Glenn Beck knows how to push the “right” buttons to ignite disgruntled, disenfranchised conservative voters. That’s just what he did Saturday night in his keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Falling back on his experience with Alcoholic’s Anonymous 12 Step Program Beck used the allegory of the Republican party as a bunch of drunks experiencing a hangover. Republican politicians, no better than their democratic counterparts in most cases, in Beck’s opinion, are staggering around like they have a headache and aren’t sure where they have been or what they are supposed to be doing now.
Glenn Beck has struck a nerve among Republicans, Independents, and even Libertarian voters. He brings honest perspective and common sense to every day politics and manages to do so in an entertaining manner.
Beck’s sarcasm can be biting. His history lessons and warnings that we, the people, must stand up and take our country back are passionate and often tearful. While his message is on target, his dramatics are sometimes over the top, but crowds and viewers of Glenn Beck’s program on FOX News network eat it up.
At CPAC, Beck blamed the current problems in America on progressivism. That’s a term that has long been associated with American politics, but since President Obama came on the scene beginning with his political campaign, the term “progressivism” has taken on new life and meaning. According to Beck it is “cancer of American…eating away at our Constitution.”
In typical fashion, Glenn Beck had an old-school blackboard to offer his usual analysis and draw a pictorial analysis of his impressions.
Beck is a commentator and an entertainer. Sometimes, however, I wonder if he hasn’t become heady with his value as an entertaining speaker. While he still speaks passionately and unabashedly about American values, the importance of free enterprise, and the ultimate value of returning to Constitutional principles his clownish antics are a turn-off to some conservatives and a perpetual laughing point for democratic talking heads.
Glenn Beck rallied the crowd at CPAC. Maybe that is what he is best at. For those who have insinuated that Beck should make a run for president: You are out of your mind. I think even Glenn Beck would agree that while he is able to step back and take a common sense look at American politics, he is not presidential material.
I’ve hear him say on his Fox News program that he would not consider a run. Look at how many straw skeletons the opposition pulled out of Sarah Palin’s closet. He has admitted he doesn’t want everyone plundering his past. He readily admits skeletons would fall out if you cracked the door. Only a further affirmation that politics is a dirty business, as if we haven’t learned that by now.
Kudos to Glenn Beck for his keynote address at CPAC and wishes for best success on Fox News. I’d only request that he not hide behind antics, silly props, and old school blackboards to present the facts. It hearkens too far back to the past. Young people today don’t get the chalkboard. Use a white board, at least, or better yet, a touch-pad to communicate on a level with intelligent, conservative Americans that do not need to be entertained.
Glenn Beck Rips Progressivism at CPAC, Foxnews.com
Glenn Beck Storms CPAC, video, townhall.com