You Are Not Alone...

United States
March 13, 2009 9:58am CST
I was just wondering if anyone is planning on watching Glenn Beck's special this afternoon on Fox News? Obviously there are a lot of people who hate Fox News, I don't care about your snarky remarks about it. I am specifically starting this post to discuss the special with people who plan on watching it, and maybe even to discuss it with people after it airs. I am definitely looking forward to seeing it this afternoon, I have been feeling really alone lately, as far as how I feel about where our country is going. You see, I am not a liberal or conservative, I have some liberal ideals and some conservative ones. But I don't like the extremists on either side! I'm really starting to think that I'm more of a libertarian, at the very least an independent. I really like Glenn Beck's message, I mean--yes, he can be crazy and extreme at times, but face it, to get through to some people you really do need to take it that far to get people to open their eyes. I am an educated person, and until this past year I was a passive voter, I voted for democrats "just because they weren't republicans", but this past election was a true eye-opener for me. I have continued to watch the news everyday, I am no longer blind to what's going on. I do believe in personal responsibility, and person rights. I definitely believe strongly in individualism, and I look down upon "group think" and collectivism. Sure, sometimes it helps for people to work together, but for the most part I believe that one must define themselves individually. I have always been my own person, and in school I was tortured for being myself, well--it looks like that middle school/high school mentality is starting to carry over to the "real world". Now it really seems that to be popular and accepted you are expected to follow the crowd. All I'm saying is, thanks, but no thanks. I have never been a religious person, I believe in God, but I don't go to church, but something that has been consistent throughout my life was an almost innate drive to do the right thing, called morals, and along with that comes guilt. I feel both of these things very deeply, and it kinda seems like these things are lacking in a lot of people these days. All I'm saying is, you don't have to be religious or even believe in God to be a good person, to try with every breathe to do the right thing, and if you slip up, that's ok--but don't let it be an excuse to keep messing up. Anyway, I just wanted to give some of my initial feelings on this special and find out who else is watching it. Again, I don't want 50 people responding about how "evil" fox news is, this is strictly a discussion for people who have something serious or positive to add.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Mar 09
thought I'd chime in on another thing. I lean libertarian on a fe tings myself, though I supported the constitution party in the elections because I'm not totaly there on other officialy ilbertarian party policy, but I'm not nearly as on the other side of the devide with them as I am the two big ticket parties. I would have been content with Barr as persident and libertarian candidates in congress. I just hate to see us wind up with another devisive two party ideology like we have now. I am hoping that when we have the midterm elections in 2010, Beck will use his show to give the Libertrarian party and Constitution party and other alternatives a good chunk of air time and exposure. It would go a long way of drawing more viewers and a long way to brealing the current monoploy the two currnet packs of clowns have on our government.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Mar 09
I alos would love to have him come up here for a few days and do a piece on "Porcfest" a gathering of libertarian, freestaters and other patriot minded folks. they have 3 days of all kinds of speakers, bands, food, camping, etc. this would be right up Becks alley. I may post a seperate thread to propmote it. Information can be found here for anyone interrested. http://www.freestateproject.org/festival/
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Mar 09
Gotta admit, he's a bit off the edge sometimes, but I love his stuff. He says and talks about what many are just too chickenshytte to. He says what a lot are thinking but are just too timid to say. I have sen people toss accusations at him that he is trying to call for an armed overthrow and other nonsense, its rediculous sometimes, I've never seen anything even close to that And he is the ONLY one who is giving any attention to the soviergnty movement taking place in 20 states. It's refreshing to see someone who has brught out a silent but fed up majority from stigmatic shadows. I'm going to try and watch it later, but I have it set to record anyway.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
13 Mar 09
We'll be watching, with bells on! In fact, we've been looking forward to it for weeks. There is not one single 'meet up' within 120 miles from our house. So, we'll be watching it at home, instead of with a group. I'm sure that Hubby & I will take some time to discuss it afterward (we always jabber about Beck's topics), though I'll be happy to join up with you and Kitty and the others who discuss the show here in MyLot. Tonight is a make or break moment -- for Beck and a great many others!
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@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I forgot to ask a question: Are you going to creat a new discussion for discussing the show later on tonight? That way I’ll know what to be watching for. Thanks ClassyCat
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
13 Mar 09
That's a really good question, ClassyCat! Should we begin a new discussion, or reward Greysfreak for initiating this one? Laglen, Deejean, Kitty, Irishidid, X, Peavey, ClassyCat, Rose -- any thoughts on this question?
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@peavey (16905)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I'm late getting back to this... did anyone start a new discussion after Beck's show? I haven't seen it. Want the truth? I cried a little when Glenn teared up. I hope this movement or whatever it is, grows loud enough so we can't be ignored.
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@peavey (16905)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I fully intend to watch it, I've been looking forward to it for the last few weeks. I like Glenn Beck, although as others have said, he's a little far out at times. At least he gets attention and isn't afraid to confront people and things (I loved the interview with the Communist leader!) As to Fox News being "evil," according to some reports, Fox is now the third most watched news network on TV. Their numbers are growing - thank heavens! I am tired of feeling alone in my beliefs, too. I have been more or less a Republican the last few elections, but it's more in opposition to Democrats than anything. Strange... I find myself leaning more toward Libertarianism. Maybe it's time for the Republican party to be replaced.
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• United States
14 Mar 09
Yea, I've been looking forward to it too! He is extreme, but these are extreme times. And I also believe that sometimes you have to exaggerate a little to get people's attention, so they will do anything! LOL yea, actually, from what I've read--fox news is actually number one out of the 3 major networks. And that its viewership has actually grown since the November election. Shows such as O'Reilly has tons of more viewers than people like Olbermann. That really shows that a lot of people are sick of the Obama worship. It's just too much, actually, it's what turned me away from it. In the past I probably would have voted for him, just because, but the media's pushing of him really made me run the opposite way. Yea, I found when reading about libertarianism that I related to the stuff about believing that the government should stay out of our personal lives, and that they are there to protect us, and nothing more. I have taken some quizzes online, and I usually end up scoring as a Centrist, because really, I don't agree with everything in either party. That's why I'm changing my registration to Independent. My state has an open primary I believe, so I can vote for anyone. I will definitely be voting in the republican primary when that comes up. If it were to be today, I'd vote for either Palin or Huckabee, assuming they were in it. During this past election I have really come to like those 2, and I can see them running again in the future. Honestly, I don't want to see Romney get the republican nomination next time, I know a lot of republicans want him, but to me, he is kinda the stereotypical republican, and the reason I thought I would never vote for them. Plus, he kinda talks out of both ends of his mouth. He flip-flops as much as Obama, so who knows what he really stands for. At least that is what I've gotten from what I've heard about him. Would I vote for him over Obama? Sure, in a second. But I couldn't see myself spending time campaigning for him, and I really would like to get involved in the next election--and at the moment, Palin and Huckabee really excite me as far as people who I would want to campaign for. Although, I am nervous that people in this country aren't in a place yet to vote for a woman for president, so I really hope she only runs if she is ready to really fight and go at it to actually take on Obama and win.
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@irishidid (8716)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I plan on watching it after I get home from picking up and dropping off. Thank God for DVR! I think the message is important and relevant to show that we are not alone in this mess. I'm much the same as you and when I read what you wrote I had to think it could have just as easily been me writing it.
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• United States
14 Mar 09
That is cool! I wish I had a DVR! It would help so much, because sometimes I fall asleep waiting for shows, and a few nights a week I miss the first airing of fox shows at night because I'm watching network shows, so I try to catch the repeats, but sometimes fall asleep! But most the time I do catch Beck. There was a website he gave during the show, but the server has been down since he announced it! I guess that shows how many people were watching the show! It's called the912project. I definitely found it touching that he was almost crying during the show. It really shows that he cares. But I have a feeling that the extreme left media, especially the daily show/colbert report will make fun of it. I used to watch those shows, but I just can't bring myself to watch anymore, they way over simplify things, and bring every issue down to some kind of joke. That is funny at times, but the fact that a lot of people ONLY get their news from that source, well, it really explains a lot!
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I'm usually driving home from work at that time so I'm going to miss it - I'll have to look and see when it replays. It was much easier to watch his program when he was on CNN at 7 p.m. - I should email him that he's off my schedule now. I'm sure he'll switch timeslots just for me? :) Anyway some of the reasons I like him is that he's always honest. He will tell you he is a thinker - not a Democrat or Republican. He votes for the best person for the position - not the party line. And he will be completely honest about his past and the fact that he is a Christian but it is something that he truly believes in - not something he just preaches for the sake of it. I try to listen to him as often as possible on the radio and catch him on other programs on Fox when I can. I'm looking forward to your discussion after the program... Thanks!
• United States
13 Mar 09
They don't replay his show on Fox the way they did on CNN headline news. They do put together something like a summary program on the weekend though. Hopefully Fox will realize how important many feel this special is and make an exception by rebroadcasting it later.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Thanks for the info - I'll look for it this weekend...
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Bill O'Reilly is not going to give Beck his time slot anytime soon! And, definitely not without a knock-down, drag-out. Anyway, we record GB on the DVR. If we didn't have a DVR, we'd be recording it on the VCR. Hubby & I never heard of him before moving to Fox five or six weeks ago. Well, that's not 100% true, we had heard of the name, and maybe saw a snippet while changing channels. Though we'd certainly had not connected a name, face, and political philosophy. Since joining Fox, he has become the highlight of our evening tv hour! So Deejean, do you have a DVR or a VCR?
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
14 Mar 09
I got to watch most of the show, though I ended up missing the last 15 minutes or so. I was pretty impressed with it. It was a very posative sort of ahow, very unifying. I was pleased to see that not only were there many people who feel exactly like I do, though I knew it already, but that though many people are steaming and forthing at the mouth over things, that people are still hopefull and don't really feel so helpless and realize this IS our country still, the government still belongs to US and is our servant. there are far more of us than them, we do in fact surround them.
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@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I heartily concur with all of you. Glenn did mention a new website that he’d set up, but I should have written it down, cause I have already forgotten the http address. I think it may be a good joy to email Glenn and let him know that we’re in solidarity with him, and hope that there are more of these mettings/gatherings nation wide. I know Sean Hannity has had them and they get really good sized. It’s high time that the “silent majority” stand up and speak out. I so appreciate Glenn’s heartfelt patriotism. Did anyone see Bill O’reilly Friday night? I missed it, and Glenn is usually one of Bill’s Friday night guests. Just wondered if there was anything new, that they discussed. We need to speak up and voice our outrage at the thought of stopping home schooling! If we don’t make a lot of noise and contact our representatives, the dems will just keep chipping away at our precious freedoms. I say: “STAND UP & SPEAK UP”
@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Well I'll be darned - I don't know where that word "joy" came from when I mentioned emailing Glen. I meant to say it would be a good idea - - geeze, I gotta go take a nap, and get settled down. LOL Have a great week. When do we meet again, and what do we look for as the subject line header? To be continued - - - Classy Cat
• United States
13 Mar 09
I will be watching it form my home, alone, so I will be thrilled to have people like you to talk with about it afterward! I have a feeling that the libertarian party is going to grow exponentially, I am a Republican but I am also not a right wing extremist and I have been fairly disgusted with my party lately. I am annoyed that the Republicans wanted to put so much focus on anti gay marriage and anti-abortion to the exclusion of the economy, terrorism and other important things that they really should have been paying attention to instead of what people were doing in private. (I'm talking about the last few years, not so much the last election.)
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I like Glenn Beck, I agree that he gets extreme but he also has valid points. I watch him straight on the Fox web site and also listen to him on the radio. I am sure I will catch the special.
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