Glenn Beck to Austin Petersen: “If it is indeed a Trump Hillary race, I will be looking for someone else to support.”

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Glenn Beck responds to an Austin Petersen video, which he also shared from his Facebook page:

Austin,
I am very much into building coalitions.

I do believe that Ted Cruz can win and needs to win. While both of us are religious, we DO NOT believe that you need to be.

I have more than one friend who is an atheist or agnostic. Penn Jillette is a dear friend. There is no need for us to be hostile to one another.

America is a melting pot when we are at our best! We need to come together on principles.

Those principles are enshrined in our founding documents.

If it is indeed a Trump Hillary race, I will be looking for someone else to support.

Love to chat.

16 thoughts on “Glenn Beck to Austin Petersen: “If it is indeed a Trump Hillary race, I will be looking for someone else to support.”

  1. Fred

    A Beck endorsement would be a negative factor in my state.
    He may increase the number of conservatives who were interested in a candidate, but he would further alienate the majority

  2. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Making this a brag (or promotional point) displays IMHO a ghastly lack of touch with reality to LP delegates. Then again it might just be posturing for a future gig.

    This is not a selling point.

  3. Stewart Flood

    Glen Beck is a side-show freak with a national audience. He foams at the mouth and his followers carry pitch forks and torches and try to politically burn anyone they think is a witch.

    I’m not sure appealing to him will help at all. Great stunt, and it plays well with the response Beck gave, but getting Beck to support the LP would require giving up half or more of the better parts of the platform.

    I agree that the LP has not treated Beck well in the past. Is there any reason we should have?

  4. Stewart Flood

    True, not much to get excited about. The only interesting point about it is that Beck actually responded to him. Interesting, but somewhat frightening…

  5. Starchild

    Penn Jillette is definitely one of my favorite libertarians! Part of me would love to see him run for president of the Benighted States, but part of me feels the public isn’t ready for him in that context, and that he actually does more good for the movement doing what he does. Pretty much the same feelings I have about Doug Stanhope.

    If either of them were willing and able to run a campaign that was basically just them doing their shtick on tour with a bit more of a political edge to it than usual, while lending their names and popularity to party-building and down-ticket candidates, getting people in the door to Libertarian events while letting other solid libertarians manage the most of the mundane stuff like websites and position papers and press releases and campaign management, I don’t think the LP could do much better.

    The two of them together on a ticket could be downright dangerous. It would probably generate some sort of spontaneous combustion in the heads of millions of statists. (Embarrassing btw, that WordPress’s spellchecker does not think “statist” is a word – if anybody with IPR has any official contact with them, I’d encourage you to ask them to fix that!)

    Anyway, I digress. What I wanted to say here is that in the video that Andy Craig posted above, from about 39:30 to 45:30 or so, Jillette addresses something which I haven’t really heard many people express, but which I think is very important.

    It gets at why I think the Libertarian Party, and libertarians in general, should not go about trying to “sell” liberty, or “market” our ideas or our “brand” to people.

    Jillette isn’t talking about that political strategy and tactics on a grand scale – he’s talking about interpersonal communication and how you talk with people one on one. But that’s where it starts. Everything kind of scales up from there.

    Even if you don’t watch the whole video, that 6 minutes or so is well worth checking out, although you might want to watch more to get the full context. (I confess I haven’t finished watching the entire thing myself – hope to do so later.)

    Anyway, we are – if Jillette will pardon my using the word – blessed to have such funny, talented, and insightful public intellectuals on our side.

  6. Starchild

    The insight that Penn Jillette expresses which I reference in the comment above – that basic respect for people, that fundamental honesty and humility, and why it is desirable – is something which I suspect candidates like Wayne Allyn Root, and Donald Trump, and from what little I’ve seen of him, Austin Petersen, don’t get and may never understand.

  7. Steven Wilson

    Austin should save a few of these things for the two weeks leading up to the convention where it might create some media buzz for himself and the LP.

    Most MO LP have no use for Beck.

    Penn has never compromised on issues as far as I can remember. He is solid. He just doesn’t want to participate in the game political. Being a candidate is not easy.

  8. Jill Pyeatt

    Starchild said: “The insight that Penn Jillette expresses which I reference in the comment above – that basic respect for people, that fundamental honesty and humility, and why it is desirable – is something which I suspect candidates like Wayne Allyn Root, and Donald Trump, and from what little I’ve seen of him, Austin Petersen, don’t get and may never understand.”

    It would behoove all of us to remember this. It’s hard for me sometimes, but I try to always check myself and remember that “walking the walk” is the most important testimony of Libertarian values there is.

  9. Thane Eichenauer

    > He just doesn’t want to participate in the game political.

    Politics is downstream from culture.

    Penn Jillette promotes freedom within the cultural river. If he were to be elected, if that were even a good idea, who would replace his current efforts?

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  13. Connie

    I’ve been posting libertarian stuff all over glenn’s posts…..I try to get ideas out where there are many!

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