Glenn Beck is the latest to attack an MSNBC "Lean Forward" promo in which Melissa Harris-Perry discusses investing in public education. Beck dissected the promo during his morning radio show; Sarah Palin and conservative watchdog NewsBusters have also rallied against the promo.
In the promo, Harris-Perry says, "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. 'Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility.' We haven't had a very collective notion of 'These are our children.'"
For Beck, Palin and other conservatives, the language Harris-Perry uses is especially problematic as is her description of a responsibility that belongs to the community or collective. Harris-Perry continues in the promo, "So part of it is we have to break though 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."
Beck, according to The Blaze, which also provided the radio quotes, opened his radio program discussing the Harris-Perry promo and spent close to an hour discussing Harris-Perry's words and what the promo is apparently about. According to Beck, there is a large percentage of Americans who would be happy to let the government raise their children. Beck said, "I think that there's a good 20 to 30 percent of America, maybe even higher now, I'm not sure, [that] will gladly have the state take that over so they don't have to worry about it. Yet another one of your responsibilities taken from you -- I'm sorry. Another one of your responsibilities that you will gladly hand over because you don't know what to do."
Beck also mentions Agenda 21, a United Nations non-binding proposal focused on sustainable development, which he believes is aimed to create a global collective. Beck also mentions Common Core and CSCOPE which, according to him, prevent parents from seeing what their children are learning at school. All these measures are working towards a larger collective and, to some degree, a communist, or at least a socialist, state. Beck closed the segment by saying, "I told you there would come a time when they would show you their true colors."
Beck is not alone in his outrage as Palin was also shocked by the video. As noted by The Huffington Post, Palin tweeted about the Harris-Perry video saying, "apparently MSNBC doesn't think your children belong to you. Unflippingbelievable."
NewBusters first discussed the Harris-Perry "Lean Forward" promo last week as editor Ken Shepherd said, "the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao. I bring that up because, as you may recall, another Harris-Perry 'Lean Forward' spot contains a reference to a 'great leap forward,' which calls to mind the disastrous agricultural reform plan which starved millions of Chinese to death in the 1950s."
You can watch the "Lean Forward" promo below.