Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Glenn Beck Nonsense: Obama Better than McCain

"John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama," Glenn Beck told Katy Couric in a recent interview. Going on that he would have voted for Hilary Clinton over McCain, Beck then added, "McCain is this weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was."

Beck has this weird obsession with what he perceives as a longstanding progressive movement that he articulates as having many of the same philosophical roots as fascism and Hitler’s Nazi politics, after all, Nazi’s were “National Socialists.” While we can critique many modern figures who call themselves “progressives” it’s not as if there is a clearly articulated “progressive” doctrine. There’s no specific text composed by a great philosopher or highly influential political figure. Beck assembles a series of political events, the writings of lesser known social philosophers, and attempts to weave them all together into this massive monolithic conspiracy to rule the world.

There’s much not to like about John McCain. He surely did not have the makings of a significant President, but let’s be clear: John McCain would not make it a high priority of nationalizing health care. John McCain clearly stands against massive government spending calling running up deficits as “generational theft.” John McCain would never appoint radical jurists like Sonja Sotomayor. John McCain would never appoint figures like Van Jones, Carol Browner, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Mark Lloyd, Harold Koh, Rosa Brooks, or Samantha Power. John McCain would not exploit class warfare. Additionally, John McCain would act decisively on national security issues and surely the nonsense of finding politically correct nonsense to rename “the war on terror” would never happen in a McCain administration. While there wasn’t much to like about McCain as a presidential candidate, looking at the Obama record, his agenda, and the people he’s brought into the White House, how could America do worse?

We must lament that American politics is such that the greatest country in the world would have such dismal choices for our President. It’s time for our country to take its politics more seriously.

John McCain had lots of baggage not the least of which was a naïve, inexperienced, unprepared Vice Presidential nominee in Sarah Palin, whom Beck seems to like.

We have to conclude one of two things: either Beck is totally off his rocker or he skillfully says controversial things to attract attention to his moronic program full of his rants and raves, constant repetition, and disregard for reality.

For a person who sarcastically mocked environmentalists for having banned DDT arguing no human was ever killed by DDT despite all kinds of animal species being nearly wiped out, we certainly cannot expect an outbreak of reason.

Let’s be clear. Glenn Beck is not in the same boat as Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, or Rush Limbaugh. Responsible conservatives and defenders of constitutional democracy must counter irresponsible voices who attempt to hijack the rational agenda.

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