I don’t think this is worthy of anything other than mockery and derision, but Glenn Beck performed what must have been a stream of consciousness rambling monologue on Fox News. It’s remarkable how he jumps from one topic to another, insinuating an argument without ever giving reasons or evidence. He even mentioned the American Nones survey, and gave a visible shudder just to mention us.
“America I have a question for you. Why do you think we’re are powerful as we are or we have been? What did we do different from other countries?”
At this point, my head was flooded with answers. I wanted to jump in and say “We realized that governmental legitimacy comes from the consent of the governed!” or perhaps “We decided to prohibit the interaction of governmental power and religion!”
Beck went in a different direction.
“We recognize God’s authority. It says so in our Constitution – actually our declaration of independence – all men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.”
What an ironic and completely unaware slip. The Constitution is our principle governing document. It certainly doesn’t recognize a god’s authority. The declaration of independence was more of a letter breaking up with the king of England, and has no actual power.
He ended his scattershot tirade by saying “Let us celebrate our freedom. And die for each other’s freedom if we must. Just not kill each other.”
Amen. Thank you, Glenn Beck, for recognizing our right to religious freedom.
What was your favorite part? Mock away.
I finally tracked down this clip from V for Vendetta. Roger Allam as Lewis Prothero IS Glenn Beck. His rabble rousing, his racism, everything. Parody is now impossible; life is mimicking satire. “Why [has America fallen]? Godlessness. I’ll say it again. Godlessness.”