Glenn Beck: Liar?
What Are We Willing to Swallow?
Listen. I really just want to touch on something that bothers me about the political discourse these days, the lies. I don’t really want to discuss where you stand politically, nor do I wish to discuss my leanings (I suspect you’d be surprised to know my history). What I want to know is this: why we Americans are willing to put up with lying even when it is patently obvious? Why do we follow liars on the radio and television? Why, when we feel that media outlets such as MSNBC are biased, are we willing to put up with bias from the so called “Fair and Balanced” network? Have we forgotten that two wrongs don’t make a right, or are we conveniently letting it slide because this time it favors our agenda? What I really want to know is: are we willing to accept lies and consent to be manipulated by people simply because we are sympathetic to their position? And are we really better off in doing so?
Glenn Beck organized his rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream Speech” by complete coincidence, to hear him tell it. If you are to believe him, then you must believe that he is an idiot. You must believe that not only is he an idiot, but his producer Steve Burguiere and Premiere Radio Networks GM Chris Balfe must also be idiots. Any producer worth his salt, any competent events planner, and any savvy politico (and make no mistake that is what Glenn Beck is) would have researched a series of dates before settling on the final choice.
Give some thought to the sheer volume of this “coincidence.” It would have to be an accident of circumstance of monumental proportions. It would have to have been a conscious effort for none of his staff to Google the date and location of the rally. At every step of the permit application process, with the National Parks Service, people would have to forget to mention the significance of the day. Each and every person involved, at each and every step, would have to be ignorant of the history of that day and that place. Now, obviously there is no way to prove what I say, but I believe that Beck is a very bright man and, therefore, have to believe that he knew, well in advance, the historical significance of this day.
I was initially unsure about the motivation for this "lie," but I fear I may have a clearer understanding now that Glenn has spoken and the rally has ended. He seemingly wants to paint this “coincidence” as divinely inspired and, in fact, certain outlets are calling this “The Divine Destiny Event.” This frightens me, and I have a strong relationship with God and close ties to my church community. We have seen this before, charismatic leaders reveling in the power of their own words, citing God and destiny. These were not good people.
Let me know what you think.