Friday, July 2, 2010

Glenn Beck: God’s messenger or megalomaniac?

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Glenn Beck is self-proclaimed world historical figure

Who can argue with that?
On  April 20, 2010, Glenn Beck said on his radio show:

Beck: Yesterday, when I walked out of the studio, I looked at Pat and I almost said to Pat — I said, “I can feel it coming.” He said, “I know.” He said, “They are just strong in power and focus.” And I said, “It’s just — it’s darkness, and I can just feel it coming.” And I started to say, “The problem is, is that — ” and I stopped, because I don’t want to utter something like this without really thinking it through, but what I was about to say is, “the problem is that God is giving a plan, I think, to me that is not really a plan.”
And I stopped myself, because I wouldn’t want to utter those things out loud, if that’s not exactly right, and it’s not. That time of reflection, it took me about 30 seconds as Pat stood there thinking, “Oh jeez, did he forget we were having a conversation?” And I said, “The problem is that I think the plan that the Lord would have us follow is hard for people to understand.”

But I’m telling you, here’s what I feel with everything in me. If you’ve listened to this program – they’re going to use this against me – If you’ve listened to this program for a long time, you know who I am, and you know that many of the things that I have done and said, that have put me in, you know, harm’s way in one way or another, they always start at the same place. They always start at my gut or my heart, and then I figure it out as we go along. All the stuff that I feel has been important on this show has been things that I felt and didn’t understand. I say because of my track record with you who have been here for a long time, because of my track record with you, I beg of you to help me get this message out, and I beg of you to pray for clarity on my part.

The plan that He would have me articulate, I think, to you, is “Get behind me.” And I don’t mean me, I mean Him. “Get behind me. Stand behind me.” I truly believe, I have done years now of reading the Founders, their diaries, their letters, the Pilgrims, their diaries, their letters. I’ve read the firsthand letters, I’ve held them in my hand. The exchanges between the Founders, I’ve held their actual letters in my hand. I have seen it with my own eyes, and I will tell you that God was instrumental and they knew it. They knew they had very little to do with it, they just stood where they were supposed to stand and they said the things that they were supposed to say, as He directed. Some of them lost their way; some of them got it wrong. They go back and forth, they were human, but that’s what He’s asking us to do, is to stand, peacefully, quietly, with anger, quiet with anger, loudly with truth. Faith is the answer. Get on your knees, don’t let it take a September 11, please, get on your knees. I don’t care what church you go to, no church at all, I don’t care. Turn to Him.

  1. A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasiesof wealth, power, or omnipotence.
  2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things oractions.
Yesterday, Media Matters reported that Beck is moving forward with his plan to present The Plan to the American people at his Restoring Honor Rally:

Beck: It’s 8-28 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, August 28th. I ask you to come. And I ask you to leave your signs at home. And I ask you to bring your children with you.

On his May 26th radio broadcast, Beck claimed that the rally will restore the civil rights movement.

Beck: This is going to be an iconic event. This is going to be a moment that you’ll never be able to paint people as haters, racists, none of it.  This is a moment quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement. It has been so distorted, and so turned upside down. It’s an abomination.


Now, while we’re not going to talk about the issues of illegal immigration or anything that’s happening in Washington, because we must repair honor and integrity and honesty first, I tell you right now, we are on the right side of history. We are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties, and damn it we will reclaim the civil rights moment. We will take that movement because we were the people that did it in the first place.

Beck added: “When our children are the ones that are writing history, it will be remembered as the turning point in the American experiment.”

The Review wonders what the NCAAP thinks about this. The Urban League has organized a counter-march.

Beck is selling posters promoting his event for only $100.00! Check it out:

Beck's signature makes it worth the money!

If this isn’t enough to answer the title question, consider that Beck also claims to be the target of a wide ranging conspiracy to destroy him. Again from MM:

Beck believes his “life may be at stake” due to conspiracy against him. Beck has repeatedly detailed what he claims are conspiracies to destroy him. Parties Beck identified as members of these conspiracies include: The White HousePresident Obama, other members of the Obama Administration, the IRS, the SEIU, the AFL-CIOMedia Matters, SEIU President Andy Stern, Sojourners president Jim Wallis, former administration official Van JonesCongressman Anthony WeinerGeorge Soros, andRobert Creamer. Beck claims that due to these conspiracies, his “life may be at stake” and his “children have been in jeopardy.”

He thinks that the people he has attacked are out to get him. Perhaps the question that needs to be asked is Glenn Beck: God’s messenger or paranoid megalomaniac?

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Anonymous said...

OK, I've read several of your posts now (giving YOU the benefit of the doubt) and so far I'm convinced that YOU are confused.

Do you really think THIS is the purpose God had in mind for you? Only God can sort this out. We shall all know by the fruit Glenn bears soon enough if he is a messenger or a megalomaniac.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Yeah, we'll be hearing more about the Goldline customers that are being ripped off (over 100 complaints so far).

Do I think this is the purpose God has in mind for me? I think it's my civic duty to expose this fraud, and I'm going to stick with this until it gets through people's heads: Beck is a liar, a hypocrite and a charlatan. I don't need God to deliver this purpose to me: I decided to stop yelling at the TV, get up off my chair and start proving that he is a liar. The hypocrisy only became obvious after I began this quest.

I have a novel idea, Anonymous: get out from behind your cowardly anonymity and tell us who you are.

Brad said...

First off yes Beck is selling the autographed lithographs for $100. It all goes to charity. What a dirt bag he is huh?

He has had many death threats against him and his family. For you to belittle that is very sad sir. I would be scared as well. I’m not sure I would have the determination to present the message as he has. That is why the opponents hate him. He refuses to be intimidated.

I really don’t care at this point what “Gods” message is in all of this. The message is plain and clear to me. Oppose what you think is wrong in a peaceful manner. This is what Beck has stated over and over again. It’s people like you who keep calling it a call to violence due to your ignorance of what he has said outside of what is reported by your coveted media outlets. Try posting again after watching more than 1 or 2 episodes of the show.


Brad said...

The whole Goldline issue is silly. This is simply an attack on one of his sponsors. The investigation in California will be unsubstantiated or thrown out. They compared a Grade “F” company in the same investigation into a Grade “A” company (Goldline) just in order to come up with a substantial number of complaints. As Goldline deals with thousands of transactions daily, and nearly all legitimate complaints have been resolved, they are maligned not because they sponsor many shows on television, but simply because they sponsor Beck. This is the stupidest think I’ve ever read. Will you start attacking your coveted CNN because they run the same ads?


The Glenn Beck Review said...

Brad, I take it that you audited Beck's books. If you believe him when he says anything, then you are being awfully gullible. Beck is a con man, and man are you ever sold on his bill of baloney.

I know that Beck is calling for violence. How many activists need to tell their followers to be peaceful? Beck understands that his rhetoric borders on inciting sedition. One whack job already set out to commit mass murder to kill the staff of the Tides Foundation in CA. Luckily, he got loaded for the trip and ended up shooting it out with the cops.

Let's hope Beck's message of non-violence gets through to the rest of his followers.

Again, for you to claim that I have only watched 1-2 episodes of his show is an expression of sheer ignorance. I guess Beck is teaching you well. One difference between you and Beck is that I can address your ignorant claims directly here. There is no direct channel for me or any other critic of Beck to address his lies because he isolates himself. Beck will never come out from behind his wall of isolation because he knows that he is not well educated.

My question, Brad, is why are you a follower and defender of an ignorant, mean spirited, shallow liar, hypocrite and fraud? That he tells you what you want to hear, and does that very well, is not a good answer.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Brad, your ignorance on Goldline is underwhelming. There have been over 100 consumer complaints to authorities in CA, where they are based, about the sleazy tactics used by Goldline.

Where on this post did I mention Goldline? I have a post prepared about Beck's sponsor, but I have more research to do before I can publish it.