Beck here continues his pattern of what I can only conclude is an intentional fucking up of history. Soviet-era Czechoslovakia wasn’t caused by a communist revolution provoked by some Sorosian weirdo controversy, it was a puppet regime installed by Soviet occupying troops in the wake of World War 2. But Beck relies on his viewers having no knowledge of history whatsoever.
Yes. Someone possibly more paranoid and unhinged than Alex Jones has the support of Fox News, an hour of television time every day, millions of viewers. For some reason, Soros isn’t the revolutionary I’m worried about. But Beck says I’m just nuts.
I know we have freedom of speech in this country. I believe in it. But at what point does this delusionary and treasonous ranting become too much even for Fox News?
He is always just one inch from the legal definition - “Well, I’m not saying you should start stockpiling arms to fire at FDA agents when they come to inspect your food. I’m not saying that!” - but in the commonsense definition, he crossed that line long ago.
I think it’s clear that Beck is actually longing for the kind of violent conflict verging on civil war that he is describing. It has such a powerful grip on his imagination because this is his fantasy; being a general in a genuine shooting war with the “communists” over the future of the United States. So I think the end point, for him, will be when he manages to actually get this thing going for real.
This is so depressing. My aunt and Mom are very close and after my aunt’s husband passed away about eight years ago, she needed something to fill the void and that something was Fox news. It doesn’t help that she lives in a tiny town in Upstate NY and is quite isolated. She calls my mom about 5-10 times per day and the only thing they talk about is quick family news and politics. Neither of them were even interested in politics ten years ago and now they are recepticles/mouth pieces for this bullshit and it drives me nuts. The only tactic that seems to work is agreeing with them in such a way that they know I think they are out of their minds.
For example, “Not only should those bastards not be able to build near ground zero, they shouldn’t be able to ever build another mosque in this beautiful land of ours.”
To be fair, it’s not like Beck was ever hired by Microsoft, where they actually look for the ability to do estimates; the vast bulk of the population would give equally terrible estimates. Still, funny.
The first thing that came to mind is that software places - at least until very recently at Microsoft - have a real fetish for the “estimate the number of fire hydrants there are in New York City” type of out-of-your-ass estimation questions. People are unbelievably bad at this specific type of question for some reason until they know the trick - pick ballpark numbers are multiply them together.
He probably thinks the Muslim population in the US is like, 10,000 or something, rather than 1 to 7 million.