Beck: Progressives are like slave owners

The Fox News also says of liberals, "they used to call them tyrants"

By Alex Koppelman

Published October 21, 2009 4:05PM (EDT)

Fox News' Glenn Beck almost never disappoints. Every day, it seems, he comes up with some new and totally off-the-wall way of making himself and his fans out to be the Founding Fathers' heirs, and portraying their liberal enemies as heirs only to Hitler and Stalin.

From his show on Tuesday:

Progressives have been fighting for decades to achieve the power to decide for you, and erase the Republicans, now they just want to call it a democracy. They've come a long, long way, bit by bit, piece by piece, they have been chipping away your individual freedoms. We call them progressives now, but back in Samuel Adams' day, they used to call them tyrants. A little later, I think they're also called slave owners -- people that encourage you to become more dependent on them, and it's working ....

Let me give you a quote from Samuel Adams that was from 1772, October.

He said, "It is -- it is high time for the people of this country, explicitly to declare whether they will be free men or slaves. It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerned us more than anything else in life. The salvation of our souls is interested in the event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is in the interests of tyrants to reproduce or reduce people to ignorance and vice."

Wait a minute, "ignorance and vice," so, in other words, maybe control all the information, and then introduce vice.

"They cannot live in a country where virtue and knowledge prevail." So, what does it mean? Well, I think it means this: Keep you dumb. Take away the media. Keep you enslaved to the handouts and vice.

Vice I was thinking about this phrase when I was driving home last night. And I heard a story again. What could it possibly be on vice?

Oh, I remember, medical marijuana! Yes, it's more accessible now. People can be smoking the weed, man. We can get high!

The whole thing is really just pretty nutty -- first of all, as if this weren't already obvious, slave owners didn't "encourage" their slaves to "become more dependent on them." And it's pretty funny that while Beck holds up the Founding Fathers, he compares progressives to slave owners, apparently forgetting that many of the men who started this country owned slaves.

My favorite part though, is that Beck started this particular part of his daily rant by worrying about individual rights being taken away -- and finished it by complaining that the Obama administration has moved to limit federal government intrusion into democratic decisions, made at the state level, that protect individual rights.

Video below, via Gawker.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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