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By now, most all of you know the latest on the Beck/Medina travesty. But is it really a travesty? I am one among a number who believes, and has believed for some time, that Beck is part and parcel of an establishment-owned and run mainstream media that has as its purpose to distract Americans and take their eyes off the ball.
Every MSM pundit is designed for particular audiences. They each have their purposes. We have soft-spoken pundits. We have middle-ground pundits, and we have bold pundits. They range from Diane Sawyer, to Sheppard Smith, to Bill O’Reilley, to Keith Olbermann, to Chris Matthews and to Glenn Beck.
It is important to take heed as to who these people are. They are designed and marketed to appear as if they “belong” to certain groups of working class Americans, from the gentle all the way to the bold and angry. But none of them really belongs. They are all multi-millionaires who make their fortunes by performing under lucrative contracts with super-rich media owners and promoters. These people are picked by their masters; they do not pick their masters. They perform for pay, as anyone should expect.
If we look past the tenor and mode of presentation of each of the pundits, and if we dig deep into the messages of each, we always find one common denominator: They attempt to incite one-half of Americans against the other half. It is always – always – always – “conservatives” vs. “liberals.” The message never changes – only the tone does. I hope most of you will take special notice of this from now on, every time you listen to any pundit, regardless of who it is.
But why do they do this? Media owners spread messages. These messages aren’t spread as charity. They are spread through sponsors. Follow the money.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
- Thomas Jefferson
At the risk of being redundant, I must join Michael in pointing out the sheer hypocrisy of Glenn Beck’s hatchet job of a radio interview this past week with Texas gubernatorial candidate, Debra Medina.
Although he has long styled himself as an inconoclast; repeatedly reciting the above quote from Thomas Jefferson (to the point of including it in his TV show’s opening credits), Beck still seems to believe that, beyond the existence of God, there are some things that must never ever be questioned.
And apparently one of them is the integrity of the federal government’s version of events leading up to the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001.
Far be it from any citizen to wonder if there might be more to that story than what they have been told. After all, the federal government has never treated its subjects (Whoops, I meant “the people”) with anything but candor and respect.
But, in the end, despite his irrational attempts to paint Medina’s healthy skepticism of government as fringe conspiracy theorizing, it is Beck’s own integrity that has been called into question yet again.
There is nothing un-patriotic or un-American about simply questioning a government that has proven itself to be untrustworthy time and again, but there was something distinctly authoritarian about Beck’s knee-jerk response to Medina and her supporters.
And, for me, his arrogant dismissal of a woman with a lot of great ideas and a demonstrated respect for the Constitution was inexcusable.
In the past I have been willing to forgive Beck’s blind spot for federalism and the state sovereignty movement because I figured that he was leading people to those issues anyway. I was even willing to ignore his inexplicable Lincoln-worship because I know how confusing history must be for a “libertarian” neo-con.
But now that he is actively doing damage to the liberty movement by discrediting a viable candidate (with slobbering obsequiousness to the establishment statists she could very well have beaten) for what was essentially a semantic disagreement, Glenn Beck has officially jumped the shark in my mind.
It’s a shame, considering his powerful platform, and I desperately wanted to see him advance liberty rather than hinder it.
But how far can we trust the principles of a man who sees no problem with hosting a rally to “restore the Constitution” in the temple of one of its worst enemies?
It would seem my hopes for Glenn Beck to finally realize that adherence to the Constitution is the only “truth” that matters were misplaced. Over the homage of reason, blindfolded fear wins again.
Why, she can’t be for (the Principles of 1798 as enunciated in Jefferson and Madison’s Virginia and Kentucky Resolves) nullification and interposition! Who does she think she is, John C. Calhoun? That’s Jim Crow, says the ignorant and evil regime shill Matthews. (Thanks to Travis Holte)
cross-posted from the LewRockwell.com Blog
I’m under the impression that you consider the science behind global warming to be inaccurate, and that the efforts to promote it include hiding truth. A grand conspiracy, of sorts. On your TV show in November, 2009, you said:
Count them. There’s Jones, Mike, Keith, Gene and Caspar, whoever they are. Potentially deleting emails supposedly about supposed science. So why all the secrecy?
You went on:
“Deleting emails. Hiding declines. Incorrect Data. Inadequate systems. Redefining scientific peer reviews for their own uses. This is what appears to be going on behind the scenes. And literally trillions of dollars of policy decisions are being based on what these guys are telling us. If your gut said “wait a minute, this global warming thing, it sounds like a scam” – well, I think you’re seeing it now”
The whole story sounds like a massive conspiracy to give the government an excuse to pass cap and trade, to impose restrictions on business and individual choice, to aggrandize themselves with more money and power. It wouldn’t really surprise me.
That is what government does in the United States. In fact, it’s things like this that made me realize that neither Democrats or Republicans in D.C. had any respect for your freedom or for the Constitution. That was a driving force behind launching the Tenth Amendment Center, which I founded in mid-2006.
But, you know what? I’m not a detective, and I don’t have time to study the science, the clues, the mystery behind global warming or the global warming swindle as many people call it. So, if you had me on your TV show (sorry I wasn’t available when your producers asked last year, but I think my recommendation for a substitute worked out great!), and asked me:
“Michael – do you believe in this global warming scam, do you believe what the mainstream scientists are telling us about global warming – yes or no!?”
I’d have to answer this way:
“I’ve heard a lot of reports from reputable people on both sides of that issue. There are some very good arguments, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there, so I have not taken a position on that. What I do know is this, I don’t trust the government to tell me the truth.”
In response, would you then say that you’re “writing me off” and “writing the Tenth Amendment Center off” because I haven’t taken a position on this – and that a better source for state sovereignty information is now the Huffington Post?”
Well, that’s basically what you did with Debra Medina on your program this week. The one person in the Texas campaign who’s had the courage to speak out about the Constitution, about nullification and interposition, about the founders, about the principles of liberty that this country was founded upon. That one person is “written off” by you because she hasn’t “taken a position on” a conspiracy theory that may or may not be of interest to her or her campaign?
Wow. Obviously the Constitution isn’t very important to you. A person’s stance on a conspiracy theory is. Or maybe this is just your way of trying to marginalize one of the few candidates in the entire country running their whole campaign on the original view of the Constitution.
Is that it, Glenn? Because it sure seems that way.
Maybe the real conspiracy isn’t 9-11 or Global Warming or anything of the sort. Maybe it’s all about the establishment media, and people like yourself – is this your way of letting the hardcore constitutionalists out here know that you really prefer the establishment candidates?
What should be more important is a person’s stance on the Constitution. In fact, that’s ALL that voters should care about. Not their race, their background, their religious views, their positions on conspiracies or anything else. People are elected to follow the constitution – and nothing more.
What’s more important to you, Glenn – a person’s stance on the Constitution or their view of a conspiracy theory?
Don’t bother answering. You already have.
Debra Medina interviewed by Alex Jones “I Will Be A Governor For The People”
10-4 Pledge signer Debra Medina is interviewed by Joe Pags and tells how she stands apart from the “liberal” Kay Bailey Hutchison and the “moderate” Rick Perry. They discuss term limits, state sovereignty, nullification & interposition, and border security. Continue Reading →
Debra Medina is running for TX governor in 2010 and is the 24th legislator or candidate to have signed on to our 10-4 Pledge for the 10th Amendment. Kudos, Debra!
Here’s what she has to say about state sovereignty, from her website:
The Constitution of the United States is a contract between “We the People” to form a limited federal government composed of sovereign states. It creates a republican form of government. Any power not expressly granted to the federal government is reserved for the states and for the people.
Like any party to a contract, Texas must stand up and push back against any attempts to abuse the Constitution or abuse the inalienable rights granted by our Creator.
As individuals, as parents, as families, and as Texans we must be courageous enough to say NO when Washington oversteps its bounds.
We Texans have always believed that the individual and the family are the foundation of America’s greatness. We Texans know what’s best for our families. We know best how to manage our lives, we know best how to raise our children, and we know best how to spend our money.
By asserting her Constitutional sovereignty, Texas can protect her citizens and provide them the opportunity to succeed. As Governor, I promise to fight back against federal laws that unconstitutionally interfere with the lives of Texans.
Texas can lead. Texas will lead.