Dealing with Glenn Beck’s Hate

There is almost as little civility as there is reason in Glenn Beck’s discourse.  As a movement, progressives need to figure out how to properly respond to this kind of hatred. Democrats will likely find new and even more uninspired ways to capitulate and compromise, but I have hope that you and I can figure out how to handle this kind of empty, emotional rhetoric.

Beck will not stop with Van Jones. Yesterday he dedicated much of his show to Cass Sunstein, Obama’s regulatory czar, whom he portrayed as a crazed animal rights activist who believes that rats matter more than people. As was the case with McCarthy, his distortions will continue unabated until the public recognizes his campaign for what it is: a witch hunt. As journalist Edward R. Murrow said of McCarthy in 1954, “We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.”

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