In December 2016, Samantha Bee, whom everyone should know by now, appeared on the Glenn Beck radio program. Early on, Glenn asked Samantha, “Why are you here?” — a question I ask early and often throughout the show.
Also throughout were Bee’s deep-as-a-thimble, cognitive gold such as “Civil discourse is really, for me, just the beginning of change,” and
There’s an action moment too, where you have to defend people” she continued. “You have to stand up for people who are imperiled in this new world. You have to take action. I don’t know what the action moment is. We do have to find it.
In answer, Beck said when the time comes, the left and right will have to “stand on common principles,”
No one wants to talk about common principles. Everybody is talking about policies. And that’s been our problem — that’s been my problem. I wanted you here because I think you felt — you feel right now like I felt — not in ’08, but in ’12.
None of what was said could be accused of originating from an extreme left or right position, just two people talking it out, right?
Then in December 2016, Beck appeared on Bee’s show Full Frontal. Some of what he said:
I believe you actually don’t want to do damage. As a guy who has done damage, I don’t want to do any more damage. I know what I did. I helped divide,” he told Bee, pressing the message of, “Please don’t make the mistakes I made.” Beck talked about the problems with cable television and social media in the seven-minute interview, noting that on Facebook, “We don’t see the human on the other side,” which makes it easier to attack people.
In light of what Bee said of and to Ivanka Trump this week, please tell me Beck and anyone else who thought these two meetings were overflowing with “kumbaya” weren’t surprised.
I am not pointing at Glenn Beck and laughing. I am not criticizing his desire to find common ground. I don’t believe that effort should ever cease. And if there is a man to find common ground between two, wildly opposing parties, Glenn Beck would be one of my top choices. The problem I have when conservatives “reach across the aisle”, extend an olive branch, and try to see things from the left’s perspective, without exception what we get in return is excrement thrown in our faces.
When you engage the Left, there is but one lesson: Know whom you speak with. Determine where they sit before you debate where they stand. Be aware that their hearts don’t hold the same desires as ours. We do not have the same mountain top as our goal but merely differ on which path will get us there. Beck says we should find common principles. My fellow Americans, between the left and right, there are none.
Conservatives are children of God first (for the believers among us), Americans second, conservatives third, and Republicans somewhere down the line. Leftists are leftist first and only. They believe in nothing not nailed to totalitarianism.
I admit I am not the man Glenn Beck is. I distrust the left because I’ve seen too many times what happens when an inch is given, and a mile is stolen. The unbloodied civil war we’re in now doesn’t have to get bloody, but how do you prevent it from becoming so when one side is gleefully racing toward it and the other wants to talk?
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