Malia is taking a much needed break this weekend. Over the next two days, Torie Thompson will be guest blogging. 

(Part 1 of 2)

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin could best be described as doctrinal and philosophical kindred spirits. Both tout their Christian morals and “common sense” philosophy along with their patriotism and politics.  They also share a mutual fondness for one another, with Beck gushing in an interview that Palin is “one of the only people that I can see that can possibly lead us” and Palin writing for Time Magazine that Beck is “an inspiring patriot”. While their commonalities appear innocuous, they are actually insidious.  

Both incite divisiveness and even violence with their anti-intellectualism and historical perversion.  One of the most egregious examples of late is Beck’s promotion of the book The Red Network: A “Who’s Who” and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots. The book was written in 1934, and as the name implies, is an anti-communist rant. Despite having been poorly researched and written, Beck lauded the book implying that Americans need engage in acts harkening back to the Red Scare.  

During the Red Scare a sort of communist paranoia overtook the U.S. In The Red Network, the author Elizabeth Dillings accuses everyone from Albert Einstein to Eleanor Roosevelt to even Gandhi as having been a radical socialist based upon utterly nonsensical “evidence”, such as Einstein’s daughter marrying a Russian and Dilling’s inability to understand his theory of relativity. Does any of this remind you of the inane smear campaigns by Beck and Palin 

If Palin read, this a book she would enjoy.