From the day Beck joined Fox News in January 2009, the far Left media has done everything possible to discredit him and his message - and when he announced last week that he would be leaving his Fox News TV program, the mainstream media began jumping for joy thinking they destroyed Beck. They haven't, and they haven't heard the last of Beck either. He will continue to be a thorn in their plans. He will likely soften his message, to make it more palatable for his audience, but his message will continue to be a warning, a warning similar to what Paul Revere's midnight ride message on April 18, 1775, was - serious conflict is coming - get prepared for the battles for your freedoms and liberty that lie ahead. Many people can't handle this type of message and close their minds to the reality of the message and messenger. But they do so at their own peril.
In May 2008, while then U.S. Sen. Barrack Hussein Obama was campaigning to become the candidate of the Democratic Party, I referred to him as a "modern-day Pied Piper," one who "piped" flowing words that excited and mesmerized his followers with bogus promises. Beck saw the same thing in Obama - we both still do, but Obama's words, dripping with false promises, continue to fill a segment of the electorate with hope for a better America and a more stable government.
On one of Beck's first programs, before Obama was sworn in as president, Beck's camera's zeroed in on Obama walking confidently forward, fist in the air, telling Americans that "fundamental changes" were coming soon to America. What Obama and his far Left backers had in mind was far different than what the voters thought they had voted for: fixing a divided Washington. It didn't happen. That divide in Washington, D.C., has grown ever wider and has spread throughout America today.
But Beck saw behind Obama's fa ade, and he soon began connecting the progressive dots - connecting Obama's agenda with progressives President Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, who instigated passage of the destructive 16th and 17th Amendments and established the Federal Reserve system, plus others who have helped riddle the fabric of America's foundational documents, like termites, until these documents are now on the verge of collapse. Then Beck's cameras and microphones began to peel away the veneer and exposing the words, both written and spoken, of those assisting Obama on his Fox News 5 p.m. program, a time normally reserved for local news - not for a soon-to-become national celebrity attempting to expose a deeply entrenched progressive movement.
By February 2008, Beck was well on his way, but realized he needed help to exterminate the progressive termites infesting America. He initiated a program where concerned citizens could get involved and make a difference. The 9/12 and tea party movements were born. Beck helped these people, by connecting the dots, to see where the progressives had come from and where they were going. He connected these dots on his now famous blackboards that led back to progressive billionaire financier George Soros, a self-admitted socialist. This was Beck's sin - exposing this up to now secret movement to the light of day, advocating using "fundamental change" to change America into a statist government. Beck's blackboard, and dots, resonated with freedom-loving Americans all across America, and brought forth leaders like Cherokee County's Jennie Beth Martin to help coordinate the national tea party movement. Martin is providing great leadership to this national movement.
These freedom movements, encouraged by Beck, have driven the Left-wing advocates and media wild. Recently columnist Bill Press wrote: "Beck's too crazy for Fox, and man, that's crazy." I disagree. What Beck has done is not crazy - it was needed. Beck has peeled away the fa ade of Obama and George Soros' progressive plans and revealed them for what they are - an attack on America's freedoms. And that was Beck's unforgivable sin.
And Beck, I believe, wants to continue peeling away at that fa ade and continue to expose this administration for what it is. And I believe he will. We live in interesting but frightful times. America's 2011 Paul Revere (Beck) has been warning America - but are the Americans listening?
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist living in Woodstock.