Glenn Beck’s vitriolic language and over-the-top attacks on various groups that he deems as deviant, communist or plotters to overthrow the American way of life, may have almost turned deadly.
For who knows what reason, Beck has targeted a relatively obscure, left-leaning organization called the “Tides Foundation.” The group, on its website, says that its mission is “to partner with philanthropists, foundations, activists and organizations across the country and across the globe to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment, where human rights are preserved and protected.”
According to MediaMatters, the Tides Foundation was mentioned on Fox News 31 times, 29 of them by Beck. The other two were by Sean Hannity. Beck called the group thugs who indoctrinate schoolchildren on his July 14th show.
On July 18th, police pulled over a two-strike felon named Byron Williams (pictured). He was allegedly wearing body armor and had an extensive amount of ammunition in his car. He allegedly opened fire on the California Highway Police, and more than 60 rounds were exchanged.
Where was Williams headed? According to Oakland police, Williams, 45, said “his intention was to start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU.”
Williams’ mother said that he was angry at left-leaning politicians, watched a lot of television and was angry at “what’s happening to our country,” especially “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.”
This should be a wake-up call for all of the people who think Beck’s rhetoric is a joke. It is potentially fatal. Words have the power to spark people into action. And when Beck’s paranoid rhetoric reaches mentally unstable people down on their luck, this is what happens.
Eric Bohlert, a senior fellow at MediaMatters, described some of the language Beck and his colleagues use:
And don’t forget about the unhinged response when health care reform was passed in March: “Get down on your knees and pray. Pray. It’s September 11th all over again, except that we didn’t have the collapsing buildings.” After financial reform passed last week, Beck told his audience, “Your republic is over.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Breitbart’s website recently tagged Obama as the “suicide-bomber-in-chief,” while the conservative Washington Times just last week published an op-ed — by a former congressman, no less — asserting the president poses more of a threat to America than al Qaeda.