As the term “liberal” in their hands has become associated with character assassination in politics and the promotion of an ever-expanding, ever more oppressive state, they have adopted the term my Communist parents used and increasingly call themselves “progressives.” There is a “progressive caucus” on the Democratic side of the Congress which now includes more than 100 members.
Of course conservatives have obliged their leftist enemies by referring to progressivism as a form of idealism rather than the nihilism it is. Being generous to ones’ enemies and turning a blind eye towards their malice is the polite thing to do.
And then along came Beck. Before an audience of millions, Beck began to connect the dots and restore the history, and describe the destructive agendas of this leftist movement, and its cynical deceptions and its monumental crimes. Beck saw that the link between the anarchists and the radicals, the socialists and liberals lay in the very term “progressive.”
Progressivism is the religious idea that history is headed in a positive direction, and that it is within the political power of human beings — within the power of political activists and governments — to remake the entire world, and to bring about a millennium of social justice. They believe that the way to do this is by increasing the power of government until it is able to compel every man, woman and child to be just, and good, environmentally friendly and healthy: progressive.
But you cannot compel human beings to be just and good without abolishing their individual freedom. This is the totalitarian idea. And it is the “progressive” idea.
This is the truth that Glenn Beck has brought to millions of Americans. It is why leftists hate him and attack him, and why conservative elitists want to disown him. In 2011, Beck spoke to the most important conservative gathering in Washington. During his speech he wrote the word “progressivism” on a blackboard and said: “This is the disease. Progressivism is the cancer in America and it is eating our Constitution.”
And conservatives attacked him. Not the grassroots conservatives at the CPAC conference, but the elitist conservatives at the Weekly Standard. The Weekly Standard said it was “nonsense” and “conspiratorial” and “tangential to the political realities of our day.” Those are quotes. “Tangential to the political realities of our day.”
The conservative elitists have it exactly wrong. The threat from progressives is the political reality of our day. Our nation and its institutions are under siege. Obamaism is not a mistaken policy or several mistaken policies carried out by civil rights workers and peace activists. It is the latest incarnation of a two-hundred-year-old movement to destroy the American Constitution, the system of political liberty and the economic system of private property and free enterprise, which is its foundation — what in the old days its defenders used to proudly call “the American Way of Life.”
Glenn Beck has been teaching these truths to millions and millions of Americans. To Tea Party activists and Joe Six Packs. He has been naming the enemy and revealing his agendas. He has taken on the dragons of American socialism and international socialism, which have penetrated the heart and brain center of the Democratic Party, and he has documented their unholy alliances with Islamic jihadists and America’s secular totalitarian enemies.
Glenn Beck is the most prominent voice of freedom in the face of the tyranny at our door. He is a champion of the Jews and their fragile democracy in the face of a second Nazi holocaust currently being organized by rabid Islamists and their progressive friends. He is a man of formidable personal courage under relentless personal attack, an indispensable leader to millions of conservatives who believe in America and who want its glories to continue.
I am not a man given to prayer, but if I were, the person whose safety and whose health I would be praying for daily — for the sake of my children and my friends and my country, would be this man, this great American, Glenn Beck.
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