Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Conservative of the Year: Glenn Beck

Human Events announced that their choice for conservative of the year is former Vice-President Dick Cheney.
Dick Cheney: HUMAN EVENTS' Conservative of the Year

This is a bizarre pick. All Cheney did was give a couple high-profile speeches. The obviously correct choice for conservative of the year is Glenn Beck.

Talk radio and Fox News host Glenn Beck has emerged from relative anonymity over the past year. Beck is a talk radio veteran who quietly worked his way to the third most popular radio talk show outside the major media spotlight. He hosted a television show on CNN Headline News for several years, but his move to Fox News has brought him to the forefront.

He has repeatedly grabbed attention with his exposes of Barack Obama and his cadre of radical 'Czars' including Van Jones, John Holdren, Cass Sunstien, and more. His efforts led to the resignation of Jones, exposure of leftist criminal organization ACORN, and the rollback of several Obama administration initiatives.

In addition to his shows, he has published several nuber-one bestselling books, including the novel The Christmas Sweater, the brief tract Common Sense: the Case Against an out-of-Control Government and the more recent Arguing With Idiots. His email newsletter has more than a million subscribers, more than the New York Times. He launched the activist 9/12 Project, which now has several thousand members. He has gone on book and comedy tours, helped lead a massive march on Washington, planned an art show (!), and more.

Beck is notable in several ways. He is a constitutionalist conservative (he describes himself, questionably, as a libertarian). He is a prominent critic of the Federal Reserve. As a political independent, he is pointedly critical of the failings of the Republican Party and George W. Bush. He is willing to think outside of conventional wisdom, explore the roots of the progressive movement, and consider explanations such as Carroll Quigley's book Tragedy and Hope. He is willing to give airtime to a number of constitutionalists blacklisted by the establishment media.

Few people have been more deserving of being named conservative of the year than Glenn Beck.

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