Whenever you hear a political activist speculating about the intent of our founding fathers to rationalize their skewed political perceptions, it's a safe bet that Glenn Beck has played a roll in their doomsday view of common political transition. Most of the time it's laughable, but when you feed this type of political propaganda to someone that already posesses violent, racist tendancies, it's a recipe for disaster.
I came across an article from the Associated Press about a reputed neo-Nazi who's now leading a heavily armed militia of "minute-men" in the Arizona desert. Jason "J.T." Ready is taking matters into his own hands, declaring war on "narco-terrorists" and keeping an eye out for illegal immigrants. So far, he says his patrols have only found a few border crossers who were given water and handed over to the Border Patrol. But local law enforcement are nervous given that Ready's group is heavily armed and identifies with the National Socialist Movement, an organization that believes only non-Jewish, white heterosexuals should be American citizens and that everyone who isn't white should leave the country "peacefully or by force."
I hadn't even finished reading that last paragraph before I caught a whiff of Glenn Beck in this guys twisted view of what an "American citizen" is from his perspective. But then he said:
"We're not going to sit around and wait for the government anymore. This is what our founding fathers did."
Holy Christ! - That was all that I needed to hear. Another Glenn Beck fan running amuck in the God Damn desert with an AK47 - Except this guy has a deep seated hatred for anyone that isn't white or doesn't meet the criteria to be accepted into this so-called white culture. I think that most people come across their biggotry in the same way that they acquire their political and religious leanings. If Grandpa was a KKK member, it's shouldn't be a surprise then his son and grandson would become members. I don't think that most people become Catholic or Baptist on a whim, they just kept on going to the same church that their parents took them to as children.
We've all see the little children in white hoods at a Klan rally with mommy and daddy. It's all learned behavior no matter if it's racisim, religion, or politics. I can remember filling out employment applications as a teenager and the curious looks from potential employers when they saw my hand drawn box with a check mark next to the hand written word American. I always placed it above the other boxes for White, Hispanic, Asian, African American, and Pacific Islander. Did it cost me some jobs? - Maybe a few at the most, but that my not have been the case if I hadn't grown up on the west coast.
The community that I live in now was 75% caucasian and the rest evenly split between Hispanics and African Americans when I moved in 22 years ago. Today this very same community is now 65% Asian. Mostly Chinese and the rest is evenly split between Causasians, Hispanics, and African Americans. Our Mayor is Chinese-American, our police department has many Chinese officers that have become naturalized citizens of the U.S. and speak English as their second language. Many Arizona police agencies close to the Mexican border are seeing this same trend. Gone are the days of 100% 'white" anything and just like my community, Arizona police agencies are seeing naturalized-citizens from Mexico filling their ranks with officers that speak English as their second language.
At least half of the people in my small community speak very little English, if any at all, so it makes since to have police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, etc. that can speak the same language as the majority of the citizens that they serve. While the language barrier my be a perminant issue among the older generation of immigrants, the younger generation is clammoring to embrace "American culture" as they see it playing out on American television and in real life outside of our community.
I think the fundimental differance between this population transition is that it's not going to be like it was when the white man stole land from the Indians, or the battle at The Alamo where the white man stole land from the Mexicans. This is just a simple case of arithmatic where a single overwhelming majority will no longer exist in America. People just need to respect the roll that all races have played in the development of this country. If it wasn't for those white men at the battle of the Alamo, we'd all be wearing sombraros right about now. For that at least, I am thankful.
Glenn beck can rant and rave all he wants about his view of what the founding fathers intended in drafting the constitution, but that fact is that no matter what they intended 250 years ago, they were smart enough to fame the constitution as a living document and not a set of rules carved in stone. That's why their called amendments so they could be ammended or added to in the future without having to draft a new constitution. The founders my have percieved the near future and perhaps a glimmer of industrialization, but they could never have imagined society as it exist today. What American ingenuity has accomplished in just the passed 25 years is making the 1970's seem primative.
I hope that I will live another 25 years to see what history will have to say about Glenn Beck and this segment of society that simply could not accept a non-white leader as President of their country. Hillary Clinton wouldn't be under constant attack like this! - Barack Obama has kept in place more of George W. Bush's policies and high ranking officials then even the most moderate democart couldn't have ever imagined.
More then 2 years into his term in office, he's still waging George Bush's wars, not to mention facilitating Bush and Cheney's unconstitutional torture camps in Cuba and around the world. Yet somehow the likes of Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh expect us to believe that their distain for Barack Obama has nothing to do with the color of his skin.
In spite of my own dissappointments with barack Obama, I don't think this is going to play out the way that Beck and Limbaugh are hoping it will. I think this false narrative is going to collapse under the shear weight of it's own bullshit. And it's going to collapse just in time for Obama to become on only logical choice at election time just like he did in 2008.
These people can praise Sarah Palin all they want, but deep down inside they know God Damn well that she single-handedly cost John McCain any chance of winning that election. I might even go as far as to say that had John McCain selected Gov. Huckabee as his running mate, Barack Obama would still be a Senator from Illinois.