Beck, fighting Internet regulation and confessing cluelessness on future. (Alex Wong/GETTY IMAGES)

Ranter Glenn Beck first caught my attention in his capacity as soothsayer. Here’s a guy that had a grasp of what’s coming down the pike. He saw things, including the centrality of the Internet — which he recalled in a SOPA-related segment today — not to mention even more threatening forces.

For instance: “There Will Be Rivers Of Blood If We Don’t Have Values And Principles.” — May 14, 2010.

For instance No. 2: President Obama will “De-Develop America” and slash people’s average income from $47,000 to $14,602 per year. — June 10, 2010.

For instance No. 3: “The reason I warned you about this is because they are injecting social justice poison into our churches and it is the last — this is the last dying breath of our churches if we don’t snap out of it.” — May 18, 2010.

For instance No. 4: Some very-difficult-to-parse-but-truly-dire warning about what could happen to 10 percent of the country’s population. — June 10, 2010.

For instance No. 5: Beck: “I don’t know why I have been given the gift, the blessing, or the curse of being able to see slightly over the horizon, but I am telling you I can. And it is not something that I take lightly.”

Then Beck is probably feeling relieved today. In delivering a slam job against SOPA and the unpredictability of the contemporary mediascape, Beck proclaimed:

“I can’t tell you what the future holds.”

Oh, thank goodness. I was worried there for a bit.