Weepy-Eyed Glenn is Getting Paranoid Again

Glenn Beck is once again selling paranoia, getting all weepy-eyed and melodramatic over the impending Nazi regime that will take over the entire globe. Any minute now, they’re going to start rounding up Jews and Christians and taking them to the concentration camps. Aaaaaaaaaaaaany minute now.

httpv://youtu.be/2F56xnlnjms

I just don’t understand the mindset of someone who can find this anything but laughably ridiculous.

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  • blf

    Some fruitcakes are going to take over The Globe?

    Will they still be doing Shakespeare under the new management, or are they going to present some Hanns Johst?

  • Sastra

    Okay, now I’m kinda scared to knock on my neighbor’s door — for whatever reason. They might be a Glen Beck fan (I live in a pretty conservative area.) He’s really whipping people up.

    Of course, I’m counting on the religious being able to compartmentalize. They can both believe they are on the verge of being dragged out to prison for being Christian (Jews first!) and yet act as usual because they don’t really believe this when they’re not thinking about it on purpose.

  • ed440

    All I hear is a cockoo clock going off.

  • brucegee1962

    I wonder how long it will be before Beck or someone like him decides to adopt a Kent Hovind strategy as a deliberate tactic.

    1) Skip paying any taxes for a few years.

    2) When they come for you, scream government persecution at the top of your lungs! Turn into a martyr and flog your martyrdom at every opportunity.

    3) Profit!

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    Beck is too smart to do a Hovind, as is Alex Jones and others like him. You don’t need to give the government real reasons to come after you when you can just make crap up to cry persecution.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    They can both believe they are on the verge of being dragged out to prison for being Christian (Jews first!) and yet act as usual because they don’t really believe this when they’re not thinking about it on purpose.

    Gotta admit I enjoy trolling the Infowars comment thread on occasion, especially when I see someone calling for the revolution against the government to start. Oddly enough, when I suggest they be the one to take the lead and get out there on the front lines, they are never short of excuses. It’s funny, but they don’t seem to take too kindly to being called armchair warriors.

    One of my favorite comments (on another site) was from a young women who was gung-ho about one of those March on Washington protests that was supposed to stay on the streets until Obama was arrested. She said she would love to take part in the first days of the new American Revolution, but she couldn’t get off work that weekend.

    And they were so close…

  • raven

    Any minute now, they’re going to start rounding up Jews and Christians and taking them to the concentration camps.

    1. Well, Glenn Beck is safe then. He isn’t a xian or a Jew, he is a Mormon. Although Mormons claim to be the Real Jews, god’s chosen people. Their word for normal people, including Ancient Jews and xians is…gentile.

    2. It doesn’t look like his treatment for “adrenal exhaustion” worked for too long.

    I just don’t understand the mindset of someone who can find this anything but laughably ridiculous.

    A huge mystery. It’s even weirder when you realize he has made $100 million babbling like a loon, too wacko for even Fox NoNews.

    PS Yo!!! Glenn Beck fans!!! Anyone out there reading this (assuming they can read), how about it. What makes Beck worth paying for and listening too?

    I find him slighly amusing for whole minutes but certainly not worth wasting a penny on.

  • Larry

    I blame Obama for this. These people have been expecting to be herded off to those FEMA camps for close to 7 years now. Instead, Obama keeps holding off and holding off, playing with them, torturing them with anticipation, like a kid does pulling the wings off of flies. Sure, I can appreciate the joy in watching them twist in the wind and suffer their pangs of paranoia and their sweet, sweet tears taste like ambrosia, but come on, it’s still cruel. Pull the wings, already!

  • busterggi

    And here I thought that all Christains & Jews were supposed to die from Ebola a few months ago. How time does fly!

  • Taz

    Beck is a con man through and through. Like all good con men, he has the ability to whip his own emotions into a froth as though he’s genuinely concerned. If he had to make the smallest sacrifice for his “beliefs”, he’d fold like the cheapest tent ever made.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus
    I just don’t understand the mindset of someone who can find this anything but laughably ridiculous.

    A huge mystery.

    I am not a psychologist, but I suspect it’s got a lot to do with fulfilling the same need to make sense of the world and their lives that our ancestors had when they invented gods and other supernatural entities to explain what was happening to them.

    The world is a hugely complex place, and few of us have very little chance of understanding how any of it all fits together. For example, how many people fully understand the course of events and decisions made that led up to the current Greek debt crisis and all its potential ramifications should the whole thing fall apart? A handful, I’d wager.

    So instead of having to figure out the vast array of choices and decisions made by fallible people which brought about crisis, it’s far easier to explain it all as one big conspiracy under the precise control of a shadowy New World Order cabal seeking to enslave the human race. It’s a very enticing short-cut to (a form of) understanding similar to that which pseudoscientists use all the time.

    Just as when people find it impossible to believe they survived a car crash without divine intervention, they have to believe there is some outside agency involved–that someone is in control.

    People used to put it all down to God, or Satan (many still do), but I guess as the idea of religious agency has become less popular, the machinations of a powerful elite has become an acceptable substitute.

    In short, people generally find it easier to believe that someone is in control of events than to believe much of what happens is down to random chance and the imperfect decision-making by fallible people.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Anyone know what the 1791 stuff is all about?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I just don’t understand the mindset of someone who can find this anything but laughably ridiculous.

    Well I don’t either, and I don’t know what’s really going on deep inside those skulls. But constant cries of persecution and paranoia about being rounded up any day now has the effect of shielding the right-wing brain from awareness of its own privilege and bigotry toward others. It serves to justify any harmful behavior or attitude.

    At the risk of pulling a Godwin, one of the most remarkable things about the Nazis was their very serious belief that they were being victimized by the Jews, even after the Holocaust had largely run its course.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    1791 was the year they ratified the Bill of Rights. 1791 Supply & Co. Is a Dallas based apparel company created to make 1791 themed clothing. One can only assume it’s owned, at least in part, by Glenn Beck himself.

  • colnago80

    In what other country in the world could assholes like Beck and Limbaugh, having zero talent or expertise in anything, become multimillionaires? Is this a great country or what? Barnum was wrong, in the USA, their’s a sucker born every 1/2 minute.

  • Al Dente

    Certain Christians claim the US is a Christian nation and simultaneously claim that they’re going to be taken to the camps tomorrow. It must be horrible being a persecuted majority.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Thanks, tacitus. It’s great to know that Beck thinks he’s the embodiment of the Bill of Rights. At least he hasn’t taken credit for freeing the slaves. Yet.

  • vereverum

    @ Larry #8

    .

    Masochist: Hit me! Hit me!

    Sadist: No.

  • StevoR

    Beck : “How do we wake up or own families?”

    Try an alarm clock? TV set to turn on at just before breakfast time? Buy a rooster as long as your along way away from your neighbours?

    “It used to be half a joke eight years ago.”

    Now its all a joke! Has been for many years thus a really old as well as unfunny one.

    “Living in the 1930s..”

    For fucks sake? Really? No. Just no. For starters aircraft technology and computers have advanced quite a bit since then and TV isn’t primitive and black & white only anymore! Well, except for the views of some unfathomably popular toss-pots spewing nonsense like ,well that, on the box.

    “Just go home with honour.”

    Whose xe? Honour Harrington the SF heroine of the eponymous novels maybe?

    Clearly Beck wants his followers to do we it seems can’t. What’s so honourable about fleecing and scaring the rubes with babblings even you admit sound “Insane!”

    @ 15. colnago80 ; In fairness to PT Barnum the US population has grown quite a bit since his time. Ratio of suckers may well be about the same but with a higher number of people there’s just so many more of them.

  • lorn

    I think that this sort of emotional outburst tends to happen when brother Beck feels he needs a little more media attention, often timed to coincide with the release of another book, and/or he forgets to take his meds. I suspect that, because Beck is a multimillionaire, it is increasingly the later more than the former.