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Good evening, Netizens...


One of America's most-nauseously self-serving members of the right wing ideologues has left the television stations that launched him into American hearts and minds, and with his departure from Fox Television, Glenn Beck has closed the door on what I personally felt was as close as the John Birch Society ever came to syndication of their particular brand of fear-mongering hatred.


Simply because I believe, if one is going to complain bitterly about a person's politics, you should at least hear them out to see what they have to day, I listened to Beck on several occasions. I made it a special point to listen to his entire speech given on the anniversary of the Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. That was a piece of claptrap ideology if there ever was such a thing, bordering on half-baked truths and artificiality. Unfortunately, after that appearance, there were repeated cries from the underground right for a Presidential ticket featuring Beck and Sarah Palin, cries which apparently have fallen by the wayside, one would hope.


I still recall when Sarah Palin, Keith Olbermann and Glenn Beck were the heads of the paranoid style of American politics, as all three were capable of inciting right wing extremist pseudo-intellectualism and fear-mongering on a national scale. What a difference a year makes! Keith Olbermann is now off the air, and Glenn Beck is now looking like he might follow in Olbermann's tracks. In the meantime, Sarah Palin's ratings are dropping like flies, despite her trips to several foreign countries to get some of that foreign knowledge and experience she so desperately needed before she opened her mouth.


It is a reaffirmation of the American people that they are instinctively distrustful of the political and ideological extremes of either left or right wing.


Perhaps that is why I am particularly amused at a pundit's assessment of the Republican Party's Presidential aspirations, featuring Newt Gingrich or Donald Trump as the Tea Party/Republican Party's efforts to win back the hearts and minds of the American voters. Ye Gods, what a combination those two would make!


Of course, your results may differ.



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