On his Fox News show today, Glenn Beck claimed that all progressives are terrorists, “Many of these people are nothing more than terrorists, economic terrorists, free speech terrorists, religious terrorists, racial terrorists. They are attempting to silence you through terror. They have not gone to a flight school or strapped bombs to their chest, but they are terrorists just the same.”
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
After quoting Edmund Burke, Beck called progressives terrorists, “Fear is the way they get you to do nothing. It’s a tool. They terrorize you. They call you names. Many of these people are nothing more than terrorists, economic terrorists, free speech terrorists, religious terrorists, racial terrorists. They are attempting to silence you through terror. They have not gone to a flight school or strapped bombs to their chest, but they are terrorists just the same.”
After invoking Martin Luther King and God Beck continued the attack, “The progressives are going to go crazy over this monologue. I don’t care. They will scream and whine about me calling them terrorists despite the fact that they do it to you and me on a daily basis. They’ll scream that there is nothing wrong with what Congress has done, or with what this president and administration has done so far.”
Beck then went on a full on paranoid rant of half truths, “In America I don’t think we take over the auto industry. We don’t take over healthcare…They taken over the banks and other institutions. They’ve completely changed the way money flows through the system and you don’t know it yet, or your neighbors probably don’t. They’ve given themselves the ability to seize any institution they deem a threat….They’ve taken control of the student loans. They have through regulation, not legislation, set up a system to take control of energy in our homes. They are circulating memos in the administration that would effectively grant amnesty to illegals, again without Congress…”
Notice that Glenn referred to his remarks not as comments or commentary, but as a monologue. Who gives monologues? Actors give monologues, so while Beck’s old white audience is sitting at home getting frightened while worrying that Obama is going to turn off their electricity, and the illegals are going to come and get them in the dark, remember that this man is just giving a monologue. Glenn Beck is acting, and laughing all the way to the bank over the hate and fear that he is so recklessly inspiring.
His comments about the Democratic and Obama agenda have no relationship to reality, because Glenn Beck isn’t about reality, but the reason why I dedicate time and space on this website to Beck is because millions of people out there think that he is speaking facts and the truth. Glenn Beck all the others big and small who insist on ratcheting up the rhetoric so that progressives are terrorists and conservatives are free speech censors are all playing the same game. They are trying to manipulate your emotions for their own gain. They don’t care if they are poisoning the well. To them what’s another gallon of division and hate?
I can’t play that game. I won’t play that game. I still believe that there are people out there who are capable of not seeing the world through the us versus them mentality. There are still Americans who see the big picture of how the very fabric of our freedoms are destroyed when extremists on the Right and Left insist on demonizing one another, and using scare tactics to gain supporters.
When Glenn Beck refers to progressives as terrorists, or someone else paints conservatives as censors, and they using scare tactics to manipulate your feelings. It is then that we as individuals need to look into our hearts, stand tall, and be true to ourselves and our values. The real terrorist isn’t your friend or your neighbor who may be a progressive or a conservative, but they are the people who spread fear for their own personal gain. Those who are destroying America are those who for matters of ego, money, or fame feel the need to scare and divide, and those on the Right or the Left, because I have heard it from both sides, who scream loudest about terrorism or censorship are usually the ones who most likely to terrorize and censor others.