and television blowhard Glenn Beck of course has to join the growing ranks of right-wing whackjobs who are trying to find that delicate balance between sympathetically explaining the nuanced motivations and “legitimate concern about genuine problems” of the Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik and all-out praise of his name as a “serious political thinker with a great many insights and some good practical ideas on strategy.”
In his Monday morning tirade, Beck praises himself for having the foresight to warn about the downfall of Europe and its takeover by “radical Islam.” He explains why, although Breivik is a right-winger, it’s a different kind of right-wingerism than what we have in America whereby, through some Beckian magic, he’s actually like the left wing of America. And of course, there’s this:
BECK: And then there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth or whatever. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.
Yeah, a political camp for kids? Who does that? Disturbing!
Funny thing, though. Turns out the tea party does that:
Here’s another option now that the kids are out of school: a weeklong seminar about our nation’s founding principles, courtesy of the Tampa 912 Project.
The organization, which falls under the tea party umbrella, hopes to introduce kids ages 8 to 12 to principles that include “America is good,” “I believe in God,” and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.” [...]
Children will blow bubbles from a single container of soapy solution, and then pop each other’s bubbles with squirt guns in an arrangement that mimics socialism. They are to count how many bubbles they pop. Then they will work with individual bottles of solution and pop their own bubbles.
Hmmm. The 912 Project … why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah:
The 9-12 Project was created as the result of Glenn Beck’s “We Surround Them” campaign, a series of segments and specials on Beck’s television program in early 2009 which aimed to bring back government accountability.
Oh, that’s right. The 912 Project was Beck’s baby. And it’s now the basis for a political youth camp? Where kids are indoctrinated with extremist political views and taught to hate the government? Just like the Hitler youth? How disturbing!