As a former fan of Glenn Beck, I find it disturbing that Glenn has lurched to the left. I routinely watch him when I can, as I find him to have pertinent information at times, and I want to hear his analysis on events, whether I agree with him or not. But in all my years of listening to conservative talk radio and television programs, I have never experienced the host to make a dramatic shift. Glenn has set a precedence.
Glenn began his deviation from his conservative viewpoint approximately two or three years ago. When Donald Trump became a candidate for the GOP presidential nominee, Glenn became obsessed with Trump. He and his sidekicks, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere were unrivaled in their criticism of Trump. Day after day during the last year and a half, they have dedicated their program to the defeat of Trump. For hours upon end they have mocked Trump and Trump supporters. When callers would call into the radio show and attempt to explain their position and reasoning for voting for Donald Trump, the trio would not only ridicule Trump but often treat the caller with disrespect. Were the callers belligerent or hostile with the program hosts, I could understand the offensive approach by Beck, but more often than not the callers were regular listeners of the show, and they wanted to respectfully share their concerns and logic in voting for the New York billionaire.
At the time that I was listening to Beck’s unpleasant dialogue with the Trump supporters, I was a fan of Ted Cruz and shared much of Beck’s suspicion of Trump. Nevertheless, even considering my disgust with Trump, I found Beck’s insolence and contemptible attitude towards Trump to be extreme. Beck was compelled to pound on Trump, over and over again. And if he didn’t have any new material with which to condemn Trump, he and the boys would parody the guy. Trump was the guy they loved to hate.
Occasionally, Beck would find the time to denounce Hillary Clinton. He broadcast several documentary-style productions in which he presented a good case against Hillary. But his show was overwhelmingly dedicated to the ridicule and defeat of Donald Trump. I will always believe that Beck’s NeverTrump agenda has adversely effected Trump’s chances at defeating Clinton. Make no mistake about it. Glenn Beck may not endorse Hillary Clinton, but in this two man race, he will rejoice if Trump is defeated, which leaves a happy Beck if Hillary wins.
Today, I tuned into Glenn to hear his latest criticism of Trump. He and Pat Gray discussed the misconception that they had made when Obama took office. They were both fearing the worst with an Obama presidency. They expected Obama’s reign to be the final destruction of America. But now both men agree that Obama’s 8 years in office were not as bad as they feared. That’s just peachy, boys. Maybe the fact that Glenn And Pat still have jobs paying over a million dollars a year has something to do with this little revelation. What an incredible statement to make!
Perhaps, if Beck’s crew was making less than a hundred thousand a year and their insurance premiums jumped from one thousand a month to two thousand a month, with a deductible of fifteen thousand dollars, then they would be a little less charitable to Obama.
Do the Beck fans not remember Beck’s battlecry against the Marxism and Communism ushered in by Obama? Day after day, Glenn Beck would expose the ruthless radicals within the Obama administration. But now Beck says that eight years of Obama was not that bad.
Also, on today’s program, Beck made reference to the need for Americans to lose their anger after the election results. He called for unity, and he made his new direction clear. During the year 2017, Glenn Beck will be reaching out to the left in order to understand them and to ‘intellectually’ explain the views of the right. He will be reading different sources for his information in order to understand the perspective of those on the Left. He praised the New York Times, and suggested that the guys at the ‘Times’ are wanting to be more respected and not viewed as a liberal rag. He praised Bill Maher for making a positive comment about Mitt Romney.
While noting that he understand the people of Black Lives Matter, Beck warns against the nationalists and the rise of the Alt Right. His sympathy lies with the Left.
Beck read a piece written in the New York Times by Frank Luntz in which Luntz laments the present political landscape and the animosity between the sides. He agrees with Luntz that Americans have never had this divide, and bemoans the animosity. Both men are nostalgic for the day when both sides of the political spectrum could get along, even after an election. “After all,” he says, “We are all Americans.”
“NO, GLENN BECK, THAT’S THE PROBLEM. WE ARE NOT ALL AMERICANS. WE ARE A NATION DIVIDED BECAUSE OF ANTI-AMERICAN ILLEGALS WHO HAVE MOVED INTO OUR COUNTRY, FLAUNTED OUR RULE OF LAW, BECOME PARASITES LIVING OFF OF THE WORKING CITIZENS, DISRESPECTED OUR CULTURE, RESISTED SPEAKING OUR LANGUAGE, REFUSED TO ASSIMILATE, AND FLOWN THEIR NATIONAL FLAGS WHILE STOMPING AND SPITTING ON THE AMERICAN FLAG!”
“WE ARE NOT ALL AMERICANS, BECAUSE THE LEFT-WING LOONS DENOUNCE THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, WHICH IS THE DOCUMENT THAT GUARANTEES OUR LIBERTIES AS AMERICANS. THE DEMOCRATS ARE EXTREMISTS IN THEIR POSITIONS ON EVERY ISSUE FROM A GENDERLESS SOCIETY AND WHITE PRIVILEGE TO A SOCIALIST STATE. THESE PEOPLE WANT TO DESTROY THE FREEOMS OF WE THE PEOPLE. AND YOU, GLENN BECK, WANT US TO UNDERSTAND THEM BETTER?”
Compromise to the Democrats means one thing. Conservatives and Republicans give in to their agenda. That’s it! Glenn Beck actually suggests that we find common ground with the Left. Is he daft? There is no common ground between the Left and Right anymore. Conservatives were stepped on repeatedly by the Democrats and particularly, Barack Obama’s administration. They were squashed slowly and methodically by Marxist radicals and social engineers. But Beck wants us to believe that the Left loves America just as the Right. Aside from the obvious fact that the Left tells us how much they despise America every opportunity they get (just ask Colin Kaepernick), they also get a thrill out of sitting during the pledge, kneeling during the national anthem, and burning the American flag.
And now Glenn Beck wants to spend the year of 2017 reaching out to those on the Left so as to understand them better. If he doesn’t understand them by now, he is definitely losing his ability for critical thought. There is no doubt about it. Glenn Beck is moving Left, and he just convinced a boatload of NeverTrumpers to move left with him!