicans getting the party to change for the better.
Mitt has done NOTHING that could be considered admirable.
STOP MY NOT GOING THERE!
Why... he SINGLEhandedly put ScottBrown into the Senate!!
You are correct.
because beck says i am just as bad as democratz - i will ask again - do you agree with that?
When someone as unstable as Beck hungers for power, it worries me greatly.
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I posted this on another thread, but it applies here as well.
What scares me about this pied piper thing Beck has going is where does it stop? How soon before he is trying to influence peoples lives/thoughts outside of politics? How many are still going to follow him if he starts throwing in other ideas?
Cults of personality can be very dangerous.
How many are still going to follow him if he starts throwing in other ideas?
STOP POSTING TO ME TO STOP YOUR NOT GOING THERE!