30 Aug

A Conversation with Mr. Beck of Fox News

By The O’Leary, 8/28/10, 9:30 pm (updated 8/29/10)


Mr. Beck, of Fox News, held a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, whose stated purpose was to restore America’s honor.   We have some questions for Mr. Beck.

Mr. Beck, how did we lose this honor that you and your followers are so worried about?

Did we lose it when we preemptively invaded a weakened country on the pretense that this weak country was a threat to us and on the basis of lies to the American people by their President and members of his administration; lies warning us that this weak country had weapons of mass destruction and that the leaders of this country were connected to 9-11?

Is that how we lost our honor as Americans, Mr. Beck?  No?

Well, then, Mr. Beck, did we lose it when we paid bounties to mercenaries for captured Iraqis and others, charged them with no crime, and renditioned them to other countries to be  tortured in our name?

Did we lose our honor as Americans, then, Mr. Beck?  No?  Really?  No?

Well, how about when we incarcerated hundreds of prisoners captured in the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq in Guantanamo, tortured them, charged them with no crime, and held them incommunicado for 7, 8, 9 years?

Surely, that must be when we lost our honor as Americans?  No, you say?

Well, Mr. Beck, we  could go on and on citing instances that many Americans believe took away our honor as Americans:

How about when Bush lawyers in our Department of Justice declared the Geneva Conventions “quaint” and not applicable to our “war on terror,” thus legitimating torture by our soldiers?

Or, maybe, Mr. Beck, we lost a sense of decency and honor watching the Bush/Cheney administration’s response to the people who had to deal with the devastation of Katrina without the help of their government.

And, of course, Mr. Beck, you must think we lost our honor as Americans at Abu Ghraib.  No?

You don’t?

It appears that you do not have such instances as we have cited in mind when you talk of restoring America’s honor.   In your estimation, Mr. Beck, of Fox News, according to your many statements in the past,

America lost her honor when she elected a black man as President,

America lost her honor when we took another step in fulfilling Martin Luther King’s dream,

that Martin Luther King and that dream that you mock today.



Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Beck’s rally is a desecration of the Lincoln Memorial.

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