Glenn Beck has recently extolled a message of promise and hope to his legions, which he proclaims number 30 million strong.On a recent broadcast Beck revealed the 30 million number and concluded that they constituted the wave of the future. The Tea Party drumbeat should be one of future optimism. Beck optimistically asserts that his viewing audience constitutes 10 percent of the American population.
With such a strong building block, Beck sees these 30 million as a catalyst. Such a large number of followers serve as a dynamic ripple effect that will ultimately make America a nation representing is viewpoint. Beck believes it will be just a question of time before spokespersons such as Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell will be in the majority and directing national policies.
Rush Limbaugh has long subscribed to this view. His regular audience figure has also been said to constitute 30 million listeners. It should be remembered what happened when Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele recently referred to Limbaugh as "an entertainer."
The ego of Limbaugh had endured discomfort. The irate talk show host demanded an apology and promptly received it after Steele was pressured by individuals within the Republican hierarchy.
It was understandable that Limbaugh, hardly bashful about advancing his cause, would revel in the result of the Republican Party's chairman being compelled under pressure to apologize to him. He declared during this same interval that he was the leader of the Republican Party, its sturdy voice that points the way to the troops in the field.
The optimism of the Republican Party's Tea Party wing should be measured by current American demographics. Do the projections of Beck, Limbaugh and others of a future Republican Party super majority represented by voices such as their own along with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann resonate alongside projected national demographics?
The strength of the Tea Party correlated alongside listening audiences of talk show hosts such as Beck and Limbaugh has been measured alongside the America of today and demographic projections of the nation's future.
That future represents a polar opposite of Beck's projections. First of all, America's emerging cultural mosaic is decidedly pluralistic. It definitely constitutes a rainbow composition with Hispanic, African American, and Asian population dramatically increasing.
What about white population increase? Younger Americans have not flocked to the Tea Party and right wing talk show hosts.
Take a look at television footage of Tea Party rallies and the same result unfolds before the naked eye as has been revealed on the basis of studies done on the right's current phenomenon. Older Americans, those long past reproducing, predominate.
What about the prevalent population rise pointing strongly toward a rainbow future mosaic for America? Does that correlate with appearances at Tea Party rallies?
Take a look at Tea Party audiences and one observes a virtually exclusive Caucasian look. Studies done on the subject underscores this phenomenon, that the Tea Party consists mainly of disgruntled older Americans seeking to shake up the nation in a decidedly rightward direction.
The 30 million strong that Glenn Beck sees as a catalytic force to forge a new America is delusional. In fact, if the Republican Party continues to pay such fealty toward the Tea Party, Beck, Limbaugh and spokespersons such as Palin and Bachmann, demographic studies reveal that it will not be long before it faces extinction.