I have made no secret of the fact that I support Glenn Beck in his effort to inform the American people with information otherwise not being provided by the media in general. I believe Glenn Beck is today as important a voice as Rush Limbaugh was during the Clinton administration.
Of course Rush is still the most formidable Conservative Pundit bar-none, but right now Glenn is able to go places it seems nobody else has, and is asking questions I've not even heard Rush Limbaugh ask about Barack Obama. Additionally, since Beck is a relatively fresh voice, he's able to attract moderates who may have (sadly) tuned out Rush and won't try tuning in again.
Glenn Beck said tonight on his show:
"Questioning your government is not only a RIGHT or IMPORTANT, it is a REQUIREMENT in a Democratic Republic."
I believe this is true for both sides of the political aisle, always. It is my belief that it is not only responsible to question the party you disagree with, but it is equally or more important to question the party you tend to align with.
I first learned this lesson during the Clinton administration. He was the first president I ever voted for, and I voted for him twice. Full disclosure: I was still relatively young, and MTV's Rock The Vote influenced my decision making then. Back then I absolutely did not seek information like I do today.
George W. Bush's time in office gave me more insight to the fact that both sides can be right and both sides can be wrong. I supported and voted for Bush for his first term, and every day I thank God that AlGore did not win the 2000 election.
However, in '04 I didn't think we had a good choice. I was starting to see things in the Bush administration I didn't like, and I definitely didn't (and still do not) respect John Kerry, so I forfeited possibly the most important right all Americans have and abstained from voting.
There are always ethical and logical questions to be asked of politicians, regardless of party. It is my opinion that anyone who blindly follows a party line doesn't have all the information they need to make an informed decision.
Tonight, in closing, I would like to give a shout-out to Clifton B. at Another Black Conservative as well as TCL at The Conservative Lady for posting clips from Beck's shows this week.
As I commented on Clifton's blog, I watched Monday's show and took so many notes my head was pounding and my wrist was aching. I started to do some Google searching, but I didn't have the energy to put it all together and post something I was comfortable with, and because of the quantity and significance of the issues raised about Van Jones on Monday, I felt anything short of thorough would not be proper.
Anyway... if you haven't ever been to their blogs, please visit them, as well as everyone on my "wisdom of others" list. We all appreciate the traffic and the comments.
Tell 'em I sent ya, if you think it will help...