>I love listening to Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theories. They are nothing short of hysteria and entertaining. His latest theory is probably one of his best. While on his show on Tuesday, he pegged the question of inquiring about a person’s race on the U.S. Census form:
BECK: Why were they asking the race question, you said when, in 1790? … Right, they want to know, do you count as three-fifths? Do you count at all? So, you have to know how many slaves did you have? People find that offensive today because the idea was, if we’re going to count, we want to know how many are here for services etc. etc. and slaves would get less. Well that’s not right. One. One. ‘I’m not three-fifths, I’m one. Whites are not worth than me.’ Now reverse it, why are they asking this question today?
CO-HOST: Because minorities are worth more than whites.
BECK: Exactly right. So you will get more dollars if you are a minority. So you are worth more as a monitory. Well there is no difference. The reason you don’t answer the race question is because one, everyone counts as one. All men are created equal. If you were offended back in 1790 about slavery and that everyone should count the same, do not answer the race question. How dare you. How dare you. At least in 1790, they were doing it to slow the South down on slavery. To try to stop it as much as they can. Today they are asking the race question to try to increase slavery. Your dependence on the master in Washington. No way, don’t answer that question.
I should probably note that Think Progress debunked Beck’s claim regarding the origin of the three-fifths clause, saying it was an “abolitionist provision.”
To me, Glenn Beck is amusing crazy, not the kind of crazy in which you need to be worried or afraid. He’s the kind of crazy that you just push aside and chuckle at. Sure, while you may hate his guts and think everything he says is a complete joke, it’s good humor in a way.
He reminds me of Ann Coulter. They both have this type of crazy personality where the main goal is to either sell books or boost their ratings.
In closing, I want to quote a line from one of my favorite movies, As Good As It Gets: “Sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here.”