As if the failing economy wasn’t enough to keep people out of bookstores this holiday season…. Crazed fascist right-wing radio host Glenn Beck has found it necessary to create this abomination of publishing – his attempt to tap into the annual soft, squishy Christmas novel market: The Christmas Sweater.
Ah, the story of a stupid twelve year old boy named Eddie who tragically receives a sweater from his mother for Christmas instead of a bike. This ruins his life.
“Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don’t always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owned life’s most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie’s dark and painful journey on the road to manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family — and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell — to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.”
“Storm clouds of life”? Barf. It somehow makes this all the more nauseating knowing that it poured forth from a hatemonger like Beck. Here’s some Beck background: the book is published by Threshold Editions – the same pub that brought us Jerome Corsi’s Obama Swift Boat book that attempted to divide an undividable country over the summer. Beck has made the “socialist” label for Obama (and presumably the 66,624,424 of us who voted for him) his rallying cry – he even has a pathetic video on his website featuring the liberal socialists praising the “messiah” with a plodding Soviet era anthem. Even worse, he has called the people who remained in New Orleans after Katrina “scumbags” that he hates more than 9/11 victims’ families. (“And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, “Oh shut up!” I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”) You get the idea. That’s some big hate there – writing a lame book about a boy who hates his mother isn’t going to undo all that. I know it sounds naive, but I just can’t understand how someone can tell himself that he’s capable of writing a feel-good story about faith and family while he makes a living tearing down people who don’t support the NRA. Its insane. Sad and insane.