Thursday, April 8, 2010

Is Beck's Rhetoric Connected To Threats Against Senators Murray And Pelosi?

Charles Alan Wilson was arrested by federal agents in Yakima, Washington, on Tuesday and charged with threatening to kill Senator Patty Murray for supporting health care reform. The FBI traced a series of voicemail messages left at Murray's office to Wilson's home, including the following:

''There's a target on your back now,'' said one message on March 22. ''It only takes one piece of lead. Kill the (expletive) senator! ... Now that you've passed your health-care bill, let the violence begin.''

In other messages over the next several days, the caller said, ''I hope somebody puts a (expletive) bullet between your (expletive) eyes,'' and ''I do believe that every one of you (expletive) socialist democratic progressive (expletives) need to be taken out.''

Interesting that he used the word "progressive" to denote those who should be killed. Glenn Beck has called the progressive movement a cancer and declared war on it. Listen:

Beck: Remember last week, I told you these are the times that try men’s souls. We’re declaring war, and not on Obama, but on the progressive movement, and when you declare war on these people, it is going to be till the last person standing. These are revolutionaries, very, very bad movement.

The FBI has also arrested Gregory Guisti for threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the health care bill. Beck could be influencing those like Wilson and Guisti to declare war on "these people" who spread the "cancer" of progressivism. We can also recall other threats and vandalism surrounding the passage of health care reform. There's no reason to believe that any of these incidents will cause Beck to moderate his inflammatory rhetoric.

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