Quotes of the day

posted at 10:15 pm on September 26, 2009 by Allahpundit

“Although there is more in David’s post – much more even – the main point can be summarized in one short sentence: without Beck, the Obama administration would not have had to deal with any controversies.

Without Beck the far left would not have been exposed.

Many would undoubtedly have liked it to be different but David is right. Beck is the only national figure willing to take on the extreme left and to prove that Obama has ties to them and may even be one of them.

That’s it; it is time for conservatives to stop criticizing Beck and to give him credit for helping the conservative movement take on the most progressive individuals ever to be in charge of the most powerful country on earth.”

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“But here’s the thing: Beck is a white Jeremiah Wright, a crazy-pants conspiracy theorist whose worldview is rooted in the paranoid teachings of a far-right Mormon political guru named W. Cleon Skousen. Before signing up as a recruit in Beck’s army, conservative Becketeers had better think long and hard about where their affable leader is taking them…

There are conservatives who know perfectly well that Beck is an unhinged buffoon who traffics in crude, ridiculous ideas. But unlike the hapless GOP, he’s popular and effective in the political war against Obama. So these conservative cynics adopt a ‘no enemies to the right’ approach to Beck, even though he’s mainstreaming the ooga-booga worldview of a crank prophet who believed, with the John Birch Society, that Eisenhower was a closet commie.

This is foolish. Not every enemy of Obama is a friend to conservatism.”


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<blockquoteI said “on racial matters” for a reason. Southerners hid behind the “states rights” mantra to subjugate blacks for decades. The “constitutional” argument was just a red herring.
crr6 on September 27, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Do you actually know ANYTHING about U.S. History or do you just make it up as you go?
Lincoln freed ZERO slaves in the U.S. or ANYWHERE. The United States freed ZERO slaves until the 13th Amendment was ratified…it took a Constitutional Amendment to free these people…GET IT. Do you actually KNOW how many times a Constitutional Amendment to free slaves was proposed BY SOUTHERN CONGRESSMEN and shot down by NORTHERN DEMOCRATS?
This is HIGH SCHOOL history, what is SUPPOSED to be taught in our public schools instead of progressive, revisionist propaganda.

nelsonknows on September 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM

<blockquoteAnd there is only one man who is capable of leading the conservative movement right now, and that man is Ron Paul.

Spathi on September 27, 2009 at 12:38 AM

You mean Ron Paul who was busted on this VERY site for supporting 911 conspiracy garbage back in July?
The SAME Ron Paul who has put over $600 million in earmarks on bills in the last 3 years?
The SAME Ron Paul who said the U.S. had never been attacked in its 216 years in the Republican Debates in 2008?
The SAME Ron Paul who said there wasn’t a Constitutional Amendment to allow Congress to pass a Federal Income Tax?

The ONLY thing Ron Paul would lead anyone to is up a wild hogs ass. Ron Paul is a fraud and Beck won’t have Paul on his show anymore…hmmm, I wonder why?

nelsonknows on September 27, 2009 at 6:04 PM

I simply don’t care what they say about Glenn. He in the only one that outlines in detail, clearly so you can follow, and that lets you understand. If conservatives hate him, too bad. The truth is the truth. Don’t want to follow? Don’t. Don’t want to watch? Don’t. Don’t want to know? Don’t. But leave the millions who do alone.

sharinlite on September 27, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Beck may be over the top at times, however, if I were picking teams, I’d certainly pick him over the people that hate him any day of the week. The very fact that he drives lefties nuts draws my admiration. Keep it going, Glenn.

Syd B. on September 27, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Beck said the government was going to take over people’s computers through the Cash 4 Clunkers program. That didn’t happen. He’s also insinuated that Obama wanted to start his own paramilitary. That hasn’t and won’t happen. So Beck is not always right.

terryannonline on September 27, 2009 at 8:54 AM

TAO,

That isn’t true. Beck highlighted this (in his flamboyant style, yes) but it forced the admin. to reevaluate it/clarify it.

While I totally disagreed with the McCain statement, and am not a devout fan, I’m glad that people with influence are forcing the government to change language, pull out of things, change tactics, etc. It’s all of us doing it, too. Citizens, bloggers, radio, tv personalities, former governors on Facebook (still cracks me up.)

I, for one, am glad that he talked about this particular issue, amongst others.
I’d also rather be too suspicious of big government than sedate and civil, while not suspicious enough.

Diane on September 27, 2009 at 6:51 PM

RE Pablo

Hey, that’s great except that he has never trashed Palin, during the campaign or otherwise.

He trashed McCain, then the McCain/Palin ticket throughout the campaign up until almost a week before the election. He never endorsed them. I can provide links to prove it.

But you should keep calling him a scary Mormon. That’s good stuff right there.

I don’t care what religion he is, there is no patriotic American case to be made for immersing the country into the boiling water of Obama’s vision for a socialist, appeasing, defeated country. Trashing McCain- and by proxy his running mate- throughout the campaign helped that to come to pass and it is entirely reasonable to question his motivations for doing so. He is unrepentant about it as well… “I think John McCain would have been worse for the country then Barack Obama.” Tell that to the soldiers in Afghanistan waiting for reinforcements that aren’t coming.

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 7:13 PM

He trashed McCain, then the McCain/Palin ticket throughout the campaign up until almost a week before the election…. I can provide links to prove it.

Please do.

entropent on September 27, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Glenn Beck was not that enthused or, it appears, really for the GOP ticket UNTIL Palin came on board …

Here’s a link to prove it ….

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/14589/

August 29, 2008 – 13:16 ET

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. I may have found my pick for President. I want to explain this over the next few days. But it may be now John McCain because of Sarah Palin’s experience on taking her own party on but not the way John McCain does. And if John McCain thinks he could pick somebody like her and she will be neutralized and she would be and she would step to the plate and say, “Oh, well, now I’ve got my ticket, I could be, you know, the first female President or whatever.” Her experience shows Sarah Palin don’t play that way. This is a vice presidential pick that if she was vice president and she disagreed, I mean, if she felt things were going awry and they were losing the heart and soul of the conservative party, she just might be the kind that would step up and say, you know what, I’m done, I’m out, he’s going to have to find another vice president. We’ll have to continue to look, but I’m going to give you some things that I know about Sarah Palin that I think will energize you.

TexasDude on September 27, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 7:13 PM

First off, Glenn doesn’t like Romney. Doesn’t hate him, but he doesn’t like him…
Second, he loves Palin.
Third just because someone thinks McCain would have been worse for the country, doesn’t mean they hate Palin.

Conservative Voice on September 27, 2009 at 7:27 PM

He trashed McCain, then the McCain/Palin ticket throughout the campaign up until almost a week before the election. He never endorsed them. I can provide links to prove it.

Bring whatever you’ve got. He’s never trashed Palin. He’s no fan of McCain and that didn’t just happen last week. But he’s never trashed Palin and in fact voted for her. He wouldn’t have voted for McCain without her, though.

Do you think McCain lost because Glenn Beck was dumping on him, or do you think he lost because he was an awful candidate?

I don’t care what religion he is, there is no patriotic American case to be made for immersing the country into the boiling water of Obama’s vision for a socialist, appeasing, defeated country.

The socialists are having quite a bit of trouble keeping the water boiling, don’t you think? Glenn Beck’s September has been full of win. Obama’s? Pelosi’s Reid’s? Fail, fail, fail. And people are beginning to focus on our out of control government. That’s a good thing.

Are you really going to defend the idea that Beck trashed McCain and Palin so that his Mormon buddy Romney could run again in 2012? Because speaking of nuts…

Pablo on September 27, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Beck interviewing McCain, 10/28/08:

GLENN: Senator McCain, I hope this is — this may be, because of the election, the last time that we speak. I hope this is not the last time we speak, sir.

SENATOR McCAIN: We’ll be talking, my friend. You’re too colorful.

GLENN: You know, you always say something — I think he just slammed me. I think he just slammed me.

SENATOR McCAIN: No. You generate debate and discussion in America, and we need it. We need debate and discussion, whether you and I or others disagree, we need healthy, respectful debate and that’s what you generate in America, Glenn, and I’m proud of ya.

GLENN: I appreciate that, sir. I will tell you that I hope that America can count on your support for the Fairness Doctrine, against the Fairness Doctrine for a long time.

SENATOR McCAIN: Not to worry.

GLENN: Thank you, sir.

SENATOR McCAIN: I have done that for a long time, my friend. Thank you, my friend. Talk to you soon. Bye.

He really trashed him good, huh?

Pablo on September 27, 2009 at 8:12 PM

McCain has been respectful of Glenn Beck. It was absurdly dumb, totally wrong and completely counterproductive for Glenn Beck to say the pro-life, fiscal conservative and foreign policy hawk John McCain would have been worse than Obama. With the utter disgrace that Obama is showing concerning foreign policy, military matters and national security, it is obvious that the American people made a terrible mistake last November.

Phil Byler on September 27, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Beck is a genuine patriot.

TheSitRep on September 27, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Please do.

entropent on September 27, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Here’s a few:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ELuwmhvKt0
http://campaigncircus.com/video_player.php?v=7714
http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/14589

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Thanks for the links. But the first two don’t support your point. You said, “He trashed McCain, then the McCain/Palin ticket throughout the campaign up until almost a week before the election…” Both video links show him trashing McCain on Super Tuesday, and just after, when Romney conceded. I’m more interested in your assertion that he bashed McCain/Palin within weeks of the election.

Your third link just takes me to Beck’s most recent current events. Is there a specific article to search for?

entropent on September 27, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Palin wasn’t even part of the picture for both of the videos you link, and your third link is FUBAR. Was it supposed to lead to something that shows he trashed McCain/Palin?

Pablo on September 27, 2009 at 9:04 PM

And now it’s saying this is a duplicate comment… Ugggg.

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 9:41 PM

WTF, how come the posts aren’t showing?

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Having a bit of a computer melt down.

Boxy_Brown on September 27, 2009 at 9:53 PM

A McCain Presidency would have served the nation well… Phil Byler on September 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Coulda shoulda woulda…
Fact is, he took a dive!
After he was hired by the right to fight–
he droned on n’ on about what a good sport he was.
And then the weak-kneed SOB rolled over on anyone who even mentioned Obama’s middle name. And then pretended that the Rev Wright and Bill Ayres were the Chicago Untouchables! Why? Because he was afraid that they’d throw mud at him for crawling into bed with the Keating 5. Just as Teddy Kennedy spent a lifetime bowing and beholden to the radical left for his Chappaquidik chapters. McCain is useless as a fighter for our American values. He’s an agent for the status quo that has gotten us into the mess were in! But, that is the candidate that the GOP primary system gave US – never again!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on September 27, 2009 at 10:36 PM

We should watch out where anyone wants to take us, but that doesn’t mean we should continue to cannibalize our own. We will walk with Glenn and listen to what he has to say until we don’t agree with him, and then we will part ways. As it should be with anyone that grabs our attention and gets us motivated.

Queen0fCups on September 27, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Go get ‘em Glenn! Never let up!

DTogo on September 27, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Rather, they would say that they support the principles of CRA and would encourage an amendment giving the Federal government the power to regulate a CRA into law.

Tim Burton on September 27, 2009 at 2:50 AM

Or that effort put into individual cases could’ve allowed SCOTUS to make the decisions that would ultimately have resulted in the same desired result – that is, enforcing what the Constitution basically says. Heck, the preamble starts off “We the People” – that’s all people. An end run around the Constitution, even if with the best of intentions, helps no one in the long run but tyrants.

Consider how it’s taken decades to get racism of this kind erased… and how it still goes on in the only Jim Crow laws left on the books.

But anyhow…

CPL 310 on September 28, 2009 at 12:46 AM

Glenn Beck Papertiger was not that enthused or, it appears, really for the GOP ticket UNTIL Palin came on board …

Sorry, I haven’t got a link to show. You’ll have to take my word for it.

papertiger on September 28, 2009 at 1:00 AM

Beck explained his reasoning as to why he made that statement about McCain, in a follow-up program. I may be wrong, but as I understood Beck–if McCain had been elected, people wouldn’t have become as involved in politics, such as in the cause of the Tea Parties…We never cared about the writtings of Bills before, or what the congresspeople did during their August recess. How many of us attended a townhall before? Did we really object, or even pay attention when Bush started growing the government?
The policies of Obama have spurred a lot of us who sat on our hands during much of the last 8 years–and actually, for most of our political lives–to get out and get involved.
Before Obama, I talked the talk–now I am willing to walk the walk. Now I want accountability from each party in power–and I am not willing concede that power ever again.
If McCain had won, it would have been politics as usual, and the rest of us would have gone about our lives, bitching about the government, but never paying attention.
In my humble opinion, I think this is what Beck wants us to understand…

lovingmyUSA on September 28, 2009 at 1:44 AM

If McCain had been elected, how many of us would have ever cared what was in a new Bill? Did we ever attend a townhall meeting, or pay attention to what our congresspeople did on their August recesses? Did we ever think we would ever gather together with hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of people–objecting to the growth, and/or the intrusion of government into our lives? Did we EVER think any of us would march on the White House? Would we ever have thought that our government should be accountable to “We–the people”?

I don’t think this would have happened, without the galvanizing effect of the election of Obama. I think this is what Beck tried to explain was his meaning and use of that phrase…

lovingmyUSA on September 28, 2009 at 2:05 AM

To lovingmyUSA re Sept 28, 2009 2:05 AM post:

If your interpretation of Glenn Beck’s comment is what Glenn Beck meant, then Glenn Beck should say so. The different meaning that many of us understood — that a McCain Presidency would be worse than an Obama Administration — is as wrong as wrong can be and counterproductive to Glenn Beck’s admirable efforts to expose the radical left at work in the Obama Administration. There is still a serious problem with that assertion, but it is not nuts. Seriously ocntending that McCain would have been worse is nuts.

Obama is a radical socialist who is appeasement minded in foreign policy. McCain was and is a pro-life fiscal conservative and foreign policy hawk who was and is supremely knowledgeable in foreign policy, military matters and national security.

McCain, like Dick Cheney, supported the first bailout because it was the Bush Administration bailout and they were both told that the financial system would fail without that bailout. But thereafter McCain opposed all bailouts, beginning with the vote on the second release of TARP monies while Bush was still President. McCain voted against all Obama bailouts and voted against Obama massive deficit spending, calling it generational theft.

McCain, since September 2007, has supported law enforcement first in immigration matters. He says he never supported amnesty, as the immigration bill that Bush and he supported was not intended to provide amnesty given the law enforcement provisions. What Obama supports in contrast is overt radical amnesty.

McCain flatly opposes ObamaCare. McCain’s health care position in the 2008 Presidential race was the most conservative, free market oriented appproach of any in either party. If McCain were President, we would NOT be discussing a health care bill, unless it would be a proposal to provide tax cuts or insurance across state lines. What McCain promised quite differently was a freeze on federal spending — no room in there for a massive health care program.

If McCain were President, the Supreme Court nominee would have been a conservative jurist instead of liberal Sotomayer (whom McCain voted against); the State Department legal advisor would not be an advocate of transnationalism (which is dangerous stuff); the Attorney General would not be destroying the CIA; the HHS Secretary would be pro-life instead of a pro-abortion zealot.

Obaam operates with a history of being a community organizer and a narcisstic cult of personality. McCain, a military man who put his life in harm’s way as a Navy combat pilot and who endured 5 1/2 years of imprisonment at the hands of the North Vietnamese, spoke of being President with a servant’s heart.

If McCain were President, we would have a very capable Commander in Chief instead of the dangerously incompetent in Obama.

The nation screwed up badly last November. You can disagree with McCain on certain issues, but as I stated above, to confuse any such disagreement with how bad Obama is, is just nuts.

So, if Glenn Beck meant that it is better that we have Obama and come alive at the grass roots level and learn socialism is no good, then Glenn Beck should say so.

The serious problem with that position is that we are going to pay a very, very high price for a socialist and appeasement minded Obama Administration. It will take many years to undo the domestic damage, assuming we can reclaim power, and in the meantime our great military will have a dangerous incompetent as a Commander in Chief, we will be undermining democracies (e.g., Honduras and Israel) that we should be 1000% supporting, and we may get hit badly by the radical jihadists with the loss of life.

Phil Byler on September 28, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I for one think as Beck does that he has realized his duty that the Lord CALLED him to do. I know to most of you here that is tin hat stuff and if you don’t get, too bad for you.

But as others here have said NONE of the things that have happened to expose Obama would have happened without Beck. And as far as conspiracy goes, It is written history that everyone thought Churchill was tin hat crazy when he was bolstering defences, and planes, and bombs and saying not to trust Hitler when Chamberlin was flaunting his WORTHLESS PIECE OF PAPER that he crawled on his belly like Obama is now doing when Hitler signed it.

Be carefull what, and WHO you call tin hat conspiracy people, there are some people who have been given the “gift” of sight, and they tried to warn us before the election, and they still are trying to warn us.

patriotparty1 on September 28, 2009 at 9:07 AM

I said “on racial matters” for a reason. Southerners hid behind the “states rights” mantra to subjugate blacks for decades. The “constitutional” argument was just a red herring.
crr6 on September 27, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Let me see if I have this right.
Because some people misused “states rights”, therefore nobody can use states rights as an issue anymore?

Does that mean that since many Democrats misue racism, nobody can use racism anymore?

MarkTheGreat on September 28, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Beck said the government was going to take over people’s computers through the Cash 4 Clunkers program. That didn’t happen. He’s also insinuated that Obama wanted to start his own paramilitary. That hasn’t and won’t happen. So Beck is not always right.

terryannonline on September 27, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Beck said that using the cash for clunkers program gave the government the right to own all rights to and have access to all the information your personal computer has access to, including but not limited to and networks(even more computers), personal information etc,etc. It did not say that the government was going to “take over ” the computers, nor did Glen Beck.The government DID say they had the right to do just about anything they wanted to do with your computer, once the NHTSB site was accessed, so that dealerships could eventually get back the billions they lent the federal government for a handout program.
The government stopped putting this on the website that was nessassary to file a claim for the cash for clunkers program, after it was exposed on Beck’s program.

By the way, where is our money on the interest for the 3500-4500 per vehicle that we waited months to collect? and what about the time paid to employees for siezing perfectly good motors, averaging 2 hrs/each, storage for all of these vehicles in prime Chicago facilities,and other expenses accrued like overtime paid to employees who had to work on Sunday to access the aforementioned website, because of the government’s incompetance and/or malfeasance in serving the needs of the people who needed to use this website??

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on September 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM

If your interpretation of Glenn Beck’s comment is what Glenn Beck meant, then Glenn Beck should say so.

He already has.

Pablo on September 28, 2009 at 4:47 PM

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