Saturday, January 25, 2014

Glenn Beck Revisited

Apology not really accepted.

Even though there was a hint of impishness in his act, a kind of twinkle in his eye, like we were meant to understand this was but a huckster at work, the damage left behind in the wake of the performance of Mr. Beck has been enormous and long lasting.

He and Rush Limbaugh are not merely the parents of the dumbing down of America, but of everything this spawned. Based on an ideology disassociated from reality, governing has become an intractable disaster, as a a long line of fools masquerading as political leaders have drawn an endless series of irrational and ludicrous lines in the sand.

If Mr. Beck intended us to consider him nothing more than a combination of Elmer Gantry and John Nash, with his chalkboard and shenanigans, far too few got the joke. From the Tea Party to the latest rants of Mike Huckabee, extreme histrionics has become a very marketable commodity. As Mr. Beck taught us all too well, being extremely loud and more than a little dangerous, pay$.

Is Mr. Beck experiencing a true awakening or is this but the latest iteration of his act? Has he discovered that in 2014 he has to re-brand himself to remain viable? We may never know what is going on inside his head, but what even a charlatan like Mr. Beck cannot do is put the genie back in the bottle. Too little, too late.

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