May Cooler Heads Prevail



By Michael Greer

Before you get mad at me and tune me out, please hear me.  Now that Republicans are in charge isn’t it time we stop throwing our own under the bus?  I ask you, are we using the same objectivity and tolerance we demand from others?  We all pound our chests about free speech, but doesn’t that involve defending the speech we don’t like?

May I remind you again of a Reagan quote, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”

Over the last 18 months I have watched friends and associates viciously attack Fox news pundits, Fox News in general, and many radio talk show hosts.  I’ve watched Conservatives “unfriend” friends.  I heard, “I’ll never listen to so and so again” or “I can’t watch Fox News anymore”.  I’ve had friends send me links from people they, apparently, do trust to explain why they are boycotting some show or network.  In some cases I know the information isn’t true, or has been taken out of context, and if they hadn’t stopped watching these people, they’d know it too.  Fox News may not be as purely Conservative as you may want but if you stop watching it, there will be no media presenting anything even close to your world view.  If you don’t like what they are doing, tell them, write them, call them, tweet them, but don’t turn them off.

During this election cycle, I have been upset by what I heard and turned off shows as well, but I didn’t turn them off forever.  Why have you turned off these people you have agreed with and listened to for years?  You said if they weren’t on the “Trump Train”, they were for Hillary.  But, come on, you know that isn’t true.  Even the most devoted Trump supporter has to know Trump gave people plenty of reasons not to trust him.  Not liking trump, however, didn’t mean they wanted Hillary to win.

People I’ve fought shoulder to shoulder with for nearly a decade, people I’ve never had a disagreement with, tell me they will never listen to various people again, like Glenn Beck, Megyn Kelly, even Rush, because they believed they wanted Hillary Clinton to win.  Although, Megyn Kelly certainly wasn’t a fan of Trump’s (and dare I say, for good reason?), I never saw any reason to believe she wanted Clinton to win.  And certainly she was fairer to Trump than anyone on CNN, MSNBC or ABC, CBS, or NBC was.  She had a meltdown over what the DNC said about Catholics. I don’t know what is in her heart but, in my opinion, she has more disagreements with Left and their policies than the Right.  My point being, I have less disagreement with Megyn Kelly than Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Melissa Harris-Perry, Wolf Blitzer, Cokie Roberts, Maureen Dowd, Peggy Noonan, Martha Raddatz, Ashleigh Banfield, and on and on.  Even with Liberal pundits I think try to be impartial like Anderson Cooper or Jake Tapper.  We seem to have more tolerance for Liberal pundits than Conservatives who we think aren’t 100% pure.

Some of the most vicious attacks I’ve seen have been against Glenn Beck.  I suspect because his fans were so completely devoted to him that any deviation from what they believed (real or imagined) was a betrayal.  Some thought his taking teddy bears and soccer balls to the illegal alien children equaled his support of open borders.  Never mind the hundreds of hours he has spoken against open borders and amnesty, interviewed anti-amnesty experts, written shows about the negative effects of open borders, that one act, turned many against him. 

Those who are boycotting Beck are missing a lot of valuable information.  They wouldn’t believe he was for Hillary if they saw the week long series on her corruption including her Watergate boss who said he fired her because she was the most unethical lawyer he had ever known. He said she was a liar who conspired to violate the rules of Congress, and confidentiality.  That was followed by a week long series on the corruption of the “pay for play” Clinton Foundation. 

This week Beck was talking about the Banks planning to force us into a cashless society and the dangers of that. Who else is talking about that?  I didn’t see any other news sources talking about Citi Bank in Australia making many of its branches cashless. Or India banning all large bills.  People were standing in line in India to turn in their large bills because in a few days they will be worthless. 

Glenn, like the rest of us, is relieved Clinton lost.  Beck explained Trump supporters didn’t take Trump literally but they did take him seriously, he said he took Trump literally but didn’t take him seriously.  He said that may have been a mistake. He hopes Trump will do the things he promised and if he does, Beck will support his re-election.  Isn’t that a reasonable position to take?  It’s actually a position many of us have.  The LA Times article showed 51% of Trump voters voted against Clinton more than for Trump.

 trump.2016 ‘We’re called redneck, ignorant, racist. That’s not true …

Interviews with Trump voters from all over the country.

So, can we stop being such purists? Can we forgive fellow Conservatives for not agreeing with us 100%? I hope you are aware that there are people (probably paid) who pose as Conservatives on websites, twitter, Facebook and other social media to plant negative stories about Conservative pundits.  They’d like nothing better than to be able to kill Conservative talk radio.  They know how much we value our founding documents, religion, ethics and morality.  And they know how quickly we’ll throw someone under the bus for any violation.

I’m not going to stop listening to Fox or Megyn Kelly or Glenn Beck or anyone.  I’m not going to be a party to the destruction of Conservative media.  I may not agree with everything they say or do but they cover valuable information that isn’t reported elsewhere. If we believe in “free speech” we must defend the speech we don’t like, especially when it comes from our side.  



Michael GreerMichael Greer retired from the film/television industry and is the co-organizer of the Santa Monica Tea Party and the Los Angeles Tea Party, on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights and was a member of the Republican Central Committee for the 41st Assembly District.  She is also president of American Freedom Alliance.  Her website is:

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
4 years ago

It sounds very conciliatory, but may I add that you must be discerning when you listen to people you may disagree with. It all starts with asking yourself…..What do I believe in and how do I support that in a conversation?

For instance….Glenn Beck has visualized some way out conspiracies, but he may also have some straight talk that makes sense. Find reasons why you agree with one thing but not the other and express it clearly in words. If you consistently hear more conspiracies than straight talk, it’s time to end the conversation.