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Glenn Beck was in rare form tonight, even for Glenn Beck.
On most nights, you can expect false claims and extremist rants from Beck, but tonight, he uncorked some doozies -- many of them regarding the recently enacted financial regulatory reform law.
Beck got things started by declaring that the law amounted to "Big Brother," and he called it "the biggest re-routing of the nation's wealth in our history" and "an unprecedented assault on our economy, our ability to do business, and quite honestly the republic as we know it."
He became even more unhinged later, ranting that the new law is too complicated. He then yelled: "What is wrong with us, America? Why are people not in the streets? Your republic is over." Next, he asserted that "the America we grew up in is over" and warned that "this Sherrod thing is all about" a government plot to "take over the media."
Beck bumped up the bizarre factor even more a few minutes later, stating that his Fox News program is "the show of record," and went off on the "dangerous and scary time" in which we live. Warning viewers about the "plan" that "people in and around this White House" have, Beck went biblical: "This isn't the new New Deal, this is an old, old deal -- maybe since the beginning of man. I believe a third of the angels fell from heaven over this plan." He went on to paraphrase Psalm 23:4, the one about walking through the "valley of the shadow of death."
What evidence did Beck base his absurd rants on? His usual steady stream of falsehoods and distortions.