I’ve been listening to Glenn Beck for a few weeks now, first out of nostalgia, and now out of utter fascination. A few things in relation to yesterday’s show.
– Beck is opposing Trump’s idea that we need higher tariffs on imports from Mexico & China. He is saying that prices will sky rocket at places like Target & Walmart. That may be true, but why do we need that junk to begin with? Why can’t we be content with the things we have and take care of them? The real problem here, is something that Trump has tapped into, at least in theory: he understands that the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries has decimated the working class. Jobs that used to be American and provide stability for people no longer exist. They’re done overseas for basically nothing. This raises two issues: sweatshop labor & the increasing polarity in the United States. They are correlated. However, people like Beck care not at all for the working class. I spent years listening to “Conservative” talk radio and the amount of contempt for the poor pitched there is astonishing. There’s this thin-line idea that runs thru Randian capitalism that idolizes the rich, the corporate; and the very people they enslave seem to love them the most. Or at least, a size-able portion of them. I’ve heard guys who make very little money defend the corporations that exploit them for the sake of “innovation & American creativity & progress”. WUT?
-Beck’s obsession with Cruz’ so called constitutionalism has more to do with Mormon prophecy than probably anything else. Joseph Smith made a prophecy that Mormons would need someone to re-establish the American constitution someday. Beck very clearly sees himself as instrumental in this prophecy fulfillment. If you didn’t know anything about Smith (and I really don’t but happened across that the other day) you wouldn’t know this. You might just say that Beck is just being a good conservative American. But he’s not, and neither is Rush, Hannity or any of the rest. They have been shills for the establishment for decades now (I found an old blog from 2004 calling Rush a Bush-bot, yammering on his decades old mantra: Republicans good; Democrats bad). What’s ironic is that they’ve been so instrumental in establishing the establishment and now they’re doing a talk-radio-about-face using the hot political buzzword for their own gain while at the same time saying nothing other than the same old thing. It absolutely kills me that Cruz is somehow anti-establishment when he has strong Monstano ties. Okay, so maybe he’s not the old school Republican, but geeze. He plays by the same game.