Okay, so this article isn't actually about Glenn Beck directly. That's a social science experiment to see how many readers it brings in. The real focus of this article is the question: Is opposing health reform racist? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I really don't want to think that it could be. But Paul Waldman and Michael Lind each offer something to think about on the topic. I'm not sure I agree with them completely, but they make some rather intriguing arguments. In fact, even former President Jimmy Carter is on record asserting that racism is behind much of the opposition to Obama's Presidency. Take a look:
There's little doubt that this is fundamentally an "us" versus "them" issue. The question is simply what makes--or what we think makes--"us" different from "them." Maybe, as Andrew Romano writes, we'd do well to get over that. After all, he writes, it could help improve our economy if we insured illegal immigrants. If that idea bothers you, you should read his piece, and then spend some time reflecting on your "us" versus "them" divides. If you were in charge, who'd be in, and who'd be out?