I read today that Glenn Beck’s new book, The Overton Window, of the “suspense-thriller fiction genre,” has debuted as #l on the New York Times best-seller list. According to Beck, his book is “faction” rather than fiction – an imagined tale based on facts. Beck’s popularity is such that several of his books have hit the top of the list right off. Not having read the book, I’ll not discuss it further.

But it reminded me of an extraordinary program on Fox News this past January 14 when Glenn Beck interviewed Sarah Palin. I don’t recall much discussion of it in the mainstream media, except that fun was made of Palin because she didn’t have the name of  her  “favorite founding father” on the tip of her tongue. Just another example of her stupidity, you know.

This is how the interview began:

Before we start, Sarah, I want to read what I wrote last night in my journal, because it’s about you.

Tomorrow, I meet Sarah Palin and family for the first time. I’m actually a little nervous — as she is one of the only people that I can see that can possibly lead us out of where we are. I don’t know yet if she’s strong enough, if she’s well enough advised, or if she knows she can no longer trust anyone. I don’t know if she can lead and not lose her soul.

That is where I’d like to go for the next hour, to find out if this is the woman that can lead us and not lose her soul.

How odd is that? Mr. Beck is  wondering whether being a political leader might result in the loss of one’s  soul! Who ever worries about losing their soul nowadays?

Later Beck commented on the fact that he and Sarah also topped the lists for the most ridiculed and also the most admired people in the world.

You and I both were, I think, the number one and number two Halloween costume of the year. Did you know that? We both have been nailed on “Saturday Night Live” as being stupid. We are also both just recently voted on the most admired list of people in the world. We both have been on the cover of major magazines in the last year.

We all know that politicians “don’t get no respect.” They are known for deals, corruption, bringing home the pork, lavish living, being power-hungry,  with a finger  in the wind testing which way to go. It is with good reason that a recent popular bumper sticker reads:   Re-elect nobody.     A trustworthy politician is a rare bird.

Later in the program Beck tells why he won’t run for office:

BECK: And I made a promise I would never violate trust, I would keep my word, do the hard thing. I would follow – just live the Ten Commandments, try that one on for size. I don’t think you can go to Washington and not lose your soul. I’ve never met somebody who went to Washington and came back and I said, wow, you’re a better person. Have you?

PALIN: Come to think of it, I don’t know if I have, Glenn.

BECK: How do you — because the parties, the system is so infected, how do you, as an individual go in — I’m not asking if you’re going to run. But let’s just say you were going to run. How do you go in and how do I as voter know that you’re not going to cut so many side deals to get that power that by the time you had that power, you’re no longer who we needed?

Here is a clip from that interview, from, of all places, atheistmediablog.

Beck is worried about the souls of politicians, and Palin actually said “I believe that there are eternal ramifications based on what we do here.”   Beck is mocked because he  sometimes gets weepy in his heartfelt pleas to the people to arise and save their country.   It’s labeled “fake crying.”   Palin’s religion is considered dangerous and is fodder for ridicule, as seen in the following video.

There’s no getting around it: These two are odd balls.

They say that you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.   Perhaps this will explain why Beck and Palin are admired by so many.  We  are looking for someone that is trustworthy and hoping against hope that these odd balls might fill the bill.


For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? — Mark 8:36