“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” -Thomas Jefferson
In a recent episode of his show, Glenn Beck essentially told the entire Tea Party to not look stupid. In a kind of mocking tone he discouraged people to wear Statue of Liberty costumes, stop bringing signs etc. Well, here’s an excerpt:
“Maybe no more dressing up, you know, with Abe Lincoln or, you know, putting the foam finger on your head or something like or the “Obama is a socialist” T-shirt. You might want to put it back in the drawer and let me explain why.”
I was surprised, mildly offended and taken aback at first. I felt like the guy wanted to remove the most exciting parts of the Tea Party. But like he said in the last sentence, he explained. And he explained quite well.
Watch it here:
“I was in Seattle about a year ago and there were 10,000 people there. And as I was leaving, I saw somebody who was wearing a Statue of Liberty outfit. And I thought to myself, that’s going to be the one person they pick — just to make you look like you’re crazy. Guess what was in the Seattle P.I. the next morning? That one person.”
“They’re trying to get the average person to look at these images on TV and say: OK, well, I’m not like that. I would never wear the pig nose.”
“You’ve made it! You’ve made it. Dress normally. Take the signs down, because what we’re talking about now are leaders of the free world. You have the character to do that. But they are judging you not on the content of your character but on your signs and your clothing.”
“And as much as my daughter says, “Dad, I don’t care what people say about my clothing” — well, other people do. Other people do. Don’t give the media even a chance to typecast you.”
“And if you — if you take off the Statue of Liberty dress and you put the signs down, that will be the only thing the media will be able to focus on: The content of your character.”
Beck makes a very convincing argument for dropping the current style of the Tea Party. Once all these things are set aside, there are only the ideas remaining. And that’s the only thing that really matters.