Friday, March 05, 2010

Ignorance is their bliss . . .

The very brave Gene Lyons charges straight into the vast maw of right-wing stupidity in a valiant, but ultimately vain attempt to understand the mental state of your average right wing lunatic. An admirable effort for sure, but it is, for all intents and purposes, approximately the equivalent exercise of trying to make sense of a monkey's oil paintings.

Fox News guru Glenn Beck has started using eliminationist rhetoric about eradicating the "cancer" of "progressivism" from American politics. His growing enemies list now includes Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. If Beck's rapt followers get their way, I guess we'll need to dynamite Mount Rushmore.

Supposedly, the Founding Fathers were all about rugged, Ayn Rand-style individualism. Americans abhorred alien concepts like "community" until the proto-Marxist Bull Moose Party introduced them.

Seriously, that's what Beck tells his millions of viewers. Evidently, his copy of the U.S. Constitution lacks a preamble. You know, the part that goes, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty ..."

"We the people"? "General welfare"? What were they, a bunch of pinkos?


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