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Glenn Beck 9.12Project Receives Asshole of the Week Award

March 18, 2010
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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.

GETTING ORGANIZED

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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  1. March 19, 2010 4:49 am

    I think you’re missing the point about Glenn Beck’s 9.12 project.

    The 9 Principles
    1. America Is Good.

    2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
    God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

    3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
    Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington

    4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
    Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson

    5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
    Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson

    6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
    Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson

    7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
    Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington

    8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
    On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

    9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
    Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

    The 12 Values
    * Honesty
    * Reverence
    * Hope
    * Thrift
    * Humility
    * Charity
    * Sincerity
    * Moderation
    * Hard Work
    * Courage
    * Personal Responsibility
    * Gratitude

    It has nothing to do with what you said. It has everything to do with how America as a country CAME TOGETHER after that horrific day.
    And you don’t have to worry…Glenn Beck isn’t running for office. He’s a guy with a tv show. Yea he shares his opinion but he also educates with information you WONT see on the mainstream media. And everything he predicts, ummm yea, it happens. What I love about Glenn Beck is that unlike Obama, he IS transparent. He tells you to go find the information on your own and not take his word for it. Even though everything I have looked into for myself, has proved accurate. If he makes a mistake, he admits it. He is real. That’s why the Tea Party movement is growing, because people don’t need a leader to encourage hope. True Americans will come together and find hope in themselves. Glenn Beck is nothing without his supporters. He is only there to support and inform. You can easily ignore him, I don’t see why it is necessary to deem him as asshole of the week.
    It’s not about republican or democrat or right or wrong anymore. It’s about our freedom. That’s all him and the Tea Parties are all worked up about. I think more people should get their head out of the sand and realize there a lot of people fighting for the freedom that they are carelessly giving away.

    That’s my .2

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      March 19, 2010 4:38 pm

      The US government is supposed to be free of religious influence. And, I still think that building an entire movement off the death of others is a tawdry way to go.

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