Thursday, July 26, 2012
Snake Oil Salesmen
I read the first chapter of Glenn Beck's Cowards out of curiosity. I no longer get appalled by such ramblings. Actually, I find them quite amusing, especially when he holds up Harding and Coolidge as "true conservatives," while admonishing Hoover for trying to fight the Depression, which these swell guys wrought, with "stimulus plans." One chapter was enough.
Another book making the facebook rounds is The Communist, which embellishes the relationship between Obama and Frank Mashall Davis, The "brilliant" historian, Paul Kengor, suggests that young Barry, who affectionately called Davis "Frank" in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, did so in a conspiratorial sense, implying a deep-seated Communist plot here. The Manchurian Candidate all over again.
I would have thought after all the attempts to paint Obama as a radical Socialist, and Progressives as Communists, that we would see an end to these conspiratorial themes, but apparently there is a very hungry market for these books and guys like Beck and Kengor are all too eager to feed it.