Watch the conversation between Rachel Maddow and a couple of guys from the John Birch Society (including President John F. McManus) on the Society’s webpage here. Is there a more charismatic television personality than Maddow out there today? You can tell how much she’s enjoying herself, how relaxed she is, and how well she understands the importance of actually talking to people with whom you most strongly disagree. (Compare: the lately unwatchable Keith Olbermann, who (just for instance) compared the Supreme Court’s corporate financing decision to…Dred Scott?!…in one of his increasingly embarrassing “Special Comment” segments. And this is a guy I mostly agree with!)
These John Birch nuts opposed the fluoridation of drinking water; listen and watch how well Maddow discusses the point with them, and how she somehow manages to resist arching her eyebrows when McManus discusses his view that there’s a straight line between forced fluoridation and (wait for it!) putting birth control substances into the public water supply. (Nuanced, these guys aren’t.) You might even learn something about iodized salt. All in all, a quick miseducation in public health.