Sunday, March 15, 2009

They Surround Us

Since I don't watch Fox, I'm late to Glen Beck's party, or protest, or pep rally, or whatever it was supposed to be. I'm about as confused about it as Shep Smith. I don't know who Shep is either, but I hear Chris Matthews thinks he's going to be fired for mocking Glen.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, I think us dirty liberal socialists are supposed to wildly intimidated by this "new and growing" movement of very concerned citizens, who through the power of the internets have discovered -- they are not alone. Apparently there's at least three thousand of them willing to brave the mean streets of the new Amerika and proudly assemble in public.

I ventured to Glen Beck's site, (and no I'm not linking to him), to find the accounts of these victory bashes. They amassed by the hundreds to watch Glen Beck on TV. About 500 filled the The Rex Theater in Wyoming. Some 275 packed a conference room at the Holiday Inn in Asheville. They crammed 150 into Bassett Furniture in CO. Nearly 75 took over the Old Spanish Mission Inn in FL and who knows how many stormed the Magic Mushroom in Breward County.

Long did I search the intertubes for photos of these fearsome warriors but sadly, while many spoke of this awesome gathering, few actually attended and fewer still brought their cameras. But we are not without proof that these disgruntled Americans exist in more than Beck's fevered imagination. In Virginia the citizen journalists chronicled the festivities. Although festive may be the wrong word. These people look dead serious. And one suspects that a few Galters infilitrated the event, since the tables are remarkably empty of anything that resembled purchases from the bar. You might have thought they would have at least ordered tea...

Nonetheless, these intrepid souls filled the folding chairs across America yesterday. They laughed and they cried with their leader, pledging to follow at least 7 of the 9 tenets of the new revolution. And there were speeches afterwards.

So be afraid, very afraid. You may not actually see them, but they're out there -- somewhere.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for the roundup. Basically, I don't laught at people who are motivated (angry?) enough to get out of their living rooms to join together for a cause. But to choose Glenn Beck as your leader? That I can laugh at.

4:34:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I feel the same about it Grace. I support activism, even if it's for causes that I don't necessarily believe in. I think it's a good sign that they're becoming politically involved. But I also think activism carries a responsibility to become informed and not just become the zombie followers of self-serving charlatans like Beck and Limbaugh.

4:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that one of those Mormon bars?

6:37:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL DB. Not in Utah so unlikely. Might be Baptist though...

6:56:00 PM  

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