Posted by: Debby Durkee | February 22, 2010

Some conservatives not happy with Beck.

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Some conservatives not happy with Beck.

From Bill Bennett to Mark Levin to C. Edmund Wright of the American Thinker, many conservatives were put off by Glenn Beck’s speech at the end of the CPAC convention. One of the things I take issue with Beck on is his continual equating of Republicans to Democrats, and, yes, I was upset with the way Bush left office signing TARP and allowing the rescue of  GM and Chrysler and many other of his policies. However, Republicans figured out early on, from the Stimulus through health care that they must fight the left wing policies of this administration. They have awakened to the Tea Parties, at least a good portion of them. Beck has pointed out the fact that there are progressives in both parties, and I think that’s important and important for the GOP to understand about themselves, however, Bennett, Levin and Wright want Beck to give credit where it is due.

Bill Bennett:

…for him to continue to say that he does not hear the Republican Party admit its failings or problems is to ignore some of the loudest and brightest lights in the party. From Jim DeMint to Tom Coburn to Mike Pence to Paul Ryan, any number of Republicans have admitted the excesses of the party and done constructive and serious work to correct them and find and promote solutions. Even John McCain has said again and again that “the Republican party lost its way.” These leaders, and many others, have been offering real proposals… Does Glenn truly believe there is no difference between a Tom Coburn, for example, and a Harry Reid or a Charles Schumer or a Barbara Boxer? Between a Paul Ryan or Michele Bachmann and a Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank?

to admit it is still “morning in America” but a “vomiting for four hours” kind of morning is to diminish, discourage, and disparage all the work of the conservative, Republican, and independent resistance of the past year. The Tea Partiers know better than this. I don’t think they would describe their rallies and resistance as a bilious purging but, rather, as a very positive democratic reaction aimed at correcting the wrongs of the current political leadership. The mainstream media may describe their reactions as an unhealthy expurgation. I do not.

A year ago, we were told the Republican party and the conservative movement were moribund. Today they are ascendant, and it is the left and the Democratic party that are on defense — even while they are in control. That’s quite an amazing achievement. But anyone who knows the history of this country and its political movements should not be surprised. America has a long tradition of antibodies that kick in. From Carter we got Reagan. And from Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama we took back a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, with midterm elections on the horizon that Republicans and conservatives are actually excited about, not afraid of.

To say the GOP and the Democrats are no different, to say the GOP needs to hit a recovery-program-type bottom and hang its head in remorse, is to delay our own country’s recovery from the problems the Democratic left is inflicting. The stakes are too important to go through that kind of exercise, which will ultimately go nowhere anyway — because it’s already happened.

Read all of Bennett here:

Mark Levin:

I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he. It’s incoherent. One day it’s populist, the next it’s libertarian bordering on anarchy, next it’s conservative but not really, etc. And to what end? I believe he has announced that he is no longer going to endorse candidates because our problems are bigger than politics. Well, of course, our problems are not easily dissected into categories, but to reject politics is to reject the manner in which we try to organize ourselves. This is as old as Plato and Aristotle. Why would conservatives choose to surrender the political battlefield to our adversaries — who are trashing this society –when we must retake it in order to preserve our society? Philosophy, politics, culture, family, etc., are all of one. Edmund Burke, among others, wrote about it extensively, and far better that I possibly can. But all elements of the civil society require our defense. Besides, why preach such a strategy when conservatism is on the rise and the GOP is acting more responsibly?

Moreover, when he does discuss politics, which, ironically, is often, how can he claim today that there is no difference between the two parties when, but for the Republicans in Congress, government-run health care, cap-and-trade, card check, and a long list of other disastrous policies would already be law? The GOP is becoming more conservative thanks to the grass-roots movement and a political uprising across the country, which has even reached into New Jersey and Massachusetts. Why keep pretending otherwise? My only conclusion is that he is promoting a third party or some third way, which is counter-productive to defeating Obama and the Democrat Congress. These are perilous times and this kind of an approach will keep the statists in power for decades. Snip –

Beck spent precious little time aiming fire at Obama-Pelosi-Reid in his speech, and it is they who are destroying our country.

Read all of Levin here:

C. Edmund Wright:

In all fairness, Beck did have some excellent moments of pure and coherent conservatism that brought down the house at CPAC on Saturday night.  His use of history and his own personal experiences gave life to his contentions.  His analogy to every kid gets-a-trophy leagues and Obama’s Nobel Prize was funny and effective.  He was spot on when he demonstrated how Lady Liberty’s message has been taken out of context by the left. 

And his jabs at Teddy Roosevelt (and by extension, John McCain) were deserved. Certainly there is room for his tweaking of the Bush administration and the Republican congresses of 2002-2006.  But this is not 2002 or 2006 — and we are a century removed from the Bull Moose Party days.

So I just have to ask: what Republican Party has Beck been watching the past year?

The following lines from his CPAC address — which are the lines the media have been spreading as his theme — are simply baffling:

“I have not heard people in the Republican Party admit yet that they have a problem. I haven’t seen the Come-To-Jesus moment from Republicans yet.”

Huh? Is he serious?

Has he not heard about Marco Rubio?  Rubio is now up 12 points on Charlie Crist among GOP voters.  That sounds to me like a lot of Florida Republicans admit there’s a problem.

What about Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey?  The lesson he is teaching the New Jersey legislature this week about government spending could have come straight off of Beck’s blackboard. He should be proud of this. Why is he ignoring it?

Has he not heard about J.D. Hayworth challenging John McCain in the Arizona primary? Say what you will about J.D, but the idea that a 30-year incumbent is facing a serious primary challenge indicates that some Republicans are admitting they have a problem.

Beck said in his speech that Rush Limbaugh is one of his heroes.  Rush is a Republican by the way.  He has been onto Republican problems longer than Beck has.  Rush is a master of succinct brilliance — his latest being “the era of McCain is over!” 

Ann Coulter is a Republican and she has said several times lately that “while there are plenty of bad Republicans, there are no good Democrats.”  I think she gets it.  Mark Levin is also a Republican, and for years he has used the term “Re-Pube-icks” to describe the very Republicans Beck dislikes.  Levin knows history pretty well too.

Then of course there is Sarah Palin.  For months, including in her endorsement of Doug Hoffman, she has talked the need for the party to return to the principles of Beck’s other hero, Ronald Reagan.  Palin, you might remember, is a Republican.

And it seems to me that ZERO Republicans in the Senate and only one Republican in the House voted for Obama care.  That’s hardly equally guilty in my opinion. And let’s not forget the tea parties.  There’s a lot of anger there at Republicans, but much of it is from Republicans who have had their “come to Jesus” moment apparently. 

I think all of these guys make valid points. Beck would do the country some good if he could find it in himself to praise where praise is due and criticize where criticism is due, rather than painting the entire GOP with such a broad brush.  Let’s hope he debates one of these guys on his show. It would make for an interesting show, and it would help to clarify his positions. Read all of Wright here:


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  1. Thanks for posting this Deb. I can take Beck only in small doses. Though he has become an important voice in this whole debate. I agree that instead of the general statements about the Republicans, he should bring up specifics and acknowledge those that have had their “come to Jesus” moment and encourage them to continue.

  2. Rush is on fire today as well. He doesn’t mention Beck by name, but he believes Beck should have given a speech that was uplifting and encouraging in order to keep those Republicans in D.C. fighting for us. He says it’s difficult to keep fighting this way in D.C. because of the beatdowns they get from the press and the Democrats (redundant I know!)…Let’s hope Beck self-corrects and soon.

  3. I am happy with the discontent within the political elite that Mr. Beck is causing because I think it is good for the Republican party in general. While I don’t always agree with him, he does appeal to a large segment of citizens and they deserve to be heard. While slowing the progressive movement is the aim of this next election it is the return to constitutionally conservative principles that needs to be the long-term goal. Hell, as Harry Truman once said, “if they can’t take the heat they need to get out of the kitchen”.

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