Sunday, August 29, 2010

Glenn Beck as prophet

Glenn Beck went on stage at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday (Aug. 28, 2010) in the role of prophet before an audience of 87,000 to 500,000 fans, an unknown number of whom are true believers. Beck told the gathering: “America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness."
In inflating his role from television/cable/radio performer into one entrusted by God to bring about a new American religious revival, Beck fulfills the vision of Budd Schulberg in “A Face in the Crowd” (1957) in which the leading character, Larry (Lonesome) Rhodes, played by Andy Griffith, blossoms from an insignificant wandering small-town entertainer into a television personality with a massive, hypnotized following.
Lonesome Rhodes’ downfall resulted from the foolish mistake (repeated by so many politicians since) of laughing in the presence what he thought was a dead mike at his audience as a bunch of hooples.
On the other hand, Beck’s bubble may never burst, instead lifting him ever upward towards heaven or the heavens.

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