Today I am posting copy of a letter I wrote to Glenn Beck, regarding the recent controversy over the statement he made on "Fox and Friends" about President Obama.
On a side note, this situation has inspired me to once again begin posting thoughts to this blog. I had become discouraged because I felt nobody was listening, but I've decided it's not so important that people listen, what's most important is that I speak my mind and tell the truth based on the facts with which I am presented.
In the meantime, if you are reading and have a comment on what I have to say, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing to let you know that I am in full support of your efforts to awaken the nation to what is happening to us, and I am absolutely shocked at the double standard you are being held to regarding your comments on "Fox and Friends." While it is not necessarily my place to stand up in your defense, and I know you have not asked this of me, I am proudly speaking out on your behalf in every way I know, because I feel that as the leftist blogs and "Mainstream Media" attack you for your opinion, they also attack me.
I have been a listener for over three years now, and have watched your show since your CNN days.. maybe late 2007 or so. I have identified with you in your views more often than not. I too found sudden interest in certain social and political arenas because of the events of September 11, 2001. I, as I sense you are, was shocked and horrified that day, even from my distant home nearly 2500 miles away in Phoenix, AZ. I was also incredibly inspired by the way we came together as a nation, that feeling I believe you brought back for many of us with your creation of the 9-12 project.
I identify with some aspects of your personal life as well, as I too am recovered from addiction. I believe that your insight and desire for the truth is because of exactly where you have been in life, knowing that every day you have is a gift and you must use that gift to make the world a better place. I respect you for your quest for the truth, and your love for America and all she stands for. I believe you truly are the person we hear on the radio, as opposed to a "ratings hound" as some would like to characterize you.
Glenn, I spend a lot of time corresponding with people on "the left," specifically on The Huffington Post. I choose that website as an outlet for a few reasons. First, I enjoy intelligent discourse, which I am actually able to find there upon occasion. Not everyone who "chats" on that site is all bad, and I am proud of the fact that once I break people of the "right/left" partisanship I am actually able to win some hearts and minds with reason and fact. Second, I believe it is productive to "know the enemy," and while I have found some good people, I also sincerely believe there are some "regulars" on that site that truly are the enemy within our borders. There are some absolutely amazing anti-American statements made by people who claim they love our country. I simply don't understand how they can claim to love a nation like America when they have absolutely no respect for our history or heritage, and wish to see our nation fundamentally changed. Third, I enjoy watching them as they so obviously hold people like you and me to a double standard.
I have to tell you, I am absolutely amazed at the amount of hatred you have been able to generate within that group over the time you have been with FNC. I've been specifically watching the articles about the initial statement, and now the article that discusses Joe Scarborough's "twitter" about you.
The lesser comments make comparisons to The Dixie Chicks, talking about how "The right was all up in arms, yet they're so quick to defend this guy." Umm... different situation completely - those girls were overseas talking down America (hey, there's a theme there... ).
There are the Imus comparisons, which is not even close to acccurate, and truth is while Imus made a comment some percieved as crude, he never should have been fired. Imus' comment was about a group of young women who were not in the public eye in the way that President Obama is, and Imus' comment was off the cuff, whereas yours is well researched and you are able to back your statement of opinion with facts. Of course, they only understand that it's okay to have an opinion when it's them having one, or when yours matches theirs, perhaps.
They're making boycott lists of your sponsors. More power to them, and I'm sure you'd agree that that is absolutely their right if they do not like what you say and wish to affect you in some way. It's hilarious, though, when they post things like "I tried to watch and make a list of his advertisers, but I just couldn't stand to watch any more of him!" Some dedication to the cause... can't sit through a one hour television show?
They're saying, of course, "Takes one to know one" which is hilarious, because they don't understand in saying that they acknowledge Obama's racism!!
And my favorite, of course, is the fact that I am able to post a comment that goes like this:
"Political correctness is a sickness, and America has it. I'd say that Beck is simply calling a spade a spade, but then I'd be called a racist too. There are many, many indicators in President Obama's life that prove Beck to be correct, but it is not politically correct to address these possibilities. Honesty is no longer a part of the discussion in America."
The only reply, ten hours later? Someone who said "Amen."
God Bless you and your staff, Glenn. Keep up the good work. Please, do not give up, and do not let them silence you. You truly are inspiring many of us who need a voice, and on behalf of all those I know who appreciate what you do - Thank you very much.