Beck Thanks His Fans for Disrupting South Carolina Healthcare Town Hall

On his radio show today Glenn Beck responded to Republican South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis’ statement that Glenn Beck is spreading fear, and people should turn off their televisions off when he comes on by saying that both sides are corrupt, and he said thank you to his fans for defending him, and he never denied spreading fear.

Here is the video from the town hall:

After the crowd suggested that he should watch Glenn Beck, while screaming that they were afraid of Obama because he is a socialist. He said, “Here is what I suggest turn that television off when he comes on. Let me tell you why. Do you want to know why? He is treading on fear, and you know what here is what I think, if you tread on fear, you aren’t leading, you are following fearful people, so if you want to lead stop being fearful and move forward.”

Here is the audio of Beck courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck said, “There is something happening in America, and the first baseline, the first thing that people had to understand is that both sides are corrupt. That was the message in Common Sense. This is not about Barack Obama. This is not about the Democratic Party. This is about both sides. Has anybody seen the video of the Republican from South Carolina who said that you have to get away from Glenn Beck, and get away from his fear mongering? At the town hall meeting, did you see that? Somebody Tweeted it to me last night. It’s phenomenal. ”

He continued, “I Re-tweeted it if you will and said remember I am just a mouthpiece along with you for the GOP…Here is great example of how I am not a mouthpiece and neither are you. This is a town hall where they said hey, as a Republican you got to get away from Glenn Beck and all that fear he peddles, and the crowd went wild, and thank you, thank you, thank you, but it’s amazing to me how quickly people are waking up.”

I find it amazing that Glenn Beck managed to get message of Common Sense wrong, completely wrong. Paine did not argue in his pamphlet that both sides are corrupt. He made a powerful argument in plain spoken language to the American colonists against the monarchy and for independence. He wasn’t writing against both sides. He was clearly advocating for the colonists. Beck managed to warp and distort Paine’s message.

It is also fascinating that Beck did not deny fear mongering. Of course, he is fear mongering. He is not a mouthpiece for the GOP like Rush Limbaugh. Beck is a fringe conspiracy theorist, who doesn’t trust government. By watching the Inglis video, it is clear that many of the same people who tea bagged are showing up at these events.

I hope these folks continue their efforts because they are making the GOP look like an unruly mob. Once again though, the Republican Party has fallen into the trap of thinking that they can use the fringe right for their own political gain.

No matter what they do at these town halls, they aren’t going to stop healthcare reform. Democrats are going to pass the bill with or without Republicans, but in the end it really doesn’t matter because these people are going keep watching Beck and indulging in their conspiracy theory fantasies.

2 Replies to “Beck Thanks His Fans for Disrupting South Carolina Healthcare Town Hall”

  1. How can it be considered fear mongering when facts are being presented? The Right is supposedly using scare tactics, yet the Left are the ones setting the policies. If the Left doesn’t want to scare people then they should stop promoting policies that eat away at individual rights. What scares me is that the Right is doing little to stop the Left in their promotion of these policies. There are few Conservative activists that actually speak the truth and tell it like it is for the Conservative camp. Fear mongering, no. Truth, yes. Thank you Mr. Beck!

    As to the disturbances at these town hall meetings, I think they were completely called for. Town hall meetings are Q&A. Inglis wanted to campaign like Obama and showed very little interest in what anyone have to say. So after the lady said she was scared and he told everyone to stop watching Beck people got ticked. It’s just further evidence that politicians don’t like to be confronted with the truth. Beck is a true Conservative whereas Inglis should move across the aisle like Specter. If Inglis didn’t come to LISTEN to his constituents then he shouldn’t have come at all. When he refused to listen and give logical answers the people there made their voices heard in a way he could understand. For people of his intellect I think he could manage to figure out that booing is bad and cheering would’ve been good… too bad he shot himself in the foot and left on the bad note. Bye bye, Inglis, you will not be back after 2010.

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