Beck called President Obama “a racist,” then today embellished his hate speech with the bizarre claim that the President is moved by a “liberation theology” in which he sees the United States of America, of which he is president, as “the enemy.” Strictly speaking, liberation theology is “a movement in Christian theology which construes the teachings of Jesus Christ in terms of a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions.” It has its origins in the Roman Catholic Church of the 50s and 60s in Latin America. By the 1980s, as democracy swept the military regimes aside and a conservative Pope emerged to lead the Church, the movement died out. Conservative detractors labeled it Marxist, but it was no more so than Martin Luther King’s civil disobedience and lifelong struggle for social justice and civil rights.
More important, there is no evidence whatsoever that President Obama was even aware of, much less subscribed to, liberation theology. This is the problem with the teabaggers and their paranoid fantasies about our President. He cannot be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time; or a socialist and a Nazi; nor can he belong to the black church evangelical tradition and be a Catholic too. When is enough ENOUGH hounding this man about his religion and birthright. These questions have been answered more fully than by most recent presidential candidates. Answer this, sick teabaggers: What is John McCain’s religion? Reagan’s? George H.W. Bush’s? George W. Bush’s? Sarah Palin’s? GLENN BECK’s?
This is only the latest outrageous insanity from a deeply disturbed individual who is running out of offensive and hateful things to say about Barack Obama. Unlike a majority of Americans, Beck’s sick followers harbor a negative view of the President by 87% to 7%. Those seven percent almost certainly represent the misguided individuals who have legitimate grievances that aren’t expressions of hatred and bigotry toward one dark-skinned man and entire groups of people. President Obama has always been Glenn Beck’s personal obsession. In his book The Promise, about President Obama’s first year in office, Jonathan Alter wrote of how the President approached questions of personal identity:
While he was determined they would not shape his presidency, “that hardly meant he ignored his racial heritage. In his first week as president he found a bust of Martin Luther King near a landing in the East Wing and put it in the Oval Office. A framed flier from the 1963 March on Washington that had hung in his Senate office also went near his desk, amid other relics of American history with no connection to race.”So there’s the connection. It’s personal and deceitful. Glenn Beck LIED when he claimed to be unaware of the date’s significance, not only to President Obama but to millions of Americans. In fact, this is how the huckster Beck described the purpose of his rally:
“We are the inheritors and the protectors of the Civil Rights Movement. They are perverting it. We are on the right side of history, we are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties and damn it, we will reclaim the Civil Rights Movement. We will take that movement because we were the people that did it in the first place.”
From the Boston Tea Party (from which Beck’s disturbed followers take their rabble’s name) to 1865 –
MILLIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS WERE IN CHAINS AND SHACKLES IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY WERE SLAVES. THEY WERE OWNED BY WHITE PEOPLE. SLAVERY WAS THE CAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR, AND MORE THAN 600 THOUSAND LIVES WERE LOST TO FREE THE SLAVES.
IT TOOK NEARLY 100 YEARS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS TO REALIZE THE FULL PANOPLY OF RIGHTS THAT WHITE AMERICAN MALES HAVE TAKEN FOR GRANTED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE REPUBLIC. IT WAS PASSAGE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 THAT GAVE AFRICAN AMERICANS FULL RIGHTS OF CITIZENSHIP UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. IT WAS A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, LYNDON JOHNSON WHO SIGNED THE ACT INTO LAW AFTER IT HAD BEEN PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY BEFORE HIS ASSASSINATION.
THE FINAL VOTE FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, BY PARTY, WAS:
Democratic Party: 46-21
Republican Party: 27-6
Democratic Party: 153-91
Republican Party: 136-35
199 DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE v. 163 REPUBLICANS CAST THEIR VOTES FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PROUDLY OWNS THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION, WITH AN ASSIST FROM MOSTLY MODERATE (AND EVEN SOME LIBERAL) REPUBLICANS.
So where does this GUTTERSNIPE SCUMBAG BECK come off spouting THE OBSCENE WORDS QUOTED ABOVE -- IT’S A RHETORICAL QUESTION.
Glenn Beck is a genuinely disturbed individual. Or, as they say, ONE SICK MOTHER.