Richard Belzer Unloads a ‘Heil Hannity’ Salute on Fox News

Sean Hannity invited radical-left actor Richard Belzer to his "Great American Panel" on February 13, and Belzer was hardly returning the honor. After Belzer tried to play professor and suggest that Reaganism was Hobbesian and "antitheticallly opposed" to John Locke and Jefferson, he raised his hand to interrupt, and then decided to offer his other arm in a "Heil Hannity" salute. When will lefties stop comparing conservatives to Nazis? Here's how Belzer greeted Sean's discussion of the "We're All Socialists Now" cover of Newsweek:

SEAN HANNITY: The headline is we're all socialists. This is the single biggest spending bill in the history of this country, transfer of wealth to the government.

RICHARD BELZER: Right.

HANNITY: You stand on the left. Is any of this, does any of this concern you?

BELZER: Well, I straddle the world. I think that this is a very good time for us to have this fundamental discussion about the political philosophy of each side because there may be irreconcilable differences because I believe you're probably a Hobbesian.

HANNITY: Sean: No, I am a Reagan conservative.

BELZER: Okay, But that's Hobbesian.

HANNITY: In some ways it is.

BELZER: You know what I mean by that, right?

HANNITY: Sure I do.

BELZER: Okay, as opposed to John Locke or Jeffersonian democracy. They're antithetically opposed. The Hobbesians believe, as you know, that people are basically fearful and need an authoritative government to control them.

HANNITY: I don't believe that.

BELZER: This is, this is, are you a libertarian?

HANNITY: In some ways.

BELZER: Okay, it's basically no government --

HANNITY: I am Sean Hannity, that's who I am. I'm a Hannity-an.

BELZER: Okay, basically the army and the police is the function of the government to protect the people and little more. Where as Jeffersonian democracy and John Locke believe people are basically good and basically have a conscience.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis