In March of 2009, Glenn Beck described himself to a New York Times interviewer as a "rodeo clown." To my mind, this was a Freudian slip on Beck's part which encapsulates with pinpoint accuracy the function, within the larger scheme, of this radio host/provocateur for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox Network.
A rodeo clown's job is to distract. Once the cowboy--who spurs the bull as he rides--is bucked off, the clown--engaging in various antics, including waving red flags--must distract the bull from the cowboy in order to prevent the bull--enraged not only by the being with spurs recently having perched atop its back but also by the strap tightly attached around its flanks--from attacking the cowboy.
Glenn Beck does his job well. He distracts his listeners from seeking solutions that would advance their real interests by waving the red flags of racism and religious bigotry in place of constructive discussion of the real issues, waving the red flag of head-fake patriotism instead of encouraging critical thinking and looking past surface appearances, and waving the red flag of self-destructive military-enforced imperialism disguised as "support for our troops" who are providing for our "national security" against a manufactured "terrorist threat."
Glenn Beck distracts his listeners--as the federal elected official mouthpieces for the financial elites have done for over two centuries--from seeing the real power behind the U.S. government. That power is the network of international bankers who sought to control our government beginning in 1781. In that year, the bankers' front men, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris, and Thomas Wyling, attempted to impose a private central bank on our young republic. The Bank of North America, modeled on the fraudulently-named Bank of England, had the same purpose as the British institution: to control the national government through issuing the nation's money and through keeping the public--the people--in debt, all for private profit.
Now the spiritual heirs of the eighteenth-century international bankers do control our government and have controlled it since 1913--despite the efforts of a few who have known that letting the financial predators control our public money supply could destroy us as a nation. Glenn Beck makes sure that his listeners focus on the "evil government," not the truly evil financiers holding the power of the purse in the shadows. By demonizing "government," in reality a neutral tool which is made what it is by the "powers behind the throne," Beck works diligently to keep the truth about government from his listeners: they can organize to use government in the interests of the public, the people, themselves, or they can continue to have government used against them as they remain confused by the rhetoric of people like Beck in support of his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and Murdoch's benefactors among the private, financially elite few.