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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beckian Backlash

Seems like not all the power-players in the conservative movement are pleased with what Glenn Beck is doing.

And while some will discount Levin's stature amongst conservatives, he's a frequent guest on Sean Hannity's Fox"News" program and has a substantial radio program following. He posted his displeasure with Beck on conservatives favorite social networking site, Facebook, and made it clearer that he thinks Beck is dangerous for the movement.

I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he. It's incoherent. One day it's populist, the next it's libertarian bordering on anarchy, next it's conservative but not really, etc. And to what end? I believe he has announced that he is no longer going to endorse candidates because our problems are bigger than politics. Well, of course, our problems are not easily dissected into categories, but to reject politics is to reject the manner in which we try to organize ourselves. This is as old as Plato and Aristotle. Why would conservatives choose to surrender the political battlefield to our adversaries -- who are trashing this society --when we must retake it in order to preserve our society? Philosophy, politics, culture, family, etc., are all of one. Edmund Burke, among others, wrote about it extensively, and far better that I possibly can. But all elements of the civil society require our defense. Besides, why preach such a strategy when conservatism is on the rise and the GOP is acting more responsibly?

But the big news surrounding Beck and his brand of hysterical psycho-babble is what Rush Limbaugh has to say about him.

would not have said that the only people who can stop Obama should be excoriated for being just as bad…It would never occur to me to say that. I don’t know what the objective would be.

It's gotten so bad that even World Net Daily is going after Beck. That gives you a a pretty good indicator of exactly how crazy Beck really is.

Here's a brief response from Beck:

Glenn Beck seems to have let the narrative get a little too out of control. He likely realizes this, but he has so much invested in now that it's hard to stop the crazy train. He's more attuned to the idea of running people down instead.

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