Glenn, your Curmudgeon herewith offers you a bit of constructive criticism about one of your recent shows on the Fox network. We can’t find the transcript we need at the Fox website, and because Fox runs a lot of repeats over the weekend we’re not even sure of the date of the original broadcast. Therefore, we’ll have to reconstruct this from memory. That’s not the most reliable source, but it’s all we’ve got to go with at the moment.
As we recall it, Glenn, you were chatting with someone about the “progressive movement” in US history — and Obama’s place in that movement. You were mentioning people like Woodrow Wilson and such, leading to Franklin Roosevelt and the modern era, with the conclusion that those people were opposed to the restrictions placed on government powers by the Constitution, and that as “progressives,” they wanted no limits on their powers. Okay, fine. We agree up to that point. You’re a good guy and not bad at all on politics and economics.
But then things went wrong. Where did your next statement come from, Glenn — out of the sky? Possibly from Uranus? Anyway, you started ranting about evolution. Those progressives just had to be for evolution, so they could take God out of the picture, and thus they could trample on the Constitution. It was at that point, Glenn, that your choo-choo ran off the tracks.
Although we can’t find the transcript, we’ve found one from an earlier show, where you were discussing the same theme: Destined to Repeat(?), Part 2. Maybe that actually is the show, but the transcript is incomplete. Anyway, it’s all we could find. The bold was added by us, except at the start of each paragraph:
JONAH GOLDBERG, AUTHOR, “LIBERAL FASCISM”: Woodrow Wilson is the first president to openly disparage the U.S. Constitution what no longer relevant, and then we’ve been (UNINTELLIGIBLE) aside.
BECK: But he [Woodrow Wilson] did that before he was elected president. He said, “Disregard the Declaration of Independence. It’s not valid anymore – the Constitution,” because this is really tied in to evolution. I mean, I think I understand why progressives fight for evolution so much now, and that’s because if evolution isn’t happening, well, wait a minute, progressivism kind of falls apart. Because what their claim was, and it is so discredited through the 20th century now, that the founders understood government as oppressive, but that will never happen because man and governments have evolved into a higher state.
Hey Glenn, you’re right about the progressive movement, but evolution has nothing to do with it. Nor does atheism (which we recall you tossed in with evolution). We can refute your error with three words. Just three little words — that’s all it takes. Are you ready? Here they are, boxed, colored, and bolded so you can’t miss them:
He agrees with you on evolution and religion, Glenn, but he was one of the biggest and most influential progressives of all. Does that make you want to reconsider your position? We have more on Bryan’s involvement with the progressives, if you need it. According to the Wikipedia article on Bryan:
Bryan founded a weekly magazine, The Commoner, calling on Democrats to dissolve the trusts, regulate the railroads more tightly and support the Progressive Movement.
The content of his speeches leads in a direct line to the progressive reforms adopted by 20th century Democrats.
We earlier devoted a whole post to this progressivist blowhard: Let’s Have William Jennings Bryan Day!
So where does this leave us? Well, Glenn, you’ve made a mistake. Not a big one, but a mistake nevertheless. There’s no shame in that. The only shame would be in refusing to recognize it, and sticking with your incorrect opinion. How you decide to handle the matter is up to you.
We’ll leave you with this thought: We don’t watch the Fox network for biology instruction, or for sermons. We doubt that anyone does. Please stick to what you know best — politics and economics. Leave evolution and theology to specialists. Okay?
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