Glenn Beck is Wrong

Glenn Beck is wrong. You won’t hear me say that very often.

Glenn Beck’s ability to connect the dots of political, religious, and economic matters and the intentions of groups and persons is uncanny. His honest courage to stand reluctantly as herald in defense of our nation’s founding principles has propelled him to the top voices of our time. Thank God. I personally owe him, and his staff, a debt of gratitude. I agree with Glenn Beck 99% of the time. As for the missing 1%, here is one example.

(I was going to change my percentages above from 99% to 98%, because the term “99%” is now so closely associated with Occupy Wall Street. On reflection I decided, screw Occupy. I’m tired of the lefties dominating our language. So, I’m taking back “99%” and all the rest of the language of our culture and returning it to the neutrality of the dictionary—one word at a time.)

Mr. Beck urges all conservatives and Tea Party members to refrain from use of force. He begs conservatives, do not retaliate in-kind to the violent rhetoric, behavior, and outbursts of the left, the socialists, progressives, and Marxists. Do not act out. Do not return violence for violence. Do not attack hatred with hatred. In all these I agree. Deeply agree. Hatred is ratified in retaliation. Only love defeats hatred. Love has no bully, no equal, no rival, no counterpart, no nemesis. Hatred is limited, imperfect, imploding eventually upon itself. Love is unlimited, perfect, growing ever upon itself.

Mr. Beck also said, in no case, “not ever” should conservatives act with violence against those forces on the left who threaten our nation’s founding principles. Here’s where I disagree. Here’s my 1%. Under no circumstances? Not ever? Um…I don’t think George Washington got that memo.

I gotta tell ya, I’m as much a Gandhi fan as the next guy, but God did not see fit to send Gandhi to save the American colonists from an oppressive monarchy in 1775. I can’t make out Gandhi in Leutze’s famous painting of George Washington crossing the icy Delaware river, embarking on a risky game-changing surprise attack on British forces at Trenton. I don’t recall it was Gandhi who, as Union Colonel Strong Vincent did, repulsed with courage and tenacity Confederate infantry from atop Little Round Top hill maintaining the Union’s left flank, allowing General Meade to defeat the Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces at Gettysburg and turn the tide of the U.S. Civil War, preserving our union.  And I could be wrong here, but I don’t recall it was Gandhi leading the U.S. 3rd Army in 1944, kicking the German army’s ass all the way back to Berlin. I believe that was Gen. George S. Patton.

God appoints a time and place for each of His children, in accordance with His plan. Not all of us are meant to be Gandhi, as not all of us are meant to be George Washington. God has a purpose for each of us, in our time, our place of birth, culture and circumstances.

There is a place and time for armed rebellion in my opinion. Samuel Adams, widely considered the Father of the American Revolution, was of the same opinion. Adams listed FOUR criteria on which armed rebellion is justified. I will post those four criteria this week. Perhaps tomorrow, depending on the news cycle.

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