Time and time again, conservatives have compared liberals to Nazis. It’s been their favorite comparison ever since President Obama first took office. It’s certainly a favorite of Glenn Beck. Throughout his tenure on right-wing radio, Fox News, and his current show, Beck has compared liberals to everything from Nazis to fascists to communists. And he did it again during an interview with the New York Times.
In an interview with Amy Chozick that ran in the Times on Friday, Beck said everyone in politics should just get along with each other. It was an interesting turn from the often controversial and divisive right-winger, but it didn’t last long. The interview turned sinister as Beck told Chozick that progressives should be hunted down like Nazis.
BECK: “Can we stop dividing ourselves? Do racists exist? Yes. Do bigots exist? Yes. But most of us are not. Most Americans just want to get along. Why can’t we do that? What has happened to us?”
CHOZICK: “But you said you were going to hunt down progressives like an Israeli Nazi hunter.”
BECK: “Oh, I will. I think these guys are the biggest danger in the world. It’s the people like Mao, people that believe that big government is the answer, it always leads to millions dead — always.”
So, it sounds like Beck wants all Americans to get along, but that they can only do so if left-wingers are hunted to extinction leaving only conservatives to run the country. That’s really dark.
First of all, it should be pointed out that progressives are nowhere close to being Nazis. Both groups are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Progressivism is left-wing while Nazism is an offshoot of fascism which is found on the right-wing. The hallmarks of fascism and Nazism include:
- Rabid nationalism
- Voter suppression
- Rule by a few
- Little tolerance of meaningful opposition
- Racial superiority
- Punishment of the poor and sick
- Media as a propaganda tool
- Obsessed with military and war
- Education as an indoctrination tool
- Demonization of intellectuals
- Hatred and fear of communists
- Subjugation of women
- Obsessed with Christianity
- Strongly aligned with corporations
- Takes advantage of disasters to push agenda
This sounds an awful lot like the present-day Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Though the similarities are strong, it’s still not really fair to compare any party to the Nazis. After all, the Nazis committed genocide. But all of the aspects of the Nazis also shared by today’s right-wing- sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc…-all led to the war crimes committed in Germany. That’s why it’s important to understand political ideologies and where they fit on the spectrum. You can’t just lump socialism, communism, and Nazism together. The Nazis hated socialists and communists and murdered thousands upon thousands of them.
Progressives, on the other hand, believe in racial diversity, support same-sex marriage, want corporate regulations to protect consumers, support organized labor and worker rights, believe in working with the world, support health care for all, want a military draw-down, and fight for equal rights for women. Progressives are definitely NOT Nazis as Beck and other extreme right-wingers claim. By calling for “hunting down” progressives, Beck is essentially calling for violence against Democrats. He wants to round them all up. We can only assume that he either wants to imprison them all or kill them all. How does that make HIM any different from a Nazi? Nazis hunted down and rounded up the Jews and put them in death camps to eliminate them from German society. That’s exactly what Beck is advocating. Except that instead of Jews, it’s liberals.
Glenn Beck is a vitriolic figure in this country and he shouldn’t be allowed on the airwaves. His rhetoric is just as bad or worse than Rush Limbaugh’s. His crazy conspiracy theories and false accusations have divided Americans for far too long. If Beck really wants everyone to get along with each other, he should get the ball rolling by voluntarily placing himself into obscurity.