Only Glenn Beck’s God doles out your Rights and Privileges

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Today Glenn Beck claims to be “Restoring Honor” …

Is it about “Restoring Honor”?    for whom?  for which slight?

Or is it about “Restoring Privilege to God’s enlightened few“?

Glenn Beck Confirms That Your Rights Come From God

Glynnis MacNicol — Mar 16, 2010

Glenn Beck:

I don’t know if you’ve read the Declaration of Independence but you don’t have the power to grant people rights. You don’t create them, you don’t enhance them. They are not yours…In case you missed it “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

Who the hell do you think you are Congress?  You are not God.

Or put more succinctly, as I just heard Glenn Beck say TODAY on FOX, in re-running of a previous show:

Glenn Beck:

“Government does NOT grant you Rights — God does” …

“If there is No God, that grants you Rights — Who grants you rights?”

I dunno.  Fox News?

“Only God grants you rights?”  according to the wise one.

I think Mr Beck, may be taking a few things “for granted”, himself.

I think Mr Beck, may be confusing his current perch of privilege and entitlement —

with the foundational Human Right of ALL People, to live, to co-exist —

and to be granted a basic assumption of “human dignity”.

It is we Humans, by social convention — that grant these foundational assumptions — these basic Rights. God may have set the stage, but WE are its players.  …

God, if still around, retreated to the Audience a looong time ago.  

Question: When individuals happen to Lose one of those basic Rights, is it God that swoops down to protects them, to restore them —

Or is it our Government Institutions?  Is it our fellow humans that step up to protect and restore this basic Dignity of the ones slighted and harmed?

Perhaps Mr. Beck needs a review of a few basic definitions, commonly experienced by those in the human condition.

Human Rights are in entirely different Arena, from the rarefied domain of Entitlement, that Beck has somehow stumbled into.

Entitlement

en·ti·tle·ment   noun

Definition of ENTITLEMENT

1 a: the state or condition of being entitled: right

1 b: a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract

2: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group;

also: funds supporting or distributed by such a program

3: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges

Examples of ENTITLEMENT

  1: my entitlement to a refund

  2: celebrities who have an arrogant sense of entitlement

  3: entitlements such as medical aid for the elderly and poor

First Known Use of ENTITLEMENT

1942

Synonyms of ENTITLEMENT

allocation, allotment, annuity, appropriation, grant, subsidy, subvention

That’s funny, the word “Entitlement” has several uses.

“Entitlement” is an Enforcement of our basic Rights — not a claim against Beck’s Millions, to which he feels “Entitled to”.

Entitlement

From Wikipedia

An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation.

A “right” is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an “entitlement” is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society.

Typically, entitlements are laws based on concepts of principle (“rights”) which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement.

In a casual sense, the term “entitlement” refers to a notion or belief that one (or oneself) is deserving of some particular reward or benefit[1] —

if given without deeper legal or principled cause, the term is often given with pejorative connotation (e.g. a “sense of entitlement”).

As a legal term, entitlement carries no value judgment: it simply denotes a right granted.

For example in the United States of America, social security is an entitlement program.[2]

In clinical psychology and psychiatry, an unrealistic, exaggerated, or rigidly held sense of entitlement may be considered a symptom of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

“an unrealistic, exaggerated, or rigidly held sense of entitlement may be considered a symptom of Narcissistic …” ???

Does that alternate use of “Entitled” sound like members of any elite social groups, you know?

Don’t worry Beck — you still have a Right to keep and count your Gold coins — we won’t let the unwashed masses of the unemployed — soil ‘your honor” in that regard.  

Glenn your honor’s safe — Our Constitution and Legal system, sort of guarantees it.  Ask God, to be sure.

Rights

From Wikipedia

Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement – i.e. rights are normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory.

The concept of rights is often fundamental to civilized societies, and it is of vital importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, especially theories of justice and deontology.

Guess what, Mr. Beck the concept of Rights even extends BEYOND — gasp! — America’s Borders!

(News Flash:  yes, “Humans” are found in other countries too.)

Human rights

From Wikipedia

Human rights are “rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled.”[1] Proponents of the concept usually assert that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements merely by reason of being human.[2]

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)[4]

Now, Human Rights shouldn’t doled out solely just by the Nations of Privilege, and their various Deities, should they?

United Nations doesn’t think so, either.  They took some time, during a more rational era, to charter a Statement of Rights for all humans, co-existing on Earth.

Oh NOES!   the Horrors!  The U.N. is granting rights!  OMG! someone fire up the tanks!  This indignity, must be halted!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 3:

— Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Bummer Americasomeone stole your Thunder!

Human Dignity, and Human Rights should NOT be the sole domain of Glenn Beck’s America — Nor Glenn Beck’s God … Never were, never should be.  (As I recall, God has his own Covenants and Standards and Rules … “Render unto Ceasar …” and all that.)

In America, Entitlement and Privilege do not always “trickle down” to us “under-privileged peons”, as we have all seen all too well, during this reign of “Free Market” forces being left to their own devices — with Liberty and Justice [for the few], Under God.

Not much “granting of dignity” … has been going on in the last few decades, has it?

Or course, for those in the elite segments of society, like the Beckster, they may have been too busy, to have noticed the plight of us “commoners” …

privilege

privilege    vt (transitive verb)

privileged    privileg·ing

Definition of PRIVILEGE

1: to grant a privilege to

2: to accord a higher value or superior position to privilege one mode of discourse over another

Examples of PRIVILEGE

  1: The new tax laws unfairly privilege the rich.

  2: only professionals who meet the education and experience requirements set by law are privileged to use the title “interior designer”

First Known Use of PRIVILEGE

14th century

Related to PRIVILEGE

Synonyms: authorize, entitle, qualify

Antonyms: disqualify

While Beck busies himself with the details of doling out Rights and Privileges to his God’s enlightened Few …

Meanwhile, we have REAL problems, down here on Earth, with People finding and holding onto a ‘basic shred of Human Dignity” — down here on this Corporate-ravaged planet.

A planet where Corporate Greed is The Rule — NOT the restoring or protecting of Basic Dignity.

If Government SHOULD NOT step up to help ensure Fairness and the Principles of Law and OUR hard-fought Constitution — down here on Earth — WELL then maybe Beck’s Army better get busy building all those Tent Cities for the Homeless were gonna need; MAYBE the Becksters better staff up their Re-education Camps for the flocks of corporately-gypped want-to-bees, who will be soon be busting down the front gates of the shiny empire of Beckistan.

And for the rest of us?

No Worries, Glenn Beck is out there “Restoring Honor” for THE People — those People that really Matter!  (to him and his God.)

All is right in the world — long as Beck’s God grants you the privilege of entry.  Pssst! Congress — especially you reps with a D after your name — you need not apply. “Who the Hell do you think you Are?  You are Not God!” (at least, according to the gospel rantings of Glenn, anyways.)

PS.  For the rest of you newly-minted citizens of Beck’s World, Don’t forget your “wheel barrel” — you’re going to need it in Beckistan, to haul around all that 1-800-BUY-Gold! Bars … All purchases are final! … No refunds. … No recourse.

And never forget in the halls of discontent, There is NO Honoramong Liars and Thieves … and Shysters.  

That’s just another one of them Rules that the disciples of Beck just take “for granted” … if Honor is ever to be Restored!

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    • jamess on August 29, 2010 at 2:00 am
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    the Root of all Evil —

    The showman continues …

    A question for Glenn Beck: If progressives are the root of all evil, what about the civil rights they championed?

    March 01, 2010

    By David Neiwert

    The storyline, as you may have gathered, is that the “progressive movement” is the root of all evil in American politics, a “cancer” and a “virus” and a “parasite” that has “infected” both parties. Beck has been doing a lot of fake “history” reporting when it comes to these attacks — indeed, it tells you everything you need to know that he considers Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson as the presidential wellsprings of this Great Evil.

    • jamess on August 29, 2010 at 2:09 am
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    Refining the Construct of Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Diagnostic Criteria and Subtypes

    Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:1473-1481

    (published online August 15, 2008; doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.07030376)

    © 2008 American Psychiatric Association

    Eric Russ, M.A., Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D., Rebekah Bradley, Ph.D., and Drew Westen, Ph.D.

    An emerging literature also supports the long-held clinical hypothesis that there are two subtypes of narcissistic individuals, grandiose and vulnerable (5-11). The former has been described as “grandiose, arrogant, entitled, exploitative, and envious” and the latter as “overly self-inhibited and modest but harboring underlying grandiose expectations for oneself and others” (5, pp. 188-189).

    […]

    In previous studies, we identified the most descriptive or characteristic features of narcissistic personality disorder but not necessarily the most distinctive features (3, 12). For example, lack of empathy is highly descriptive of narcissistic personality disorder but is not specific to the disorder-patients with other personality disorders also lack empathy

    […]

    Conclusions

    Narcissism is a more complex construct than portrayed by DSM-IV criteria. In addition to overt grandiosity, the typical narcissistic patient experiences underlying pain, vulnerability, inadequacy, and rage. Additionally, narcissistic personality disorder can be divided into grandiose/malignant, fragile, and high-functioning/exhibitionistic subtypes.

    May folks suffering from this affliction, somehow find the help they need — God willing, of course.

    • jamess on August 29, 2010 at 2:51 am
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    “my right” to drive a Motor Vehicle —

    was granted to me, by the State.

    This does not mean,

    God isn’t permitted,

    from saving me from traffic accidents —

    if the Deity, so chooses.

    Two separate deals, entirely,

    from my observations.

    • banger on August 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I’m not sure it is worth trying at all. Beck is a symbol. He resonates with millions of Americans for a reason and not because he’s reasonable. It is the absurdity of what he says that resonates with people. He is, like Donald Rumsfeld, a surrealist poet.

    The technique with such people is to imagine you are Glen Beck. Imagine his body language, his gestures, his facial expression and his stated likes and dislikes. Pretend you are on stage and being him. Then you find yourself gradually understanding him from the inside like a method actor.

    Everyone, particularly the people who are drawn to the Tea Party, senses some deep malaise but they lack the intellectual tools to grasp it. People come along who lay out certain ideas that resonate with you so you go along the idea ride and feel you are closer to understanding the big picture. God grants rights! What a concept! Who are these strutting idiots in Congress? Just put yourself in His arms and all the complexity of modernism, post-modernism, ideology, competing truth claims, become clear. It is about honor, isn’t it. Yes, they say, honor. Honor?

    Well let’s parse that a little. Both “God” and “honor” mean to respect a higher authority. The God Beck talks about is an authoritarian male god who tells people how to live and what they must do and if they don’t they will be punished. As long as they follow instructions to the letter they will be fine. This is very comforting just repeat these actions and think these thoughts and you’re cool. No worry about anything life is no longer complex but something “outside” that you engage in through a suit of armor. Honor is the same thing–what they mean is obedience to authority. To follow orders no matter what. That’s why they worship the military–the military is the ideal of honor because you don’t think for yourself at all–everything is about following orders and that too is deeply comforting in confusing times.

    Beck, and others on the right, offer the people comfort and we live in deeply uncomfortable times. John Lennon wrote “whatever gets you through the night is alright…”

    • Edger on August 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    To Whom Does the Bill of Rights Apply?

    the Constitution doesn’t apply to Americans, it doesn’t apply to citizens, it doesn’t even apply to “people.” It applies to the federal government. The body of the Constitution tells the federal government what it is allowed to do, and in some places it explains how to do it (election procedures and such). The Bill of Rights tells the federal government what it is not allowed to do . . .

      1. Make no law abridging freedom of speech, press, religion, or assembly,

      2. Do not infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

      3. Don’t quarter soldiers in peacetime.

      4. Don’t conduct unreasonable searches and seizures.

      5. Don’t commit double jeopardy or force people to testify against themselves.

      6. Don’t deny an accused a speedy trial.

      7. Don’t deny an accused a trial by jury.

      8. Do not impose excessive bail.

      9. Just because certain rights of the people aren’t mentioned in this Constitution doesn’t mean you’re allowed to usurp them.

     10. Don’t exercise any power not authorized in this Constitution.

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