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 doesnâ€™t really offend me because I think most of Beckâ€™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 itâ€™s treasonous to peacefully oppose an unjustified war but that itâ€™s patriotic to lead an armed insurrection against the government because they want to pay you unemployment benefits. If thereâ€™s a weirder political movement than American conservatism, Iâ€™ve yet to see it.