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Finally someone else is taking Glenn Beck to task

March 9, 2010

for his fast and loose reading of American history.

It bothers me that he can get up there and spout his crap and people just eat it up like it’s apple pie ala mode. I wish I had the time and money to do nothing but rebut him because as sure as I am typing this now Beck has a plan that is a more expansive and more sinsiter than people are picking up on at the moment. I don’t know the details but I am sure that it will be something I don’t like.

And now Beck’s conducting an American Revival tour with at least some religious overtones? What a convenient mis-quote, far from his first. Glenn Beck is doing precisely what he rightly accuses the Leftists of doing, filling heads with mush when it suits his purposes. Only he’s doing it from the other side of the political spectrum. And that’s wrong, as well as potentially disastrous for the Right.

We need to reject demagogy in all its forms. And if Beck can’t clean up his act given all his resources, then we have to reject him. No agenda will prevail to good effect with an ignorant buffoon leading the effort.

and that is what scares me. America was founded at least in part on Judeo-Christian philosophies, but it was also a child of the enlightenment, and Beck seems to want to ignore that. One of the fundamental conclusions of the enlightenment was to challenge the role of the church in everyday life. (I highly recommend “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” as a good discussion of enlightenment principles and the founding of America”)

-elsewhere-

I don’t think so

Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.

If drivers licenses, passports, birth certificates, and social security cards aren’t adequate what makes them think this will be.

THE CASE for global-warming alarmism is melting faster than those mythical disappearing Himalayan glaciers, but Al Gore isn’t backing down.

By “global-warming pollution,’’ Gore means carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a “pollutant’’ in roughly the way oxygen and water are pollutants: Human existence would be impossible without them. CO2 is essential to photosynthesis, the process that sustains plant life and generates the oxygen that human beings and animals inhale. Far from polluting the world, carbon dioxide enriches it. Higher levels of CO2 are associated with larger crop yields, increased forest growth, and longer growing seasons – in short, with a greener planet.

Of course carbon dioxide also contributes to the greenhouse effect that keeps the earth warm. But the vast majority of atmospheric CO2 occurs naturally, and it is far from clear that the carbon dioxide contributed by human industry has a significant impact on the world’s climate.

On the other hand, it is quite clear that the economic and agricultural activity responsible for that anthropogenic CO2 has been enormously beneficial to myriads of men, women, and children. In just the last two decades, life expectancy in developing nations has climbed appreciably and infant mortality has fallen. Hundreds of millions of Indian and Chinese citizens have been lifted out of poverty. Whatever else might be said about carbon dioxide, it has helped make possible a dramatic increase in the quality of many human lives.

I didn’t think the world’s opinion of America could go any lower – apparently I was wrong

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