Wow! Did we wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning
Nope... I didn't feel that was that harsh on you... It's nothing personal.
I'll start with whether I know what a Libertarian is. I have a copy of Economics in One Lesson sitting right here (which I have read multiple times). I know of and have actually attended functions at the Cato Institute. I have read a good deal of von Mises' works. I even know what a Nolan chart is, so yes I know what a Libertarian is.
Never said you didn't know what a libertarian is, but if you truly believe that Beck is one... than you probably should consult an external source.
I also know that there are objective ideals and practical reality. Sometimes the two clash. That's life.
I agree with you on ideals and reality most of the time don't match... but that doesn't mean that beck believing in the stuff he does makes him a libertarian.
Beck a neocon? That I doubt. I know plenty of neocons and as far as I can tell, he's not one of them. Just like I know plenty of "liberals" (not be confused with the traditional libertarian liberal), including Joe Biden (who lives down the street and goes to our Church.... once in a while). Actually, he (Beck) strikes me as more of an entertainer than a pundit. If you have proof that "he's some right wing corporate shill" I'd like to see it. Seems to me he did some pretty good work recently with the whole Acorn deal and Van Jones. I didn't see anyone in the other media outlets covering those stories.
To be fair, I never called him a neocon, but I certainly think he aligns himself more accurately with neocons than libertarians. You're 100% right that he's an entertainer, he goes wherever the wind/his advertisers blow him. 2 years ago he was complaining how shitty and awful the health care system was... now he's on the air extolling how magnificent it is. Glenn Beck is a joke, does nothing more then entice fear into people.
The whole Acorn thing is being blown way out of proportion... They've received ~50 million dollars over the last decade. Where was Fox news reporting about blackwater killing Iraqi civilians and covering up the rapings of its own employees (young American females.) How much does the US tax payer give these guys a year? Just a hint, it's many MANY times more than Acorn gets.
But you know what, that doesn't make what Acorn did right. They definitely should be forced to clean up house... and not receive a cent of federal money until it does. But it's being blown out of proportion.
It kinda reminds me of the AIG bonuses/office party crap that was going on in the news for nearly a month... Americans were up in arms at the millions that were being "wasted" on bonuses/office parties... while billions of tax payer dollars were going out the back door to foreign banks. Where was the news on reporting the billions of tax payer dollars being funneled out of the country? It's all a big dog and pony show, smoke and mirrors. Doesn't matter what network it's coming from.
As for the banking industry, it's a little more complicated than your statement. Some banks were pushed into taking TARP money and many were and still are subtly prevented from paying it back. I will agree that it is a mess and not one penny of tax payer's money should have been spent bailing anyone out, including AIG (not really a Bank). Some of the largest recipients of bailout funds were foreign banks. I also am of the opinion that the Federal Reserve should be audited (even Barney Frank is agreeing with that one). I would prefer to see it abolished.
I don't doubt for one second that it's more complicated, most things in politics are. But that doesn't change the fact that he was in support of it and the patriot act. No self respecting libertarian would agree with either of those. Hell, 98% of Americans were opposed to the bailout... I think it's safe to say Glenn Beck isn't a real libertarian... on anything.
I suspect we agree politically more that we would disagree. I just don't care for hit jobs, on or against either side.
I suspect you're right about that. But if you don't care for "hit jobs"/hit pieces as you say, you probably shouldn't be in Beck's corner because he's the source of many such hit pieces. Beck brings it all on to himself... http://glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com