Outraged that Time Magazine has named a Marxist like Pope Francis as its "Person of the Year," Glenn Beck responded on his radio program today by declaring that Sen. Ted Cruz was The Blaze's "Man of the Year."
Claiming that Time snubbed Cruz by not giving him the honor because "they don't want to give him any more power," Beck proclaimed that "progressives are fascists," which is why Time has named people like Hitler and Mussolini as the "Man of the Year" (for the record, Mussolini was never named "Man of the Year.")
Even though Cruz was among the finalists for the "Person of the Year," Beck is positive that he never had an actual chance of winning, even though "he's the guy who is going to affect our life, your life, much more than anybody else."
As such, Beck unilaterally decided that Cruz was the "Blaze Man of the Year":
Last week, Glenn Beck was telling his audience of Tea Party activists that they "are the people that our Founders saw, the wise and the honest" who would rise up and save the nation when it was on the verge of collapse.
Today on his radio broadcast, Beck stepped it up a notch, telling his audience that "governments fear the individual," which is why the South African government imprisoned Nelson Mandela for twenty seven years. So, of course, Beck then told his audience that they are exactly the sorts of strong, courageous individuals that the government fears.
"They fear the next Nelson Mandela," he proclaimed, "and I tell you, you are the next Nelson Mandela. You are the next Martin Luther King. You are the next Gandhi. You are the next Abraham Lincoln. You are the next George Washington":
For the last several months, spurred on by the publication of Mark Levin's "The Liberty Amendments," right-wing activists have been floating the idea of convening a "Convention of States" through which representatives of the individuals states would gather together for a convention to amend the Constitution and reign in the federal government.
Under Article V of the Constitution, "legislatures of two thirds of the several states" have the power to "call a convention for proposing amendments" and the idea to convene such a convention has been warmly embraced by people like David Barton who has promoted it not only on his radio program but also while filling in as host on Glenn Beck's television program.
Recently, Beck himself has begun promoting it as well and today his The Blaze website reported that nearly 100 right-wing legislators from 32 states met in Virginia over the weekend as the first steps toward turning this fringe fantasy into reality:
Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.
Lawmakers on Saturday discussed term limits on U.S. lawmakers and certain limits on federal taxation and spending as possible amendments, Red Millennial noted.
State legislators stressed Saturday the bipartisan nature of support for the discussed amendments, citing a recent poll that shows 74 percent of Americans support a balanced budget amendment while another 75 percent support congressional term limits.
Saturday’s Mount Vernon meeting was organized by Indiana state Sen. David Long and Wisconsin Rep. Chris Kapenga.
There has been growing support for the idea of a convention, but there is also healthy skepticism.
Still, regardless of whether one thinks it’s a realistic idea, Virginia and South Carolina have both pre-filed applications for a convention, meaning some are taking the idea very seriously.
Saturday’s meeting represents the most recent attempt by legislators to discuss seriously the possibility of adding amendments to the Constitution through a convention.
While one week he is screaming that America has gone insane and been engulfed by darkness, the next he is declaring that he and his audience were chosen by God to save the nation ... and that is where he is now, as he asserted on his television broadcast last night that even though our entire society is on the verge of complete collapse, Beck remains optimistic because his audience of Tea Party activists are just the sort of people the Founding Fathers envisioned would one day finally create the perfect America.
"I tell you now," Beck said, "we are the people that our Founders saw, the wise and the honest. They knew it would fall apart, they knew the system would have to be re-booted and in 1822, [Thomas] Jefferson and [John] Adams are going back and forth and they said 'yeah, but trust the people, trust the people, they'll see what we were doing and they'll do it better'":
Early on in the discussion, Driscoll revealed that his church had recently conducted a survey to find out why people do not attend or stop attending church and learned that the main reason given is that Christians and the church are seen as intolerant.
Beck, of course, disagreed, saying that it was progressives and gay marriage activists and everyone else who are the intolerant ones because they are imposing their agenda upon Christians who just want is to be left alone to worship God as they see fit.
But, Beck said, this provides an opportunity for Christians to re-frame the debate. Asserting that anti-gay activists have "lost the war," Beck said Christians need to start framing the debate in terms of tolerance by declaring that they are not trying to tell people how to live and, in return, expect to be able to live their own lives as they see fit.
Driscoll agreed, saying "the Religious Right, the Moral Majority, everybody put those t-shirts away, nobody is wearing them."
"Right," Beck said. "That is over":
Earlier this year, "nine musical artists of different styles, backgrounds, and faiths were invited by Glenn Beck to compose, arrange, and record as a unit" to create a Christmas album called "Believe Again."
On his radio broadcast today, Beck spent a large part of the program promoting the new album during which he read from an insanely grandiose letter that he wrote to those involved in the project in which he predicted that their efforts just might save America and the world from the "spiritual darkness" that is engulfing it.
"Freedom is slipping through the fingers of so many around the world," Beck wrote, "and I think it's about time that we accept the mantle of new civil rights leaders of the world ... Our task is harder right now because much of the world has plunged into darkness and can no longer see the truth. But those of us who are awake have something that the others don't: the power of truth."
"Hopefully with these songs that you will put together," he continued, "travelers from around the world will find their way and help preserve the rights of man."
Warning that America will soon suffer the wrath of God, Beck declared that those who were recording this CD would be spreading the gift of redemption throughout a troubled and frightened world, telling the singers that "your voices will fill the air with praises to our God and King ... Many mighty miracles will be seen in the coming days and I think mighty miracles just may come from what you set out to do":
While speaking at an event on immigration reform in San Francisco yesterday, President Obama was heckled by protestors demanding that he "stop all deportations."
One of the protestors happened to be standing in the crowd on stage, which has set off alarms for Glenn Beck who fears that people with "leftist ties" in the Obama administration are allowing the security bubble around the president to be routinely penetrated by radical Marxists who represent a violent threat.
"This is craziness," Beck said. "I am not a fan of this president but I want the President of the United States to be secure and the President, I do not believe, is secure. I believe this president is in danger because things are spiraling out of control and he is looking like he is an enemy ... They don't understand why he just won't seize power and do it, so he's a traitor to their revolution":
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck relayed anecdotal evidence from workers with his Mercury One charity who are on the ground in Illinois to assist with the tornado recovery effort to declare that their efforts have been so successful that victims are telling FEMA trucks to go away because they do not want or need government assistance.
Pointing to a sign declaring "Please No More Donations," Beck rejoiced that the community had come together to such an extent that places are being overwhelmed with assistance. Of course, underneath the "No More Donations" plea are further instructions as to where donations should be left. The rest of the sign is difficult to read, but it seems to be directing donations to some other location, presumably because, in every disaster like this, victims and aid organizations are overwhelmed with "SWEDOW—Stuff We Don’t Want."
But based on Beck's reporting, this is all a sign that freedom is on the march and FEMA is no longer necessary ... just as Beck predicted two years ago when he began his Mercury One charity:
As part of an effort aimed at honoring the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has produced a project featuring famous Americans reciting the speech. The version of the speech read by President Obama for the project did not include the phrase" under God" which, of course, has thrown the Right into a frenzy, despite the fact that Obama was asked to read the very first draft of the speech which did not include that phrase.
Glenn Beck was among those freaking out about it, screaming that it was all intentional on the part of Obama because "the man has an issue with God" and "he is changing our history, he is changing our traditions":
Ironically, earlier in the program, Beck went on and on about the importance of always telling the truth and correcting the record when one makes a mistake so as not to spread false information.
We won't be holding our breath expecting him to actually follow through on that principle.
Sen. Ted Cruz has a busy weekend planned. Not only is he confirmed to headline a Texas conference for state legislators hosted by fake historian David Barton, he is also confirmed to speak at a conference of anti-Muslim activists and right-wing muckrakers in Florida hosted by leading Islamophobe David Horowitz .
Warren Throckmorton reports that Cruz is scheduled to speak at David Barton’s “ProFamily Legislators Conference” along with effusive conspiracy thoerist Glenn Beck, master voter suppressor and now Family Research Council bigwig Ken Blackwell, FRC vice president and radical anti-Islam activist General Jerry Boykin, and anti-gay, anti-Islam activist Rabbi Daniel Lapin. But perhaps the most questions for Cruz should come around accepting an invitation from Barton, who routinely pushes junk science and history and who just this week found himself in hot water among conservatives for telling veterans that it’s unbiblical to have PTSD.
Cruz is also set to join Rep. Louie Gohmert at “David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend,” along with Horowitz’s fellow anti-Islam activists Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Erick Stakelbeck and Daniel Pipes; right-wing pundits Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro; “voter fraud” truther Catherine Engelbrecht ; erstwhile Christian Coalition leader and Jack Abramoff pal Ralph Reed; prankster/martyr James O’Keefe; and rising right-wing star Dr. Ben Carson.
Previous “restoration weekends” have similarly allowed sitting members of Congress – including Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Steve King and Rep. Michelle Bachmann -- to mingle with anti-Islam leaders inluding Geert Wilders, Frank Gaffney, Andrew McCarthy and Pastor John Hagee.
While Horowitz’s summit includes a wide variety of far-right activists, its real star power comes from its Islamophobe coalition.
Horowitz himself has built his career on tying American progressives and mainstream Muslims to radical Islam. He's the editor of FrontPage magazine and has reportedly funded Robert Spencer's JihadWatch website. Horowitz was a leader of the smear campaign against former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who anti-Islam activists accused of being a Muslim Brotherhood agent sent to "penetrate" the US government . Horowitz alleged that Abedin, who is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, was a "Muslim Brotherhood operative" and "been given a special dispensation to marry a Jew so she can infiltrate our government.” He has also accused anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, whose wife is Muslim, of secretly practicing Islam and leading a Muslim Brotherhood "infiltration" of the Republican Party, and believes that teachers' unions are pushing an “infiltration of Islamic Jihadist doctrines” in the public schools.
Geller is also one of the most vocal figures on the anti-Muslim right. It was Geller who dreamed up and drove the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy in the summer of 2010. Like Horowitz, Geller sees Islamist infiltration wherever she looks, including theWhite House, public schools, the media, and even the Conservative Political Action Committee (thanks, of course to Norquist). Geller frequently suggests that President Obama is secretly Muslim and has even theorized that the president is the love child of Malcolm X.
Geller even attempted to justify Anders Breivik’s massacre at a Norwegian summer camp (which she initially, of course, blamed on Muslims), writing that the victims would have become “future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole.” Breivik had extensively cited Geller’s work in his anti-Islam manifesto.
Spencer is another one of the anti-Muslim movement’s leading lights, and also sees sneaking radical Islam in in the “Sharia-compliant” CPAC , the Obama administration,the media, TLC reality shows and progressives, whom he argues are “in league with Islamic supremacists” because of their shared dislike of America and western civilization.
To give you an idea of just how willing Spencer and Geller are to run with any anti-Muslim conspiracy theory, no matter how ridiculous, this month both gleefully picked up a story from New York’s local CBS station that alleged that members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were dipping puppies in gasoline and lighting them on fire in order to make puppy bombs. CBS quickly retracted the story, which was sourced to a Facebook message. But the story so perfectly fit Geller and Spencer’s hysterical anti-Muslim narrative that neither has updated their blog post.
We hope that Cruz at least won’t fall for the puppy bombs story. It’s sad enough to ruin what could have been great weekend.
As we noted yesterday, Glenn Beck is so insanely and rigidly ideological that it results in worldview in which everything is either black or white, so that anything done by someone with whom he disagrees or dislikes is inherently suspect and dangerous.
The extent to which this "all or nothing" worldview dominates Beck's understanding was perfectly expressed in this clip from the morning meeting yesterday during which producer Tiffany Siegel was commenting on a story about a project being run by Occupy Wall Street which uses donations to buy up consumer debt and then cancel it.
The project is called Rolling Jubilee and it works because lenders to whom the debt is owed often sell the right to that debt to third parties for pennies on the dollar. In this case, OWS buys up the debt and then, instead of trying to collect it, sends a letter to the person who owes the debt, telling them that it has been canceled and they are no longer obligated to pay it.
And all Beck can say when he hears about this effort is "gee, that sounds like the Golden Dawn Party."
The Golden Dawn Party is, of course, a fascist neo-Nazi political party in Greece and Beck's favorite catch-all term for warning about the coming resurgence of the Nazi movement in America and around the world:
In Glenn Beck's world, everything is black or white; or more accurately, things are either "constitutional" or "progressive," with the latter category consisting of everything in the world that Beck randomly decides doesn't fit into his amorphous and constantly evolving personal political philosophy.
The result is that his listeners are frequently treated to long pseudo-historical monologues in which Beck attempts to cram history into the categories that he has constructed so that everything from the Star Spangled Banner to the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag are all "progressive" trappings while declaring that the "progressives" in the Republican party are the modern-day ancestors of the fascists:
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck was discussing the on-going saga of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was not only caught smoking crack but also ranting wildly and threatening to murder some unknown target, which prompted Beck to start screaming that, despite all of this, "Canada still has higher standards than we do!"
Beck is furious that Canadians are demanding that Ford resign while Americans are not demanding that President Obama leave office, saying that "at least their guy hasn't actually killed people! Our guy is flying drones over, like 'yeah, go ahead, hit 'em, take 'em out."
"If the Western World is so corrupt internally," Beck said "that we just sit there and take it and say 'well, there's nothing really we can do so we'll just sit here and take it,' well then we really have lost."
He continued to lament that, as a society, we have come to tolerate and embrace wholesale corruption, as demonstrated by the recent elections of Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City and Terry McAuliffe as Governor of Virginia, saying it signals "the end of the Western way of life as we know it."
As such, Beck called upon "good men and women need to gather together, buckle down for a storm and stand as one":
One thing you learn from watching Glenn Beck on a regular basis is that when he starts promoting some new person or organization as people who "really understand what is going on," you can rest assured that those people are producing content that reinforces Beck's myopic worldview.
He does it when he brings on people like David Barton or Frank Gaffney or Jerry Boykin whenever he needs to point to "experts" who just so happen to specialize in producing the sort of biased content that he needs to support his political/social agenda.
On his television program last night, Beck interviewed a man named John Cardillo who runs an organization called PsyID, which specializes in "actionable social media intelligence and analytics." What does that mean? Well, as Beck explained it, PsyID basically runs searches on social media outlets on places like Twitter and Facebook to determine where America "really" stands on contemporary political and social issues.
The fact that Beck had Cardillo on his program last night pretty much tells you all you need to know about his findings; namely, that most of America agrees with Glenn Beck on the issues!
In fact, as Beck revealed today on his radio program, Cardillo's findings show demonstrably that Beck's Tea Party audience is "big time winning" and, wouldn't you know it, when it comes to "reading the psyche of the American people," Beck is "the only guy that gets it":
There are certain episodes of Glenn Beck's television program that utterly defy explanation and all one can do is wonder what Beck's staff must think when they get tasked with helping him prepare to deliver a ten minute monologue in which he tries to explain contemporary politics by playing with Wizard of Oz dolls and using funny voices and generally just rambling incoherently while wearing a pair of "ruby slipper" sneakers.
As was the case last night, where Beck played with dolls for ten minutes before explaining that Mitch McConnell is the Good Witch of the North, while the NSA is the Wicked Witch of the West, and Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and John Boehner are the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, respectively:
What is most amazing is that Beck truly believes that his real gift and purpose in life is to be a storyteller.
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts had a discussion about genetically modified foods that turned into a rant by Beck against the Food and Drug Administration during which he asserted that the government should play no role in food safety and simply let the free market sort it all out.
Beck said that the government should not require genetically modified foods or organic foods or any other foods to be labeled as such because "this whole organic thing is bullcrap because you can slap 'organic' on anything, it doesn't mean anything."
You'd think that would be a case for the government setting labeling requirements and basic standards, but you'd be wrong.
"No," Beck said. "That's why we need to be honorable people. That's why, if you really want that, you go and you find somebody that you trust. You got to people, and even if it's Whole Foods, and you have to trust that they're being honorable and they're looking for the right food and they'll tell you what it is. Let them, let the market sort it out. Let the market say 'this is our standard for organic, this is what we mean by organic.' You do your own homework":
David Barton’s dishonest and discredited pseudo-history hasn’t stopped him from becoming a star within the Republican Party. Despite the glaring flaws and political bias found in his work, not to mention the fact that actual conservative Christian scholars are among his most vocal critics, GOP candidates for office consistently seek Barton’s advice, counsel and endorsements.
Now, Barton’s WallBuilders deputy and radio show co-host Rick Green has launched a Facebook page to draft Barton run for U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent John Cornyn.
On October 30, Green wrote that “if the draft page gets 5k likes in just a few days, then we’ll know people want him to run.” As of today, the page currently has fewer than half that number of “likes,” but Barton’s possible run has garnered publicity and made Glenn Beck giddy. Barton recently told Beck that “if the Lord tells me to do it, I’ll do it.”
In anticipation of Barton’s possible run for office, we decided to look through our voluminous Barton archive and pull out the highlights of his radical record.
1. God Is Rightfully Blocking A Cure For HIV/AIDS
Barton is delighted by the fact that God is preventing researchers from finding a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS. According to Barton, HIV/AIDS is a punishment for sin and therefore God will block a potential cure: “God says, ‘Hey you’re going to bear in your body the consequences of this homosexual behavior.’” He argues that HIV/AIDS is a divine “penalty” for gay people’s “shameful sexual acts.” On a similar note, Barton has called homosexuality “absolutely reprehensible and disgusting” and said that marriage equality means we “are going down as a nation.”
2. “We Had To Destroy Indian Tribes”
Barton justified the slaughter of Native Americans as a defensive war against tribes who “declared war on all the white guys.” “We had to go in and we had to destroy Indian tribes all over until they said ‘Oh, got the point,’” Barton said, claiming that the tactics were only necessary because Native Americans were resisting missionaries who were trying to “civilize” them.
3. Demons Control Parts Of The Capitol
If Barton runs for US Senate and is elected, he will have to be careful to avoid the demon-controlled parts of Capitol Hill. Barton told televangelist Kenneth Copeland that demonic principalities have control over different government bodies and that is why politicians “think really goofy.”
4. The Bible Opposes Net Neutrality
Did you know that the Founding Fathers, Pilgrims, Puritans and the Bible all opposed Net Neutrality? According to Barton they did. He also argues that Net Neutrality is a “wicked” policy.
5. Founding Fathers Refuted The Theory of Evolution
While the nation’s founders lived long before Charles Darwin published his seminal works, Barton contends that the founders “already had the entire debate on creation and evolution” and sided with Creationism.
6. Evolution Should Be Banned In School Due To Separation Of Church And State
Barton maintains that evolution, secular humanism and atheism are all religions that should be banned in public school because of the separation of church and state. “Darwinism and evolution is a religion. Why don’t we say, ‘Hey, we can’t teach Darwinism in school. That affects the way people behave. I demand separation of church and state. Get Darwinism out of the classroom.’”
7. Government Should Regulate Gay Sex
After comparing homosexuality to cigarette smoking and eating unhealthy foods, Barton proposed: “Why don’t we regulate homosexuality?” He warned that nations that “rejected sexual regulation like with homosexuality” collapse “past the third generation from the time that they embraced it.”
“Nearly one-half of practicing homosexuals admit to five hundred or more sex partners and nearly one-third admit to a thousand or more sex partners in a lifetime,” he added. Barton also claims that a nation will have a spiritual revival once it stops tolerating homosexuality and has “chased the sodomites” out.
8. Schools Turn Kids Gay
Barton “guaranteed ” listeners that if they have children going to public schools “they are getting homosexual indoctrination.” He even said that public schools will “ force them to be homosexual.” Barton’s gay rights conspiracy theories don’t end there: Before the passage of the 2009 Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Barton said the law was “designed to single out preachers in the pulpit” and would put pastors in prison if they condemn homosexuality. Of course, that never happened.
9. Country Needs More Hate
Barton considered writing a book entitled, “When tolerance is a sin and hate is a virtue,” telling listeners of his radio show that nowadays “tolerance is a bad thing and hate is a good thing.” “We’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff. We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate.”
10. Bible Opposes Minimum Wage
Many of Barton’s lectures rail against progressive economic policy as unbiblical, arguing that the Bible condemns the capital gains tax, estate tax, progressive income tax and the minimum wage. “Jesus did not like the minimum wage,” Barton contends.
11. Constitution Quotes The Bible ‘Verbatim’
Even though Barton can’t find a single actually verbatim quote from the Bible in the Constitution, he consistently claims that the Constitution quotes the Bible “verbatim.” It is no wonder that he also asserts that God established America’s system of elections. It is no surprise then that Barton advocates the theocratic Seven Mountains Dominionism.
12. Life Begins Before Conception
Barton has said that life doesn’t begin at conception, but actually “life begins before conception.” Not surprisingly, Barton believes that abortion rights will lead to socialism and that abortion is banned under the Seventh Amendment. The Seventh Amendment reads: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re–examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”
13. No Limits On Second Amendment
14. Abortion Rights Leads To Divine Punishment
Barton recently claimed that inclement weather linked to climate change isn’t a result of climate change at all, but is actually God’s judgment on America for abortion rights.
15. Prayer Stopped BP Oil Spill, Drought
During a Religious Right conference call, Barton maintained that state declarations of prayer ended a drought in Georgia and also prevented damage on the Gulf Coast from the BP oil spill.