I don’t often watch Glenn Beck. Last night I tuned in out of boredom to see if he would be weeping like a baby and instead found him brandishing the Weathermen Manifesto from the 1960’s, claiming it was the blueprint for the Obama Administration’s every move. This I had to see. I watched as the Beckster named the Weathermen players and associated them with all the Obama policies. Glenn had no actual facts or proof, only rhetoric and a blackboard with pictures he slapped here and there, moved around, and one photo that refused to stick making the whole effort quite comical.
I checked one thing: Beck is fed some of his “facts” by a gentleman by the name of Phil Kerpen. Phil Kerpen is the policy director for the polluter front group Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity was launched and funded by foundations and family members tied to Koch Holdings LLC, which has extensive oil and chemical holdings. One of Kerpen’s first successes was a smear campaign against Van Jones.
Glenn Beck was born in 1964. He was not alive when John F. Kennedy was assassinated and can hardly be relied upon to faithfully represent the ’60’s. For those of us who were alive then. the ’60’s were a time of great turmoil. Beloved leaders were assassinated on a routine basis. Young men were drafted to fight in a war the majority of the country did not support. Riots in major cities resulted in massive fires and looting. Student riots on campuses were commonplace.
How things have changed: During the 2004 Presidential Election, John Kerry, who actually fought in Viet Nam was made out to be a coward while George W. Bush, who avoided serving was made out to be a hero. Not to mention the fact that Dick Cheney, the Vice Presidential candidate, had received numerous draft deferrals. It’s mind-boggling how the Republican-machinery can spin this stuff.
And it’s happening again. Obama is in the White House and the special interest groups least likely to benefit from that are in overdrive making every effort to besmirch those around him. This latest “Weathermen” attempt will play with the uneducated right-wing nutjobs, but why should it? Why should these people be gullible and buy into this crap Glenn Beck feeds them?
Our Founding Fathers, whom Beck pretends to represent, must surely be turning in their graves at the travesty of the Fifth Estate.