Friday, September 25, 2009

Glenn Beck 's Hate Project: "Madman" " Prophet Of Doom" or " Professional Agitator" Part 2

UPDATE: 12:39 & 1:31 PM, Sept. 25, 2009

"It is not necessary to wear brown shirts to be a fascist.It is simply necessary to be one!" American Fascist Lyndon Larouche.

American Fascist Lyndon Larouche
"...developed an elaborate theory in which Jewish financiers, the CIA, the Rockefeller family and the queen of England, among others, were conspiring to carry out a Holocaust thousands of times worse than Hitler’s."

From article: "AUTHOR LIFTS VEIL ON LYNDON LaROUCHE:Traces extremist's rise to power and influence" By SARA FRANKEL, San Francisco Examiner, Sunday, August 27, 1989

Note: Glenn Beck's recent accusations against the Rockefeller family & their socialist and or fascist architecture and art ie mural by Diego Rivera.

Glenn Beck Rockefeller progressive commie propaganda 9 3 09

Obama as the Joker T-Shirts buttons etc. anti-Obama paraphernalia sold online at various conservative websites-there's money to be made selling Hatred of Obama
This poster and worse were popular at Tea Party Demonstrations and Town Halls and the 9/12 March.( also see connections with Lyndan Larouche and the Nazi Party)
If you dare check out for more outrageous slanderous racist anti-Obama T shirts , mugs, hats etc. such as a Halloween Tote-Bag with a picture of a white sheeted ghosts "OOOBama scary " Ghost = spook =Obama could it get anymore racist -

Glenn Beck as the Joker from Batman-response to posters of Obama Joker Poster

Glenn Beck On the cover of his newest book "Arguing With Idiots"

Glenn Beck Arguing With Idiots Theme Song

Glenn Beck Americorp Pledge

Is Glenn Beck just a bit over the top Comedian/entertainer or dangerous Professional Agitator/ hate monger who is trying to incite violence
Glenn Beck Throws A Frog Into Boiling Water? Sept. 23

Poster for Glenn Beck's 9/12 Project March On Washington - a Bit militant & Alarmist-Unite or Die-

Anyway visiting Glenn's website is like going through the Looking Glass-to the America where the only racists are African-Americans where the poor no longer exist where America went to war in Iraq found stockpiles of WMDs and Americans were greeted with bouquets of flowers and the US soldiers and contractors acted with civility and no Iraqi was abused, murdered, raped or tortured by US personnel and the Mission Was accomplished in 90 days - and Haliburton and other contractors didn't cheat the government and finished all their jobs on time and the US soldiers spent the next six years directing traffic and handing out food and blankets. Now Iraqis dance in the streets thanking America for their freedom and for allowing them to take ownership and control of their own natural resources to benefit the people of Ira and not just an elite and a bunch foreign international oil companies.

On Glenn Beck's Website Glenn one of the first things he does is to encourage people to buy Gold because the American dollar can not be trusted - he is basically a shill for some corporation that sells gold and possibly he has invested heavily into this company. So the more people buy the wealthier Beck becomes - and the dozen or more videos on his sight has the same ad at the beginning of the video clip-so go figure- does this give us an insight into what Beck is really all about-as he says you decide???

Talks about Obama's program to develop a national army of volunteers or an actual domestic civilian army loyal to Obama not the nation or the American people. Claims Obama is basically a "brand" a product being sold to the American people.. Beck argues that Obama is extremely arrogant and sees himself as some sort of savior for America. The irony here is that Beck sets himself up as the only voice which can be trusted in opposition to Obama and so Beck portrays himself as America's savior-"The Drummer Boy" ala Hitler.

When Beck talks about FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and Obama and even Tiger Woods as the most dangerous people in history and yet puts Hitler, Pol Pot Stalin below them this is incredible nonsense. Surely Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Franco, Mussolini rank much higher than FDR, or Teddy Roosevelt or Obama or Tiger Woods. Why in the world would Tiger Woods be mentioned what great evil thing did he do kill off a million people did he ruin the game of golf for Glenn Beck- is it just because he's black -
And yet in the Time's article Beck is given the benefit of the doubt as if he were a sincere caring patriotic American who grieves for the average American as Beck himself manages to get by on a measly 23 million a year.

As Simon Maloy exclaims Glenn Beck is rather twisted and his commentary is often downright absurd and nonsensical

Glenn "Beck's Twisted Brain: Pol Pot Less Reprehensible Than Woodrow Wilson, Tiger Woods, and FDR" by Simon Maloy, Media Matters for America September 23, 2009.This is getting absurd. via

...Knowing who Glenn Beck is, and the type of discourse he engages in, it would be the height of foolishness to expect a reasoned discussion of U.S. history within the pages of Arguing with Idiots. But this is getting absurd.

In his chapter titled, "U.S. Presidents: A Steady Progression of Progressives," Beck treats us to his list of the "Top Ten Bastards of All Time." The occupants of that list, in ascending order, are Pol Pot, Robert Mugabe, Teddy Roosevelt, Bernie Madoff, Adolf Hitler, Keith Olbermann, Pontius Pilate, FDR, Tiger Woods, and Woodrow Wilson. That's right, in Beck's book, mass slaughter of millions of innocents makes you a less reprehensible person than the presidents who won both World Wars for the United States.

Glenn Beck is featured in a cover story in Time Magazine. If you expected a full in depth no holds barred expose forget about it. The writer of the piece is in part overawed by Beck's success . He sees Beck as a voice of the people channeling their anger and frustration over a government and a society which has left them disenfranchised and on the outside as history passes them by.The author David Von Drehel is unwilling or unable to see the darkside of the influence which Beck's rants , ravings and conspiracy theories might have.

Lest we forget Beck did manage to stir up the crowds for the Town Hall meetings and to get some 75 thousand people to march on Washington for his 9/12 Project/Tea party. The author plays down or is even dismissive of Glenn Beck's nightly rants in which he expresses his anti-government and anti-Obama views combined with his fear-mongering and Hate Speech . Glenn Beck is not some impartial non-partisan voice crying out for truth and justice and fairness for all Americans but rather he is the voice of what he refers to as "The Real Americans". This translates into one form of racism or other which is sometimes subtle; sometimes blatant racism as in hatred of Illegal-Immigrants whom he sees as an invasion force who bring disease, immorality, crime, drugs, rape , theft and murder etc. to the US while they take advantage of America's good will as in welfare,healthcare etc. Then Beck goes on his tirades expressing his own -or that of his audience's- homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-feminist anti-pluralism and anti- multiculturalism and anti-intellectualism. Over and over he raves about the evils of the United Nations and suspects there is a group of elites working in the shadows to create a one world government known as the New World Order.

The author does not bother to discuss Beck's own distorted views on American history and his misrepresentation of the Founding Fathers or the US Constitution , the Bill of rights, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional amendments or his attacks on the Supreme Court's decisions which he believes goes far beyond their mandate. As I have mentioned numerous times ad nauseum that Glenn Beck and other ultrarightwingers believe that the individual states should have more power and the federal government less.

And Beck like others on the right claim things went wrong due to the decision on abortion in Roe V Wade 1973 but also Brown v Board of Education and other civil rights decisions and legislation which went beyond the scope of the federal courts or the federal government. So the Good-old days Beck would like America to return to could include racial segregation -Jim Crow and all or even lynchings and a time when women and blacks and Hispanics knew their place but much of this would not be a matter for the federal government but rather left up to each individual state the way it was I guess before the Civil War which changed or as he would say transformed America in a fundamental manner.

And secondly when Glenn Beck and other conservatives or libertarians talk about "States'Rights they are suggesting that if the U.S. federal government has gone beyond its legal and constitutional mandate that the states have therefore the right to disregard laws and statutes of the federal government which contravene these legal and constitutional limits. And if the federal government tries to impose such laws and statutes on the states have the right to take up arms and or to secede from the Union. A number of states presently have resolutions or bills being presented to the legislators asking for a vote on secession .

TIME MAGAZINE-Beck Folk Hero ,Agitator- a safety valve for the disenfranchised

Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America? By David Von Drehle at time magazine, Sep. 17, 2009

...One person listens, Frankowski (a Beck supporter) believes, and that's why back home in Alabama she arranged to have 10 large signs made on white foam board, nine of them marked with a big letter and the tenth with we and a heart. Raised aloft, the signs spelled out "We ♥ G-l-e-n-n B-e-c-k."

Glenn Beck: the pudgy, buzz-cut, weeping phenomenon of radio, TV and books. Our hot summer of political combat is turning toward an autumn of showdowns over some of the biggest public-policy initiatives in decades. The creamy notions of postpartisan cooperation — poured abundantly over Obama's presidential campaign a year ago — have curdled into suspicion and feelings of helplessness. Trust is a toxic asset, sitting valueless on the national books. Good faith is trading at pennies on the dollar. The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called "the paranoid style" — the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country — is aflame again, fanned from both right and left."

And in a typical non-committal liberal mistaken notion of fairness and impartiality David Von Drehle characterizes liberals , progressives , Democrats, Republicans , Conservative etc. as all behaving in an hysterical manner which is glossing over the truth that the rhetoric and images, posters, and the acceptance of conspiracy theories is happening more on the tight than the middle or the left.

"Between the liberal fantasies about Brownshirts at town halls and the conservative concoctions of brainwashed children goose-stepping to school, you'd think the Palm in Washington had been replaced with a Munich beer hall.

No one has a better feeling for this mood, and no one exploits it as well, as Beck. He is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or right. A gifted entrepreneur of angst in a white-hot market. A man with his ear uniquely tuned to the precise frequency at which anger, suspicion and the fear that no one's listening all converge...

...For conservatives, these are times of economic uncertainty and political weakness, and Beck has emerged as a virtuoso on the strings of their discontent.

...Beck describes his performances as "the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment" — and the entertainment comes first.

...As melodrama, it's thumping good stuff. But as politics, it's sort of a train wreck — at once powerful, spellbinding and uncontrolled. Like William Jennings Bryan whipping up populist Democrats over moneyed interests or the John Birch Society brooding over fluoride, Beck mines the timeless theme of the corrupt Them thwarting a virtuous Us...

And Glenn Beck has tapped into a cynical and defiant attitude which has been tracked by pollsters in which 72% of Americans are.. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." which is line used in the movie Paddy Chayefsky film Network by the madman Howard Beale.

"...Chayefsky imagines cynical television executives who create a ratings sensation out of the nightly rants and ravings of Beale. The host energizes the nation with his cry, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" It's hard to find a film that better captures the rotten vibe of the early 1970s, when America found itself suffering through one downer after another: failing companies, tense foreign relations, high unemployment, rampant incivility, spiraling deficits, corruption in high places, a seemingly endless war. Sound familiar?

Beck often cites Beale as an inspiration and a tribune for our own times. "I think that's the way people feel," he told an interviewer. "That's the way I feel" — like the fist-shaking, hair-pulling Beale. Whether channeled by a playwright on the left or a talk-show host on the right, anger and distrust can be dramatized and monetized. But do they ever really go anywhere?

The trouble with this prophecy is that we never find out what happens to the people watching Beale. Do they stay mad forever? Does their screaming ever lead to something better? Does the rage merely migrate, sending new audiences with new enemies to scream from more windows? And if the time comes when every audience is screaming, who, in the end, is left to listen?

The first thing after reading the article I wondered if the author ever sat down and watched a few choice hours of Glenn Beck or read the criticisms of him at MediaMatters or watched Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow doing an indepth analysis and fact checking of Glenn beck's show. Beck tosses out facts which may be rather questionable or just made up. He often recites studies done by Rightwing and Religious Right partisan groups who are promoters and propagandists for various causes.

The other fallacy is that of equivalency between Beck's rantings and the commentary by more serious thoughtful and fact based journalists who actually care about truth and personal and professional integrity. The writer for the Times is that sort of ivory tower intellectual who views the world and American society as just one big show and as an entertaining three ring circus for those like himself who believe they are above the fray and the squalor of the streets and so are shocked when fanatics do what they consider to be the unthinkable.

Beck to give him some credit is right about these over pampered members of the Ivy League schools who have no connection with the humdrum lives of the American people. He stands back watching the pratfalls of the buffoons and clowns who pretend to blow each other up but the problem is in the real world of flesh and blood the antagonists are using real bullets in real guns and it is not that funny to an Hispanic or Black American or someone who is gay is attacked and beaten up in some American neighborhood by Beck's True Believers who went out to hunt down these undesirables after watching Beck's or some other agitators program on tv.

The author claiming I assume journalistic impartiality never bothers to ask whether Beck's ravings, rantings and concocting conspiracy theories is helthy for the country by giving these angry people an outlet or at worst it leads to violence against the various groups which are targeted on Beck's show each night. The writer like a lot of misguided journalist have these notion that impartiality is a matter of principle. The problem is when someone is merely acting as a Professional, instigator, Agitator spreading race hatred of Hispanics, blacks and hatred of liberals, feminists and gays and environmentalist doesn't one have the responsibility to call it Hate Speech and incendiary .

Possibly because the writer is part of the media he is unable to see that words twisted into tantrums of hate can be dangerous or because he is such a political- junky that observing politics and even massive social unrest or upheavals is like watching a bit of theater or drama in which one is an=mused or shocked but ultimately detached from these events performed on a stage.. Comparing President Obama to Hitler, Stalin, Mao etc. is not a neutral position because these mad men were part of history and managed to kill millions. So the logic is that if we could have stopped Hitler what would we need to do. Therefore we should do the same in regards to President Obama before its too late and all the dissidents ie conservatives such as Beck and his faithful listeners are imprisoned in FEMA CAMPS.

also see article by Jamison Foser which first alerted me to the Time's article: "Time Magazine's Dishonest and Incompetent Profile on Glenn Beck Enables His Sick Lies" By Jamison Foser, Media Matters for America. September 19, 2009.

The profile whitewashes the shock jock's dishonesty and recycles his false claims. No wonder nobody trusts mainsteam media.

And further as Eric Boehlert reminds us that such overheated rhetoric , fear mongering, hate speech and talk of the illegitimacy of a president or that he is going too far and must be stopped or removed impeached or some more drastic and violent solution will be found as it happened in the case of President J.F. Kennedy . We should also not that such extremist rhetoric also led to the murders of Martin Luther King Jr. whom J. Edgar Hoover characterized as being the most dangerous man in America and hinted that King was working with the Soviets or the Chinese to destroy America from within. Much the same sort of nonsense was also preached about Bobby Kennedy who proclaimed that the Vietnam war was a disaster and that America must withdraw. One can be sure that there were not a few Americans who were glad these men were out of the way for instance those who profited off supplying weapons to America's Military Leviathan .

"A President Was Killed the Last Time Right-Wing Hatred Ran Wild Like This" by Eric Boehlert, at media matters, September 18,2009

That being John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas, of course.
I've been thinking a lot of Kennedy and Dallas as I've watched the increasingly violent rhetorical attacks on Obama be unfurled. As Americans yank their kids of class in order to save them from being exposed to the President of the United States who only wanted to urge them to excel in the classroom. And as unvarnished hate and name-calling passed for health care 'debate' this summer.
The radical right, aided by a GOP Noise Machine that positively dwarfs what existed in 1963, has turned demonizing Obama--making him into a vile object of disgust--into a crusade. It's a demented national jihad, the likes of which this country has not seen in modern times.

But I've been thinking about Dallas in 1963 because I've been recalling the history and how that city stood as an outpost for the radical right, which never tried to hide its contempt for the New England Democrat.

Now, in this this month's Vanity Fair, Sam Kashner offers up in rich detail the hatred that ran wild in Dallas in 1963. To me, the similarity between Dallas in 1963 and today's unhinged Obama hate is downright chilling.

...Today, conservatives are expressing outrage that Rep. Nancy Pelosi had the nerve to raise concerns about the onrush of violent political rhetoric. The Noise Machine claims it has no idea what Pelosi's talking about. But the truth is, America's most famous bouts of political violence (i.e. JFK, Oklahoma City, etc.) have always been accompanied by waves of radical, right-wing rhetoric. Given that history, the GOP's insistence that the hate now filling the streets couldn't possibly inspire violence seems woefully naive.

Note: Part 3, on Beck next Post - Katie Couric interview & Lyndon Larouche connection

and so it goes,

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