As Americans, we have the rights and privileges to our own opinions, our own thoughts, and to support practically whoever we chose to. This right extends to everyone, and allows us to hear the ideas of media fanatics, from the “liberal media” of MSNBC to the “radical conservatives” of Fox News. For years now, I have listened to Glenn Beck, both on radio on KTAR, and on television on both CNN Headline News and Fox News as well.
I speak of Glenn Beck for a few reasons. Since the small downfall in Republic popularity after the end of the Bush administration, Beck took one of the leading roles as a figurehead of the party- no matter how much he wanted to admit it. With as much influence as Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin on the Republicans, Beck also gained much influence over independents, conservative Democrats, as well as Libertarians and “Tea-Party members.” However, all of this is irrelevant, unless we look at the consequences of all of his popularity.
On August 8th, 2010, Beck led his “Restoring Hope” event in Washington D.C.; this was at the same place as Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, and he gained practically as many supporters at this event. His prowess as a political voice was definitive, but his message is always strange. Beck always calls for the end of the world, communism and fascism as rising forces, the uprisings in Egypt and Libia as a sign of political problems for the good of America because of the Muslim Brotherhood, and always the eventual downfall of America as we know it because of “George Soros” and the unions. His words always talk of the collapse of the economy, the rise of bad government, and of course, the end of life as we know it, always making sure to tie it to his sponsors.
Well the point of this rant is two-fold. His departure from cable TV to his own internet network could start a dangerous trend as fans will now be dishing out dough to watch him, and this may cause others to do the same. However, the greater consequence of Glenn Beck is the anger and pessimism he creates in others, and it is necessary to fight for better and more helpful ways of working for a better America. I am in no way asking for him to stop doing what he does; I just want people to realize he is all about shock value, instilling fear in people so they will act in the way he wants
So, next time Glenn tells you to buy food insurance or put all of your money in gold because the world is about to change drastically, take it with a grain of salt. Allie Kaufman and I surely do, as you will see, the world isn’t as big of a conspiracy as Glenn Beck wants you to think it is, and maybe could become better if men like Glenn Beck used their influence more carefully and for better reasons in the future!