luzribeiro (luzribeiro) wrote in talk_politics,

So he's "evolving" too, now?

Glenn Beck Defends Gay Marriage: Republicans Need To 'Expand Our Own Horizon'
http://www.businessinsider.com/glenn-beck-defends-gay-marriage-video-2012-12#ixzz2Em5wKk7K

"Conservative firebrand Glenn Beck has joined a growing chorus of Republican commentators in defending gay marriage, laying out a strong case for ending government opposition to letting same-sex couples wed."
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""Let me take the pro-gay marriage people and the religious people - I believe that there is a connecting dot there that nobody is looking at, and that's the Constitution," Beck said during a recent segment of his online talk show. "The question is not whether gay people should be married or not. The question is why is the government involved in our marriage?""
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""What we need to do, I think, as people who believe in the Constitution, is to start looking for allies who believe in the Constitution and expand our own horizon," Beck said. "We would have the ultimate big tent.""

Amazing, right? Mr Beck has started coming around to positions traditionally held by authentic libertarians for a long time - and not for the "gay rights" reason mind you, but for a constitutional reason. A moment of sanity/consistency/sincerity perhaps? Or simply a realization that you can't win hearts and minds (and elections) by remaining stuck in a 19th century mindset (and respectively, acknowledging the need to pander to wider segments of the electorate)? But shut up, cynical me! I'm sure he's speaking out of pure principle, being the true libertarian that he is. Yes, it must be that!

Somehow reminds me of Hannity and Rand Paul and all the rest of that circus who suddenly gradually "evolved" on immigration in the aftermath of the election. Because, you see, the GOP has no problem with the dynamically shifting demographics in America, noooo. No way it can have that problem. The election defeat was simply a result from bad campaign management, and failure to bring the messages to the public. Right? That's what I'm being told. What... why are you shaking your head? Oh well...

But it's not like Glenn hasn't displayed some consistency on this issue. Remember an interview at O'Reilly's place a couple of years ago, when Glenn revealed himself as the socialist commie Marxist Alinsky-ite that he is, saying that "gay marriage doesn't harm anything"?

Don't know if that was a genuine moment of sanity from Glenn, but O'Reilly must've looked at him in dismay and blinked a couple of times with bewilderment. How come such a staunch conservative mouthpiece had suddenly budged on this issue? Wasn't Jesus supposed to be hatin' on f**s anyway? YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT!

It was nearly fascinating to watch how, referring to gay marriage, Beck quoted Jefferson's famous phrase "It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg". Well, HELLO! Took you a while to realize that, eh? Better late than never.

But the backlash has been even more hilarious.

Citation from the latter link:

"There you have it. Beck doesn't care about one of the most blatant and despicable examples of judicial tyranny in the history of our country. He doesn't care about the institution of marriage and its 5,000-year history. He doesn't care that the Bible says God created marriage way back in Genesis and that Jesus affirmed that. He doesn't care that the family is the building block of a society and that smarter men have explained how you simply can't have freedom and self-governance without it. He also doesn't seem to care about what might become of children adopted into such unions."

Well, good thing he doesn't have to care. Cuz all those arguments are either irrelevant (laws aren't based on the Bible, and neither should they be), or outright idiotic (yeah, "gay marriage will destroy Teh Family, OMGZ! Cats sleeping with dogs, and all that!").

Either way, Beck has shown such a tremendous (for a conservative, anyway) ability to evolve on issues, he'd make Darwin proud. Like his worship of MLK, Mandela, F Douglass and Lincoln. At this evolution rate, he might actually run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 4 years! ;-)
Tags: gay rights, glenn beck, libertarianism, marriage
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