For Fox, Fear is all that is left.
BECKWATCH: "Be Prepared: An Introduction to Food Storage"
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On November 21st, Glenn posted on his website a treatise on "Food Storage". The insinuation being that our food supply is not safe or the government is somehow going to take away our food or the government is going to do something drastic that will make our food supply unsafe or maybe, we just are not safe from our government.
Glenn is so absolutely without merit that he is now depending entirely on fear to keep what little viewership he has left. And, he is probably mentally ill and spiraling towards some type of collapse. The disturbing aspect of this is - where will that leave his devoted viewers and listeners?
He's already paved the way for his impending breakdown with the news of his various afflictions and maladies. So when he does go it will be because of blindness, etc. But what about the Fox viewers that aren't blind or crazy - they will simply be angrier, with no messiah or ready outlet. The awful tragedy here is that the vast majority of these folks are very good people with very legitimate cause to be afraid and angry. Glenn Becks and demagogues don't just happen - they are created by the external forces around them. Evidently there has been a tremendous void in our public conversation that needed filling and Fox News is filling it.
It used to be filled by "a life".
Many Americans are afraid of themselves. They don't like what they have bought into and are certainly not going to take responsibility for their choices: Obama did it or Citibank did it or a Muslim did it. America has become the excuse - as if it were an entity apart from us citizens. We are America, all of us. Apparently scores of Americans are afraid of the life we have made here in America. They want and need someone or something to validate their choices over the choices of other Americans - this is where Fox News comes in.
Scream and Shout
Glenn Beck and Fox are cultural Svengalis, validating bad choices and bad habits. Fox is naturally amoral, which is a huge problem when moral people are looking to them for answers. Fox knows that their viewers want "things" or want the "things" or fears they have to be validated. Fox is financed and empowered by corporations, groups and individuals that provide these "things". This is not unusual - so is every other "news organization". The tremendous difference is that the content of the other venues does not exist solely to validate the purchases, choices, etc. of its viewers. Fox sees America as a huge, hedonistic, convenience store, where no choice is foolish, no purchase too extravagant or destructive.
So, where does Glenn beck fit into all of this? Simple, he is the resident propagandist. He defines the differences between you and me and a Fox viewer. I may be stupid, I may be dangerous, I may be a Catholic, I may be a supporter of liberation theology, I may be black, I may be a progressive, I may be a Jew, I may be a Socialist, I may be educated, I may be a musician, I may be an artist - take your pick. A fox viewer can choose anyone of these and validate a bad choice simply because Glenn has pointed out that the "Progressive" is against that choice. However, after the laughter and derision and after the T.V. is turned off - the viewer is stuck with the bad choice.
Glenn Beck will most certainly fall. But what will become of the "validated" Fox tribe? This is the scary part - we have a large segment of America that has been enabled to define themselves as "Americans Apart" and they are afraid and angry.
The Fox family has a prominent member in its midst that needs help. It's time to do an intervention. Your father no longer cares about you as individuals - he has much bigger fish to fry. I believe Rupert Murdoch to be evil. The Catholic Church should leave women and condoms alone and go after Murdoch - he is a real threat.
Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched the Hand That Willie Touched", it, according to Kevin, is about falling in love for all the wrong reasons. Kevin is also a closet subversive. He claims he'll come out of the closet as soon as handguns are no longer popular. Kevin is a loud, obnoxious Texan and hopes that this will be held against him -- "It makes life so much harder and interesting when traveling outside of the Lone Star State." Kevin used to be a Golf columnist. He says life as a Golf columnist is not a whole lot different than life not as a Golf columnist. Kevin is sure that Jesus was indeed a Socialist. Kevin founded a short-lived organization, "FOXNO", with a mandate to get Fox News off the air. It got very little traction and as a result, over the ensuing years, Fox has propagandized a very significant portion of American television viewers, which, if unchecked, could destroy this country and the world. Kevin's Father thought Kevin was prone to hyperbole. Kevin wishes everyone would read "A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek", "In Watermelon Sugar" and all the poetry of Carl Sandberg. Kevin once, when drunk, argued, "America is not a city on a hill" for two hours, because "America is not a city, it's a rather large landmass that used to belong to Indians and porcupines!" Kevin once yelled out at a "Chicago' concert, "Steinbeck is God!" Kevin does not suffer fools or assh**es, usually. In 1969 he had a neighbor that was an assh**le who, although an assh**le, was enchanted with the Space Program and the prospect of man walking on the moon. Kevin and his best friend, Tommy, tied thread around a pinecone and at the designated hour, threw the pinecone over the neighbor's television antennae and shook it like hell -- the assh**le neighbor missed Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Kevin says that every time he watched Michael Jackson moonwalk he would be reminded of his assh**le neighbor and he would laugh like hell. Most folks that know Kevin would say that he hasn't changed. Kevin Lives in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown. Kevin, along with a few others, is trying to expose Lyndon Johnson for his equivocated humanity and possible good intentions. Kevin is pondering a short story about power and its surprises titled, "Kings Can Dance." When asked about current politics Kevin simply answers, "Trump is a turd." Kevin would like for me to express his gratitude to you for taking the time to read the above stuff and to say, "good be on you."