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In this week in crazy, two items stand out from the Right that are making the rounds.
One is Limbaugh’s remarks that apparently the Tea Party is now the persecuted Jew of Europe. That is the new meme on the Right. We saw it with Palin and “blood libel,” and saw it with references popping up in WSJ and elsewhere that the Tea Party is subject to “pogroms.” The other is that apparently the ring leader of these poor persecuted new Jews, Glenn Beck, shouted clearly that Democrats are Marxist enemies of America who hate George Washington and thus they must “be shot in the head.” Yikes.
What set Rush off were some over the top remarks from Jewish Congressman Cohen (D) of Tennessee calling the GOP smears on the healthcare law very much like that of Nazi propaganda. Cohen immediately apologized but do not fear Rush one upped him. Here is fair and imbalanced Rush on the bitter persecution his Tea Party has had to endure:
… Who are the new Jews Congressman Cohen? It’s not the Democrats. It’s the Tea Party.
Beck on June 10 2010 made some rather insightful comments which, after Giffords, are getting new attention. Not funny stuff, Mr. Beck. Here is the clip and then the full transcript of what he said. As Fox News would say, You Decide.
Beck transcript from Fox:
“Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government.
“I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don’t. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep’s clothing ““ change the pose. You will get the ends.
“You’ve been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.“They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them ““ they’re revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.
“Here is my advice when you’re dealing with people who believe in something that strongly ““ you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say.”
As Rawstory points out:
…It didn’t help that days after the shooting (of Giffords), Beck issued a call for peace on his website, next to an image of him holding a handgun and posing as if he were a character on a television action-drama.
Some have even accused Beck, among others, of being a direct inspiration to killers who allegedly adhered to some of his more extreme political fantasies.
One California man, Byron Williams — who was arrested after opening fire on the police officers who discovered him in the process of donning a bullet-proof vest — later claimed he wanted to “start a revolution.” His targets were two groups Beck had made out to be antagonists: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Tides Foundation.
Williams’ targeting of the Tides Foundation was especially indicative of Beck’s inspiration: they were almost completely unknown until he began claiming the foundation was somehow behind a massive communist conspiracy to kill Americans.
Williams planned his attacks based on Beck rants and cited the June 2010 “shoot them in the head” remarks. He has said so…
…In a jailhouse interview, Williams said that he “would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind.” He said he regarded Beck “like a schoolteacher on TV.”
“You need to go back to June — June of this year, 2010 — and look at all his programs from June, and you’ll see he’s been breaking open some of the most hideous corruption,” Williams said.
So Sarah Palin is the victim of the tradition of the heinous blood libel Jews faced for hundreds of years, the Tea Party is now the persecuted Jew facing extermination in Europe, and their leader Beck feels it necessary to urge the shooting of the Marxist Democrats.
This makes perfect sense. Not.