Beck Compares Media Portrayal Of “Tea Partygoers” To Nazi Portrayal Of Anti-Nazi “Complainers.” From Glenn Beck:
BECK: Hello, America. Tonight, I ask you to stay with the program. This is not a sound byte program tonight, although it will be taken out of context and it will be used and it will be called fearmongering. What I call this is question with boldness, questions that need answers. We must have answers.
And I am only following the directions of the president of the United States. He told us how to find out what he really believes and that is exactly what we’re going to do. In a couple of minutes, we’re going to talk about health care, the views of Obama’s czars and his close advisors, and why it’s important to look there. It’s important to know where they stand.
But first, I want to start someplace to show you the beginnings of and the history of eugenics, which means basically creating a master race by discouraging reproduction with people with genetic defects and other “undesirable traits.”
Now, I know right now the people who are writing their blogs in the basement are saying, “Oh, my gosh, we got him now, Glenn is saying eugenics is coming.”
No, I’m not. I’m not saying anything like that at all. Eugenics are not coming. Eugenics have been wildly discredited by the Nazis, and only truly evil people would go down that road. But it did happen, and it’s important that we look at that time period, because there is a lot we can learn from the past mistakes that led to that point.
Please watch this.
BECK (voice-over): Eugenics is not an idea, and it did not start with the Nazis but with American and British socialists and progressives who thought that through measures like prohibition and later, birth control, they could cure the ills of modern society, such as more public hygiene, rising population among lower classes, and urban crowding. Indiana passed the first sterilization law in 1907 for confirmed criminals, idiots, embezzles and rapists. And in the next 20 years, 29 other states followed suit, along with Canada and most of Europe.
Eugenics infected the mind-set of intellectuals such as the leader of the new liberalism movement of the early 20th century, Herbert Croly. He wrote a book in 1909 called “The Promise of American Life,” in which he declared that the state must, quote, “interfere on behalf of the really fittest.”
Eugenics was popular thought for President Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and their advisors. In 1912, a year before he was president, New Jersey’s governor, Woodrow Wilson, created a board of examiners of feeble- minded, epileptics and other defectives. Under it, the state could determine, quote, “when procreation is inadvisable like for criminals, prisoners, poor kids and the ill-defined, other defectives,” end quote.
Roosevelt’s close advisor, Charles Van Hise said, quote, “He who thinks of himself not primarily, but of his race, and of its future, is the new patriot,” end quote. Former President Roosevelt later endorsed Madison Grant’s passing of “The Great Race,” a book that Hitler once referred to as his Bible.
What most history textbooks seemed to ignore is that before the Nazis took power, Germans lagged behind Americans and Europeans in eugenics. But World War I and the great flu pandemic basically turned doctors into social planners, and Hitler and the Nazis took the logic of public health to totalitarian extremes. They made the central policy goal affecting employment, marriage, medicine and more. The same year, Hitler joined the Nazi party in 1920, the Nazis rounded up hundreds of thousands of disabled, elderly and mentally ill, and exterminated them, as quote, “useless bread gobblers” or “life unworthy of life,” end quote.
Back to America, eugenics was beings effectively written into the Constitution. In the Buck versus Bell case in 1927, progressive lawyers stood on the flimsy ground of a Massachusetts vaccination law to keep Carrie Buck from reproducing. We know now she wasn’t retarded. But to add insult to injury, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes infamously wrote, quote, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough,” end quote.
Seven years later, Hitler wrote to the president of the American Eugenics Society to ask for a copy of his famous case for sterilization, which called for forced sterilization of some 10 million Americans. During that year, the Nazis sterilized over 50,000 “unfit” Germans, which caused an American eugenicist to complain, quote, “The Germans are beating us at our own game.”
The Nazi eugenic idea involved naturally into the eventual Holocaust and the deaths of 6 million Jews, as well as millions of other innocent people.
BECK: America, there is so much anger and hatred in this country right now. And it is important that we have an honest conversation here and understand clearly what is being said on this program. No one is saying that eugenics are coming. The builder of the master race was only part of the problem in Germany, made possible after they began to devalue life. They tried to figure out how much is a life worth, and put a price on how much each individual was worth — and some were worth more than others.
I want to show you a poster that I saw this morning getting ready for the show. I want you to know that I have a daughter that was born with cerebral palsy, and they said that when she was born, that she would never walk or talk or feed herself. She went to college. They were wrong.
This poster bothers me so much because the hand of the person shown in this poster reminds me of my — reminds me of my daughter’s hand. This is from Nazi Germany. It says in German, if you can get a tight shot here, it says in German, basically, it’s going to cost 60 thousand marks to keep this man alive. As you see, he’s sitting here with a gnarled hand. He’s a sweet guy and everything, the poster says, but his quality of life is a shame, but your time is up.
And there is this poster. This is also from Germany in World War II. This one shows an institution here and all of the houses that could be built with the money if we could just eliminate this institution.
Now, here is what the president of the United States has told us today.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The rumor that’s been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for “death panels” that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we’ve decided that we don’t — it’s too expensive to let her live anymore. The intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms. It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything.
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BECK: I don’t believe that this is a matter that is appropriate for laughter or jokes. I want you to clearly understand that I don’t think he wants to kill your grandmother or unplug your grandmother. It would be a truly an evil person that would do that.
However, what happened in Germany was that they couldn’t afford health care for all. You see, they had devalued their mark, our dollar — they had devalued it so much because the government just started to print money. Does that sound familiar? It has only been done a few times in the world’s history, and it has never ended up any other different way than it did in the Weimar Republic. That forced Germany into an economic collapse.
America, I ask you to take a good long hard look at what’s going on today. You must ask with boldness, could our economy, the way we are currently spending and printing at will possibly go into some sort of “emergency situation”? Could it collapse? Is it possible? Is it possible that our debt is so high that we can’t pay it back or we have to make tough decisions and possibly ration health care?
The answer everyone will tell you is yes.
So, then is it crazy, is it ridiculous to say, “All right, if we have a crisis in our monetary system, what will our government and our president do?”
To figure that out, what he is going to think or what he thinks currently, we need to listen to his words on how to decide what his policies — he told us this in the campaign, so we’re only following his directions. Listen carefully, and figure out how to decide what his policies are going to be, and what they are.
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OBAMA: Let me tell you who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed chairman, Paul Volcker. If I’m interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden, or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO. Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House.
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BECK: America, this program is under a great amount of pressure to not bring you this news. I would ask that you listen carefully.
We will do exactly what Obama himself has told us to do. We have to find out about his advisors. Who is shaping his opinion? Who is surrounding him? We know it’s not based in eugenics, but what is it?
You see, your voice isn’t going to be represented in the “war room” in a crisis situation. And right now, that’s all anybody is talking about, in his advisory room (ph) or here on this floor in the studio. We’re only talking about, if there is a crisis, what will they do? Whose voice will the president hear?
Well, there’s Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. He is a health advisor. He said this in January of this year, quote, “When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.”
The science czar, John Holdren says, quote, “The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essentially — given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth will ultimately develop into a human being.” He also, this czar, wrote about putting sterilants in drinking water for population control.
One of the leaders in this type of thought is a friend of the regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein. Cass Sunstein, the regulatory czar, is the guy who will take the big bill and make the regulations to point us in the right direction. One of his good friends is prominent Princeton professor, Peter Singer. In July 2009, this last July, in “The New York Times,” Peter Singer wrote, “Why We Must Ration Health Care.” He wants to do it now. In that, he talked about the number of lives wet could save, saving the life of one teenager is equivalent to saving the lives of how many 85-year-olds. His answer is 14.
You also have — you have Rahm Emanuel brother Ezekiel saying this in November 1996, “Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.”
That leads me to Sarah Palin’s statement this week on Facebook. She said this, “Who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, the disabled, of course. The America I know does not love one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s `death panel,’ so bureaucrats can decide, based on subjective judgment of their level of productivity in society, whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
Is it truly crazy to have these conversations? This is the stuff that they’re now saying out loud. What are they saying to the president behind closed doors when we aren’t there to watch it? I guess we won’t know, because we’ll all be too focused on that emergency that would start the rationing, and the czars don’t have to answer to anyone.
Before I introduce you to my panel, I want to show you one more thing. This is a poster from Germany. See if this rings a bell to anyone or looks familiar just in a different kind of media. This is something that translates here at the bottom to the complainer.
Can you zoom in on this one?
There’s the complainer. These are four men. Notice how ugly they are. How some of them look rich or fat or whatever, maybe Jewish, maybe this one, I don’t know.
They’re all the complainers. They’re all standing around in a circle, and they’re talking about — they’re all standing around in a circle talking about how horrible things are, and how we shouldn’t do this. The parade, back here, are the supporters.
This is a poster of what you see every day now in the news media making the complainers, the tea partygoers, look somehow rotten. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 08/11/09, accessed via Nexis]
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