Yesterday, Media Matters called on Sarah Palin to speak out against Glenn Beck’s violent rhetoric. Palin responded today by calling into Beck’s radio show to praise him for educating Americans about our history, you know the same kind of education that led Byron Williams to get into a shootout with police and a plot to assassinate employees of the Tides Foundation.
Here is the audio via Media Matters:
Instead of denouncing the violence, Palin praised Beck’s rhetoric, and blamed the Left, “So, you know, when I speak of your love of our Founding Fathers, and how you are helping to educate Americans about respecting our nation’s history so that we don’t lose what makes America exceptional, and the far, far left mouthpieces, they’re twisting and perverting that message. No, what I do, I go back to what Abraham Lincoln said about standing with anybody who stands right. You stand with him when he stands right; you part with him when he goes wrong. I stand with you Glenn.”
The true moment of delusional hysteria came later when Palin claimed that both she and Beck abhor violence and war, “Glenn, you know I abhor violence. I know you do. Hating war, hating civil war, and praying for peace, and wanting peace and freedom for our kids in a civil society. That is the mission here, is explaining to Americans what the threats are to our peace and to our opportunities and to our freedoms in America.”
Palin’s language about Beck the teacher sounds eerily similar to that of Byron Williams who is currently facing four counts of attempted murder in California for getting into a shootout on the freeway with police. In a jailhouse interview, Williams said, “I don’t think he’s a natural newscaster, you know what I mean? I look at him more like a schoolteacher on TV, you know? He’s got that big chalkboard, and those little stickers, the decals. I like the way he does it. He’s gotten a lot better at it.”
The point that can be taken from this is that Palin and Beck don’t care if their words cause violence. Don’t these people understand that there is money to be made off the perpetually fearful conservative masses? Palin showed how deep into Beck’s warped worldview she really is by referring to George Soros as, “The extreme left-wing king is, with many, many minions, that’s what he is.” Beck is Palin’s trusted source for news and current events. Think about that. Sarah Palin is probably going to run for the Republican nomination in 2012 and her most trusted news source is the historical fractured fairy tales of Glenn Beck.
Karl Rove recently questioned Sarah Palin’s gravitas, and I think the problem goes even deeper than that. Republicans should be questioning her mental state. Are they prepared to turn the reins of party power over to a woman who believes the conspiracy theories that are spun by Glenn Beck? If Palin did happen to become president, it is easy to envision her turning her nose up at briefing books and tuning into Beck so that she can understand the issues.
Glenn Beck doesn’t teach history. He warps it to fit his various conspiracy theories and ideology. Like Palin, Beck is exploiting and inflaming our nation’s partisan divide for personal financial gain. If a few cops have to get shot along the way, so be it. If another Oklahoma City has to happen, oh well, what can you do? Beck and Palin not only spread the language of violence, but they profit from it. They will never denounce violence, because every violent act is another symbol of success in their war against intelligence and liberty. Palin and Beck are out to remake America one fearful, angry white man at a time, and a little bit of spilled blood isn’t going to stop them.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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