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The 1st century poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) once wrote: "Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover and conceal what is now shining in splendor." Whether the collapse of the conservative movement comes to pass as a consequence of its current moth-like attraction to the perceived "shining splendor" of the Glenn Beck doctrine is something that only time will tell. However, based upon the precariousness of human nature, this possibility, if not already a foregone conclusion, should be considered too strong to ignore. If so, those with a tangible stake in the matter -- America's currency-chasing professional conservatives and the movement's true keepers of the flame -- need to step to the defense of mainstream conservatism and regain control of its image; an image that each day seems to move further toward what Zaitchik calls Beck's "common nonsense."

"I know that many in this country think that I'm a fear monger," Beck has stated. "It is not a label that I think applies. I do talk about frightening things. But I don't think the man who saw the iceberg as the Titanic was about to hit it and said, "It's an iceberg,' was a fear monger. He was warning people on the ship."

Ironically, to the conservative movement, it is Beck himself who may well turn out to be the embodiment of that iceberg.

One thing that is for sure is that time will tell. As Zaitchik pointed out in a piece in The New Republic: "There was one message that the (Restoring America rally's) emotional emcee managed to get across with unmistakable clarity: Glenn Beck is still a major force to be reckoned with, and has every intention of staying one."

Which is great news to all of those who've gained benefit from the more fear-inducing manifestations of Glenn Beck's fraud complex -- especially the fraud himself.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)

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