Now I really shouldn’t pick on the lunatic right-wing fringe, but sometimes they make it all too easy not to do so. These folks aren’t the moderate, reasonable Republicans with whom one can carry on a substantive conversation about issues and policy. No, unfortunately, those reasonable, Eisenhower-esque Republicans are becoming as rare as any coherence from poor Glenn Beck over at the Tea/Republican party-run cable network that calls itself, I would think tongue-in-cheek, “News.” (I’m still waiting for their punch-line, because I know there’s a joke in there someplace). But I digress.
Glenn as now gone after gentle Jim Wallis of Sojourners calling him a Marxist and he denies the Christian calling to social justice. It’s not the first time Glenn has demonstrated his absolute ignorance of reality or for that matter, scripture. His chalk runneth over as he diagrams and makes illogical connections that make absolutely no sense…except to the great ignorant group who hangs on his every word. These are the ones who think they will go to Hell if they change the channel or even think for themselves. They cannot change the channel because last summer, they broke off the dial on their TVs. It’s stuck on Fox. There is no Oprah, no QVC no Weather Channel. Beck runs around so fast that these bleary-eyed people who have no clue as to what he is saying, nod their heads and gobble it up because it sorta sounds like it makes sense.
Jesuit Fr. James Martin, S.J., an editor for American Magazine quoted an American bishop on the very nature of helping the poor and justice for the poor. He said, “When I feed the poor they call me a saint; but when I ask why people are poor they call me a communist.” Isn’t the latter what Beck is talking about? I’m not sure either. Social Justice is not political, it has it’s roots not only in Scripture (Leviticus talking about widows and orphans; Jesus talking about the poor), but in Catholic social teaching from Leo XIII to John XXIII to Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
Below is the interview with Steven Colbert and Fr. James Martin, S.J.:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Glenn Beck Attacks Social Justice – James Martin|
And who are these Beckian folks? Must I bring up the recent Harris Poll again? It’s been all over the news. The Harris Poll of 2,320 adults surveyed online between March 1 and 8, 2010 by Harris Interactive. Now to be “fair and balanced” I need to let you know that this was an on-line poll so I guess any schmuck could gum it up. As the Harris pollsters said on their website “Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.” Propensity is a mighty big word for them on-liner-type-people. But I digress, yet again.
The poll, although not scientific, does give some insight into the type of people who call themselves, Republican, actually think about things. I’m not sure if these are the folks who when they finished with the poll called up Congressmen and threatened them with illnesses or death or went out and threw bricks at Democratic offices around the country. But it does make one wonder doesn’t it? Just a little bit?
Lets look at the results and then you can take them with a grain of salt unless of course you are allergic, then take the results with a salt substitute.
About Obama (remember kids, unlike the first election of GWB, Obama won fair and square and no Supreme Court was needed to decide the election-sorry to bring that up again)… These are results of people who identified themselves as “Republican:”
- He is a socialist (67%)
- He wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (61%)
- He is a Muslim (57%)
- He wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government (51%)
- He resents America’s heritage (47%)
- He was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (45%)
- He is a domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitutions speaks of (45%)
- He is doing many of the things that Hitler did (38%)
- He may be the Anti-Christ (24%)
I’m not sure what happened here. I thought we cleared up a bit of the debris over the last year, at least since the last election…I guess not. Some of these responses are head scratchers to be sure. For example the Hitler reference and the Anti-Christ reference. These two responses are looney tunes. Glenn??? have you been dropping hints about Uncle Adolph and Anti-Christ again??? Now Glenn, these tea-partiers don’t need your guidance they did pretty well on their own on Saturday and this week, by reaching into their extensive vocabulary (and brick pitching arms) and calling congressmen names. Isolated incidences you say? How many times before we examine racism and homophobia amongst your followers? Is there a magic number? There is no magic number of times someone yells “nigger,” “faggot,” or “wetback” before a movement needs to be recognized as having fundamentally racist underpinnings.
The bottom line, there are people who will not accept the voted will of the people, and think they have a better way, revolution.
Melissa Harris-Lacewell wrote in The Nation on Tuesday that it’s better to understand the “Tea Partiers’ actions at the protest as an attack against the legitimacy of the Obama government, not simply as hateful actions towards marginalized groups.” Interesting way to put it, Professor. I guess there will come a time when the Tea-Party and it’s political wing the Republicans and it’s communication wing F*O*X cease to be a side show of freaks and will try and make their way into the American narrative. Keep lookin’ over your shoulder.