Of course Beck is an anti-Semite. Our reactionary right population has a very bad case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Proof: they obviously cannot see his clothing for what it is: a paean in cloth to the SA and his behavior for its lineage: a direct descendant of Goebbels. It is there for any to see, except if you believe in the Emperor's New Clothes, which the reactionaries manifestly do.
And as for the claim that he attends a Christian Church with the highest reverence for Judaism, in order to make that assertion, there has to be some element of disdain for Judaism, otherwise the reverence has no meaningful context. These reactionaries—we have no real conservatives with a voice any more—are so lost in being hate-riots that they forget that Hitler and the Nazis saw themselves as the final culmination of Christianity. Finally, we must all remember that parish Christianity is still stuck in the Middle Ages. The language and liturgy of parish practice, especially with the strong incursions of that Princeton University professor's theology, fundamentalism, still assume a God above the clouds who hands out favors to the nice, goodies to his favorities and hurls down lightning bolts and plagues on all his enemies. That's the same God as the one in 2 Kings, who has a couple bears maul forty-two children who are mocking the prophet Elisha.
The trouble with their Christianity is the trouble with their politics and the source of bad things to come for us all: reduction of reality to fantasy simplicities, which create a world in their minds where they can exercise absolute control. Jesus was supernatural, all the world's woes are created by one evil source, they have the one and only right answer. They must, because, just like the failure of Glenn Beck to achieve sobriety, which means his obvious failure to do the personal work necessary to live life on life's terms and not his ego's, they cannot handle the ambiguity and loose ends of reality. The name for the behavior in which they engage and are now engaging is, correctly put in the article, hysteria. And the name of the inevitable political system which such intrapersonal and spiritual failure creates is authoritarianism. It can be no other.
Of course to justify acting out hysteria, they need some cause: a fall guy, a straw man. They have lots of them: intellectuals (i. e., people who have not closed their minds), liberals (i. e., people who believe that government should be in the business of helping those who cannot help themselves), racial and religious groups (i. e., people who exist just fine outside their mold and therefore pose a threat to their fantasy world) and on an on ad nauseam.
At a deeper level, these authoritarians like Beck have failed to find God and heed the one clarion call of God or whatever you want to call this inevitableness that is the ground of all reality: love one another and help other human beings. That would mean facing some tough stuff, doing some very hard self-examination and fessing up to some dastardly deeds and stinking thoughts. It is a whole lot easier to blame the helpless and then begin to assume the mantle of wisdom: play God. You don't have to be responsible that way. And you get a whole population of people who cannot handle the failures and loose ends of their cherished American and Christian dreams to stand up and turn over all their woes and cares to you in your eloquence. It's a lot easier for them than taking responsibility for living life on life's terms.
That is a mental and spiritual malaise whose shadow is lengthening over our land with vicious intent. Just read the anger and hate in the first letter posted here! Hopefully the bottom we will all have to hit in order to dispel this dark thrall will be easier than it was for the Germans, who have trodden this path already and know the price. But it is not looking hopeful as long as the Glenn Becks/Stalins/Hitlers/McCarthys hold sway and populations cling to fantasies created to absolve them of their own responsibilities—or at least lull them into thinking they can escape themselves and God's categorical moral imperative to love and help, not hate and hurt, buried deep within their own minds and souls.
Dec 19 2010 - 12:59pm