For some time now I’ve wanted to post my opinion on Glenn Beck and his constant droning about how there is no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. The best way to explain my procrastination on the subject is “so much to say – so little time.”
I actually liked Glenn Beck when I first discovered him on CNN before he joined the Fox News Channel. I thought that he was interesting and different. I also liked his views and focus on the U.S. Constitution in regards to today’s issues.
After a while, I sensed a difference in Beck. At first I couldn’t put my finger on it, but it made me uncomfortable. Then I finally realized what was happening. Beck’s head was growing at an alarming rate. He started lecturing his viewers and radio listeners. He started believing that he alone had all the answers to the country’s problems; everyone else was too stupid or too corrupt to see what he was seeing.
By the time the town-hall protesters and the tea-party movement was in full force Beck made his move to become the unofficial leader of the opposition movement to Obama’s socialist takeover of America. All of a sudden Republicans were just as bad as Democrats. There was no difference whatsoever between the two parties. Beck suddenly started researching the progressive movement in America; acting like he was the only person in the country who had this information. People like Rush Limbaugh who used the word liberal were dead wrong. It’s not Liberal – it’s Progressive. It’s not Liberal Republican – it’s Progressive Republican. Beck had stumbled upon a new discovery; Progressives were far worst than Liberals, Socialists, Marxists, Communists, etc.
I believe that Beck’s sudden obsession with Progressives, or Progressivism was simply a way to distinguish himself from his top two competitors, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. Otherwise, he was just another Conservative on talk-radio and Fox News.
When Beck claims that Republicans are just as bad as Democrats, and that there is no difference between the parties, he really loses all credibility. The facts, figures, and reality don’t back his claims.
I would like to humbly ask Mr. Beck and others who agree with him the following questions:
Who is/was the Republican version of avowed Communist and former Obama administration Green Czar, Van Jones?
Who is/was the Republican version of far-left radical Cass Sunstein, Obama’s Regulation Czar?
Who is/was the Republican version of Obama’s radical homosexual-rights School Safety Czar Kevin Jennings?
Who is/was the Republican version of Obama’s former White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn, who publicly stated that Mao Zedong was one of her favorite political philosophers?
Who is/was the Republican version of Obama’s FCC Chief Diversity Officer, Mark Lloyd?
Glenn Beck fans should be very familiar with Jones, Sunstein, Jennings, Dunn, and Lloyd. To Beck’s great credit, he has done much to educate the American public about these dangerous clowns. However, I don’t seem to remember George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan having people like this (Progressives, Marxists, and Communists) in their administrations.
Is there really no difference between the two parties?
The American Conservative Union (ACU) is a conservative political organization founded in 1964 that advocates and lobbies for conservative policies in government. They have come to be best known for their ratings of members of Congress. The ratings are on a scale of zero (0) to one hundred (100) with 100 being the most conservative and 0 being the least conservative. The ratings are based on the member’s individual votes on legislation coming out of the House and Senate.
According to the ACU, for the year 2009, House Republicans received a combined rating of 91.19, and Senate Republicans received a combined rating of 88.63.
In contrast, the House Democrats received a combined rating of 6.79, and the Senate Democrats 8.63.
No difference Glenn?
Last year when Obama and the Democrats passed the insane 800 plus billion dollar stimulus bill that Glenn Beck rightfully rails against, not one Republican member of the House voted for the bill. On the Senate side only 3 “Republicans” voted for the stimulus. One of the votes came from Arlen Specter who later defected to the Democrats. The other two were Olympia Snowed and Susan Collins of Maine – of course.
Hey Glenn – why would all of these Progressives in the Republican Party vote against the Stimulus?
During last year’s vote on comprehensive healthcare reform only 1 of 178 Republican House Members voted for the bill. (H.R. 3962) Affordable Healthcare for America Act.
On the Senate side of the healthcare bill, every single Republican Senator voted against it while every single Democrat Senator voted for it.
Still no difference Glenn?
Beck has on more than one occasion stated that the Tea Party is not a Republican or Conservative movement, but rather an Independent movement. Really now! Does he mean the same independents who voted for Obama in 2008? The fact of the matter is that the Tea Party movement is a Conservative movement, and the vast majority of its members are in fact members of the Republican Party.
Hate to break it to you Glenn, but so-called Independents are the biggest political whores out there. These are the people who show up to vote every election day based on their current personal predicaments. Far from the above-it-all, salt-of-the-earth, principled patriots that Beck, O’Reilly, and Dobbs would have you believe they are; many Independents are nothing more than personal grievance voters with no real core political principles. Sure they’re also against Obama……. now that his radical policies have hurt them where it hurts most – their wallets and pocketbooks. Also, are we to believe that if a politician is an independent, or not affiliated with the two major parties, that this will make him or her immune from back-room politics, corruption, and dishonesty? Give me a break already!
I’m not saying that there aren’t bad Republicans who just don’t get it – there sure as hell are. I rail against them on this blog every chance I get. I became a registerd Republican for two reasons. One is that in NY you must be registered to a Party in order to vote in that party’s primaries. The other is because the Republican Party is still the one and only political home for Conservatives. If the Democrat Party was the home for Conservatives, I’d sure as hell be a Democrat. But to say that there is no difference between the Republican Party and the Democrat Party is just so ridiculous that I have a hard time believing that Glenn Beck and others who parrot this ridiculous line really believe it.
The fact is that the two parties are just logistical organizations used to market political ideas.
The fact is that there is a bigger difference between the two parties now than there has been in a very long time. The Republican Party is still pretty Conservative while the Democrat Party has tilted far to the left in recent years.
The fact is that the base of the Republican Party is still overwhelmingly Conservative, and so are the vast majority of the Republicans in the U.S. Congress.
The fact is that the base of the Democrat Party is now at the very least Socialist, and so are the vast majority of the Democrats in the U.S. Congress.
The fact is that there is still a humongous difference between the two parties, and anyone who say’s otherwise is either ignorant, or driven by some other agenda.