Glenn Beck, well-known wingnut, has come loose from his bolt! His “We Surround Them” campaign seeks to let other wingnuts know that they “are not alone.”
How ’bout those principles?
The Nine Principles
- America is good.
- I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
Said Jesus, as quoted in Matthew 19:24 — “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Well, if it’s market-moving manipulation, it’s not really a lie.
- The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
* Ronald Reagan – divorced the mother of two of his children. Married Nancy Davis who bore him a daughter only 7 months after the marriage.
* Bob Dole – divorced the mother of his child, who had nursed him through the long recovery from his war wounds.
* Newt Gingrich – divorced his wife who was dying of cancer.
* Dick Armey – Former House Majority Leader – divorced
* Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas – divorced
* Gov. John Engler of Michigan – divorced
* Former Gov. Pete Wilson of California – divorced
* George Will – divorced
* Sen. Lauch Faircloth – divorced
* Rush Limbaugh – Rush and his current wife Marta have six marriages and four divorces between them.
* Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia – Barr has been married three times. Barr had the audacity to author and push the “Defense of Marriage Act.”
The current joke making the rounds on Capitol Hill is “Bob Barr, WHICH marriage are you defending?”
* Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of New York – divorced
* Sen. John Warner of Virginia – divorced (once married to Liz Taylor)
* Gov. George Allen of Virginia – divorced
* Henry Kissinger – divorced
* Rep. Helen Chenoweth of Idaho – divorced
* Sen. John McCain of Arizona – divorced
* Rep. John Kasich of Ohio – divorced
* Rep. Susan Molinari of New York (2000 Republican National Convention Keynote Speaker) – divorced
- If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
- I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
- I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
We are supposed to applaud philanthropy–the very word connotes altruism and “giving back”–but Walton and Wal-Mart giving serves as a reminder that philanthropy provides an alternative to taxation, a way for rich people and corporations to decide what to do with their extra money, as opposed to letting the rest of us decide through our elected governments. Since charitable donations are a tax write-off, as Krehely points out, “they are supposed to benefit the public good.” He thinks it is reasonable to ask whether a family’s–or a company’s–philanthropy serves the common good, or at least enough good “to make up for the public revenue that we’re losing.”
Funny he should mention taxes: Wal-Mart and the Waltons have, after all, been notably reluctant to pay them. Not only has the company lobbied for tax breaks in communities all over the nation, the Waltons–the family that former Wal-Mart board member Hillary Clinton has called “the best America has to offer”–have campaigned vigorously against the estate tax. They have donated money to its opponents, Republicans like John Thune of South Dakota and David Vitter of Louisiana, and enlisted one of Washington’s top lobbying firms, Patton Boggs–a leading anti-estate tax lobbyist–to represent their interests.
- It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.
- The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
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