[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
Glenn Beck continued his eliminationist attacks on progressives yesterday with a novel and absurd comparison:
Beck: History will equate this as, as big as the New Deal or Pearl Harbor. And if you think that's overstating the importance, remember we are talking about one-sixth of the U.S. economy.As he was talking, the screen behind him showed the bombs falling on ships at Pearl Harbor and smoke billowing up in their aftermath.
Of course, Beck has also compared HCR to the 9/11 attacks.
Yeah, providing health-care insurance for millions of uninsured Americans is just like horrific and violent attacks that leave thousands of Americans dead.
The point, of course, is that the "progressives" pushing health-care reform are the "enemy within" intent on destroying America.
The rest of the rant was dedicated to exploring this in detail. He dismissed the CBO report that the health-care reform bill would result in a $130 billion deficit reduction in its first ten years by sniffing: "Well, that's a party in my pants!" -- because, according to Beck, it's just a "transition" to making health care a right, "just like FDR" intended. This notion is now being promoted, he said, by Cass Sunstein, who he pronounced "the most evil man, the most dangerous man in America."
You see, it's not deficit reduction that matters -- it's the loss freeeeedom! that HCR represents. HCR, according to Beck, is "slavery" and "oppression":
Beck: I promise you America -- oppression is one promise our government will keep.Because, of course, decent health care is just so oppressive. Not to mention that it's like bombing thousands of Americans to death.
Obviously, there's no one left among the brass at Fox capable of keeping some kind of rational perspective in their broadcasts at all.