This is kind of exciting, especially for folks like me.
All week long on his GBTV Internet television network, Glenn Beck has been outlining his four-step plan to “take back the country” from progressives who have spent the last century or so boring into every aspect of American life—from politics to academia to popular culture.
From Monday to Wednesday, Beck unveiled the first three steps—Commit, Activate and Live it, respectively. Last night, he laid out his plans for the final step, Create.
Create, Beck believes, is the most important part of his four-step plan and I have to agree. I might be somewhat bias, however, because I’m one of those creative types. We all are to some extent, it’s just that for some of us it comes a little easier.
Growing up in small town Louisiana, I was the the kid in school that was always drawing stuff—everybody knows that kid and it’s likely that a few people reading this were that kid too. I was the best I knew. It was small town Louisiana, admittedly, so that’s not really saying that much.
After I got older and my world got a little bigger, I met people who were better artists than I am. I also met a lot of people who fancied themselves as artists and were much more embraced by the artistic community than I could ever be, but they sucked. Many people who suck artistically—whether it’s visual arts, music, cinema or what-have-you—dominate popular culture these days, which is where I’m going with this.
After graduating high school and serving a short stint in the military, I decided to enter college as an art student where I attended classes with a bunch of people who dressed funny, were habitually moody and uniformly left wing. I didn’t look or act like these people and what made things worse, I was politically conservative.
I stuck out like a sore thumb, to say the least, and didn’t last long as an art student.
I didn’t care, because it didn’t take too long to figure out that I needed to go into a vocation where I at least stood a chance to make money one day. I had grown up around newspaper people and liked to write, so I eventually gravitated toward journalism and that’s what I ended up doing.
The great thing is that I’ve been able to use my artistic ability to a degree in my journalism career by putting giant ears on people like Barack Obama and Bobby Jindal in editorial cartoons. Over the years, I’ve won awards for both my writings and cartoons. More importantly, I’ve been able to make a living doing what I love to do—write and draw. I wonder how many of those funny dressed people I used to attend art classes with can say the same? My guess is not many.
Most creative people, especially conservative creative people, don’t ever get the chance to make money doing what they love to do, so I consider myself lucky. Others are in industries where they use their abilities, but are afraid to make their political views known and are rarely given the opportunity to deviate from the progressive, politically correct playbook.
This is why what Beck has in mind is so important.
There are plenty of conservatives out there who are gifted artists, writers, actors and musicians who simply aren’t afforded the opportunity to use their talents to make a living. Many are ostracized by the pretentious, anti-American artsy fartsy archetypes that dominate popular culture and simply don’t even bother to try.
Beck is putting his money where his mouth is by using his studios in Dallas as a catalyst to open up work by creative people who don’t just pop out propaganda supporting the progressive agenda or produce trash that simply further debases our society to a wider audience.
He believes there is an audience for what he describes as the new counter-culture—one that actually respects traditional American values and doesn’t use art as a way to disparage it and tear it down. Time will only tell if he’s right, but it’s an endeavor certainly worth the effort. Like I said, there are a lot of talented people out there whose work goes largely unnoticed.
Sure you have the country music industry which has no problem not hating America as a prerequisite to success and I’m a huge country music fan. I’m more of a fan of traditional country music, however, and feel that most of the stuff you hear on today’s country radio—watered-down whiskey for the soccer mom masses—would make Hank Williams hurl.
Today’s country music has no soul and with all due respect to Lee Greenwood, listening to “God Bless the USA,” once a year on the Fourth of July is enough for me.
You might disagree, but if you have any musical taste whatsoever you will realize that this is a guy with real talent. He’s called Kalia and he’s one of the people that Beck is promoting. He’s good, especially compared to some of the dopes playing for the Occupiers that opens this video:
Beck is definitely on to something by working to inject music, television shows, movies, books and art with a different point of view back into American popular culture.
Lefties were triumphantly jubilant when Beck left his Fox News show last year to build his Internet television station. He cautioned them not to be so happy, because they would eventually wish for the day when his influence was constrained by the limits of a cable news network.
We are now learning, in part, what he had in mind.