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Can You Spot the Historical Pattern in Hollywood's Film Choices?

"Recognize that history repeats itself."

Glenn Beck speaks on his television program December 3, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

Glenn Beck on Wednesday said Hollywood is currently making an exceptional number of two types of movies: faith-based movies, and superhero-related movies.

Beck also said Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly insurmountable problems of the day, whether it is the economy, the Islamic State, or the numerous violations of the rule of law in Washington.

"They're all powerfully overwhelming and there's no end in sight," Beck remarked. "These problems are so huge that we feel helpless. I keep saying that people instinctively know something is coming."

Glenn Beck speaks on his television program December 3, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV) Glenn Beck speaks on his television program December 3, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

"Even though [Hollywood misses] the mark so often, they are in the business of trying to connect with the mood of the American people," Beck said. "And I want you to notice something, a trend in the movies."

Beck said the last time there was an abundance of faith and superhero-based movies was the 1930s and the 1940s.

"What was happening during that time period?" Beck asked. "Was our economy good? No -- Great Depression. Was there a build-up to war where we saw villains beyond our wildest imagination? Yeah. Everything back then seemed insurmountable. Everything was too big to handle, so America needed two things: they needed a superhero, or something that revolved around faith to embolden us."

Beck said that in both time periods, America "tried to elect a savior."

"How has that worked out?" he asked. "People today laugh at the idea of a common-sense farmer in the White House. But isn't that exactly what we really need to return to? I think somebody like Charles Barkley is more fit to be in the White House than most of the polished, brilliant politicians and Ivy League scholars that we have today. We need an actual leader that is unafraid to speak common sense truth, unafraid of the mob mentality in public."

"Recognize that history repeats itself," Beck continued. "We're searching for a superhero, a saint, religion. We tried the superhero thing back in 2008, didn't work out. The other option is religion, but is that going to work out? May I suggest it's faith that we should be looking for."

Beck said America has to recognize that superheroes don't exist, and that it is time to "return to the values and principles that make us strong."

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