Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm Tired of Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck assumes that, unless you think exactly like he does, you are not a patriot (whatever that means), do not love this country, and want to destroy everything that enables human beings to be happy and prosperous.  He, like the infamous John Edwards, sees two Americas, only his Americas aren't as boring as the former Senator's.  No, Glenn Beck's two Americas are those that are distrustful of government, on the one hand, and those that think government should completely run their lives, no questions asked.

Nowhere in Glenn Beck's mind, is there room for a person to look at government for some things, and everyone else for other things.  There are just moochers, control freaks, and Nazi's on one side, and those that want to be left alone with their Bibles and guns on the other.

Glenn Beck would not understand me and my ideas about guns.

I have guns in my home for protection.  If I was ever invited out to shoot for fun, I would do it in a heartbeat.  I would love to handle an AR-15, a magazine with 1000 rounds, a Howitzer with ear plugs, and even fly an SR-71, obliterating small islands off the coast of Arkansas.  Yeah...I love explosions just like a lot of people that Glenn Beck likes.

But I also believe in safety, limited access to weaponry for people who shouldn't have it, a strong, powerful, and accountable police force, and the robust opportunity to have discussions of new and old ideas without the name-calling that is so prevalent with the red/blue dichotomy.

Glenn Beck wouldn't get my position on abortion.

I hate abortion.  I would never get one - an impossibility, being that I am a man.  My wife would never get one, even if a pregnancy destroys her life goals and plans.  But those are our choices.  They aren't everyone else's.  I want abortion available for those that need or desire it.  I want it available for my daughters if they ever get raped or make a bad decision.  My wife disagrees with me in some areas of my abortion belief set, but hell, we're still married and love each other.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Glenn Beck wouldn't understand my position on birth control and pre-marital sex.

My children will have sex before they are married.  I don't know this, but I expect it.  I am a parent who actually hopes they do.  Other parents may not hope for the same but may hope that their children abstain from sexual activity until they sign some state government document.  The problem is that those parents' kids will have sex before they are married.  Their parents just won't know about it.  They may not, but if they do, the kids will know, without a shadow of a doubt, they must sneak it.

They will not be fervently taught about safe sex and pregnancy prevention.  No, they will be taught about abstinence and the spiritual evils of sexual activity - a normal, animalistic pleasure that all humans have the capacity and opportunity to enjoy.  But when they become intimately passionate with their partner, they will not have birth control, pregnancy prevention, and safety, foremost on their minds.  Rather, they will be most worried about getting caught, hiding the fact that they are no longer a virgin, and skirting consequences after the act.  All three are unhealthy.

Children need to feel safe asking their parents for birth control.  Abortion would be a non-issue, in my opinion, if young lads and lasses had access to safe sex, along with those that they loved standing behind them (figuratively), encouraging them to be safe and smart in all their decisions.

That concept is pretty complex and I didn't do it justice, but the simple fact that I will encourage my kids to have sex - and maybe not even consider marriage EVER - would be enough to invite the scorn and dismissal of Glenn Beck and his followers.  After all, I'm supposed to follow their Mississippi and Alabama style morality - two states with the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation.

There are many other areas of life that Glenn Beck wouldn't understand about me because I wouldn't fit into his black and white (and no, I don't mean skin color) mold.  I look to government for some things for me and others and the rest of the world for everything else - but mostly me for everything.  I realize that this adds up to two "everythings" but that just shows the reality that I can try and do everything on my own, but sometimes, just sometimes, I may need a helping hand.

And, Glenn Beck, don't fool yourself.  Churches aren't what you think they are.  They are worthless in the scheme of things.  The government (we, the people) does FAR more than churches ever have for my life.

And that is all the ramblings I have for today.


  1. Glenn Beck is full of himself. I can't stand to listen to him because he's very much "you're either with me or against me." I can't stand that kind of mentality because it seems to be the attitude that keeps people at each other's throats. Disagreement is healthy as long as people can maintain a healthy dialogue.