I constantly encounter people who express thoughts such as, “You may not agree with what Glenn Beck says, but he is well read.” Really! The German newspaper, Der Spiegel, expressed horror at ignorant comments made by Glenn Beck every night of the week. The paper is particularly furious at his stupid comparisons between Nazi Germany and Barack Obama. “During his show on Oct 5, Glenn Beck said that Obama’s science advisor John Holdren’s concern about the global populaiton and White House policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel’s warnings about global warming are, ‘the kind of thinking that led to… the extermination program that eventually led to the Holocaust.” To a German those words are insulting both to the memory of what happened in the Holocaust, but to efforts by Germans to confront its horror. “It would be hard to find someone on this side of the Atlantic who wouldn’t cringe at the ignorance of that statement… The Holocaust was the result of murderous ideological fanaticism of the kind not to be found in leaders forced to face re-election every four years. It was not the result of a policy meeting.”
In June, Beck compared children singing for Barack Obama was “out of the playbook of the Third Reich.. This is Hitler Youth.” Naturally, Beck doesn’t have the faintest understanding of the Hitler Youth. As Der Spiegel notes: “The Hitler Youth was the ideological training grounds designed to prepare German boys for a glorious career in SS murdering anyone who stood in the way of the Fuhrer’s dream of a vast and racially pure German Reich.”
The sad aspect of Glenn Beck is his followers are as ignorant of history as their Fuhrer.