A while back I stopped listening to Glenn Beck.
He and his crew had an entertaining show. His viewpoint is different, shall we say, and even that can have merit from time to time.
But his focus on economic and social collapse gets old after a point, as do his various strange and unidentifiable illnesses. Some of his stories don’t add up either or are never verified by others supposedly involved in them.
This summer it was clear he was getting on the Cruz bandwagon. He started focusing exclusively on him in a way that was a little messianic. Time for me to tune out.
Now Beck has not just jumped the shark, he’s catapulted over it. His latest pole vault involves God, Justice Scalia and the divine intervention with Ted Cruz. Scott Greer at the Daily Caller writes:
One of Ted Cruz ‘s biggest supporters think there’s a very powerful force behind the Texas senator’s bid for the White House, and it’s responsible for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death during an election year.
On Tuesday, conservative radio host and vocal Cruz backer Glenn Beck asserted on his talk show that God brought about the death of Scalia so America would “wake up” and vote for Cruz.
Speaking in the voice of the heavenly father, Beck told his audience, “You’re welcome. I just woke the American people up. I took them out of the game show moment and woke enough of them up to say, look at how close your liberty is to being lost.”
Reverting to his own voice, the radio host added, “You now have lost your liberty. You replace one guy and you now have 5-4 decisions in the other direction. Just with this one guy, you’ve lost your liberty so you’d better elect somebody that is going to be somebody on [the Supreme Court]… The Constitution is hanging by a thread. That thread has just been cut and the only way that we survive now is if we have a true constitutionalist.”
This isn’t the first time Beck and other prominent Cruz supporters have claimed there’s some divine power behind Cruz’s candidacy.
Last week, Beck praised Ted Cruz as the man who could get America through the rapture.
“Fall to your knees and pray to God to reveal to you what the hour is,” Beck proclaimed at a Cruz rally in South Carolina. “This is your last call, America! Stand, stand with the man I believe was raised for this hour, Ted Cruz!”
In January, Beck argued the “hand of divine providence” brought about the birth of Cruz.
Earlier in February, Cruz’s wife Heidi told a crowd that her husband shows the country “the face of the God we serve.”
During an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, said he told his son at an early age that “God has destined you for greatness.”
In 2013, Rafael Cruz, who’s an ordained pastor, said in a sermon at a church in Irvin, Texas, that his son is “anointed” from high above to serve as a “king” to bring about the “great transfer of wealth” from the wicked to the righteous.
The sermon given by the elder Cruz is in line with the fundamentalist sect of evangelical Christianity known as dominionism. Dominionists preach that America should be governed by their interpretation of biblical law and be ruled exclusively by devout fundamentalists.
In August, Cruz’s Iowa campaign chairman Matt Schultz claimed God is guiding the Texas senator to be America’s next president.
“God raises special men and women to protect his people, and I believe this is one of those moments in time. … Ted Cruz is that man who God has prepared for this moment in time,” Schultz said at a rally with Cruz in attendance.
I read that Beck’s empire is crashing around him. Perhaps his alcoholism has resurfaced. Whatever it is, if I were co-hosts Pat and Stu I would get out of there quickly.
If I were Cruz, I would also back away. Maybe that’s what happened with Mitt Romney. Beck endorsed him, too, and was convinced God would have him win the presidency. He even went out to visit Romney’s plane when it landed, but found himself ignored by the candidate.
Now we understand why.