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It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who heard a different Glenn Beck CPAC speech than everyone else, and it looks like I was in good company….

To admit it is still “morning in America” but a “vomiting for four hours” kind of morning is to diminish, discourage, and disparage all the work of the conservative, Republican, and independent resistance of the past year.

For a lot of us, we’re talkin’ years.

The Tea Partiers know better than this. I don’t think they would describe their rallies and resistance as a bilious purging but, rather, as a very positive democratic reaction aimed at correcting the wrongs of the current political leadership. The mainstream media may describe their reactions as an unhealthy expurgation. I do not.

To say the GOP and the Democrats are no different, to say the GOP needs to hit a recovery-program-type bottom and hang its head in remorse, is to delay our own country’s recovery from the problems the Democratic left is inflicting. The stakes are too important to go through that kind of exercise, which will ultimately go nowhere anyway — because it’s already happened.
Bill Bennett, host of Morning In America

Thank you.

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  • eNeecie

    I think Beck’s admitted alcoholism is important to understanding him as a person. I think it is wonderful that he has pulled himself up from that and I don’t want to diminish that in any way. It shows great strength of character to go through what he has and come out a better person. But, at the same time you can’t ignore that there are still consequences to behavior that take a long time to overcome, or may never be overcome.

    Beck has said that he was not sober much from 1979 to 1994. First off it explains his lack of maturity. You have to subtract at least 15 years off his age, maybe more. He reminds me a lot of my college age nephews, all earnest young men–very enthusiastic but lacking knowledge and wisdom. (I am not an old lady; Beck and I were actually born the same year.)

    It is also significant that he wasn’t really around for the Reagan era when conservativism was clearly defined and explained. As a result he doesn’t appear to be familiar with many of the good conservative thinkers of that time, or any other time for that matter. From listening to him on the radio, I never got the impression that he was as literate as Rush or even Hannity.

    But the thing that drives me crazy is how he makes it all about himself. He says he has been diagnosed as ADD. I think he has an “attention deficit,” but not in the typical, clinical sense. I know people who have grown up in dysfunctional families. Due to personal problems, their parents did not give them the attention they needed as children. This is a deficit that can never be repaid. Beck will continue to rant and scream and jump around trying to get attention. He will make it look like he is the only person who can save the country and ignore/insult all other conservatives because they “don’t get it” like he does. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough for him. Unless he can come to peace with this void in his life, he is going to get louder and crazier in order to keep getting attention. Since his political views seem to be based in true ideology and not just for show, I doubt he will ever pull a Frank Schaeffer/Christopher Buckley thing and switch sides just to get attention from the Left–but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

  • MissJean

    Well, Beck may be right in some respects. Scott Brown decided to go with the Democrats on the $15 billion jobs bill. That’s hardly conservative.

  • Igor

    Hate to say it, Bob, but the Dem’s and the ‘Pub’s *are* no different at this point. Just look at all the RINOs that are changing their tune. Linguini-spined, the lot of them. A Pox on their house.

    While there are a few bright spots out there, the Republicans still haven’t gotten the message. Newt, Mike Steele, even Sara (with her support of Juan McLame) are not showing the true grit to oppose the Socialists by hammering on them. We can still turn this wagon around before it gets to the cliffs, but it’s gonna be close and we need a good wagonmaster in charge of the team.

    Just the way I see it.

    Igor

  • jodetoad

    Maybe because I’m a sober alcoholic too, it didn’t bother me. I’m on a Tea Party committee, and we are waking people up, but it’s just setting the stage for getting stuff done.

    Beck is right, at some point we have to pay the price, for the past and for change in the future. If we reduce the size of gov, lots of folks are going to lose something they have now, and the howls will be loud.

    I do think we have helped give the Repubs in Congress some spine, and I think they have done a good job in standing firm. In this situation, that’s an accomplishment.

  • Tyknee

    [quote]To admit it is still “morning in America” but a “vomiting for four hours” kind of morning is to diminish, discourage, and disparage all the work of the conservative, Republican, and independent resistance of the past year.[/quote]

    While the protests and uprising (along with the victories in NJ/MA/etc) have been an awesome site to see, there still hasn’t been anything really “done” yet. Healthcare is still breathing down our throats, the stimulus spending hasn’t been revoked/repealed, government spending is still out of control, and too many other things to list. All we’ve done is stopped “more bad things” from happening. It’s a start, it’s not a finish by a long shot.

    I agree with Glenn. We’re still over the toilet puking. We’ve come the conclusion that what we did was wrong but we haven’t done anything to fix it. Let’s see if this Tea Party movement can continue when the next Republican is in office passing the next TARP or Medicare-D

  • The Machine

    To the birhters: “When your enemy is busy making a mistake, do not interrupt him.”

    To the Republican Party: A lot of you have been trying hard to put forth the conservative agenda. Some of you have not. Others are wolves in sheeps’ clothing. Glenn Beck is only pointing out the obvious IMO. If they are not truly on our side, then we don’t need them.

  • http://www.lifein3d.net Instinct

    I didn’t hear his speech as disparaging to the Tea Party movement. I took it to mean that even if things get back on track now, we have years of pain, discomfort and garbage to work through before we will feel better.

    As far as the whole birther thing, does it really matter now? We cannot go back and undo it and there is no way in hell the Supreme Court is going to hear it. What should be done instead it to focus on setting a system in place to verify a candidates birth for the NEXT election.

  • GarlandAngel

    “you and me BOTH, Rich. “birthers” have the facts..”truthers” have hatred, and speculation based on spotty information and are incorrectly connecting the dots..”

    Ditto, Nicolas. And I am really getting tired of being called a ‘loon’ on FNC!! So much so, that after 15 years of watching that channel every nite, my husband and I have quit watching it altogether after 6pm CST!

  • http://sgthartsock.blogspot.com/ Nicolas

    “I am saddened that he continually equates so-called “birthers” with 9/11 “Truthers”.”

    you and me BOTH, Rich. “birthers” have the facts..”truthers” have hatred, and speculation based on spotty information and are incorrectly connecting the dots..

  • Richmedia

    BTW, the vomiting reference may have been a tribute to the recent “F. A. Hayek/John Maynard Keyenes video that has been making the rounds, “Fear the Boom and Bust” Keyenes is pictured praying to the porcelain god in the vid. Search the Tube if you haven’t seen it, it’s great.

  • Richmedia

    I was disappointed in Beck’s speech, he admitted recently that he didn’t even know what he’d say.

    I am saddened that he continually equates so-called “birthers” with 9/11 “Truthers”. The former can be settled quite easily, and the Courts have dropped the ball on this one too, since it is a Constitutional crisis that is not getting a hearing by the Judicial Branch. Equating Alan Keyes with Van Jones is ridiculous on the face of it.

    Beck hit his stride about half-way into his talk, and he made a lot of valid points and hopefully educated millions in the process. Beck wanted to add to his bona-fides by blunting the charges that he’s another crazy fear-monger or something. Beck has been willing to take the heat, damn the torpedos, full speed ahead over the past year, and I commend him for his stance.

    Marxism/Socialism/Progressivism *is* a slippery slope, and we’re all seeing the results of decades of those policies today.

    For most of us who already believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, those of us who believe that our Founding Fathers really had it going on, last year’s Limbaugh Keynote was much stronger.

    Hopefully Beck helped some of the uninitiated to exercise a brain cell here and there. Maybe take a step back and actually think.

    Last year Rush went about 30 minutes over his time, this year it seemed that Beck was stretching to fill his hour’s alloted time slot. I’d give him maybe a B-minus. The CPAC Keynote is not an easy task.

  • http://sgthartsock.blogspot.com/ Nicolas

    ya, now that with some retrospection, I agree. Glenn made some good points, but he did disparage what has been DONE and hell if I can remember if he even MENTIONED has been ACCOMPLISHED so far..