#4: Glenn Beck
If you offer Glenn Beck the benefit of a doubt and concede that he might possibly believe everything he has said, you also have to concede that he does not belong anywhere except in a padded cell.
But Beck hasn't just made one or two Nazi comparisons in the heat of the moment. It's his shtick.
As Lewis Black once noted, Beck "-has used more swastika props and video of the Nuremberg rallies than the History Channel."
Along with humoring Ben Stein when he made his comparison between Obama and Hitler, Beck himself has made direct Nazi comparisons to all of the following:
- The Recovery Act
- Global warming
- Climate change education
- The National Endowment for the Arts
- The U.N. Peace Corp.
- Empathy in general
Glenn Beck even went so far as to indirectly defend Anders Behring Breivik, the man who murdered seventy-seven people in Norway, on the grounds that the summer camp at which the massacre took place sounded, to him, "-a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth."
More infamously, Glenn Beck repeatedly accused President Obama of being a Marxist, and of "stealing America in the guise of an election," and to prove his point, threw a bunch of random words onto a blackboard and used them to spell "oligarhy."
Not "oligarchy." "Oligarhy."
After his spelling error was pointed out to him, Beck came back at a later show and claimed to have purposely left the C for "Czars" off, despite it already having been pointed out to him that czars had no actual political power and only served as advisers to the president, and that the term first originated with an appointee by Ronald Reagan.
Beck's obsession with proving that Obama was either a Nazi or a Marxist was only occasionally interrupted by his obsession with proving that the American economy was on the verge of collapse and that the only way his viewers could defend themselves from big bad government thugs was by purchasing gold from his friends at Goldline.com.
This would have been funny if there were not hundreds of thousands of people in America who actually believe this crap. When he and fellow instigator Sarah Palin staged their "Restoring Honor" rally, an estimated eighty-seven thousand people were in attendance.
More recently, Beck attempted to sell an Obama figurine that he claimed was submerged in his own urine on eBay. Bidding actually reached $11,000 before the auction was finally pulled.
This has to stop now. If Glenn Beck cannot cease with the constant craziness and admit that he has just been pandering to crazy in order to sell gold investments, his friends and family need to stage an intervention so that he can receive the psychiatric care he so clearly requires.