Monday, April 28, 2014

Rupture, Not Rapture

Via Tengrain, we have the tale of Alex Jones calling out Glenn Beck for insufficiently supporting deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy. Jones believes that Beck is working for the Kenyan Usurper, setting up the right-wing loons up for the jackbooted thuggery of the latte-sippin' lefties:

“They’re positioning him as a Judas goat to lead the liberty movement. It all just clicked. He is actually Benedict Arnold, he actually works for Obama. And I’m sorry I have to say that. He really does!”

Poor Beck, he steals Alex Jones' schtick, then backpedals in one instance, and now he's Benedict Arnold. On his end, perhaps because he sees the coming backlash and his getting drummed out of the loonbertarian fringe, Beck is seeking the refuge of religious whackaloonery... because religion is the last good refuge for an utter scoundrel. Addressing the commencement of Liberty University's graduating class, he's gone full-on "Rapture Ready" fundagelical millennialist, claiming that God is coming back "to settle scores".

One could chalk up Glenn's "Road to Dumbasscus" moment as an example of Jerusalem syndrome, but I have a more cynical view. I suspect that Beck sees the coming Rupture among the far-righties, so he's going to switch gears and talk about the Rapture to reinvent himself as a religious figure, having failed as a political pundit. Unluckily for him, Glenn is a couple of horsemen short of an apocalypse.

Cross-posted at Rumproast.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

and now he's Benedict Arnold.

Beck does like to think of himself as a figure from the time the Constitution was written.

Just not that one, ha ha!

mikey said...

I love this shit. It is their purity tests and absolutism, their absolute conflation of compromise with surrender that will defeat them. You can run a family like that, you can run a village like that, you can run a tribe or a cult like that. But it doesn't scale. Eventually the community becomes large enough that absolute fealty to a given set of rules cannot be sustained, or even enforced. And that's why we have a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, but very little chance of a Republican President...

Smut Clyde said...

getting drummed out of the loonbertarian fringe

Dibs on the words "lobotarian" and "lobectarian".