Glen Beck’s Vampire Dog Whistle

Sorry to post on another national subject, but I haven’t seen this mentioned around yet. Maybe I missed it — I haven’t been able to tolerate much web surfing due to a corneal issue. But I couldn’t help notice that Glen Beck’s Vampire Rant today makes a thinly veiled reference to a well-known right-wing militia manual. Here’s the manual:

And here’s the rant:

I could be wrong, but to me this is either a dog whistle call to militias, who will be familiar with the vile work, which is sold at gun shows and white separatist gatherings. Or it is an attempt to mainstream it’s ideas and rhetoric. I’m not sure which is worse.

What is the book about? Well, Public Eye, a group that researches right wing hate groups, gets it about right. It’s about preparation, sort of:

McLamb’s primary training manual, Operation Vampire Killer 2000, is a 75-page booklet designed to “enlighten” active duty officers in the way of the conspiracy. The booklet is widely distributed at militia meetings and gun shows. Literally hundreds of copies have been delivered to police departments and law enforcement personnel by militia activists nationwide. In Washington State, we know of at least four counties where the booklet has been distributed: Stevens, Pierce, Whatcom, and King.

Like many activists in the militia movement and in the paramilitary right, certain of McLamb’s ideas could well be characterized as racist. For example, McLamb has stated that “The globalists. . .[are] promoting interracial marriage” and “You can be white, you can not have interracial marriage, in working to save America, you don’t have to do that type of a thing.” Both McLamb and Gritz play prominent roles in the frequent “Preparedness Expos” held throughout the nation in such places as Florida, Los Angeles and San Jose, California, Utah, and Arizona. These gatherings attract hundreds–sometimes thousands–of right-wing extremists, militia supporters, white supremacists, Christian Identity followers, conspiracy theorists, and military surplus vendors.

It is worth noting that it was at gun shows and meetings such as these, for example, that Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh could often be found, thumbing his well-worn copy of the Turner Diaries, the fictional account of neo-Nazi revolution. Playing on themes that have been developed over the years in the so-called Christian Patriot movement, both McLamb and Gritz tell audiences at these events that they need to prepare for the “coming storm,” and encourage participants to recruit law enforcement officers and military personnel into the movement. Both have encouraged the formation of citizen militias.

The other day Glen Beck was insulted his name was linked to the cop-killer that people like him agitated into a state of fear about his guns.

I wish his sins were that small. In invoking the Vampire Killer metaphor he has gone much further than that.


17 Responses to Glen Beck’s Vampire Dog Whistle

  1. Dean Barker April 8, 2009 at 4:17 am #

    to rec up the crosspost.

    Important stuff that deserves wide exposure.

  2. This Was The Moment April 8, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    Surely there are rules, be they legal, ethical, or advertiser-imposed, that stop a person from inciting assassination on national television?

    • Dean Barker April 8, 2009 at 4:59 am #

      That part is patent, and doesn’t even require the digging Mike did.

      How on earth does that get a pass on TeeVee?

      • sdoyle April 8, 2009 at 5:08 am #

        “Standards? We don’t need no stinking standards!”

      • This Was The Moment April 8, 2009 at 8:13 am #

        Including UPS.

        But Beck is far more dangerous, and in all seriousness, for the safety of our fellow citizens, people should be pressuring advertisers not to support Glenn Beck.  The First Amendment stands behind him, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us need to stand idly by while we and the businesses we patronize give this maniac a megaphone.

  3. JimC April 8, 2009 at 4:52 am #
  4. hannah April 8, 2009 at 5:14 am #

    suspicious persons in Iraq and Afghanistan with hellfire missiles and vaporize them on the spot?  Does it make a difference whether the Pentagon authorizes the elimination of “suspects” or some militia group takes the “defense of the nation” into its own hands?

    If taking hostages and sending them off to Guantanamo turns out to be more trouble than it’s worth, who’s going to dispute the logic of just eliminating potential terrorists and being done with it?  And who’s going to insure that only the duly authorized take this route?

    The proponents of capital punishment argue that state-sanctioned killing will deter civilians from killing people they don’t like.  But what if the state’s actually setting an example for others to emulate?  Assassination, whether in person or by remote control, has long been a staple in the arsenal of United States Special Forces and the Operations Unit of the CIA.  What’s to keep self-styled “patriots” from doing it too?

    • elwood April 8, 2009 at 5:44 am #

      It isn’t assassination when a country carries out war strikes on a country that harbored the people who attacked it.

      It may be bad policy, or it may be good policy.

      But it is not “assassination” and it just dumbs things down to claim otherwise.

      • hannah April 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

        Iraq never “harbored the people who attacked” the U.S., who are, btw, all dead.
        Whether or not Afghanistan harbored those who planned the attack, collective punishment is not, and should not be meted out because the Afghani people are supposedly our “friends.” The individuals being targeted (and often missed) by unmanned vehicles are classified as anti-Afghan forces or enemies.
        One can argue that it’s not an assassination when the wrong people are killed, or when the people killed are misidentified, but, given our claimed technological expertise, it can’t be called accidental either.
        Regardless, the state killing people it doesn’t like would seem to undercut the ostensible commitment to government by consent.  And, it sets a bad example for the militia crowd.  

        • elwood April 9, 2009 at 4:56 am #

          I am aware of the historical record.

      • JimC April 8, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

        I think the “Violence begets violence” point was worth mentioning.

  5. JimC April 8, 2009 at 5:28 am #

    According to the book American Brutus, which I recommend, in the weeks before Lincoln’s assassination, the rhetoric was escalating. If I recall correctly, no one actually called for outright assassination, but there was quite a bit of commentary along the lines of “Can’t something be done about Mr. Lincoln?”

    • Tim C. April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am #

      Except that there were actual calls for outright assassination, made by the Michele Bachmanns and Pat Robertsons and Glenn Becks of Israel.

      At least the Democrats of 1864-5 didn’t go around yelling “Sic semper tyrannis” and stabbing effigies in top hats, which would be the only equivalent of what the right wing did in Israel up until the moment of Rabin’s assassination.

  6. Jack Mitchell April 8, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    two things are stuck in my head regarding Beck.

    1)Glenn Beck could become this decades Bill Ayres.
    2)Beck the “doomsayer” will claim, when doomsday doesn’t come, that his rants and instigations helped avert it. He will claim to have pressured the “powers” to moderate their hienous plans.

    • JimC April 8, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

      Do you mean he could be a leader of a right-wing movement that turns violent?

      That’s worth worrying about, but I don’t think he has the charisma. I watched a documentary about the Weather Underground recently; Ayers was irresistibly cool.

      • Jack Mitchell April 9, 2009 at 2:58 am #

        It got away from Ayres. It could get away from Beck.

        Beck is not a leader of a cell. He is the propagandist for the movement. Of course, he will deny being anything but an “entertainer.”

        But who am I to judged? Some folks thought Elvis and the Beatles would cause the ruination of America’s youth. We all know it was The Stones.

        • JimC April 9, 2009 at 3:03 am #

          It was you and me.

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