Glenn Beck reminds me of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, the persuasive con artist from Elia Kazan’s 1957 film A Face in the Crowd.
Rhodes’ “every man” shtick and populist message bring him fame and fortune. His sagebrush wisdom and colloquial charm connect with rural Americans, whom he secretly despises.
“This whole country’s just like my flock of sheep! … Rednecks, crackers, hillbillies, hausfraus, shut-ins, pea-pickers – everybody that’s got to jump when somebody else blows the whistle. … They’re mine! I own ’em! They think like I do. Only they’re even more stupid than I am, so I gotta think for ’em.” Lonesome Rhodes
Beloved and idolized by his fans, Rhodes becomes a scheming, manipulating megalomaniac who uses people and discards them in his climb to the top.
His meteoric rise from jailbird to TV star, to political king-maker reveals the public’s gullibility for demagogic media personalities.
Like Rhodes, Beck’s patriotic spiel and carney barker routine have resonated among O’Reilly’s folks and many Christians. But in truth Beck’s crew cut, wide eyes, and cherubic smile are a guise for the duplicitous chameleon whose political viewpoints change with the direction of the political winds.
“I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he. It’s incoherent. One day it’s populist, the next it’s libertarian bordering on anarchy, next it’s conservative but not really…” Mark Levin
Beck’s an entertainer; he’s a shock jock/stand-up comedian who uses news, issues, and hysterics as bread and circuses for the folks. He comes across as being so patriotic that many Americans ignore the red flags and applaud him for anything he says and everything he does.
It’s sad that so many patriots have not yet realized that the operative word in the phrase “The Glenn Beck Show” is “show.”
Glenn Beck is a duplicitous assclown who portrays himself as a courageous patriot championing the country’s founding principles. But Beck’s not the only flag waving scoundrel picking the bones of America’s Founders.
Both Bufo Bill O’Reilly and Ma-hedonist Rushie Limbaugh have equated themselves to American folk hero Paul Revere, who participated in the Boston Tea Party and alerted the Lexington Minutemen of the British invasion.
Neither O’Reilly nor Limbaugh have exhibited anything that comes close to the courage, valor, and bravery displayed by Revere to warrant the comparison. Yet, patriotic Americans will stand in line for hours just to hear them speak or to get their autograph.
“I’m not just an entertainer. I’m an influence, a wielder of opinion, a force… a force!” Lonesome Rhodes
During one his shows on Fox, Beck – who is a Mormon – demonstrated what he claimed were similarities between ancient American Indian earthen structures and the Egyptian pyramids.
He claimed that the Bat Creek stone, which was found in an Indian burial mound in Tennessee in 1889, was in fact a Hebrew artifact.
Beck didn’t tell his audience upfront that the authors, scientists, and teachers he cited on his program were Mormons. He presented Mormon theology as “historical fact,” and accused historians and scholars of rewriting American history and engaging in a cover up.
Beck never mentioned that mainstream archeologists, with no ax to grind, have thoroughly debunked Mormon claims that Hebrew artifacts have been found in American Indian burial sites.
The Mormon Church teaches that American Indians are descendants of a lost tribe of Israel even though there’s not a shred of evidence that the civilization Joseph Smith wrote about ever existed in North America.
Major media know that Beck can do more harm than good to the conservative cause. They promote little-known personalities like Glenn Beck to national prominence in order to distract Americans from ever finding another effective, articulate spokesman for conservatism like Ronald Reagan.
Many Glenn Beck supporters found his August 18, 2010, Fox program strange because he failed to tell them that he was presenting the Mormon doctrine on ancient American peoples and the propaganda of a Mormon group known as the Heartlanders, which produced “Lost Civilizations of North America” the DVD “documentary” that Beck referenced in the segment.
Adding insult to injury, Beck stated that the belief in Manifest Destiny (a 19th century belief that Americans were destined to expand their political, social, and economic influence over North America) resulted from an American conspiracy to hide the story of an ancient North American Indian culture.
The Heartlanders claim that the Book of Mormon records events that took place in the northeastern United States. The Heartlanders say that Hebrew descendants lived in North America but not Central America, and in the “documentary” they twist the words of archaeologist and anthropologists to justify their beliefs.
But Beck did not disclose the connection to the Mormon legend because the make up of his audience is not Mormon and could care less what “evidences” a Mormon group has for believing the Book of Mormon is a literal historical record of real people and places.
In a December 29, 2010, response to the program published in the Columbus Dispatch, archaeologist Bradley Lepper of the Ohio Historical Society wrote:
“The Lost Civilizations of North America DVD can be ignored since it misrepresents reputable interpretations of Midwest archaeological data—except, perhaps, by those interested in the persistence of pseudoarcheological claims about the cultures and peoples of North America before European colonization.
It is unfortunate that Glenn Beck did not use his forum to emphasize the true charge that Manifest Destiny propaganda fed the racist denigration of America’s past and its ethnic citizens.”
The bottom line is Glenn Beck used deceit and lies to proselytize his Mormon beliefs in an attempt to evangelize an unsuspecting audience.
He presented Mormon legend, Mormon revisionist history, and Mormon propaganda as historical fact; then he stated the reason people don’t know their history is that there’s been a vast American conspiracy to keep it hidden.
Beck is a liar and a hypocrite. He tells his audience to check out what he’s saying, knowing full well that he hasn’t done so himself. Yet he claims that he has to purposely deceive his listeners.
Beck is far worse than just a distraction. He’s a real danger to patriots and tea-party members who are trying to remove Democrat statists and neoconservative Republicans from power to reestablish Constitutional principles and the rule of law and set America right.
It’s heartbreaking that so many Americans ignorantly assume that he’s well read, knows Republican politics, and is good for the nation.
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