Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 3:25 PM
Glenn Beck opened the first hour of his three-hour show today by calling attention to a plan by extreme leftists to bring disruption to daily life in Washington, D.C. during October. (It is presumed that the mostly white “duuuude, let’s like protest” crowd in October will not have the level of equal-opportunity courage require to venture toward creating chaos in predominantly-black areas of predominantly-black Washington, D.C.)
Beck, who for much of the previous two weeks, was in Israel as part of his “Restoring Courage” solidarity event, started his show by saying “There’s a disturbing pattern happening right now, and it is imperative that you understand what it is and what it means.”
Shortly thereafter, Beck focused on the October 11 Washington, D.C. “Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed” series of events. According to the October2011.org home page: “October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.”
The official pledge that that homepage promotes includes: “… I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza…”
Beck played a clip of David Swanson, a director of the October 11. Among other statements in that clip, Swanson said: “Well, we’re planning to model our behavior on the actions that happened earlier this year in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt; Tunisia; and the actions you see in Spain and Greece and countries around the world when governments get even a fraction as bad as ours has gotten…”
Swanson continued: “And so we’re going to go to Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. … and we’re going to occupy it beginning October 6th, and we’re going to remain, and we’re going to non-violently interfere and shut down the offices of our government until we begin to get some movement …”
During that clip, upon being asked “What are some of the specific demands?,” Swanson said: “Well, if you go to october2011.org, you’ll see a list of demands at the top, and at least of general themes, and there will be more specific demands made, including getting out of Afghanistan… The general themes are the same that everybody comes up with, that the majority opinion in country is demanding and that our government won’t answer to … tax the rich, end the wars, and cut the military. To protect Social Security and gives us Medicare for all. To protect workers’ rights to organize and to strike and to strike in solidarity. To protect our environment, to build our environment. To create infrastructure and green energy. It’s the same agenda that everybody has. What’s different is the tactics we mean to employ.”
Asked by the interviewer on that clip for a clarification of what he meant by “stop the business of government,” Swanson responded: “Well, I mean shutting down buildings and offices and hallways and streets. Non-violently, and strictly non-violently. We have a non-violence pledge …”
Co-host Pat Gray, right after that clip was played, remarked: “To sum up the demands: communism. They want communism in America.”
Beck went on something of a monologue immediately thereafter, which follows here:
Here’s some really important things. First of all, their model is Cairo. Their model is Cairo. This is something that President Obama said to do: please, rise up. Youths of the world, rise up. Well, they’re starting to rise up, although this guy doesn’t appear to be under 30, and I know, from [domestic terrorist and Barack Obama close friend] William Ayres, don’t trust anyone over 30, which … he’s about 70 now. We shouldn’t trust him, I guess.
So he wants to model it after Cairo, you know, the movement where they raped a CBS reporter, Lara Logan, in Tahrir Square. While everyone was calling it peaceful and wonderful and, of course, non-violent, she was being raped as they chanted “JEW! JEW! JEW!”
It’s turned Egypt into an area of chaos now. The people are not more free. What has it turned into? Why?
Because people would say “well, they just wanted freedom. This is a freedom movement.”
No, no, no. That was a Muslim Brotherhood movement.
[Again, impersonating someone with whom he’s having a dialgoue:] “No, no, no. This is a freedom movement.”
Could you be more specific? What is it that they’re asking for?
You’ll notice they couldn’t answer that question, and neither could this movement. They have general themes.
Here’s what the only revolution that was ever successful and held [on], by the people that actually started the revolution, the American Revolution. Here’s what they did. They got together, and they debated and debated and debated, and then they wrote. It’s called the Declaration of Indepenednce. That’s what they did. They didn’t have “general themes.” They had a Declaration of Independence.
Audio from Beck’s Tuesday, August 30 program is available to GlennBeck.com subscribers via this link.
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