MSNBC is airing a provocative message for parents: Your kids belong to the community – not to you.
The network released a promo video featuring Melissa Harris-Perry, host of a weekend morning MSNBC show and professor of political science at Tulane University, who says Americans must grow beyond the idea that children belong to their parents.
"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," Harris-Perry said. "We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children.
"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. Once it's everybody's responsibility and not just the household's, then we start making better investments."
At least three leading conservatives immediately blasted the promo.
Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh declared, "The nuclear family has always been under attack by communists, by leftists. The nuclear family – just like religion – must be destroyed, and in its place, 'the community,' the collective.
"So, while this is outrageous in its self-contained form, it isn't anything new. I guess one of the things that is the most frustrating to me is that liberalism and socialism and Marxism and this kind of stuff have been out there on display for people to see and recognize and accept as true for decades."
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeted: "'Apparently MSNBC doesn't think your children belong to you. Unflippingbelievable."
Meanwhile, Glenn Beck pointed out that the MSNBC network promo is not just some gaffe by a host or panelist.
"This is something that people thought about," he said. "This is something that everybody worked on. This is something that everybody got together and filmed."
Beck said he has been predicting that leftists would stop hiding their true intentions, and this is just the beginning.
"I told you there would come a time when they would show you their true colors," he said.
Beck also argued that many parents might find the message appealing and would welcome turning over the parenting of their difficult-to-manage children to the state.
"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," he said.
"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."