Marine Responds to Glenn BeckSubmitted by Jane Aitken on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 08:56
NOTE: Everyone has the right to express his or her opinions whether it be through letters or with whom you choose to do business or not. We expect that everyone will do this with the utmost of civility because, yes, you will be relfecting upon the campaign. So with that in mind...
With permission I am posting this letter to Glenn Beck from a Marine in response to Beck's conspiratorial tirade against Dr. Paul which aired on the November 12th segment of his show. David Horowitz also chimes in with some pretty outrageous and wacky stuff that needs addressing.
Dear Mr. Beck,
The image you have so carelessly planted in the minds of your viewers, that regular, honest, hardworking American supporters of Dr. Ron Paul are a bunch of 'terrorists', is not only inaccurate, but grossly negligent, sir! I take extreme umbrage with your assertions. I am a former Marine, decorated with a Good Conduct Medal, a Navy Unit Commendation, and an Overseas Deployment ribbon for my service to these United States from 1982 to 1986. Seeing as we are both forty-three I think it's safe to say that while I was serving my country, you were much more busy becoming a drug addict and practicing to become an alcoholic, correct?
You see, unlike you sir, I have taken the time to gather some facts to support my position. I love this country and its people more than life itself, and would at a moment's notice put my life on the line once again in her defense. I took an oath to uphold our Constitution, and I take this oath very seriously.
You sir have done a grave disservice to me personally by implying that I am a terrorist because I support Dr. Ron Paul. Over my forty three years of life's trials and tribulations I have developed pretty thick skin, and am not easily bothered by someone's words. But when I heard you imply that Ron Paul supporters are "akin to terrorists" for choosing the fifth of November as the day for our fund raising donation, I have to admit that I was a highly upset! I sincerely believe you have a right to your opinion, as do we all. But where you enjoy an assumed position of authority in television and radio with the potential to influence millions of viewers and listeners alike comes an even greater obligation to ensure that the opinions you espouse are well founded, and responsible ones. Is that a fair statement sir? I work very hard to introduce my friends and family to the issues that Dr. Ron Paul supports, and believe with great sincerity that our Country is in very serious trouble and we need to elect someone to the highest office who exemplifies the qualities of a Dr. Ron Paul.
I was with my wife and 18 year-old daughter when we watched you're 'Ron Paul supporters may be domestic terrorists' piece. My family knows how strongly I feel about Dr. Paul's views and I got a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach upon hearing your comments. Especially in front of my family, who trusts my decision making process in order that I provide a stable, moral example for them. It was an awkward moment to say the least, I was at a loss for words. I simply gritted my teeth and supported your right to your views regardless. Mr. Beck, your implication that Ron Paul supporters, like myself, are terrorists, is so far beyond the pale of reasoning that I fail to understand how you could formulate this opinion. Now I'm not naive, I know this was not some spontaneous thought you were sharing with your audience. I realize this was something you ran by your staff and bosses alike. You had to book the guests that would be sympathetic to your views in order to project the desired effect for your viewers. Plain and simple sir, this was a tongue-in-cheek political hit piece directed at Dr. Ron Paul's Presidential Campaign by casting his supporters as domestic terrorists. I find this type of guerrilla journalism very distasteful and a betrayal of America and our ideals of the sanctity of a free press that is suppose to inform its body politic, not to deceive its people as you have chosen to do. As I stated earlier, I am not naive sir, and I realize you could care less how I feel or about my opinion of you, and that's just fine by me. But what you are doing is just plain wrong, and you will have to atone for your actions at some point in time. But until then you have lost a faithful viewer.
I know it is of little consequence to you but as a matter of principle I can no longer support a network that supplies a platform from which you so carelessly spew your hate and rhetoric. I will also be boycotting all of your sponsors' products until they pull their support in the form of advertising dollars that go to pay your salary. Here is the list of people and companies I will be contacting.
I know people have temporary lapses in judgment, and will leave some of my personal information to assure you that I am a real person and not a "spambot" just in case you would like to reply to this e-mail, but, ummm, I'm not holding my breath though.
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745