(Chuck Muth) – Last week, the Nevada Independent took a figurative baseball bat to the knees of Robert Beadles, a relatively new-on-the-scene conservative activist in Reno.
I don’t know Mr. Beadles. Never met him. Never talked to him. Have only exchanged a couple recent emails over his lawsuit contesting the GOP primary race for governor.
He was not exactly a happy camper that I didn’t get behind the challenge and declined to meet with me when I was up north a couple weeks ago.
Nevertheless, the extensive hit piece the Indy did cannot go unchallenged. Let’s start with this:
Liberal blubber-blogger “Jonny Jihad” Ralston – over-paid editor of the Indy – tweeted out the following click-bait teaser about the article…
“Other media have picked up on how dangerous this crypto-carpetbagger is in NV, embracing outlandish conspiracy theories about the election. But no one found the antisemitic propaganda and more that (the authors reported).”
Again, I don’t know Mr. Beadles or anything about him. So I fell for it and read the article. I mean, if he truly *is* antisemitic and a racist, I want to know about it.
Alas, the article is nothing more than your typical Ralston character assassination of a conservative activist. There’s so much wrong and bad about it – which is why I’m not linking to it – that it’s hard to know where to begin. But I’ll touch on the two main items.
The article claims right out of the gate that Mr. Beadles “blamed former President Donald Trump’s electoral defeat on an international Jewish conspiracy.”
Sounds antisemitic, right? Well, only if you misconstrue what he’s actually said, at least as far as this article is concerned.
Apparently what Mr. Beadles has done is refer to an old publication called the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which the reporters describe as “a long debunked antisemitic pamphlet claiming that Jews are conspiring to take over the world.”
The publication, Mr. Beadles said, is “based and founded on hundreds, if not thousands, of years of tactics on how you overthrow governments and how you would do exactly this: Layer yourself in every part of government to essentially destroy it from within.”
In fact, there’s nothing in the article that suggests Mr. Beadles thinks some Jewish conspiracy cost Trump the 2020 presidential election. He’s clearly talking about the “deep state” in our government that sought to undermine the Trump administration from within at every turn.
In addition, Mr. Beadles appears to be talking about the 2020 election being rigged by a conspiracy of anti-Trump forces, not Jews. He simply uses “Protocols” as a resource analogy, much as I’ve referred to “Rules for Radicals” to explain various modern-day campaign strategies and tactics.
Does mentioning “Rules for Radicals” in my writing and teaching make me a left-wing radical? Oh, puh-lease.
Molly Ball is a professional journalist I worked with when she was a reporter in Nevada and who, I believe, is Jewish. And she will never be confused for a conservative shill. But writing for TIME magazine in February 2021, Molly “outed” the true conspiracy in a column…
“This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group’s inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. …
“(T)he participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream – a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.”
The “well-funded cabal of powerful people” included an unholy alliance of Big Business, Big Labor and Big Tech. Not Jews.
So much for Ralston’s claim that Mr. Beadles is “antisemitic” – unless the Indy reporters have something more they didn’t include in their hit piece.
Then there’s the de rigueur liberal insinuation that Mr. Beadles is a racist. Remember, the modern-day definition of “racist” is “any conservative winning an argument with a liberal.”
To back up the racist accusation, the article claims Mr. Beadles has “perpetuated outlandish narratives about black communities” due to this quote…
“The undeniable truth is that neither slavery, nor Jim Crow, nor the harshest racism, has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has. … The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second hundred years.”
Does this opinion make the man a racist? Hardly. Others have said similar “outlandish” things. For example…
- “Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s.” – Thomas Sowell, who’s black
- “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, and that is to destroy the black family.” – Walter Williams, who’s black
- “Go all the way back to slavery. It was the strong family unit that got people through that. It got people through Jim Crow; through severe segregation. But what really had a negative impact was when the government came along and said, ‘There, there you poor little thing, I’m going to take care of all your needs’ and started implementing policies that were destructive to family formation. Those are the things that have hurt the black community the most.” – Ben Carson, who’s black
- “The welfare state has incentivized women to marry the government and men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility. In 1965, 25% of black children entered the world without a father married to a mother. Now it’s 70%. Can’t blame that on slavery, Jim Crow or Donald Trump.” – Larry Elder, who’s black
- “Slavery still thrives in this country. But today, the poor are the slaves and Uncle Sam is the ‘massa.'” – Star Parker, who’s black
- “The black family is the reason the black community survived through slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, all of these horrible things. … But let me tell you what happened. President Lyndon Baines Johnson came up with this goofy idea. He said that if a woman had a child out of wedlock, the government will provide her a check. But here’s the caveat: She can never have a man in the home.” – Allen West, who’s black
- “Programs today are designed to make blacks more dependent rather than less dependent. … Big government enthusiasts designed social programs to provide a financial safety net, but, in turn, dependency on the government for the most vulnerable in society became an expected entitlement. ” – Herman Cain, who’s black
- “Yes, slave ships and lynching and segregated water fountains were hideous. But it’s still obvious that the descendants of people who suffered these things will be vastly better off if they work rather than live off others. That’s why when radicals taught us to thumb our noses at traditional expectations of responsibility, family cohesion, and economic self-support, and told us to go on welfare instead, they sent us straight to hell.” – John McWhorter, who’s black
As noted, all of those quotes are by black men and women. Are they all “racists”? Of course not. But Mr. Beadles supposedly is simply because he’s…white? Get bent.
Does this mean I see eye-to-eye with Mr. Beadles on every issue and every question of political strategy and tactics? No.
But the man is clearly a conservative. And he’s a player, not a spectator. And he’s putting his money where his mouth is. His OWN money.
And that’s what makes him such a dangerous threat to Ralston and the rest of the left. Which is why the Nevada Indy published this hatchet job against him.
As the old saying goes, “You know you’re over the target when you start catching flak.”
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Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.