Via Beck's website is this:
Glenn literally held history on radio today as he showed the actual letter Thomas Jefferson wrote that may have been the key to getting the Declaration of Independence actually signed. These are the kinds of stories the progressives have worked diligently to erase from American history. If you want to restore America you have to first know what it looked like at the beginning.The person writing on Beck's page apparently did not listen to the clip when Beck stated that the letter was written "in 1820." That was 44 years after the vote for getting the Declaration passed. Furthermore, someone needs to remind Beck's team who is, in fact, pushing Jefferson out of the history school books. Via the NY Times:
Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”).Once again, Beck is distorting the truth on his radio show, but the clip provided on Beck's site begins with the slogan for Beck's online programming, "GBTV: The truth lives here." Really? If he keeps repeating that lie often enough, his gullible viewers are bound to believe it. As Joseph Goebbels said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.“
Glenn Beck Thomas Jefferson
What was in Jefferson's letter that had Beck so excited? Again via Beck's website:
‘I see a real breaker ahead which fills me with horror. But I hope that prudence and moderation and regard for our own happiness and especially for the cause of reformation throughout the world will induce a spirit of accomodation and save our country and the world entire from the calamity that is threatened. We are the world’s last great hope and its loss will be on our heads. God bless you and preserve you, Thomas Jefferson.’One wonders what was contained in the rest of the letter to Rodney that Beck could not be bothered to read on his three hour radio program. Beck did add “Caesar Rodney played a huge role in the passage of the Declaration of Independence.” Rodney broke the tie in the Delaware delegation in favor of passage of the Declaration and made the document the "unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America," but it would have passed, 11-1-1 without Rodney's vote. Beck plays a huge role in distorting history for political and propaganda purposes.
At the time, the United States was one of very few democratic governments in the world, and it certainly was "the world’s last great hope" at the time. Despite the corporate takeover of the United States under way thanks to the conservative Robert's Court decision, Citizens United v FEC, Beck and his ilk want us to believe that the United States of America is still last great hope. Jefferson had something to say about this, too.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of the moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.(1)You won't hear Beck, the corporate shill, cite this quotation from Jefferson on any of his programs any time soon. If you want to restore America, help with the effort to get corporations out of our elections and law-making in Washington, DC. The people, conservative, liberal, progressive and radical, united against Citizens United, are the last great hope for a democratic Republic.
Before more people are taken in by Beck's deceitfulness,
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1) Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists, Karl Rogers, Praeger, Santa Barbara, CA (2011), p. 179.