On his Tuesday radio show, conservative icon and radio evangelist Glenn Beck went into a tirade about Congressman Ron Paul. Beck opposes Paul’s foreign policy non-intervention stance. At one point Glenn Beck and Ron Paul seemed to have core philosophies in common. However, as his comments in the above clip indicate, Paul believes the United States is creating more problems for itself by consistently intervening in foreign countries. That position, which used to be the prevailing wisdom within conservative circles, is a position that apparently makes Glenn Beck angry.
Presidential Candidate Ron Paul has been called the Godfather of the Tea Party Movement, having inspired his supporters to enact modern day Tea Party protests as far back as 2007. Glenn Beck was instrumental in the establishment of the second wave of the Tea Party Movement in 2008. Beck inspired his 912 Project, which Beck hoped would build additional grass roots momentum for conservative principles, thus adding energy to the anti-Progressive fervor that had stirred many Americans to action after the election of President Obama in 2008. Since that time, Glenn Beck has moved in a decidedly Christian Zionist direction, which is a position that has no connection to Tea Party Movement principles. For a time it seemed that their shared libertarian beliefs made Beck and Paul allies in what each has called the movement to restore America. Today their philosophical differences make them seem far apart.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh was never a supporter of Ron Paul. However, after Paul’s impassioned non-interventionist plea during the recent Republican Party Debate, Limbaugh’s non-support for Paul has turned to contempt. Limbaugh recently recommended that Paul run as a Democrat, which Limbaugh believes is where Paul belongs.
Opinion commentator Bill O’Reilly has said he does not like having Congressman Paul on his Fox News television program because Paul does not speak clearly enough (read sound bites). O’Reilly also questioned whether Paul really wants to be President of the United States. Paul addressed O’Reilly’s concerns by saying that he believes the real problem is that O’Reilly isn’t really a journalist.
Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O’Reilly are important thought leaders who command large followings within the contemporary conservative movement. Therefore, many political pundits believe Congressman Paul needs their approval and sanctioning in order to be considered a legitimate candidate for the Republican Party nomination.
Another conclusion is more likely. Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is speaking for a growing group of independent-thinking Americans that has turned off Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, or Bill O’Reilly or never listened to them in the first place.