But the biggest cowards out there would have us believe the opposite.
Cowards insist we avert our eyes from the facts, from common sense, and ignore the evidence that says our economy has been (and is still being) targeted by terrorists who want to topple it just as they toppled the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
Cowards want us to accept that America’s two-party political system is working just fine—despite the fact that elected officials typically bail on campaign promises and fail to solve the problems they were put in office to address.
Cowards want us to believe that American public education is properly preparing our children to complete in a global marketplace.
Cowards would have us stay silent in the face of the rapid expansion of Islamic extremism and progressive ideology disguised as spirituality (i.e., Jim Wallis)—then shout us down as “conspiracy theorists” if we dare open our mouths.
Glenn Beck’s had enough of the PC posturing and spineless attitudes. And he lays it all out, issue by maddening issue, in his latest book, Cowards. Here Beck brings into the sunlight 13 of them that cowards would prefer we not address, including:
- The progressive mantra that says capitalism has failed. (It hasn’t);
- The rise of our new police state;
- How libertarian has become a dirty word;
- A monolithic media that ignores these issues and instead opts for shallow sound bytes and anything else that grab headlines, no matter how vacant or inconsequential or far flung from the truth.
And Cowards is no philosophical rant about the abject state of our planet. Rather Beck’s points and conclusions are measured and sober, backed by solid documentation from a wealth of sources.
The chapter on “Economic Terrorism: Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction” is just one example. In it Beck examines an array of evidence, much that’s right there for all of us in the public record—which, per usual, doesn’t receive meaningful media attention, and definitely not analysis—and breaks it down and makes sense of the information that the cowards would prefer stay under wraps. At the end of the massive string of data, Beck notably warns:
Do we really want to be the country that, once again, looks back and asks How could this have happened? Wouldn’t it be much better to connect the dots, imagine the unimaginable, and take whatever precautions are necessary to ensure that our economy—a great source of our strength—does not become the source of our collapse?
Check out Beck’s radio segment that pits George Soros against Herbert Hoover—and leaves it to you to vote on who’s the biggest coward. (This different sort of playoff “bracket” is indeed bathed in much whimsy—Glenn, Pat, and Stu are calling it the “100 Years of Cowards Tournament,” after all—but as you’ll tell from the video, the fun is founded on hard truths.)
This stuff isn’t easy to hear, Beck readily admits. Certainly it takes less effort and trouble and heartache to pretend as though these issues aren’t becoming more problematic while we sit around and do nothing about them.
But Beck declares that it’s time to take the blinders off, even if it means great struggle. That’s the essence of Cowards. As a quote attributed to President James Garfield made clear: “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”
And the pursuit of truth, Beck contends, ultimately will pay dividends and “out” the cowards’ agendas:
The cowards have had their way for far too long. By concealing themselves in the darkness, they’ve advanced an agenda that has brought America to the brink. Only the bright sunlight of truth can expose them for who they really are.