My problem with Glenn Beck is that he has a 3 step formula:
#1 – Beck focuses your attention on a problem.
#2 – Then Beck obfuscates reality with what seems to be an academic discussion and beaucoup facts, many are pseudo facts.
#3 – Once Beck has you thinking then he often goes in a different direction by telling you who is to blame for all these problems … and in doing so he conveniently focuses on a select group of individuals using lots of labels like socialist, marxist, etc. Having synchronized your mind with a problem statement and supposedly supportive debate and data, once Beck has you completely in agreement that a problem exists and that we need to hold someone responsible (someone that he has provided as a target), then his program runs out of time without identifying a solution.
Beck has identified himself as just an entertainer. I think not. Entertainment is a throwaway commodity. Entertainment is inconsequential in dealing with problems of life. Beck’s effect on American society is not inconsequential.
It is OK for him to make lots of money. That’s cool. I’m a firm believer in capitalism.
However, the all important consequence of what Glenn Beck is doing is that he is creating doubt in the very basis of our government. He is undermining almost any hope of progress.
As a conservative, I find that Beck’s approach (and certainly Rush Limbaugh’s philosophy on politics, too, among others) creates major problems: if no one is to be trusted in government then why do conservatives deserve a chance to govern? Does ‘govern’ mean anything?
As a conservative, I find Beck’s pseudo-intellectualism is actually keeping people from ‘thinking’ … sure, he makes people think, but he has them focused on being mad at someone, and not on being problem solvers.
When someone like Utah’s Senator Bennett is attacked as being a RINO and not conservative enough — yet has an ACU ranking score of 84 — then we have reached a point where no one has any credibility left. Much of the destruction of trust can be laid at the feet of Beck (and Limbaugh and others).
Beck is actually killing the chance that any sort of repeat of a Reagan Revolution will happen.