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Keep Glenn Beck on the air...please

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Townhall Magazine the self-described, fastest growing conservative magazine in America alerted me to the treachery via email blast.

As part of the American-hating left's ongoing effort to turn our country into a bleak, totalitarian, socialistic state much like North Korea (only bigger and with more Burger Kings), progressives are trying to force Fox News' Glenn Beck off the air. With vicious smears and boycotts of Beck's TV and radio sponsors, the hippies are trying to silence Beck because his blend of "enlightenment and entertainment" is just too seductive for the "liberal left" to tolerate.

Finally, something Townhall.com and I agree upon: Keep Glenn Beck on the air...please!

Glenn Beck--An American Original

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The wonderful thing about the Glenn Beck show is Beck's complete lack of self-restraint and good judgment. It's like watching an Id on amphetamines strangling a defenseless 90-pound weakling Superego every day at 5 o'clock. With no internal editor counseling Beck against buffoonery and the endless spouting of easily disprovable "facts," he stands intellectually and morally challenged before the world as the worst PR imaginable for the New Republican Party.

Just a few recent Beck gems from his radio and TV shows:

Regarding the history of race relations, Beck believes things were "moving in the right direction" "...until the lead up to the Civil War."

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According to Beck: Joe McCarthy--the infamously unbalanced red-baiter of the 50s--was right.

Beck has suggested that predator drones would be used by Obama to monitor Tea Parties.

Beck: "We have more in line today with the communist goals of 1963" than with the Constitution.

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Just take a moment to think about Beck's take on race relations in America during the early to mid 19th century: "...moving in the right direction." What could he possibly mean by that? Was there less whipping by slave owners? Listening closely to that show's clip, he seems to be implying that blacks and whites of the late 18th and 19th centuries got along handsomely until politicians started making such a big deal out of slavery. If they just had shut up about that little divisive matter of one human being owning another, things would have been fine.

If you don't count the Beck faithful, Beck may be the only non-straight-jacketed individual on the planet to find the works of discredited Mormon historian W. Cleon Skousen to be of any value at all, let alone central to his very being. Skousen, the man Beck claims "changed my life," was too far right for famed anti-communist FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, who kept a 2,000-page dossier on the guy. An avid supporter of the John Birch Society (famous for warning us about the commie plot known as fluoridated water), and a big believer in one-world conspiracies and end-times dogma, Skousen was marginalized as too radical and loopy by Goldwater Republicans during the sixties, and was treated by his own Mormon Church as an embarrassment. Skousen also believed President Eisenhower was a communist agent. Beck, however, has scraped the mildew off Skousen's books and papers, and repackaged them as prophesy.

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The Right vs. Wrong

These are just tiny glimpses into the astonishing nuttiness of Mr. Beck. His bold incoherence, his open-your-mouth-and-see-what-comes-out approach, and his knack for self-promotion are driving more sensible conservatives, like Matthew Continetti of The Weekly Standard, to distraction. Continetti's piece in the Standard is as merciless to Beck as anything penned by the left--with a lot more sting.

Continetti has good reason to be concerned. Beck stands as a constant reminder of the hijacking of the Republican Party by those who increasingly waddle over the line between extremist ideology and certifiable.

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