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The Great Glenn Beck-a-Palooza

August 30th, 2010 . by TexasFred

The Great Glenn Beck-a-Palooza

By Alan Caruba

Not only did a lot of people show up at the Lincoln Memorial and around the reflecting pool on Saturday, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famed “I have a dream speech�, but the mainstream media drew criticism for reporting the obvious. They were mostly white.

Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention in the weeks leading up to the event, but I assumed Glenn Beck was going to use the platform to call attention to the key issues with which the nation is struggling and which will influence the outcome of the forthcoming November midterm elections. Obviously I was wrong.

I have been to an evangelical tent meeting. I actually met the late Oral Roberts long ago in Columbus, Georgia where he invited me to attend. I can still recall the fervor of that evening and I was reminded of it while watching Beck.

There was a lot of talk of God, but I don’t recall that Dr. King, a preacher of astonishing power, was preaching Christ Jesus that day forty-seven years ago. King focused on the problem that had been troubling the soul of America since the days of the Revolution, the days of the Civil War, the Reconstruction, and the hundred years that had passed since then.

I knew what Dr. King was talking about. I had spent enough years in the South to know what it was like to see Whites Only drinking fountains, a separate room at the bus station where blacks had to wait, and all the other wretched reminders of Jim Crow. In time I even met Dr. King after he gave a speech at Drew University in New Jersey.

I was covering the event as a freelance journalist for a black newspaper and Dr. King was greatly amused that the newspaper didn’t mind a bit that a white reporter would write the story. Being cheeky, I told him that greenbacks can be spent by white and black alike. He laughed, we shook hands, and he moved into history.

I am sure that Glenn Beck is sincere about his faith, but I can understand why even a charlatan like Rev. Al Sharpton was unhappy that the day and the place had been usurped by a wannabe preacher who was a television personality.

To be candid, I have a real problem when I occasionally and briefly watch Glenn Beck when he does his show each evening on Fox News. I know he has a huge following and I know he has exposed a lot of bad people in high office, but I cannot muster the same confidence I do when others address the same topics. Veering back and forth between outrage and tears, I find him creepy.

I think the Beck-a-Palooza that took place on Saturday will fade quickly from public memory and I think it should. Despite the call to “restore honor� and even despite the call to remember the sacrifices of “the greatest generation� and all who followed the nation’s flag in Korea, in Vietnam, in Iraq and in Afghanistan, I don’t really think it was about them at all.

I think it was about Glenn Beck. And that’s a shame.

© Alan Caruba, 2010

SOURCE: The Great Glenn Beck-a-Palooza

And all this time I thought it was just me. :?

The mystique of Glenn Beck, and well as that of Sarah Palin, has always escaped me entirely, I too find Beck a bit creepy!

Personally, I believe that Glenn Beck is nothing more than a somewhat talented shill, a puppet dancing on a string. One pulled by powers a lot higher than himself.

I don’t believe Glenn Beck is that smart.

I think he has a good delivery but I believe he has a ton of people doing the work while he does the *talking head* routine.

I too have been exposed to far too many Evangelical preachers, holy rollers if you will, and THAT is the feeling I get when I see Glenn Beck in his fits of anger, goofiness and tears.

What I saw here was a *Come to Jesus* meeting. That’s just MY opinion.

This was, again, in MY opinion, just an updated version of the great Neil Diamond singing his song about Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.

Maybe it is sincere, maybe it’s not. Maybe he should get an Emmy, best supporting actor in a News format or comedy/drama!

Who am I to judge?

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26 Responses to “The Great Glenn Beck-a-Palooza”

  1. comment number 1 by: Jeff

    As a regular beck listener, I have to disagree with you guys. The event was not about him, it was really about restoring the values of America

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Jeff — Everyone has an opinion…

  3. comment number 3 by: Vigilante

    I too USED to watch Glenn Beck faithfully when he was on CNN and a few weeks after he moved to Fox. In my opinion, when he first started I thouht he was good for the country. NOW, all he is, is a huckster selling His “elixir” snake medicine from the back of his covered wagon. His theatrics is stoooopid!!! I want somebody that’ll get up there on TV and call that muslim turd in the whitey house a frikken racist and stick to it, not appear on a national TV show later on and apologize for it. THAT right there finished my watching Mr.Beck.

  4. comment number 4 by: Stormwarning

    I know how this is going to read, so ahead of time, please don’t.

    So let me start by saying, “Yes!, RESTORE HONOR.” I was intrigued by the concept of the rally so I was listening to it in my car on the way to a meeting. But the whole thing lost me right at the beginning when Beck declared, “America today begins to turn back to God.” Now I don’t know if America has ever turned its back on G-d. But is religion what this country is about? I don’t think so. I read elsewhere that Saturday’s rally made Glenn Beck seem alot like Elmer Gantry.

    I believe that this great country needs to be governed from the center, not the extreme right or the extreme left. We need to revisit the original intentions of the Founding Fathers and the principles of the Federalist Papers. We need to return to a small central government that serves and protects the many. We need to return to a government that does not legislate personal beliefs or behavior but enables freedoms of expression. We need to return to a government that believes in and enforces the rules of law.

  5. comment number 5 by: detex713

    Whether you like Glenn Beck or agree with him is not the issue. The issue is the purpose of Saturday’s rally. Which of you critics oppose honoring the military and the sacrifices they have made? Which of you opposes the tremendous donation to the Special Operations Warriors Fund? Which of you are opposed to Faith, Hope and Charity? Which of you are opposed to reaffirming our Judeo-Christian Tenets or a return to God? I don’t think I need to remind you that our Founding Fathers had strong and deep religious beliefs (possibly excluding Patrick Henry) and this is well documented. I had forgotten that the beginning thoughts of individual rights, from the Creator not the King, were initiated by the black-robed brigade (the preachers).

    The true history of America is no longer being taught in most of our tax-payer funded schools and universities and “We The People� have allowed it to happen. We have been silent for the last 100 years and especially the last 50 years and by “WE� I mean traditional/conservative American Citizens. We thought that if we voted that we had done our “duty�; obviously that is NOT ENOUGH. It has been the Progressives that have chanted, demanded and rioted while we sat by silently, just complaining to each other. (I will not use the word “liberal� to describe PROGRESSIVES because one can be “liberal� raising their children and one can be “liberal� with compliments or food, but Progressives are OPPRESSIVE AND REGRESSIVE!)

    Yes Glenn has routed out some politicians, but his greatest contribution and influence is reacquainting us with OUR TRUE HISTORY, not the deceit and lies being perpetrated by so-called educators; whose salaries we are paying with our taxes!

    The Restoring Honor Rally means that Honor starts with the individual; one cannot expect Honor from elected officials if we do not have it. And Honor means returning to the beliefs and foundations that our Founding Fathers had.

    Oh and for those of you that think Glenn was just in this to make money or enhance his career…I hope he did make money…IT IS CALLED CAPITALISM!!!

  6. comment number 6 by: Bubba

    It’s ain’t just you Fred, a lotta conservatives don’t buy in on that load of crap Beck is trying to put out there.

    There’s a whole bunch a folks that are starting to make Ol’ Bubba feel a bit afraid, and that don’t happen very often, but some a the blogs that I read have folks acting like Beck is some kinda Messiah, a 2nd coming and stuff. Don’t y’all know? Beck is a Mormon. He’s a preachin to y’all and looking for converts, don’t be so wwakminded that you just blindly follow him off the edgeof the table.

    Now don’t take me wrong, Beck has done some good stuff, I’m sure he has, but he sure has turned a lots a folks off with his blubbering like an over emotional PMSing dramaqueen in highschool.

    He’s just so sensitive. lol

  7. comment number 7 by: minuteman26

    In trying to steer the country back to the tenets that the “Founding Fathers” set up for this country, I believe Beck is doing us a service. On some things though, I believe Beck does not go far enough. He skips over the birther situation and is afraid to show any connection to Islam with Obama. For that matter, Beck will not discuss the evils that are Islam at all. He still preaches the crap that supposed moderate Muslims exist. What also troubles me is Rupert Murdock taking on an Arab partner within his corporate empire. Could it be any negatives about or all things Islam have been made off limits at FOX due to this new partnership? If that is the case FOX and the MSM are not so far apart.

  8. comment number 8 by: Robert

    I’m not a huge Beck fan either, I watch occasionally but when the waterworks start I tend to change the channel…I must say this though, Beck has been dead nuts right on a lot of things over the past two years. It will be interesting to see if he truly is “NON PARTISAN” When we remove DUH-1 from the Duh OFfice.

    I read this somewhere and it sums up my feeling on Beck pretty good:

    By J.D. Dyer:

    The left will do what it’s going to do, but what I’d like to do here is reiterate a point I made about Palin last year to my fellows on the right. The point is this: people like Beck, Palin, and Limbaugh are as much a test of our character as anything else.

    Are we so dedicated to a set idea of decorum and credentials that we will close our ears to people who are telling us the truth, because of their social attributes, communication style, and demeanor?

    When we see 500,000 or more people turn out on the Mall at the end of August – in the heat and humidity, in a painful recession, after school and sports have already started in many states – are we going to insist that that’s “not conservatism,� that it’s something we need to triangulate away from and reject, because people prayed to God, got emotional, and talked about character?

    And if so, what is it we’re waiting for that we think is better?

  9. comment number 9 by: seaspook

    Dittos detex713 above.


    Once in a great while you disappoint me, this is one of those rare occasions. Beck is given to histrionics at times, but so what this isn’t American Idol.

    His message is consistently that we must restore honor and get back to God and the principals of our founders. That is the light which progressive liberals scurry away from and is what will save us. Like Beck or not, he is having a positive, profound effect.

  10. comment number 10 by: TexasFred

    Seaspook — Like Beck or not? But I’m not entitled to my own opinion on MY blog??

    Interesting… Interesting indeed…

    Because I won’t walk in lockstep with a guy that I honestly believe is a shill, I disappoint you..

    If that’s the only disappointment I cause, I guess I’m doing OK…

  11. comment number 11 by: seaspook


    Absolutely, you are entitled and I’m sorry if I offended. And I retract my wording, I’m not disappointed in you, but in your view of what Beck accomplished at this huge rally and his message. I’m disappointed you don’t give him credit for the positive things he is doing. Unlike Obummer, he IS providing some hope, and hopefully some positive change. I’m not a fan of Beck’s personality either, but I do support his efforts.

  12. comment number 12 by: Robert

    Well Fred you only disappoint me when you don’t send nekkid pictures of fat chicks on bikes or them funny ass jokes you get from time to time …Those help me get through the night! LMAO.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. ON your blog? Um yeah I think that pretty much speaks for itself.

    Look, Like I posted before, this whole thing is bigger than Glenn Beck. We have a LOT of folks that are OPEN to the ideals of conservatism BECAUSE of Glenn Beck. How we utilize that resource and get that resource to understand OUR values is up to us. We can alienate it by insulting their “Leader” or we can use by discussing facts with them and the alternative form of Government we are pushing…

    We are pushing for the same things Beck is for the most part (Minus the Religious aspect in Government) and that alone should grant Beck some leeway for his shenanigans.

  13. comment number 13 by: TexasFred

    We’re pushing, basically, for the same things, but most of us do it without the histrionics…

    There was a damned good reason that Jefferson mentioned separation of Church and State…

    The phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a private letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Jefferson writes: Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

    And NO, it’s NOT in the Constitution as some have suggested, but here’s the deal for me, when Beck came out and turned it into a revival, a big-assed Brother Love Show, I was done…

    I am a firm believer that the 1st Amendment needs to be slightly amended once more, we need a caveat regarding *Freedom FROM Religion*… And I don’t need some Mormon SOB preaching to me like he’s a new Messiah…

    If that pisses people off, too damned bad…

  14. comment number 14 by: Robert

    I knew it was going to be a religious based rally. Hell he told everyone that bringing us back to GOD was the main focus…And if that’s what he wanted, that what he did. I was pretty damn surprised actually, that folks didn’t bring signs and stuff…

    Like I said either way, there is a lot of good that can come out of this if we use it. IF we decide to let it go, forget about it and discount it I think we lose a lot of pull within the R party. The R is who most of those attending that rally will vote for. It’ll be up to us to make sure they are pushing for the right R.

    The left is fuming today, they don’t have signs to point too, they don’t have statements about the POTUS, they don’t have anything other than “Racists” and that my friend is a good thing. Beck did NOTHING to hurt our cause and that was my biggest concern.

  15. comment number 15 by: seaspook

    Beck does lay the religious aspect on a little too heavy. I’m no religious zealot, my butt has not covered a pew in 45 years, I don’t personally trust organized religion, but do believe in my Creator and Savior and recognize religion’s positive effect on society and morality. That said, I don’t think he is wrong in his approach. It’s obvious to me that the founders had God and Christianity in mind as they forged our government and society, but took pains to keep religious zealots from ruling us. The purpose of “separation of church and stateâ€?, as I understand it, is to prevent the establishment of an official religion, but it has been twisted by liberals and used as a weapon to suppress religion (except Islam). The whole idea of “individual liberty” and our “inalienable rights” were established in our churches and gave rise to the unheard of idea that we were subjects of God, not the king.

    Whitefield’s revival meetings in New England in 1740 affected most of America. Perhaps as many as ten percent of the total population of the colonies was converted to Jesus Christ during this great revival. Historians credit this revival with shaping the spirit that led to the American Revolution in 1776. [13]

    “The First Great Awakening democratized religion by redressing the balance of power between the minister and the congregation. Rather than listening demurely to preachers, people groaned and roared in enthusiastic emotion; new divinity schools opened to challenge the hegemony of Yale and Harvard; personal revelation became more important than formal education for preachers. Such concepts and habits formed a necessary foundation for the American Revolution.”

  16. comment number 16 by: ablur

    There are all kinds of people on this planet and most of them rub me the wrong way for one reason or another. You have got to look past the idiosyncrasy of the individual and look to the message and the fruits they are yielding from it.

    Beck came out and said what he was going to do. He pointed to it for “40 days and 40 nights”. He then went out and did it. The guy has got balls. I am glad to know that he is on our side.

    Some say as many as a million people showed up. How many of these were in the Obama loving throng only 2 years ago? He is converting people to conservative values and American loving patriots. He is restoring our nations history. The coming wave of conservative candidates are made viable by his actions. I applaud him.

    I still think he is a crazy man. I still can’t stand all the emotionalism.

    If it needs a good showman to turn this country around and awaken the masses, then I will tip my hat to Glenn Beck.

    Now we just need some decent candidates to vote into office.

  17. comment number 17 by: Steve Dennis

    I am not a Glenn Beck fan either–his emotional outbursts seem contrived to me. They are just a little too over the top for me to believe they are totally sincere. That being said, there is something about him that drives liberals insane, so he has to be doing something right!

  18. comment number 18 by: Always On Watch

    Well, I’m glad that somebody else also has reservations about Glenn Beck. I do as well..

    Fred, you said:

    I too have been exposed to far too many Evangelical preachers, holy rollers if you will, and THAT is the feeling I get when I see Glenn Beck in his fits of anger, goofiness and tears.

    I say: I agree!

    There was something of Messianic promotion in Beck’s speech last Saturday — and his his body language as well.

    I am concerned that Beck has something of megalomania in him. And that makes me very, very uncomfortable.

    In general, too many Americans have succumbed to the cult of personality instead of getting fired up about the issues.

  19. comment number 19 by: Always On Watch

    Stormwarning in Comment 4 above:

    I read elsewhere that Saturday’s rally made Glenn Beck seem alot like Elmer Gantry.

    I haven’t had time to read much the past several months.

    But what I saw of Beck’s speeches on video on Saturday brought Elmer Gantry to my mind as well.

    “Danger, Will Robinson.”

  20. comment number 20 by: TexasFred

    Elmer Gantry indeed…

    I think this thread done more to wake people up and make them take a close look at someone that borders closely on Messianic promotion ala Elmer Gantry…

    It takes BIG BALLS for a Conservative to go totally against the grain of belief regarding someone like Beck.

    I’m sure Beck has done *good* things, I’m not taking that away from him, but c’mon, histrionics and blind following is what made Adolph Hitler what HE was…

    People need to think about that one…

  21. comment number 21 by: Always On Watch

    Texas Fred,

    c’mon, histrionics and blind following is what made Adolph Hitler what HE was…

    People need to think about that one…


    In general, I’m very wary of those leading large masses of people. Smacks of demagoguery and certainly is ripe for abuse.

    Also, I hate the sheeple mentality! It goes against American principles, IMO.

  22. comment number 22 by: Dixon Webb

    Fred . . Beck is an interesting guy. His stage presence is rather goofy from time to time, but overall he gives me the impression that he is indeed pretty smart. His politics are not far from mine except when he goes religious. Injecting any religion into the political fray is bound to irritate somebody. 200 years ago America was put together by diests, Christians, Jews, and atheists who warned that religion of any sort should not be part of our national politics. Beck apparently has a different view.


  23. comment number 23 by: Patrick Sperry


    Alright, now, I know a lot of people think Mr. Beck is a Libertarian, philosophically… And as such, they automatically put him in the same boat as… Say Ron Paul.

    Neither could be further from the truth. Period. Glen Beck is a rabble rouser, and a money grubber. Much akin to Je$$ie Jack$on, and the “Reverend” Al $harpton…

    His oratorical skills rival the obama, Hitler, and so many other despots throughout history…

    This is only my opinion, and yes everyone has at least one opinion as well as an A**hole. Glen Beck is only in it for the money. he found a cash cow. I do not at all believe him to be sincere in what he preaches.

    I, for one, refuse to bow to the ethical format of Utilitarianism. The end does not justify the means. Fred is very correct, if not one-hundred percent when he says that he refuses to vote for the lessor of evils. I would submit that we all do the same when choosing our leaders.
    Being a driver…

  24. comment number 24 by: Malinda777


    Love you to death – but I disagree :)

    Beck is a little out there – but I’m a faithful watcher. I found this event both right on target and extremely moving. I say we need more of it.

    The first few times I watched him – I admit – had a “creep” moment. But DAMN – I’ve fact checked this guy over and over – he’s always right. He too works for a boss – I think he’s lucky to get away with what he does – but possibly that’s why he doesn’t take it further sometimes.

    America is awakening and TIRED OF THE BULLSHIT! One man doesn’t draw 500,000 to DC without a powerful message folks are hungry for.

  25. comment number 25 by: Robert

    There are a couple of great points made by both Fred and his commentators. What I gain from it is this:

    Nobody should blindly follow anyone and put them on a pedestal so great that when he/she falls makes for a terrible crash. A lot of Beck fans take everything he says as gospel, except for when he says “Find out for yourself”. I think all people should investigate the alternative opinions of Beck and if the resonate with you discard Becks…IF not carry on.

    I also think Beck has done an excellent job of garnering the masses around a common theme. GOD is a great way to reach out. GOD is and should be in everyone’s mind, GOD grants us the will and the way for a better place. Some folks use GOD as a tool, some folks allow GOD to use us as tools. Not sure where Beck falls in that category yet, but Beck should be careful to not make this too religious. GOD will work, but don’t force him on people. Jim Jones forced GOD on people. Adolph Hitler forced principles on people. So did many dictators in history.

    I have nothing but good things to say about this particular rally. But I caution Beck heads to not become Ron Paulinistas…Do not force your beliefs on folks, they will come around if you are not over bearing.

  26. comment number 26 by: TexasFred

    One man doesn’t draw 500,000 to DC without a powerful message folks are hungry for.

    Americans are DESPERATE… 500K people proved it…

    Malinda — You can disagree all you like, I really don’t care… If you like Beck, good on you, I don’t like him and frankly, I don’t care if that makes ME popular or not…

    If folks want *feel good* politics and smoke blown up their asses, this isn’t the site for them to read, but if they want hard opinions, and the truth as I see it, I am the one to read…

    I don’t sugar coat anything, for anyone… Glenn Beck is a talking head with some damned good writers and a half-assed decent delivery… He’s not the New Conservative Messiah…

    Rob — Paulinista… That is exactly what I see coming about, blind faith in ANYONE is a bad thing…

    People can talk about all of their FACT CHECKS they do on Beck, awesome! Do any of ya know who writes Beck’s stuff? Here’s a clue, it’s NOT Beck…

    Hitler didn’t write his own material any more than Obama writes his either…

    Wake the hell up America, Beck is a Mormon preaching Christian values under a Conservative banner, if you want to follow him, have a good trip!