First, as an American, and secondly as an amateur historian, I beg you to stop. Stop badgering us on radio, stop preaching on Fox News, stop writing books filled with your skewed commentary on our society, stop public speaking with Mama Grizzly at rallies, stop everything.
Just take a look at what you’re doing to us. I’m certain that you sincerely believe you’re doing some sort of civic duty by misinforming the masses, but I’m not sure how you can keep believing such malarkey. Of those who subscribe to you, I see two commonplace emotions. I see anger prominently on the forefront in your Americans’ minds, evoked from a sense of frustration because things aren’t going their way; but then, hidden from plain sight, I’ve found fear—the kind that only children know when they’re alone in the dark. Sure, it’s nothing out of the norm to be scared or tense once in a while, but not like this, not all the time. That’s what breeds panic and causes nervous breakdowns. How can’t you see that you’re destroying the ones who invite you into their homes and love you?
Then again, if what you believed was at all accurate—if you were actually correct in your analysis and in the remedies you sporadically invent at the mike—then I suppose the anger and fear you manufacture would be justified in order to save our dear country from…well, whatever it is your heart doesn’t like presently. But the truth is, you don’t know what you’re talking about (even though you wear a smart pair of specs while you “teach” in front of a chalkboard). How am I so sure of this? Let me count the ways…
Let’s look at your “Restoring Honor” rally that took place last week. “I believe we’re approaching a last call, all aboard,” you said. “I had nightmares last night, because I felt maybe I wasn’t clear enough. The message I feel I’m supposed to give you is get behind the shield of God.” So, you believe that in order for this country to get back on the righteous track, we must embrace God? For many reasons, I couldn’t disagree with you more.
For one thing, even though the American Religious Identification Survey from 2008 concluded that this country has become slightly less religious in 20 years, America is still filling the pews much more than the rest of the free world. According to Gallup International, 41% of Americans attend church services regularly, while only 15% of France, 10% of the UK, and 7.5% of Australians worship as intently. Of course, stats aren’t really needed to prove how holy religion remains to Americans. All you have to do is look at the religious stadiums that have replaced the small chapels throughout the country in the past few decades and—so long as you have just one properly firing synapse—you’ll get the right idea.
Besides that, surely you can’t believe that God was the primary reason for America’s ascendance in the world, do you? Well then, what about the Founders, the ones who bore this country? They weren’t religious (at least by your standards anyway), and here’s the proof:
“Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies.”
-Thomas Paine, the author of the actual Common Sense
“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”
-Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the Republican Party as you don’t know it
“Lighthouses are more useful than churches.”
-Benjamin Franklin, the man whose portrait you have in your radio booth
I bet you never heard of those quotes before, but then again, there’s a good possibility. And that’s what brings me to disliking you as an amateur historian. Glenn, you spot-learn, absorbing only half of the truths surrounding a historical event (specifically the parts which you enjoy and approve) and leave the rest in the books. You said it yourself at last week’s rally, on MLK day of all days, that “This country has spent far too long worried about scars, and thinking about the scars, and concentrating on the scars.”As any historian will tell you, all you’re doing is making history fictional and it’s nothing but lazy.
But, going back to what you said at the rally, let’s talk about the “scars”, even though I know it pains you. Do you know what a scar is, Glenn? A scar is a wound that has either healed or it’s in the process of healing. So, metaphorically speaking, slavery (and everything that followed as a result of it, like Plessy v. Ferguson, the Jim Crow laws, etc.) was an open wound on our society at one time. But thanks to men like Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement—which you disgraced last week—we now have a scar. Sure, maybe that scar isn’t an enticing thing to glare at, but they have a distinct purposes. From those scars, we can learn from our past mistakes and hopefully keep history from repeating itself.
Also, by ignoring the scars, don’t you realize what you’re doing to our nation’s heroes? I know you know a little something about what a hero is, and I must admit you defined what one is rather well. You said, “Heroes are just people who stand and do the right thing, usually at their own peril…” Exactly right, simple but true. But try and understand why those individuals, like Martin Luther King Jr. (whom you disrespected), are called heroes. They are heroes—our heroes—because of the adversity they challenged and bested. And for those whose pedestals rise a little higher than the rest we are particularly heavily indebted to. I’m talking about Americans like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King Jr. (whose spirit you betrayed). We call them heroes because they faced Goliath-sized challenges and beat them. So, when you really think about it, they were the scar-makers. And as unpleasant as a scar might be, isn’t that better than still having those uncauterized wounds? Please, for all our sakes (and especially theirs), stop taking away from their legacy.
I could go on and on about you, but frankly I don’t wish to. I’m too disgusted by all that you’ve come to be. All of your viewpoints torment me—from your religiously-biased 9-12 project and the appalling gall to think you could write a book called Common Sense to your childlike good guy, bad guy disapproval of anything that refers to the progressive movement and/or the Democratic Party—especially when I top all that off with the fact that you’re such a good shepherd these days. Glenn Beck, what am I going to do with you? Unfortunately, what are we going to do with you?
John Q. Doesn’t-Watch-Your-Show