Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Glenn Beck and His Pseudoconservative Circus

In anticipation of his revival meeting, the Great Leader and flag-hugger extraordinaire is distributing tracts by cranks pretending to be conservatives. I've flipped through it. On its face it contains general statements that most Americans can agree with, but before you're very deep in you can tell it was written by a religious extremist with some pretty damaging ideas. Associating this with modern conservatism is exactly the kind of thing that's marginalizing the GOP and the public's view of conservatism in general. If an America run by Mormon imams is what he's advocating, I'm out, and so are most Americans. No wonder the GOP, in California and elsewhere, continues to spiral inward and down.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what your post is referring to--but I must say this--the more the GOP moves to the "middle" the more it loses its meaning and its base and its ability to distinguish itself from liberals. Conservatism is not about bending to the principles of liberalism. Conservatism is about less government, more freedom--it is not and never has been about moving to the left--just ask John McCain why he isn't President.

Thomas Paine Jr. said...

I couldn't agree more, but is handing the reins to Rush et al where the part should be? There's a place to go that's not left, and not marginalized, and that's where the GOP was in the 70s and 80s. A focus on economics, smart foreign policy strategy, and moving away from social issues is the key.