Time Isn’t Your Problem, Glenn Beck

28 04 2009

As Anti-Abortion Irrationals Block Sebelius Despite Lives at Risk:

Fox News commentator Glenn Beck says “Whoa Nellie” on acting too fast.

“There’s no need to go all Tim Geithner here and confirm people just because a crisis is looming,” he said. “This government likes to push things through so you don’t have time to think.”

After years of listening to his “thinking” and dedicating my own thinking to trying very hard to understand his, it’s clear to me: time isn’t what he and his audience need, to think any better.

And all the time in the world can’t help me understand why actual human lives don’t matter in “pro-life” thinking. . .

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28 04 2009
COD

TeamSarah? The loony right would be funny, if they weren’t so damned dangerous.

28 04 2009
Nance Confer

And now they’ve lost Arlen to the Dark Side. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Nance

28 04 2009
JJ

No kidding! I heard it on the car radio pulling in for Young Son’s dentist appt around lunchtime.

Listening to cable news now, the ironic idea is that this is one of those short-sighted (not short-sheeted!) beds made by the Rs themselves, that they now are left lying in — because so many Rs in PA and other swing states re-registered as Ds (part of the Beck-Limbaugh Operation Chaos plot to vote for Clinton, who they figured they could beat.) Which wound up leaving the Dems with a million-plus more voters in PA and a much more attractive ticket to Arlen. And leaving the Rs with a shrunken party made of unthinking fringe.

Talk about Power of Story.

29 04 2009
Kristina

Ah, but Arlen’s been lost to the dark side for a long time. I think the only people who didn’t realize it were the Ds. 😉

29 04 2009
JJ

D as in Dark? 😉

Remember I’m not a partisan, not even in a third party as protest against the system, because the party herd mentality is what I protest most! Treating policy deliberation as if it were a matter of choosing between competing herds makes me crazy.

Message discipline is for mindless troops under orders, led by those with absolute faith in their own “right” answers. To me that fits the bones of (conservative) school and church, the military, industrial quality control and factory production. Not the supporting structures of (liberal) education and innovation, R&D, creative design, risk-taking, and social progress built on the pooled but undiluted, uncompromised wisdom of a multitude of diverse individuals.

And the unaffiliated just became the largest group compared to either party, did you see the latest poll? Me and my independents 38%, Ds 35%, Rs way down at 21%. My own unaffiliated “belief” status is growing fast too, see Pew’s Faith in Flux.

But I do have sports teams that give me that sense of belonging other people get from a political or labor or religious collective. We all have the need to belong, just find different ways to satisfy it?

So to me Arlen Spectre as an individual deciding to change “teams” is like The Traitor Johnny Damon (his full name in our house) or Steve Spurrier (opposing partisans knew him as The Evil Genius) and we’re a bit disconcerted when one of OUR guys turns out to be fully human with individual interests including self-interest, not just an interchangeably uniform and unthinkingly loyal ant/bee in the collective.

The union or religion or sports team ebbs and flows over time to fit the times, changes leadership and names and colors, songbooks and mascots and strategy. Sometimes it might even move across the country or the world, start speaking a whole new language. Individuals can do the same — change songbooks and strategies, move across the country etc — while continuing loyalty for the same collective, to switch affiliation or with no particular affiliation.

I agree with Kristen that who Arlen Spectre is, as a fully human individual, should be no surprise to any of us. He’s pretty much right where he’s been all along, yes? (Unlike the Clintons, for example, no moving around the country to find winnable districts. He stayed with his homefolks the whole time and he’s still there.)

Also it’s no surprise to any of us (by now) that the big D and big R have changed over the years. The party he represented for 30 years of public life no longer represents him and hasn’t for a long, long time. Like Manny being Manny, it just took awhile to formalize as a corporate trade and get that new uniform ready.

29 04 2009
Nance Confer

As long as his self-interests align with mine, he can wear whatever uniform he wants. I’m tired of the shilly-shallying and want some bold action from Congress now. Arlen wants to be in favor of health care. Let’s do it!

Nance

29 04 2009
JJ

Btw if Glenn Beck actually were a good thinker, he should know both Church and State (centuries before Barack Obama!) made Time our collective problem in the first place:

We the Clockkeepers, Our Tyranny of Time

29 04 2009
JJ

Does he really? Want to be point man on health care, I mean?
If he and Ted Kennedy worked on it together, we’d have two brain cancer experts (as in “experienced”) leading the way. That would be high ground pretty hard to argue with (like the Brady bill, e.g.)

29 04 2009
Nance Confer

It was one of his talking points at the news conference this morning. We’ll see how it translates to reality.

Nance

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