Romney Supports Paranoid Right Wing College

Most of you have probably seen Glenn Beck quoting his favorite thinker, W. Cleon Skousen, a far right nut who never saw a bizarre conspiracy he didn’t like. Did you know that Skousen was one of Mitt Romney’s professors at BYU? And that he helped support a ragtag little college founded to teach Skousen’s lunacy? Mother Jones has the details and a video.

Skousen was, like Beck and Romney, a Mormon. Among other crazy things, he believed that the founding fathers of the United States were descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. But Romney is glad to help promote a college founded by Skousen’s followers, and to slobber all over Beck too:

On May 30, 2009, George Wythe University (named after the first law professor in America, who was a teacher of Thomas Jefferson), held a fundraising gala at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Beck, who was then riding high as a Fox News host, was the special guest, tapped to receive the school’s annual “Statesman Award.” Romney introduced him.

In a video message—obtained by Mother Jones—that was recorded for the event, Romney praised Beck and this school, which the US Department of Justice has called a “diploma mill.” He hailed George Wythe University and its supporters for “building statesmen” and “moving forward the cause of liberty and building men and women of virtue and wisdom, diplomacy, and courage.” He introduced Beck as a “man who is really making an impact in our entire country today.” Romney noted that Beck’s “approach is refreshing” and that he “tries to focus his message on action…on learning the principles of freedom and liberty, on standing up and making your voice heard, on reading and applying the wisdom of our nation’s founders to the challenges of today.” Beck, he asserted, was “a statesman in his own right.”


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  • slc1

    Of course, the folks who think that there is no substantive difference between Obama and Romney or that Obama just doesn’t measure up to their exacting standards will be totally unimpressed with this stuff. The same folks who thought that there was no substantive difference between Gore and Bush or that Gore, like Obama didn’t measure up to their exacting standards. Like the creationists, no evidence, will convince them otherwise.

  • democommie

    So, was Mittmoroni one of the unnamed, unindicted co-conspirators in the alleged incident involving abduction, rape, murder and ritual cannabalism of an entire REAL christian co-ed boarding school sometime during the 90’s? I’m not making any accusations here, I’m just asking questions.

    “In a 1962 book, Skousen denounced homosexuality and noted, “Every boy should know that masturbation may be the first step to homosexuality.”

    As Lao Tzu is purported to have said, “A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step.”. I gotta go run some laps.

  • slc1

    Mr. Skousen, who was a former FBI agent was a personal friend of J. Edgar Himmler. Apparently, Skousen was either unaware that J. Edgar was bent or didn’t give a shit.

    He is also the author of a book entitled, “The Naked Communist”, one of the mainstays of the John Birch Society.

  • StevoR

    Romney Supports Paranoid Right Wing College

    For how long?

    Mitt bein’ the Etch-a-Sketch he is I can’t see that lasting too long. Or can I?

    Did he oppose him in the past?

    Also Glenn Beck a statesman? Really? (Eyeroll.)

    Mittens, that word, I do not think it means what you think it means!

  • StevoR

    Er, for “him” read the college.

  • yoav

    He introduced Beck as a “man who is really making an impact in our entire country today.”

    Mittens was right on that, Glenn Beck was making an impact at the time, negative impact, but still an impact.

  • Quodlibet

    I would love to see a pro-Obama ad that shows clips of Beck’s stupidest, most alarmist, most rile-up-the-bigots antics – with each clip followed by Romney in a voiceover: “He is a statesman in his own right.”

    Then, on the screen, a stark message: “Do you want as President a man who consdiers this performer — [show clip of weeping Beck] — a statesman?

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Quodlibet : Seconding that idea.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    @ Quodlibet –

    That’s why we need a FreeThoughtBlogs Superpac!

  • Sastra

    Look. None of you are being fair to Mitt Romney. He was probably just using a standard ‘patriot’ speech and had no real idea what he was talking about — not having done any real research or investigation into Beck or the college himself, nor had it done by others. Shame on all of you, for jumping to unfair assumptions like this!

  • yoav


    While I agree that your lazy, not crazy interpretation is plausible it still mean that we should be terrified of the idea of Mittens having access to the nuclear launch codes. What if he get word of something happening in LA and because he can’t be bothered to figure out where it is and what exactly is going on, he just order a nuclear strike.