I'm not sure how many of you watch the Glenn Beck Program on FoxNews Channel, but I do, religiously. Last night for the first time in a long while I found myself listening to Beck with disappointment. Let it be known, that I almost always agree with Glenn on everything he says. I believe him and agree with him, because he normally exhibits indisputable facts to back up his stories, ideas, and accusations. Make no mistake, I do not under any circumstances follow Glenn Beck or any other opinion show host blindly. I always, and I mean always check out Glenn's stories, and ideas, and once I see my facts, that is when I make the decision to agree or disagree. Last night's show, Thursday the 18th of February, I was completely taken aback by Glenn's rant regarding Mr. Joseph Stack. I couldn't believe my ears when Glenn grouped Mr. Stack into the same category as Osama Bin Laden. I do not believe that Glenn actually read Mr. Stack's Suicide Manifesto, and came up with the conclusions he ranted about last evening. I can't help but think, that Glenn should have had a Dr. Kieth Ablow moment, prior to going on the air. As a matter of fact, I think perhaps Glenn really needs to talk with Dr. Ablow as soon as possible.
I just finished reading Joseph Stack's Suicide Manifesto, and honesty Glenn, I do not see the "killer/terrorist" that you claim to have seen, in these pages. I'm not an expert Glenn, but like you, I am a thinker, and in my humble opinion, Mr. Joseph Stack, is no "terrorist/killer". He is not a premeditated murderer, he doesn't belong to a religion like Islam that condones the slaughter of innocence. In my opinion, Mr. Stack was a victim of what you Mr. Beck have been preaching to the American people about for a number of years. Glenn, are you sure you read Mr. Stack's Manifesto? I honestly don't think you did. I sincerely question your credibility on this one. Mr. Stack was no communist, or socialist, he was however just one more American businessman, who was in pursuit of happiness. He was a businessman who's very industrious marrow was sucked from his being by a double standard government, corrupted and out of control. You've said it yourself Glenn, our government has been lying, taking advantage, and stealing from the taxpayers for many, many years. Why is it so difficult for you to understand that a man who has been beaten down, and got back up on several occasions, became so frustrated with this government, that he was finally driven over the edge? I know, I know, you're a recovering alcoholic, and you reached bottom, and by the grace of God, you found people to help you up. Perhaps, Mr. Stack didn't have that luxury, or maybe he just didn't see it. Not everyone can be as fortunate as you Glenn.
Allow me to make this perfectly clear, I do not condone, nor do I encourage acts of violence like the one perpetrated by Joseph Stack. I also do not condemn the man, I condemn the act. Just as I do not hate the sinner, I hate the sin. It is my opinion that Mr. Stack was, in his mind, desperate beyond measure. He made a terribly bad choice, but understand, people who have been driven over the edge, rarely make rational decisions. Mr. Stack was obviously a lost individual, he needed God in his life, perhaps he tried to make peace with God before his final act of desperation, we'll never know. The way that Joseph Stack reacted, was wrong, and terrible. There is a very fine line between sanity, and insanity. I believe that Joseph Stack crossed that line, and he crossed it many months ago. I honestly feel, that as unemployment rises, and as long as the government in power continues to usurp the freedoms and liberties of the people, there will be more acts of desperation like the one by Mr. Stack. Make no mistake Glenn, when people get pushed to the edge, some will turn around and start pushing back. There will be more acts of violence in this country if our leaders do not alter course, it is inevitable. The United States is experiencing once again, the throngs of change. Sometimes the change will create mad men, sometimes it will create patriots, and sometimes they will be one in the same.
Glenn, last night you categorized Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin into a non-violent group. Let me remind you, our freedom from England's tyranny, was not achieved non-violently. There was a war, people died in that war Glenn, and it was by all definitions a war permeated with violence. From that war, came a deep understanding that the American people have unalienable rights, you remember, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our founding father's also had the foresight to add another right. The second amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. In our founding fathers infinite wisdom, they knew that someday the people of this great land would have to fight once again, against an oppressive and tyrannical government, and they also realized that it would be our own government. I repeat, I am not a violent man, and I am not encouraging a violent armed overthrow of our government. But know this, I am not so naive, to think that the result of discontent, and discord, won't erupt into violence, should that be the last resort.
God Help This Country, Amen
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