Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fair and Mentally Unbalanced

These reports that Glenn Beck is a neo-Nazi vampire-zombie who feasts on the blood of illegal immigrants - I'm tired of hearing about them. I wanted to debunk them. Well, I've now for several days done research on them. I can't debunk them.

See how difficult it is to prove a negative? It's impossible, really. Maybe that's why Glenn Beck is having such a hard time debunking the absurd talk of FEMA camps around the country (or maybe it's because Glenn Beck is an idiot playing to the tinfoil hat crowd). For those of you not keeping up with your right-wing conspiracies, Beck is referring to the rumor that Obama is using FEMA to set up concentration camps across the country where political dissidents will be sent. Sane conservatives like David Frum are reduced to saying WTF?

With the nation facing the economic equivalent of war, the Republicans - who still have enough votes to block major initiatives/bailouts due to the unreliability of Evan Bayh's Blue Dogs - are going off the deep end. Of course, Glenn Beck is just an entertainer - but he's the highest rated talking head on the Republican channel. And as we've seen with Rush Limbaugh, the Republican leadership is unwilling to stand up to the crazy folks in their base. So if Glenn Beck tells his viewers to call their representatives and tell them to boycott any Obama economic agenda, because it's the first step on the road to serfdom...well, you can guess what John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the rest of the A-Team will do. Now they'd almost certainly obstruct Obama's agenda regardless, but having a minority party that has clearly lost its mind that can still block legislation is a tremendous obstacle to getting the right policies in place. At a time of national peril, the Republicans are arguing about realities that only exist within their heads. Bush would be proud.

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