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The 9 Principles Deconstructed

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Glenn Beck's 9 Principles are a formula for hatred and division

Glenn Beck's 9 Principles are a formula for hatred and division

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Glenn Beck has come up with a list of principles for his disciples to embrace. Modestly, he has not tried to equate himself to Jesus, as is evidenced by having one less principle than the Ten Commandments. However, these still have a messianic quality to them that I’m sure you will appreciate. In Beck’s schizoid mind, if everyone could only follow HIS interpretation of these “principles” what a great world we could have.

I find it truly ironic that someone with no principles whatsoever other than the profit motive could come up with a list of stuff he wants people to believe. All of these are vague, and they beg for someone to explain and amplify them. Of course, Glenn Beck wants to be that person. Instead, I thought I’d take a crack at it, and I’d like to invite anyone who visits this site to contribute their thoughts as well. I have learned over the years that many approaches are better than one approach, so I look forward to your comments and criticisms.

Here is Beck’s list of principles. I will comment on each as time permits and as his lunacy inspires me. Please note: his comments are in
red , mine are in dark blue.

1. America Is Good.

OK, wait a minute. Are you talking about America the nation, America the concept, America the government, America the history, America the people, America the foreign policy, America the world’s policeman, America the geographic features, or what? Glenn Beck, this is pointless propaganda. This statement, if meant to include every aspect of America, is easily proven to be false and by starting out your “9 Principles” with a patently false and intellectually void statement you prove that you are dissembling. Your statement is false, it serves to divide rather than unite. The division? Those who suck up mindless pro-American propaganda (your phony “patriot” crowd) and those of us who actually have eyes and can see.

If you were trying to unite, you could have stated something like “America has great potential and we should all pull together to help our nation realize this great potential”. Or how about “My number one goal is to help Americans work together despite differences to realize the dreams of our Founders”. But NO, that’s not your intention. Your first intention is to increase your power as a demagogue, second is to make money, and third is to help the Mormon fundamentalists replace the American government with “The Priesthood” of the Mormon church.

Let’s take your statement at face value, then I’ll expand on your real goals just mentioned. “America is good”. Well, Glenn, no, it’s NOT good. In fact, it’s not even passable. Poverty, sickness, murder, infant mortality, literacy, unemployment, standard of living, soundness of infrastructure, level of public discourse, and a host of other indicators are going the wrong way. These problems are directly due to 30 years of GOP wealth redistribution, cronyism, and outright lying.

Take poverty for example. Poverty has increased markedly in the last 4 decades (since 1970), especially in the last 8 years, and especially extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is when you are at or below 50% of the poverty line. Of course, the poverty line itself is highly controversial because in some parts of the country you would have to eat out of garbage cans to stay alive at that income level. So what’s so “good” about approximately 45 million Americans living in squalor in the richest western democracy?

Health Insurance Crisis

We are embroiled in a national debate on health care reform and Glenn Beck is on the wrong side of the debate. Big Insurance, Big Pharma, Big Health have colluded over time in the most gigantic price-fixing scheme ever. The insurance industry fights with tools the ordinary man (who Glenn Beck claims to champion) never had or will have at their disposal. They can charge you whatever premiums they want without fear of competition and then use your own premium dollars to advertise against health care reform or even hire lawyers to defend themselves if you ever tried to fight them over a denial or rescission of your coverage.

Why does Glenn Beck hate the little guy so much when he continuously claims to be representing us? Why does Glenn Beck side with the insurance companies against health care reform when an estimated 40 million Americans can’t see a doctor when sick unless they go to an ER? How is “America good” when people get sick, have their insurance rescinded, lose their job due to illness, and then end up out on the street due to bankruptcy? What KIND of “good” is that? What about people who take a job “with benefits” to find out later that their insurance has an annual cap of $10,000? That’s one night in the ER, for those of you who are wondering.

Foreign Policy

For the last 50 years the US has kicked the rest of the world (with a few exceptions) around like a tin can and millions of lives have been lost by our foreign policy fiascoes. Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East, and Latin America have all fallen prey to American interventions ranging from assassination to all-out invasion and war. The invasion of Iraq was clearly illegal and based on a pack of right-wing lies, just like the ones Glenn Beck tells daily. Phony claims of WMD, links to al-Qaeda, and Iraqi threats to the US were pushed on America like a fear drug by the Bush Administration. The Bush Administration knew that Iraq was no threat to the US; but they have oil and since some “genius” neocons thought that it would be a good idea to build an American surrogate nation next door to Iran, they invaded. Where were you, Glenn Beck, on the Iraq War? Cheerleading right along with the best of them, feeding the pro-war noise machine with the best of them.

Of course nobody would dare to agree with Reverend Wright, scholar, and UCC minister, when he said the following:

If Obama wouldn’t stand up for him, I wouldn’t expect Glenn Beck to stand for him either. Of COURSE you wouldn’t, Glenn. In fact, if you ever watched this video you’d probably start drinking and drugs again, because it’s TRUE and you KNOW it’s true, even from your cracked up mindset you can see it. “America is good”… Glenn Beck, noted idiot.

How can you take Glenn Beck seriously when he says “America is good”? What’s good about it, Glenn, to make you say that in a blanket statement? I’m actually surprised that you would say “America is good”, Glenn. It’s run by a government you hate, a black president you despise, a Speaker of the House you want to murder. Our cultural icons are all lefties, including Michael Moore (who you fantasized about strangling) who has a brand new movie coming out that is going to kick the capitalist system you love so much firmly in the ass. Gay marriage (which you abhor) is now legal in 4 states and more are on the way.

So what’s so good about it for you, Glenn Beck, besides your big fat paycheck? Oh, and since 62 advertisers have boycotted your show maybe that’s not going to keep coming. What would the airwaves and cable system be like without Glenn Beck? Is it OK for me to fantasize about that? Maybe America wouldn’t be “good” yet, but it would be a damn sight better.

Deconstructing “America is Good” statement

As I mentioned earlier, Glenn’s real agenda for trying to brainwash you that “America is good” falls into 3 categories. First, by making this statement, he is assuming the sale that he is an authority figure to make judgment on whether or not “America is good”. I say he’s not, and if you read the rest of his “9 Principles” in the context of what he actually SAYS AND DOES, you will see exactly why he is no authority on the subject. The fact is that he’s a dry drunk and drug addict, and has no formal education other than barely passing high school. His world view ebbs and flows with the Republican platform but he claims to be Libertarian. (Note to self: try to pin down Ron Paul as to whether or not he shares the views of Glenn Beck.) So Beck is no position to say “America is good” any more than Osama bin Laden is in a position to say “America is bad”. What kind of a dunce would make either of those statements? America is good AND bad.

Glenn Beck’s second goal in saying “America is good” is to make money. He knows that there are millions of Americans that will eat that crap up and help to keep him high in the TV and radio ratings. The conservative noise machine appeals to a small percentage of Americans but they become loyal and unthinking listeners when they hear somebody stroke them in the media. Glenn Beck wants to cash in while he can. Becoming an uber-patriot hero who hunts down liberals is just what keeps the mind-numbed dittobot crowd happy. Glenn is using his phony patriotism shtick to attempt to make money, plain and simple. But it’s not working that great. In order to make MONEY in media, you have to have ADVERTISING SPONSORS. Color of Change, an organization headed in part by Van Jones, has run an effective campaign to convince Glenn Beck’s sponsors to abandon the show. They don’t want to be associated with a man who makes overt racist comments. So far 62 sponsors have dumped Beck, and he’s now actually being sponsored in part by PSAs (public service announcements) funded by the US Government. Oh, the sweet irony! Government-hating Glenn Beck’s show is on the public dole!

Third, Beck has another agenda that is not very politically correct to discuss but I feel it HAS GOT TO BE MENTIONED. Beck is a fundamentalist Mormon. The Mormon church has a political agenda for the US and long-term it doesn’t involve the US Constitution so much. Instead, the government is supposed to be replaced by “The Priesthood”. Some former members of the Church have claimed that there is a secret organization within the Church with its own agenda. This is a very controversial topic and I am certain that all Mormons do not support Beck as he is an appalling embarrassment to anyone who has Christian inclinations. In fact, there is a blog where a LDS member has asked the Mormon Church to distance themselves from Beck.

So, to all of you Beckerheads who believe that “America is good” coming from the piehole of Glenn Beck has any meaning, it doesn’t. It’s just a way for him to get you to wrap an American flag around your midsection and rally around the idea that too many Blacks, Chinese, Mexicans, Vietnamese, Muslims, athiests, and so forth are now in your midst. And it may give you some kind of cheap thrill to listen to a madman, but it doesn’t mean SQUAT.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God ‘The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.’ from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

I find it ironic that Glenn Beck chose Washington’s first inaugural address to support the second principle that “God is the center of my life”. The quote itself doesn’t say anything about God. As a matter of fact, the word “God” doesn’t appear anywhere in Washington’s First Inaugural Address.

In Glenn Beck’s worldview, America is only for people who believe in God. That’s why he chose the quote that he did; it’s designed to co-mingle the concept of your life, your nation’s life, and faith in God. Atheists need not apply, please get off the Beck Bus at the next stop.

If you agree with Principle 2, that’s fine. But remember that America was NOT founded as a Christian nation. The very first Amendment to the US Constitution declares that the State shall not establish a religion. That means that your kid’s teacher can no more ask for a moment of prayer to Jesus in the public school classroom than they can have a ritual human sacrifice to a Mayan entity. Glenn Beck’s supporting information implies that we are a Christian nation. In fact, our government is NON-THEISTIC. Freedom of religion actually means freedom FROM religion. That way we can all practice the way we choose to.

Got here on 9/22/09, more coming as time permits.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty ‘I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.’ George Washington

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family ‘It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.’ Thomas Jefferson

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice ‘I deem one of the essential principles of our government- equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.’ Thomas Jefferson

I find this one very interesting; it’s a shout-out for law and order. When was the last time you saw a Constitution-waving teabagger with a sign that says “No more illegal war” or “Prosecute the torturers” or “Signing Statements Are NOT Binding Law”? LOL, don’t hold your breath.

This principle is code for “lynch ‘em”. In Glenn Beck’s America, you can have all the justice you can afford. But don’t depend on the Supreme Court to help you out. They’re stacked to the right, as is the entire US Court system.

Instead of “justice is blind” why didn’t Beck say “We should strive for legal, social, and economic justice for every American”? Because he doesn’t believe it. He just wants to build more jails and justify his followers carrying guns and shooting anybody they think needs “justice”.

This is what happens when whack jobs get a mic. I worked as a professional musician for many years, and we ALWAYS kept goofballs and drunks off the mic. That includes dry drunks like Glenn Beck.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness ‘Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.’ Thomas Jefferson

Play that funky music, white boy.

Yep, more glass ceilings need to be installed, and Negroes need not apply in Glenn Beck’s sicko mind.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

Charity ‘It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.’ George Washington

The problem with this line of reasoning as promulgated by the teabagger crowd is that they equate taxes with charity.

Taxes are things you pay to help finance the Defense Department, public roads, schools, NASA and other scientific research, etc etc. Some of the tax money you pay goes to a social safety net which has been degraded for the last 30 years.

Most of the people who are protesting taxes have no idea who actually is paying the taxes. It’s the middle class, which is shrinking dramatically and has been since Reagan took the helm. Real income has gone DOWN in this country, while the tax burden has been increasingly shifted to the middle class and the filthy rich are getting obscenely rich.

This “principle” is simply greed, and not much more. As in the rest of the “principles” it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just another general statement that can be interpreted by Glenn Beck to mean whatever he wants it to mean in the context of whatever discussion he’s having. Again, how can a person with no principles have 9 of them?

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree ‘In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.’ George Washington

Nobody ever said it was un-American to disagree with authority or share your opinion. That is, it’s not unless your OPINION IS UN-AMERICAN. It’s UN-AMERICAN to spread known lies in a national debate. It’s UN-AMERICAN to threaten the life of the President or any other government official just because they are ignoring your whims. It’s UN-AMERICAN to tell your supporters that their family has higher authority than the government so you can do whatever you want. It’s UN-AMERICAN to suggest that you can live your life in the US and enjoy the blessings of liberty and the infrastructure and security our government has built and NOT PAY FOR IT.

You’re UN-AMERICAN, Beck. In fact, you ought to be living in a nation that supports your theocratic, autocratic, authoritarian view. How about Iran? You look good in a turban.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? ‘I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.’ Thomas Jefferson

Like as in “I said I wanted it SUPERSIZED, now GET IT RIGHT”? The US Government is not answerable to YOU, Glenn Beck. It is answerable to ALL OF US. It’s not some kind of BUSINESS that you can patronize and order around.

This principle may work for the filthy rich who can afford the lawyers that you have, Glenn Beck, but the plain fact is that the power in this nation truly lies with THE VOTERS. Unfortunately for you, the voters KICKED YOUR ASS in the last election and we now have a Democrat Congress with enough votes to pass any piece of legislation the Democrats can agree upon.

Your side thinks it can show up with 70K people on the mall carrying signs of swastikas, “impeach Obama” (LMAO), threats on the government, and guns, and the rest of us will roll over.

NEWS FLASH FOR TEABAGGERS: It ain’t happening, chumps.

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