Think Progress published an interesting article which included this amazing video. I suppose the people who buy into Glenn Beck's performance are all the more impressed with his ranting. I mean, he's talking about serious stuff, right?
The hysterical haranguing about "redistribution of wealth" and likening it to the policies of Castro and Mao, connecting Obama to these philosophies, calling them Marxist, all combine to attract viewers. Unfortunately, many of them are taken in.
The Think Progress article showed that Thomas Paine, whom Beck likes to quote as an example of true patriotism in the American style, actually held some of these dangerous beliefs himself.
What's your opinion? Are people really frightened that they will have to "share their wealth" with the have-nots? Wasn't that already happening through income taxes and welfare programs? What is Beck stirring up, fear that it will increase?
Do you think this might show how difficult it is to call upon 18th century ideology and apply it to today's society? Isn't that what the gun folks do when citing the 2nd Amendment as their authorization?
What's your opinion? Is there a real point to Glenn Beck's ranting?
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