GOP Congressman: Glenn Beck Is “Trading on Fear”

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Friday, August 07, 2009 at 3:08 pm

The confrontation between Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) and some conservative constituents has been getting a lot of play today — Inglis told people to stop watching Glenn Beck, and he got loudly booed. The video Jonathan Martin found adds some compelling context, as Inglis explains to the crowd that Beck is making them fearful.

They suggest that you watch Glenn Beck. Here’s my suggestion. Turn that television off when he comes on. Let me tell you why. You want to know why? He’s trading on fear. You know what? Here’s what I think. If you trade on fear, what you’re doing is, you’re not leading. You’re just following fearful people. So if you want to lead, stop being fearful.

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strangely_enough
Comment posted August 7, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

Wow. A reasonable statement from an elected Republican from South Carolina.


Lola_Getz
Comment posted August 8, 2009 @ 11:52 am

Yep, hell has surely frozen over.


Lola_Getz
Comment posted August 8, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

A year ago, if someone had said to me what I'm about to say I'd have scoffed, but I can seriously imagine the Republican party spliiting into two parties. As it is now, the only way the sane Republicans (what I continue to think of as “Eisenhower Republicans”) are going to be able to take back their party is to tamp down the craziness of the birthers and other assorted wingnuts, but if they do that they'll lose their base. It's a problem of their own making because they've spent years pandering to these people and now the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

I'd llove it if the Sarah Palin/Glen Beck/Rush Limbaugh Republicans form their own party – a 21st century Know Nothing Party. For one thing, we'd know exactly who they are and where they stand, plus it would prove that there aren't nearly as many of them as they think. They're extremely noisy but they are not the majority in the Republican party.

This would have the effect of bringing reasoning, thoughful Republicans back into public discourse as well as isolating the lunatic fringe, plus it would ensure that Democrats remain in power for the foreseeable future. A win/win, I'd say.


Tuci78
Comment posted August 9, 2009 @ 7:44 am

Better still if those you envision as “Eisenhower Republicans” – people like Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter – were simply to drop all pretenses and go over to the National Socialist (ex-”Democrat”) Party en masse, and leave behind forever all their pretenses of support for individual rights, free markets, limited government, and defense of the Bill of Rights.

That would help to clarify the political picture in this country considerably, and define the differences between those of us whose political philosophy is defined by John Locke and Thomas Jefferson, and those who favor the rapine and pillage proposed by Alexander Hamilton, Karl Marx, and Saul Alinsky.


Bobby
Comment posted August 9, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

I know you mean well, but that statement about these crackpots “not being the majority of Republicans” is false. A new poll shows that 60%+ of Republicans believe that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is an illegitimate president.

Hang in there though. You'll get your party back, in a generation or so.


workingtommyc
Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

South Carolina's people are finally turning on idiots like Inglis. Inglis is yet another neo-con Republican like Lindsey Gaham pushing something just a little less drastic than what the Dems want.

Folks, this is fascism. Grow up, read a d—-d book, and find out that the definition of fascism is what Obama and Inglis are pushing!

Hitler and Mussolini may have been defeated in WWII but their economic systems kicked our collective rear-ends. Most of the brain-dead folks in this country just worry about how much plunder THEY will get out of it rather than be concerned over the fundamentals of right and wrong in the context of natural law. They still haven't figured out that it's only the bailed-out mega-corporations and other rich elites that will win under the current system.

Do you want a government that will work? Let's dust off the Constitution and give it another try. We haven't had a republic since at least the days of FDR–our first fascist leader.

Let's restore the republic and end slavery–AGAIN!


WA
Comment posted August 11, 2009 @ 4:02 am

Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again!


WA
Comment posted August 11, 2009 @ 4:05 am

Glad to know there are still Eisenhower Repblicans still out there, Once upon a time my father was one, and if there were a chance that such a party could rise from the smoldering ashes, I'd strongly consider rejoining.

But as long as the Glenn Becks, Rush Limbaughs and Sarah Palins are even a significant voice, I'll either stay home or vote no.


WA
Comment posted August 11, 2009 @ 4:06 am

Yeah, they said that about FDR, too. He went on to win four terms in office. The rest is history.


workingtommyc
Comment posted August 11, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

We've got Bush and now Obama. Herbert Hoover ain't got nothin' on them!


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Rob
Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

You're better at trading fear then Glenn Beck.


workingtommyc
Comment posted August 29, 2009 @ 2:33 am

Why, thank-you!

Now, I'll indulge you a little with the following challenge:

If you'll cut through the BS doublethink from the two major parties, you might just happen to come across the fundamental fact that there is not a single party, politician, nor even a single human being who doesn't “trade on fear” as you so cutely put it.

Both major parties routinely engage in fear mongering whether it's one side selling unconstitutional wars in the Middle East or it's the other side claiming that you're going to die a miserable death if you don't let government suckle you for life.

An individual may fear being a loser so he gets a job and tries to achieve something.

He may also fear growing old alone so he marries and has a wife and family.

What you have to ask yourself is, “What fears are rational and which ones are fictional or exaggerated?”

You also have to ask yourself, “Do I trust what people tell me or am I going to use common sense and empathy and read and research the issues for myself?”

You will probably find that you routinely accept false dilemmas in your life like: Coke or Pepsi. McCain or Obama. Republican or Democrat. Fascist or socialist. Tyranny or “living Constitution.” Here's a clue for you: there's not a dime's worth of difference between any two of them!

Here's a rational fear to consider, Mr. Contended: if you're not afraid of what nearly a hundred years of the Federal Reserve and other unconstitutional corporate welfare and political/corporate incest have wrought, you'll get exactly what you deserve–and you'll get it in the end.

Our, (or at least, my documented) ancestors fought a natural law revolution in 1776 recognizing fundamental rights of man and created a working federal republic–despite some flaws. Over the years, the elites and tyrants have consolidated power (illegally–without amending the Constitution) where once it was dispersed. That is the complete opposite of “power to the people.” These counter-revolutionaries are now in charge. Keep your eyes open the next few years and see what happens since principles have been long chucked in favor of talking points, polls, lobbyist money and power.

There is a willing suspension of disbelief among the population when it comes to their government. They believe the mythological construct of government and patriotism that exists in their minds and treat it as if it were real.

Like a wife turning a blinded eye from the bloodied fist of her husband, they refuse to see the abusive nature of the relationship and make excuses (“Oh, he'll only ignore the law one more time!” Or, “Yes, I know he doesn't obey the Constitution but he's doing it all for me!”) They stay in their comfort zones because they feel too weak and dependent to actually take on the responsibilities of breaking up or radically redefining the marriage. The population of Nazi Germany must have been like that. Otherwise they'd have tried and hanged Hitler in the 1930s.

The way of cowardice and irresponsibility is easy. Let someone else take care of everything, walk about daintily, don't rock the boat, keep quiet, and accept whatever happens to you due to governmental actions or negligence–even if it means abuse or death of you or your loved ones. But then YOU are willing to make that sacrifice, aren't you?

Don't worry! Be happy! Be pathetic!


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Suzan Sukle
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

Fear? Read about what happened under one party government of the late 1920's and the setting aside of the Constitution. Read, “Blood on the Constitution” or “Bucket of Blood the Ragman's War.” If it happened in the 1920's it can happen again.


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