Glenn Beck’s Constitution Worship Explained

This is fascinating.

I did not know this about Mormons. In hindsight, it explains a lot of what we have seen from Glenn Beck, Mitt Romney and Egg McMuffin over the past year or so:

“Ever since, Beck has imagined himself as a sentry perched on the national ramparts, warning of looming disaster. Usually, that disaster manifests itself as a threat to the Constitution. Which, given Mormon history, makes perfect sense. Many Americans revere the Constitution. Mormons, however, consider it sacred. In Doctrine and Covenants, a book of Mormon scripture, God says, “I have established the Constitution of this land by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose.” According to polling by David Campbell, a Notre Dame political scientist, 94 percent of American Mormons believe that the “Constitution and the Bill of Rights are divinely inspired.” That’s only two points lower than the percentage who believe that the Book of Mormon is.

But Mormons don’t just consider the Constitution sacred. They believe that its violation has allowed their persecution. Why did the governor of Missouri in 1838 call for Mormons to “be exterminated or driven from the State”? Why were Mormons forced to travel halfway across the continent—leaving the borders of what was then the United States—in order to find sanctuary in Utah? Because America’s leaders disregarded the country’s sacred texts.

Today, many Mormons see defending the Constitution the way many Jews see opposing genocide: as a way of honoring their ancestors and affirming their identity. In recounting his own religious conversion, Beck told me about a parade that he claimed Mormon settlers held upon reaching Utah, after having been expelled from the United States. “The women carried the Declaration of Independence and the men carried the Constitution,” he said. “And the whole point was that people may let you down, people will violate the principles, but the principles are true.” Such a parade likely never happened. Two scholars of Mormonism told me they had never heard of it. But the story nonetheless illustrates the Constitution’s centrality to Beck’s identity, and to the identity of many Mormons. According to legend, the Mormon leader Joseph Smith prophesied in 1843 that the Constitution would one day “hang by a thread” and be saved by “the elders of Zion,” by which he meant Mormon men. Church authorities say the quote is apocryphal. Campbell’s polling, however, finds that a majority of Mormons believe it’s true.

And yet, Campbell argues, Mormons tend not to accentuate these views publicly. Mormon culture, he told me, emphasizes a “moderate way of speaking.” Think Mitt Romney or Orrin Hatch. Campbell, who is Mormon himself, says that’s in part because many Mormons are desperate to be accepted by a mainstream that has long rejected them. They’re fearful of looking like fanatics or nuts.

Beck is not. Perhaps because he converted to Mormonism as an adult, he never imbibed his co-religionists’ anxiety. He has publicly invoked Smith’s alleged prophecy at least five times, most recently in March. Warning Utah voters of the threat Trump posed, Beck reminded them that “the body of the priesthood is known to stand up when the Constitution hangs by a thread.” More problematically for liberals, Beck invoked the prophecy three times in late 2008 and early 2009 to describe Barack Obama. …”

As a White Southerner, I have a completely different take on the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

From my perspective, the American South is older than either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, and organically grew out of the Atlantic seaboard colonies. We’re older than the United States. In fact, the origins of the Deep South trace back through South Carolina to the British Caribbean.

jaye ellis
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Please read my OD articles about the Latter Day Saints Mormons.

I was brutal with my LDS Mormon contacts. I told them if they threw this ejection to Hillary Mexicans and Muslims I would lead the Mormon persecutions.

BobWhitakerisokay
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I think a lot of conservatards think it’s Divinely Inspired too. They won’t recognize it for what it’s become: Held in our enemy’s hands its the rationale for the destruction of our race and culture.

Junius Daniel
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Mr. Whitaker – no matter how ‘divinely inspired’ The Constitution is or is not, has little to do with the problem, from a Southern perspective.. Rather, the principle problem lies in the issue of partnership; because no matter how good your agreement may be, if your partner is an abusive philandering cheat, the marriage ain’t gonna work. And The New England culture never allows any relationship with it, unless it is on top. In their mind they know what is right for all. You either agree to subordinate yourself to this, or they wage war on you – in, oh,… Read more »
BobWhitakerisokay
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“The New England culture” has been superseded by Cultural Communism which wages war on White people everywhere, the North included.

Junius Daniel
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I see what you mean, Mr. Whitaker, but, The New England Government USES, FUNNELS, NOURISHES,M AND FOCUSES that cultural arising to achieve it’s own end.

As to White Folks being up North, it’s difficult to find any, as most, if you ask them whether they are or are not, they won’t admit to being it…

James Owen
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Cultural Marxism arose from New Englandism because most of the Communists exiled from Europe moved to the Northeast. Their ideology made a perfect fit with secularised, radical Puritanism. Boston still rules, nominally, or believes that it still does.

DenisetheCelt
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Cultural Marxism was CREATED by Jews, in Germany.

James Owen
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They moved to the Northeast and spread it around college campi all over the North and Pacific Rim.

Feric Jagger
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I would argue cultural Marxism arose by Jews in the Frankfurt Institute expelled by Hitler who took up residence in Columbia University and took up their cause once more.

James Owen
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I won’t argue with you on that, for sure. However, some of those characters came here and settled in the Northeast. They mixed with the homegrown radicals and the American® version of Cultural Marxism was born. See: Yankee Babylon: American Dream. American Nightmare. By MacDonald King Aston.

flunkdaddy
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Constitution Worship is what sells ( remember we,re talking about the mass man here) , Mr. Beck & Mr. Jones and all their kind laugh all the way to the bank.

Andrea Ostrov Letania
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Where in the Constitution does it say we must worship Jews and Israel?

Clytemnestra
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It doesn’t, but I think the Jew-Israel worship comes more from the British Israelite Theory than anything else. The Mormon religion absorbed British Israelite theory in spades. Christian Identity also has key components of BIT, but since they are Anti-Semites, they view Jews as Kazar-Edomite imposters. The Mormons OTOH view Jews as brothers and tended to be just as hostile to orthodox Christians as the Jews. They even called them gentiles as well. If not for the raging Philo-Semitism and the hostility to fundamental Christianity, Joseph Smith did a pretty good job at creating a Christian religion that not only… Read more »
Andrea Ostrov Letania
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PC is anti-Eurocentric, but it is totally Euro-conscien-centric. It revolves around what white people feel or should feel toward others. So, how non-whites see themselves or other non-whites is secondary to how whites see non-whites. So, it’s not a problem if non-whites reject their own kind, their own nations, their own culture, and etc. All that matters is how whites feel about non-whites. That is what these non-whites live for. Indeed, suppose these non-whites were offered two options: 1. Whites reject non-whites, so non-whites retain their identity and culture. 2. Whites accept non-whites, so non-whites lose their identity and culture.… Read more »
Bill Jackson
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Americans just imagine what they want the Constitution to say and believe that instead.

The Constitution is dedicated to “Ourselves and Our Posterity”. If that wasn’t clear enough, the first laws they passed regarding immigration were, only Whites could be citizens.

If anyone tried to write a constitution dedicated to “Ourselves and Our Posterity” today, they would be called naziwantstokillsixmillionjews.

Billy Ray Jenkins
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Hunter, the problem with some Modern Southern Nationalists is that many of them didn’t bother to read the arguments FOR Secession. I would hear the DiLorenzo types mutter stuff like “Thomas Jefferson’s sacred Republic was preserved by the Confederacy.”, when in fact VP Alexander Stephens and John C Calhoun among others had repudiated Jefferson’s viewpoints years before. Here Stephens lays Jefferson Bare “The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature –… Read more »
ben
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Fuck yeah!

Billy Ray Jenkins
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The irony of this situation is was that it actually was ABRAHAM LINCOLN preserving a Union that had no business being preserved when modern science and sociology which had emerged in the 1850’s had proved the ideas of Jefferson and Madison in error. The idea that the Negro was a white man in Black skin, which had been pushed by some in the 1700’s was proven definitely incorrect in the 1850s. The Gettysburg Address is really the culmination of the ideas of Jefferson, this idea of equality and meritocracy being the basis of American Law and culture. Andrew Jackson also… Read more »
Fr. John+
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Our new government [the Confederate States of America] is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid – its cornerstone rests – upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man. That slavery – subordination to the superior [white] race – is his natural and moral condition. This – our new government – is the first in the history of the world based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.” Dayum! I like this man! They all need to go, or they need to be brought down. But these darkies are NOT… Read more »
Billy Ray Jenkins
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The small government Neo-Confederates never read VP Stevens or Fitzhugh for that matter

Junius Daniel
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The only way you can get that, Father, is by secession; and, as Southerners have become terminally afflicted by Yankee-Doodle-Dandy-itus, we’ll have to hope that the heretical lunaticks, way out west, go through with their threats.

James Owen
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They won’t, because they’re up against inland California, Oregon and Washington State. Farmers, Ranchers and Loggers tend not to be Leftist. The blue coastal strip contrasted with the red interior says that much. Besides, the Left have few Henry Rollins’ in their ranks.comment image

Henry Rollins Communist Enforcer;

Fr. John+
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Yup

Jerry Kleinfeld
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Typical jew supremacist propaganda from (((The Atlantic))). Muh Constitution, Muh Bill O’ Rights.

Hey Glenn, your test results just came in….
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Feric Jagger
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Not a fan of Alex Jones but he hates Glen Beck with a passion and once you hear his reasons why you would choose Jones over Beck any day!

Evolver1
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There are lots of good Mormons, but Beck and Romney are not to be trusted. They are twisted by hate of themselves and Whites with any White consciousness. Hopefully, Trump won’t pick Romney as Sec. of State. Romney would quietly use the position to stab Trump in the back. Romney is a backbiter.

Captain John Charity Spring MA
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Captain John Charity Spring MA

The Elders of Zion? Lulz.

Laguna Beach Fogey
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From my perspective, the American South is older than either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, and organically grew out of the Atlantic seaboard colonies. We’re older than the United States. In fact, the origins of the Deep South trace back through South Carolina to the British Caribbean.

Exactly! My WASP mother’s family were here (PA, VA) before this place even became the US, and we’ll be here long after the US fades away.

Feric Jagger
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Jamestown came before Plymouth-1609 as compared to 1620.

Colonel Gunter Brumm
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God I hate that little jew guttersnipe hipster racist and his three little stooges.
Have you ever scrolled thru his comments?

Jim
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The Holy Constitution is the culmination of Martin Luther’s Sola Scriptura.

Fr. John+
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And just as bogus a theological concept.

NotYouNotSure
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Things like homosexual marriage and transvestite rights, they can (eventually will) make some kind of strange argument that this is in the bible as something to support. However, if the constitution is divinely inspired they need to explain how things like devil worship are protected by it or how those atheist crusaders that want to remove all religious display use the constitution to do this.

James Owen
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From my perspective, the American South is older than either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, and organically grew out of the Atlantic seaboard colonies. As an aside: In the comments section somewhere I forget, a young college girl confidently stated that the North was older than the South. Which is actually what’s taught, in a round about way, by the public education system and the media. Until my mother gave me a book on the subject, I thought George Washington was from Vermont, the Delaware was a New England river, and the Battle of Yorktown took place somewhere… Read more »
Feric Jagger
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Look for a book called North Over South which shows that contrary to poplar opinion there have always been two different nationalisms in America that predated the formation of the United States. It is not a case, as often portrayed, of American nationalism being always dominant except for a minor disruption when Southern Nationalism suddenly developed but was promptly beater down as the original nationalist once more asserted itself.

Feric Jagger
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Wish to God they had just done what the states elected them to do-improve the AOC an make it stronger. The problem with the Constitution is that the Extreme Court, not the States, gets to decide what is and what is not Constitutional.

James Owen
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A constitution only works if the polity are of an identical mind and race.

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