Glenn Beck seems to be fixated with Nazi Germany. In fact so fixated that he frequently compares President Obama and anyone connected to him to the Third Reich. During a recent edition of his radio show, Beck likened the Obama administration’s treatment of Fox News to Nazi persecution of Jews, telling other media outlets: “When they’re done with Fox, and you decide to speak out on something,” it would be like “the old, ‘first they came for the Jews, and I wasn’t Jewish.’ ” Beck has a long history of invoking the Holocaust, the Nazi Party, and Adolf Hitler to smear the Obama administration, other progressive individuals and organizations, and the media; indeed, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) previously criticized Beck for comparing Al Gore’s efforts to raise awareness of global warming to the Holocaust.
Last summer, discussing Obama’s call for a “civilian national security force” — which was a reference to expanding the foreign service, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps — Beck said on the August 27 edition of his Fox News program: “I’m finding this — this is the hardest part to connect to. Because this is … this is what Hitler did with the SS. He had his own people. He had the brownshirts and then the SS. This is what Saddam Hussein… so, I think America would have a really hard time getting their arms around that.”
So, Glenn, let me get this straight, you’re comparing the Peace Corps – foreign service – and AmeriCorps to the SS? Um Glenn? You are aware that AmericCorps – which was created during President Clinton’s administration – doubled in size under President George W. Bush, and that it was his father, President George H. W. Bush, who pushed for national service with his Points of Light foundation? Glenn, this – the SS – was the group responsible for implementing Hitler’s “Final Solution” or the extermination of more than six million Jews. Do you have any clue, any real understanding of what the SS was? If you did, you wouldn’t flippantly compare service organizations to it.
On an earlier broadcast of his radio show, discussing Obama’s position on health care reform, Beck stated: “I am not comparing him to this, but please, read Mein Kampf for this reason. If you read it now, you see that Hitler told you what he was going to do. He told the Germans. It outsold the Bible. Germans read Mein Kampf, but what did they do? They didn’t listen. ‘Oh, he doesn’t mean that.’ ‘Oh, he’s just saying that to appeal to X, Y, Z.’ All of the same lies we’re telling to ourselves. ‘No, that’s crazy. Nobody would actually do that.’ They buried their heads in the sand, and then it became too late. Please, America, take this man for what he says.”
Barrack Obama is the same as Adolf Hitler? If you pay attention to the President’s health care program you can see what Obama is really up to, just like reading Mein Kampf would have told you what Hitler was up to? So, you are comparing the President of the United States to Hitler?
During a discussion of Obama’s statement that he would consider “empathy” in choosing a Supreme Court nominee, Beck drew a parallel to Hitler on his May 26 Fox News show: “Finally — well, he wasn’t the president. He was the chancellor, Hitler, decided that it was the only empathetic thing to do, is to put this child down and put him out of his suffering. It was the beginning of the T4, which led to genocide everywhere. It was the beginning of it. Empathy leads you to very bad decisions many times.”
So, Hitler pushed Aktion 4 – T4 – out of empathy for the 70,000 + people who were murdered under it’s direction? And President Obama saying that he would choose nominees to the Supreme Court using empathy is comparable to the Nazi program of eugenics how? Oh yeah, empathy.
On September 29, conservative news website Newsmax.com reported of its interview with Beck: But his real worry is that many Washington elitists really don’t like our form of government and want to see it abolished.
“I fear a Reichstag moment,” he said, referring to the 1933 burning of Germany’s parliament building in Berlin that the Nazis blamed on communists and Hitler used as an excuse to suspend constitutional liberties and consolidate power.
“God forbid, another 9/11. Something that will turn this machine on, and power will be seized and voices will be silenced.”
Gee, sort of like the Patriot Act? Sort of like the ideas that it was OK to imprison hundreds of people without trial? That it was acceptable to torture prisoners? Sort of like the idea that it would be OK to wire tap houses of worship? You mean that kind of suspension of constitutional liberties? That kind of consolidated power?
On his August 6 radio show, Beck suggested that health care reform would lead to the eugenics programs undertaken in Nazi Germany, saying that “three people in the White House are in love with eugenics” and that reform would kill the elderly and newborns.
Where is any of this written in the health care bill? No one is talking about eugenics. This is more make believe from his very scary imagination. How can you live in this world Glenn?
While discussing the closures of auto dealerships under the bankruptcy deals of GM and Chrysler, Beck said that the “poem that keeps going through my mind” is “First they came for the Jews,” adding, “Gang, at some point they’re going to come for you.” Additionally, while discussing the auto company bailouts on the April 1 edition of his Fox News program, after stating, “I am not saying that Barack Obama is a fascist,” Beck said, “If I’m not mistaken, in the early days of Adolf Hitler, they were very happy to line up for help there as well. I mean, the companies were like, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We can get, you know, we can get out of trouble here. They can help, et cetera, et cetera.’ ”
So, first they came for the chevys and I said nothing because I didn’t drive a chevy?
On May 2, 2007, the ADL issued a press release condemning Beck’s April 30, 2007, statement that “Al Gore’s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax. The goal is the United Nations running the world.” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, said of the remark, in part: “Glenn Beck’s linkage of Hitler’s plan to round up and exterminate Jews with Al Gore’s efforts to raise awareness of global warming is outrageous, insensitive and deeply offensive.”
The ADL has hit the nail on the head, Herr Beck’s comments – after all beck is a German name – are “outrageous, insensitive and deeply offensive.” Not to mention crazy, lunatic and insane.