Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Most Feared Man In America!

Yesterday, when I first heard that St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and slugger Albert Pujols were attending the Restoring Honor rally in Washington D.C., I right away knew that they were going to have to answer a lot of questions to those who opposed the rally and publicly criticized it.

And why?

In two short words-- Glenn Beck.

The Restoring Honor rally was coordinated, by none other, than the Fox News Channels' controversial anchor Glenn Beck-- and it's no secret that Beck has a lot of haters out there. So when I heard of LaRussa and Pujol's participation, I said to myself, "Oh, oh, prepare yourselves, Tony and Albert, ya gonna hear it from the 'Beckaphobics'."

And who is Glenn Beck?

To put it simply, right now, Beck is the best at what he does.

Like him or not, in the world of political punditry no one comes close to having the kind of audience that Beck has. His radio program and his show on the Fox News Channel are both ratings machines and as an author Beck has literally owned the New York Times Best-Seller List. In fact, Beck is the only author to ever have two separate books hold the No. 1 spot (Arguing With Idiots-hardcover nonfiction & Common Sense-paperback nonfiction) simultaneously on the NYTBSL. So there is no question the man has legions of followers.

But when you're that big it works both ways. The same way he has legions of followers, he also has legions of haters. And Beck loves to "push buttons" so I can see why so many out there either dislike him or fear him.

Anyway, having said that--

Today my suspicions about LaRussa and Pujols were correct. I read 3 articles where they were criticized for having the "audacity" to attend Beck's rally.

For the record: LaRussa and Pujols attended the rally because Pujols was the recipient of the rally's Hope Award, for his work with the Pujols Family Foundation.

I guess, in the minds of those who reject Beck, they assume that just because someone attended the rally and accepted the award, it meant that they agreed with Beck's political ideologies. I mean, why else would they have beef with it?

I'm not a Beck follower and don't necessarily agree with his political views, but the man was doing a noble thing yesterday. I saw about 80% of the rally on C-Span and all I heard were people talking about God, faith and restoring hope.

What's wrong with that?

Oh I get it, we're all suppose to see the subplots behind the whole thing.

Let me see if I can think like a Beck-hater--

"The Restoring Hope rally was a farce. That evil Fox News Channel host is a crook and a liar. Don't listen to him because that dopey, paranoid psycho is a danger to society. Oh no, honey, hide the kids! This evil man is destroying the fabric of our belief system. He's forcing us to believe in what he believes in, so there must be a subplot to his rally."

Anyway, I gave it by best--

Just in case, I'm not on the Beck bandwagon. But I'm also NOT a Beck-hater either. I guess I can say, I'm just Beck-indifferent. In my world, I live and let live. So to the Beck-haters out there-- just don't listen to the man or watch his show or listen to him on the radio if you don't like what he's saying. By criticizing him and crying out loud every time he "offends" you, you're just giving him more power. It's that simple.

As for the rally, Pujols said, "It's a great experience. Any time I have the opportunity to share with people the good news of Jesus Christ and what he has done, to me that's what it's all about, to be able to share that. I believe that's part of my job."

Beck's rally benefited the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which is an organization which helps the families of fallen soldiers.

Of the foundation, Pujols said, "Now, they, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, have like $30 million, where they can support families. And if people have a problem with that, they need to look themselves in the mirror and say, 'You know what? I'm the one that has a problem.' It is what it is. I can't control what people say. If I'm going to take some heat about the things that I believe and who I represent, then you know what? I take the heat. Just the same way that [Jesus] died on the cross for our sins to give us eternal life, he took a lot of heat. That doesn't bother me at all."

Hey Albert, the problem the critics are having isn't the cause. They are completely blind of that. Their problem is Beck. That evil guy who's hijacking the fabric of their existence. In their world, Beck is an evil man and evil people aren't suppose to do good things. There has to be an agenda behind it.

To them, you, LaRussa and the estimated 96,000+ people who were there, are all part of Beck's diabolical plan to take over the world. So, never mind, that it was a good cause-- they'll rather die before they say, "wow, Beck did a good thing".

And what lame excuses were written?

I read from some of these writers that LaRussa and Pujols should be concentrating on baseball and not attending "political" rallies. Think about that for a second. Here we have one of the most successful manager-player combinations in major league history and these disgruntled people are telling them they shouldn't attend good causes because they need to concentrate on baseball.

I would have more respect for these people, if they just said, "We don't like Beck. We fear what he stands for, so please, Tony and Albert, don't go."

But don't give me none of this, "oh, the Cardinals are falling out of the pennant race" garbage. They can say that bs to a manager with a .350 lifetime winning percentage and a hitter with a .230 career batting average. But not to two of the greatest ever.

In the end, I commend LaRussa and Pujols for participating. In my world, if 30 million bucks are raised to help the families of fallen soldiers, then it's a good thing no matter who is doing it.

I'll leave the "throw Glenn Beck under the bus" rhetoric to the likes of Keith Olbermann. At least Keith is making a fortune by doing so.

Meanwhile, kudos to LaRussa and Pujols!

P.S. I wonder who's more paranoid? Beck or those who say Beck is?

And do any of those Beck-haters have the power and influence to mobilize a quarter of a million people the way Beck does? I don't think so.

So until they demonstrate that they have that kind of "pull", Beck, like him or not, is running the show.

No doubt!

Photos courtesy of the AP

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