Sunday, February 28, 2010

Glenn Beck is a menace to civil society

You know I try to ignore Fox's favorite idiot pundit but his speech at CPAC keeps coming back to me. He's gone beyond relatively harmless kooky conspiracy theories into actively, if subliminally, promoting violence again. I hadn't realized how far he's taken this theme until David Neiwert assembled a video clip of six months worth of his subtle fomenting of hatred. I couldn't bring myself to watch it, but as Neiwert says about the CPAC speech:
To wild applause, [Beck] labeled this alleged tumor of "community;" the supposedly evil "progressivism" -- and he told disciples to "eradicate it" from the nation. [...]
What motivates this kind of talk and behavior is called eliminationism: a politics and a culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas in favor of the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through suppression, exile, and ejection, or extermination.
Beck is calling progressives a cancer on society. It doesn't take much imagination to envision one of his cultists acting literally on that eradication imagery in order to impress his "leader."

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Blogger Ruth said...

Exactly. Fomenting violence is a tactic that appeals to the leaders of a base that does not have the ability to absorb facts. That elections are meant to make the choices the demagogues want to send its followers out to change does not get through the miasma of aroused frustration.

11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Of course these are the same people who told us to "get over it" in 04. And if you point that out, it doesn't even register in their consciousness.

11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Consciousness? Facts? We're talking about Republicans here.

If Beck says progress is another word for Communism, then so be it. The Declaration of Independence is now indistinguishable from the Communist Manifesto and soon it will always have been so.

5:39:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

They do seem to love rewriting history to suit their world view, don't they?

9:13:00 AM  

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