Can someone please explain the Glenn L. Beck phenomenon to me?
There’s been a lot of Glenn L. Beck in the news lately — more than one would hope for really. And while I get the Glenn L. Beck’s got a show, a network, and even the publishing forums (fora?) at his disposal, I have to wonder if even Glenn L. Beck is sick of himself?
Glenn L. Beck is frequently a guest on the Imus in the Morning radio program, which I happen to love. But even Imus, who has a high tolerance for whack jobs, has said of Glenn L. Beck, “He’s a frequent guest on the program, and I like him, but he’s clearly nuts.” (Or words similar to those.)
Listen, I’m conservative — not wing nut conservative, but comfortably conservative — and folks like Glenn L. Beck or Rush make me uncomfortable. I don’t like to be uncomfortable and I’m more of a “live and let live” kind of girl. But when you start working the Crazy, or the Ignorant, I’m inclined to sit up and notice and say, “Huh?”
So I was beginning to sit up and notice more of Glenn L. Beck in recent weeks, particularly as he was preparing to take to the Washington Mall in his Restoring Honor event.
Full disclosure: I didn’t read anything about Glenn L. Beck’s Honor event. I didn’t go, don’t know anyone who did, don’t care if you did, etc. I’ve got too much going on in my world, trying to raise children with their own sense of honor and morality and right-thinking-ness (of the non-political left/right variety) to really pay *that* much attention to Glenn L. Beck.
So as part of my attempt to play and do the John C. Mayer prank (please go read or you will really think I’ve done lost my mind, and I haven’t) along with Aunt Becky, in doing the research for this Glenn L. Beck post, I discovered this headline:
Ok, it’s from the Huffington Post. Is that a good source for Glenn L. Beck news? I have no idea. But the headline caught my eye, and all I could think about was,
This is the same rationale that any 8 year old will give you for lying.
Really, Glenn L. Beck? “It would be easier?” Are you sure you were born in 1964? Because I’ve never heard a fully formed adult openly discuss how lying is “easier.” And, ok, the lie wasn’t about anything so profound or nation-changing — he lied about how he “handled” a George Washington Inaugural Address from the National Archives, but still.…Lying is easier? (Oh, the irony just hit me: George ‘I cannot tell a lie’ Washington.…)
I’ve seen enough. Thanks, Glenn L. Beck. Next time my kids lie to me, I’ll think of you and wonder if they too will reach a state of overexposure for not saying or doing too much of thoughtful significance before the age of 50.