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Glenn Beck's Selective Respect For "Our Rule Of Law"

Reported by Ellen - March 19, 2009 -

Glenn Beck was full of hammy outrage yesterday (3/18/09) over what he viewed as a disregard for the rule of law by a Congress that wants to abrogate the AIG bonuses. And yet, later on the show, he made fun of the conviction of two border agents who were tried and found guilty of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler. With video.

Beck started out his show as he always does, with his show-offy editorial otherwise known as “The One Thing.”

Echoing Rush Limbaugh, Beck raged against the “mob rule” that is attempting to undo the AIG bonuses. “Ask yourself,” Beck began with theatrical self-importance. “Are your principles, and just (as) important, are the rules of law important enough to not be trounced by fake populist anger?”

Beck acknowledged that he doesn't like what AIG has done. “I just think that those who broke the law should go to jail.” Then, his voice rising with melodrama, Beck added, “What I really, really don't like here is the idea that we are willing to give in to mob rule and that's what this is.” Gesturing wildly now, Beck said, “The mob in Washington getting everybody -I mean, the only thing they haven't said is (his voice in a mock horror movie accent now) 'Bring out the monster!' It's mob rule. They are attempting to void legally binding contracts... Our principles and our rule of law must trump the emotion of the day.”

But at the very end of the show, Beck sang a completely different tune.

In a teaser for an upcoming show, Beck said, “Don't miss this Friday's show. The very first interview with the freed border agents Ramos and Campeon. Yes, the first time speaking out since they went to jail for shooting a drug smuggler.” Beck made derisive crying motions, suggesting that he approved of the agents' actions.

In fact, Ramos and Campeon, were tried and convicted of felonies after shooting an unarmed drug smuggler and then trying to cover it up, could be the poster children for the need for standing up for the rule of law against mob rule. As conservative Andrew C. McCarthy wrote in his excellent article explaining why, though we might hate the drug smuggler, Ramos and Campeon deserved their fate:

The sordid details that should condemn these corrupt agents — agents who make the jobs of honest law-enforcement officers galactically harder both in the field and in the courtroom — have been obscured by layers of hyperbole. Hyperbole by which they’ve ludicrously been portrayed as “heroes.” Truth be damned, they have somehow managed to make themselves the rallying cry for Americans enraged by their government’s conscious avoidance — indeed, its active facilitation — of exploding illegal immigration and all its consequent social maladies.

...Compean and Ramos are bad guys. 


...Instead of arresting the wounded smuggler, they put their guns away and left him behind. But not before trying to conceal the improper discharge of their firearms.

...(T)he (agents') behavior here was egregious and could easily have resulted in murder. That’s unacceptable under circumstances where the agents were in no danger and the unarmed man they shot was running away after trying to surrender.

...Regardless of the fall-out, law enforcement must police itself with integrity. Americans instinctively think of their agents as heroes because they know most of them are. When we find some who demonstrably aren’t, dispensing with them is not an injustice. It’s a defense of honor.

Defending honor can be a wrenching business. That doesn’t make it any less vital.”

Maybe Beck will pleasnatly surprise us and stand up for the rule of law again. But his mocking of the victim suggests otherwise.