Glenn Beck is one of those people who flippantly uses Nazi, Germany as a comparison to current events. Just like FOX’s Greg Gutfeld, the horrific events of World War II are now punch lines — dramatic analogies that not only make little sense, but are casually used to sensationalize stories and somehow justify arguments.
Take for instance Beck’s latest comments over Al Gore’s recent speech to some children on the eve of Obama’s inauguration. The former V.P. told the kids there to question their parents on conventional wisdom in order to overcome the challenges of modern America, one of them being global warming. “The entire North Polar Ice Cap is melting,” Gore said. “The sea level is rising, the storms are getting stronger. You know the story. It has to be dealt with and you have to help us deal with it because you – you’re not encumbered with these old assumptions that it’s OK to put all the pollution up there. (Read Gore’s full comments here.)
On his radio show, Glenn Beck offered the following:
“I’m trying to think where else this has been done – Soviet Russia, Nazi, Germany, Mussolini’s Italy,” Beck said. “In fact, the Nazis took an extra step. Not only did they indoctrinate the kids and tell them you’re probably right, you know but your parents don’t; in fact, here’s the next step: Why don’t you tell us what your parents are telling you. Are we having the new Hitler youth? Is that what this is? The new Hitler youth? I’m sorry, that’s so politically incorrect – the new green guard. Man your station, 12-year-olds, your parents just don’t know.”
Yea — because kids concerned about energy independence, the 3 Rs, environmental stewardship, and a more efficient nation are something to be concerned about. I love how right-wing conservatives — so hungry for something to compare to Nazi, Germany — so frequently go after the green scene as the next violent chapter in human history. Amazing.