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I used to tolerate Glenn Beck. I even grew to kind of respect him as a person, even if I disagreed with his politics (which used to be just a small part of his show). Some of his social commentary used to be pretty right on.

Then he got a TV show. And I began to worry that he was getting a little too political, and a little too paranoid. Then the 2008 presidential race happened. And his slide into insanity happened at breakneck speed. If I had any respect left for him, this comment suggests that he’s lost any marbles he may have had left…

“I don’t get the baseball thing, but the soccer thing, I hate it so much — probably because the rest of the world likes it so much, and they riot over it, and they continually try to jam it down our throat… It doesn’t matter how you sell it to us. It doesn’t matter how many celebrities you get. It doesn’t matter how many bars open early. It doesn’t matter how many beer commercials they run. We don’t want the World Cup. We don’t like the World Cup. We don’t like soccer. We want nothing to do with it. You can package it any way — you can spend all kinds of money. You can force it on our television sets. We will not enjoy the World Cup.”

Not sure who the “we” is to whom he’s referring. But I think there are loads of soccer moms and dads listening to his program who would probably not appreciate being included in the “we.”

So sad. It’s a freaking game, and a fun one at that. No need to get so upset about it. And why rant against the World Cup? Kind of like the Olympics, it’s an opportunity to set our differences aside, have some friendly (mostly) competition, and learn a little bit about our neighbors.

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