Monday, February 22, 2010

Beck's CPAC Innuendo

Okay, so Brad at Sadly, No! quotes this from Dana Milbank's WaPo article about Glenn Beck at CPAC:

In an apparent reference to John McCain, Beck condemned a "guy in the Republican Party who says his favorite president is Theodore Roosevelt." He then read disapprovingly the Roosevelt quote that "we grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used . . . so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community."

"Is this what the Republican Party stands for?" Beck demanded. He was answered with boos and cries of "no!" "It's big government, it's a socialist utopia and we need to address it as if it is a cancer."

Brad then goes on to question the wisdom of Republicans attacking Teddy Roosevelt when they've already been attacking FDR for decades. Subsequently, he wonders if Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are next on the hit list. An amusing post, certainly, but one which ignores the more fundamental question: What exactly is Beck saying the republican party should stand for?

Roosevelt was simply saying: Nothing wrong with trying to get rich, just don't shit where you eat. Glenn Beck and his audience at CPAC seem to think this is heretical nonsense. They want no part of such blasphemy. Instead Beck implies that the Republican party should stand for the accumulation of wealth at the expense of the common good. That it should explicitly be the party of "Fuck you, I got mine."

The real problem is that such a slogan would probably fly these days. People shouldn't be concerned with Iran getting nukes, they should be concerned about Republicans getting them.

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