Glenn Beck’s Traveling Acute Paranoia Revue concluded today in Israel. For the record, there was no pillar of fire; no gates of Heaven and/or Hell opening; no turning point for the world. He declared that his rally would usher in an era of miracles. He promised us these things and more. Here is a taste of the colorful rhetoric he employed to promote this boondoggle:
- When I first had this idea, what I saw in my head was a global shockwave. It will ripple across the earth.
- Possibly for the first time in man’s history, God will remember and make note of what we do there.
- This is a life-changing, life-altering event.
- This will be a pinnacle moment in your life. It will define you. In the end it will define you.
- I want you to know, the very gates of Hell are going to open up against us.
- It will be expensive to get there. It might be dangerous.
- Will my event hurt foreign policy of the U.S.? I damn well hope so now.
- If Israel falls the western way of life falls. That’s not hyperbole.
- This may be it for our generation or for all mankind.
- I will stand, I will speak, and in the end, if it be His will, I will die right alongside my brother.
So far as I can tell the world is pretty much the same as before Beck’s Restoring Egomania affair. There wasn’t even a flock of geese flying overhead (which Beck asserted was proof of divine intervention at last year’s Restoring Honor event in Washington, D.C.).
However, there is a new holy relic for Beck’s disciples to worship. Today Beck revealed his Declaration of Rights & Responsibilities as a sort of addendum to the Constitution. Unfortunately, he has already violated every one of them.
- Because I have the right to choose, I recognize that I am accountable to God and have the responsibility to keep the 10 commandments in my own life.
Actually, all Christians break this one because the first commandment requires the acknowledgment of the single God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Simply worshiping Jesus is a violation of this.
- Because I have the right to worship as I choose, I have the responsibility to honor the right of others to worship as they see fit.
Beck, along with most other Fox News/Tea Party conservatives vehemently oppose the construction of a mosque because it was a couple of blocks away from the site of the World Trade Center.
- Because I have freedom of speech, I have the responsibility to defend the speech of others, even if I strongly disagree with what they’re saying.
Beck engages in the defense of the free speech of those with whom he disagrees by demonizing them as Nazis, cancers, etc. On one famous occasion he shouted down a woman who had called his radio program screaming “Get off my phone you little pinhead!”
- Because I have the right to pursue happiness, I have the responsibility to show humility and express gratitude for all the blessings I enjoy and the rights I’ve been given.
Humility? Seriously? The man who says that his silly rallies will alter the course of the planet? The man who says that God has chosen him to save the human race? The man spends half his time on the air praising himself and his imaginary prescience? Very humble indeed.
- Because I have the right to honest and good government I will seek out honest and just representatives when possible. If I cannot find one then I accept the responsibility to take that place.
Beck has repeatedly lamented the absence of honest representatives, especially in his home of the past several years, New York, yet he has never accepted the responsibility to run for office.
- Because I have the God given right to liberty, I have the personal responsibility to have the courage to defend others to be secure in their persons, lives and property.
Some of the people whose liberty Beck does not have the courage to defend include gays and lesbians, undocumented immigrants, and union members.
- Because I have the right to equal justice, I will stand for those who are wrongly accused or unjustly blamed.
Yet Beck unjustly blames others incessantly. He falsely calls Van Jones a convicted felon. He falsely calls George Soros a Nazi collaborator. He blames the President, whom he calls a racist, for turning America into a socialist dictatorship.
- Because I have the right to knowledge, I will be accountable for myself and my children’s education…to live our lives in such a way that insures the continuation of truth.
Beck’s version of truth is a bastardization of the word. His lies occur with such frequency it’s hard to keep up.Plus, he bashes education every chance he gets. He regards it mostly as elitist or indoctrination.
- Because I have the right to pursue my dreams and keep the fruits of my labor, I have the responsibility to feed, protect and shelter my family, the less fortunate, the fatherless, the old and infirm.
Beck’s idea of protecting the less fortunate is to cut taxes for the wealthy and vital, life-saving services for poor. And what does he have against the motherless?
- Because I have a right to the truth, I will not bear false witness nor will not stand idly by as others do.
(See #7). Apparently Beck has no responsibility to refrain from repeating himself.
It would be understandable if Beck had broken one or two of these commandments. No one is perfect. But he has violated every single one of them on numerous occasions. Perhaps he is offering himself as a model of what not to do as a public service.
It is also interesting that Beck and his Tea Party followers, who have beatified the Founders and sanctified the Constitution as a divinely inspired document, are still so insistent on changing it or tacking on silly appendages that they don’t honor themselves.
This Just In: Media coverage of Beck’s planet-altering event was nearly non-existent. Beck is now whining about on his radio show:
“BBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, I don’t believe Fox was there. But everybody else under the sun was there. Everyone was there. Yet no one reported on what I said. It’s fascinating to me because they put the world on notice.”
Media Matters reports further that, not only did Fox News fail to report on the event, but it was also absent from FoxNews.com and the Fox Nation web site. Beck is now being ignored by even his most ardent (former) supporters. And perhaps the reason no one reported what he said is that he didn’t say anything worthy of reporting. It was just another load of evangelical snake oil and self aggrandizement. And, of course, an advertisement for his new Internet venture.