Ever heard of the Tides Foundation? Like most Americans, I wasn't familiar with it, either. I only recently learned about Tides' history of support for progressive causes, such as environmentalism, human rights, education, and combating the global AIDS crisis.Read Helmke's entire post at the Huffington Post.
Sadly, I only got wind of what this foundation does because of what's happened since Fox Network Host Glenn Beck started to dishonestly attack the work of Tides as part of a plan to "seize power and destroy capitalism."
Beck has used his TV show and his celebrity at least 29 times over 18 months to disparage this foundation with inflammatory rhetoric -- rhetoric which recently inspired one of his California viewers to start a "revolution" against Tides' leaders by attempting to kill them.
Thankfully, as I alluded to above, most would-be Republican terrorists are mentally challenged sociopaths who frequently lack the ability to carry out their plans of attack in full. But what all these attacks have in common--whether it be a shot gun attack on a Knoxville Church, the assassination of the Arkansas Democratic Chair, the gunning down of West Memphis police officers, the kamikaze attack on the Austin IRS office, or the failed attack on the Tides Foundation--is that all of these attacks had their root in the hate speech deliberately promoted by the Republican Party.