So, after Barack Obama announced a plan for immigration reform that included a pathway to citizenship (not amnesty) and tightening border security, Glenn Beck took to his “news” show to shoot the right-wing anti-immigrant movement in the foot.
From Crooks and Liars:
Barack Obama wants to burn Joe Q. Public alive — and all because he wants to fix the immigration mess.
That was pretty much what Glenn Beck told his Fox News audience yesterday. Actually, it was more blatant than that:
Beck: And President Obama apparently feeling like — ah, I’m pretty much done, not a lot more to do, you know? I got all those things done. You know what? Why don’t I work on immigration reform? Later this year he hopes to create a path for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens here in America to become legal. But yet, we haven’t fixed the border and shut the water off! What a sweet, sensitive guy he really is.
Here’s one thing I think the media is missing. I don’t know about you, but when I saw that story last night, I did this: Wha-? You’ve gotta be kidding me! Let me, let me just ask you a question. Maybe I’m alone, but I think it would just be faster if he just shot me in the head! You know what I mean? How much more — how much more can he disenfranchise all of us?
We have Bill Schultz here, he’s from Red Eye. And I’m just going to demonstrate at least how I feel, all right? I feel, when I read this story last night, I don’t know about you — let’s say Bill is the average American here, and I’m President Obama. This is the way I feel. I feel like President Obama is just saying, ‘You know what, I’ve got that $3.5 trillion budget here …’
He then proceeds to douse Schultz with a clear liquid from a gas can (he promises it’s actually water) and then hold up a lit match in his general vicinity.
And then he wonders why people think he’s promoting a violent and paranoid right-wing worldview that is bereft of anything approaching reality.
You know, I feel sorry for the people that buy into all the saber rattling done by guys like Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs and Bill O’Reilly. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to work as hard as I can everyday to make sure they don’t get the last say. Let’s bring some common sense, and maybe some credibility, into the debate here folks.