Popular conservative radio show host Glenn Beck has blasted a new MSNBC promotional ad in which anchor Melissa Harris-Perry details that everyone does better when children's interests are assumed by society as a whole and not just in a family setting.
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In the advertisement, Harris-Perry is seen talking about the way in which society is harmed when children are collectively pushed out from society, thus removing a supposed societal responsibility to children.
She made that statement to highlight that children have been thought of as only belonging to their parents rather than to the larger community which the host insist must change.
"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," Harris-Perry said in the ad.
"So part of it is we have to break through 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," Perry added.
The 30-second spot was such an assault on personal liberty that Beck spent nearly an hour of his radio show on Monday to discussing the MSNBC promo. He also continually insisted that the message put forth with the add is not what America is about.
"It's almost a parody of reality," Beck said of the MSNBC promo. "It is so far beyond what we have ever thought as a nation, it's remarkable … this is exactly what we warned about. This is the fulfillment of so many things that we have said on this program."
"The idea behind this is going to be so appealing to so many people … So many people are going to say, 'I love that.' Because I'm freaked out. I don't know what to do with my kids. They're unruly. They're whatever. I don't know what to do. And so the state will relieve you of that," Beck said.