On his radio show today, Glenn Beck smeared America’s founding fathers as anarchists. Beck said, “The Tea Party members, I think the real diehards, the ones who are like we are founders. We believe that this needs to be refounded. They’re darn near anarchists too, because our founders were.”
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
After extolling the beauty of the Tea Party Beck said, “I said you know the amazing thing is the real left and the real right are not that far away. The reasonable ones are close to anarchists, both of them. The anarchists are like hey this is a corrupt system, and I don’t want any of this, and they just haven’t thought it through, what replaces it. The Tea Party members, I think the real diehards, the ones who are like we are founders. We believe that this needs to be refounded. They’re darn near anarchists too, because our founders were. The Founders were this system doesn’t work and it needs to be reset to free people up.”
Beck then distorted net neutrality, “This is why they are trying so hard for net neutrality. For the first time you have a way to truly connect with each other globally. Look, they know the power of the Internet. They’re using it, exploiting it, helping it, and controlling it as much as they possibly can, and singing the praises of the Internet, and grass roots revolution. That revolution, that’s a grass fire, and it can burn two ways, especially when you can’t control it. They’re not stupid. These people all have power. They’re trying to control it as much as they can. Don’t you dare ever let them do it. Don’t you let me do it, or anybody else do it.”
Beck concluded by claiming the Founders got it wrong, “The power is with you, and the minute you believe that it’s not. The minute that you say I can’t make a change. It’s over, and that’s the real message that has to get out. I don’t care what you do in your life. I don’t care what religion you are, or if you are an atheist. I don’t care. I really don’t care. Are you a good person? Do you live principles and values? Are you honest and hardworking? Are you going to pick a man’s pocket or break his leg? Thomas Jefferson said if it neither picks a man’s pocket or breaks my leg what difference does it make to me? That is true revolution, but it has to have some framework, and it took our founders a long time and a lot of study to get to it. Why would we just repeat what they did, but do it right?”
Glenn Beck claims that the Founding Fathers were anarchists who dumped the Articles of Confederation in exchange for the Constitution because they wanted more freedom for the people. The truth is that the Articles of Confederation were replaced because the founders saw a need for a stronger central government for many reasons including revenue collection, and national security. The Founders weren’t anarchists. They were trying to prevent anarchy and factions through the establishment of a strong central government.
As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 10, “Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.” The Federalists saw the Articles of Confederation as promoting faction. Madison also wrote, “Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.”
John Jay wrote a very un-anarchistic argument in favor a federal government in Federalist No. 2, “Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government; and it is equally undeniable that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights, in order to vest it with requisite powers. It is well worthy of consideration, therefore, whether it would conduce more to the interest of the people of America that they should, to all general purposes, be one nation, under one federal government, than that they should divide themselves into separate confederacies and give to the head of each the same kind of powers which they are advised to place in one national government.”
It appears that the only anarchist here is Glenn Beck, who demonstrated how much he despises America and it’s freedoms by slandering the Founding Fathers and their democratic ideals. Glenn Beck doesn’t want freedom and democracy. He wants to destroy America through anarchy. It is interesting that Beck doesn’t say exactly what he believes our current system should be replaced with. Founding fatherSamuel Adams perfectly described the dubious motives of someone like Beck when he wrote, “How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”
Glenn Beck has perverted the meaning of the founders’ words, and he has polluted the American well of knowledge and democracy. In the 21st Century threat of tyranny has discussed itself as a patriot, and it has come complete with an army of willing fools who are ignorantly working against their own liberty.
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