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December 12, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Glenn Beck has officially gone off the deep end. This is very sad, as I have written about my admiration for Beck’s unwavering support of Israel.

Beck said this about Newt Gingrich on Judge Napolitano’s show:

“This man is a progressive. He knows he’s a progressive. He doesn’t have a problem with being a progressive…So if you’ve got a big government progressive [in Gingrich] or a big government progressive in Obama, one in Newt Gingrich, one in Obama, ask yourself this Tea Party. Is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy, it must be about race.”

This quote is misguided and inaccurate for several reasons. First of all, to state that Obama and Gingrich are so identical that the Tea Party must be racist for supporting the latter and not the former, is laughable. Plus, Beck is making the same accusations about the Tea Party as the left! Does Beck honestly believe that Newt’s record and ideology is in any way similar to Obama’s? Here are just a few minor ways in which Newt is starkly different than Obama.

- As Speaker of the House Newt helped balance the budget and reform welfare.

- Newt would appoint John Bolton as his Secretary of State. Does Beck think he would be better than Clinton?

- As soon as Newt became President, America would become dramatically more supportive of Israel. Does Beck dispute this?

- Newt would work to repeal Obamacare and the onerous Dodd-Frank banking regulation law.

- Newt doesn’t think we should raise taxes…on anybody!

To ignore these substantive differences between Newt and Obama is to ignore reality.

Beck then said that he would vote for Ron Paul as a third party candidate instead of Newt in a general election. This is unexplainable to me. Beck has spent a great portion of the last year supporting Israel with moving programs and documentaries, culminating with his rally in Jerusalem. Why would Beck support the only Republican candidate in the field who would leave Israel to the wolves in the form of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah? Newt is the only candidate who is not scared to speak the truth about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, accurately calling the Palestinians an “invented people.”

Yes, it is true that Newt took some un-conservative positions when he left office in the late 90s. However, he undoubtedly is driven by much more of a small government philosophy than Obama.

Beck, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother. You’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see at the hotels…(OK, maybe that’s a little extreme, but you get the point).

*And by the way, If Beck said the same thing about Romney, I would be just as upset.

 

Sam Levine is the Zionist Organization of America's Executive Director of the West Coast Office. He can be reached at SLevine@ZOA.org; http://zoa.org/
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