He's sticking out his tongue and the cover reads: "Mad Man: Glenn Beck and the angry style of American politics."
Calling him, "The Agitator," author David Von Drehle introduces his piece with this:
"Glenn Beck is channeling the fears and anger of Americans who feel left out - but is he also stirring that anger and heightening those fears?"You can read the article at the link above and answer the question for yourself.
What I found fascinating was the insert of a time line of "Them vs. Us" - which is, I discovered, a timeless theme in American politics.
I think this time line helps to put the insanity of paranoid politics into perspective. These guys come and these guys go.
They are not to be ignored, but, given the historical context, I suppose they are to be expected - and watched carefully.
Prominent New England ministers warn of a plot by Illuminists - a secret society of European intellectuals to destroy Christianity and overthrow all governments.
Freemasons are condemned for participating in secret societies; the Anti-Masonic Party is formed in opposition.
Also known as the American Party, the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant Know-Knothings fear that American Catholics are more loyal to the Pope than to the U.S.
Sermons of the "Radio Priest" attack capitalists and communists alike, rail against Jews and accuse FDR of being a tool of wealthy bankers. At their peak, his radio broadcasts reach some 40 million.
Senator Joseph McCarthy says, "Men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster," and launches a probe into communist subversion in the U.S. - one that ultimately ends in his disgrace.
According to society founder Robert Welch, "both the U.S. and Soviet governments are controlled by the same furtive conspiratorial cabal of internationalists, greedy bankers and corrupt politicians." By late 1961, the society gains up to 100,000 members.
The Warren Commission points to a single gun-man, but conspiracists spin cover-up theories that persist to this day.
The break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters exposes a pattern of paranoid behavior by the Nixon White House - and fuels Americans' mistrust of government.
A 51-day standoff between Branch Davidians and federal agends ends with a fire that kills nearly 80 people. The government blames the cult's leader, David Koresh, for setting the blaze, but skeptics cite "evidence" that the feds are responsible.
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols orchestrate an explosion at the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building, partly in retaliation for the siege at Waco.
After terrorists kill nearly 3,000 in attacks in New York City and Washington, conspiracy theories surface on the Internet. Leftists "truthers" suggest that the Bush Administration was behind the attacks as a pretext to invade Iraq.
Fringe right-wing groups contend that Barack Obama was not born on American soil and therefore cannot legally be President.
The article quotes Glenn Beck as saying, "I'm afraid. You should be afraid, too." It's okay to be afraid, I suppose. As the old saying goes, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you."
There's nothing illegal about what Beck is doing - although, didn't it used to be against the law to "incite to riot"? It's simply a crime, however, what he is doing to the First Amendment Right to free speech.
Here's the thing I'd like to point out to Mr. Beck, just in case he stops by:
69 million people voted for Barack Obama as President.
When LGBT people marched on Washington in 1993, we were 800,000 strong.
In 2004, over 1 million Pro-Choice people marched on Washington.
And, in February 2009, over 1 million people celebrated Obama's Inauguration.
Mr. Beck inspired less than 100 thousand Tea Baggers and Birthers to march on Washington a few weeks ago.
Among other things, this man, like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, is clearly a legend in his own mind.
And, he - along with Limbaugh and Coulter and their disciples - should be very carefully watched.
Because these are desperate people. These are desperate times. And desperate people in desperte times do desperate things.