Sunday, November 4, 2012

Glenn Beck: a one-man GOTV effort for regression

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On Saturday, Glenn Beck sent out an e-mail blast to his "newsletter" followers (and critics) urging them to vote Tuesday in opposition to "big government" and Barack Obama. Although he encouraged his reactionary followers to help get a few friends to the polls, he did not suggest that they plug into any formal Republican GOTV (get out the vote) efforts. Is Beck new at getting out the vote?

In his newsletter, Beck wrote that "We are three days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America, again." That much would be true if Obama had transformed the United States. What is true is that Governor Romney will push the U.S. government backwards toward the '80's in foreign affairs, the '50's in woman's health and the 19th Century in terms of economic policies. Mr. Beck and Gov. Romney both want change, to take American backward as far as they can. Regression: it's a Tea Party thing.

Beck added that "On Tuesday, each one of us will have the opportunity to take part in our most treasured right as Americans. " That is true in theory, but too many voter lists have been purged in some states, and some people, who want to vote, will be told that they're not registered. It may well be true that Beck's white followers will be able to vote, but too many others have been systematically disenfranchised this year.

This year's Katherine Harris?

Beck has been harping, lately, on voter fraud and showed a "documentary" recently about this concern entitled "The Machine." However, it's doubtful that he's mentioned how "Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office, in an end run around Ohio election law, have 'experimental' software patches installed on vote counting tabulators in up to 39 Ohio counties. Voting rights activists are concerned that these uncertified and untested software patches may alter the election results." Husted has been trying to disenfranchise voters for months by trying to limit early voting in OH. For more on Husted's "experimental software patches" for the OH voting machines, see "Will 'experimental' software patches affect the Ohio vote?" Husted also, just last Friday, changed the requirements for provisional ballots. Count on hearing Husted's name a lot in the coming days, if not weeks.

Update, 11/05/2012: There is a petition running to asking Husted to rescind the order on provisional ballots. Please sign that petition here:

There is also an effort underway to demand that Husted to remove the suspicious software patches that he had installed on voting machines. You can call Husted's office at 1-877-767-6446. Please, call now.

In his e-mail message, Beck continues to rail against "big government," and even tells his minions how to counter the argument that the federal government (FEMA) was needed in the aftermath of the terribly damaging hurricane Sandy:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it’s easy to throw your hands up in the air and say, “Yes, we clearly need a big federal government! We need FEMA! We need President Obama to swoop in and save the day! Please, help us!” Rarely, however, is the easy thing to do the same as the right thing to do. You will receive pressure from your liberal neighbors and the mainstream media as they hammer the message of big government. They’ll try and convince you you’re selfish, racist, and hateful because you don’t believe in turning to the federal government for help. They don’t understand that we believe that individuals can and will be the people on the ground leading the way in helping our friends and neighbors.
Actually, if you don't understand the need for FEMA to assist states and "the people on the ground," after a disaster strikes, you're not necessarily "selfish, racist, and hateful." You're just clueless as to how much it helps people and states to have an effective FEMA move needed resources into place as requested by officials and even people on the ground. Beck will deride any government effort that might cause his taxes to go up, and he has millions of his gullible followers in support of low taxes for millionaires (like Beck) and billionaires (like the Koch brothers and even Beck's nemesis, George Soros).

Beck did not make any mention in his newsletter of this election's "October surprise:"

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Gov. Christie's words were a real surprise, and they may be effective in getting the last few undecided voters to turn toward President Obama. Perhaps that is why Beck did not mention Christie in the newsletter. 

He also did not write how the trend in polls clearly favors the President this last weekend. From the fivethirtyeight blog:

Nate Silver claims that the President has an 85% chance of re-election

Beck failed to mention that Gov. Romney is very likely to lose this Tuesday in his newsletter message. He did, however, encourage his regressive followers to...
...make sure that your neighbors and like-minded friends are going out and voting. Drive your schlub friend to the polls if you have to. This election must be a mandate. We need to stand together and declare what we believe in. We can’t afford another election going to the Supreme Court. There shouldn’t be a question on where our country will be headed on Wednesday morning. You need to go out and do your part. 
And don’t forget, it’s not too late to make one final push. Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and neighbors about this election. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re wrong for standing up for small government.
For the next 55 or so hours, this election may well come down to who can move citizens to cast their votes at the polls. It is interesting that Beck did not encourage his viewers to plug into Gov. Romney's election machine. Liberals and progressives need to counter Beck's effort to move his base and their "like-minded friends" to vote. 

four years of vigorous, anti-Obama propaganda comes down to one day

There are plenty of Party, union and interest group efforts underway to encourage Americans to vote and to help others vote. They are not hard to find. Barring that,  "Drive your schlub friend [parents and/or neighbors] to the polls if you have to." That's the best advice Glenn Beck has ever given. It is up to liberals, progressives and everyone who wants to prevent a plutocrat from damaging democracy by lying his way into White House to make sure that Glenn Beck is not happy this coming Wednesday by working hard to successfully re-elect the President. It's not over until the votes are cast.

Update, 11/05/2012: If Beck had a clue about getting his followers out in support of the candidate of his choice, he would have done what the Democrats are doing to help get their candidate's voters out. That looks something like this:

Yes! Sign me up for a GOTV call shift today!

Yes! Sign up for an Election Day GOTV call shift!

Get out and vote.

Know someone who still does not know who to vote for? These previous posts show just how extreme, dishonest and of poor judgment Gov. Romney has demonstrated he is.
If you doubt that Gov. Romney is trying to lie his way into the White House, check out the 49 lies listed on just one of 39 web pages listing his many false claims. See "Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Volume XXXIX."

Before voters are taken in by plutocrat Romney's mendacious manner, 
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