Thursday, April 22, 2010

Glenn Beck Compares His Activism and Community Organizing & Prophecy To MLK While Explaining God's Plan Straight From The Horse's Mouth

The Madness and Genius that is Glenn Beck

UPDATE: 3:48 PM, April 22, 2010

"'s all about "faith." We should just have faith in what Glenn Beck is telling us about God's plan -- irrespective of reality. We feel it, therefore it is. Bob Cesca at Huff Post's assessment of Glenn Beck as God's Messenger

Yesterday Glenn Beck finally owned up and told us he is a messenger from God
And now here's Glenn Beck The Prophet of Hope as he reveals God's Plan To America nay the world the Universe possible since he is more than partly divine .
And he's a born again Mormon.

Via Politicususa & Media Matters Glenn Beck Claims He is Leading a Civil Rights Movement Published By Jason Easley On Wed.April 21st 2010 like MLK April 21, 2010

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck continued to warp the legacy of the civil rights movement in the United States by claiming that his 9/12 Project and the angry white Tea Party are the next phase of the civil rights movement. Beck read the civil rights movement commitment card to audience, then said, “It looks to me like the next phase of the 9/12 Project.”

Beck said, “This is what they had every marcher sign, and I want to put this up on the website and I want you to sign it. This is the commitment card that they had you sign,” then he read the civil rights movement commitment card authored by Martin Luther King which states:

I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement. Therefore I will keep the following ten commandments:

1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
2. Remember always that the non—violent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory.
3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
10.Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

also see Bob Cesca at Huffington Post skeptical analysis of Glenn Beck as he sounds more and more like a Tele-evangalist in which every word , every poignant pause or quivering voice is staged for maximum impact.

Glenn Beck: the Televangelist Con Man Selling God's Plan for America" by Bob Cesca at Huff Post , April 21, 2010

During yesterday's Glenn Beck radio show, Beck delivered a 10-minute monologue in which he hit all of his phony-baloney touchstones -- some of them, as I've been writing for the last several weeks, are dangerous and some are simply ridiculous. But primarily, Beck was in full televangelist mode about God and something about a "plan" and, in the process, he dovetailed into a little McCarthyism and, as usual, a little historical revisionism. He even shrunk into a defensive bit refuting the accusations that he's a faker who's conning his audience.

Let's assume for now that Beck is anti-coincidence. In other words, the crazy connections he scribbles on his chalk board (the misspelled OLIGARHY acronym, for example) have to be true because there's no such thing as wild supposition and God is speaking the truth to him personally. There's no such thing as coincidence. Therefore if someone in the Obama administration mentions the name "Mao" in the context of a joke, he or she is obviously a communist, which, in turn, makes the president a communist, which, in turn, means there's a communist plot to take over America, which, in turn, means that we should all buy gold from Goldline in preparation for the coming barter economy. Because, you know, there are no coincidences. Full Joe McCarthy at 11 with more crazy and even less actual evidence.

... Beck slides off into a tangent about how he used to be just "an entertainer," and now he's not. Clearly a self-conscious, back-pedaling response to his all-too-revealing "I don't give a flying crap about political process" quote from the recent Forbes profile. Another window into Beck's scam.

Anyway, so after leaving this defensive crouch, he circles back around and tells us that it's all about "faith." We should just have faith in what Glenn Beck is telling us about God's plan -- irrespective of reality. We feel it, therefore it is.

There's no denying that Glenn Beck is nothing if not a masterful performer. He's talented, but at the same time, he's transparently derivative. Glenn Beck is, at once, capable of borrowing the most effectively persuasive techniques available in order to manipulate his audience, and he's gifted enough to pull it off. But what are the consequences? Like it or not, he's a major player and activator right now and so he's achieved, for his part, a gravitational field that pulls upon the trajectory of American political discourse. That makes his role a serious one. One with consequences. He's pumping the discourse with nonsense, false history and pure coincidence while also resurrecting McCarthy style communist witch hunts.

Glenn Beck is a political faith healer. And the sooner his viewers recognize the scam, the better off they'll be.

Oh, and it turns out that all this talk of "the plan" appears to be nothing more than a way to plug a book -- over and over and over again. Specifically, Glenn Beck's latest book just happens to be titled The Plan. Coincidence?

and so it goes,

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