Teddy Roosevelt was not a progressive

Of course Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a progressive.

Who, you ask, said this? Why, none other than Glenn Beck. Even though I was in my car by myself, I literally lol’d this one. What made it all the greater was that he said this immediately after discussing Roosevelt’s actions toward land conservation. It is for this stuff that I will subject myself to the inanity that is conservative talk radio. It’s pure gold.

Honestly, does Beck just never realize how dumb the words are that come out of his mouth? Christ. Roosevelt was in the Progressive Party of 1912.

To give some context, a resident of Maine had called in to complain about the setting aside of land for preservation in the northern part of the state. This led to a discussion on Ted Turner and all the land he owns in Montana. Beck first argued that government ownership of land is bad because it restricts individual property ownership. Then, and apparently without irony, he argued that Turner’s ownership is bad because he has the land in a trust, meaning that it is locked up effectively for generations. In other words, too much public land ownership is bad because it harms property rights for individuals, but too much private land ownership is bad because then we can’t all use it. Glenn Beck apparently favors a capitalist, communist, free market, socialist, progressive, conservative, libertarian, utilitarian, incoherent moron of a policy in terms of how Americans should own property. Oh, and Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a progressive.

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5 Responses

  1. lol Glenn Beck

  2. …a capitalist, communist, free market, socialist, progressive, conservative, libertarian, utilitarian, incoherent moron…

    Yeah, that ol’ Glenny for you; Definitely has his finger on the pulse of America. He’s like the cartoon version of Dr. Moritz.

    A ‘toon of a ‘toon? Can they do that?

  3. Glen Beck is an ignorant moron. I can’t stand listening to him or seeing him for more than 15 seconds.

  4. One brief addendum. I am not sure Beck doesn’t think Roosevelt is a progressive – in fact he has previously criticized Republicans for embracing TDR because he was a Progressive (http://moreorlessbunk.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/glenn-beck-throws-theodore-roosevelt-under-the-bus/).

    That being said, I can’t stand listening to Beck because he is shrill, he rambles, and he is absurdly inconsistent. For this reason I have little doubt you quoted him correctly.

  5. …and, if you quoted him incorrectly, don’t worry, eventually he will say what you said he said anyway.

    Glenn Beck and Fox are to real journalism what the Flat Earth Society is to real comsomology: an elaborate joke where the participants must never break character or actually engage in real discussion about anything.

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