Beck implores viewers to not turn violent: "Just one lunatic like Timothy McVeigh could ruin everything"
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From the August 3rd edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
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BECK: The best thing that you can do right now is to let Congress know that you are watching them like a hawk. You show up. You let them feel your burning gaze on them at all times. But here's the thing that I am concerned about. Your interaction with them needs to be respectful, polite, forceful, and peaceful.
I have been warning Congress now for a couple of years, and the time has come and passed for them to be able to learn from this. I have been telling them you have to listen to the people, or they will be in real big trouble.
Well, now let me give the warning to you. If anyone thinks that it would be a good idea to turn violent, think again. It would destroy the republic. I feel it with everything in me.
There is a great reason for hope right now, because I am telling you for the first time since I started saying this in the last couple of years, for the first time, I know it. I feel it. The American people are starting to wake up.
These people in Washington have no idea what they have done. They have awakened a sleeping giant. But just one lunatic, like Timothy McVeigh, could ruin everything that everyone has worked so hard for, because these people in Washington won't pass up the use of an emergency.
Look how the media ran with the abortion doctor killing. They tried to pin that despicable act on Fox in general, and specifically Bill O'Reilly and me. The only thing either of us have ever said is that there's no reason for that, ever.
I don't want to ever hear from our own Americans, anyone, voicing some sort of Muslim extremist-type justification as we heard in the circles after 9-11 -- "Well, I could see how they, you know, how they felt they had to do it. Of course, I don't agree." Absolutely not.
There is no excuse for violence. Our founders sailed across the ocean, battled killer storms, smallpox. They vomited for three months on a tiny little wooden ship with a bed sheet for a sail just to get a grievance before the king. They did that for 20 long years.
What have we done? Oh, I sent an email. I made a phone call. They won't even listen to me anymore. So the next logical progression is email, phone, a gun? Only for a crazy person.
If you ever hear someone thinking about or talking about turning violent, it is your patriotic duty to stop them. The only way to save our republic is to remain peaceful -- forceful but peaceful.
From New York, good night, America.