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Another Bizarre Glenn Beck Rant

When Glenn Beck gets going on one of his stream-of-consciousness rants, the results are simply bizarre. In this video, he says the country is going to be reborn. And it couldn’t happen before because “God didn’t have anyone to entrust the country to, until now.” And now he does because Beck is leading the way. Or something. It’s just weird.

Comments

  1. unbound says

    “…he says the country is going to be reborn…”

    Which could be since he appears to be supporting those that would essentially burn this country down to the ground…

  2. marcus says

    “Glenn Beck gets going on one of his stream-of-consciousness rants…”
    Seems to me that would require that Beck actually possess “consciousness”. Unlikely.

  3. says

    I’ve been reading The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin, which ties together the history of this style of conservatism from Edmund Burke to the present day.

    What Beck said in that clip is 100% pure fascist rhetoric. He’s trying to persuade his listeners that, by upholding free enterprise and supporting the elite, fighting their enemies and maintaining the existing social order, that their lives will have meaning and by obedience to the ideology of inequality, that they will have the opportunity to become one of the elite and not one of the downtrodden masses who “deserve” to be downtrodden (because they’re lazy or whatever other excuse to avoid dealing with structural inequalities).

    Of course the real power elite think Glenn Beck is a loon, and to Beck any kind of intellectual elite is not to be trusted. So he has to play this frontier populist shtick that, as Robin’s book shows, is hundreds of years old. Maybe he found these ideas through the Internet but they’re far from new.

  4. bushrat says

    Beck, quit quoting the Founding Fathers you moron, they were the progressives of their time.

  5. says

    Very first sentence: “The United States eight years ago could have been destroyed.”

    So…2005 was the turning point at which our country was in its greatest danger ever. Who exactly was president and controlled Congress back then?

  6. roggg says

    I would give almost anything to be inside the mind of Glenn Beck for a day. I’m profoundly curious if it’s psychosis, drugs, or if he knows he’s babbling near incoherently and does so because he’s found a credulous audience to lap it up.

    Is he a fraud or a lunatic? Either way, I think a view inside would be fascinating.

  7. otrame says

    Glenny has been hinting real hard for the last year that if the Real Americans™ want a leader to be brave and strong and Really Really American™, he is available.

    It’s kind of sad, because outside of those that are already members of his cult, no one has even noticed.

  8. says

    I find it difficult to understand why some people would think that people like Glenn Beck and Alex Jones are frauds — i.e. that they don’t buy into most of the nonsense they’ve been spouting off for years.

    It would be one of the greatest acting jobs in history, given that they can’t do this just on the screen or when they are in the studio. They have to live it and continue to live it with everyone they meet, otherwise they will be exposed.

    And psychologically, it’s not that difficult to see why they do buy into their own nonsense. It might have started small, with a conspiracy theory here, a conspiracy theory there, but as they grew into their current roles, they surrounded themselves with people who believe as they do, and even more so, until together they construct a self-reinforcing bubble that leaves them impervious to criticism and mockery (which only serves to prove the righteousness of their cause).

    And of course, they are now totally invested in their roles as spokesmen for the crazy. To question it all now, would be to give up all the power and control they have gained, and the accolades of their followers. And worse, it would render the last 10-15 years of their life null and void, so even if they considered stepping away from the edge, there are 101 reasons for ignoring the call to sanity.

  9. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @9. roggg : I would give almost anything to be inside the mind of Glenn Beck for a day.

    Be careful you might not get out again!

    Seriously though, I think Beck’s got to have serious mental health problems that are going untreated and its really kind of sorrowful that he is what he is and isn’t given the therapy he clearly needs to get back in vague aquaintence with reality.

  10. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @7. D. C. Sessions : “What happened to the hypothesis that Beck really is clinically delusional?”

    It keeps get supported by more observed evidence every day.

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