Common Sense intro

by Andrea Burke

These posts are coming later than I wanted because I took a much-needed break from politics, but I’m back with Beck.

“We” start our journey in 1776, because “we” are in 1776 according to Beck (expect a post on this later) because “the abuses being perpetrated by the government are just as obvious now as they were then” (he doesn’t name any specific ones yet, I’ve only read through Ch. 1)  And Beck is off and running with the “we” and “You” statements. I picture him wearing an electric pink turban waving his hands over a crystal ball…

“I think I know who you are.” he murmurs.

“Youuuuuu sometimes argue with friend about politics…but You also have an open mind and a warm heart.”

“Youuuuuu have credit cards, but you pay them off.”

“You have a flat screen TV”

“You may go to church, but most weeks you don’t want to”

“After September 11, 2001, you thought our country had changed for the better. But the months that followed proved otherwise.” (all of these “YOU” quotes can be found on page 3)

Wow. He knows you! and me! I mean, these large generalizations only fit most Americans!

Kidding aside, I’ve had one serious question about Beck: What is his end game?

Because he’s very suspicious of where America is headed under the new administration, but where are those he’s leading headed?

If he’s comparing now to 1776, is he calling for revolution? And how?

In the note from the author, Beck makes it clear that its not violence “Violence is the easy way out, but its also a sure path to discrediting everything you stand for.”

And if you wonder any of these questions with me, Beck writes in the intro that he’ll lay out his ideas and “several options” in Common Sense. I think he’ll be answering the very questions I posed which is why I’m reading this book in the first place.

I’ll post on Chapters 1 and 2 soon.

Andrea

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