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Friday, 16 July 2010

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"... increasingly histrionic, Glenn Beck ..."

Finally, you're catching on. Ignore this man, he's a big part of the reason that conservatives can't be taken seriously.

I'm afraid we will have to disagree on this one, Dom. As I indicate, Beck does have a histrionic side to him, or to put it in theatrical terms there are times when he's just an old ham! He seems to me to be in the tradition of American preachers and/or salesmen. To an old-fashioned Englishman, like me, it was, to begin with, very off-putting but then I listened to what he actually said rather than worrying about how he said it. I think he, and his team, have been extraordinarily good at digging into the backgrounds of the people in the Obama administration and informing us all of the frightening results. From 'over here' I don't see anyone else in the MSM doing it. Would Van Jones have been outed without Beck's efforts? I'd never even heard of Van Jones until Beck went after him!

I think you have to understand the audience he is aiming at. They are not, I guess, political or philosophical sophisticates - in that sense, when it comes to the arcane details of US politics, that includes me because I'm a foreigner, and he has a superb technique for explaining - or teaching - or preaching, I suppose - quite complex ideas and information. His 'lessons' on the early progenitors of the American progressive movement were superb. For example, I had never heard of Saul Alinsky until I listened to Beck.

Were I to become president of the USA (now there's a thought to induce a shudder!) I would immediately award him the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

"I had never heard of Saul Alinsky until I listened to Beck." But the only bits of Alinsky's advice that I've seen quoted were straight out of the Thomas Jefferson play-book.

Can you elucidate that cryptic remark a little, 'DM'?

Haven't you ever noticed that DM gets a bug up his ass when Jefferson is mentioned?

Well I wish he would explain why. Jefferson, from the very little I know, was very human with all the frailties that implies but I would struggle to find a wiser bunch of men than the Founding Fathers.

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