Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Beck and Birchers

Chris Matthews came to the stunning conclusion that Glenn Beck is cribbing his paranoia from the John Birch Society.

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For those of you who are too young to remember, the John Birch Society started back during the Red Scare days of the 1950’s. They apparently see Communism in everything; from Santa Claus (he wears a red suit and spreads the wealth) to drinking water (fluoride prevents tooth decay but is government-imposed socialized medicine). They’re still around, mainly as a nostalgic reminder of the good old days of blacklisting, Joe McCarthy, and fallout shelters, but wacky paranoids are like cockroaches; they can survive anything.

As for Chris Matthews finally making the connection between Beck’s ravings and the arthritic nutsery of the JBS: as a friend of mine says, “BTYFO,” or “‘Bout time you found out.”