OK, so I’m sitting here tonight, reading all about the lunacy that transpired yesterday, as thousands of disturbed individuals around the country took to the streets at the behest of a criminally irresponsible FOX News personality, waving their insane placards and calling for Obama’s head, and I’m wondering if perhaps, before this all goes too far, it might make sense for us to pass along a message to Glen Beck… It would be a simple message… Perhaps not altogether ethical, but simple… Here it is.
“If anything should happen to President Obama, we’re going to hold you personally responsible.”
When you read the reports on Beck’s protests yesterday, look at the photos, and listen to what the participants had to say, it’s not too hard to imagine where all of this might be leading. Beck and others are feeding the paranoid conspiracy theories of our least stable citizens, and, in my opinion, deserve a great deal of responsibility for the fact that there’s talk of armed rebellion in our country today. The fact that Presidential death threats are up by as much as 400% is not a coincidence, as far as I’m concerned. These people are being cultivated. And I think it’s only right to remind Beck and others of his ilk that, when something eventually happens, we’ll be holding them responsible, right along with the perpetrators.
I think that Beck should know, every time he infers that Obama is raising a militant black army to usher in a fascist state, or that the White House is infested with “radical, revolutionary and in some cases Marxist” advisers, that he will be held to account. When he tells his followers that our democratically elected President is an illegal alien looking to “settle old racist scores,” he needs to know that there will be consequences. I’m not suggesting that anyone take action against him, or force him off of television. But, I do think that he needs to be made very aware of the fact that his words have consequences, and that we’re paying attention.
When Beck says, “The time for silent dissent has long passed,” and urges his followers to heed the words of Jefferson and water the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants, he needs to be reminded that it’s not just his fans who are listening. And, when he tells his followers to rise up, and take “their” nation back, he needs to know that he’ll one day be made to answer for it. (And the same goes for the executives at FOX News.) What I’m thinking we need is one striking, ubiquitous image of Beck’s face, accompanied by a phrase like, “Your words have consequences.” (Does anyone out there in the audience know Shepard Fairey?) I’d love for Beck to see that image every day, everywhere he goes, and be reminded of the fact that we’re holding him personally responsible.
And, for what it’s worth, I think this is a lot more respectful than the other idea that I had, which was to start collecting a bounty to be offered against Beck if, God forbid, something happened to Obama. While I’d hate to think that any such threat would ever be acted upon, I can’t help but think that Beck’s behavior would be considerably improved if, before he went on the air every day, he saw an online tote board showing how many tens of millions have be pledged to bring him to justice should anyone in his audience cross the line.