On TV and the radio, Beck rarely bothers to mention the militia movement by name. Instead, he's simply co-opted their rhetoric as his own. He's acted as a crucial transmitter, warning about Obama fronting his own private "army," and urging followers to "start food storage."
Not to mention these previous militia moments:
- Beck: "[I]f we don't have some common sense, we're facing the destruction of our country... it's coming"
The truth is that the daylight separating the radical, anti-government militia movement from self-styled mainstream conservatives is growing dimmer by the day. Like the fact-free Obama birthers, the militia remains a radical subset that today's right wing refuses to part ways with. That sad fact was highlighted when scores of far-right media voices initially downplayed the Hutaree arrests last week, or even defended the militia members and -- disturbingly reminiscent of Waco -- cast the FBI and the federal government as the over-reaching bad guys.
What's your opinion? Do you think Beck is an innocuous and harmless presence in America? Are the individuals who act out the only ones responsible for their actions? Does that count even for those who are captivated and practically hypnotized by personalities like Back?
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