Friday, July 09, 2010

Glenn Beck cares oh so much about history

The other day, Beck was outraged and indignant that progressives had erased from history footage of Robert Byrd's filibustering of the Civil Rights Act, stating, "We have re-written history, and we are only looking now for the truth that helps our side. It must stop."

First, I'll give you a moment to click the link to see exactly how dumb Beck and apparently his research staff are.

Secondly, notice that Beck is doing exactly what he's accusing "progressives" of doing. While Beck is very, very concerned that people not forget the racist past of Byrd, he doesn't seem so interested in informing his audience about the racist history of many of his own intellectual heroes, a curious omission since Beck keeps recommending their work to his audience. This is, after all, a man who recently gave the commencement speech at Liberty University and received an honorary doctorate - I don't recall hearing Beck talk about how the late Rev. Falwell opposed Brown v. Board of Education on the grounds that it was a satanic plot.

And this is the same Beck who is charging his audience ten dollars a month for the privelige of being brainwashed with Christian nationalist lies. (Did you know that the argument for independence first made in Common Sense, then distilled in the Declaration of Independence, was "nothing more than a listing of all of the sermons that folks had been hearing in church in the decades leading up to the American Revolution"? Right. Because Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson were such huge fans of preachers and churches.*)

And this is the same Beck who found the US House of Foreign Relations committee passing a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide to be a matter of ridicule and derision, incredulous that anyone would waste their time with concern over something that took place during the World War I era ... so says a man who spends every one of his programs talking about how evil Woodrow Wilson was.

I wish Beck's audience would or could notice this sort of inconsistency. Beck the humanitarian hero, saving history to preserve human liberty, is a narrative that doesn't mix all that well with the reality of the Beck who finds genocide denial - the most sinister form of historical revision possible - a laughing matter.

*"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them, and to effect this, they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purposes." - Thomas Jefferson, to Horatio G Spafford, March 17, 1814

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