Thursday, July 30, 2009

Glenn Beck's Deep-Seated Hatred for America

It is no surprise that the Right wing in this country has a problem with President Barack Obama just as it was no surprise that the Left wing was passionately against President George W. Bush. That is as it should be. However, crazy wing nut talk show host Glenn Beck's comments on the FOX and Friends morning show go beyond any kind of reasonable commentary or dissent. He said: "This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture....I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.'' (Of course, not to be outdone, right wing nut job Michelle Malkin then called the President a racial opportunist on the Today show).

I am a big supporter of free speech and defend Beck's right to say what he wishes; however, I also would lose no sleep if people boycotted FOX, advertisers pulled their spots, and Beck lost his job. It's 2009, not 1959. America, for the most part, is way past this kind of mentality. Disagree with the president's policies, fine. Play to the fringe racists and White separatists in the country, not fine. Unfortunately, it looks like nut jobs like Beck, Malkin, Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity etc., are going to try and take down this presidency by playing the race card. These fanatics are what's wrong with our political system--they (as well as those on the extreme Left) make it very difficult for the two parties to have a reasonable dialogue through which policy is made and our country is made stronger (just witness the treatment of South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from the Right because he dared support President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court).

I recommend Ron Reagan's response to Beck's comments. It is dead solid perfect.


msteven said...

I disagree with the “that is as it should be” part of your post.
It is the increasingly hyperbolic, hypocritical and partisan attacks on our elected leaders that for me, represents what is wrong with our political culture. The President used to be seen as a bi-partisan figure. It does not seem that way. Both Bush & Obama campaigned on being able to unite and work with the ‘other party’. They have not and cannot, through no fault of their own. No mortal could unite the people. When did we start giving the opposing party a rebuttal after Presidential press conferences or State of the Union addresses? It is all about making the other side look bad. That is what politics has become.

You are correct that pundits or entertainers such as Beck, Savage, Malkin, etc. are saying what they can to enflame their viewers, listeners and readers. Political gamesmanship is now entertainment. And they are no better than the racial bating previously done by Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton and obnoxious hyperbole and rhetoric from Al Franken and Michael Moore.

What is most unfortunate is that there are those that persuaded by these people who are entertainers posing as reasoned and fair journalists.

DC said...

msteven--I think you may have misinterpreted my quote: "that is as it should be." What I was saying is that Liberal Democrats will have a natural inclination to disagree with someone like George W. Bush just like Conservative Republicans will have a natural inclination to disagree with President Obama. These disagreements are based on policy/ideological differences. Nothing wrong with that. In years gone by, politicos from opposite sides of the spectrum could still work together. Not now. Not with the wing nuts banging the drum.

You are excatly right when you say: "Both Bush & Obama campaigned on being able to unite and work with the ‘other party’. They have not and cannot, through no fault of their own. No mortal could unite the people."

The political environment is poisoned. I don't know how you even start to clean up the swamp...

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