Glenn Beck 9.12Project Receives Asshole of the Week Award
Okay, I know Glenn Beck’s 9.12 club isn’t new, but I think he deserves to be the Asshole of the Week for his creation of it. Glenn Beck’s supposed premise is that he wants the nation to return to the state it was in right after the 9/11 attacks, feeling some sense of unity even when thousands of people were killed by terrorists. Never mind the people mindlessly flown into buildings, the people killed by crashing buildings, the people dying from working in the debris of those fallen buildings trying to rescue body parts, but hey, let’s return to that, shall we? I mean why not capitalize, Glenn Beck, on the death and depravity of terrorists? Why not return to a state of total grief, shock, horror, and despair, senseless violence, and let it dictate the entire nation?
I get angry when people like Glenn Beck somehow use the death and pain of others to glorify their own socio-political agenda, as if they have any stake in the grief of the people who lost families in 9/11 or continue to lose family members to 9/11 illnesses and injury. To make me even more sickened, people in Michigan, are aligning themselves with Beck’s rather sick play on death in the form of the Tea Party movement:
People like retirees Calvin and Linda Dykstra wanted to eliminate the Democrats’ 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority that helped healthcare reform pass a vote in late December. They drove from western Michigan to Massachusetts in January and spent a week campaigning for Brown.
Speaking at a Tea Party meeting in Manistee, Michigan, the two beamed and blushed like newlyweds, despite being in their mid-60s. “Not everyone had the time or the money to do what we did, but we felt we had to stop the socialist government takeover of healthcare,” said Calvin, a former physician.
As the movement has grown, coalitions have formed. In Michigan, Tea Party groups have formed the Michigan Tea Party Alliance with supporters of Glenn Beck’s 9.12 Project — a conservative group that wants America to resume the spirit of unity of September 12, 2001, the day after the September 11 attacks.
So now Michiganders are aligning themselves with the deaths of 9/11 victims in a true moment of macabre absurdity that would be laughable were it not so clearly building off the sick and dying who were injured by terrorists. Glenn Beck has been ,as of late, comparing health care reform to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a sure sign that he shows no respect for those who died and were injured in New York. What better way to eulogize the dead than to use their memories to further your own agenda, right Beck? Oh, I forgot, their deaths are just like health care reform–terrorist based right? So is Obama a terrorist to Beck?
I am no huge fan of Obama, but I would not assign him the role of terrorist the loose way that Glenn Beck does. Apparently Bill Maher’s response to Glenn Beck is to wonder why Beck couldn’t have been killed by terrorists. That’s Glenn Beck for you–health care reform is like terrorism. Really, who the hell puts these people on television anyway?
Michigan’s movement may come down to just money, and in Michigan, the money always wins–just check out our races for Supreme Court candidates (well except for the candidate who was found to be using his State-awarded company car for family vacations) and you will find that for the candidates, it comes down to money, and not all that money is accounted for in Michigan. Television ads aren’t counted at all, and in the last election amounted to millions of dollars worth of campaign contributions.
One Michigan Tea Party candidate says it eloquently enough:
Ted Schendel, 53, a semi-retired police officer and a Tea Party Republican, is running against “four millionaires” to be the Republican candidate for the 2nd district of Michigan.
“Just before Christmas I was watching Glenn Beck when I realized that Glenn alone cannot take our country back,” he said, speaking at the Manistee Tea party meeting. “So instead of just shouting at the TV, I decided to run for office.”
“I’m not stupid, I know I’ve got one almighty mountain to climb,” he said. “The only way I can do it is if I can get the common man behind me.
The question anymore is: who is the common man? (And let’s hope to goodness it’s not the likes of Glenn Beck who want to make a mint off the backs of our nation’s dead.)
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