Beck doubles down on stupid take on World War I

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I pointed out yesterday that Glenn Beck attacked "evil" "S.O.B." Woodrow Wilson for declaring war on Germany despite campaigning against getting involved in World War I. Beck, somehow left out that between Wilson's re-election in November 1916 and his declaration of war in April 1917, the Germans sent a telegram to the Mexican government urging them become Germany's ally in return for U.S. territory, and also sunk a number of U.S. merchant ships.

Today, Beck reiterated his WWI theory, and added a new twist:

BECK: Woodrow Wilson, when the war came around in 1917, he just won re-election, and he campaigned on keeping America out of war. That's what he ran on -- keeping America out of war. A month after he was sworn in, we went to war.

Note again the complete lack of any sort of acknowledgement on Beck's part that something could have happened after Wilson's re-election that maybe could have explained why he no longer felt "keeping America out of war" was possible.

Beck went on to say, "Look at this historically, and tie it in to today. Right now, he decided -- Barack Obama decided that we needed health care."

This doesn't make any sense.

Beck is comparing Wilson campaigning against WWI involvement and then joining it after his election to Obama passing health care reform legislation. Besides the aforementioned problems with his Wilson analysis, Beck seems to be unaware that Obama campaigned loud and long on passing universal health care legislation.

A few of the many, many examples below the fold.

From Obama's announcement as a presidential candidate in 2007:

Let's be the generation that finally tackles our health care crisis. We can control costs by focusing on prevention, by providing better treatment to the chronically ill, and using technology to cut the bureaucracy. Let's be the generation that says right here, right now, that we will have universal health care in America by the end of the next president's first term.

From his May 2007 health care speech:

It's a goal I believe we can achieve on a national level with the health care plan I'm outlining today. The very first promise I made on this campaign was that as president, I will sign a universal health care plan into law by the end of my first term in office. Today I want to lay out the details of that plan - a plan that not only guarantees coverage for every American, but also brings down the cost of health care and reduces every family's premiums by as much as $2500. This second part is important because, in the end, coverage without cost containment will only shift our burdens, not relieve them. So we will take steps to remove the waste and inefficiency from the system so we can bring down costs and improve the quality of our care while we're at it.

From his August 2008 speech accepting the nomination of the Democratic Party:

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

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Glenn Beck
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