Glenn Beck Would Make P.T. Barnum Proud And Founding Fathers Sad
Dare To Dream has often pointed out the similarities of Fox News personality Glenn Beck to Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here and have stated our belief that America has more to fear from the far right than from the left.
We also have pointed out the many similarities to “Elmer Gantry” and Beck’s religious zeal and hypocrisy.
After watching Mr. Beck the other night, I have come to the conclusion that P.T. Barnum would be very proud of the Fox News “huckster” and would be proud that he sees someone using the Barnum’s adage about “suckers.” Oh well, Beck, like Barnum, does call himself an “entertainer.”
Beck’s fascination to the “founding fathers”, their faith and Beck’s fight against the “radical left” does seem more show than fact.
Beck has elevated to almost hero and god like status, Thomas Paine. Even trying to legitimize Beck’s new book by making it look like Paine’s pamphlets and writings. But can we say Paine was a “founding father,” I say the facts point otherwise.
Thomas Paine’s signature does not appear on the Declaration of Independence and he did not sign the Constitution. He was never a representative in any year of the Continental Congress, in fact my distant relative, General Edward Hand, has more claim to the title of “founding father” for being by George Washington’s side at Yorktown and because of his representation as a member of the Continental Congress in 1784, then Thomas Paine.
Beck has elevated Paine to hero like status without ever mentioning that in 1777 he became Secretary to the Congressional Committee of Foreign Affairs, but was obligated to resign in 1779, because he gave away confidential state secrets about negotiations with France. Wouldn’t that put him in the same class as General Benedict Arnold?
John Quincy Adams writings show that Paine was not one of his heroes. “To say that he hated the Monarchy (Paine) is inaccurate and misleading. He hated all government and was an Anarchist.”
Beck has an “anarchist” as a hero but goes after the left for being “socialist and surrounded by anarchist.” Hypocrisy, which does seem to be the favorite tool of the “far right” when pontificating on issues.
What do real “founding fathers” say about Thomas Paine?
Benjamin Rush says of Paine, “…absurd and impious.”
Charles Carroll states Paine’s works are, “blasphemous.”
John Witherspoon writes that Paine is “ignorant of human nature as well as an enemy to the Christian religion.
Back in April of this year, the Conservative Blog PrawfsBlawg, called on conservatives to obtain “more accurate historical icons” and preceded to take Glenn Beck to task for using Paine as an inspiration, even calling Thomas Paine a “Tax and Spend Liberal.”
Maybe Glenn Beck should heed the words of “founding father” William Paterson, signer of the Constitution and a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. When Paterson learned that some Americans seemed to agree with Paine’s work, he stated, “Infatuated Americans, why renounce your country, your religion, and your God?.”
Why Mr. Beck, Why?