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How Glenn Beck Wants to Shape the Culture

His inspiration? Walt Disney, of course!

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Chris Queen

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March 11, 2014 - 9:58 am
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Conservative media icon Glenn Beck recently spent time with National Review‘s Eliana Johnson, and their time together has led to a revealing profile of a man who is changing his focus little by little from tackling hard news to impacting culture.

Beck shared the inspiration for his move toward culture: none other than Walt Disney.

The item that most inspires him right now is a prospectus of Disney World, hand-colored by Walt Disney himself, which he has propped against a window — or at least, a photocopy of it. He keeps the real item, which he won at an auction three years ago, at his home in Dallas. “I’m now the owner of every book written on Walt Disney in any language,” he says. He doesn’t know exactly how many that is. A year ago, he distributed a biography of Disney to the members of his staff. “I said when I left Fox that this half of my career is going to be shaped more by Walt Disney than anything else,” he says.

His interest in Disney is symbolic of the shift in his attention and efforts toward culture and away from politics. He had a realization: “Culture is the lead. That’s the dog. The news is the tail.”

He pulls out a piece of early publicity on Disneyland, points to a paragraph, and reads aloud. “Disneyland will be based upon and dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America and it will be uniquely equipped to dramatize these dreams and facts and send them forth as a source of courage and inspiration to all the world.” Beck, known to burst into tears at a moment’s notice, looks like he might do so right now. “That’s what we’re gonna do,” he declares. “That’s how I intend on impacting culture. To do that.”

 

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Beck is a human, can you counter what he says? Can you make an argument against it? Ridicule and mockery are the tools of the other side. Make an argument or stand aside. I don't know or agree with every thought he has, but at least he has thoughts; and would argue for goodness to win, not cynical grabbing of power and money.
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If you think for one minute that the people currently in charge of all things Disney reflect Walt's values, you're deluding yourself.

What on earth is wrong with trying to promote positive, wholesome values? A rhetorical question, of course.
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Want to know why we have school shootings? A lot of it has to do with filling kids with ideas about people being parasites and all evil. Part of what gave America the strength to face the Nazis, and later, communism was people like Walt Disney who dared to tell us the truth: that good will win in the end, that there are things worth fighting for, that there is beauty and wonder in the world around us. Beck's got the right idea.
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I'm sure Beck is NOT alluding to today's Disney. They have sold out the old man's values for money. But he is right to see the degenerate culture that has evolved through Liberal ideals. I'm sure there is an market for traditional values.
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Beck is a decoy promoted by the left to make Conservatives look like loonies. He has to be rejected strongly, booed, heckled. If you respect oneself intellectually you should not even be talking about that quack! Remember he comes originally from CNN ... Want a conspiracy theory to think about try this one: "Beck is a plant." Anyone who believes natives in the Americas come from the "lost 10 tribes of Israel" should seriously examine how he/she thinks.
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Beck is a human, can you counter what he says? Can you make an argument against it? Ridicule and mockery are the tools of the other side. Make an argument or stand aside. I don't know or agree with every thought he has, but at least he has thoughts; and would argue for goodness to win, not cynical grabbing of power and money.
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Beck is delusional. His thinking (if you want to call it that) is heavily colored by his alcohol recovery (which he trumpets at any opportunity) and his less-than-closet adherence to LDS's cult mentality.

He is a gadfly to be ignored.
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I agree that the culture is the central front in the left's Gramscian "Long March through the Institutions."

But if Beck wants to imitate anyone it should not be Disney, but the late film maker Frank Capra, whose movies--including "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," "Its A wonderful Life," "Lost Horizon" and others--naive, idealistic, and overly sentimental though they might be considered today (which just proves how far we have descended), captured the mind-set and the kind of American spirit and values that are the kind that I believe Beck wants to recapture and make mainstream again.
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Disney.

Ah Disney. They just dumped the Boy Scouts under the bus.

I'm sure Disney is going to be my goal for American Culture.

Glenn Beck is beclowning himself.
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If you think for one minute that the people currently in charge of all things Disney reflect Walt's values, you're deluding yourself.

What on earth is wrong with trying to promote positive, wholesome values? A rhetorical question, of course.
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