Last week, in a bizzare stretch that would make Orwell blush, Hannity called Ron Paul supporters extremists and claimed that the military industrial complex is what gives us freedom of speech.
Hannity had previously told Chuck Norris that Ron Paul is nuts after Norris spoke favorably of Paul.
In his thorough August 2009 article FBI informants operating openly in our midst, Alex Ansary includes a clip where Hannity is confronted regarding his association with neo-nazi FBI informant Hal Turner.
Glenn Beck, meanwhile, who has been touted as a potential running mate by Sarah Palin, is on record saying that he "hates 9/11 victims families for asking questions". Palin's lead John McCain went so far as to blame the rise of Hitler on Ron Paul's ideology. Even supposed truth seekers are demonizing Paul, with 9/11 truth advocate Webster Tarpley insisting that Hitler's critque of FDR policies are the same as those espoused by modern-day libertarians.
It might be helpful to revisit one of the more notorious instances of this smear campaign: when Glenn Beck likened Ron Paul supporters to terrorists. As PrisonPlanet.com reported at the time, complaints flooded CNN in the aftermath of that broadcast.
Here is a summary with partial transcript and analysis of that program which aired during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Beck: "When you enlist in the U.S. military, you have take an oath that says you're gonna support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies - foreign and domestic - on this program, we talk a lot on this program about the foreign threats. Maybe tonight we should spend some time on the growing domestic one.
"..it feels, at least to me, like our leaders reflect an America that most of us dont even recognize. Well here's the point tonight. [screen reads "THERE ARE ENEMIES AMONG US"] While our foreign enemies are the obvious ones, the physical threat may be developing domestically as well!
And here's how I got there. As I told you last week, Ron Paul raised over 4 million dollars in one day. That's huge news. His supporters raised the cash on november the 5th to commemorate Guy Fawkes. This guy was a British terrorist who tried to overthrow the government by blowing up parliament and killing everybody in it.
[screen reads 'DIVIDED WE FALL']
"Paul's supporters called the donations, and I'm quoting, a "money bomb". Fawkes was caught the very last minute, some say, with his hand on a torch about to light the gunpowder under parliament. Now the vast majority of Paul's supporters take this little metaphor the way its intended, as a rallying cry to create a dramatic political shift. It's really not the way I would go, ya know, tying my movement in with a historical terrorist attack, in, especially post 911 america, but hey. You know, Im a libertarian at heart. I get it! You raise money however you want, as long as you arent blowing other people up.
"But America, here's what you need to know tonight. Ron Paul supporters are tapping in to something that's very real. It's something that I've talked about on this program for a very long time. The rising tide of disenfranchisement in this country; and it's coming from all sides of the political spectrum. If that feeling of disenfranchisement leads to political discussion, then our system works perfectly. But if fringe elements turn that disenfranchisement into violence, we endanger the freedoms we're supposedly all fighting for.
[Neocon war shills David Horowitz and Jonathan Sandys, great grandson of Winston Churchill, are introduced as guests.]
Beck: "Jonathan let me start with you. Guy Fawkes as I understand it he is basically an um, old timey uh, Timothy Mcveigh.
[2:55] Sandys: sorry say that again?
Beck: That he is England's version in the 1600s of Timothy Mcveigh, except his bomb didnt work. He's a terrorist is he not?
["A nation divided" appears on screen]
Sandys: "Yes, yes yes- he was a terrorist very much so. He had a very clear set of views. Yes he was a Catholic and wanted to return Britain to a Catholic realm. And he was backed by the Pope in Rome to blow up the parliament, blow up James the 1st and his governments".
Sandys: "and overthrow, and then have a Catholic um, a Catholic king reinstated".
Beck: "Alright. now one of his big things and I think this is where it ties into today, one of his big things was, he felt that nobody was listening to him; that the government wouldn't respond.
We felt that way and that is why we disbanded from the uh, from great britian in the 1700's as well because we felt like the king wasnt listening to us.
Do you sense at all that this is the kind of thing that is going on in Great Britain and in America right now?"
[Sandys gives a short reply and Beck returns to Horowitz, warning:
"It's not just the left this time it's also the right. I mean Ron Paul supporters are also the right...
and thats from people saying... Bush has not told the American people the truth on government spending, on the border, and even when it comes to the war.."
Horowitz: "...youre right there's a strain of isolationism and anarchy in the American tradition which uh, Ron Paul is tapping into , um I think it's very significant that he chose Guy Fawkes uh, as an image. uh There are plenty of unfortunately libertarian websites which are indistinguishable from the anti American left these days. So, lewrockwell.com and others like that, they uh,
totally in bed with the islamofascists um, and have turned against this country."
Beck returns to Sandys who promotes Bush and Blair's "war against terrorists" , continuing
"we are now looking at a backlash where everybody is saying oh we got to get out of Iraq now and we cant look at Iran, and everything like that. Theres a total loss of traditional values in this country, for continuing and finishing what we start. Once you begun something you've gotta stop it"
It's ironic that a British pundit would claim that his promotion of undeclared endless wars represents "traditional American values", when they are in fact the polar opposite of what the founders advocated.
Furthermore, Sandy's clearly slanted anti-Catholic version of the Guy Fawkes gunpowder plot, which is at odds with what the British National Archives report and recent British Daily Mail editorials on the matter, further detracts from his credibility. Not that he should have much to begin with, being the great grandson and prmotor of someone who advocated starvation and mass murder.
Pat Buchanan, in his article Churchill spurred the decline of the west, outlines some of Churchill's documented barbarism and warmongering:
Beck concluded the sick segment with a question "OK- where am I wrong? The Ron Paul revolution. I think it's meant to be a catchy slogan, but I fear some of his fringe supporters are taking the word 'Revolution' too literally. Agree or disagree?
As many tea party movements have been hijacked and populated by pro-war neocon republicans newly opposed to 'Obama's big government' after supporting eight years of Bush's big government, it's important to keep focused on the true enemies and interlopers whose only goal is to promote their brand of statism and tyranny.Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, FreedomsPhoenix, Rense, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. His website is LibertyFight.com.