Friday, February 05, 2010

Remember My Name

Glenn Beck is the #1 most loathsome American according to The Beast. Maybe I shouldn't pick on low-hanging fruit for quick laughs? Let me ponder that for 0.3 milliseconds. Nope, I'm still going to pick on him.

His latest tirade is awesomely kooky. It doesn't quite top his "oligarhy" sermon from last year, but it's funny... until you remember that millions of full-grown adults actually take him seriously:

(Media Matters video)

Here's the text so you can read it and weep (for our nation):
BECK: He chose to use his name, Barack, for a reason. To identify, not with America -- you don't take the name Barack to identify with America. You take the name Barack to identify with what? Your heritage? The heritage, maybe, of your father in Kenya, who is a radical? Really? Searching for something to give him any kind of meaning, just as he was searching later in life for religion.
So Beck is engaging in some very nutty speculations, but this is my first question: Didn't we already debate this? Yes! I remember, it was during the 2008 election! Pundits were screaming "Barack Hussein Obama has a funny name," along with much worse accusations. But what was the outcome? Oh, yeah... we elected him! Most Americans got over the foreign sounding name and elected Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States!

But now, Glenn Beck wants to cast suspicion over Obama's name change -- when he went from his nickname "Barry" to his real name Barack during his college years. Never mind that Obama already explained it to Newsweek: "It was not some assertion of my African roots … not a racial assertion. It was much more of an assertion that I was coming of age. An assertion of being comfortable with the fact that I was different and that I didn't need to try to fit in in a certain way."

Now imagine what Glenn Beck would be saying if Barack was still going as "Barry." He'd accuse the President of hiding his heritage, being false and ashamed. It's bad enough Beck and other wingnuts shout Obama's middle name as if they're uncovering something big -- like Monicagate all over again.
"What's in a name? That is what we ask ourselves in childhood when we write the name that we are told is ours." — James Joyce.
I know Republicans are really into these purity tests, but my own name is Norwegian, both my sisters' names are English, and my brothers' are Germanic and Hebrew. What were my Republican parents thinking? But I guess conservatives only find African and Arabic names terrifying.

Or maybe they don't realize that what they assume is American isn't always American. Take the name America for example. It came from the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. That's right. Our country has a foreign name just like our President. Get over it Beck.


euthymic said...

Very well stated:)

Trung said...

my name is vietnamese :)

HolyJuan said...

Imagine how I feel! I'm neither religious nor Hispanic.

I do not know what my parents were thinking.

Kristen said...

euthymic, thanks!

Trung, I still call you by your old screenname, Rade-K.

Juan, I think maybe your parents wanted you to have one of those ministries on TV. I hear those shows are profitable.

fabutastic said...

Glenn is one to talk! I hear he was originally named Glennwald Siegheil Crossburner LeBagdeDouche-BecKKK.