I used to have a business card that said, on one side “25% of my friends have hemorrhoids” while on the back it said “the other 75% are perfect assholes”. It was a humorous novelty card, not one I handed out to prospective clients. I was reminded of that card when I read this story. My initial inclination was to simply provide a link to the story, without comment. Anyone with even a modicum of intelligence would, or should, have the same reaction. The man is a transparent, opportunistic asshole!
But this says more about a significant percentage of the population of this country, than it does about the man. Clearly, he’s willing to prostitute himself to the lowest common denominator of what passes as political intelligence in the country for a big pile of the almighty dollar. But that’s the American way. Capitalism allows, indeed encourages, just this sort of greed. There are lots of media whores out there, just rolling in the dough. Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity among others. All willing to say anything, no matter how base, no matter how crude, no matter how stupid, in order to bolster ratings and their salaries. So Beck’s opportunistic bona fides are well established, and to a certain extent, understandable.
The true villains here are the people who listen to and watch his clearly declining attempts at political commentary, and continue to do so an a weekly basis, thereby justifying the ratings that keep him on the air. People should stop listening to his drivel, stop watching his show, stop buying his books, and stop attending his speaking engagements, and in short order he’ll disappear. The fact that they don’t is all you really need to know about the mentality of a great portion of this country. These are the people out voting for Tea baggers, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul and others of their ilk. Not a lot of thought goes into a political mentality like that. It’s all viscera. They get a “gut” reaction to public events, and they listen to people like Beck who validate their guts, in the process turning off their brains, and becoming, like Limbaugh fans, “dittoheads”.
And we all know where the guts terminate.