On Topic: Obama’s Grade from the Left

December 16, 2009

by Andrea Burke

On Oprah’s special, Obama gave himself a B+ and while I slightly disagree with his self-grade, I don’t whole-heartedly disagree the way the good little sheep who watch Fox News do. Remember little ones B is for Baaaaad.

Hanna, in the great tradition of many Republicans before her, thinks that the conditions Obama stepped into office under are irrelevant.

And you know what, I realized tonight that each and every one of them are so right! History does not matter. If you buy a used car and it has some problems in the first month or so, its not the dealer’s problem because clearly, in that short amount of time it was in your possession, you messed it up.

It is so Obama’s fault that the economy sucks and that unemployment is up and that we are at war. The way I remember it, we’re fighting because he wants to free his Muslim brothers! THAT’s the real reason we’re over there.

But seriously, how can you smart people buy into this way of thinking?

My rule is that he has to stop referencing the problems Bush left behind when we’re out of them. We’re not out of the 2 wars Bush greenlit, we have not recovered from economic failure. Obama is having to make decisions on someone else’s policies and in essence, yes, clean up the mess that he stepped in to.

And God bless him for even wanting to take on that responsibility.

He has initiated a bill to cover something he cares about: Health Care. But we all know how that’s gone. He’s fallen in the polls and he’s being admittedly blocked by Republicans.

All in all, Obama’s followed up on most of the campaign promises I cared about. I wanted Guantanamo shut down, I LIKED the cap and trade bill (we can talk about this another day). I’m not sure how I feel about health care, but I love that he continues to stand by it even if the country is more fickle.

I want out of Afghanistan, but even more I want out of Iraq, but the right way. And I think he’s completely right not to call it a victory. I love that he cares about other countries’ cultures enough to follow customs (lowering your head below a host’s head) even though he must know psychos like Glenn Beck are going to call it worship or subservience.

And the stimulus. As one final act, Bush bailed out Wall Street, and Obama’s stimulus was an answer to those millions who asked “What about main street?”

So, overall, I’m giving him a B. He’s actively working on solutions to the wars, the economic failure, our relations with other countries and the rest of his campaign promises.

It’s just naive to think he could fix everything in one year. It took many, many years to get us to this point.

Glenn Beck, The Conservative’s Obama?

November 24, 2009

This past weekend as many of you know Glenn Beck unveiled The Plan which essentially challenges Americans to rise up and be the real conservative leaders that we don’t currently have and focus on education. The Plan culminates with a book and a rally in Washington on August 28, 2010.  Many critics on the Left have said this is proof that he only cares about selling books, and some Republicans are concerned with his cries for a third party.

But I’m not particularly interested in any of that. With all of Beck’s talk about community organizing, and the way people flock to him (did you see how many people showed up at The Villages?) I’m starting to believe that Beck is the Right’s cult of personality, the way Obama is the Left’s. I mean within a matter of minutes Saturday, the Glenn Beck faithful on Twitter were freaking out over the revelation of this new 100 year plan. But there are other similarities between the two as well, Obama had the fainters, Beck has the criers. Both Beck and Obama are great orators that move the masses to action whether it’s over hope and change or The 9/12 Project. Both have very strong opinions about this country and both want to take our country to a new place. They are extremely controversial and passionately hated by their enemies. But the similarities are mainly expressed by the way people follow these two men without question and with a fervor that I am sure must be reminiscent of Jesus Christ. Their followers expect these men to work miracles.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m no Glenn Beck hater, in fact I’ve listened to his radio show for years. I’ve bought his  books, and I watch his TV show every once in while, when I can.  And right now, if I had to choose between Obama’s future for our country or Beck’s, it’s Beck’s all day. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t stop questioning him or his motives. I mean he is still human after all.


The War on Fox

October 19, 2009

by Andrea Burke

Van Jones was the first, but the recent war began here:

But did you read the other side of the story?

“But it’s not just Dunn, a Democrat, who has used Mao as someone she reads.

Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group, points out that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, also a Fox News contributor, quoted Mao in a 1995 Roll Call profile.

“War is politics with blood; politics is war without blood,” Gingrich said, citing Mao.

Karl Rove, another Fox News contributor, wrote in a December 2008 Wall Street Journal op-ed that President Bush “‘encouraged me to read a Mao biography.'”

Oh loyal Beck Czars, I can already hear you yelling, “We’re not talking about any one else, we’re talking about Dunn!”

But why? I’ve heard this argument so often in the past few months.

Whoopi Goldberg used it on resident Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the view Monday morning. (the clip isn’t up yet, but when it is, I’ll post it. Basically, they discussed Fox News Vs. The White House and Hasselbeck brought up that all the other news networks- MSNBC, CNN- cover opinions more than news, just like Fox News. Whoopi said they weren’t talking about anyone else, just Fox.)

Michelle Malkin used the same arguement when she was on the view:

Malkin says she doesn’t believe in moral justification through comparing, and I agree. YOU can’t point to someone else, say “they did it first” and get away with something despicable, but at the same time, facts apply.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are 2 sides to every story. I do believe Fox News has veered away from the “News” part, but Elisabeth is right, CNN and MSNBC are guilty of the very same thing. And that should be relavant.

As should Dunn’s intention- she was obviously making a sarcastic statement when she said Mao Tse-tung and Mother Teresa were her “favorite political strategists”, (even if you didn’t know who Mao Tse-tung was, Mother Teresa was obviously not political), but Beck uses it as fact, even though he knows that people he probably respects, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, FOX CONTRIBUTORS, have quoted the same guy.

Facts apply, no matter what particular discussion is on the table.

And Dear White House, please don’t give attention to the mud-slinging. It’s tempting to get defensive, but please be above going to war with Fox News. Concentrate on one of the 2 wars we need to bring to a close.

Hanna’s Hotties and Notties: Glenn Beck vs. Wolf Blitzer

October 19, 2009


Glenn  Beck vs. Wolf Blitzer

If you haven’t heard the story of “Balloon Boy” by now, you have to be totally out of it. So to catch you up, “Balloon Boy” is 6 year old Falcon Heene who was supposedly launched in a homemade hot air balloon high above the Colorado skies… or not so much. The big story covered for hours by all the cable news networks turned out to be (you guessed it) a big fat hoax. And the ridiculous lie broke while the Heene family was being interviewed by none other than Wolf Blitzer.

What makes Wolf a total Nottie is the utter lack of journalistic ability he displays in interviewing the Heene family. Clearly little Falcon announces to CNN and the world they did the stunt “for the show” yet Wolf completely ignores it and refuses to pursue that little tidbit of information. So how did he get a job working for CNN with his own show? Even I (who has no journalistic background whatsoever ) would have had the guts to call the crazy Heene family out after getting that juicy statement from the voracious little Falcon. And for being such a lousy so-called reporter, and refusing to follow the lead, Wolf Blitzer is the nottie of the week.

Then there’s Glenn Beck, who I honestly never thought would make the hottie list;  but nonetheless, here he is. And the reason being is because he was one of the only shows on the cable news networks that didn’t waste the whole time covering the sensational  Heene family balloon fiasco. Beck kept doing what he does best, uncovering radicals in the Obama administration. And unlike Wolf Blitzer, Beck is  not at all afraid to ask the tough questions of anyone, no matter what your personal opinion of him is. On this particular day he broke the big news of Anita Dunn, Obama’s new White House Communication’s director, and her admiration of mass murderer and Chinese Communist, Mao Tse Tung.

Now I will let you jump to your own conclusions about Anita Dunn and Glenn Beck (and those conclusions shouldn’t be difficult); but for sticking with his own story and not backing down from a search for truth, Glenn Beck is a major hottie.


Common Sense ch. 1

October 15, 2009

by Andrea Burke

Common Sense continues to be a book of abstractions in chapter 1. Beck’s (with Joseph Kerry) phrasing could reach anyone who has a beef with the government.

Example: “Most Americans remain convinced that the country is on the wrong track. They know that SOMETHING JUST DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT but they don’t know how to describe it or, more importantly, how to stop it. But just because you may not know exactly what your gut is saying, doesn’t mean what you’re feeling is wrong. It’s not. Something hasn’t been right for a very long time.

“America has been slowly pulled off the course charted for us in Philadelphia more than two centuries ago…but it feels as though the new conductor has just increased the speed at which our misdirected train is traveling.” ( Beck’s emphasis, p. 8-9 Common Sense)

Whatever is in the pit of anyone’s stomach, Beck just confirmed it. No matter what you think is wrong with America, if you think its off track, you’re right. Beck just affirmed millions of Americans to embrace their fears-whatever they may be- and embrace their role as “the current guardians of freedom.”

Fear, after all, is a cornerstone in Beck’s program. Fear of what will happen, where this country is headed, and that we’re departing from the founding fathers ways, who he throws in everywhere he can to back up a point he isn’t actually making.

He even uses (and I mean uses) God to sell his point.

“Our Founding Fathers understood that our rights and liberties are gifts from God. They also understood that WE are an intuitive people. If all that is true, it only makes sense that HE would alert us to our impeding loss.

“And now He is- shame on us for ignoring him for so long.”

Is Glenn Beck claiming to be a prophet from God, warning us of an “impending loss?” Or maybe Beck is saying God is that feeling in your stomach?

2 questions: Who is God to Beck? and what is God warning us of?

Because that’s my biggest problem with the Republican party, the pundits on the right, and this book- It’s the “What if” game x100. Remember Glenn Beck’s War Room or End-of-Days show- I can’t remember what it was called- where he talked about bleak senarios to “prepare” (or scare?) his viewers?

The right seems to operating on an entire system of the guessing game- “If they pass this, fill in your own worst nightmare will happen!”

This is getting long, so I’m going to shut it down.

Chapter 1: part 2, coming later this week.

Common Sense intro

October 7, 2009

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.



September 24, 2009

I can’t be anything but fair and balanced, maybe Fox News means it as a pun, but I still believe there are 2 sides to every story, the truth is usually somewhere in the middle- not on the left or right.

Take Van Jones. You can see Hanna’s post on Jones for the right side of the story. After he resigned, Arianna Huffington wrote an column called “Thank You Glenn Beck.” The Jones Huffington knew was completely different than the one Beck painted. And I think you can find the most honest portrait by looking at them both.

Beck’s Jones was a compilation of sound bites and warnings about what he’d do, while Huffington is friends with Jones, she calls him “a thoughtful leader” and actually recounts the time she asked him about the 9/11 truther thing.

So much information has been rolling around in my head about Beck, his followers, the administration, the truth, but this morning something connected: Republicans stand for small government- they want their freedom of choice, to live their own lives how they want, to face whatever consequences come with those choices, but when Beck essentially lets loose big brother, no one speaks up about freedom?

When Beck pulls a Minority Report and predicts what someone is capable of through one clip (like Cass Sunstein) then tells his viewers to look up videos of his chosen prey, why aren’t you adverse to that? All he needs are 2 or 3 sound bites, mistakes, videos and he washes his hands before calling an entire life corrupt.

If you recognize a tax on Coke could lead in a direction towards taxing many other “sin” items like Hanna’s choices “cookies, cream, candy bars, and cakes,” Why can’t you recognize where this new form of one sided journalism could lead?

It could be you. They can turn your life into a single sound bite to discuss, criticize, and speculate on without asking you a single question, without interviewing one of your friends or neighbors. They’ll talk to people who only know you through a 45 second clip and dismiss that there’s any other truth.

By this method, I have no doubt that every single living person could be taken down.

If you are worried about our future of freedom, then I don’t see how Coke prices rank higher than the future of honest, unbiased journalism.

The end of Acorn

September 16, 2009

A few days ago, when Glenn Beck premiered the video of Acorn workers giving advice to an undercover prostitute, I was skeptical of how the video would affect the organization.

But now with more videos surfacing, I say one time can be a mistake- there can be bad employees in a good organization, but with several separate videos surfacing from several different centers where the employees  gave completely illegal advice every time, Acorn is done.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

“On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to strip Acorn, the premier community organizing group on the left, of more than $1.6 million in federal housing money meant to assist low-income people obtain loans and prepare tax forms. This dramatic step followed last Friday’s decision by the U.S. Census Bureau to sever its ties with the organization, one of several community groups it was partnering with to conduct the nation’s head count.”

I was wrong about the future of Acorn- the tides have definitely turned for them, but I’ll never apologize for hoping for the best. Now we have been given what I was asking for in my earlier post- proof that it’s not just one Acorn center, the corruption is wide-spread.

BUT the videos don’t condemn the idea of community organizing all together, although I think the media might start saying that ALL community organizations are corrupt like Acorn. And that’s what is vital to be careful of- throwing out a great idea because of a bad egg, dismissing someone because of a single mistake, throwing out an entire system because of a snag.

The more I watch the News, the more I think someone has to be absolutely perfect to be in office, or to lead this country. As a Christian, I know NO ONE can be that perfect, and I feel for anyone under the attack of the media, because if that glare was turned on you or me, we would all be found lacking.

On the other hand, I don’t really feel so bad for an organization that would stand by and watch illegal immigrants be forced into the sex trade. Thus comes the end of Acorn. Good riddance

Glenn Beck Project: Phase 2.

September 14, 2009

Last week I watched Glenn Beck’s TV show everyday, took notes, and summed up what I thought here. If you need to catch up, here’s Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

This week, I’ll be reading Beck’s book Common Sense. I’m not sure if I’ll post once I’m done, or if I’ll have more to say and do several small posts.

I’m also going to watch his TV show again for 2 or 3 afternoons, because I don’t know if a week is enough for me to make a judgment.

Watch for the coming posts.

Glenn Beck Project: Day 5

September 11, 2009

Day 5: In the first 20 minutes, here’s a guy I can like. Maybe even be inspired by.

I’m not going to analyze and comment on the rest. I see this man loves his country, even though I usually disagree with his view on the world/America. I’m with him on this- Let’s get this thing built! Unlike him, I don’t care what its called.

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Today, I’m praying for unity for this country, and for all those families grieving.