Glenn Beck Personifies Duplicity
By Jerry A. Kane
Under the listing for duplicity in Miriam Webster’s Dictionary for Wisdom-Challenged Americans, lexicographers have written:
Contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially: the belying of one’s true intentions by deceptive words or action; see Glenn Beck.
The John Kerry flip-flop heard ’round the world—”I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it”—pales in comparison to the flip-flops made by “the champion of the conservative populist tea party movement.”
For example, Beck was for Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders before he was against him. He sided with the skeptics who questioned the science behind claims of man-made global warming, before he said “that global warming has, at least in part, been caused by mankind.” And he was for the 9.12 Project and voter registration efforts this November before he backed away and abandoned them.
Beck’s initial plan for his upcoming August 28, 2010, “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in the nation’s capitol was to provide “specific policies, principles, and … action steps” to launch “a new national movement to restore our great country.”
That idea, which he announced to much fanfare at a November rally in Florida … also included a series of pay-for-admission “conventions” which included voter registrations and training on “how to be a political force in your own neighborhood and country.”
But he abruptly dropped those plans … early this year, telling his radio listeners in January he quickly realized … it would force his followers to engage in a partisan political system he blasts as corrupt.—Kenneth P. Vogel and Giovanni Russonello
Like Buffo Bill O’Reilly, the Foxian brother from another mother, Beck is a duplicitous “chameleon who changes his political viewpoints on a whim depending on whose company he keeps.” He is now promoting the rally as an apolitical event with instructions to his followers to keep their political signs at home.
Beck’s rally, slated to take place near the same spot at the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” 47 years earlier, will be competing for media attention with the Reverend Al Sharpton, whose “Reclaim the Dream” rally is scheduled the same day in Washington.
Saturday’s “Beckaplooza” could end with Beck as de facto leader for advancing conservative values and Reagan conservatism, which on its face is laughable if it weren’t so tragic. Like Brother Bill and the Reverend Al, Beck is a populist windbag in the mold of a Father Coughlin.
“There have been discussions continuously over the last year about whether he is necessarily a force for good … Beck takes it outside of the realm of fiscal conservatism into issues that are more emotional and make you wonder if we really want to be associated with this guy.”—Andrew Ian Dodge, Tea Party Patriots State Coordinator for Maine
Beck also has an affinity to America’s 19th-century snake oil salesmen. Not only has he managed to keep his limbs intact, but he has also convinced many buyers of his poisonous tripe to hawk it as a “healing” elixir for the nation’s woes.
“We very much appreciate and support Glenn’s general message … so whatever direction he chooses to take with this day and this march, we support it.”—Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity
Tea Party groups including Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, and Tea Party Patriots as well as the National Rifle Association are helping to finance and promote the crass opportunist’s Saturday rally. A turnout anywhere near 100,000 people would make the rally historic from the media industry’s perspective.
“If … that many people come … it will be historic in the annals of broadcasting. And then, obviously, he is more than just an entertainer. He is somebody who is able to motivate people politically.”—Michael Harrison, founder and publisher of TALKERS Magazine
Prudence dictates that patriots should keep their distance from Beck and Saturday’s rally. American conservatism is too precious an ideology to trust to a skillful rodeo clown much less a duplicitous, feckless huckster.