Glenn Beck Is No Ron Paul

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For a man who claims to be a principled defender of freedom, Glenn Beck leaves a lot to be desired. He talks out of both sides of his mouth and never seems to miss an opportunity to bash Congressman Paul who is one of the few principled defenders of liberty in a position of power seemingly left in the U.S.

At times, the controversial talk show host talks like a libertarian but every time you think there might be a chance that Beck will embrace freedom, he disappoints you. Glenn Beck is Lucy from Charlie Brown. Just when you think he/she will let Chuck kick the football, he/she pulls it away.

On Friday, August 12, 2011 on his radio talk show, Beck berated Congressman Paul for daring to tell the truth about America's foreign policy debacles. During the GOP presidential debate in Ames Iowa, Dr. Paul was asked what he would do if Iran developed nuclear weapons. He stuck to the libertarian principle of non-aggression and non-intervention and said he would pursue diplomatic discussions and free trade with Iran.

When replaying Dr. Paul's answer on his radio show, Beck lost it. He called Paul "dead wrong" to suggest that somehow the Congressman's response would jeopardize American lives. Once again Beck proves he is an establishment, neo-conservative, war-mongering blowhard who believes every Muslim is out to kill Westerners and Americans in particular. Beck, who loves to encourage Americans to read and understand their history, appears to be ignorant of the history of American covert and overt military and political intervention in Iran.

According to Wikipedia…In spring and summer 1953, the United States and Britain, through a covert operation of the CIA called Operation Ajax, conducted from the American Embassy in Tehran, helped organize a coup d’état to overthrow the Mossadeq government. The operation initially failed, and the Shah fled to Italy, but a second attempt succeeded, and Mosaddeq was imprisoned. According to a study of the coup headed by Mark J. Gasiorowski and Malcolm Byrne, intended “to resolve” the “controversy” over who and what were responsible, “it was geostrategic considerations, rather than a desire to destroy Mosaddeq’s movement, to establish a dictatorship in Iran or to gain control over Iran’s oil, that persuaded U.S. officials to undertake the coup.”

And Americans wonder why Iranians are hostile to the United States and its out-of-control government.

How ironic that Beck is about to embark on a pseudo-spiritual mission to Israel where he will launch a Rally To Restore Courage but mocks Dr. Paul for actually having the courage to speak truth to power.

If Beck's audience is really thirsty for the truth, they ought to seek out Congressman Paul's YouTube Channel. Otherwise Beck's audience is being manipulated in much the same way that the talk show host claims the left manipulates the populace.

Beck ought to undergo his infamous 40-day challenge. He seems to have forgotten it is based on a pledge of non-violence but for Beck and other rabid neo-cons like him who believe they'll soon be forced to turn toward Mecca multiple times a day unless America fights neo-crusades, he seems unable to recognize that his Christianity and/or so-called love of liberty should prompt him to embrace Congressman Paul's foreign policy views. Anything else is simply hypocritical on the part of Beck and others like him including the rest of the GOP presidential hopefuls.

Aaron David Ward [send him mail] is a professional standup comedian from Ballston Spa, NY, who occasionally writes more serious pieces about libertarian political philosophy. Visit his website.

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