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Glenn Beck Wants To Reinstate McCarthy-Era Loyalty Oaths

Reported by Ellen - March 12, 2010 -

Glenn Beck misses Joe McCarthy. As Mike Madden at Salon.com noted, on yesterday’s (3/11/10) show, Beck “gave a special Fox News Channel gloss on Franklin D. Roosevelt -- the villain in Beck's narrative -- and on Joe McCarthy -- who magically transformed from a life-destroying demagogue to a hero.” We’ve long characterized Beck as McCarthy-esque. But on yesterday’s show, he expressed an open longing to reinstate some of those tactics – the administration of loyalty oaths for teachers, public employees and union members. With video.

Standing in front of his trusty chalkboard, “Professor Beck” first complained that FDR was “surrounded by people who were communists” before sneering that John Sweeney, the former president of the AFL-CIO removed the anti-Communist clause from the union by-laws. Unions, of course, are one of Beck’s regular scapegoats. “Question,” Beck said, pretending he was “only asking.” “Why would you need to repeal this old law on your by-laws… of your union unless there was some new demand or desire for communists to join your ranks?”

Maybe because in America your political beliefs are not supposed to be grounds for employment? Just asking.

“Now let me take you to California,” Beck said self-importantly. He was referring to a 2008 bill that, he said, “amazingly, allowed communists to teach in school, to become schoolteachers in California. Oh, and public employees would no longer have to take an oath of office which reads in part, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic.” His voice rising, Beck added, “And I do further swear or affirm that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise that now advocates the overthrow the government of the United States or the State of California by force or violence.”

“Why would you want people to stop taking that oath? Who wouldn’t want that taken, especially by teachers, other than people… looking for social justice?” Beck asked accusingly, before moving on to suggest that it was all somehow related to the fact that unions are big supporters of President Obama.

That from the guy who praised secession-supporters in Texas as patriots.

Ask Glenn Beck and Fox News if their employees sign loyalty oaths and, if not, why not? You can reach them at glennbeck@foxnews.com and me@glennbeck.com.