Symbol of Fear: Glenn Beck Wore a Bulletproof Vest at Restoring Honor Rally

Glenn Beck delivered a powerful symbol to America today during his Restoring Honor rally, but it had nothing to do with his words or the crowd. If you looked closely at Beck during his “I Killed a Dream” speech, you could see that he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Beck was afraid of his own fans. Check out the pics for yourself.

Here is the front view:

Notice the line a few inches above Glenn’s belt line. That isn’t an undershirt that he has got on my friends.

Even more telling is the back view:

Glenn Beck is so paranoid that he could not face his own fans without wearing a bulletproof vest. This fact not only speaks volumes about Beck, but also the mental stability of his fans. Ironically enough, Beck claimed that he is not a fear monger.

It is really difficult to take Beck’s denials seriously, when he has to state them while wearing a Kevlar vest. Historically true men and women of peace did not need to wear body armor in order to address their supporters. I can’t imagine MLK, Gandhi, or Robert Kennedy standing in front of a large crowd hiding behind a vest because they are terrified that one of their own supporters might put a bullet in them.

Today’s Tea Party rally disguised as charity was a typical right wing event. They wrap themselves in Patriotism, God, and Country, but beneath this thin veneer of bluster is cowardice and fear. The blue hairs who were attending Beck’s white power festival live in terror. They are terrified of the black man in the White House with the funny sounding name. They are terrified of Muslim people and think that every Islamic believer had a hand in 9/11. They are terrified of progress, and they are most terrified of change.

When they talk about taking America back, they are not only referring to political power. These people literally want to take America back in time. Their goal is to undo all progress. The message is that things were safer before they changed. Of course, in the time before things changed, black people were enslaved or segregated against, women had no rights, the poor could only believe in the American Dream, white people had all the power, and there would have most definitely never been a black man in the White House.

Glenn Beck is no Martin Luther King, and those people who gathered in DC today, were no civil rights marchers. Those involved in the civil rights movement risked their lives for equality, where as Glenn Beck is such a coward that he feels unsafe facing his own supporters without a bulletproof vest. Martin Luther King stood on that same ground 47 years earlier today and offered up a dream for a better America, but all Beck offered up was fear wrapped in Kevlar. Just as the March on Washington was a symbol for all that America could be, Glenn Beck’s bulletproof vest is a symbol of all that the Tea Party isn’t.

Photo Credits:

American Digest

The Ed Schultz Show

310 Replies to “Symbol of Fear: Glenn Beck Wore a Bulletproof Vest at Restoring Honor Rally”

  1. Slam dunk. Brilliant analysis, Jason. They are terrified cowards. Meanwhile, the DHS has proven the people most likely to do anything are Beck’s own crowd – the far right. And no one was allowed to bring their guns but Beck and Palin urge them to wear their guns to see Democrats speak. Huh.

    Who’s limiting gun rights again?

  2. Its funny beck bashes everything liberal then all of a sudden wants peace love and a brace of doves in hand.

    I couldn’t agree with you more Jason. They do want us back where the people could not fight the government. They want us back in time and guess what? We also have Boehner saying the same thing. Undo every drop of progress and keep things where we are ruled by puppets like Bush and corporations.

    Very scary. Very. The right wing of today is nothing like the Gingrich troupe of dancing dolls. They are far worse. Bringing religion and war to us all.

  3. Newsflash: the far Right are the domestic terrorists. Check your facts, jack.

    Why is Glen n so scared of his own people?!!! I thought he was PRO guns!?!?!

  4. No, you just showed us exactly what the point of beck is by your language.

    BTW, you can be an American and not buy into the beck I am god thing. You have the talking points memorized very well. Do you recite them at night before bed?

  5. What was the content of his message? The fact that he bashes people for a couple years then wants us all to be lovey dovey? Im not buying that one.

    It seems to me Beck has spent years bashing the things people say, just like you are now bashing what Jason said. Welcome to you are what you say others are.

    What was the content I ask? Was it that beck now considers himself someone god speaks through? Do you buy that stuff? 90% of what he said leading up to this a true christian would run from. Today he said a bunch of stuff totally opposite from what he has been saying.

    I dont want his religion being forced on me, and I dont want Palins double the defense spending forced on the US. A false beck religion is all today offers. Its fine to speak of faith hope and charity, but thats not what beck lives. Today was pure propaganda

    I assume you have evidence that liberals were going to shoot beck? They arnt the ones going into churches and killing, they arnt the ones who equate their religion with the right to bear arms. Think twice about that one

  6. Please ask your doctor to up your dosage. It’s obviously not having the desired effect.

    Beck is the one constantly spinning conspiracy theories – the Tides Foundation, Weather Underground, George Soros, Secret Service covertly planning to take him out, and who knows what-the-heck else – and engaging in nothing less than fear-mongering, him and just about everyone else on the far-Right. Because it’s all people like you have. It’s your only attack left. And sadly for you, it isn’t working; the Left isn’t scared. It looks upon little weasels like you with derision. You are the ones who are scared of everything from Obama taking away your guns (which he won’t) to killing your grandmas (which he won’t) to forcing abortions (which he won’t) to … whatever the hell else you believe in.

    But, hey, keep it up. Go on, keep raging against Obama and all those evil commie-fascist-pinko-traitor librulz. Continue showing the whole world, not just America, just what sort of garbage you espouse.

    Well, that, or you could wake up and realize that Blacks/gays/Mexicans/pro-abortionists/etc. aren’t out to get you. Actually, they really don’t care about you one way or another.

    Oh, you people amuse me.

  7. Keep it up with the hate speech and your next comment here will be your last. This is your one and only warning.

  8. The Right are the terrorists. Does that mean you are one of them?

    Are you a terrorist? Do you love this country? Do you love your President and commander in chief or are you a TRAITOR?

  9. This is aimed at the Right Wing Nut Jobs leaving hate speech here:

    The Right are the terrorists. Does that mean you are one of them?

    Are you a terrorist? Do you love this country? Do you love your President and commander in chief or are you a TRAITOR?

  10. Why, pray tell, does he need a bulletproof vest when he’s got magical Mormon underpants to protect him from harm?

    And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

  11. What a hoot… LOL! How does a person go from decrying the terms “Social Justice” one day to restoring honor the next?

    All the while he is Rubert Murdock’s (and his off-shore buddies and investors) lackey, as he collect multi-millions from jerks that buy his malarkey.

    Good luck with a career in the Black hood society!

  12. Shhhhh! You are talking to those suckers who buy gold from beck with their Obama Social Security money and then put a tea bag on their head and scream Marxist. They are LOONY!

  13. I think it speaks more to Becks’s own ego. He honestly sees himself as the “light” and the one that will cure all of the country’s ails. He sees himself on the same level as Martin Luther King. Beck believes that his message is so powerful it will incite an attempt on his life to stifle his movement. He is an entertainer and while sometimes entertaining, his views are too far to the other side of the spectrum that it destroys his credibility. Everything is a conspiracy. He repeats it enough to himself that he becomes “passionate” about it because he honestly believes it.

  14. Yes, protecting himself just like all those other heroes Beck admires,.

    You never know when a progressive is likely to “reload” as Sarah quaintly says (all the time)

    “If Beck is wearing a vest…” He is raking in millions of $$s per year from jerks who swallow the swill he puts out and (whisper it softly) He’s only in this for himself! He cares nothing about the nation or the teabaggers, he cares only about Glenn Beck and his bank account.

    Believe it Eric, he cares nothing about the damage done to the nation or the future of society; as long as Glenn Beck gets his cash.

  15. I agree. I’m sure he wore that vest trying to drum up drama and because he thinks he is that special. I jut don’t get why his followers don’t call him out for being a coward.

  16. No, please, you are the morality expert who started out his comment by mocking someone’s name. Are you two years old?

    Or are you just a Beck fan– older but with mind of two year old? Grow up and have some pride.

  17. I *HAVE BEEN* commenting on the content of his message ever since he moved to FAUX Noise and became a propagandist for right-wing insanity. The man promotes John Birch Society BS, for crying out loud. Beck called the president a racist because Beck is himself a racist — and like all right-wing authoritarian a$$holes, he projects his own mind on others. Don’t waste electrons defending a man who compounds New Black Panthers, Louis Farrakhan, and junior high school step dancers into “evidence” of a SECRET OBAMA GOON ARMY OMG!!!

  18. For everyone bashing Beck and the Right Please supply proof not just your negative comments and hatred. Let’s have a real discussion. Please show us your proof, unedited, uncut and upfront. No more name calling let’s have a true discussion. Show me where Beck is wrong or where he lied, I’d especially like to see where he said the Secret Service is trying to kill him or that he speaks for God. Back up your statements with facts.

  19. …needed a bullet proof vest because he’s a chickenhawk like most republicans. suckered in and paid for by the Koch brothers I’m sure. I wouldn’t trust the tea baggers either. he’s afraid his incendiary chatter and mindless references to the tree of liberty and blood of the tyrants (which he interprets in his usual ignorant fashion) will bite him in the arse — the loons and thugs who bring weapons to presidential events, slaughter innocents at the holocaust museum and OK Fed Building. his people.

  20. I listened to the rally, so I didn’t see any of it. You make some excellent points about the vest. There had been several occasions in which the TP groups saw no problems with carrying weapons. Only sissies were the ones to be afraid. Having their 2nd Amendment rights was so very important. Why no outcry that they were to come without arms? Why was Beck afraid?

    Beck showed why people are uncomfortable around crowds of people who may be jacked up on hate. It only takes one. MLK lived his life knowing full well the dangers. What was Beck afraid of? The rhetoric of reload a bit too scary for him? They were his own people.

  21. Name one. Name ONE political assassination done by a leftist. ONE.

    I can name two done by Right wingers off the top of my head.

  22. He said god was speaking to him yesterday. Where have you been? And I don’t think it’s the anti-Beck people being rude here. My God. Read the comments. These Beck people are loons.

  23. his superior intellect is just like your’s. anyone who disagrees with you is anti-american marxist to be feared. why don’t you or you god Glennith run for president. you’re deep as a pie tin without any substantive ideas. a lot of gas paid for by corporate interests. don’t fool yourself.

  24. Beck is a later day Charles Manson. A phoney messiah, hoping to usher in a “race war.” His religion, Mormonism, is a white supremacist cult.


    He knows the “wack jobs” on the Right use religion purely for political advantage, and are not feasting on Jesus, but on racial grievance. Notice the recent epidemic of conservatives who crusade against “liberalism” only to be exposed for the very thing they preach against.
    Rep. Mark Souder, an Indiana Republican known for his support of traditional family values, resigns after admitting affair.

    Ken Mehlmann, who crusaded for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

    Randall Tobias. Bush’s deputy secretary of state (and AIDS Czar preaching abstinence in Africa) resigned after admitting he was a client of the service described on the Web as “a high-end adult fantasy firm which offered legal sexual and erotic services.”

    He is following the pattern of a “televangelist,” who preaches socialism to his followers while he lives capitalist lifestyle

    Why does a man who earned 30 mil last yr need to “raise” money for a cause? $$ raised will go to pay costs of holding rally!

    The Right is using tactics of those who OPPOSED civil rights. White southerners were crying grievance WHILE they were committing/supporting terrorist acts.

    Another tactic is to accuse the other side of the very things they are doing to you.

    Bush was a liar, so the Right mindlessly yells “liar!” at Obama, fifteen seconds after he’s inaugurated.

    They say Obama got his “radical” tactics from Saul Alinsky, a lefty activist, Freedom Works promoted Alinsky’s “rules for radicals” for the tea baggers leading up to today’s march.

    Sarah Palin mocked Obama in her acceptance speech about being a community organizer, reading from a tele-prompter, and having writing two memiors without having anything responsibilities.
    1. She was reading from a tele-prompter when she made the comments.
    2. She wrote a book full of lies.
    3. The Tea Party is a grass-roots, community activist movement.

  25. What! You terrorist! (look up the definition of, “sedition”) Glenn Beck is a latter-day Charles Manson, a phoney messiah. Did he mention, “Jesus?” Calls for revival without repentance?

  26. Ooopsie. Someone got banned and learned a lesson about “free speech”.

    Newsflash: Jason pays for this website so he can ban you if he wants to. He warned you to stop with the insults but you didn’t.

    You are not entitled to come to someone else’s website and insult people. That’s the way it rolls. Civil debate or leave.

  27. Yes, Easley does reserve the right to remove any comments that feature name calling or attacks on other commenters. It is not my problem if some people can’t come here and behave. This is a privately owned site. We have the right to set rules.

  28. Your taking quite a leap, assuming that “his” people are the ones that incite the violence. When you are too far left or too far right, it often causes the other extreme to react. The problem is that the extremist is exactly that, an extremist. The people that act in a violent manner are mentally unstable and that doesn’t always follow party lines.

  29. Last I checked the violence has come from the left. He is affraid that the crazy left(progressives) will try to silents him. As you can see on this site, the left hates him, aka. is afraid of him. He speaks the truth.

  30. Excellent post, Jason. Demagogues deal in the currency of symbols and slogans, so it’s fitting that you pointed out Beck’s bullet-proof vest as the ironic symbol of the underlying fear and paranoia in his “movement.”

    So many glaring ironies/ contradictions at Beck’s “Rally of Hubris:”

    —The Second Amendment crowd listening to Beck who’s clothed in Kevlar.

    —the 99% white crowd listening to another white man speak (on the historic anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream”)

    —the 99% white crowd watching a few token blacks on stage integrated into Beck’s agenda

    —Beck’s/ Palin’s obvious attempt to co-opt the fight for civil rights with their demagogic nationalistic and militaristic themes. (Their comprehension apparently doesn’t extend beyond the concept of “fight.”)

    —the contrast between the truly educated Rev./ Doctor MLK and the college drop-out, Mormon drop-in, Beck

    —Beck’s pabulum rhetoric versus MLK’s inspired rhetoric

    —Beck’s disingenuous and ambiguous mission to “restore honor” compared to MLK’s genuine, well-demarcated fight to establish BASIC civil rights.

    —Beck’s obvious self-promotion as compared to MLK’s personal dedication to a true social cause

    —Beck’s white crowd today risked little personal danger compared to the civil rights protestors who attended MLK’s speech in 1963. Even so, three times as many people turned out for MLK’s speech.

    The list goes on and on. Beck’s rally of hubris today was a national embarrassment for anyone with even modest sensibilities and intellectual faculties.

  31. Thank you very much. I don’t understand how these people defending Beck can’t see the obvious hypocrisy gap between his words and deeds.

  32. No, I’m not taking a leap. It’s a matter of FACT. Department of Homeland Security, ironically, finds the Right wing the most threatening to our national security. Go figure.

  33. What we need to be aware of is the fact that Beck, Palin and people like them know very well how to manipulate and use body language.
    Asking for “his” people not to come to the rally with guns and putting his body in a way that could show very well his vest sent a very precise message to those little, easy-molded minds: he was afraid of being shot by the “scary, violent, pro-Obama, black people on the other side”

  34. A Republican candidate for Senate calls it, “Second Amendment remedies.” Beck gave out the addresses of Democratic members of Congress to rally attendees. Hmmmm. On one hand calling for unity and revival (never mentioning Jesus Christ) while at the same time trying to set up a confrontation that could end in violence.

    A note to the willfully ignorant: Look up the definition of “Sedition.” It’s in the Constitution. It also defines the Right.

  35. Glenn Beck isn’t a politician. His rally wasn’t political. Shooting at him would be an act of terrorism – you know, like the Fort Hood shooter.

  36. Are you saying if I don’t love the president I automatically become a traitor to the country? What a frightening thing to say in this country of free speech.

  37. Questioning/fighting government is part of Glenn Beck’s message. I don’t see how the “right wing of today” is “bringing religion and war to us all.”

  38. Quit equating some loser coward paranoid talk show host with the President of the United States, and prove that Obama is wearing body armor.

  39. Gavrilo Princip, Leon Czolgosz, John Hinckley, Jr. (attempt), Samuel Joseph Byck (attempt), Lynette Fromme (attempt), Sara Jane Moore (attempt), The Weather Underground, etc. etc.

  40. I listen to what Beck is saying, and although, many of the things he says, I believe have some value, I think he is a little too much at times as well. I think the biggest thing that we need to take from Glenn Beck, is the responsibility that we have placed in other people to make the decisions for us. I find it fascinating, that people who are on the left make dubious, stupid comments to those on the right, and then people on the right make stupid and dubious comments back to those on the left.

    Instead of taking one stupid comment by Beck, and then use it as a generalization, why can’t we learn from what he is trying to do. Loony, nuts, I think it’s very obvious that we can all take what Beck is doing and begin to learn. I would align myself a little bit to the right, but I find myself truly interested in blogs such as this, not to go on and bash people, but to challenge myself to think. Instead of just becoming a zombie, listening to someone and hate anyone who thinks differently, it’s so important to gain an appreciation of what all people truly feel and believe. Why can we not learn from one another and find some substance that can truly impact and better help understand one another’s thoughts?

    Yelling back and forth, becoming enraged and calling people names offers no true enlightening substance. Stop shouting and listen, it’s amazing, how much better of a person you can become when you listen. If you agree or disagree with Beck or Mr. Easley, listen to what they are saying, then take some time to yourself and allow it to sit. Then come up with your own thoughts and become a better person. Mr. Easley, although I do not agree with everything you wrote, thank you for presenting this.

  41. Yep, ole Glenduh was channeling someone and it isn’t god…”We have experienced a miracle, something unique, something the like of which there has hardly been in the history of the world”
    speech to the “Old Guard” of the Party at Munich, 19 March 1934
    I think the Right better take a closer look at their “hereo’s”!
    And this goes for Mama grizzle who channels the same person….

  42. Thank you Jason! I’m sick of these people who say Glenduh or mama grizzle’s name and then compare them to OUR PRESIDENT!
    AS IF…there were any comparison!

  43. I know you can’t think for yourself, but did you look up the definition?:

    Sedition is a term of law which refers to overt conduct, such as speech and organization (Tea Party, Beck giving out addresses of Dems, and Limbaugh calling an Administration who won by 8 mil votes, a “regime,” intimating, “regime change”), that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

    Typically, sedition is considered a subversive act, and the overt acts that may be prosecutable under sedition laws vary from one legal code to another. Where the history of these legal codes has been traced, there is also a record of the change in the definition of the elements constituting sedition at certain points in history. This overview has served to develop a sociological definition of sedition as well, within the study of state persecution.

    The difference between sedition and treason consists primarily in the subjective ultimate object of the violation to the public peace. Sedition does not consist of levying war against a government nor of adhering to its enemies, giving enemies aid, and giving enemies comfort. Nor does it consist, in most representative democracies, of peaceful protest against a government, nor of attempting to change the government by democratic means (such as direct democracy or constitutional convention).

    Sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power. (Tea party)Treason is the violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or state, giving aid to enemies, or levying war against one’s state. Sedition is encouraging one’s fellow citizens to rebel against their state, whereas treason is actually betraying one’s country by aiding and abetting another state. Sedition laws somewhat equate to terrorism and public order laws.

  44. Who on this list is a Democrat? Who on the list had a political motive? John Hinckley was not a lefty – it was not political, you are not being reasonable at all. Fromme wasn’t political. WU didn’t assassinate anyone. Etc. WRONG WRONG WRONG.

    More RWNJ. This is what happens when you get history from Glenn Beck.

  45. Lincoln was assassinated by confederate. McKinley was assassinated by someone who didn’t get patronage job. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Reagan by Jodie Foster’s stalker. Robert F Kennedy after winning CA primary by Palestinian immigrant because of his support for Israel. ETC.

  46. What a coward. I don’t think Aren’t these fun loving average “Joes” showing how patriotic they are. Why would The Glenn Beckkk be afraid of them? Hmmmmmmm! They are his Frankenstein.

  47. Sorry, I keep reading this but I am never able to figure out what’s wrong with wearing a bullet proof vest.

    It wouldn’t be “his own people” shooting him. It would be a crazy person. Yes, crazy people exist. A lot of crazy people hate Beck. Being pro-guns does not make you pro-getting shot.

    It must just be that I am a conservative so my brain power is much lower than that of all of the liberals here, but someone please explain this to me with words I can understand.

    “Historically true men and women of peace did not need to wear body armor in order to address their supporters.”

    And yet how many of them got shot? Quite a few. What’s wrong with not wanting to die? Seriously, I’d love to know.

  48. Does Jason or anyone else reading this terrible post realize that IF Mr. Beck was wearing an armored vest that he’s doing so not because he’s “afraid” of those who’re attending the rally on 8/28 because they believe in the principles it is espousing, but that he is instead worried that an unhinged loon might try to assassinate him, or harm his family? Anyone in power, be it Beck, Bill, The President, has to live under the constant threat of being physically harmed, or having their family subject to harm. I don’t fault the man at all for wearing a vest. It’s a wide-open event with tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. I’ve walked those parts of D.C. many times. Security is far from perfect. In today’s day and age it doesn’t take much for someone to go off the rails, and ride into work (or a military base) and start firing off shots at innocent people. You all need to put your hating sticks down and realize that Mr. Beck is a mortal man just like you or I, and he’s only taking the necessary precautions. To add one further point, we cannot at ALL be certain that whatever security detail was assigned to this event didn’t force Mr. Beck to have such protections.

    From what I read and saw no violence of any kind happened during this event. I saw citizens of all colors, all faiths, and all political parties. I agree with much of what Mr. Beck has said of late, and I can see that almost nobody else commenting, including Jason, would agree with or even tolerate that point of view. Yet, even if you don’t agree with the man, you shouldn’t try to assassinate his character. I may think that President Obama is one of the worst political leaders of our time, but do I go about willfully and happily smearing his personal life? His character? No. Nor should anyone else.

    It’s really disheartening to see such hatred among the more vitriolic commentators here, many of whom I’m sure have never sat through a showing of Glenn Beck, nor have they ever bothered to read anything that he’s written over the years. The people here riding on their high horse, identifying themselves as “Leftists” are blind to the atrocities committed in the name of leftist, statist politics. Your belittling of those who disagree with you is unbecoming and quite frankly obnoxious. There are crazies and bigots in every party and every political persuasion in existence, and to blanket an entire segment of the population, be they white, black, conservative (such as myself), moderate, or liberal is an extremely ignorant thing to do.

  49. While the Fright Wing like Beck and WGE Palin continue to ramp up the rhetoric and hate and then when their Followers act on their words they seemed shocked and tell us that’s not really what they meant. It is out fault we misunderstood and interpreted them wrong. Read the post on “Political Carnival” about a mosque under construction and a case of arson Saturday.

    And Daily Shows Asif Monvi just this week interviewed the politician from Murfreesboro who was vehemently against a mosque there. Obviously one of those Politicians Followers seemed to hold the same views or opinion. Hate speech has consequences. And as we all know…. Sarah has a strong base there in Tenn. as well.

  50. There’s such a hypocrisy in promoting second amendment rights when it’s near the congress or the President but not when Beck is speaking. There’s a hypocrisy when Palin uses words like reload while speaking about faith and patriotism. There’s a hypocrisy is promoting war and violence and the billions and billions spent on war while talking about this administration’s spending. There’s a certain hypocrisy in restoring the past lack of civil rights in the name of honoring MLK Jr. Our military are the brave and the honorable. To not even mention that they can now return to their families and loved ones is deeply disturbing. Sarah Palin’s son served one tour to my knowledge. He deserves honor for his service to this country. But what about those patriots that have served several tours of duties? What is Beck or Palin doing to actually honor those brave soldiers? Who knows what they’ve had to mentally or physically face? Who knows what their families have had to endure? Who knows if their families are even still together or there for them? How were they honored today? Sarah Palin takes credit for her son’s duty. Sarah Palin and Glen Beck had a chance today to really try to bring Americans together with truth and honor. They had a chance, with the full on media coverage, to really make a difference, but they did not. They had a chance to rally Americans and the spirit of America during some extremely hard times. They simply turned down the usual rhetoric, left most of the signs at home, left the guns at home, and tried to fool the American people into believing they’re not a racist group of extremists trying to destroy the Obama administration for personal and political gain. I am disappointed in the token Blacks used to support this pretense, especially the niece of MLK Jr. while his son and other civil rights leaders tried to truly honor the message MLK Jr lived and died for. A clear and genuine spirit will always shine through. I could not hear it or see it in this Beck rally. That is disturbing and disheartening. It means we must continue to have faith in our civil and equal rights. That’s what makes America the country that everyone wants to live in. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there’s so much more to do. Thanks Jason for telling it like it is. Great post.

  51. You Lib-terds really need to take a course in critical thinking. ” I can’t imagine MLK, Gandhi, or Robert Kennedy standing in front of a large crowd hiding behind a vest because they are terrified that one of their own supporters might put a bullet in them.”
    BREAKING NEWS: MLK Assinated! JFK Assinated! Early reports say “They were not assinated by supporters, but this cannot be confirmed. They could be supporters, but maybe they weren’t supporters…”

  52. Shiva… your ingnorance is astounding. I iiiiiii just don’t even know where to begin… Please listen to my podcast on critical thinking. If that doesn’t help… well I hope your not fertile.

  53. Hey English
    Thats not the way it’s done here. “Take me to my King… If he will have me I will bear his child- I am fearful of being beheaded.” This is why the English have messed up teeth- inbreds. America is full of FREE THINKERS. Now slap you own hind-side with your ferry little whip.

  54. UH Granny- Ask MLK why Beck was afraid… Then get back to me. Dear God there are still a few idiots hanging on. How you haved lived long enough to be a grandma had to require divine intervention.

  55. I can’t believe the ignorance of this article. The man is threatened by people daily. His children have to have bodyguards take them to school. Yet, here you sit claiming Beck is afraid of his fans? The only people afraid are people like the author and his fans. As for some of your comments:
    Beck did not give out the home addresses of members of Congress.
    The LDS Church is NOT a white supremacist cult. I am LDS and my Ward has about 1/4 black and Hispanic members, which is close to the racial makeup of our town. Before you go spouting off about blacks not being allowed to hold the Priesthood, the Church was wrong and fixed it. You are a bigot.
    And my favorite comment, that Beck says Obama wants a big, secret army. Actually, it was Obama who said he wanted a group, bigger than the Peace Corps.
    For a bunch of people who are supposed to love everyone, you sure are hate-filled.

  56. Beck didn’t say God talked through him!!! Man, you guys grab onto anything you can and twist the $uck out of it! Beck talked about THE ANSWER HE FEELS HE GOT FROM HIS PRAYERS!!! People talk about having their prayers being answered all the time! Ridiculous.
    No one has a VALID argument. You just read off Talking Points that are LIES and repeat them as truth.
    Leaving before I have a stroke.

  57. I could hardly believe that $arah Palin had the guts to mention MLK in her speech. This praise from a woman who didn’t recognize the annual Juneteenth celebration while Governor, something which never happened with any other who held the office. Palin didn’t even have the courtesy to acknowledge their letter of invitation, more evidence of just how low class she truly is! Remember, she was the teen who was too uncomfortable around the “minority thing” when in Hawaii during her first year of college, that she had to leave the state.

    She’s the epitome of hypocrisy and it is evident every time she opens her mouth. As to the mother of a combat soldier, what is he doing out of the service after only one year? Why isn’t he ever seen at her side, especially today? There is something rotten with that situation, too. Somebody needs to rescue Piper and Trig so they have a chance to grow up in a normal home.

  58. The point I think some were trying to make is that Glen Beck is no MLK or Kennedy and did not need to draw attention like that. His people become on edge and fearful which is exactly how he needs it to be because if the people are not afraid , then he is not doing his job!

  59. He’s also received twice as many death threats as any other President. That says quite a bit about how he’s not accepted due to racial bias since it started during the campaign. President Obama is a man of peace and he is certainly not a coward considering the threats he gets on a daily basis.

  60. Thanks for a well thought out letter. I agree with you regarding the angry left vs. angry right. I’ve come across a few individuals who are willing to debate the issues but this is an ugly new breed of politics. I hate what I’ve seen in our country in the past two years. The first time I saw the statement “it’s time to take our country back” was in March of 2009, approximately six weeks after President Obama was sworn in. I asked the poster what they meant and they said they were tired of losing all their freedoms now that Obama was in office. I know it was a ridiculous statement but what was worse was there were so many in agreement. Nobody could or would tell me what freedoms they had lost or just what they meant by taking their country back, except one person said it was time to impeach Obama. The crazy birther talk and the divisive speech that comes from some politicians and right wing talk show hosts has not done this country any good. It has stirred up an era of hatred at a time when we should be coming together to help each other.

    I wanted to throw something at my TV the other day when I heard Beck say that the ’99ers didn’t even have the right to call themselves Americans anymore. I know a few people who have been out of work for two years and none of them are sitting on their ass doing nothing. They are trying to find jobs, but many of them had six figures positions and nobody will hire them because they assume, maybe rightly so, that they will just leave when a better, higher paying position does come along.

    For a man who made over $30 million last year to criticize others is so despicable. He’s also said that nobody has the right to health care in this country. It’s easy to say these things when you have that amount of money to fall back on, however when it comes to being anti-American, those types of statements put him at the top of my list.

    Today’s rally was a huge disappointment considering the promises made although I’m not surprised as I’ve watched Beck’s show and listened to other comments that were completely off the wall. Is it a bad thing for people to come together to promote something good? Absolutely not, but while promoting this rally, his tone never changed from its divisive nature. I talked to one person who was there and she said that several people around her wanted to know when Beck was going to “get things going and talk about what they were really there for, to take their country back”. The underlying message was there in Palin’s speech and although I didn’t listen to Beck’s, I’ve no idea what he means about reclaiming civil rights. He has never lived a life where he was judged to be lacking simply because of the color of his skin or because of his gender. He doesn’t need to worry about his civil rights, they aren’t in jeopardy.

  61. Here’s a hint, Deborah. When you use terms like “libtards”, it tells us you have no idea how to debate an idea on the merit of your viewpoint vs. theirs. It means you have the intelligence level of a 3rd grader, not to belittle 3rd graders, either, but you haven’t the ability to argue or debate at an adult level.

  62. For some reason my last sentence was cut off, but you might what to think about “spellcheck”. The childish insults and inability to spell remove the possibility of any credibility in whatever you’re trying to say. The word is “assassinated”.

  63. Libtards…yes, that’s conducive to discussion. Glenn Beck lacks the courage of his convictions. He is not the president, who might be forced to wear a vest for the good of the country. Glenn Beck is not willing to die for what he believes. He does not want to be a martyr, only to seem to be a martyr, and there is a big difference.

  64. Seriously,Margie, Glenn has delusions of grandeur. Do you listen to the man? He believes God speaks through him and he believes his rally has “turned the Nation back to God.” He is a Mormon who is pretending to be an Evangelical and attacking the President for not being an Evangelical. Most of what comes out of his mouth are lies, the rest distortions. Put up a real defense please.

  65. Great article, Jason. A real Homerun.

    I would have been more impressed if Beck would have walked up to the stage, bared his breast and dared anyone to shoot him if they disagreed with him. It would have been theatrical, but I’d have more respect for him.

    He’s a small man with a small mind and a big agenda, and he is using all the sheep on the right to prop himself up to be a new MLK, co-opting Evangelicals, co-opting their narrative, and now co-opting the Civil Rights Movement.

    Very sad, and very dishonest. Wake up, America!

  66. Does that make our men in uniform and police cowards? Do you ever think before your fingers hit the keyboard? My guess is that either Mr. Beck’s or the event’s insurers required the vest. Or possibly since he is such a tremendous asset to Fox News, the upper management of the network made sure their asset was protected. What would you do if you had had numerous death threats against you and were going to be in a perfect place for a sniper to take you out? Maybe his family didn’t want to lose their loved one and provider. I am amazed at how little thought people give to a topic before they respond. Have you ever listened to Mr. Beck’s show or read any of his books, or do you just listen to what “everyone” is saying about him? All you are doing is showing your ignorance!

  67. Where does it say you have to love the President or you’re a traitor? Nowhere.

    However, I’ll remind you that it was considered un-American by all the FOX hosts to speak badly about a President while the nation was at war BUT only while Dubya was in office. All rules were changed when Obama was inaugurated, then it was free speech for all, say what you want about the President. How do you reconcile the differences?

  68. I think that this article is absolutely absurd. Had there been bullet proof vests back when MLK gave his speech that could be worn under a dress shirt, you can bet darn well he would have worn one. Technology has changed. Another thing is that people that follow Glen Beck would never think of harming him. Radical people are just radical people. They can be democrats or republicans, but for sure they are just mentally challenged people. Beck is a public figure, just like John Lennon, Malcom X, and MLK. He is entitled to live and protection is required.

  69. When you have an open event and close to one million people are expected to attend, any lunatic with a gun can simply show up. A fan of Glen Beck would not be a person shooting him but a person who hates him. If Gandhi, King or Kennedy had the chance to relive the moment they were killed, I be they would wear a vest, as Beck did.

  70. Maybe he had the foresight that the real cowards -those that fear truth, would like to see him dead so they can continue spreading ignorance and lies unabated. Not unlike those who choose to write about bullet proof vests in the midst of a plethora of intellectual material.

  71. Love the President or else be a traitor? That is a false choice and indicative of the intellectual weakness that colors debate on all sides of most issues today. The founders of this nation did not intend it to be a kingdom or a dictatorship (if such a term was even in use in the 18th century). They recognized that the nature of man was to be no better nor any worse than any other man. In other words, all me crated equal (does that have a familiar sound to it?). The President is a man. He is your equal and mine, not our better. One man. One vote. One voice. If you agree with him, cool. If you disagree with him, also cool. But that does not make you a traitor. The Presidency, an office brilliantly conceived in order to help guide this nation but not designed to govern or dictate to it alone, is a position to be respected and revered for what it represents. The President himself’s worthiness to hold the office and be respected in it rises and falls entirely on the merits of his own actions and character whilst occupying that position.

    Call someone a traitor for not liking Mr. Obama? Does that make half the nation who hated Mr. Bush worthy of the gibbet for not liking him?

    Take your weak-ass false syllogism back to freshman debate where it belongs, please.

  72. Of course you dont Socal. You dont see Palin saying that she wants the defense budget doubled so we can continue the “good and righteous”thing we are doing in the Middle East. You dont see her ever mention the troops that are coming home, simply because she does not want them at home. You dont see it cause you are blinded to what she says. You dont see her saying that she wants us to attack Iran and kill to protect Israel

    I see you must have missed the Beck religion revival tent meeting on Saturday. Beck, right wing, religion etc. Restoring Americans honor through his god.

    Of course you dont see it. Beck has only pandewred on about religion, Liberals and anything else the can do to be devisive. You dont see Angle spouting her religious stuff either Im sure

  73. Thats kind of funny! What he said is the exact thing the Bush lovers said when anyone was against the wars he started.

  74. Extending Beck wearing a bullet proof vest to people who have to wear one for a living is kind of silly isnt it?

    I have listened to beck, and if you fall for that stuff, you get what you deserve.

  75. Show us proof god speaks to you.

    Please show us your proof, unedited, uncut and upfront.

    Beck is using religion to drag the uninformed about their own religion around. He is setting himself up as someone who speaks for god. Thats called false prophet.

  76. “Beck Claims that Obama Won’t Meet with BP CEO Because He is White”

    But he did.

    “Beck Claims Obama Will not Honor Dead Troops”

    But he did

    Beck said Van Jones went to prison for the Rodney King riots

    He didnt.

    Beck said 40% of doctors weill quit their practices when healthcare passed.

    They didnt, in fact doctors are for healthcare.

    On and on.

  77. He was afraid that when they found out it wasn’t going to be an Obama bash someone would shoot him.

    Actually he fully expected trouble and wanted it.

  78. There are many people who have watched or seen Beck over the last couple years that do not buy into what he did Saturday. And its reasonable not to as the rally goes agasint what he says weekly.

    Also, his injection of his god into politics is not wanted or necessary. Pandering on about god does not restore anything to do with the honor of the US. Peoples religions are a personal thing and while its fine to preach about it, he should live it weekly.

    You have a person in Palin whose Idea of restoring our honor is through doubling the defense budget and attacking Iraq.

    The motives of both these people are highly suspect. JMO

  79. It appears to me that Beck has gotten exactly what he wanted through this little rally. More decisiveness. More talk against the two sides. At such a wonderful time as well, just before the midterms.

    Sorry, I cant buy anything Beck does as honest or real.

  80. So Beck not wanting to die in case he got shot (which was certainly a possibility) makes him wrong and a bad person and full of fear?

    I’m having a hard time finding the logic in this.

    And I highly doubt you honestly believe that Beck was afraid of “his own supporters.” Why would you phrase it that way? I know of a few people who went to his rally and certainly don’t support him. He was afraid of a crazy person. Crazy people exist. Crazy people hate Glenn Beck (note that I didn’t say or imply that all people who hate Beck are crazy). Crazy people have guns. So he put on a bulletproof vest. It probably wasn’t even his idea, either.

    Also, last night I posted a well thought out and non-offensive post that said more or less this same thing. It got deleted. Why?

  81. Sorry, ignore the part about the other one being deleted (and in fact delete this one). It just wasn’t showing up for some reason.

  82. Wait, King and Kennedy were shot in the head/neck (as was Lincoln.) I don’t know about Gandhi. The really strange thing about that rally, though, is that they weren’t allowed to bring guns!? Wow.

  83. I think that they don’t want to see the cognitive dissonance that is Beck. They probably already share his beliefs, so they follow his every word because it confirms what they believe. I taught high school social studies for 33 years until I retired in 2009. Among the subjects I taught during these years were U.S. History, world history, and civics/government. Beck has no business trying to teach anyone anything about U.S. History, world history, or civics/government because he neither knows, nor understands, the material.

    There is a reason I had to graduate from college with a degree in Social Studies Education and take tests covering all of the topics in the social studies curriculum before I was permitted to teach these subjects. I had to PROVE that I knew the material. Beck didn’t have what it took to complete one semester of college, and he hasn’t taken and passed the tests required to teach U.S. History, civics/government, or any other subject.

    He is most definitely allowed to provide his interpretation of what he reads in these subject areas. His main problem in trying to teach these subjects to his viewers lies in his emphasis on his interpretation of the material he reads, an interpretation that has little in common with the actual historical record. For example, Beck has compared liberalism to communism and Nazism and calls liberalism a disease. The fact is that liberalism is a uniquely American creation that was designed to oppose the growing forces of fascism and Nazism in this country in the period leading up to, and including, World War II.

    If a Beck supporter listens to his version of the development of liberalism in America, at the end of the “lesson” he/she would believe that liberalism is another form of communism and/or Nazism. He never reveals to his audience that Hitler hated, killed, and/or imprisoned liberals, communists, and others he considered “political dissidents.” This was also the reason Hitler broke the Ribbentrop Agreement with Stalin and invaded Russia even though they were allies. He hated communists. The true picture of the development of liberalism in America bears no resemblance to the version that Beck is peddling.

  84. I do know that, even though President Obama has a Secret Service detail, he is not fearful of going into any venue and interacting with the public. Those of us who know our history well know that having a Secret Service detail doesn’t mean that any president/public official is fully protected from an assault on his/her person. President Obama has refused to allow fear to guide his actions. There are no “free speech zones” to protect him from hearing the negative comments of his detractors at any event. I can see the consternation on the faces of the members of his Secret Service detail sometimes. They don’t seem to actually approve of the way he interacts so freely with the people he meets, but he remains undeterred in his effort to allow citizens access free to himself.

  85. Oddly enough I bet back in 2004 you were saying the exact same things about Bush – how if people didn’t like GWB they were traitors. Think about that.

  86. Something that really bothers me about Beck and Palin is the empty, divisive rhetoric they push that undermines our troops serving in nations where Islam is the major religion. The way they’ve handled the Park 51 issue is very disturbing to me. They seem to have declared war on Islam, but it seems that neither have thought about the impact it can have on our troops’ lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Many high level conservatives have warned that these attacks on Islam threaten our national security and our troops’ lives because they act as a recruitment tool and rallying cry for Islamic terrorists. It would seem that someone who really reveres our troops wouldn’t engage in behavior that places their lives in greater danger while they’re serving thousands of miles away from home.

  87. Even some mainstream ministers are becoming concerned about Beck’s use of Christianity for his own purpose(s.) They are warning their flock about him and commenting about his attempts to paint himself as a messiah.

    Check out this web site that verifies my comment:

  88. It’s not removed, you moron. We vote you down because you’re a halfwit. That’s called “the will of the people.”

  89. It is a silly comparison. It was obvious to everyone he was wearing a vest so to would it have been to this “sniper”. The vest was part of the show. The hypocrisy is typical Beck as previously stated here. For all their crying over the Constitution, Beck and Palin could care less about your rights. If a left leaning “entertainer” asked people not to bring guns to a patriotic rally, Beck would need a whole jar of Vicks to get through his program. By the way, I listen to him regularly. Do you tune into anything other than FOX?

  90. Deborah, you lecture Shiva on not being able to think critically, then you suggest Shiva would be helped by your podcast (who are you and why would anyone take your word as fact?) and then you close with “your” instead of “you’re”.

    Not doing yourself any favors there as a source that should be trusted.

  91. “Citizens of all colors” attended Beck’s self-aggrandizement rally?? 99% of them = different shades of WHITE!!

  92. Maybe you missed something. Like the hate filled, now banned, name-calling and beyond rude Beck fans who polluted this post last night and riled up normally nice people.

    You reap what you sow.

  93. Oh, and their comments were deleted. You would know if you read all of the comments before accusing people here of being mean to Beck.
    Beck is a seditious anarchist. I don’t tolerate speech that calls for over-throwing our govt. and neither should anyone else who claims to love this country. You lost an election. Get over it. How dare you people talk about the commander in chief the way you do after you supported starting these illegal wars that are killing innocent people and George Bush the tyrant called constitution just a piece of paper.

  94. OMG. MLK and JFK were not right wing nut jobs. They were real leaders, not some dry drunk cocaine sniffing clown who got a tv show and used it to make fallacious arguments and draw conspiracy theories for the paranoid.

    You need help. Or maybe just try turning off Fox for a few hours. Join humanity or prepare to be met with dismissal.

  95. LOL. Democracy is not something the anarchists of the far right like. See, this is their country. They want it back so they can drive it further into the ground. Get some totalitarianism going for fun. Have Bachman and Palin and Beck in charge. Throw people in jail for questioning them. These people are like the followers of Hilter. They are destroying this country with their blind ignorance and inability to think.

  96. and yet, he is the one stirring these same people to violence. How do you miss that part of the equation? Cuz you don’t hold him accountable, that’s why.

  97. Beck did not allow them to bring guns, just like Palin has people searched on public property. But both of them are hysterical over gun rights. Tell us when you see the hypocrisy in this behavior.

  98. Personally, I don’t think Beck wore the vest because he is afraid. He wore it because part of his shtick is to sow hatred and fear amongst the American people, and this was a statement that said:
    1) The message that I am bringing you is so important that my enemies would want to kill (martyr) me to shut me up.
    2) Anyone who does not agree with me is a wingnut willing to kill me.
    3) Make sure you stock up on your own personal arsenal because the enemies of America (liberals, feminists, pro-choice, gays, immigrants, environmentalists, etc) all have guns and are crazy enough to use them.

  99. They wonder why they lost 2008. Just read these comments from Beck fans. Most Americans do not want to be associated with hate. Hard as that is for you Beck cretins to understand. Or racism. And Beck is a class a racist. Do some research about him. Do you even know who John Birch was?

    My comment to the now deleted Beck cheerleader was satire of the way they treated the Dixie Chicks. I should have known they wouldn’t see their own hypocrisy even when it was held up in front of their face. Instead they get outraged! LOL. Hello, you friggin idtiots. These are your own words. And by the way, when you said them to the Dixie Chicks, Bush had violated the constitution. a fact, not a conspiracy theory. He also lied to us about weapons of mass destruction. This is a proven fact. What is wrong with you people? Do you have the ability to take an idea through to the end or do you just let Fox tell you what to think every morning when you get up?

    I’m so sick of you right wingers supporting Bush and his lies and then screaming bloody murder when you lost an election and doing everything you can to ruin this country.

    You are the problem. There. I said it.

  100. Actually, I think they are a symptom of the problem, not the problem in and of themselves.

    The problem is that there is an organized, extremely well-funded movement in the US that is actively working to brainwash the American people into becoming mindless serfs, willing to:
    1) toil day in and day out for peanuts
    2) learn only what they want you to learn
    3) spend all their money on fast food and crap made in China
    4) die (preferably from a quick and cheap death, like a gunshot to the chest) before they become a burden on the country (by using what social services are left) or the multinationals (by drawing a pension).

    Until a “narrative of hope” strong enough to overcome the “narrative of fear” is created and maintained, the US will continue to decline.

  101. How do we kill?

    Deborah, you’ve just won the dumb ass comment of the day! Bob! Tell her what she’s won!!

  102. Then why not ban English Saddle? Look at her post above.

    Those in control of this site are name-callers and dabble in fear-mongering. They see to be afraid of the truth by alienating themselves from constructive dialog with the opposition. It appears it is due to lack of ammunition that they must resort to banning and deleting sensible posts.

    You banned Eric and deleted all his comments. How cowardly!

  103. Then why not ban English Saddle? Look at her post above.

    Those in control of this site are name-callers and dabble in fear-mongering. They see to be afraid of the truth by alienating themselves from constructive dialog with the opposition. It appears it is due to lack of ammunition that they must resort to banning and deleting sensible posts.

    You banned Eric and deleted all his comments. How cowardly!

  104. Then why not ban English Saddle? Look at her post above.

    Those in control of this site are name-callers and dabble in fear-mongering. They see to be afraid of the truth by alienating themselves from constructive dialog with the opposition. It appears it is due to lack of ammunition that they must resort to banning and deleting sensible posts.

  105. Every time a right winger loses a debate, they say that. If we mention instance, that people pray for Obama’s death, inevitably one of you will show pictures of people wanting Bush dead. I guess everything is okay as long as someone did it once before. Right?!

  106. This is entirely off-topic, and I apologize. I don’t know where else to ask. I’ve looked everywhere on this page. How do I view all of the comments? The last time this happened I thought my comment was deleted, but then I was able to see it after posting something. Is there a comment link? Or were my comments deleted and now only visible by me/logged in people?

  107. Actually, I believe it is the ‘normal’ people who don’t like Beck.

    Beck & Palin’s followers, for the most part, are not normal people — they need to be told what to think and how to behave, as if thinking for themselves is a foreign concept.

  108. I don’t recall MLK inciting hatred or anger. What I recall is that he spoke for ALL people and his message was one of hope, peace and brotherhood AND most importantly….EQUAL RIGHTS for all of us. Beck is a poor excuse of a man. His history includes a serious drug addiction which doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a 2nd chance but this low life lacks ANY humility or gracious appreciation for being given a 2nd chance. I wonder how drug free this imbecile really is today. He’s a moron and encourages hate. He offers no intelligent solutions to the problems that face our nation today. Palin is beyond redemption. The fact that these 2 hate filled and low class nobodies have followers tells me there is something very wrong in our nation today…which suggests our standards, our freedom and everything this nation was built upon is diminishing. WHERE is the pride? WHERE is the honor? I pray the hate filled venom these 2 vomit everytime they open their mouths will soon be silenced by a total lack of interest in them. They’re both laughing all the way to the bank…they’re both unstable hyprocrites with a personal agenda. This isn’t about republicans or democrates or any other party or affiliation. This is about an alarming trend of racist nobodies that suddenly gained national attention because our society has put inappropriate value on all the wrong things. The only reason palin and beck continue to reap millions from those blindly following them is because the media has become more attracted to what sells rather than truth. And there are so many gullible people out there that do not understand the difference between notoriety and substance. They see them on the news, in the papers and on the internet and assume they must have value…it saddens me, alarms me and offends me.

  109. It’s called “corporatocracy”; and also empire building.

    Read about it in “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins. He was one for over 35 years working for a corporation that uses government programs that do just that around the world.

  110. Good thing no one is allowed to insult anyone here. At least no lefties.

    The word moron used to be considered an insult. Until it became such a staple of the supposedly erudite left.

    How blind can you be? Look in the mirror…

  111. Wow. See a doctor. You need help.

    By the way, no one on the Left has threatened Glenn Beck. No one wants him dead. They simply want Fox News to correctly identify themselves as a political pr machine for Republicans.

  112. I am wondering if you guys don’t realize that we have access to the logs. Understand what I’m getting at?

    English Saddle was responding to hate speech. An organized campaign of Beck supporters came here to try to disrupt a civil conversation.

    We encourage civil debate from all sides here, but this is Jason’s website. You don’t have a RIGHT to free speech here. Please read the Constitution and turn off Fox News if you are operating under this delusion.

    If you insult people in your first comment here right out of the gate all hopped up on hate, threaten people or come here as part of an organized campaign, you will be banned and your comments deleted.

  113. It’s ridiculous to accuse Glen Beck of being afraid of his “fans” by wearing a bullet proof vest. I’m certain he was a lot more afraid of his “non-fans”.

  114. I am wondering if you guys don’t realize that we have access to the logs. Understand what I’m getting at?

    English Saddle was responding to hate speech. An organized campaign of Beck supporters came here to try to disrupt a civil conversation.

    We encourage civil debate from all sides here, but this is Jason’s website. You don’t have a RIGHT to free speech here. Please read the Constitution and turn off Fox News if you are operating under this delusion.

    If you insult people in your first comment here right out of the gate, threaten people or come here as part of an organized campaign, you will be banned and your comments deleted.

  115. Protect him from what?

    He was surrounded by 80,000 patriots, right? Why or how would Glenn Beck have been in any danger?

    God was speaking through him and he had 80 thousand plus fans around him, so what exactly was the danger?

    I have to give you kudos though Tarheel Girl, that’s a great way to make an excuse for the paranoid, fraudulent, charlatan, lying, fear mongering asshat.

    Insurance and Fox management love him. That’s awesome.

  116. Did Beck ever explain how America lost it’s “honor”. Did he say anything about how he wants to restore it?

  117. Finally someone said what I have been waiting for – the direct link to Mormonism. I admit that I did not have the fortitude to watch much of the Beck rantings; especially as I realized how much Beck sounded like Joseph Smith. The Bishops must have been estatic at his preachings.

  118. Finally – a true scholarly rebuttal to Beck’s rantings. From listening and reading many of Beck’s supporters I suspect the majority could never have taken or passed a true History class. And the recent movement to revise History is really scary when you go back and look at Hitler’s rise, and the leaders in Russia, China and N. Korea to name only a few.
    Your high school social studies classes must have been very interesting and I can only hope and pray that you managed to inform and lead many students to continue their studies. I feel assured that those who listened and learned from you are not mindless Beck supporters.

  119. This is incorrect. The day before the rally Beck was saying that he was taking a big risk by only having a few prepared remarks and no speech, that God would speak through him. This was on national TV. It gave me a chilling jolt when I heard how much like Mormon leaders, from Joseph Smith on, he sounded. Surely he has not become so disillusional that he believes he has supreme authority to bring us God’s messages? When he writes and says that he and his new wife were searching for a religion they could both support and decided that Mormonism met their criteria, I am beginning to suspect what he meant is that he found a religion that he could use to support his own grandiose and distorted views. Scary man.

  120. You liberal progressives are a bunch of scumbags, in my opinion. Why don’t you contrast Glenn Beck wearing a bullet-proof vest with Obama surrounded by men with machine guns, blocking off cities for miles, and all else that goes into protecting that pretender. Glenn Beck is a hero and this proves he is no coward. Yes, it does. He had a message to give and despite the fact that a bullet-proof vest is no guarantee to save your life he goes up anyway. But you all see the opposite. Bunch of disgusting fools. Why don’t you try to make it about him selling gold? Bunch of morons. Having faith in God doesn’t mean you put yourself in danger when their is real potential for harm. You know, do not test God? Oh, that’s right. Liberals do not know what the Bible says except that half verse about not judging.

    I can’t wait til conservatives take the country back and reprogram your children back into decent human beings.

  121. That was not the case at all. Rather, liberals became rabid when they decided to accept the belief that the intelligence of WMD’s was made up in order to preempt the war. It was liberals who primed America for civil war, because they are corrupt bozos. Ah, but it is not all their faults, because the culture called them, didn’t it? The morally degraded, hedonistic, self-destructive liberal media driven culture where people persuade others to partake in their amorality and destroy their own home, traditions, and belief in the divine.

  122. Did you just pair “those that fear truth” with “the Left”.?.

    To restore the reputation of the left- all views have great value as long as they are based on the truth and benevolently motivated. Many on the left and the right have such views.

    The views expressed by the writer are at the very best in poor taste, but could more accurately be described as a cheap smear.

    Don’t like Beck? –Ok. Write about what you don’t like about him or how you don’t agree with what he said. Or even question why someone who stands up for what they believe in would need a vest in the land of free speech and equal opportunity~

    But don’t deliberately derail people from coherent thought -whatever the polarity, with misinformation.

    -There have been threats against Glenn Beck, not that I know first hand but I had the decency to look it up before I shot my mouth off. Left or otherwise crazies come in all forms.

    -Fox News Channel does have a conservative tone -everyone knows that, we don’t need them to tell us they are. (just as a thought though what if they weren’t.. why that would mean MSNBC was WAY Left)

    -Glenn Beck is not a Republican.

    For the record; because you’re probably wondering, I don’t include myself in either the left or the right. It seems like a difficult thing to do I know. I am however an anti-federalist. As if that helps you categorize me. I lack the arrogance to think that such a large and diversified group of peoples can be governed by a one size fits all system or ideology.

  123. You see, you are the one who is equating the wearing of a bullet-proof vest with fear, you genius, you. Judge for yourself and answer this question: Why do SWAT police wear bullet-proof vests?

    Also, the devil tempted Jesus saying, cast yourself from this temple for God will send his angels to catch you up. But Jesus retorted, Tempt not God. Are you suggesting that if Beck is a Christian he is supposed to not take precaution against personal harm, and therefore tempt God to rescue him? That would be a contradiction, would it not?

  124. Yes, and it also shows that he believed in his message a great deal. Most people (especially a person who is not engaging in some form of requited bravery i.e. SWAT, military, etc) , when cognizant that a bullet-proof vest may be necessary to save their life, would be highly reluctant to go through with whatever deed was before them. I do not watch Glenn Beck particularly, or pay too close attention to him besides what pops up as popular news, but this makes me think him a great man.

  125. Hmm, the proof, would it not be in the message? Or are you suggesting that he isolate radio isotopes or something?

  126. Respect your elders, even when you vehemently disagree. Best not to say anything when you know someone is much older than yourself – it may be that it has an effect on them. Because we all know, at least those who get wisdom from experience, that most of this is not really about debating facts, but about what you believe is right. And if an old person is set to do wrong, why disrespect them anymore than they do themselves?

    Meek and mild.

  127. I can’t read but through the first part of your drivel. Here is one correction: the symbol is not of fear, but of preparedness. Saying that, I, for one, wouldn’t want to be huddled with liberals if things get bad in this country i.e. civil unrest. Know what I mean?

  128. I don’t always get a chance to watch some of the comedy shows, but do encounter Beck every so often. He really is a masterful showman, but as I have watched him, he seems to be a movie parody of himself.

    When I see the staging and the body language, it dawns on me, is Beck going crazy – has he crossed the line between sanity and insanity? His body language, his tears, his relatively new-found focus on religion, are they all symptoms of someone tottering on the edge of sanity? Or is it just showmanship? Would anyone want to set up a betting pool as to whether (and when) Glen Beck will completely lose it, cross the line, and be institutionalized? I enjoy Beck’s style, purely as entertainment: there’s no one else out there (who is not a full-time evangelist) who has his dramatic pauses and gestures and bizarre rhetoric to watch to brighten the evening. He really does it well.

    Credibility? None! Not exactly working with a great research team to validate some of his wildest themes.

    But a terrific showman and entertainer. And maybe nuts.

  129. You mean standing up in front of thousands of people despite the forethought that one may be an assassin, and speaking about what he believes in? Yeah, such a gap.

    Maybe, the sorry thing in all of this is that there was even the thought, or belief, that there may be a need for a bullet-proof vest when the guy is only talking about healing the country? Any of you compassionate liberals thought of that? Didn’t think so.

  130. So you don’t think there is a single crazy person with a gun who hates Beck?

    I’m not generalizing. A bulletproof vest is not protection against a large group of people, but against the potential for one or two crazies.

  131. I wonder if the people who commented about Deborah’s use of “Lib-tards” will also comment on your use of the term “right wing nut jobs.” Somehow I doubt it.

  132. It must have gotten lost in the wash. Not sure if it can be dried out. ;) As for restoring it, a little sunshine and fresh air just might do the trick. And lots of sunshine to scare away the rats in the darkness.

  133. There’s nothing more I can add to these comments as I have such eloquent friends; however, I did want to comment on this. Statements can’t be “more true”. Either they’re true or they’re false. With that said, this one statement just feels “more true” to me than a lot of statements I have read over the last few years, especially when the media is having a tea party love affair.

    “They wrap themselves in Patriotism, God, and Country, but beneath this thin veneer of bluster is cowardice and fear.” ~Jason Easley

  134. Members of police SWAT know that they are going into hostile situations, where the criminals are armed.

    Beck on the other hand…

  135. Free speech (as espoused by the US Constitution) only extends to actions by the government. Private entities are free to set their own rules. If you truly support the constitution, then you may want to start by reading it.

  136. As for Princip, he was part of a group backed by the Black Hand meant to destabilize Austria-Hungary to the benefit of Serbia. He was more of a Yugoslav nationalist, but that does not make him a liberal.

  137. Perhaps had Bobby Kennedy been wearing a bullet-proof vest he might be alive today. Sirhan Sirhan was not one of his “fans,” nor are those from whom Glenn Beck and others have received numerous death threats “fans.” Unless you mean the Mark David Chapmann variety.

  138. Just off th top of my head, Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist who had received training, if I am not mistaken, in both Cuba and the USSR.

  139. My apologies for perhaps appearing to be a random troll–I don’t seem to have any control over where my posts appear, e.g. as a response to a specific post. Not trying just to throw in random comments.

  140. I give up. I keep clicking “reply” under
    “EnglishSaddle says:
    August 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    Name one. Name ONE political assassination done by a leftist. ONE.

    I can name two done by Right wingers off the top of my head.”

    And my post ends up here, nowhere near it, like typographical Tourette’s. Sorry, gang.

  141. Kevin B, your rant makes no sense and this liberal knows a whole lot more that “judge not, lest ye be judged” (Matthew 7:1) which I assumed is what you were going for. Obama is the president, notably more important that Mr. Beck, and certainly more controversial, thanks in part to Mr. Beck. He is afforded FBI protection, due to his rank. Not only is your argument inflammatory, you don’t back up the verses you’re talking about by citing them. I’m thinking this liberal may know the bible a bit better than you, sir, and I’ll be glad when your children grow up and are taught to think critically and realize that abstract reasoning is a skill you’ve never acquired and the liberals are correct.

  142. It says a lot about a person’s fan base if he needs to wear a bullet proof vest, and you would think that for all the talk Beck is known for, he would want to get shot at during a rally about honor because it would be the catalyst to bring his future into being. The right is constantly talking about Obama being a cowardly novice, but you didn’t see Obama wear a bullet proof vest when he spoke to a crowd of his supporters numbering 20-times greater then Beck’s…

  143. Beck needs to consider restoring his honor first before he looks to restoring America’s honor…

    Maybe he should start by apologizing to the woman who he made fun of for having a miscarriage…

  144. Beck’s rally was supposed to be peaceful and his followers were supposed to love the idea of peace, so why the need for a vest?

    What was he afraid of?

    Could it be his rhetoric has connected with the crazies (remember the guy who wanted to shoot up the Tides Foundation)?

    I bet Beck will claim the CIA were looking to take him out, and then on his big black chalk board he will draw up some more Marxist associations…

  145. That is classic. How about this – where is the proof behind Beck’s numerous claims and accusations regarding various members of the administration? All he offers is vague assumptions and terribly loose connections.

  146. I think MLK and his peaceful protesters would have been classified as “the left,” so does that make the whites who turned fire hoses on the innocent “the right?”

  147. Kevin B. why don’t you really tell us what you’re thinking???? There is no comparison between Beck and Obama. Obama is the President of the U.S. and Beck is just another voice amongst millions. By your rant G.W. shouldn’t have had all the protection given him during his term, or any of the other 4o-some presidents we have had. Get real and quit trying to compare apples and oranges. It of course didn’t help your argument by starting off with calling people scumbags. I guess your pastor never taught you that it is easier to get things done with honey then it is with vinegar.

  148. And her son going to war means what????? One tour!!!!!I have friends who are past their fourth deployment does that make their parents anymore patriotic??? Don’t think so. sarah is just another mom like all the other moms. She puts her husbands pants on the same way any other guy puts his pants on, she just looks cuter in them than the rest of us do.

  149. hahaha. Yes. He’s a great man. A coward who says he’s pro second amendment and then says no one can bring a weapon to HIS rally, but by all means, go ARMED to Obama rallies. Coward.

    He called the troops leaches.

  150. They only know the Palin Bachmann version: free speech means they can abuse, lie and smear and you can’t object or defend yourself.

  151. Oh, boy.

    “God speaks to me,” are the words of a killer explaining why he just did what he did. Or the words of the “faithful”.

    how do you know what side you’re on?

  152. Right on the mark….A world of difference between a peaceful gathering of like minded folk and going into a situation where someone will attempt to kill you, quite possibly without hesitation.

  153. hahah. Hold on to that one tightly.

    Bush sure took care of us. Except for 9 11 and the anthrax. But I didn’t criticize him for that. Petty petty petty sore losers. People died. You should be supporting your country.

  154. So, Deborah, would you say you misspelled “Libtards” or are you Beck adjacent now and calling us “Libterds”, which is also, embarrassingly, misspelled? This is your third error in an insult.

    Did you mean “Libturds”?

    I have no idea why no one listens to you. You are so eloquent and respectful.

  155. Bla Bla Bla the post was sensible it would not have been banned. Using the term lack of ammunition is in poor taste. Truth Beck wore a vest to his OWN so called peaceful rally King never did! Proof that Beck is first crazy and second a coward! don’t like then don’t read about it!

  156. It’s not his fans he’s afraid of it’s the lunatics like those I see in here. Maybe if MLK wore a vest he would be here today. Obama has the Secret Service, oh and the perception of the federal government as his bodyguard. Just looking back historically it’s not the supporters that kill the ones they support it’s those who are trying to stop them which there isn’t a shortage of those people…on either side. Side note he has had to have a security detail for the past two years, pretty much since he exposed union heads as being corrupt d-bags. And yes Glenn Beck should disregard his common senses, security reports from the professionals he hired and the letters that pour in that say “I will kill you.” and not wear a vest. I have a feeling you would like it if he were gone…just a feeling, so your criticism is worth as much as cowpie for a healthy nutritious meal.

  157. No, he was concerned that people who spin tales like for the gullible – like you, Jason Easley, would show up…

  158. I generally agree with the articles on this site, but this one is so slanted and bogus that it disturbs me. Is Dick Morris ghost writing here? It sounds a lot like his style of reality twist.

    Beck wearing a vest speaks more as reinforcement of the manipulative “George Soros is going to have me taken out because I know too much” pre-martyr narrative that Beck likes to spew, than any fear of his own fans actually taking a shot at him.

    Basing the whole article on this spurious, entirely contrived, and frankly pretty stupid slant is intellectually lazy and frankly offensive. Just tell the f******g TRUTH. Trust me, the facts are plenty damning enough, there’s no need to try and outdo Fox at reality manipulation. That’s the sort of thing “we” hate, remember?

  159. I think you missed the point. He isn’t saying Beck is really scared. Do you get it? He’s going along with what Beck says he believes. It’s either one way or the other.

  160. You’ve set a new record for the the most falsehoods in one paragraph! Don’t you know how to tell the truth?

  161. Of course they were saying that you were a traitor if you didn’t worship the moron Bush.
    The fact that all these right wing sheep idolized Bush tells you how much they value stupidity.

  162. Uh, SWAT teams go into situations where they are facing lots of firepower.
    Once again apples and oranges.

    And can the Jesus crap, that totally invalidates any argument you make.
    Religion is for the weak minded.

  163. Seriously, how can you say he needs to wear a vest to address his supporters? JFK, MLK jr. weren’t shot by their supporters. The fact is the FBI deemed the event high risk (and provided some security for the event) and his wife wanted him to wear a vest. Honestly, I’d wear a vest too. Spin the story some more, I don’t think it’s biased enough.

  164. When you learn how to spell, I might get off my high horse. But I like it up here, among the elite who can use the English language. Can I see your papers?

  165. The only reason I am replying to this is there is a factual error, MLK was shot in the head, a vest would not have helped.

  166. Not that it really matters, but Dr. King was hit in the neck, same result sadly. Jo Momma, I’ll give you that Beck is mortally afraid of his critics, but non-conservatives are generally not gun nuts. His supporters, generally, are.

  167. Much like many neoconservatives who were leftists in their youth, if LHO were alive today (say, in an alternate universe) I have the feeling he’d be a rabid right winger. Of course I don’t have any evidence, I’m just offering my opinion.

  168. This article is typical slant liberal drivel. I have never read Easley and will probably never will based on his ridiculous rantings. The rest of the posts are typical left wingers looking for anyting to complain about. Beck wore a vest most probably based on recommendations from the FBI or Secret Service not on his own accord. You people are fit the bill for kool aid drinkers.

  169. Please direct us to where we can learn how the FBI and Secret Service advise entertainers on their security. Beck had the protection of whatever security his money could buy. Nice try though.

  170. Amazing comments all. Really. So, Glenn Beck shouldn’t wear a bullet-proof vest because his life is less important than Barack Obama. I guess Glenn Beck didn’t get that White House report???? Ha!

  171. Justanotherguy, my comment was in response to specifically this statement of Shiva’s, “You dont see her ever mention the troops that are coming home, simply because she does not want them at home.”

    Still stand by your what you wrote? It wasn’t about patriotism. It was about Shiva’s bull comment.

  172. Guy, this statement, “By your rant G.W. shouldn’t have had all the protection given him during his term, or any of the other 4o-some presidents we have had.” proves that you do not know Logic. You NEED to think.

    I haven’t seen one well crafted logical response to any of my comments on this site – I won’t be coming back here, I only was checking to see if Beck did wear a vest, and I stayed to comment a bit – and it is very very alarming. I supremely doubt that any of you know about formal arguments, validness, and truth at all.

  173. Not being in favor of the current President or cabinet, does not make a person any less a lover of our Country… Through out time, there has been people who spoke out strongly in favor and not in favor of the current administration. Since when does that determine how much someone loves this country… As far a Beck is concerned he speaks for the people who are not in favor of the current administration. That again does not make him an enemy of this country. Opinions of all has what has made this country what it is.. Many people what to pick “color” as an issue. It is not that but what is behind what is being said. It will all wash out in the end. And the sad truth is some of us will pay a higher price than others.

  174. I agree completely. I was in the Legal System for many years and many of the people in this country have no idea what people that are out on the front lines have to deal with… You try putting yourself in the line of danger day after day and see if you do not grab you “vest” every time you walk out the door. It is easy to be a Quarter Back sitting in your easy chair. You talk about being a Christian, what about judging Mr Beck… Where does that fit in with your teachings.

  175. Yes we can.

    We can absolutely blame him for whipping idiots into a frenzy. For engaging in fear-mongering and scapegoating. For spreading lies, disinformation, and illogical ranting. For pretending to be a spiritual successor to a man who championed social justice and help for the poor, when all Beck cares about is himself and his money.

    I for one love those “charity” posters he put up with Ben Franklin’s face on them. Exactly how much money did he donate to charity last year? Free market evangelists always say that private charity can take the place of social services, but what they don’t tell you is that they mean OTHER PEOPLE can take care of it. Libertarians and right-wingers have no intention of giving a single penny to helping out their fellow man. There are only two exceptions: when they can use it as part of their scheme to escape paying taxes (that’s for POOR PEOPLE, ick!), or when it’s all part of a larger plan to prey on the suffering so they can convert them to Christianity when they’re at their most vulnerable. Kind of like how cults use sleep deprivation to break their initiates; these folks just outsource the suffering and then reap the benefits!

  176. Beck was afraid of liberals, not his own fans. Liberals are pretty disgruntled about anyone taking away their racetree. Shaking that racetree has made a lot of money for a lot of people.

  177. hahaah:-) Yes, the FBI is all over Beck cuz he’s soooo important. Did you know that he’s really running the country! If it weren’t for him, why, President Obama with his Harvard Constitutional Law degree would be lost. /s

    RW delusions. so sad.

  178. Oh, yeah, those darn black people. They plotted to be treated poorly and unfairly so they could grift for money! Wow, you so busted them!

    And here comes Glenn, with the collection plate out. Pay up, sucker.

  179. Is everybody here on this page posting comments really that stupid or simply trying to lie to themselves? Beck needs protection from the left and not his fan base as liberals are soiling their pants because Beck and Palin are very powerful.

    Sometimes I just have to remember that 95% of liberals are public schooled or dropouts and must remember to have some sympathy for them.

    PLEASE keep up the hatred for Beck and Palin,,,, it makes their ratings soar!!!

  180. Glenn Beck is a genuinely great guy. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about…but you sure do remember your talking points. Good work.

  181. Did he not tell the crowd to turn to God asnd put their trust in God. Fine for the masses but emperor beck turned to ….Kevlar. Hypoycrite! Non believer! Moron!

  182. I thought it quite telling that Glennda the Beckerhead had to implore his corps of cretins to not bring signs or weapons to his “restoring honor” medicine show.
    Liked the comment above stating that most liberals are dropouts, and this seemingly from a representative of a faction that’s always decrying the educated snobbery and elitism of “liberals”.Oh well I guess logical consistency is too much to expect from a bunch so unfamiliar with any logic but their own twisted variety.

  183. Glenn Beck isn’t afraid of his fans, he wore the vest to protect himself from his enemies.

    Totally silly and absurd post Mr. Easley.

  184. “I can’t imagine MLK, Gandhi, or Robert Kennedy standing in front of a large crowd hiding behind a vest because they are terrified that one of their own supporters might put a bullet in them.”

    It’s because of assassinations like this that Beck wore a vest. And it wasn’t “fans” that killed MLK, Gandhi, or Robert Kennedy either. This article is complete nonsense. It’s fear from the left that writes this crap.

  185. Yoda has some wise words for Mr. Easley, EnglishSaddle and the rest on the fringe left:

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

  186. The corollary to Yoda’s sage advice is:

    “Projecting one’s own fear, anger, and hate on those who disagree with your ideas is taking the shortcut to the dark side — because you’re fooling yourself.”

  187. You dumbazz, you really think Pres Obomber dosen’t wear a vest for his own personal safety? Get real! He wears one all the time whenever he goes out of the white house. If Beck was wearing one that is just insurance for his own safety and he is a smart man to do so seeing all the hatred displayed here on this site. You people are the ones who spew it out of your every pore of your body. Get a life!

  188. It’s laughable that Beck talks about not carrying political signs and speaks about God at this rally, yet the very next day he spews exactly the same hate as he does the rest of the year. It’s obvious that he is a megalomaniac who believes in his own fantasy of being a right wing “messiah.” As someone who has stirred up the worst fears and basest prejudices of his minions, I am not surprised that he had a bulletproof vest. I’m sure he knows that some of his most ardent admirers are unhinged.

  189. “Beck wearing a vest speaks more as reinforcement of the manipulative “George Soros is going to have me taken out because I know too much” pre-martyr narrative that Beck likes to spew, than any fear of his own fans actually taking a shot at him.”

    No. He’s afraid of the “KILL BECK!” narrative that deranged leftists like to spew.
    Iit’s real “cowardly” to protect yourself from unstable, violent leftists, who’s “movement” has a long history of violence.

  190. Careful…Your intelligence, or lack thereof, is showing. Typical extreme liberal response – if you can’t come up with a reasoned, intelligent argument – one backed up with facts, then you resort to this kind of childish attack. I am an American citizen, just as you are. I am entitled to an opinion and I daresay that mine can be backed up with the “truth”. Try it sometime. Stop spouting the same old false rhetoric and present a real argument that doesn’t contain the same old falsehoods that you have read on-line. I have the greatest respect for anyone, left or right, that can think for themselves and state their own opinions instead of rehashing those of others. For those of you who care, I do listen to both sides and form an opinion based on all of the information I can get my hands on. I was raised by two die-hard dems, and knew I was a Republican from the time I was 12-years old. Maybe I was adopted.

  191. The funniest thing about this post id the fact that you have your education level facts mixed up. Liberals have the highest education level:­ 49% are college graduates and 26% have some postgraduate education vs 16% of Conservatives having a college degree.

    Google it.

  192. LOL, ever seen Obama in town 0on vacation in a polo shirt? No vest.
    Its not hate, its pity for you.

  193. that was my point exactly. From Jesus Christ superstar to fountain of misinformation in five minutes

  194. If you call talking about history and pointing out what people in the past have done and how that made things so great for the average person and their rights and freedom that they had .
    If thats what you call fear mongering and spreading lies then you are a fool.

  195. Leaving all other opinions aside, if I were the headliner at such a high profile event I would probably wear a bulletproof vest as well. There is better low-hanging fruit to discredit Glenn Beck. Look for Louis Black’s hilarious “Glenn Beck Has Nazi Tourette’s” on the Daily Show website. The vest is probably the only thing associated with GB that is bulletproof, so let’s go after easier targets.

  196. Bullet-proof vest? Oh, darn . . . I was so looking forward to frothing rightwingers “eating their own”.

  197. So MLK Jr. Was shot by his fans and supporters? I’m sure Ozwald was a. Real big fan and supporter of JFK

  198. Funny how the left cringe at the thought of the death penalty but have no problem killing an unborn baby.

  199. David:

    Tim McVeigh was a right wing nutcase and a “bomb supporter.”

    Name one progressive who was a “bomb supporter” in the past 30 years.

  200. Small point here… um, Kevlar wasn’t even invented until 1966. So talk of MLK & JFK etc. wearing vests is flat out ridiculous… um, from a practical point of view of course… Fact of the matter is that they wouldn’t have regardless since they represented non violence, peace and love- exactly the opposite of Glenn & Palin. Harumph.

  201. The core of what I took away from this article was not the notion that Beck was a “Kevlar Koward” (sic) but that the far right is simply ready for the tar pit. They simply cannot handle the fact that as history always has it, the fabric of our culture changes beneath our feet. Time moves on in its own way whether you ride along or not. Either way, its dirt nap time for everyone. Progress is slow and most of what I want from our nation won’t be realized in my lifetime….and I’m fine with that. And patient. In 10-15 more years the Republican party as it is constituted today will be decimated in numbers. A significant number of the far right will simply die as a matter of fact. And they are not growing their demographics unless they let go of their most caveman like instincts.

    Not so long ago, a Black man couldn’t play baseball. Now a Black man is president even though whites swore it could never happen. The same will be true of gay marriage, pot legalization, race relations, et. al. Younger conservatives are not as racially sensitive nor homophobic. The only group that is not progressing socially are the 55 plus white crowd. That is where a significant portion of the Right’s support hales from. They lose in every other key demographic. Soooooooo…..whether you holier-than- thou rednecks like it or not, your ideas will seep towards the dust bin of history just like slavery, labor abuse, duels, neanderthals…..You get the idea.

    Lastly, let me just say: P*ss off rednecks. I truly love watching you squirm with discomfort in the face of a brave new world all the while using your bibles to justify your acting in a non-christian manner. Priceless.

  202. Funny how the right is all lathered up about protecting the “life” if a zygote but children should die from lack of access to medical care if their families are unable to afford it, as they do every day.
    You are not only a hypocrite, but an uninformed and uneducated one at that.

  203. Yikes. Lefties and moderates, keep it civil.

    I loathe Glenn Beck, but he obviously feared all his imagined enemies, not his fans.

    Weak. But good pics.

  204. You are crazy and are committing the sin of worshiping false idols. God will judge you and his judgment will not be kind.

  205. Beck restored Americans honor by lying to the people to whom he said he was restoring honor with.

    Guess what, they all have been had. None of that rally had anything to do with restoring anything

  206. Beck is to Conservatism as Tammy Fae Baker is to Christianity.

    Beck is paid to say many things but above all else he is paid to protect Israel.

    The Tea Party is a mortal threat to Israel. “No foreign entanglements.”-George Washington <— does it get more patriotic than that ? Does it get more American than that?

  207. more proof that beck is a faux messiah. if a person truly belives in their cause, they are willing to die for it. whether the cause is right or wrong, their convictions are trong enough that they are willing tod ie for it. jesus did, ghandi did, king, kennedy’s, even suicide bombers and the ones that high jacked the planes on 9/11. hitler killed himself, didn’t he? now we have the beckster, worried that one of his fans will kill him for his faux cause he claims to support

  208. GM: So you have honor in killing the unborn is that what you are saying? You gonna justify your “choice” to murder.

    People die everyday from not having health care? What a straw man and sophomoric response. Cancer is a choice? How about drunk driving deaths?… next to killing the unborn the #1 preventable cause of death, wanna get on your holier than thou soapbox and protest alcohol and show us how much you JUST LOVE everyone.

    Hatred oozes from all the pours of you libs, while you pay lip service to values so to dissuade your guilt and justify your self into utopia. Your lack of understanding is exceeded only by your “pack mentality” Being wise in your own eyes and unable to receive instruction, you scoff at truth for there is no truth in you. Broad is your road and you pave it with foolishness, undiscerning of deception you cry for more and fill your itching ears with what they desire to hear.

    You have no eyes to see your path to destruction and I would be inclined for you to reap your folly except you take this country with you and you will be stopped.

    Have a nice day

  209. Deb – Your statement, “We can absolutely blame him for whipping idiots into a frenzy” reveals your ignorance and meanness.

    One year ago, I made a similar, but less harsh comment about Beck. A friend challenged me to watch his program which I began doing. On 8/28 I was on the mall in Washington, D.C. in part because I wanted to see for myself who would attend and what would be said. There were hundreds of thousands of people. I did not meet one idiot and there was no frenzy. I sat next to three young women from New York, a family with 4 children under the age of 12, a young single man, a young couple, four ladies from San Diego and many others. We were Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, but we were all Americans. We were all one race. We honored goodness, patriotism, love and individual responsibility. Was it worth the trip across the country? Absolutely. I only wish my family and other friends had been with me.

    Deb – Remember, the event raised over $5million for children of Special Operations Warriors who were killed in action. An award was presented to a man who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to cancer research. Beck encouraged all in attendance to tithe, that means to donate 10% of your income to your church for charitable causes. Many in attendance took this challenge seriously. I expect that he follows his own advice. You may want to reconsider some of your opinions. I ask you to open your mind and your heart. God be with you!

  210. Deb – Remember, the event raised over $5million for children of Special Operations Warriors who were killed in action. Read Becks own web site Money donated to SOW went first to pay for rally . Small print at the very end of site under IRS form

  211. thats because when Obama is in his polo shit the only people around him are body guards press and cops not the wack jobs that put him in the white house… must be a total retard… dont worry you can just spend your way out of det….lol

  212. John Huntsman…. Look it up and then come talk about the color of the sky you might get the lower life forms to beleve you when you tell them that the sky is purple…..

  213. Humm…. Ill type slow so you can under stand mlk and jfk and Gandhi could have never wore a vest because they had not been made…. I know its hard for your to under stand but thats because your just stupid….and you cant teach a stupid person to be anything else…….

  214. No thats the left killing in the name of Al Gore by blowing up a tv station in the attempt to save the planet lol…..

  215. Name one Kid? Oh thats right you cant because their are no kids dieing in the streets because the lack of health care… what’s you going to say next that santa not got to bring me a present?

  216. So lets get this Right? mlk Wanted to die? jfk Wanted to die? well i find that hard to beleve….I sorry your have such a rotten life that you think dieing is the right thing…….. Oh waite they did not die they where KILLED! You might take the time to learn that dieing and being Killed are 2 different things……

  217. The Black Panthers……Look it up… and of course listen to Ed he want to smash his face in? what more do you need? Oh sorry just them dam facts getting in the way again……

  218. Well we are trying to get down to your level its just not working yet its hard to become a lower life form like you…..

  219. G – Thanks for the clarification. “Net proceeds” went to the charity after costs of the rally were covered.

  220. there where no net proceeds how much do you think it cost for that rally nobody worked for free not BECK PALIN King even if their expenses only where paid that ran into millions

  221. You’re obviously a clown on par with Beck himself. As well as being a liar like Beck with your bogus education statistic (care to cite that one? Didn’t think so). On top of that, your sophomoric preoccupation with “soaring ratings” really shows everyone reading your lame attempt to justify Beck’s paranoia just how much of a shallow, thoughtless Beck disciple you are.

    By the way, this ,,,,, is not actual punctuation. Did you drop out of public school? Clown.

  222. Whatever anonymous (gutless), you can’t even spell deBt so you economic expertise is probably nil. Dimwit.

  223. “…out of your every pore of your…”

    Clearly, you calling a someone a smart man is akin to an ant calling something tall.

  224. Excuse me?! You are a traitor if you don’t “love” your president and commander-in-chief? Hmmmmm? Did you love George Bush? Just curious…

  225. I’m sorry that I wasted as much time as I did reading all of the hate that is on this blog. It’s obvious that our country is heading in a downwards spiral. Once a society puts values and morals to the side, everything falls apart. Much like Rome, America will fall if we lose the values and morals that defined us as a nation. At the end of the day, it is the things we do to those around us that matters. Treat each other with respect, listen to each other, debate passionately but respect the opinions of others. Be kind to your friends, neighbors and “enemies”. Depending on your faith and beliefs….it is possible that we will all have to answer to a higher being someday. Have a good day.

  226. Americans need to wake up the fact that Beck is simply another opinion pushing charlatan who is a product of mormon cult theology and he mixes this with his personal make up as a dry alcoholic. And for the record, he is a Mormon and not a Christian. As someone with a graduate degree in religion, I can say with all qualifications that Mormonism fits all parameters of a cult and has none of the parameters of a religion. A cult is any group (regardless of its size) that interprets the doctrines of a religion in an unorthodox fashion. The problem here is the fact the most Christians do not understand the difference and they easily fall for the lies of Mormon missionaries when they come to one’s door. On Beck’s radio show and Fox Network program he consistent demonstrates all the unstable behaviors of a dry alcoholic which include grandiosity, judgmentalism, intolerance, impulsivity, ADD and indecisiveness. Alongside that reality, Glenn Beck does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, has no college degree, has no qualifications and he is definitely not a true conservative. But then, what can anyone expect from someone who can’t find anything filthier than their own personal reflection. Since people like Beck cannot survive on the basis of any personal merits, they survive by putting others down with lies and half truths in order to feel good about themselves. The truth about Beck is that he a dry mormon alcoholic who never got the counseling required for alcoholics. To further complicate things and confuse people, Beck flippantly throws around Christian terms like “God”, “Jesus”,”Holy Spirit” as well as voices of other so called “Spirit Powers” on his radio talk show. Beck is a mormon in active standing with the mormon church and is not a Christian. Mormonism teaches many gods, that the god of the earth was once a man who attained godhood status, there is no trinity, the cross of Christ means nothing and that Jesus Christ and Satan were brothers. Because Beck does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, he is the perfect abortion poster child for Fox Network. The people who love what Beck says are no different than the impressionable sheep who loved every speech made by Adolph Hitler in his early years when he brought Germany into an era of economic prosperity These same sheep also blindly followed Hitler into one of the darkest chapters of world history. Beck and the Fox Network both cater to the same lowest common denominator of demagoguery. Beck would not know the first thing about God as he is a mormon. Someone should ask him which of the many mormon gods he kept talking about during his argument with himself on Saturday on the square in DC. Like a typical dry alcoholic, Beck even lied on national television when he spoke about holding a document signed by George Washington. That event never took Place. Unfortunately, people who love being led around by the nose do not realize that Beck is talking about a different god than that of Christianity, Judaism or Islam and that he has been a product of mormonism cultism from the day he started doing a radio talk show as an opinion pusher. You don’t have to have a degree in psychology to see that he exhibits all the signs of a dry alcoholic. The only reason this unstable impressionable idiot fell into mormonism was because the woman he wanted to have sex with would not do so unless they got first got married and from that point, they joined the mormon cult. Glenn Beck is as big a charlatan as Joseph Smith or that 5th grade graduate (Charles T Russell) who started the Jehovah’s Witness cult. This is Glenn Beck in a very accurate and concise nutshell. Considering the fact that Becks personal views are extreme Marxist Libertarian, his form of patriotism is false and he is a person who has no real substance or depth. It will not surprise many of us when Beck’s next big thing is to come out of the closet and announce his homosexuality to the nation. Simply put…he is just another predatory neocon who is pushing the buttons of very ignorant & impressionable people who love being told what to think and believe. We live in a period of history where it has become very socially acceptable to be stupid and follow extremist idiots like Glenn Beck, Adolph Hitler, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. Chicanery and lies are their middle names.

  227. People need to wake up the fact that Glenn Beck is simply another opinion pushing charlatan who is a product of mormon cult theology that he mixes with parts of Catholicism and his personal core as a dry alcoholic. And for the record, he is a Mormon and not a Christian. The two are not the same as one is a cult and the other is a religion. This makes Glenn Beck one very twisted screwed up moron who sold his soul to the lowest common denominator of personal stupidity. And for the record…the religion of Islam has far more in common with Christianity than the mormon cult.

    The truth about Beck is that he a dry mormon alcoholic who never got the counseling required for alcoholics. Because he does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, this makes him the perfect abortion poster child for Fox Network. Considering the fact that Beck’s personal views are extreme Marxist Libertarian, his form of patriotism is false and he is a person who has no real substance or depth.

    Glenn Beck consistently demonstrates all the unstable behaviors of a dry alcoholic which include grandiosity, judgmentalism, intolerance, impulsivity, ADD, indecisiveness and blindness to truth. In short, Beck, Limbaugh, O Reilly, Hannity, Palin, O Donnell, Coulter and others like them frequently pervert truth, history, facts, religion and the US Constitution when they open their big mouths. Beck is simply part of a national league of pseudo-conservative idiots who make big money by selling lies and half truths to impressionable fools that occupy the lowest levels of society. Basically…tea baggers and registered republicans who are condemned to repeat the mistakes of history.

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