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Jon Stewart did an excellent expose on the brand of Conservatism being practice today. He uses the words of prominent Conservatives to show the inconsistency and un-tenability of their positions.

He first shows Bill O’Reilly, Allen West, Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, & Laura Ingraham attacking the so called government intrusion & tyranny against personal freedom. He then segues into a brewing solution in Idaho, a group that would build a Conservative Mecca with enclosed walls where “Marxists, Socialists, Liberals, and Establishment Republicans” would not want to be a party of. Interesting it seems more like an isolated prison.

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In a silly monologue, Glenn Beck detailed the city he would build, a sort of Conservative utopia, Independence, USA. What Jon Stewart is able to do is use Beck’s own description of what he envisions this Conservative mecca to be, as exactly what it is, a city that mimics Marxist ideology with a strict Conservative social code. It is central planning on steroids.

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Stewart’s closing statement is both true and prescient:

Beck’s vision for this town tells you a lot about the freedom fetishes who swear at every turn that their opponents attempt to govern democratically are tyrannical assaults on our founding freedoms. But they don’t really believe in freedom, freedom to. They believe in freedom from; freedom from Liberals, freedom from people they disagree with... These folks that cloak themselves in patriotism pretending they alone can reveal the true intent of our constitution are not our founding fathers reincarnate. They are just another f--- neighborhood association whose nostalgic utopia will fall apart the minute somebody decides to paint their house mauve.

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The deconstruction of today’s brand of Conservatism above is rather funny. The message however is not. This ideology has inflicted material damage not only to America, but to millions around the world. Too many have allowed an ideology filled with inconsistencies and proven destructive tenets to dominate the discourse for too long. This ideology repackaged has brought wars, income and wealth disparity, the inhumane disregards of AIDs in its infancy, the destruction of the environment, and much more. One just need to watch the gun control debate to see how it is always morphed to fit the needs of a select few.


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  •  Sounds like John (1+ / 0-)
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    tekno2600

    may be channeling the Tom Robinson Band!

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:37:21 AM PST

  •  Can you imagine living in the beautiful world... (1+ / 0-)
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    tekno2600

    ...that exists inside of Glenn Beck's head? It's a place where the real Christmas is celebrated every day, where snow angels come to life, and where everyone gets a sweater for Christmas, because that is what love is all about.
    Bring your guns, bring your gold, bring your God (no Muslims, please). "We depend on you to depend on us", welcome to the real America, welcome to Independence, (somewhere) USA!

    ego sum ergo ego eram

    by glb3 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:46:40 AM PST

  •  reminds me of John C. Calhoun's vision (1+ / 0-)
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    tekno2600

    in order to defend slavery, Calhoun would have imposed the will of a small minority (slaveowners) over the rest of the country, any criticism of slavery would be  punishable crime, and an oppressive police state would hunt down escaped slaves.

    Not so different from this "Utopia" of Beck's.

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:29:52 PM PST

  •  Beck figures we weren't using our social liberties (0+ / 0-)

    anyway. So, he might as well those silly little things, order us all out of our back yards, and have us join the dear leader in his newly redesigned worship celebration of the Fourth of July.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:44:26 PM PST

  •  Beck's the heir to the Pilgrims. . . (1+ / 0-)
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    eyesoars

    The Pilgrims didn't come to the New World to pursue liberty to believe or worship in the manner they chose. They were fleeing the religious liberalism of an Enlightened Europe - they'd been kicked out of the Netherlands because of their persecution of Catholics; they had to leave England after disagreeing with the Crown's leniency to Catholics, Jews, etc. And after establishing their colony, they began purging folks who they had deemed "sinful" "evil" and "nonbelievers". The Pilgrims would love Beck's vision of an insulated colony with everyone spewing hatred and eating their own bile.

  •  jon's takedown was great. beck's (& the rw's) (1+ / 0-)
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    eyesoars

    vision is pure ayn rand.  she used the same scenario for galt's gulch in atlas shrugged.  

    bottom line: conservatives preach personal liberty but practice authoritarianism.

    thanks for the diary.  tip'd & rec'd.

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