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A Whole Lotta Crazy: The Glenn Beck Rally

America is “becoming communist”! We don’t teach patriotism in our schools! Barack Obama is anti-progress, a Muslim, and a racist!

Curious about the right’s viewpoints? This video of Glenn Beck supporters at Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally speaks for itself–though it may also test your patience.

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Jon Stewart & A Ridiculous Glenn Beck

Nice to know that you can be off the grid for a month, and things remain relatively the same.

Take the ridiculousness of Glenn Beck, for example.

In the clip below, Jon Stewart skewers the bombastic, offensive, and completely inappropriate plans of conservative nitwit Glenn Beck to deliver a “Restoring Honor” speech on the same date and the same place as Dr. Martin Luther King. Beck, of course, claims that any echoes of King’s historic speech were pure coincidence.

Stewart ain’t buying it, and neither should anyone with common sense. The entire idea of Beck delivering a speech about equality, civil rights, or social justice is laughable. And the audacity to appropriate King’s moment? Can you say “bad idea”?

“Glenn Beck does have a dream,” Stewart says. “Unfortunately, it’s the kind of dream you have when you eat four pepperoni Hot Pockets right before bed.”

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Obama Calls Out Beck, Limbaugh, Cries of Socialism

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President Obama rationalizes that most Americans don’t believe the hype of his most extreme conservative critics. Is he a socialist? A step away from the next Hitler?

“Well, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it’s pretty apparent, and it’s troublesome,” the President responded. “But keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out. It happens often when you’ve got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling like there is a lot of change that needs to take place. But that’s not the vast majority of Americans. I think the vast majority of Americans know that we’re trying hard, that I want what’s best for the country.”

It’s nice to hear the President himself play down the excess of the media. Just as most Americans don’t believe in the extremism of the teabaggers and their irrational claims (e.g. more than half of the GOP believes the President is a Muslim), Obama notes that he didn’t believe the fauning, positive hype when he was elected.

Though I agree his delivery can be professorial at times, it’s nice to hear his humility and rational thinking as well.

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McCain: Republican AND Gay Rights Activist?

Not that McCain.

Meghan McCain, daughter of the embattled GOP Senator, spoke to audiences at George Washington University last week. She has never shied away from expressing her opinion, even if it counters her famous father (and coincides with the accepting LGBT position of her equally famous mother, Cindy). She is a proud Republican, and a proud ally to gays and lesbians. The young McCain embodies a synergistic political philosophy that seems to work. Where other gay GOP groups like the Log Cabin Republicans falter when combining conservative ideals with a progressive social agenda, McCain states plainly.

“I am not Ann Coulter. I am not Glenn Beck. I am not trying to be a pundit. I am not trying to have a show on FOX,” McCain said. “My intention is to promote dialogue in this country.”

Perhaps it’s because she speaks to a young, twenty-something audience that McCain’s views seem so progressive. Fundamentalist-type pundits like Coulter and Beck must energize and enable their core audience: an  older, often Christian-identified, group. McCain often speaks to college students, arguing that fiscal conservatism does not necessarily equate with social conservatism.

It’s nice to see that a progressive Republican is not an oxymoron.

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