October 15, 2009

Giving America a bad name

A conservative Brit watches Glenn Beck, is left totally gobsmacked --

If a mere foreigner may say so, it is striking how little faith Beck and his followers have in the country they profess to love so much. It’s as if your favorite cousin had a nervous breakdown, found religion, and became an evangelist for an apocalyptic cult prophesying the imminent end of the world as we know it.

Watching Beck, who sometimes resembles a snake-oil salesman’s dim-witted assistant accidentally promoted to the top job, makes a foreigner wonder just what’s happening to American conservatism. I confess that I find it impossible to determine whether Beck’s show is serious or, as seems more probable, an elaborate practical joke played on his unwitting audience. I don’t want to seem forward or rude, but one can’t help but ask: Have you people lost your minds?

9 comments:

A World Quite Mad said...

///"Have you people lost your minds?"///

That would require that they had minds to begin with. LOL

These people are crazy, quite mad even. ;)

So nice that the Conservatives in England are just now noticing what loons we have on our hands here. Of course, in England they don't have many barking mad evangelicals of the southern Baptist persuasion, etc. running around. Almost everyone is Anglican, and their sermons, if you've never been to one, are actually quite fun, and you could swear that a Monty Python skit could break out at any moment.

This is what happens when you found a country with Puritans. Now what excuse Australia has, I'm not sure.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the above comment and would add that Beck and his culty insane followers make the PERFECT point for more and better education here in the good ol' u s of a. we are a radically dumbed down nation, the result of 30+ years of rethuglican rule and the funneling of everyone's money OUT of the hands of the middle class and into the upper 1%. The determination of that one percent to keep everyman unhealthy, ignorant and faithful to backward "Deliverance type" mentalities and education levels.
Lots & Lots of teh stupid here in America these days and it is as tragic as it is terrifying esp when you live in rural areas that literally resemble 12th and 13th century country folk type folks.
TERRIFYING! there are still lynchings going on, afterall.
*sigh*
s

big em said...

I agree with the previous two comments, especially the general ideas that the US is:
1.) Religiously STILL a semi- fundamentalist country. For instance, Gallop polls consistently (over the last 10+ yrs) measure 40-47% of the US populace believing in the Biblical creation myth -- AND that IT HAPPENED APPROX 7,000 YRS AGO! This in spite of HARD SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE -- both geological & astronomical -- that the earth/universe is around 4.6 BILLION (NOT million, but BILLION with the "B") yrs old. And you can easily see this on cable TV -- IF you're not tuned to the 'fundie' channels -- on the Discovery or Science channels among others (ie; PBS)
2.) A generally anti-intellectual country. While we love our techie gadgets, we generally don't want our politics to be humanely rational - - 'we' want our hucksterism/free-enterprise/Horatio Alger/pioneer-conquers-the-savages/Biblical myths to all be operative. We want to buy the sizzle, not the steak. We want to 'globalize' and send jobs overseas, and shop at anti-union Wal-Mart, and generally sell our souls to 'making the bottom line look good', and then complain when we've got no job, no money and no 'culture' left.

I tend to believe a lot of this comes from:
1.) Our ruthless founders. Columbus after all was after gold and slaves (of which he took 6 captive within 5 hrs of his landing). No need to retell the European genocide of the Native Americans (North & South), done for land and gold.
2.) Our hucksterism & get-rich-quick foundations. Most early immigrants came here out of economic/religious desperation, and many were lured by false or misleading promises (one I liked was the European advertisment for immigrants that said "The climate is great - Kansas is the same latitude as southern Spain", which is a bit cruel in mid-January).

thesmoots said...

Have you people lost your minds?
The answer to that is:
'The republicans have!!!'
I voted as an independent for 30 yrs. The insanity of those that call themselves republicans (they aren't) or even conservatives (give me a break) has forced me further and further left. How anyone could fall for their hate mongering, power grasping lies I just don't get. Hopefully there are more like me out there that see through the lies but if the MSM is to be believed (HA), there aren't many.

thesmoots said...

Also, I have to agree with big em (again). It's the religion. Living in the bible belt is scary, so so many of these people actually go to church once (or 2-4 times)a week and dutifully bob their heads while they're told "Science bad-Faith good". They're so insecure and scared that they need the crutch of an 'all caring divine one' because they can't cope with the real world at all. The 'holy roller' laying on of hands and speaking in tongues has taken the place of 'book larnin'. It's disease that has been ruining the country for years and just keeps getting worse.

Anonymous said...

Smoots- Dig it!

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