Dear Glenn Beck,Submitted by LibertyHill945 on Sat, 02/23/2013 - 06:29
Wow. I am truly moved. Where do I start.
You said all the right things. Going back to the Constitution, talking about the failed war on drugs, criticizing our foreign policy, and condemning the attacks on our civil liberties. You have even rejected the Republican establishment, and haven't been shy at all to confess your admiration for Rand Paul.
But then...you insulted us, and in a really weird way. You called us fascists, it was funny, I laughed. And you proceeded to rant about how we are "all or nothing"-types. Glenn, you're forgetting that libertarianism is simply centered around one thing, the non-aggression principle. If you can't accept that one principle, what are we supposed to agree on then? And that's not "all or nothing," it's just "one thing or sorry we disagree." You can't say that we aren't welcoming of new people in the movement because of our disagreements with them. What makes us who we are is the fact that we stick to what we believe in, and if we're willing to sacrifice that just for numbers, then what makes us different from the Democrats and Republicans? Plus, none of your criticisms at us really made any sense especially when you kept agreeing with us, like I said, it was weird.
Look, I wasn't born this smart, but I do thank you for that compliment; in fact, I used to be a socialist, a hard core liberal until I finally woke up. So it's okay for people to change their minds, and for people to come around, we expect that, in fact I personally expected that to happen a lot sooner with a lot more people. The thing is, it's hard for us to believe you and accept that you've come around because frankly, the things you've said and done in the past have been pretty ridiculous. You have always come off as an establishment shill, so it's not going to be easy for anyone to believe anything you say.
I live in the bluest of blue parts of this country, everyone I know is a hardcore Democrat. Being a former one, and now living amongst them, I know how they think and what they care about, and I know precisely how they feel about you. They HATE you. They think you're crazy. It's nothing personal, I'm just being honest, and it's not an exaggeration either. But you probably already know this. Now, you were probably right about one thing, Rand may well in fact be the best chance for us in 2016. But in order for him to do that, he's going to need some support from those socialists. Having you on our side doesn't help that one bit. Now we will obviously need the traditional Republicans, many of which like you, but a lot of which will do whatever the O'Reilly's, Hannity's, and Limbaugh's say, which will be the Christie/Rubio route. So you've become either a negative or a non-factor.
One thing you said that I thought was funny was that your defense for not co-opting the movement was that we are too insignificant to be co-opted, referring to us as only 1%. Now you must be crazy to think that we are only 1%, we are more and we are rising. And there's a growing number of media coming out supporting and endorsing our movement. And the movement is slowly starting to become more and more acceptable to talk about and align yourself with in the main stream, especially with young people. Now, all the new found attention is fantastic. And spreading the message of liberty is definitely admirable, but it can also be quite profitable. Now say we were only 1% of the population, and maybe you weren't trying to co-opt us. But, if you did succeed in connecting with us, that 1% could generate a good chunk of change. I'm not saying you are trying to capitalize on a growing niche market that can help sustain the lavish lifestyle you are living...I'm just implying it.