I was watching the archive for yesterday’s GBTV show when it dawned on me:
Here is the proof that all those telling us the only way to succeed at affecting political change is to take over the Republican Party.
Glenn Beck ran into interference with CNN and then FOX. neither network would allow him to do what he wanted to do the way he wanted to do it. Most likely, it is because of their advertising driven business model, but the networks’ political agendas no doubt factored into the equation as well. So what did Beck do? Did he try to “take over” a network from within? Well, Al Gore said he would rather sell to this nation’s enemies because he was “more politically aligned” with Al Jazeera than he is with Glenn beck, and American. So no, Beck wasn’t able to take over another network.
But did Glenn just give up? Nope. He did what all real Americans have always done: he found another way to do what he wanted to do. In this case, he started another network. he also started to study other pioneers so he could learn from how they succeeded. One of the people he claims he has learned the most from is Walt Disney. And now, when they are honest, the “insiders” in main stream media are admitting that — like him or not — Glenn is showing us the future of media. The New York Times even wrote a begrudging article admitting as much.
But there’s more. Glenn realized that advertising has become a major influence on what can and can’t be done in the media, so he is re-inventing the way adverting will work on his networks. I believe he will not only succeed with what he was describing in last nights GBTV show, I suspect he will develop very loyal advertisers who will — in effect — form a mutually beneficial co-op with Beck’s network(s). In many ways, this advance is a return to the way things used to work, when we still had a free market and not a controlled economy.
I believe there is a lesson in all of this for those of us who want to affect real change in our political system as well as the direction of the country. It isn’t that we need to take over the republican Party. Limbaugh has been leading that charge for over 20 years and he is no closer to success than when he started. Nor do we need to start a third Party. Perot proved that doesn’t work, either. but Beck has shown us that thinking out of the box can and does work, and the TEA Party showed us that we can have a movement that has no Party. beck is changing the future by going back to the past — just as the TEA Party did: they returned us to the politics of our founders. They returned us to a time where were acted like and treated each other as individuals and we all focused on the principles of an issue and not on the groups politics in play.
So I think this is the direction we should seek to push the nation, and we should do it by urging people to quit their Party, no matter what letter it may be. This will starve all the Parties of their political power. the I believe we should concentrate on local government, and do so by focusing on the issues — not the groups. Finally, I think the primary issues at hand need to be individual rights, liberty and the rule of law. We need to re-learn what these are and then start insisting they be followed and that those politicians who refuse to do so be removed by ballot or by the criminal process for those who are corrupt.
To be sure, we’ll need to figure things out along the way, but to me, this seems to me a better rout than the one we’ve been traveling my entire adult life. What say you?