Glenn Beck, the prominent conservative commentator, has made a terrific living for himself by playing the role of an outraged citizen. He portrays himself as an ordinary man who recognizes that things just aren’t right. He’s not an outright conspiracy nut broadcasting with a tinfoil hat on his head, but he does say some rather inaccurate things from time to time. Some of these comments might be harmless, but some are downright vile. The most recent example of this is Beck insinuating that George Soros, the wealthy patron of democracies around the globe, is somehow an anti-Semite.
Mr. Beck seems to be unversed in the past of Mr. Soros. For starters, he seems to be unaware that Soros was a young boy in Hungary when the country was occupied by the Nazis. George Soros helped inform the terrified Jews where German checkpoints and searches were being performed in the community. He also tried to rely messages of rebellion to the Jewish leaders. These messages came from George’s father, a man who recognized that submitting to the Nazis would only lead to destruction, humiliation, and death in the end.
Glenn Beck’s Ridiculous Misreading of George Soros Might Not Be As Inappropriate As Busting a 14-Year-Old’s Balls for How He Behaved During the Holocaust, But It Still Sets Back the Cause of Human Understanding
Oblivious to this, Mr. Beck insinuates that young Soros was somehow in cahoots with the Nazis. Beck darkly whispers that George Soros is experienced in destroying communities and making governments tumble like flimsy houses of cards. If Mr. Beck didn’t have such a devoted cult of listeners, such charges would be laughable. Unfortunately, the record needs to be set straight that George Soros is no anti-Semite, and he is not Godzilla out to swipe out governments. Of course, unless you are talking about the type of governments Mr. Beck would hate, such as Nazi and communist governments.
It is important to get this message across because words matter. George Soros knows the importance of words himself when he did work to bring down governments Beck would despise. For example, in 1984, every typewriter in Budapest had to be registered by the police. In rebellion, Soros smuggled in a Xerox machine to ultimately make a mockery of the tight control of information attempted by the police. Then there are the words of Lord Mark Malloch Brown. Raising his glass in a toast at the 80th birthday party of George Soros last summer, he said four people were responsible for bringing down communism: Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and George Soros.
Why must Mr. Beck insist on spreading these lies about George Soros in the face of such obvious facts? Mr. Soros helped the Jews in Hungary during the Nazi’s hideous reign. He helped circumvent the massive communist system decades later by fostering the open communication of ideas. Mr. Soros is the type of hero Glenn Beck should admire. Instead, Glenn Beck seems determined to drag George Soros through the mud of false accusation and laughable conjecture. It should give any reader pause to wonder exactly why Glenn Beck would want to do such a thing. Perhaps Mr. Beck has sinister aspirations of his own.
Learn more about George Soros: http://www.thenation.com/article/and-now-anti-semitism/