Glenn Beck: The Mao Tze Tung of America

November 22, 2009 at 11:21 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

He wants to start thinking like the Chinese:

BECK: I’ve done a lot of reading on history in the last few years and I was amazed to find that what we’re experiencing now is really a ticking time bomb that they designed about 100 years ago, beginning in the progressive movement. And they thought, “you know what, if we just do this and this and this and this, over time if we do it in both the Republican and Democratic parties, we will have our socialist utopia.” Well, I say again, two can play at that game. I am drafting plans now to bring us back to an America that our founders would understand. … We need to start thinking like the Chinese. I’m developing a 100 year plan for America. A 100 year plan. We will plant this idea and it will sprout roots.

I think his followers need to realize something. Their leader is borrowing not just from one perceived enemy: the Maoist Chinese, but from TWO! See, he’s been reading history (amazing if true) and he’s surprised by the progressive movement’s longevity. (Clearly he hasn’t studied much of any history before these past few years, as he claims, otherwise he would have known that the progressive movement has definitely been around for a while and would not be surprised at this). Problem for Beck is that the progressive movement didn’t have a charlatan at the lead, a comedian who claimed that no one should take him seriously, who was really a clown, a morning zoo crew member.

In any case, Beck says that his movement should borrow the tactics of two of their enemies. The progressives, who were (and are) in this for the long haul, and the Maoist Chinese, who were also in it for the long haul. Think like the Chinese, he says. Plant a ticking time bomb like the progressives, he says. What exactly is he talking about? It’s not really that clear. He talks about hearkening back to the Founding Fathers, but, well, it gets confusing from there, because it’s just not clear exactly what that really means. Not only that, but this man is not a serious thinker, and he tells people not to take him seriously. So why should ANYONE entrust him with a plan to save America? He could probably end up being worse for America than Mao was for China.


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  1. Luckily for us, Beck is not as smart and we have a Constitution that is set up to protect us from crazies like this. Read the Federalist Papers, it is almost as though Madison was expecting the 912 movement.

    At first, I was amused by Beck’s willingness to destroy the GOP. However, the GOP has played a major role in keeping the Birchers and other at bay. Beck is nothing more than a Bircher with a smile and a tear. Some scrary crap indeed.

  2. Indeed we have safeguards that the Chinese did not have. But I fear those safeguards are being weakened to the point of irrelevancy. I am amazed that this charlatan has such a following. I guess I need to, yet again, lower my expectations of Americans. I had an expectation that with America being such a great land, it also had reasonably intelligent people. And while that is the case, it is very disturbing the great quantity of Americans who don’t.

  3. The Founding Fathers had a little bit of the fear of the masses in them, that is why we are a Republic. I think the greater concern is that Beck and his ilk are great distractors for the more insidious invasion of our political landscape by the moneyed interests — corporate America in the form of Health Insurance Companies, investment banking, pharmaceuticals, etc.

    Beck was right about the invasion of both political parties, but it is by the corporate lobbyists, not the progressives. See the great New York Times article on the very point on Nov. 15:

    This is what drives me nuts about Beck, in one breath he says he is for the people, but his politics are all about hurting the people. Just like invoking the communists to stop the communists/progressives.

    Dan, you are a Mormon guy, maybe you can convince Beck to start living the Law of Consecration. That would be interesting.

  4. You think I could convince Beck? Thankfully he is not in my ward (he’s up in Connecticut somewhere and not here in New York). Beck is a charlatan corporate elitist. He’s a millionaire who is bamboozling his viewers into buying more of his books and giving him more money. It is so sad to see how many people are deceived by this man.

  5. Wow. This was amazing stuff. A 100-year plan? The soviets had 5-year plans for the economy, but now GB wants a century?

    There are some funny proverbs on the different effects of reading on different kinds of people, just can’t come up with them.
    Or he might be joking. Hard to tell.

    But great blog you got there, inspiring for a very fresh part-time political blogger!

    All the best,

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