The New Patriotism

As far as cable goes I have to say that I have not seen this person named Glenn Beck (and have no intention to), but I watched this clip at Sadly, No! and it is a doozy. These are people discussing worst-case scenarios and the possible aftereffects. As in, what would happen if a bunch of hillbillys rose up and decided to overthrow the government? The host is just simply shocked–shocked, I say!–at the comments from his own guests. His mind is blown!

But it brings me back to my original point regarding the whole treasonous/dissent thing, which has now become the patriotic thing once again. Here’s what I’m talking about, from Sadly, No!:

This sort of thing doesn’t really offend me because I think most of Beck’s viewers would back down from starting a new civil war once they learned that it would likely lead to Cheeto rationing. But I am amazed at the sheer cognitive dissonance involved in simultaneously believing that it’s treasonous to peacefully oppose an unjustified war but that it’s patriotic to lead an armed insurrection against the government because they want to pay you unemployment benefits. If there’s a weirder political movement than American conservatism, I’ve yet to see it.


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