To Celebrate the First Anniversary of The Beltway Perspective, a New Post Every Day Analyzing and Fact Checking my Favorite Pundit
Ready your confetti and streamers. We’re going to do this birthday right.
For the past few weeks, I’ve pondered ways to celebrate my 365th day as a blogger. I wanted a fresh idea; a way to really give back to the readers who’ve stuck with me for a year now. Then it hit me; the best gift I can give is content – lots and lots of content. That’s when I decided that I would post every day between September 27 and October 1.
But what to post about? Let’s be honest, I rarely come up with original content. I play the role of political analyst, weighing in on news that everyone else is already covering. This special week of non-stop posts calls for something more.
Why Just Cover the News? Let’s Help Make It!
Last week, I was inspired by Jon Stewart’s announcement that he plans to hold the “Rally to Restore Sanity” here in the District of Columbia on October 30. Stewart made the announcement just weeks after the decidedly insane Glenn Beck held his “Restoring Honor” rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Was Beck’s rally insane? No. But he is.
There could be no better way to respond to Stewart’s plea for sensibility than to help him pave the way for sanity here in the nation’s capital. That’s why, starting Monday, I will watch Glenn Beck so that you don’t have to. I will analyze every word of every show, fact checking and poking fun along the way. Oh, we’ll have some laughs, we’ll have some cries (knowing Beck, there might be a lot of crying), and we’ll even have a daily scorecard tracking the total number of times Beck mentions socialism, communism, progressivism and Marxism.
(**Please note: If you plan on playing the Glenn Beck drinking game using the terms listed above, only drink when Beck uses one of the keywords within two words of President Obama’s name; i.e. “Obama’s socialist agenda” or “Obama’s Marxist cabinet.” Otherwise, you risk alcohol poisoning)
Since Tea Party Movement is already taken, we’ll call it the Birthday Party Movement
Let’s make this celebration worthwhile. Tell your friends, family, former teachers, religious leaders, and the man standing next to you in line at Burger King that it’s time to restore sanity and in order to do that, we need to make sure everyone knows that Glenn Beck is insane.
Let’s become the news story.
***Message to Steven Colbert: It was only after thoughtful consideration that I opted to join Jon Stewart’s campaign to restore sanity. While I respect your patriotism and service to this country, Stewart’s vision for America better resonates with my own. I’m sorry that I will be working counter to your effort to keep fear alive.