The internet is all abuzz over the conservablogger who called for Obama's assassination on Twitter. That's one of the more extreme reactions to health care reform, but it's far from the only nutjob reaction. Here we have Glenn Beck's Twitter response, in which he seems to be having caps lock issues:
Weirdly, what Beck is linking to is an illustrated text version of the "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore" speech from Network. Since Beck's weird ratings climb began, there have been endless comparisons between the weeping, conspiracy-minded Beck and Howard Beale, the insane protagonist of Network who goes from a newshound to a rabble-rousing faux-populist. And linking to this speech, which has multiple levels of meaning in the context of the movie, is a really strange, postmodern kind of moment for Beck.
In other Republican news, sites selling merchandise that reads, simply, "REPEAL," have popped up everywhere online this morning. And National Review's The Corner blog has gone Full Teabag, with claims that health care will embolden our enemies and inspire "Longer wait times, fewer doctors, more bureaucracy, massive IRS expansion, explosive debt, the end of the Pax Americana, and global Armageddon" and much more.
But the weirdest National Review post of the weekend has very little to do with health care. Instead, a NR reader uses the disgusting teabagger racist epithets of the weekend to prove that racism is no longer a problem:
As everyone sweats out the final Obamacare tallies, I’m struck by a couple of other stories. In one case, someone reported hearing an anti-black epithet used at a political rally. In another case, dogged police finally arrested the perpetrator of an intolerable crime. The perp is a 16-year-old kid who made a potentially offensive comment on a Wal-Mart overhead speaker. That these things are even remotely newsworthy leads me to one conclusion: Racism in America is dead. We had slavery, then we had Jim Crow — and now we have the occasional public utterance of a bad word. Real racism has been reduced to de minimis levels, while charges of racism seem to increase. I’ll vote for the first politician with the brass to say that “racism” should be dropped from our national dialogue. We’re a good nation, among the least racist on earth . . .