Guest Submission by Elizabeth Hawkes
While sending out an ominous warning to his enemies in the MSM that a time would come they would wish he was only on for an hour a day on cable television, Glen Beck bid his loyal following a farewell message of Faith, Hope and Charity. Beck’s final live broadcast on Fox News last Thursday evening was reminiscent of the same missive that spanned a two-and-a-half year ratings bonanza that his mission to restore the values which made America profoundly good and unique was “divinely inspired”. Beck believes you never run from something but to it and so keeping his promise to stay until “the changing of the seasons” he reasoned that his show had become a movement and no longer fit a cable television venue but belonged in each person’s home because the American people are “the answer”.
Besides Beck’s lengthy nostalgic monologue of flashbacks and fuzzy memories, he challenged his viewers to pledge to each other life, fortune and sacred honor. As he reiterated the basic premise that America is an idea that man can rule himself, Beck distanced himself from hopie/changie progressive values that he painstakingly deconstructed in nearly every episode. Beck contends that “as a country we have changed a lot” because together “we have learned a lot”. He reasons that the credit belongs to himself and his two writers and that this change occurred with each evolving episode.
Despite the attempted smears of some not-so-friendly pundits, no one seriously believes Beck was fired or resigned on bad terms from Fox News. “I hope I have earned some level of your trust,” Beck said, “and at the same time I want to thank Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch, and everybody at this network for their trust.” It is not surprising that everything Beck did was controversial and suspect by the left leaning politically motivated base of the current administration while average Americans gradually connected to his message of the importance of relying on the individual and not on pomp and circumstance. Even his detractors would have to admit that Beck was very successful. His Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall last August attracted upwards of a half a million people and his cable television show was rated higher than the other top rated networks combined.
Beck, like the constitutional conservative leader and possible presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, is credited with the success of the Tea Party boots on the ground grass-roots movement. Both Beck and Palin successfully supported Republicans to a historic landslide victory in the 2010 midterm elections where Republican and conservative Tea Party candidates won control of the House of Representatives and improved their numbers in a Democrat controlled Congress.
Beck urged his viewers to join him on his GBTV.com website where he promised to continue the fight to defend endangered American values because, like Governor Sarah Palin, he is invested in restoring our country to the original principles that it was founded on.
With sincere emotion, Beck ended the final episode of his cable television news program…”From New York . . . goodnight, America.”
Elizabeth Hawkes is a member of the Youth for Palin and co-founder of Mama Grizzly’s Cubs.