Friday, September 03, 2010

Is Glenn Beck a Shill?


Restoring Honor 8-28-10
I am calling Glenn Beck a prophet
By Dr. Robert R. Owens
Monday, August 30, 2010
To say that climbing on a bus with fifty strangers to join a caravan of hundreds of other buses jostling our way up the yellow-brick road to Oz put this Historian out of his comfort zone would not be an understatement; it would be a gross understatement.
However, having fallen through the rabbit hole in the fifties and taken the red pill in the sixties, the slow motion train wreck that is the Progressive’s deconstruction of traditional America combined with the light speed transformation of our beloved Republic as a European-style nanny-state since the November Revolution of 08 compelled me to go. Stoked by daily doses of Radio-free Glenn and incited by the daily drip-drip-drip of the government take-overs and serial bail-outs the anticipation has built for months.
Now that the GREAT EVENT is over we have to ask ourselves, “What did we go to Washington to see?”
Did we go to see a politician?
Did we go to see a politician? No! Politicians are people dressed in fancy clothes or people giving eloquent speeches? We can see those twenty-four hours a day on C-Span. The Best Congress Money Can Buy has this down to a science. They know how to look and sound important. They even know how to look and sound relevant, caring, concerned, and informed.
The only problem is that time and time again we elect people to change the anti-liberty anti-individual freedom agenda rotting the core of the American Experiment, and time after time we find out that instead of sending in the cavalry we have sent in the clowns and the beat-down goes on. We did not see a politician at the Restoring Honor Rally. So what did we go to Washington to see?
Did we go to see a religious leader?
Did we go to see a religious leader? Having been one myself I speak with a certain familiarity if not authority. No! Religious leaders, though they may selflessly and honestly present the message of their particular religion, are members of organizations, and they seek the advancement of those organizations: that is their job. We did not see a religious leader at the Restoring Honor Rally. So what did we go to Washington to see?
Did we go to see a promoter of hate?
Did we go to see a promoter of hate? No! Promoters of hate sent out invitations to their event based on race, saying every one of certain races should come. The people of hate displayed a huge banner with a picture of Dr, Martin Luther King labeled “The Dream” above a huge picture of Glenn Beck labeled “The Nightmare.” The people of hate wandered through the largest crowd I have ever seen holding up signs calling the Americans of every race and nationality who attended the Restoring Honor Rally the “KKK” and other provocative slogans. We did not see a promoter of hate at the Restoring Honor Rally. So what did we go to Washington to see?
Did we go to see a self-promoter?
Did we go to see a self-promoter? No! Self-promoters seek to make money and/or build their own kingdom. Self-promoters constantly point to themselves as the answer to the questions they ask, and the solution to the problems they pose.
Self-promoters use others as props and always shine the light on themselves. Self-promoters make it big then live large leaving others to calculate how much those serial-vacations cost as they send us the bill for one more glittering gala in the midst of a crisis too good to waste. Self-promoters wag their finger in our face saying we should realize we can no longer lead the world as they cozy up to our enemies, insult our friends, and walk all over our Constitution. We did not see a self-promoter at the Restoring Honor Rally. So what did we go to Washington to see?
Did we go up to see a prophet?
Did we go up to see a prophet? Yes! We went to the Restoring Honor Rally to see a prophet and more than a prophet. A Prophet is never a person who declares themselves to be one, but instead is a person others recognize as one. I am calling Glenn Beck a prophet. He is seeing beyond the present and pointing to a horizon others cannot see. He is drawing together people of all faiths, races, and nationality and is pointing the way out of a wilderness of our own creation, through the sea of bureaucratic newspeak, to the promised land of limited government.
Some may ask, “Who is Dr. Owens to proclaim Glenn Beck a prophet?” I am but the chronicler of the History of the Future and my discernment that Glenn Beck is a prophet will mean little beyond the narrow pale of my columns and websites, but many hundreds of thousands of my fellow Americans echoed this discernment by traveling from all over this country to see Mr. Beck and hear what he had to say.
And what he had to say was a reminder that long ago God told His people if they ever strayed from His path the way back was found in the wisdom of His word, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
You don't need a weatherman to know Glenn Beck distorts quotes
by Todd Gregory
July 29, 2010
On his Fox News show last night, Glenn Beck distorted five quotes from progressives in two minutes. You have to hand it to him -- the man works hard.
All this quote-cropping was part of Beck's attempt to shore up his laughable conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is secretly governing from the Weather Underground manifesto. He began by reading from a section of the manifesto that indentified "enemies" of the Weather Underground, which Beck summed up as "management, corporate lawyers, the evil executive class." He then asked, "Is there any attack at all that seems familiar?" and rolled a montage of four clips.
Beck's first bit of video evidence that the Obama administration is covertly using the playbook of a bunch of 1960s "hippies" -- a word he literally hissed during the show last night -- was a clip of Barack Obama saying this: "I think that whether you are a white executive living out in the suburbs who doesn't want to pay taxes to inner-city children to -- for them to go to school."
That's not even a complete sentence. How could anyone possibly think this is a fair representation of what Obama said?
I've lost track of the number of times Beck has distorted this particular statement, which is taken from a 15-year-old public radio interview that Obama gave before he had even been elected to the Illinois Senate. In recent days, Beck used the same clip to accuse Obama of "racism." As the full context shows, Obama was talking about personal responsibility on the part of both black people and white people -- not how evil he thinks white executives in the suburbs are.
Obama said, "And I really want to emphasize the word 'responsibility.' I think that whether you are a white executive living out in the suburbs who doesn't want to pay taxes to inner-city children to -- for them to go to school or you're an inner-city child who doesn't want to take responsibility for keeping your street safe and clean, both of those groups have to take some responsibility if we're going to get beyond the kinds of divisions that we face right now."
The next speech fragment in Beck's montage was from Hillary Clinton: "The other day, the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits" -- and the clip ended there, in a comically abrupt fashion.
Those words are from a speech Clinton gave at the 2007 winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee. Here's the full context, with bold text picking up where Beck's clip left off (from Nexis):
CLINTON: Now, I know some people say, "What is Hillary Clinton doing talking about health care?"
Well, as Dr. Dean knows, this is one of my favorite subjects.
And I learned a lot about what we need to do to get it done. It's a big difference between calling for it, impassioned speeches about it, presenting legislation that embodies your hopes and dreams, and another thing to put together the political coalitions to actually make it happen.
The same is true with energy independence.
The Democrats know what needs to be done. Again, we're working to try to push this agenda forward.
The other day, the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits, and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy, alternatives and technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence.
I have to tell you, I am not running for the president to put Band-Aids on our problems. I am running to ensure that we actually address them and meet them and get results here in our country. Because we have to prove to ourselves as well as the rest of the world that we're still the most creative, most innovative, most effective nation in the history of the world.
So, Clinton was talking about putting the proceeds of a windfall profits tax on oil companies into a fund that would move America toward energy independence. How do I know that she was talking about a windfall profits tax? Because Glenn Beck said so, back when he was fearmongering about the same quote in 2008 and 2009.
By the way, a windfall profits tax isn't some nutty new plot that progressives hatched after their recent electoral successes. As conservative author Amity Shlaes has noted, the idea was considered by the Nixon administration in 1973.
Next in the progression of chopped-up quotes: Joe Biden, in a September 2008 interview with ABC News. Here's what Beck's audience heard Biden say: "It's time to be patriotic, OK? Time to jump in. Time to be part of the deal. Time to help get America out of the rut. And the way to do that is, they're still going to pay less taxes than they paid under Reagan." That doesn't even make much sense by itself, but OK.
During the ABC interview, Kate Snow asked Biden how he and Obama planned to help people who had lost money in their 401(k)s. Biden responded that they planned to create jobs through investing in infrastructure and that this would benefit people in the middle class. Snow then said, "Anybody making over $250,000" -- and Biden replied, "Is gonna pay more." Anyone who followed the '08 campaign knows this to be a reference to his ticket's plan to consider raising taxes only on families making more than $250,000. Full context (from Nexis):
SNOW: And there's some common themes, and I know you've heard this, but they all say they want to know what you're gonna do specifically...
BIDEN: Exactly. Exactly.
SNOW: ...about the money that they've just lost in the stock market...
BIDEN: That's right.
SNOW: ...about their 401 (k), about the pension plan. What do you say to those folks?
BIDEN: I can tell you, no, I, it's a long list, let me just start off. We're gonna create jobs. Here we're gonna create jobs. This isn't pie in the sky. Two million jobs if we invest the $70 billion a year we want to invest in infrastructure, new broadband capability, the ability for America to move into the 21st century. By the way, look, the fundamental difference between us is, between, there's clear choices in this election. And John's a good guy, and Barack's - everybody's a good guy. Fundamental philosophy difference. Take a look. We wanna take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people.
SNOW: Anybody making over $250,000...
BIDEN: Is gonna pay more.
SNOW: gonna pay more.
BIDEN: You got it, it's time to be patriotic, Kate. Time to jump in. Time to be part of the deal. Time to help get America out of the rut. And the way to do that is, they're still gonna pay less taxes than they paid under Reagan.
Biden's statement about it being patriotic for wealthier people to more pay taxes became a brief point of contention during the presidential campaign. Opinions generally broke along ideological lines, with progressives agreeing and conservatives disagreeing. But how in the world is it evidence that the Obama administration is trying to implement the Weather Underground's manifesto? Because federal income tax rates on the top tax bracket might increase to the level they were at a decade ago?
During the campaign, Democratic candidates frequently discussed allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire. (Similar conversations are happening now.) If it does occur, the top rate would change from the current 35 percent to the Clinton-era rate of 39.6 percent. As Biden correctly pointed out, that would be lower than the top tax rate during most of Reagan's presidency.
The final clip in Beck's montage was of Obama in a 60 Minutes interview from December 7, 2009. In the video, he says, "I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of, you know, fat-cat bankers on Wall Street." I guess this is supposed to show that Obama demonizes bankers.
In the full interview, Steve Kroft asked Obama about a proposal floating around at the time to use TARP money to finance a jobs bill. Bold text picks up where Beck's clip stops:
KROFT: How much money of this new proposal is going to end up going to small businesses, do you know?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think that we're still examining it. And Tim Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, I think has started to refine the numbers in terms of how much money is being repaid by the banks, what we actually think losses will be on loans and assistance that were given to the banks. And there's definitely gonna be more left over than anybody had anticipated. And then, the question is what can we do for small businesses in a realistic timeframe. And what should we devote to just drawing down the debt and making sure that taxpayers are paid back. Or at least the kitty is refilled. And we'll be making those determinations over the next several weeks.
What I don't want is TARP to become -- having spent all that money to help the banks, we didn't need it as much as we wanted, that it doesn't become some slush fund where we can just spend willy-nilly on whatever we want. Because we still have some significant deficit issues out there.
KROFT: Why not reuse it why not use it to reduce the deficit?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think that a portion of it will be used. And that's why I say what I'm looking for are there some targeted things that we can do that will help really jumpstart job creation in an environment where we are now seeing some good economic growth. And what can't be used effectively for that narrow objective I think has to go back to reduce the deficit. 'Cause, you know, we're operating under a fiscal constraint.
Now, let me say more generally I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of you know, fat cat bankers on Wall Street. Nothing has been more frustrating to me this year than having to salvage a financial system at great expense to taxpayers that was precipitated, that was caused in part by completely irresponsible actions on Wall Street. And I've spoken out repeatedly about this.
This is why A, we've got to have financial regulatory reform. And I want that in place next year to prevent this from ever happening again. That's why we've put in some constraints on any bank that was receiving assistance from taxpayers. Constraints on the kinds of bonuses they could pay out. The only ones that are gonna be paying out these fat bonuses are the ones that have now paid back that TARP money and aren't using taxpayer loans.
Obama's very next sentence makes clear that he was saying he didn't like having to spend taxpayers' money to fix the financial system. Beck himself has burned through vast quantities of oxygen agreeing with that sentiment. (Or, he has since he reversed himself on the issue, at least.)
There you have it. Those four clips spanned about 40 seconds, had virtually nothing in common, and contained absolutely no expression of support for the Weather Underground manifesto.
Unfortunately, Beck wasn't done. He moved on to accusing Obama of being a global socialist, just as the manifesto urges. Or something. It's tough to tell sometimes.
His proof was a seven-word sound bite from Obama: "and a fellow citizen of the world." This blip is from Obama's speech in Berlin in July 2008. Beck left out the part where Obama identified himself as a "proud citizen of the United States":
Thank you to the citizens of Berlin and to the people of Germany. Let me thank Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier for welcoming me earlier today. Thank you Mayor Wowereit, the Berlin Senate, the police, and most of all thank you for this welcome.
I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen -- a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.
This is just a cordial way for Obama to introduce himself to an international audience. Ronald Reagan did the same thing when he opened a 1982 speech to the U.N. General Assembly by saying, "I speak today as both a citizen of the United States and of the world." Incidentally, last week Beck was hyping two plaques that Reagan kept on his Oval Office desk, copies of which Beck now keeps on his own studio desk. I guess Beck remains unaware of Reagan's adherence to Weathermen ideology, or something.
Over and over, Beck uses this same technique. Scary-sounding words, chopped up and blended together, totally stripped of context and held out as irrefutable proof of whatever lunatic conspiracy theory he's peddling on a given day. It requires a lot of time and many words to refute what he's saying, and he uses that fact to his advantage.
This was just one brief segment on one show. If you listened to and believed every word Beck says, the effect would be overwhelming.
Craziest Glenn Beck Quotes of All Time
Glenn Beck Insane-O-Matic Quote Generator
''African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that's not a race. Your ancestry is from Africa and now you live in America.''
—Glenn Beck, on his radio show, Jan. 7, 2010
''I went to the movie this weekend with a gun. And surprise, surprise, I didn't kill anybody!''
—Glenn Beck
''When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining.''
—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005
''Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.''
—Glenn Beck, in 2003
''You can get rich making fun of me. I know. I've made lots of money making fun of me.''
—Glenn Beck
''I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. ... No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?''
—Glenn Beck, responding to the question 'What would people do for $50 million?', 'The Glenn Beck Program,' May 17, 2005
''I say on the air all time, 'if you take what I say as gospel, you're an idiot.''
—Glenn Beck, New York Times, March 29, 2009
''You know, we all have our inner demons. I, for one — I can't speak for you, but I'm on the verge of moral collapse at any time. It can happen by the end of the show.''
—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Nov. 6, 2006
''The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be President would be 'What the hell you mean we're out of missiles?'''
—Glenn Beck, Jan. 2009
''I have been nervous about this interview with you because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies. ... And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.''
—Glenn Beck, interviewing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim U.S. congressman, Glenn Beck's show on CNN's Headline News, Nov. 14, 2006
''I'm a rodeo clown. It takes great skill.''
—Glenn Beck, New York Times interview, March 29, 2009
''I'm only writing a few bullet points. And I am doing that so I don't get in the way of the spirit, in case he wants to talk...if you would just pray that I would be able to hear because sometimes -- sometimes he's screaming at me and I still can't hear it.''
—Glenn Beck, on speaking at his 'Restoring Honor' rally in Washington, Aug. 26, 2010
''The only [Katrina victims] we're seeing on television are the scumbags.''
—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005
''I haven't seen Jesus and what he would do on a talk show on Fox, but I'm going to try.''
—Glenn Beck, FOX News Channel's Glenn Beck show, April 21, 2010
''I could give a flying crap about the political process ... We're an entertainment company.''
—Glenn Beck, Forbes interview; April, 2010
Glenn Beck Jokes
Late-Night Jokes Skewering Glenn Beck
By Daniel Kurtzman, Guide
On Glenn Beck's complaints that critics of Arizona's immigration are making Nazi comparisons: "Glenn Beck is offended! Glenn Beck thinks playing the Nazi card is going too far. Glenn Beck — this is a guy who uses more Swastika props and video of the Nuremberg rallies than the History Channel." —Lewis Black, in a brilliant Daily Show rant in which he demonstrated that Glenn Beck has "Nazi Tourette's"
"It's 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, except there's just one degree, and Kevin Bacon is Hitler. Can I play? Let's see. Mother Teresa had a mustache. Hitler had a mustache. Mother Teresa is Hitler!" —Lewis Black, on Glenn Beck's frequent use of Nazi analogies
"James Cameron, who directed 'Avatar,' is in a feud with Glenn Beck, because Cameron called him a mad man. The two are very different. One makes millions creating fictional stories, and the other is James Cameron." –Craig Ferguson
"New Rule: Glenn Beck has to stop being so hard on himself. After his Eric Massa interview, Beck said, 'I think this is the first time I have wasted an hour of your time.' Oh Glenn, that's so not true. First of all, we never make it through the hour. But when we flip by your show and you're standing on your desk, dressed in lederhosen and holding back tears, etching something about Woodrow Wilson on your crazy board, believe me those two minutes aren't wasted. They're the funniest part of our day." –Bill Maher
"Our good friend, Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, is a contributor to Fox News. Only been there a couple days. Already making friends. Today, she loaned Glenn Beck some mascara that does not run when you cry." –David Letterman
"Some critics are saying that Palin won't last on Fox because she's an over-emotional woman who gets the facts wrong. But I disagree. It's working great for Glenn Beck, so she'll be fine." –Craig Ferguson
"But here's how it works. Here's the official line of succession in control of the Republican Party. If Rush Limbaugh is disabled in any way, then control of the party is passed to Glenn Beck. That's the line of succession." –David Letterman
"Yesterday, President Obama prank-called a Washington radio station, calling himself 'Barry from D.C.' Then, just to mess with him, Obama called Glenn Beck's radio show as 'B. Hussein from Kenya.'"
"Fox News host Glenn Beck has lost over 30 sponsors since he called President Obama a racist. And the latest sponsor that he just lost is Clorox bleach. That's amazing. Even a company whose sole purpose is to make things whiter thinks Glenn Beck has gone too far." --Conan O'Brien
"Yesterday on Fox News, commentator Glenn Beck said that he believes President Obama is a racist. Well, to be fair, every time you watch Glenn Beck, it does get a little easier to hate white people." --Conan O'Brien
"And as you know, Santa Claus is working very hard with his elves to make sure every child gets at least one toy this Christmas, or as Glenn Beck calls that, 'socialism.'" –Jay Leno
"Glenn Beck had an emergency appendectomy, but he'll be back on the air tomorrow. That's right. However, for his first day back, doctors are warning Glenn to take it easy and only compare Obama to Hitler three times an hour." –Conan O'Brien
"During the middle of his show, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck was rushed to the hospital for an attack of appendicitis. Yeah. Apparently, Beck was crying and screaming incoherently, so his audience assumed everything was normal." –Conan O'Brien
"A new survey found that the average man cries about six times a year. That number would be a lot lower if it weren’t for Glenn Beck." --Jimmy Fallon
Beck: Restore America's Honor at the memorial of a white supremacist?
By: Devvy Kidd
August 28, 2010
Today the very popular, Glenn Beck, who has risen to fame and fortune on the FOX Network, is holding an event in Washington, DC. To say it has caused a firestorm of nasty projectiles from all camps is an understatement.
While billed as a non political event, Restoring Honor, one of the key note speakers is one of America's premiere political animals and opportunist extraordinaire, Sarah Palin, who has also risen to fame and fortune with her quaint, folksy, 'tough' gal image. Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and how government systems actually work isn't part of her rhetoric.
Race baiting money grubbers like the "Reverend" Al Sharpton have their jockeys in a twist because today is the commemorative date for Martin Luther King's famous speech, 'I Have a Dream.' How dare anyone else hold a rally in Washington, DC on the same day and cut into Sharpton's day of glory! Beck insists he was unaware of the date; it's up to you to believe him. I happen to think it's likely he didn't remember. If not for the dust up, would you remember "this Saturday is the date MLK gave one of his famous speeches"? As someone who planned a major rally back on September 29, 1993, at the nation's capitol, my biggest consideration was the rally had to take place before Congress adjourned for the year, not who might have given a famous speech on the same day. Beck claims he scheduled it for Saturday and not Sunday for religions reasons.
Let me get on everyone's bad side here by pointing out a few inconvenient truths.
I monitor talk TV and by that I mean, I catch a segment here and there with Beck, O'Reilly, Van Susteren, Anderson Cooper and others. It's about all I can stomach at one time. Beck is big on books. So am I because I love to read and learn. Which is why I cannot understand Glenn Beck's constant praise of Abraham Lincoln and why he would hold his rally in front of a memorial dedicated to the original white supremacist who hated 'the Africans', wanted all of them deported, spit on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and damn near destroyed the Union. How can Glenn Beck be so blind?
Republicans love to chant they are the party of Lincoln. How shameful.
"Lincoln had no intention of doing anything about Southern slavery in 1860. In his First Inaugural Address he announced that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the Institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." He also promised, in the same address, to strengthen the Fugitive Slave Law even though lax enforcement of it or none at all would have quickened slavery's demise." The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, pgs 20, 21
DiLorenzo continues:
"White supremacist attitudes were not only on display in the Northern Black Codes and other pieces of legislation but were enunciated in Northern newspapers as well. As the Philadelphia Daily News editorialized on November 22, 1860, "It is neither for the good of the colored race nor of our own that they should continue to dwell among us to any considerable extent. The two races can never exist in conjunction except as superior and inferior...The African is naturally the inferior race."
"The Niles (Michigan) Republican wrote on March 30, 1861, that "this government was made for the benefit of the white race...and not for the Negroes." The Daily Chicago Times editorialized on December 7, 1860, that "evil and nothing but evil, has ever followed in the track of this hideous monster, Abolition." It continued, "Let [the slave] alone -- send him back to his master where he belongs."
On January 22, 1861, the New York Times announced that it opposed the abolition of slavery. Instead, it proposed that slaves should be allowed to legally marry and should be taught to read and to invest their money in savings accounts. Those actions should be taken "to ameliorate, rather than to abolish, the Slavery of the Southern States" and would thus permit slavery to become "a very tolerable system."
"The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Lincoln's colonization proposals on March 11, 1861, when it pointed out that "Hayti lies in the torrid zone, the proper residence of the Negro." "The proposition that the Negro is equal by nature, physically and mentally, to the white man, seems to be so absurd and preposterous, that we cannot conceive how it can be entertained by any intelligent and rational white man." The Concord (New Hampshire) Democrat Standard, September 8, 1860. Ibid, pgs 30-31
Lincoln used the 'N' word freely and never tried to hide his dislike of 'darkies.' Lest you think DiLorenzo is some mad man, I can assure you, his books are fully footnoted with historical documents for reference and cross checking. He also wrote a column titled, An African-American Icon Speaks Truth to the Lincoln Cult, which covered a book titled 'Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream' by Lerone Bennett, Jr. Let me give you a couple of paragraphs:
"Since so few Americans are aware of these facts, Bennett correctly concludes that "the level of ignorance on Abraham Lincoln and race in the United States is a scandal and a rebuke to schools, museums, media, and scholars." This of course is no accident; it's exactly the way the state wants it to be.
"Bennett is especially critical of how the Lincoln Cult uses black historical figures as pawns in its defense of "Father Abraham." For example, he contends that there is no way to get around the fact that Lincoln was a lifelong white supremacist, loudly proclaiming that he was opposed to "making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people." He said far worse things than that, as Bennett documents. The typical response of the Lincoln Cult is to "find a slave or a former slave or, better, a Black officeholder to say that he adores Lincoln and doesn't care what people say . . . "
"Why, one would ask, is such a distinguished African-American journalist so incensed over the Lincoln myth? It is because of his twenty years of painstaking research, resulting in this book, that proves, among other things, what a vulgar racist Lincoln was. Bennett provides quote after quote of Lincoln's own words, habitually using the N-word so much that people in Washington thought he was weirdly consumed by his racism. Bennett tells of first-hand accounts by some of Lincoln's generals of how they left a meeting with him during a crisis in the war in which the president spent most of his time in the meeting telling off-color "darkie" jokes (Lincoln's language). General James Wadsworth, for example, was "shocked by the racism in the Lincoln White House."
DiLorenzo also has a problem with Glenn Beck's obsessive adoration of Abraham Lincoln and shall we say, fudging the truth?
Glenn Beck's Lincoln Contradictions by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
"Despite his admirable performances discussing the founding fathers, socialism, progressivism, and other topics, Glenn Beck has been absolutely awful and sometimes untruthful when discussing Lincoln and his legacy. During one show he claimed to have read the actual original copy of The Confederate Constitution. I assume he made this assertion to show that he must really be quite the expert on the document. I didn't believe him when he said this, and his next sentence proved to me that he did not read the document. The next sentence was the statement that the formal title of the document was “The Slaveholders’ Constitution ...” Anyone can look the document up at Yale University's online Avalon Project, which warehouses all the American founding documents, commentaries, and more, to see for yourself that Beck was wrong about this.
"Beck's next false statement was that, “I read it” (the Confederate Constitution) and “it wasn't about states’ rights, it was all about slavery.” Read it yourself online. It is a virtual carbon copy of the U.S. Constitution, with a few exceptions: The Confederate president had a line-item veto; served for one six-year term; protectionist tariffs are outlawed; government subsidies for corporations are outlawed; and the “General Welfare Clause” of the U.S. Constitution was deleted.....
"Moreover, Beck's hero, Lincoln, orchestrated passage through the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of the Corwin Amendment to the Constitution, which would have formally and explicitly enshrined slavery in the U.S. Constitution by prohibiting the government from ever interfering with Southern slavery. This amendment passed the Senate and the House just days before Lincoln was inaugurated. In his first inaugural address he said he believed slavery was already constitutional and then, alluding to the Corwin Amendment, said: “I have no objection to it [slavery protection] being made express and irrevocable” in the Constitution. This was by far the strongest defense of slavery ever made by an American politician, coming from the president himself. Beck and the wacky preacher posing as an intellectual made no mention of this."
While I strongly disagree with DiLorenzo about free trade, I highly recommend his books. One thing is for certain, and DiLorenzo accurately begins the discussion in Chapter 3 of his book, the "civil" war was unnecessary; slavery could have been and should have been abolished peacefully:
"In a famous public letter to New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley in 1862, Lincoln explained that he wasn't particularly concerned about emancipation per se; forcing the secessionists to remain in the Union was his main objective:
My paramount object n this struggle is to save the Union, not is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union." The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, pgs 34-35
As for dishonest Abe being the great emancipator:
"The Emancipation Proclamation was immediately excoriated through the North (and much of the world) as a political gimmick. The New York World newspaper sarcastically editorialized that:
The President has purposely mad the proclamation inoperative in all places where we have gained a military footing which makes the slaves accessible. He has proclaimed emancipation only where he has notoriously no power to execute it. The exemption of the accessible parts of Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia renders the proclamation not merely futile, but ridiculous."
"Lincoln's own secretary of state, William Seward, mocked the Emancipation Proclamation by saying, "We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free."
"Lincoln himself maintained that the Proclamation was merely a war measure, not an attempt at genuine emancipation. In a letter to his Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, he admitted that the original proclamation had no legal justification, except as a military measure." Ibid, pgs 36-37
Forced into Glory by Lerone Bennett is over 600 pages and while he methodically lays out the truth about Lincoln, I felt as the book wore on it became a lot of whining.
Americans have been taught monstrous lies about Abraham Lincoln and all school books who portray him as some sort of hero should be burned. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC should be bull dozed along with FDRs. How many Americans know Lincoln literally tore up the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?
"You will take possession by military force, of the printing establishments of the New York World and Journal of Commerce...and prohibit any further publication are therefore commanded to forthwith to arrest and imprison the editors, proprietors and publishers of the aforesaid newspapers." Order from Abraham Lincoln to General John Dix, May 18, 1864
""Even though the large majority of Americans, North and South, believed in a right of secession as of 1861, upon taking office Lincoln implemented a series of unconstitutional acts, including launching an invasion of the South without consulting Congress, as required by the Constitution; declaring martial law; blockading the Southern ports; suspending the writ of habeas corpus for the duration of his administration; imprisoning WITHOUT TRIAL thousands of Northern citizens' arresting and imprisoning newspaper publishers who were critical of him; censoring all telegraph communications;...
"This amazing disregard for the Constitution," wrote historian Clinton Rossiter, "was considered by nobody as legal." Rossiter generally praised Lincoln, however, as a "great dictator" and a "true democrat," who phrases that are not normally considered to be consistent with one another." The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, pgs 130-132
As for Martin Luther King, one has to tread carefully when speaking about him or be labeled as a racist. You are expected to turn a blind eye to his serial adultery and close communist ties. Fortunately, there are individuals in this country who believe truth trumps lies and have exposed the real man as nothing more than a hollow pawn for a much bigger agenda:
Government Cover-ups: Martin Luther King Jr.
"3) COMMUNIST BACKGROUND AND CONTACTS: It appears that King established an early liaison with the American Communist Party and sought to create civil unrest in support of the revolution. His own biographer, David J. Garrow admitted that king once privately “described himself as a Marxist.” King constantly surrounded himself with Communists, hired them, and even went to great lengths to keep them on through secret relationships. King’s personal secretary in the 1950s was communist and homosexual Bayard Rustin. According to Sen. Jesse Helms, “King was repeatedly warned about his associations with known Communists by friendly elements in the Kennedy Administration and the Department of Justice [DOJ] (including strong and explicit warning from President Kennedy himself). King took perfunctory and deceptive measures to separate himself from the Communists [Stanley David Levison and Hunter Pitts O’Dell ] against whom he was warned. He continued to have close and secret contacts with at least some of them after being informed and warned of their background, and he violated a commitment to sever his relationships with identified Communists.”
"4) IMMORAL AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR: Dr. King had an ample reputation as a philanderer and abuser of women of ill repute. The FBI under J. Edgar Hoover had run surveillance on King and his entourage for years attempting to gather data on his Communist connections. While the Bureau did surveill King’s attendance at Communist meetings, but most of the surveillance records show an extreme preoccupation after hours with illicit sex. In deference to King’s usefulness in promoting a national holiday for civil rights, US Federal judge John Lewis Smith, Jr. ordered all the FBI records sealed up in the National Archives for 50 years (till 2027). When I was Executive Editor of Conservative Digest, I called retired Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray and asked him what was in the evidence locked away. His answer surprised me. He said there were approximately 15 file cabinets of evidence on King--14 of them were full of recordings and transcripts of his illicit relationships with prostitutes. Only one file cabinet contained evidence of his Communist relationships.
"Even former co-workers have blown the whistle on King’s scurrilous conduct. The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, in his book, And the Wall Came Tumbling Down, King spent his last night in the motel having an immoral liaison with three women and then beat one of the woman in the morning before he was shot. Assistant Director of the FBI Charles D. Brennan wrote a letter to Sen. John P. East (R-NC) in which he stated that King's conduct consisted of "orgiastic and adulterous escapades, some of which indicated that King could be bestial in his sexual abuse of women." The FBI surveillance records covering his first night in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was to receive the Noble Peace Prize, document that his only interest was how to secure prostitutes for he and his entourage. An orgy followed. King's surveillance and wiretaps were personally authorized by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. If these allegations are true, this man should never have been put forward as a national hero. Yes, I am aware that other national heroes have had there weaknesses, but King's conduct borders on a Clinton-like sexual addiction."
I can't find my copy of Martin Luther King, Jr The Man Behind the Myth by Des Griffin, but it is fully documented with photos. Here is part of a review:
"Martin Luther King: The Man Behind the Myth by Des Griffin is an interesting little pamphlet concerning the civil rights leader who has been beatified by the Establishment. What was behind the civil rights movement and the social and racial chaos in the fifties and sixties? This book does not provide all of the answers, but an interesting figure in American history is revealed as a pawn in a much wider conspiracy. This book is sure to be offensive, and would be condemned as "racist," but any "racism" on Griffin's part does not come from Christian Identity theology or neo-Nazi paganism. Martin Luther King was known for his parties and exploits with women. He also, as many have noted, was affiliated with communists for his whole career. The SCLC (Southern "Christian" Leadership Conference) was the creation of liberal whites and communists. King's theology was not one of traditional Christianity, but rather the social gospel of liberal humanitarian social radicalism..."
I know the author, Des Griffin, and I can tell you he is no racist. Des is a careful researcher and a good, decent human being. Yes, his writings are considered controversial because he dares to look behind the curtain to get to the truth instead of accepting the current flavor of lies dished up by "historians" and politicians. You can purchase MLK The Man Behind the Myth directly from Des on his web site.
Two American icons. Mountains of propaganda and lies. The only way to restore America's honor is with the truth.
Glenn Beck's popularity brings out the love and hate in America
Charles Lewis
National Post
Friday, Mar. 19, 2010
To watch Fox News commentator Glenn Beck on television, listen to him on radio, or see him give a speech to an admiring crowd, can be a jolting experience.
At one moment he is crying real tears about the desperate straits of his beloved country, at others he looks genuinely contrite, shaken to the core, especially when recalling his alcoholic past or talking about his daughter Mary who has cerebral palsy.
To millions of fans he has become the great voice of reassurance in troubling times, a real American hero. To others he feeds their fear of Barack Obama, the U.S. President, and a country heading toward socialism. Still others see him as representing the voice of a collapsing conservative movement, even a demagogue.
Whatever the reason, his popularity is astonishing. Since joining Fox News from CNN last year, he has attracted nearly three million viewers for his 5 p.m. television broadcast, a time slot considered one of the worst in the industry. His radio show is aired on more than 400 affiliates and he has had five bestselling books.
He is so high-profile and controversial some Fox journalists are “worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network,” Howard Kurtz reported in The Washington Post this week.
By his account, Fox News staffers also suggested his emotional outbursts might be staged.
The report prompted network chief Roger Ailes to visit Fox’s Washington bureau Wednesday and warn staff about trash-talking colleagues.
“Glenn Beck does his show and that’s his opinion. It’s not the opinion of Fox News and he has a right to say it,” Mr. Ailes was quoted as saying by TVNewser.
Mr. Beck’s opinions are certainly controversial.
Last week he told listeners to abandon any church that uses the phrases “social justice” or “economic justice,” noting they were also used by the Nazis and communists.
On Thursday he said Congress voting tomorrow, Sunday, on the health-care bill was “an affront to God.”
“Faith has been perverted. They are going to vote for this damn thing on a Sunday, which is the Sabbath, during Lent. Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity, that is a ... this is an affront to God.”
At 46, Mr. Beck still looks like a pudgy boy. He appears startled and genuinely hurt by the things around him. His clothes always look a bit tight. Comedians find him easy to ridicule.
Whoopi Goldberg called him “a bag of dog mess” on The View — to his face. But he never got angry, taking the criticism with almost a kind of resigned grace. Then, when he was given a chance to finally answer questions, the audience applauded.
None of this came easy. Mr. Beck spent more than 20 years as a morning radio host in myriad parts of the country. He battled drug and alcohol addiction, was divorced once, but finally put his life together through a second marriage and a conversion to Mormonism.
His fans are many.
“He really feels for me,” said Joy McGraw, a real estate agent in Atlanta struggling from the weak economy and the housing bust.
“Glenn teaches us things that the mainstream media won’t say. He gives us hope.”
Dan Gainor, an analyst with the conservative Media Research Center in Virginia, said Mr. Beck has a knack of breaking down stories and issues “into coherent bites that people can swallow.”
“He shows them what things mean, whether it’s the economy or history, in a reachable way. Unemployment is still almost 10%. People are worried about the future. He’s teaching them things they need or want to know.”
The people he speaks to are also terrified of Mr. Obama — and Mr. Beck fuels their fears about the President and his objectives.
“I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem ... I believe he’s a racist,” he said on one broadcast.
“We are a country that is headed towards socialism, totalitarianism, beyond your wildest dreams,” he said in another. “If you have any kind of fear that we might be heading towards a totalitarian state: look out. Buckle up. There’s something going on in our country … that ain’t good.”
Some critics claim he is a classic demagogue, providing simplistic solutions to complicated problems, creating mysterious enemies and weaving conspiracy theories.
“Fear sells,” said Karl Frisch, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a liberal think tank.
“If you can convince a good enough number of people that the problems they are facing in a tough economy with a progressive Democratic president are the result of some ominous threat to their liberty and freedom, and present that day in and day out, you’re liable to get a dedicated audience who will not question what you say.”
David Frum, the Conservative commentator and author, wrote last year the rise of Mr. Beck is linked to the “collapse of conservatism as an organized political force, and the rise of conservatism as an alienated cultural sensibility.”
“It’s a show for people who feel they belong to an embattled minority that is disenfranchised and cut off,” added Mr. Frum, who has chastized Fox for condoning Mr. Beck’s on-air antics,.
Neither Mr. Beck, nor his fans, would disagree.
He often talks about a minority called “them” who are telling “us” what to do.
“They don’t surround us, we surround them,” he tells his audience regularly.
“He comes off as genuinely concerned, and feels very vested in what he’s talking about, he is not just on the sidelines commenting,” said John O’Hara, one of the leaders of the Tea Party movement, a grass-roots conservative initiative whose members take great solace in what Mr. Beck says.
Ms. McGraw said the talk show host helped educated her about what is really going on in America.
“He was struggling with the idea he wanted his freedom and liberty and that’s how I felt. Then he was really teaching us something every day. And he would tell us personal stories that make him more real.”
But Mr. Frisch of Media Matters said people should not to be fooled by Mr. Beck’s impressive numbers.
“It’s like NASCAR — a good number turn in for the race but a lot of people are tuning in for the crash,” said Mr. Frisch.
“No doubt a majority of his listeners buy into his demented world view. There are also a number of people who tune in for the theatrics, who find him absolutely hysterical even when he’s not intending to be.”
Leonard Steinhorn, a professor at American University in Washington and an expert on media and culture, said television is a very intimate medium, which works to Mr. Beck’s advantage.
“When [legendary U.S. newsman] Walter Cronkite passed away, the one single image shown over and over, was when he wept over John Kennedy’s death. And so somebody who is able to show that emotional side that connects with us in a visceral and fundamental way. And it can work especially well with people who look to television to satisfy their own emotional needs.”