Quote of the Day

Friday, September 25, 2009

Glenn Beck

Since Beck made his GWU plug this Spring, I found out which local station he's on and listened several times.

He's on at the same time as Sean Hannity, and you know what? He's hilarious!

Hannity is a drag to listen to in comparison. A lot of his rhetoric and shaky arguments make me cringe.

Beck's got his own issues with rhetoric, arguments, and even demagoguery, but at least he's entertaining.

Like I said earlier, I don't think Beck did his homework on GWU before endorsing it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Crunchy Con: Wrong about "5,000 Year Leap"

Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Con over at Beliefnet, wrote an article last week blasting both Glenn Beck (everyone's getting on the bandwagon) and Skousen's 5,000 Year Leap.

That night he actually read the book, and changed his tune.

He still believes the book is weak in the history and argument departments, but he no longer believes it to be "dangerous." More like "hokey."

Full disclosure: I haven't read the book.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Original Source!

Following is an insert included in a copy of the book The New World Order: Choosing Between Christ and Satan in the Last Days, written by Keith Lockhart (not that one) and Oliver DeMille.

In fairness, DeMille has distanced himself (see pp. 9-10) from this "youthful study of conspiracy":

"...of course there are some people in the world who meet behind closed doors and conspire to do things that are wrong in order to increase their power and riches, and of course they don’t control the whole world and they aren’t behind every little detail. The important things that get done in this world are done by those who build, not those who bash. Let’s be builders, not bashers."

The insert comes from the same time period when George Wythe College was founded.

ht on scan: another anonymous GWU critic

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan from The Atlantic for the shout-out this afternoon:

"[George Wythe University is] where Beck's mentor Skousen is still taught as part of the Mormon-American literature. And, of course, there's a blog devoted to sniping at it."

The Man Who Changed Glenn Beck's Life

Salon.com has an article today on Cleon Skousen (with, incredibly, a GWU mention).

"Before he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen's own Mormon church publicly distanced itself from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of The 5,000 Year Leap."

The article quotes former Salt Lake mayor J. Bracken Lee, who fired Skousen as police chief in 1960:

"The man is a master of half-truths. In at least three instances I have proven him to be a liar. He is a very dangerous man [and] one of the greatest spenders of public funds of anyone who ever served in any capacity in Salt Lake City government."

After being fired, Skousen worked for two speaker bureaus, the John Birch Society and for the Fred Schwarz-operated "Christian Anti-Communism Crusade." He gave paid speeches around the United States, feeding off the anti-Communist sentiment in the country.

The FBI, which compiled a 2,000-page dossier on Skousen, made an insightful comment that applies to present-day George Wythe University when it described Skousen's employer "Schwarz as 'an opportunist,' the likes of which 'are largely responsible for misinforming people and stirring them up emotionally ... Schwartz [sic] and others like him can only do the country and the anticommunist work of the Bureau harm.'"


While I share a handful of views with the founders and operators of George Wythe University (I'm a libertarian at heart), this does not mean that I automatically support the organization.

This school's approach and attitude--an affinity for half-truths if not outright lies--can only do the country and the conservative cause harm. It must be challenged and if not shut down, at least consistently called out.

The founders of GWU tragically chose to employ half-truths in promoting and running the school.

What a wasted opportunity.

So much work and sacrifice has gone into building the organization, but even an efficient organization built on a shoddy foundation will one day fall.

I implore the school to continue cleaning house. Write an HONEST history. Publish statistics (number of grads, past degrees offered, etc.).

Do some good for the conservative movement. Right now you're a liability.