February 16th, 2009

Shep color explosion

Not participating in We Surround Them

If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's this movement of sorts that Glen Beck is pushing along. 

February 4, 2009 from Glen Beck's show and website

GLENN: So I’m going to just ask you right now just to think of these things and just answer out loud. Just say to yourself yes or no. Yes or no. Is this who I am? Is this what I believe? Because I believe you and I agree on most of these.

1) Yes or no: Do you believe America is a good place, that we’ve lost our way over the years, that we have done bad things but generally speaking we tried hard. We try to make amends. We have tried to do the right thing. Just like everybody else, we fail from time to time and we have truly lost our way in the last 20 years. But gosh, if you look at America, she’s good and our founders were good and our founding documents are good. We’ve just strayed too far away from them. Yes or no.

2) Yes or no: I believe in God. I may not go to the same church or synagogue or mosque as the majority of people in America, but I believe in God and he is the center of my life, and God does not tell people to behead others or to persecute others that see God in a different way. As long as that god is not telling them to persecute others.

Yes or no.

3) Yes or no: It is my responsibility to try to be better and a more honest person than I was yesterday. Sometimes I fail, I’ll make mistakes, but it’s my main mission to be better than I was personally than I was yesterday.

4) Yes or no: The family is sacred. I and my spouse are the ultimate authority under God when it comes to my family. I raise my family, and that comes with a grave responsibility. If I fail, I answer to God.

5) Yes or no: If you break the law, you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6) Yes or no: I have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but that is not a guarantee of equal results.

7) Yes or no: I work hard for what I have, and I will share it with others that I choose when I choose, should I choose. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8 ) It is not un-American for anyone to disagree with my opinion, but my opinion or others’ opinions may be anti-American. Anti-American rhetoric would be anything that is destructive to the Constitution and our country as our founders understood it.

9) And the last one is the government works for me. The government answers to me. I do not answer to the government.

How many are there? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. There are nine of them. Do you agree with seven of them?

Here’s what I want you to do. Step one: No matter where you are right now, I want you to take a picture of yourself. I want you to take a picture, and I ask you and you’ll understand as we go in the next couple of weeks, I ask you if you could bring these and ask your children — can we post these please on the Internet, on the website? I want you to ask as many people as you know, do you believe in these things? Just seven out of nine. Do you believe in them? Then will you please take a picture of yourself. If you ask your family and you ask your children tonight, do you believe in these things. Take a picture of your spouse. Not as a family. Take them one at a time and send them to me, e-mail them to me at — what is the address, Stu? Wesurroundthem@gmail.com. This is how much I believe that you are not alone.

Last night I stayed in the city and I was here late last night because we had a few things that we were working on for this project and the first thing that we did was who has the server space to take all of these pictures. GlennBeck.com which has the server space all over, we have the website under our umbrella of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, me, Ryan Seacrest. They’re big servers. We didn’t feel we could handle the amount that is going to be coming in. Fox News didn’t feel they had big enough servers that would hold all of this volume without crashing. That’s why we went to gmail, because they have unlimited amount to be able to take all of this in in big doses. Now, maybe I’m wrong, but I ask you to prove a point.

Now I’m going to ask you every day for the next two or three weeks. Please, if you agree with these things, please send me a photo. I will explain on, is it — do we know, is it going to be February 27th? We don’t know? We don’t have a date yet. And I’ll explain on February 27th — I think it’s going to be that date, in the next couple of weeks — and I’m going to do a special radio show and television show. It’s going to be a live show. We are going to also have you have an opportunity to attend. I will tell you about that in the coming days. I will also tell you in the coming days that you don’t have to come to New York to be a part of it, either. But this is all going to be grassroots. I’m going to be asking you if you want to put together a, if you have a bar or, you know, you own a hotel and you want to do a conference center kind of thing where, you know, you can just open up the doors and anybody who wants to come and watch the TV show or you want to do it at the bar, you want to do it at your house. Don’t watch this TV show and don’t — I believe it’s going to be February 27th. Could be a week later. Don’t be alone, and you’ll understand why on that day. But I ask you today, do this one thing. Do you believe in these things?

Everybody else is going to talk about the damn stimulus package today. Do you believe in these things? If you do, then do me a favor, please, do your children a favor. Take a picture of yourself and send it to me at wesurroundthem@gmail.com.

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21018/

Originally, I thought, "This sounds great!  I'll do it!"  I'm all for standing up against the government bullshit, the corporate bullshit, and economic bullshit, etc that is taking place in America.  The American people need to do something, instead of sitting back and just bitching about all of it.  And you know damn well that's what most people do. 

But I went online to learn more about the movement on Glen's site and I read that "God" was the focus of two principles,s you can see above in #2 and #4.  I don't believe in God or this insulting assumption by so many that you can't be a good person without the belief in God.  Yeah, I know Glen says you only have to believe in seven out of nine of the principles.  I know he is saying that because he wants non-believers to ignore the two that focus on God.  Soooo, are those two principles necessary or not?  If they aren't, why were they included in the first place?  Clearly, they are important according the Glen and everyone who set up this movement... or it's just playing to the emotions of FOX News viewers who get their knickers in a twist over morality and insist people can only be moral in accordance to God.  People that think non-believers are part of the problem in America.  So, I'm sorry, but I won't participate. 

I went to read the principles again today on Glen's site and I do notice that #4 has been edited to not include God.  Interesting.  I'm surprised people aren't flipping out asking why it has been conveniently removed.  Perhaps they haven't noticed because all of the principles have been shorted... for quicker reading, I suppose.

February 16, 2009

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.


This movement and the whole God thing inserted into it makes me wonder about Glen.  I used to quite like him.  His show was the only one that I'd watch on CNN Headline News.  I'm mainly a FOX News viewer.  I was really excited when I heard Glen was moving to FNC from HLN.  I figured he had the potential to become my second favorite FNC person, behind Shepard Smith.  I've noticed that Glen gets way too preachy at times and I find that bothersome also.  It's a bummer.  I'll keep watching Glen to see how things go, unless I become so annoyed that I stop watching regularly.