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The crazy is getting very strong when Rush Limbaugh allies himself with Glenn Beck.

Both of them have decided Melissa Harris-Perry is [Beck: 'collectivising' children as part of a UN conspiracy] or [Limbaugh: just stealing children as part of a Marxist plot]

It began with a special Harris-Perry did which called for increased public educations, (from the Beck link above)

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children,” Harris-Perry says in the spot. “So part of it is, we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.”
Apparently the whole wingnutosphere is apoplectic about this.

Beck reacted by linking the

MSNBC promotional advertisement about public education to conspiracy theories that contend the United Nations plans to use mind control to establish a communist dictatorship and that the Obama administration is using school testing standards for “leftist indoctrination.”
Limbaugh jumps in with him:
“This is Marx, Mengele, communist manifesto, the nuclear family has always been under attack by communists, leftists,” he said. “The nuclear family, just like religion, must be destroyed, and in its place the community, the collective. So while this is outrageous in its self-contained form, it isn’t anything new.”

He added that conservative apathy has left America in such a state where “all of these things that we thought were never gonna happen, are now happening.”

Harris-Perry isn't quivering in her boots about this.....
My inbox began filling with hateful, personal attacks on Monday, apparently as a result of conservative reactions to a recent “Lean Forward” advertisement now airing on MSNBC, which you can view above. What I thought was an uncontroversial comment on my desire for Americans to see children as everyone’s responsibility has created a bit of a tempest in the right’s teapot. Allow me to double down.

One thing is for sure: I have no intention of apologizing for saying that our children, all of our children, are part of more than our households, they are part of our communities and deserve to have the care, attention, resources, respect and opportunities of those communities.

When the flood of vitriolic responses to the ad began, my first reaction was relief. I had spent the entire day grading papers and was relieved that since these children were not my responsibility, I could simply mail the students’ papers to their moms and dads to grade! But of course, that is a ridiculous notion. As a teacher, I have unique responsibilities to the students in my classroom at Tulane University, and I embrace those responsibilities. It is why I love my job.

It is a lengthy essay and I have no idea who is going to read it all to Beck or Limbaugh.

Fair Use limits me to 4 paragraphs, I encourage you to read the whole piece, if you haven't.

A parting shot, because it's so good:

We do live in a nation where slaveholders took the infants from the arms of my foremothers and sold them for their own profit. We do live in a nation where the government snatched American Indian children from their families and “re-educated” them by forbidding them to speak their language and practice their traditions.

But that is not what I was talking about, and you know it.

She is not the droid they are looking for.

Originally posted to DFH Local No 420 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 03:36 PM PDT.

Also republished by House of LIGHTS.

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