It has become apparent not only to me, but to exponentially larger droves of media monitors that FOX News’ Glenn Beck has found his niche: a niche of 5 p.m. Red-Scare tactics. From lambasting AmeriCorps’ community service simply because Obama has a background of community organizing, to assuring his viewers of Obama’s “deep-seated hatred of white people,” to likening the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill as a watermelon (“green outside, Communist red inside”)… and last night Beck suggested that the Obama administration will take advantage of localized bombings of Canadian natural gas pipelines to justify a takeover of Big Oil.
If you bothered to watch the video at the above link, you may have had the same thought I did: that Beck’s commentary is in no way a constructive critique of the leadership or challenges that the president and his administration have. He is using McCarthyist scare tactics when asserting the administration may use these bombings as an “emergency” to gain control the pipelines, which are controlled by the largest nat gas country in North America. The parallel is in no way significant, if it even exists at all.
If I had a friend or family member who rambles on as disjointedly as he does, I would be seriously considering the need for a clinical evaluation. I never thought someone could be better at serving up conservative misinformation as O’Reilly and Hannity, but Beck is definitely giving them a run for their money.
“‘Obama’s a socialist!’ Please, Obama is not even a liberal.” -Bill Maher
Voting at the checkout line may be effective, but the Whole Foods boycott is affecting the wrong people. Matt Embrey writes at ecopolitology that those who are boycotting the store after CEO John Mackey laid out some constructive criticism of ObamaCare in a WSJ op-ed are aiming to either silence or change Mackey’s opinion. This is an awfully unconstructive way to use your purchasing power. It is not Mackey — who changed his annual salary to $1 on 1 January 2007 — who is feeling the pain of this boycott…