Glenn Beck Attacks Ron Paul Donors (and David Horowitz Smears LRC)

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As the Ron Paul movement grew, it was inevitable that the neocons would turn from demeaning to smearing. One clownish and sinister example was Glenn Beck’s CNN show last night.Beck actually said that the US military may have to be used against the growing threat of domestic terrorism: Ron Paul donors. Why? Because there is a “rising tide of disenfranchisement” (sic) and Ron’s volunteers raised $4.3 million in one day “to commemorate Guy Fawkes” in a “money bomb.” Of course, no American knows anything about the English Catholic rebel of four centuries ago. The donors were referencing the movie and graphic novel, V for Vendetta.

Then Beck says he a libertarian in his heart and it’s OK to raise money anyway you want, so long as you are not “blowing people up.” This from a guy who advocates blowing people up every day, so long as they’re Arabs

Then comes a plummy Brit who I think is one of Bertie Wooster’s friends from the Drones Club. Then Beck gets to the real point: we are a right-wing peace movement. And being for peace means you want to kill people, whereas being for war means you want peace, if I may distill the agitprop.

Indeed, we are seeing Murray Rothbard’s dream come true; the Old Right, the pre-neocon, pre-Buckley right is back: for freedom and peace, sound money and keeping the fruits of your labor.

Next David Horowitz decries the “strain of isolationism and anarchism” in America, especially as represented by “libertarian websites like,” which are “totally in bed with the Islamofascists and have turned against this country.” By country, of course, he means the imperial presidency’s war-spying-torturing-taxing-planning apparatus.

Beck then asks his viewers to vote on whether he is right about the “danger” represented by the Ron Paul revolution. I know I did.


If you want to respond to Mr. Horowitz, a donation to LRC would be much appreciated!

9:27 am on November 13, 2007