September 22, 2010
Yesterday on Glenn Beck's program, he used the theme, "I can't believe I live in an America where ______" to drive home the point that the Democrats are doing really, really bad things.
Did you know that the Democrats are doing really, really bad things?!?!
I tuned in about half-way through his hour-long program. It was late, but I decided to watch the rest of the program to see if "this isn't about politics" Glenn Beck would tell his viewers HOW to stop the plans of those rascally Dems.
I have written here in the past about the "Conservative Grievance Industry." ("CGI.") Beck seems to be a member. I have read his books. The books of the CGI follow this formula: the Dems are really, really bad. The Republicans have better ideas. So . . . let's take our country back!
How? The CGI authors (DeMint, Levin, Hannity, Morris, Scarborough, Ingraham, etc.) never explain.
Also, I have, pointedly, criticized Glenn Beck for never offering any solutions, only recitations of problems. However, he has done much good -- he single-handedly caused Van Jones to lose his job, and perhaps also Anita Dunn. But, is Beck doing or saying ANYTHING to encourage people who want to "do something" politically to become knowledgeable about how to get into the real ball game of politics -- party politics? Well, so far, as best I can discern: Nope.
For someone who has several people following him around all day, taking down his every thought (according to Forbes magazine), this tells me something.
Beck did appeal tonight to union members listening: "Demand [your union] represent your values."
Boy, that's really concrete! Beck ended his program with, "America, we have to get out and vote. [But, Glenn, you keep saying "this is not about politics!" -- Isn't voting "politics?"] We can do better. Take our 40 days and 40 nights challenge."
At least Beck is now telling his viewers to vote.
By contrast, unlike Beck and the rest of the CGI cadre, Erick Erickson breaks the mold by explaining, concretely, in his just-published book, "Red State Rising: How To Take Back America," the "HOW." Specifically, see Chapter 15, "Take Back America," sub-headings "Learn the Rules" and "Take Back the Party." Unlike all the other Conservative Grievance Industry books, Erick gives concrete, specific instructions (and examples where conservatives who have come into the Republican Party have had success) as to HOW "We the [conservative] People" can take back the Republican Party by becoming "card carrying" members of the Party -- precinct committeemen -- so we can vote for the leadership of the Party and help make sure the best conservative candidates win the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections. Erick explains HOW TO TAKE BACK THE PARTY AND, THEREBY, OUR GOVERNMENT.
Get Erick's book. NOW! It is INVALUABLE.
And, if you can, please help Get Out The Vote by visiting the Concord Project! Then ACT!
ColdWarrior, PC (that’s “precinct committeeman,” not “political child!”)
Conservatives, UNITE! CHANGE the Republican Party and save the world by UNITING INSIDE the Party as precinct committeemen. NOW! (41 days until Nov. 2 -- what are YOU DOING to help get out the vote in your precinct?)
American first, conservative second, Republican precinct committeeman BY NECESSITY!
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
- Edmund Burke