Pulp Fiction was a dark, offensive, and revealing film about one highly disturbing part of American life. While there are many memorable scenes that are seared into the memory of anyone who has seen the film, none is more memorable than Samuel Jackson’s speech he gave before assassinating each of his many victims. “Jules” repeated these memorable words immediately before shooting each of his victims:
“ The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.
The irony was obvious. Jules cast himself as a “righteous” man and suggested that the people he was about to kill were the selfish and evil ones. Jules indicated that it was “charity and good will” that caused him to “help” his victims by killing them. Jules describes himself as his “brother’s keeper,” invoking religious images, and the finder of the lost, because he finds people and kills them. When Jules says “My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee” he is indicating that he is himself God-like, and thus the violence that he inflicts is the vengeance of God, not a mere mortal.
Until today I would have described Glenn Beck as an evil liar who earns millions of dollars at the expense of the American public. Until today I would not have compared him to Jules in Pulp Fiction. However today the comparison is striking, and the irony is obvious.
In his show yesterday Glenn Beck suggested that the disaster in Japan was God’s “message being sent” to the Japanese people.
Listening to Beck was like listening to Jules, declaring that the tsunami and the disaster that followed were caused by God ‘s “vengeance and furious anger”.
For years people have listened as Beck has promoted anti-American-government sentiment. One year ago Mark Potok, the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit group that monitors militias, white supremacists groups and other extremists, highlighted the problem for anyone who would listen. He said:
“We’ve seen more threats and actual attacks in the past 18 months than we’ve seen at any given period over the past 15 years,”.
Mr Potok specifically blamed Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and Lou Dobbs.
In March of 2010 ABC reported :
“A host of recent attacks on law enforcement, plots against President Obama, and a shooting at Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust museum are “signs of the times,”
“We’ve seen more threats and actual attacks in the past 18 months than we’ve seen at any given period over the past 15 years.”
During that same month Palin posted her infamous map of the United States with the crosshairs on it for Ms. Giffords.
As predicted, violence occurred in Arizona. Gabby Giffords and other innocent victims were shot. Instead of recognizing the need to tone down the rhetoric, Sarah Palin incited more hatred by her attempt to create the impression that she was a victim by using the “Blood Libel” image. In case there was any doubt about her knowledge of just how offensive that term might be, she talked with Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox, about it. He specifically advised her not to do it. http://www.businessinsider.com/sarah-palin-roger-ailes-giffords-2011-3. Because Sarah Palin ignored his admonition, we are left with the clear indication that she intended to escalate the situation.
Time Magazine identified Beck as one of the World’s Most Influential People. Palin was chosen to write about him in the article. She described him as “amazing” and “patriotic.” She explained that Glenn Beck “inspires others to learn and respect our nation’s history.” If she had seen Pulp Fiction she could have used the memorable words of Jules to describe Beck. “Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper. “
The truth is that Glenn Beck, although worth millions, has a history of disfunction. His mother and his step-brother committed suicide. Beck himself admits that he was suicidal. He admits to being an alcoholic has a history of drug use. In July of 2010 he was diagnosed with macular dystrophy which could result in blindness. He has been divorced and remarried. One of his children has cerebral palsy. Beck has also been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Whoopie Goldberg’s description of Mr. Beck as a “Lying Sack of Dog Mess” was quite descriptive.
Like Palin, Beck has used his national presence to incite violence. Beck tells blatant lies, and promotes fear mongering.. In the course of this particular tirade he makes reference to Sarah Palin and the Lord. He said that a “Great and Powerful Evil” is coming.
Beck’s recent suggestion, that the horrific disaster facing the people of Japan was the result of God’s vengeance, was a clear example of just how far this deranged person will go to promote fear. His attack on the Japanese people is an example that his attempts to incite fear are not limited to “progressives” or “liberals” but to anyone who may not be a follower. Beck didn’t do the “Christian” thing to try to raise money for the victims. Instead he suggested that they deserved this tragedy. Instead of bringing attention to the lack of chaos and riots that have been associated with American disasters, Beck was silent. Japan has suffered the world’s seventh most powerful earthquake, a tsunami with a 23 foot wall of water, at least 10,000 fatalities, a nuclear power plant crisis requiring the evacuation of more than 180,000 nearby residents, and property and other losses amounting to as high as $35 billion. Millions of Japanese residents are struggling with dwindling supplies of food, water, and other necessities.Millions of Japanese were without drinking water or electricity Sunday, surviving on instant noodles and rice balls. Thousands of hungry survivors huddled in darkened emergency centers, cut off from rescuers. At least 1.4 million households have gone without water since the quake struck and some 2.5 million households were without electricity. Large areas of the countryside were surrounded by water and unreachable. At least 380,000 people have been evacuated to emergency shelters, many of them without power.
Fox News should be ashamed of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Lou Dobbs. Glenn Beck’s Pulp-Fiction Moment is perhaps the most obvious example of the fact that Fox and Beck seem to intend to incite violence as it must be good for ratings. When Jules shot and killed people it was obvious to the audience that he was not actually doing God’s work. Beck’s behavior is worse because the danger he creates is not so obvious.