The loon surround sound experience available from Amazon is probably much better than the one from Fox.

A visit to Glenn Beck’s website reveals that he is organizing a new movement called "WE Surround Them". After looking at the site and hearing of some of the high sentiments it already has engendered (Really, Chuck Norris wants to run for President of Texas?), I am left with the impression that Beck is catering to the basest fears of those who have been harmed by the economic downturn and as a result harbor resentment. Sadly, Beck is tailoring the movement to perpetuate an economic approach that will keep most of those in the movement impoverished.

The movement is centered around nine "principles" and twelve "values". I won’t ruin the experience for you repeat them all here, but I do want to concentrate on two of the "principles" to show how Beck is replaying the Republican mantra of getting economically disadvantaged people to take action against their own direct interests. Here are "principles" numbers six and seven:

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

There are quite a few right wing foamer myths at work in these snippets. First, there is reinforcement of the talking point that Obama is a socialist who wants to take your income from you and give it to someone "lazy". The sad point here is that Beck is going to get most of his followers from people who make very little money. Getting them to buy into the concept that there is "no guarantee of equal results" is basically telling them that they are choosing to fight for an economic system that keeps them poor at the expense of a very small number of very rich people. Think how much more good Beck could do if he instead asked for a "level playing field" in the economy where all hard work is rewarded equally, whether white collar or blue collar?

Also, note that although another "principle" cites religion, Beck is demonizing charity. That’s not a particularly endearing attitude, if you ask me.

The roll-out of this movement is being organized around local "meet-ups" to watch Beck’s unveiling on Fox News Friday evening. Think how busy the FBI would be if a militant left-wing movement were being introduced in this manner. There would be infiltrators at most of the meetings. How many of Beck’s meetings will get FBI or local law enforcement attention?

Jim White

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