Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it? Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?
Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?
Don't you worry though: Beck knows the truth.
If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all. We surround them.
Who are the "They", exactly? Beck doesn't say. It's much easier to scare people about the enemy at the gates (or within the city) when the enemy is some nebulous, amorphous, anonymous 'other'. He does claim that "Washington is broken", but doesn't explain how. He implies that it's the fault of the politicians, because "Many times it seems that the political solution is the problem”.
A rather vague statement that pretends to say a lot but says rather little. Just what is this "America" Beck is referring to? The political entity named United States but known colloquially as America? The nation of people known collectively as Americans, diverse as it is, being composed of a multitude of ethnicities, political sensibilities, religious affiliations, and any other class of individual distinction that comprises an individual? Is it the idea of America, the philosophy upon which the United States was constituted?
Does "good" refer to those ideals? Or does it mean that America – either the nation or State – is good? Good in what sense? Does it mean that America only does good things; that the concept of an America doing bad things is of the same class as a married bachelor? Is the good absolute or on balance? If on balance, is one permitted to criticizethebad and still able to be considered a defender of America of the Beck model?
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life..
What the fuck has this got to do with reclaiming America? Last I knew, the United States was a secularnation. The odiousness of this Principle is highlighted by the fact that the people promoting this reclaiming of America are culturally and politically Conservative god botherers. They are the same people who engage in crying and gnashing of teeth at the loss of God from American Government. They are people who view atheism as a threat to the moral fibre of the nation, and Islam as a threat to National Security. They are people who proclaim the virtues of the Judeo-Christian religion, but who, if they are to be logically consistent and true to their faith, should view Jews with disdain and contempt because of the Jewish rejection of the Christ. They are people who ought think Hindus immoral and blasphemous because they have a multitude of gods.
These are not ecumenical people, let alone people who value the principle of Freedom and Liberty. They are people who desire the institution of a Christian Republic of the United States.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday .
Then stop working for Faux News, dickhead.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Words have meaning. The words one uses, and the way one uses them, bely one's assumptions, view, and beliefs about the world. When Beck uses a word like sacred, in the context he has used it, he is asserting a theological world-view. By using the word 'sacred' he is explicitly denying non-theological concepts of the family. Beck's Conservatism also implicitly denies non-Christian theological concepts of the family. His use of spouse in the singular is a direct refutation of a person having more than one spouse at a time, even though polygyny is theologically permissible in the break away fundamentalist sects of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and in Islam.
Beck's use of the word 'spouse' should also not be taken as an endorsement of families not united by the bond of marriage. The prominence of Abstinencecampaigns by conservative Christians demonstrates their belief that family equals marriage. Neither is 'spouse' an endorsement of same-sex marriage. Campaignsagainst the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry (or even have their relationships recognised by the State) are campaigns waged by the religiously conservative. Where the religiously conservative are not able to compel a State to refrain from recognizing same-sex relationships, they advocate for the separate but equal concept of civil union.
Typical of right wing loonery, Government is to be feared. Rarely is government a force for good; at best it is a necessary evil. The less trust one has in one's government the more free one is. Such a concept is encapsulated in the second sentence of Principle Four. It is a perverse notion, and almost anarchistic.
Though it is true that in democratic, and particularly republican, governments it is the People who constitute and authorize Government to act on their behalf and in their interest, it is also true that in so doing they give up part of their individual sovereignty to do so. The People, in authorizing Government, submit themselves to Government. In submitting, they reserve certain rights that may only be called upon in extremis. What Beck is essentially calling for is Rebellion against a legally constituted Government that is acting within the bounds of Just Law.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
I absolutely agree with you on that one, Beck. So, when can we expect you to support the United States submitting itself to the World Court and holding members of the Bush Administration, including President Bush, accountable for their duplicitous, immoral, and illegal activities in prosecuting a War against Iraq, for the detention in violation of habeas corpus of persons alleged to be members of terroristorganisations, and the alleged use of torture against those persons?
I do find it amusing that right after calling for people to assert their ultimate authority over Government, he then asks them to submit themselves to that very same Government.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
No shit, Sherlock. However, this doesn't mean that we abandon people to the sorrow, misery, and deprivations that can occur in life. Though I am not a Socialist, I do believe in social welfare. Social welfare is not an evil. It is not a means of punishing the wealthy. We live in communities, and communities work better when we cooperate with each other. Yes, free markets are well and good. Indeed, free markets are the best kind of markets. But that doesn't mean we stop caring about the welfare of other people. I simply do not understand the meanness of the Conservative mind.
(One thing that has always confused me is the Conservative Americans' love of the Principle of the Inalienable Right to Life as espoused in their Declaration of Independence and their support of the Death Penalty. Surely if a Right is Inalienable then it is Inalienable?)
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
The commies are coming! The commies are coming! Man the foxholes (don't worry, there ain't no atheists down there)!
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
Of course it's un-American, you ignorant twit. At least, that's what libruls were told when they questioned the actions and policies of President Bush the Younger and of his Administration during his terms in Office.
But of course, now the libruls control the Congress and the Presidency it is incumbent upon the citizen to question everything. Indeed, it is one's Patriotic Duty!
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
This is more of the same, tired rhetoric of the Right. It's basically the same thing as saying to a police officer, "You can't arrest me! My taxes pay your salary. You work for me."
As you may have noticed, dear reader, my commentary on each of these Principles has become shorter as I have proceeded down the list. It really is quite an effort to resist the unadulterated idiocy of the Conservative Christian mind. One becomes overwhelmed. One begins outraged, energized to take action. Then slowly, as one engages with the ideas spewed forth, one becomes weighed down. Idiocy upon idiocy clings to one's being; a slimy, slick mess that hinders progress.
Sleep. Sleep, and maybe when you wake up you'll realise it was all just a bad dream. Peaceful, restful, sleep.
But no! Do not succumb. Wake! Wake up!
We've heard it all before. This time, rather than simply being Right Wing rhetoric, there is a nefarious element. Beck wants Americans to “Unite, or Die”. America is under attack from some undefined 'They'. Though it is clear from the rhetoric he wants to repel the influence of the evil forces of liberalism that threatens the American Way of LifeTM. Beck, and his fellow Conservatives, are calling for Rebellion: a modern day Disneyland-cum-"House of 1ooo Corpses" version of the Boston Tea Party that bears no relation to the original.
Beck's America is a land of God Fearin', Bible believing, freedom hating faux-Liberty lovers; fearful and distrustful whackaloons who are naught but bigoted malcontents. Beck hates America. He stands against what his beloved Founding Fathers fought for. He is a betrayer of the idea that America once stood for; an America that was a beacon of enlightenment to the peoples of the world. He wants to tear down Liberty Enlightening the World and sell it off for scrap.
It is not “They” who are a threat to America. It is Glen Beck and his ilk that are the threat. His message is clear:
The truth is that they don’t surround us at all. We surround them. And we're coming to get you.