The Glenn Beck sermon of the day focused on Beck’s fear of what he believes to be revolutionaries. It is not so much that Beck fears change, but that he fears verbose Black men, who possess power and the ability to communicate effectively without the use of props. Beck’s mission of the week is to enlighten America to the agenda of Obama appointees, Van Jones special environmental advisor in particular. It is clear that he is threatened by the passion and commitment exhibited by Jones and he views this passion as a direct threat against White society. Beck suggests that Jones is a communist and he declares him a direct threat to the White House and questions the President’s motives in his official association with Jones, suggesting that perhaps communism has not just knocked on the White House door, but has moved in. Beck’s offhanded reference to Obama’s tete a tete with Putin is used as more fuel for his fire of hate . Beck then draws a parellel between this President and Hugo Chavez. As usual Beck twists and manipulates meaningless statements made by his perceived enemies, in particular Jones’s statement that we should “treat each other right”.
What was a simple statement equivalent to “can’t we all just get along” is interpreted as a sinister plot against White America. Glenn Beck is spreading a wildfire and his fear of what he calls “a changing system” is fanning the flames. Beck states that our “founding principles are no longer relevant” and he mentions this new system, the Obama administration as “coming through the back door”. Sounds a lot like a servant reference to me folks. Beck balks about Jones’ assertions regarding the drudge work in this Country done by immigrants and rejects Jones’ accurate statement of the health risks of such work. He rejects Jones’ statements supporting Native Americans and somehow interprets Jones declarations as Un-American. Beck believes that you cannot be a Black man with strong political opinions without being labeled a revolutionary. He believes any advances in the rights of minorities will result in a loss of rights for others. He sees the Obama administration as a modern day band of Robin Hood and his merry men,taking from the rich only to give to the poor, hence his statement that “wealth will be taken and distributed based on race”.
Mr. Beck’s big revelation of the day was the National Endowment of the Arts participation with this administration. His guest for the day Patrick Courrielche had taken part in a conference call that was hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement and United We Serve. Courrielche tried to stick to the facts despite Beck’s attempts to distort the events. Beck went as far as to thank Courrielche for taking such a risk. No doubt Courrielche is now in the Witness Protection Program. I have included the complete excerpt of the article by Courrielche detailing the event below because as we all know, Beck is not known for accuracy or basic spelling skills for that matter.
“I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”
Now admittedly, I’m a skeptic of BIG government. In my view, power tends to overreach whenever given the opportunity. It’s a law of human nature that has very few exceptions. That said, it felt to me that by providing issues as a cynosure for inspiration to a handpicked arts group – a group that played a key role in the President’s election as mentioned throughout the conference call – the National Endowment for the Arts was steering the art community toward creating art on the very issues that are currently under contentious national debate; those being health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation. Could the National Endowment for the Arts be looking to the art community to create an environment amenable to the administration’s positions?
Before arguing why I see this as a gross overreach of the National Endowment for the Arts and its mission, a brief background on the conference call is needed.
On Thursday August 6th, I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a conference call scheduled for Monday August 10th hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve. The call would include “a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, taste-makers, leaders or just plain cool people to join together and work together to promote a more civically engaged America and celebrate how the arts can be used for a positive change!”
I learned after the conference call that there were approximately 75 people participating, including many well respected street-artists, filmmakers, art galleries, music venues, musicians and music producers, writers, poets, actors, independent media outlets, marketers, and various other professionals from the creative community. I suppose I was invited because of my work in creating arts initiatives, but being a former employer of the NEA’s Director of Communications was probably a factor as well. “