Glenn Beck is very angry about the United States Supreme Court’s recent health care reform decision, and he seemed to suggest that violence may be an acceptable solution. In the video to the left, Beck rants against the ruling on “Obamacare”, and particularly "progressives" like Chief Justice John Roberts. While Beck spends most of the time talking about fighting the decision through the ballot box, he at least hints that other methods may be acceptable toward the end, saying he now rejects the non-violent methods of Jesus and Gandhi. Beck’s full segment can be seen here. A summary, with quotes, appears below.
In order to fight the decision Beck first encourages viewers to “activate” by registering to vote, and encouraging all their friends and family to register as well. However, Beck tells followers not register any family members who “crazy lefties.”
Secondly, Beck tells his followers to go on his website and purchase a $30 tee shirt. The shirt features a picture of Chief Justice John Roberts with the word “COWARD” underneath.
At the 12:32 mark in the video Beck takes on a different tone. Beck warns the left,
“Look out progressives. This is when America is at her best, and you’ll never see us coming, because you don’t understand us. When there is two minutes left in the game, and we are behind, that’s when we come out and kick some a**.”
Beck then refuses to apologize for the language, saying “this is not the Jesus show" and seemingly rejects nonviolence altogether,
“I don’t even feel like Jesus. In fact, I don’t feel like Gandhi. Because if Gandhi – you know he had that little stick he was walking with, today if I had that stick, I’d whack peoples' heads.”
Beck would probably argue that he was merely making a joke, but he has condemned labor union leaders for similar language in the past. At a time when tensions are running high over the Supreme Court’s decisions, and many conservative feel like freedom literally has died, it is not too far-fetched to imagine someone taking Beck’s words a bit too seriously.