Glenn Beck’s 912 project is based on lies and hypocrisy, and the lying hypocrite that shoves them forth. His 9 values were explained on his site, and Wexler here at glennbeckreport.com has done an excellent job of debunking them. The 12 values, on the other hand, are simply words that are very much open to interpretation. I’m going to take a shot at looking into exactly into what these values mean, how foolish they are, and how hypocritical it is for Beck of all people to ask that they be followed.
The quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness
Because Glenn Beck is our favorite honest man. I could spend plenty of time laughing at how hilarious it is that Glenn Beck wants people to be honest, but instead I’ll just send you here: http://glennbeckreport.com/glenn-beck-lies/
A feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
Wait, what? Reverence for what now? For science and the wonders of nature? For the ease with which non-religious people can coexist? For how amazing it is that we actually have a black president? Well, Beck’s never been particularly fond of any of these things, so I’m assuming that he means reverence for his imaginary friend that some like to call God.
I have written and debated extensively about the existence of God, and the attributes of such a being. Here’s what people need to realize: If there really is an omnipotent, omniscient god, we don’t need to be respecting him or revering him. We should hate him. All the people that he has killed or allowed to die? The rapes, thefts, murders, sorrow, horror, stupidity and general hatred that he has allowed to occur? If there is a god, God is the worst type of psychopath, and respecting him is the absolute last thing that anybody should be doing.
The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
Hope, when it comes to politics, is the worst type of foolishness. I hope that religion will get the hell out of government. I hope that all Teabaggers will suddenly realize that they’ve been indoctrinated and lied to. I hope that homosexuals will be regarded no differently then heterosexuals. But will any of these things happen? No time soon, at any rate. So rather than sitting on my ass and wishing that my dreams would come true, I go forth, I try to change people’s minds, and I vote in every election that I can.
Economical management; economy; frugality.
Where on Earth does Glenn Beck get off telling people to be thrifty? Maybe he means the kind of thrift that he exercised when he bought a $60k DeLorean (and drove it while wasted with a door open). But really, now. Beck is filthy rich. His annual income is estimated at around $25 million per year. And I think that this value of his is just another part of his crazy capitalism manifesting itself – he thinks that poverty is something which can be controlled easily, that simply by being thrifty a person may become just as filthy rich as he is. Another idea is that the entire thing has its roots in religion – that one will need to save as much money as possible in order to tithe to their church. Seeing that Beck is Mormon (raised millions from their followers to illegally fund Prop 8), I think that he’s no stranger to the church asking him to give them large amounts of money.
The quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.
“Hello, America. I’d just like to take a quick break from my show to endorse my bestselling new book, the Overton Window. This book is just… this is great, it’s a fascinating look at truth today, and don’t be surprised if you even notice some names or concepts that you might know or recognize from history. Now see, see this page here? Look at this name – do you recognize that? Who’s that? Anyway, it’s on sale now, just 25 dollars, you can pick it up at your local bookstore.”
And the fun only starts there. I’m not a huge Olbermann fan, but I would definitely recommend checking out the video here. It’s not all about Beck, but watch the section that’s about Liberty University. I actually laughed out loud.
Generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill or helpless.
At this point, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard one idiot or another say that nobody can tell them what to do with their money. Does the cult of Beck not realize that their taxes pay for social programs and benefits for those less fortunate? That darned socialism, always being charitable. No wonder the conservatives hate it.
But perhaps by charity, Beck means tithing to a church – as long as it’s not one of those foreign ones of course. Beck himself is a Mormon – the church that so recently passed Proposition 8 (banning gay marriage) in my home state of California. The Church approached its members and asked (many would say forced) them to give just about as much as they could without bankrupting themselves , in favor of this hate legislation that they were illegally trying to pass. I would say that giving your sizable savings up to a cult so that they may take rights AWAY from people, does not exactly count as charity.
Freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
By definition, we can just go ahead and tie this in with Value 1, honesty. Please go ahead and visit the same link that I pointed out for that one: http://glennbeckreport.com/glenn-beck-lies/
But Beck is certainly not free from deceit. Hypocrisy has become (at least to those that are aware) synonymous with his name. And probity in intention or in communicating? I almost laughed out loud at that one.
The quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance; the act of moderating.
I’d just like to say – HAHAHAHAHA. Oh… this is the funniest one here. Firstly, I’d like to talk about Glenn’s single-handed ability to prove Godwin’s law. I don’t think I’ve seen a single episode of Glenn Beck’s show in which he has not compared somebody or something to Nazism. Glenn Beck, and his brand of entertainment “newscasting”, is the very antithesis of moderation.
Difficult to do or accomplish; fatiguing; troublesome.
Exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
Hm. Interesting. One one level or another, this might be something that Glenn actually does. I certainly would have to work hard to pump out as much crazy garbage on a daily basis as he does. But really, I don’t think we can count this as a real value that Beck can preach without being a hypocrite. The main followers of Beck are those that are poor and/or uneducated. Bible this, Bible that, and sprinkle in a bit of “medicare not socialized medicine” for flavor. So what do Beck’s 912ers work hard to do? Do they work hard to ignore the facts? Do they work hard to pray to Beck more than God? Do they work hard to personify Jesus as a gun nut? Please.
The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
Glenn Beck, for me, personifies the modern day of right-wing fear. Glenn Beck and his followers are scared. They are afraid of change. They are afraid of things and people that are different from themselves and their opinions. I think that without fear, people like Beck would not even exist. We may have conservative opinions, but I doubt that we would have such hatred, racism, bigotry, and lying that plague the religious right. In fact, I think it’s even possible that religion wouldn’t exist without fear.
And what about all the people that he shouts off the air? A courageous man would be willing to engage in a fair debate with somebody that had a dissenting opinion. A courageous man does not shout someone down because they don’t want to deal with their opinions. Both of the administrators at this site have already proposed a fair debate with Beck here, for which we’ve gotten no response. So please, Beck. Don’t take some ambiguous value that people see as positive, and pretend that it represents you, your group, and your thought processes.
11. Personal Responsibility
Of, pertaining to, or coming as from a particular person; individual; private.
The state or fact of being responsible; a thing for which one is responsible.
So, what are people responsible for? Well, we’re responsible for obeying the law. Beck struggled with illegal substance abuse for years, failing in that. We’re responsible to tell the truth. Beck fails in that on a daily basis. We’re responsible to educate ourselves. Beck fails in this every day as well.
So what is it that Beck thinks that we’re personally responsible for? Really, I think the truth is sadder than we’d care to admit. I think that in Glenn Beck’s delusions, he actually agrees that we’re responsible to keep ourselves educated – but he doesn’t realize what the truth is. He thinks that people are responsible to believe that all liberals are socialists that want to take your guns away. He wants to make believing his insane doctrine everyone’s personal responsibility. This, readers, is not a value. This is a travesty.
The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.
“I might not agree with you, Obama, but thanks for being black.” “I’m going to yell at you and not listen to anything you have to say, caller, but thanks for calling.” “I might hate you, minorities, but thanks for making our country work.” “I might hate you too, socialists, but thanks for inspiring all the systems that I rely on.” “You’re going to hell, heathens, but thanks for not starting as many wars as the Christians.”
Next time we hear Beck saying any of these things, THEN we can consider gratitude as a legitimate value.