Glenn Beck on Friday excoriated so-called Libertarians who refuse to accept outsiders on the grounds that their political ideologies don’t match up 100 percent.
“You Libertarians, you're Nazis! The fascist Libertarians -- you have to agree with absolutely everything!” Beck, who has identified himself as a Libertarian in the past, said.
Beck is, of course, referring to Libertarians who have openly stated that they hate him because he has in the past disagreed with former Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
“You are more fascist than anybody in the Republican Party because you are -- if you don't walk in step exactly with you, you're not welcome,” he added.
Beck’s comments were prompted by conservative authoress Ann Coulter last night telling noted Libertarian John Stossel that “people think Libertarians are pu**ies” because they avoid the big issues and instead focus on things like legalizing pot.
We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, “Oh, but we want to legalize pot.”
“You know,” she added, “if you’re a little more manly you would tell them what your position on employment discrimination is. How about that? But it’s always ‘We want to legalize pot.’”
Beck was not entirely convinced with Coulter’s claim that Libertarians are merely trying to impress liberals but he did take issue with those who turn away outsiders over “purity” issues.
“I believe in the power of the individual to choose, and I don't have to agree with you on everything," said Beck.
“This guy wrote, and said if Glenn Beck wants to join our club -- meaning Libertarianism -- then he has to come and atone for his past transgressions, and I thought, ‘Is that you grand inquisitor?’ What is this, the Spanish Inquisition? You're more Fascist than some of the Fascists that I've seen. And the same thing with many of the hard core Ron Paul supporters. You are supposed to have a brain of your own, and you're not supposed to be about an individual. I mean Libertarianism is about a set of ideas: maximum freedom. Not about a person."
After explaining that he's still in the process of learning, he later offered some advice:
Whatever sins I have, do you not want somebody who says, 'I'm trying to honestly learn'? My opinions have changed. Were you born a Libertarian? Are you a gnostic? You were born knowing? Because I wasn't. There's a lot of things that I've changed in my life. And anybody who says they're not changing, they're not evolving, is a liar. Or they're just perfect.
I'm sorry that you guys are just so special that you've just been on this since birth! You were born with a Ron Paul pin on your body. I'm sorry that you are so brilliant, that you've always known, and never have made any error at all.
If that's the way you want to be, you're going to get 1 percent.
And what you'll be doing in four years is you will be bitching that nobody will put your candidate up on stage. And you will lose everybody that you could have gotten into your boat. You will lose them all to somebody like Chris Christie...
I mean, who [will the Democrats] run next? Mao? Who do we run next on the Democrat Party? Che? Oh, geez, Chris Christie or Che?
“If that's the only choice, I'm going to go with the Chris Christie again,” Beck said. “What do you say, right now, you put your sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, 'See? I was right since I was two!' ... and when somebody wakes up you say, 'Brother, we've been waiting for you.'”
"Rand Paul is your best shot," Beck added. "Rand Paul could win!"
He continued, lambasting self-proclaimed Libertarians who shun those who don't agree with them on every issue:
I believe in liberty. Now I hire some Republicans. I hire some crazy Libertarians as well. And that's the spectrum that we're playing in. No other media source will do that. We try our damnedest to get the biggest amount of people that believe in the Constitution, from the very edge -- not into anarchy -- from the very edge of the Libertarian Party, this is what we will cover, to the edge of the Republican Party.
And somewhere in there, is your winning formula. ... but you have to understand that the people have to be taught. But every time somebody wants to be taught, you want to rub our noses in it. You have a media organization that is trying to! Tell me, was Fox there? Was CNN there? Was MSNBC there? Was anybody there? Nope! We were there. We tried. We tried to go in, we tried to understand, we tried to learn, [and] we tried to make some friends. And what did you do? Piss all over us!
Do you think anybody who doesn't really believe it is going to help? We believe it! So we'll be back. And we'll be back at all of the conventions, and we'll report and we will try to learn, and we will try to continue to hire people. Because we believe it! Because we haven't had some litmus test administered by somebody who has declared himself king, we get pissed on.
He concluded by arguing that there are enough similarities between the two camps Coulter and Stossel discussed last night for them to put aside arguments over "ideological purity" and unite to defeat the left.
"What do you say we unite on the Bill of Rights?" he asked.
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