Tonight on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly had as a guest Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oathkeepers movement, and attempted to portray Rhodes – a disabled veteran and constitutional scholar, as a lunatic. Rhodes, whose organization stresses to law enforcement and military personnel that they’re bound by the Constitution, mentioned as an example of the kinds of things his group wants to stop the confiscation of firearms from New Orleans residents following Katrina.
Apparently, as Rhodes mentioned, O’Reilly thinks the 2nd Amendment doesn’t apply if the weather gets rough…
(Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)
I watch O’Reilly often, and though he often puts on an interesting or entertaining show (which would be greatly improved if Dennis Miller was on every night), he’s not much of a conservative as he’s portrayed by the left media. Rather, O’Reilly is an authoritarian. He believes in government “taking care of the folks,” which usually reflects what looks like law-and-order conservatism. But he’s a huge fan of government regulation and O’Reilly exudes a mentality suspicious of individual freedom far too often to suit the tastes of today’s constitutional conservative movement.