Saturday, October 13, 2012

How does Secretary of State Beck sound?

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In 2009, then "moderate" presidential candidate Mitt Romney videotaped an introduction of Glenn Beck for an fundraiser for an unaccredited Utah-based college, George Wythe University, dedicated to the teaching the ideas of the extremist anti-communist and John Birch Society participant Cleon Skousen, the man who changed Beck's life. Skousen, who died in 2006, taught Romney when he attended Brigham Young University.

Progressive Mother Jones Magazine obtained this video and published it on their site last Thursday. Pay close attention to how Governor Romney refers to Mr. Beck who was then on Fox "News" as a champion of the reactionary right peddling extreme ideas and conspiratorial fear-mongering. Via Mother Jones:

Beck's followers will no doubt agree with Romney that he's "a statesmen in his own right." This introduction would only give them encouragement that maybe Governor Romney really is one of them and really worth supporting in this election. Beck's critics may laugh out loud at the idea that Beck, who was calling President Obama "clearly" a socialist and had told his radio listeners that Obama will "surely take away your gun or take away your ability to shoot a gun," is any kind of a "statesman." This introduction will reinforce their views that Romney is not qualified to be the next president. We want a president with good judgement.

Then there are the slow to decide, low information voters, who have never heard Mr. Beck on the radio, have no idea who Cleon Skousen was and therefore have no idea what to make of this supportive, taped introduction. George Wythe University, deemed by the U.S. Dept. of Justice as a "diploma mill," is extremist. Cleon Skousen was an extremist. Glenn Beck was -- and still is -- a hard-core reactionary extremist, liar, propagandist, self-proclaimed "rodeo clown" and fear-monger. Romney ran in the primaries as having been a"severely conservative" governor and perhaps he was not just playing to the Republican base. It's hard to tell with the "etch-a-sketch" candidate who is willing to say anything, pander to anyone, remake himself in his audience's image, change positions as rapidly as necessary.

Romney Adviser Shakes Up Race With ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ Quote
Now trying to come across as a "moderate" again

Before you vote, ask yourself: if the Governor is as "severely conservative" as he claimed early this year, do you want to risk the possibility of having someone like Glenn Beck, or Beck himself, appointed as the next Secretary of State? If you answered "yes" to that question, you're a reactionary like Mr. Beck. If you answer "no" to that question, you belong in the vast majority of Americans who reject extremist politicians and their extremist policy proposals. Before you vote, do you really want to replace the President with someone who considers this man...
...a "statesman?"

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