Theological (Glenn) Beckism


Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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18 Responses

  1. Avatar Katherine says:

    Pretty accurate description of the doctrinaire Republican mentality, actually: the Nation as Idol.Report

  2. Avatar Ken says:

    Not theological, but this:

    It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
    On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

    . .. is very odd as a “9/12” principle, given the strong sentiment against dissent after 9/11 (a sentiment strongly pushed by Glenn Beck’s ilk).Report

    • Avatar Chris Dierkes says:

      that plus–maybe I’m reading too much into this–but what’s with this being the only one written in double negative? I mean it should read: “It’s American to disagree with authority and share my personal view.” But that would conflict possibly with #1 America is Good.

      I suppose the way to square that circle is to say that the government of the United States is not really part of America in this idea.Report

  3. Avatar Nob Akimoto says:

    Glenn Beck incoherent? That’s not possible! You’re simply not able to read it properly because you’re not like the majority of REAL Americans!Report

  4. Avatar ChrisWWW says:

    Why do you hate America, God and families? Are you some kind of socialist?

    P.S. Keep government and Obama bin Laden out of my Medicare!Report

  5. Avatar Kyle Cupp says:

    If America is Good, then are other countries good in so far as they participate in the Goodness of America? Is evil then “un-American-ness”?Report

  6. Avatar F-T-S says:

    The Jefferson quote in Beckism #9 also kinda clunks into #4. Either way, there’s lots of BeckTalk of authority and not much about liberty.Report

  7. Avatar Cadmus says:

    ChrisWWW wrote: “P.S. Keep government … out of my Medicare!

    That is precious. May I recommend you have your doctor perform an assessment for dementia on you old coot. Do you fail to understand even the simplest concept that Medicare is government, and if you “keep government our of Medicare,” its NOT your Medicare anymore.Report

    • Avatar Chris Dierkes says:


      ChrisWWW was being sarcastic. One clue to that might have been his addition that we keep “Obama bin Laden” out of our healthcare as well.

      Also he said (mockingly) that I must hate God and families, which is (meant to be humorous) given A)I’m married and B)studying to be a priest.Report

  8. Avatar Zach says:

    honesty *and* sincerity. gotta get to 12 somehow.Report

  9. Avatar Neurotic Ninja says:

    Though I haven’t read all the 9-12 clap-trap, has anyone pointed out how this also seems to be some effed up re-tooling of the 12 steps and 12 traditions found in most programs of recovery? They at least make a little more sense (and were themselves lifted from other sources).Report