How Can a Critical Thinker Be a Tea Drinker?

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After going back and forth a bit with some dimwit about Glenn Beck, it has suddenly dawned on The Pink Flamingo that my problem is not exactly with Glenn Beck.  My problem is with people who blindly follow him!

Beck is a showman, and evidently a very good one.  There is a touch of a con artist in his stick, and it is stick.  He is a carny barker, a flim-flam, and like I said, a darn good showman.  More power to  him.  He’s making money for himself.  That’s great.  I suspect he is 50% fraud and 50% what my Grandfather Froehlich called Papa Cow Excreta.

Glenn Beck is proof positive that Phineas Taylor Barnum is alive and well and living somewhere in a bunker on Long Island waiting for the big one. There’s a sucker born every minute and Beck is collecting them like Elizabeth Taylor collects diamonds.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for the Great Egress!

The problem with P. T. Barnum is he was part showman and part con artist.  You could never take anything he did or said seriously.  People living in the era of the Greatest Show on Earth were smart enough to know the difference between Barnum’s side show freaks, entertainment and reality.

That’s fine, if you don’t care about your country.  Like Mark Levin wrote today:

“…My only conclusion is that he is promoting a third party or some third way, which is counter-productive to defeating Obama and the Democrat Congress. These are perilous times and this kind of an approach will keep the statists in power for decades. …”

LACK OF CRITICAL THINKING

The problem with blindly following someone and not means-testing what they say and do is the fact that one ASS-U-ME (S) what an individual is doing and saying is honorable, pure, and honest.  One of the interesting tid-bits about Ron Paul Bots is the fact that so many are the same age as Obots.

Talk about making sense?

These are the generation of extreme – of people who did not learn the process of critical thinking in school.  It’s called playing Devil’s Advocate.  You gotta learn how to pick people and things apart and then put ’em back together again.

How can anyone who thinks of him/her/self as a critical thinker be a tea drinker?

Don’t you question people and what they believe?

If Glenn Beck or Ron Paul were to say to jump over a cliff like a bunch of lemmings, would you do it, blindly?

If so, why?

Don’t you have a mind of your own?

BECK’S TEA DRINKING FANS

John Fund writes:

“…In reality, the Tea Party activists who are the core of Mr. Beck’s viewing audience have made a pragmatic decision to forswear splinter-group politics and work within the Republican Party. It’s true Mr. Beck’s words sting and may show insufficient appreciation for recent GOP solidarity against big government. But given the powerful pressures in Washington for even conservatives to backslide when it comes to spending, the Fox News firebrand is probably doing GOP members a favor by keeping the heat on them. When he was president, even Ronald Reagan expressed private appreciation for activists who made it uncomfortable for the “weak sisters” in the Republican Party who didn’t back his agenda….”

TO BLINDLY GO

One of the very real problems conservatives face is the fact that they think people are nice, honorable and decent.  No one is willing to step up and say someone is W-R-O-N-G.  Ron Paul is wrong.  He attracts very bad people.  The Pink Flamingo has the courage to say it.  Ron Paul is a very strange man with very very scary people who support him.  The problem is we are not allowed to say who those people are.

Why don’t more conservatives have the courage of Mark Levin.

“…I was invited to be the opening speaker at Saturday’s CPAC session. I had accepted but then, to my amazement, I learned that the John Birch Society would be one of many co-sponsors. This takes the big-tent idea many steps too far for me. So, I withdrew. Apparently, others were not so moved. That’s fine. But it wasn’t for me. Bill Buckley and Barry Goldwater, among others, chased the Birchers from the movement decades ago. And they’re not a part of the movement. So, to give them a booth at CPAC was boneheaded. …”

From the Washington Independent:

“...Paul’s influence surfaced in other ways that were less helpful for CPAC’s optics. The far-right John Birch Society, of which Paul has been a longtime supporter, made a showy return to the mainstream conservative fold with a co-sponsorship and booth at CPAC; because the organization helpfully offered free, spacious merchandise bags, plenty of CPAC attendees walked around sporting JBS logos. Oath Keepers, a year-old coalition of right-wing military veterans, helped distribute copies of the Paul documentary — a favor to Paul activist Michael Moresco, who had won the organization’s “citizen activist of the year” award for biking from the Statue of Liberty to Alcatraz Prison. “It’s the direction I think this country’s headed,” said Moresco — from freedom to imprisonment….”

THE GREAT FAR RIGHT PILE ON

I would love to know who is calling the shots for the far right.  Today (Monday) we are being treated to a John McCain hate-fest.  The attack is so coordinated that someone is obviously churning out talking points.  It is a free country.  If people want to make asses of themselves doing a pile-on, that’s fine with me.  But  – they are making asses of themselves.

You know, it’s starting to get old.

IS BECK USING HIS TEA PARTIES TO DESTROY THE GOP?
The Pink Flamingo has been telling you the whole tea party thing is NOT Republican. It is quite obvious Glenn Beck hates the GOP to the point where he will not only lie about it to himself but to others. Then again, The Pink Flamingo has noticed that Libertarians don’t mind lying about anyone or anything as long as they get their way. (Case in point are the Losertarian lies about Lindsey Graham).

Beck’s display at CPAC was disgusting:

“…A recovering alcoholic, Beck talked about the path of redemption for politicians on the right side of the aisle.

“I have not heard people in the Republican Party yet admit they have a problem,” Beck said, adding that he’s waiting for a “come-to-Jesus” moment.

“America is not a circus,” Beck said, dismissing some Republicans’ calls for a big tent. “America is an idea. America is an idea that sets people free.”

“...Worried about hyperinflation, social unrest or even martial law, she and her Tea Party members joined a coalition, Friends for Liberty, that includes representatives from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, the John Birch Society, and Oath Keepers, a new player in a resurgent militia movement….”

If The Pink Flamingo were given to conspiracy theories, I would come up with a dozy – that Glenn Beck is a closet Dem and is doing his asinine tea party thing to ruin the GOP’s chances in November.

“...That is often the point when Tea Party supporters say they began listening to Glenn Beck. With his guidance, they explored the Federalist Papers, exposés on the Federal Reserve, the work of Ayn Rand and George Orwell. Some went to constitutional seminars. Online, they discovered radical critiques of Washington on Web sites like ResistNet.com (“Home of the Patriotic Resistance”) and Infowars.com (“Because there is a war on for your mind.”)….

What is the weird Alac Baldwin connection to Glenn Beck?

Beck’s liberal friend:

“…A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Glenn Beck, a young Tampa-based disc jockey eager to break into conservative talk radio, called his new Manhattan agent, George Hiltzik, to help arrange a visit to Ground Zero. Hiltzik directed Beck to his 29-year-old son, Matt, who had returned to his job with the TriBeCa-based studio head Harvey Weinstein after playing a key role in electing Hillary Rodham Clinton to the U.S. Senate.

“I wasn’t aware of all his positions at the time,” Hiltzik said of Beck’s enthusiastic conservative views. “I knew he was not, like, a big Democrat.”

After his embarrassing display at CPAC, the venerable Bill Bennett, wrote this about Beck:

“…Analogizing his own struggles with alcohol to the problems of our polity and in our politics, he said, “Hello, my name is the Republican party, and I have a problem!” “I’m addicted to spending and big government.” ”It is still morning in America.” ”It just happens to be kind of a head-pounding, hung-over, vomiting-for-four-hours kind of morning in America. And it’s shaping up to be kind of a nasty day. But it is still morning in America.” And, again, “I believe in redemption, but the first step to getting redemption is you’ve got to admit that you’ve got a problem. I have not heard people in the Republican party yet admit that they have a problem….Second, for him to continue to say that he does not hear the Republican party admit its failings or problems is to ignore some of the loudest and brightest lights in the party….The first task of a serious political analyst is to see things as they are. There is a difference between morning and night. There is a difference between drunk and sober. And there is a difference between the Republican and Democratic parties. To ignore these differences, or propagate the myth that they don’t exist, is not only discouraging, it is dangerous….”

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