As regular readers know, I oppose the idea of trying to take over the GOP. I see it as a waste of time and effort and – in the end – a losing cause. Briefly, my argument is that the Party structure is part of the problem. When you have to focus on winning elections before you can focus on your agenda, then – by definition – your agenda is now getting the majority. That means you have now placed the Party over the nation and the agenda you claim to be pushing. But set that aside and assume you manage to take over the GOP. You still have not addressed the problem of centralized power. Sooner or later, you WILL become the people you opposed. So — again, by definition – all you are doing is replacing the people you don’t like with yourself and then claiming that this will fix the problem. Well, excuse my saying so but that’s very…’progressive’ of you.
I happen to think that we need to look at the problem from a totally new direction. And we need to address the Party structure as part of the problem. Now, I am an American, so I do not listen to people telling me “You can’t do it that way.” I’ve heard that story before, only, it usually goes something like this: “You can’t do it on your own,” or “You can’t do it without government.” Sorry, not interested in that line of thinking. I would prefer to look for a way to tackle it all and do the best we can to correct the whole problem. This is why I have abandoned the same old arguments that people are trying to convince me is “the only way.” We’ve been trying that since Reagan was in office. Where has it gotten us? Well, I’m not crazy: I don’t think I can get something different if I just do it better, or try harder the next time. Come to think of it, that sounds familiar, as well. I think it goes like this: “Our ideas work, it was just the wrong people trying to make them work, or we didn’t spend enough.”
Are you getting the picture yet?
Now, let’s look at the relationship between the GOP establishment and Glenn Beck. Yesterday, Rick Santorum was on the Rick and Bubba show talking about some new movie he is promoting. It is faith based. The title is “The Christmas Candle.” Then there is Rush’s new book, Rush Revere. A children’s’ book that tells American history (do you know of a political ideology that focuses on children to push its agenda?). Beck is well known for working faith into what he does. One of his best known pieces is the book and stage play, The Christmas Sweater. Beck is also well known for teaching history to America, but he focuses on the adults and encourages them to teach their children.
OK, how many times can you remember the GOP attacking Beck? How many times have GOP leaders ridiculed his faith and the way he stresses God and faith? How many times have they criticized his use of history? How many times did we hear from the GOP that Beck was just a clown who cries on TV? I can remember it. I heard it a lot. Now, how often do you hear Limbaugh mention Beck, or Hannity, or Levin? I used to listen to Rush and, if you only listen to Rush and didn’t know about him from another source, you might not even know Beck is alive. Yet, here is Santorum and Limbaugh adopting the very same things Beck has been doing for the better part of a decade. Imitation when acknowledged is flattery. Imitation without recognition is co-opting, and that should cause red flags to go up.
Now, I happen to know that, if Beck is aware of this, he wouldn’t mind how it happens; he would see it as a good thing. Beck speaks well of Rush, told a positive story about Hannity just today and has promoted Levin’s book and even had Levin on his show. Though he has many faults, Beck is not as interested in promoting himself as much as he is in defending individual rights and liberty. I am not so sure I can say this about the other side. In fact, I am suspicious of the other side – because I recognize a familiar pattern in what they are doing.
I know people will tell me I am wrong about this, but I know I am not. When the TEA Party movement started in 2010, Rush was initially an opponent. Now stop for a moment and think about it. More than 30% of the TEA Party was made of Democrats and Independents, and it identified with the Libertarian movement within the Republican Party. Rush HATES all three, so why would anyone accept that he would support such a movement? He didn’t – not at first. Neither did Boehner and the GOP, but now they are all trying to co-opt the movement in one way or another. TO be sure, the GOP has started to attack the TEA Party people, but this is recent – after they realized they could not control them. But Rush is still claiming to have “always been on their side.” Again, I listened to him daily back then: he needs to check his archives. But the point here is this: by co-opting the TEA Party, the GOP has already placed a rift between that 30+% of Independent and Democrat supporters. That means they have already weakened their TEA Party opposition by 1/3.
The point is this: the GOP and their talking heads are starting to use the language and do the things the TRUE movement has been doing to grow their base. I DO NOT TRUST THIS! Study the Progressive movement. You will find this is how they gained power: infiltration and redirection. They control from within, from behind a mask designed to give the appearance that they are one of the people who support them. They are all liars! They control through deception, and deception is always evil. And the GOP is showing the signs I have come to recognize as indicators of Progressive operations.
I simply do not believe it is possible to take over such an organization by using the tactics they invented. You are going to have to look for another way to do it: a way they do not suspect or understand. This is where Beck has shown the way. He simply removed himself from the system. I believe we should take his lead and start looking for as many different ways to kick ourselves out of the system as possible. That way, we attack both Parties (actually one), the party system and the Progressive stranglehold all at the same time. At least, this is how I see things. I am well aware that others will disagree.
WOW! I hadn’t posted this five minutes before Beck actually covered this very subject — in a way. Close to the end of the 10 o’clock hour, Beck told us about how he has been reaching out to other radio hosts and apologizing for the way he has acted and his competitive nature in the past. This was in conjunction with his story about Hannity. It was amazing to hear true humility in a world where people seem more and more to care only about self-promotion. THAT is also an example we should seek to imitate, because he is living it, not just preaching it.
Yes, I admire and respect Beck. But do not think I am falling into some sort of cult of personality. he is a man — nothing more., I have strong disagreements with him on some very important matters. But I can respect him. I can admire the way he conducts himself, and how he takes responsibility for his actions and even for the way he treats others. That we no longer see the virtue in people like Glenn Beck — that we no longer respect it — speaks more about the state of our society (and ourselves) than I can say. But I know this: if we all tried to live our convictions the way Beck is, the majority of our problems in this nation would fall away.