Last week, Glenn Beck proudly proclaimed that there were at least 10,000 members of his “Black Robe Regiment” who were willing to die resisting the government over marriage equality. Now, before we go further, who in their right mind decides that the thought of two men or two women having the same rights as they do is such a threat to their own way of life that they need to go and die opposing it?
I think we can all agree that there are a few things worth dying for, like protecting your children or others, but to most normal people, stopping two consenting adults from entering a civil contract is far and away not one of those things. Of course, if you’re one of the people who read or watch The Blaze as a serious source of information, you’re probably not subscribed to the same reality as the rest of us.
After last week’s announcement concerning the people who were willing to die opposing marriage equality, I wondered how he could ratchet up the rhetoric further without actually going over the line from protected free speech to actually inciting violence. Once again, like the clever conspiracy ringmaster that he is, Glenn Beck managed to keep the circus going without the whole tent exploding into flames.
“We are no longer a country that I recognize,” he said. “We are no longer a people that I recognize. We are no longer a nation in which I care to call myself a member of. We’ve become a place where our citizenship is more of an indictment than an honor … We are a country that has not only lost its way, but history will show that we have lost our ever-loving minds.” (Source)
Well, if you feel that way, I’m sure you’re free to move to Costa Rica, Glenn. There’s a quite a few folks who have moved to Costa Rica, Chile, or other countries under the assumption that the United States is on the verge of economic or social collapse. Former Minnesota governor, conspiracy nut, and current talk show host Jesse Ventura is hiding somewhere in Mexico “off the grid” last time I checked – maybe you could hang out with him down there. If not, maybe you could try to revive Galt’s Gulch which appears to have been slightly less legitimate than the Memories Pizza fundraiser which was coincidentally started by Lawrence Jones, who just happens to work for The Blaze.
Now here’s where the logic train really begins to leave the rails and head straight off into Looney Tunes territory on his show.
“If you think there is trouble now, what happens when the Supreme Court decides to say that homosexual marriage is the law of the land?” Beck asked. “Will this administration then force our churches to comply? Will you be forced to violate your own faith? We must together wake the most powerful force on earth: the people of God.”
“I’m going to begin,” he continued, “where Martin Luther King began. On 8/28, I’m going to be in Birmingham, Alabama in a church just down the street from where Martin Luther King began his historic stand against Bull Connor … We are going to begin to gather like-minded people and we are going to begin to train ourselves for non-violent resistance and civil disobedience. We’re going to begin to train ourselves for boycotts and sit-ins. We’re going to do all of the things that we thought were too radical or too hippy-like to do because we have to understand that we are now David and Goliath has all of the power. But we all know how that story ends.” (Source)
Glenn Beck is insulting the memory of Martin Luther King as well as the civil rights movement here, but that’s par for the course for the former radio shock jock and rodeo clown. Back in the day, we used to separate gimmick radio hosts from serious political commentary; now, thanks in part to Fox News, they get their own TV shows and politicians that lick their boots.
Of course, I think it is very unlikely that Glenn Beck believes in any of the nonsense that he spews on his show on a daily basis, but there are far too many people who do – and they vote.
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