Last week radio and television show host Glenn Beck blasted Southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after a video aired showing the cattleman making ‘bigoted’ and ‘racial’ statements about ‘the Negro.’ It was later learned the video was six-days old and released in time to deflect attention from a complaint filed against Senator Harry Reid by the Louisiana Republican Party.
“If he really thinks that slaves had a family life, just that (sic) shows you how unhinged from reality this guy is,” Beck claimed. “You’ve got to distance yourself, you must know who you are standing next to at all times.”
He was going by what he’d read in the New York Times and the accompanying video provided by the newspaper on their website. That video was so heavily edited, that the mention of ‘Mexicans’ and ‘Spanish people,’ was left out.
However, not once has Beck backed away from his criticism of Bundy, and though his comments aimed to warn Patriots and Minute Men about Bundy’s ‘wonderings,’ they had very little effect on supporters. And because of Beck’s vocal assassination of Bundy’s character, Conservative and Libertarian pundits around the country felt exceptionally free to pile on board with their criticism.
Then Tuesday morning, during his radio show, Beck told his audience, “This President is a slave…”
Now, this story could end here, and you could be lead down the same path Beck and other’s tried to get you to take with Bundy’s comments, but the truth always wills out in the end. There is more to this than what is pointed out in the above quote.
Beck and his sidekicks, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere were discussing the speech Senator Ted Cruz made calling for Secretary of State John Kerry’s resignation after Kerry likened Israel to ‘Apartheid’ and of all the time to do so, on the eve of ‘Holocaust Remembrance.’ The conversation between the trio moved into a discussion about Ronald Reagan and the story behind how the iconic sentence, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” came to be spoken in June 1987.
It was during this part of the conversation, Beck stated our current president “is a slave…”
“(Reagan) was not a guy who was slave to the teleprompter,” Beck stated. “This President is a slave to the teleprompter. That’s all he knows. If it’s not on the teleprompter, he goes off. If he was off the teleprompter, we’d know at least who Barack Obama really is.”
There is no difference between what Bundy said last week and what Beck said this week, other than how its context is being presented. And this is where the disagreement with Beck and his comments about the stand-off between Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management can be found.
Beck and others fell directly in line with the Progressive primer “Rules for Radicals,” by Saul Alinsky. In the book, under ‘Tactics,’ Alinsky outlines a series of directives for disrupting an opponent.
In the case against Bundy, both the fourth and fifth rules were applied.
“The fourth rule is: ‘Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.’ You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity,” writes Alinsky. “The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: ‘Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.’ It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”
To put it in more practical circumstances, Monday evening, both ABC and NBC’s nightly news broadcasts trumpeted how Congressman Michael Grimm is under indictment for embezzlement and ‘kissing Congressman’ Vance McAllister isn’t going to seek reelection. But neither news agency mentioned the ethic’s complaint filed against Reid.
So we can either be divided because of such lopsided reporting by the national media, or we can do our own homework and seek out the truth behind stories presented to us.