How Glenn Beck Stole Yom Kippur

From Glenn Beck’s Twitter account

“2morrow my family will b fasting & praying 4 the Country & it’s leaders.Please join us. No better day than Day of Atonement?”

Apparently, Beck dreams of a day when Americans nationwide — be they fundamentalist Christians, Mormons, or tea party “patriots” — will co-opt others religions’ holidays and use them to pursue his hyper-partisan, delusional goals, preferably while masked in a veil of concern for the country and “it’s” leaders.

It should go without saying that days of private atonement are best reserved for private atonement, rather than bizarrely politicized. It should, but I guess it doesn’t. I suppose the latest front in the “War on Christmas” is a conservative counter-insurgency against the Jewish high holidays?

A humble suggestion, then, while we’re co-opting holidays. Although you’ve probably not heard of Pioneer Day, unless you’re from Utah, or a major fan of HBO’s “Big Love,” it’s a regular holiday in Utah, and it celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the first Mormon pioneers. It carries significant meaning especially for conservative Mormons, like Glenn Beck. Well, 7/24 just seems like a perfect time to celebrate other “pioneers” — doesn’t it? Say, pioneers of the art world, like Robert Mapplethorpe. Mark your calendars — Next 7/24 is America’s first Edgy Gay Art Day!



  1. Not to throw cold water on our post since obviously it was tongue in cheek, but the problem is that Pioneer day is an official state holiday, so despite its strong Mormon appeal very few Mormons outside of Utah really care or even know about it, especially non-Utahn first-gen Mormons like Beck (who’s saddled up so comfortably with the Skousen-Mormon fringe I wouldn’t be surprised if he joins a polygamy cult in a few years…)

  2. and here I thought that September 30th was blasphemy day. Well, I’ll just have to blaspheme twice as much now.

  3. I think it’s great that Glenn Beck wants to be more culturally inclusive by celebrating the holy days of other religions. I expect he’ll include Ramadan as well – he barely missed it this year, but it’s only 10 months to go for the next one!

  4. You should do a companion post called, “How Glen Beck Stole This Blog”.

    1. Hurr hurr hurr. Look to your left, Mike, at all the tags more densely populated than Beck. Only rarely is a point so closely aligned with its disproof.

      1. Your obsession with beck is relatively new for the life of this blog. Give it another 6 months and will be bigger than Palin.

        1. Mike, you’re developing an unhealthy obsession with ACG’s obsession with Glen Beck.

          1. I think you’re right.

            Anyone know how to filter out certain keywords in Google Reader?

    2. I’m just glad there’s this same conversation along with nearly every Glen Beck post. ;)

      1. I can reduce it to a template if it’ll make things easier :-/

    3. Well, it’s certainly not surprising to see conservatives trying to ignore people like Glenn Beck, considering what a huge embarrasment he is for them. I don’t think it’ll work, though.

      1. It’s already working. Liberals like Ames are far more interested in Beck than the majority of conservatives.

      2. If you’re suggesting that Beck is a masterful ploy to distract lib’ruls while the right sets up a brilliant army of conservative intelligentsia, poised to retake America with reason, compassion, and free market solutions, then I hate to break it to you —

        But you’re missing step two.

        Don’t get me wrong. I relish the day when the right decides to stop making crap up and debate real points instead of focusing on “death panels,” “socialism,” and who’s-comparing-who-to-Hitler-too-much shouting matches. I just know it’s not coming anytime soon.

        1. As opposed to the ‘brilliant army of liberals’ that took power this time around? You got the White House based on the charisma of one man…not the strength of the liberal agenda. You took Congress by running a bunch of right-of-center guys in conservative districts. So we don’t really need some army of brilliant conservatives. We just have to remind conservative voters what they got (or didn’t get) for their Democratic votes. It’s not a tough sell.

          But you guys go right ahead and keep talking about Beck. The most success you could possibly have is to get Fox to be so embarrassed they run him off the air. How does that help the Democrats hold seats in conservative disctricts in 2010 and 2012?

        2. I can just see the campaign slogans:

          “Despite two/four years in office, the Democrats haven’t yet been able to fix the eight years of damage we did to your country. Meanwhile, we’ve totally learned our lesson. For real! Let us fix our own mess. Forget the time before, and the time before that: we’ll get it right this time! Vote Republican.”

          If the American voter is really that dumb and short-sighted, you’re right, it might work.

          And it’s true that the Democrats moved right in the last election. But they moved to occupy the moderate middle ground, so thoroughly vacated by your guys. If you’re going to try to reclaim that ground, that’s an uphill battle.

          1. Here’s the most simple recipe for Democratic defeat next year: Follow the stimulus money. All the GOP has to do is lay out how that money was spent and conservative districts will fall like dominoes. I’ve said this before and I will say it again: The Stimulus Bill will be the Left’s Iraq.

          2. I would be terrified, except the only times the GOP has done that, they’ve mixed it with culture war issues, and it’s backfired horribly. Remember Jindal talking about money wasted on volcano monitoring projects, or McCain on “fruit fly research”? The former made him look insensitive; the latter, moronic. If you’re looking for a repeat, be my guest.

            1. GOP candidates in conservative districts aren’t going to play the culture card. They’re going to say, “Look how much money came to this district and look how it was spent.” There has been an incredible amount of waste and very little new job creation. That isn’t going to play in middle America.

      3. 1. Let a bunch of hysteric hoodlums take control of your party’s ideological discourse.

        2. Do your best to stonewall any kind of progress by the opposition.

        3. Have no credible ideas of your own.

        4. ???

        5. ELECTION VICTORY (also, profit)!!!

        (Worst thing is, it could actually work.)

  5. Mike, care to preview that argument for us?

    1. Barriers in the stimulus bill have prevented a lot of cities from putting the money on true infrastructure projects and so they are spending most of it fixing potholes, etc. There’s also been a ton of money dumped into liberal pet projects that haven’t generated jobs. Money isn’t making it to rural areas. I can go on. Read Joel Kotkin. He’s chartered a lot of this already. Sooner or later there’s going to be an accounting and Democrats are going to suffer for it.

  6. Thought liberal readers might find this interesting:

    “Fresh from a humbling loss in last year’s presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image.

    McCain is recruiting candidates, raising money for them and hitting the campaign trail on their behalf. He’s taken sides in competitive House, Senate and gubernatorial primaries and introduced his preferred candidates to his top donors…

    It’s all part of an approach that is at odds with most other recent failed presidential nominees, whose immediate response to defeat was to retreat from the electoral arena. But those familiar with McCain’s thinking say he has expressed serious concern about the direction of the party and is actively seeking out and supporting candidates who can broaden the party’s reach.

    In McCain’s case, that means backing conservative pragmatists and moderates.”

  7. Good! The subtext, of course, is that McCain agrees the modern party is a disaster.

    1. The subtext is that there are more voices in the party than Beck and Rush and quite frankly folks like McCain have much more power than the pundits. Rush and Beck aren’t raising money and pushing through candidates.

  8. You might also want to read David Brooks’ column ACG. I think he wrote it for you:

    “Over the years, I have asked many politicians what happens when Limbaugh and his colleagues attack. The story is always the same. Hundreds of calls come in. The receptionists are miserable. But the numbers back home do not move. There is no effect on the favorability rating or the re-election prospects. In the media world, he is a giant. In the real world, he’s not.

    But this is not merely a story of weakness. It is a story of resilience. For no matter how often their hollowness is exposed, the jocks still reweave the myth of their own power. They still ride the airwaves claiming to speak for millions. They still confuse listeners with voters. And they are aided in this endeavor by their enablers. They are enabled by cynical Democrats, who love to claim that Rush Limbaugh controls the G.O.P.

  9. Wouldn’t you expect Brooks to argue as much? The problem is, like Rush Limbaugh, the actual leadership of some shadow GOP members doesn’t actually translate into real world effects. Your guys are jumping up and down about death panels and socialism on a daily basis, but not fighting back with any real ideas or alternatives — at least not alternatives that don’t trigger the EXACT SAME concerns they purport to have (see today’s post). In such an environment, the jokers getting paid to act as such are going to overshadow politicians. Work on that.

    1. The GOP isn’t obligated to provide alternatives. Democrats provided no alternative legislation during the SS debate yet they were very vocal in their opposition. Why then is the GOP held to a higher standard? The Left controls the government. Loyal opposition does not always mean, “Provide alternative legislation.”

      1. Again, that’s distinguishable. SS is not at the crisis point that the healthcare industry is. And you may not be obligated to provide alternate legislation, but something other than the current noise machine — yelling lies, organizing underattended rallies, fibbing their attendance, and screeching about socialism — would be appreciated.

        1. So because SS wasn’t at ‘crisis’ mode (and I would disagree on that) the Left was less obligated to provide alternative legislation that the Right is now? And when the Left was running commericals telling old people that the government was going to take away their retirement savings, that wasn’t hysterics? C’mon Ames. You’re deep into double-standard territory here.

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