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UNLIKE GLENN BECK, Conservatives see Difference between Republicans and Democrats

Posted by FactReal on February 23, 2010

Conservatives answer to Glenn Beck’s speech at CPAC where he bashed Republicans and equated them to Democrats.
GatewayPundit: Glenn Beck Beats Up on GOP:
Beck forgets that “not one single House Republican voted for the gigantic Stimulus Bill, the record Omnibus Bill, and the Son of Stimulus Bill in 2009. And, only 5 voted for the democrat’s business-busting cap-and-tax bill and only one voted for Obamacare.”

Rush Limbaugh: What I Would’ve Said at CPAC:
“I certainly would have mentioned Obama a lot. And I would have mentioned Harry Reid, and I would have mentioned Pelosi, and I would have mentioned the Kennedy seat being won, and I would mention the trouble that Barbara Boxer is in, and I would mention the trouble that the Democrat Party in general is in, and I would say that the Republicans have not joined the Democrats in any of this destruction. The Republican Party has — because of you, because you let them hear from you — not gone bipartisan. They have not joined this failure. In fact, there are people in the House (from John Boehner to Mike Pence, to Eric Cantor, to Paul Ryan) who are doing everything that they can. Jim DeMint over in the Senate, Tom Coburn over in the Senate, these people, especially now don’t deserve to be bashed or lumped in a generalized way with all the bad apples in Washington because all of them there are not bad apples.

…I would have identified, by name, those who are undermining this country, and I would have held them to account for the radical policies that they are seeking to impose upon us, and I would have identified the source of those radical policies: And that’s Barack Obama and Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and whoever else you want to name on the White House staff or in the Democrat Party, or any union head. Because that’s who we’re up against. It was just, I thought, great opportunity to keep the momentum going rather than put the brakes on…

Rush Limbaugh: “I don’t know how you can say that the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats”
This is the Conservative Political Action Committee. It’s not some group of Libertarians. I would have defended conservatism and I would have promoted conservatism and I would have reminded people conservatism is the solution. Conservatism is the answer for this country’s problems and challenges that we face. Nobody’s out there defending bad Republican policies.

The point at this stage is to support the conservatives in and outside public office. I certainly would not have ignored the other team on the field, the Democrats. They’re the only reason we’re in this mess. The Democrat Party is the only reason we are threatened with the things we’re threatened with. The Democrat Party. Solely. They own it. There’s no evidence I see of anybody colluding with the Democrats on this health care business. There’s not one Republican vote in the Senate for it. In the House there was one, I think, from the guy in Louisiana and he said he’s not going to do it a second time. I woulda had a real tough time not talking about cap and trade, Card Check, Miranda rights for terrorists, tax increases, breaking the bank of the American private sector. It would have been very difficult for me to be critical of Dick Cheney.

But to each his own. There are motivations for people who do what they do…But the best way to insure that Obama succeeds is to think that we need a third party. All the momentum that we’ve got going right now is just going to hit a brick wall if a third party starts, particularly on the basis that there’s “no difference between the two parties.” I guarantee you there’s not a Republican I know, elected or unelected, that would propose anything Obama has. They haven’t joined him. We are at this great crossroads in our history because of people who hold a particular ideological point of view. I don’t care what you want to call them. I call them liberals because that’s what they hate and that’s what they are and that’s what the American people reject…

One year after the inauguration of Barack Obama there is a conservative ascendancy within the Republican Party, and it needs to be encouraged, not beaten down.”

Bill Bennett:
“…for [Glenn Beck] to continue to say that he does not hear the Republican party admit its failings or problems is to ignore some of the loudest and brightest lights in the party. From Jim DeMint to Tom Coburn to Mike Pence to Paul Ryan, any number of Republicans have admitted the excesses of the party and done constructive and serious work to correct them and find and promote solutions…These leaders, and many others, have been offering real proposals, not ill-informed muttering diatribes that can’t distinguish between conservative and liberal, free enterprise and controlled markets, or night and day. Does Glenn truly believe there is no difference between a Tom Coburn, for example, and a Harry Reid or a Charles Schumer or a Barbara Boxer? Between a Paul Ryan or Michele Bachmann and a Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank?

To say the GOP and the Democrats are no different, to say the GOP needs to hit a recovery-program-type bottom and hang its head in remorse, is to delay our own country’s recovery from the problems the Democratic left is inflicting…

The first task of a serious political analyst is to see things as they are. There is a difference between morning and night. There is a difference between drunk and sober. And there is a difference between the Republican and Democratic parties. To ignore these differences, or propagate the myth that they don’t exist, is not only discouraging, it is dangerous.”

Mark Levin:
“I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he. It’s incoherent. One day it’s populist, the next it’s libertarian bordering on anarchy, next it’s conservative but not really, etc. And to what end?…to reject politics is to reject the manner in which we try to organize ourselves…Besides, why preach such a strategy when conservatism is on the rise and the GOP is acting more responsibly?

how can [Beck] claim today that there is no difference between the two parties when, but for the Republicans in Congress, government-run health care, cap-and-trade, card check, and a long list of other disastrous policies would already be law? The GOP is becoming more conservative thanks to the grass-roots movement and a political uprising across the country, which has even reached into New Jersey and Massachusetts. Why keep pretending otherwise? My only conclusion is that he is promoting a third party or some third way, which is counter-productive to defeating Obama and the Democrat Congress. These are perilous times and this kind of an approach will keep the statists in power for decades.

And what of his flirtations with Ron Paul’s lunacy respecting America’s supposed provocations with her enemies, including al-Qaeda? Why should such a fatal defect in thinking be ignored? Do we conservatives agree with this?

Finally, Beck is fond of congratulating himself for being the only or the first host to criticize George Bush’s spending. This is demonstrably false. I not only attacked his spending, but the creation of the Homeland Security Department, the prescription drug add-on for Medicare, his “moderate” tax cuts, as well as his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, “comprehensive immigration reform,” and so forth. And I was not alone — Rush and Sean did the same, for example…But this is not about me, or Beck…It is about preserving our society for our children and grandchildren. Beck spent precious little time aiming fire at Obama-Pelosi-Reid in his speech, and it is they who are destroying our country.

Mark Levin To Glenn Beck: ‘Stop Dividing Us’ (audio) (H/t: GatewayPundit)

American Thinker: Analysis of Glenn Becks’ CPAC Speech
Whatever it is that is driving Beck to ignore a conservative ascendancy within the GOP that he himself has helped stoke, it is a dangerous and counterproductive sentiment. Not only is it intellectually dishonest and separated from reality, it is perilously close to being an all-out promotion of a third party movement.

All of this would ironically unleash only more unmitigated Marxism — er, progressivism — in our government than what exists today…We cannot stop this Marxist march without invoking the names of Reid and Pelosi. Slamming Woodrow and Teddy won’t cut it.

Beck…really explains “the idea of America” and how it coincides with modern Reagan conservatism very well. I just wish he could bring himself to admit that there are folks in the Republican Party who agree with that — and there always have been.

Moreover, we need that very party to stop the Obama-Reid-Pelosi leftist express regardless of how flawed they are.

One has to question what could possibly be motivating Beck to be so blind to this. It has to be willful. He is a student of history! Could there be something ulterior at work?

In his speech, Beck claimed Rush and Reagan as his heroes…A study of the two indicates that neither would approve of much of Beck’s speech, ironically. Of course, neither would have pulled the straw for Ron Paul either.”

Glenn Beck responds to critics: “I don’t want a third party.”
Glenn Beck: “It seems that some people think that I was wanting some sort of third party. Nope.
I just think the American people…just want a party that stands for something.
You know — it’s holding your own side’s feet to the fire that delivers a party like that.

Sure, it’s important to acknowledge the individual Republicans fighting the good fight. I think we do that on this program. CPAC — they had already done a good job of that …most of the speeches during the weekend were made by people I tend to agree with…If you watch this show at all, you know that I highlight good conservatives inside the Republican Party. Jim DeMint’s on this show….I think….as much as I’m on this show…

The problem is progressivism. Does anyone seriously think that Mike Pence is who I’m talking about when I say Republican progressives?…

I don’t want a third party. I think that might be a very bad idea.”

American Thinker responds to Beck

Full video and transcript of Glenn Beck’s 2010 CPAC Speech


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