This popular post was first published on November 11 here.
You haven’t really made it as a conservative until leftists start calling you either a raging bigot or functionally illiterate. Ideally both. It has nothing to do with whether or not you’ve actually done anything bigoted, and everything to do with whether or not they feel you pose a threat to their agenda. But once the slanderous arrows start flying, you know you’re doing it right.
Glenn Beck has been doing it right for years, and the intensity of the Left’s hatred for him can be felt in the vileness of their newest attack. Beck’s latest project has been exposing the radical activism of leftist financier George Soros, but because Soros is of Jewish descent (never mind the fact that he’s irreligious and his agenda is anti-religious), there can be only one explanation: Glenn Beck is an anti-Semite. So says Michelle Goldberg in the Daily Beast:
The program, which aired Tuesday and Wednesday, was a symphony of anti-Semitic dog-whistles. Nothing like it has ever been on American television before.
“There is a crisis collapsing our economy—George Soros,” Beck said on Tuesday’s show. “When the administration and progressives look for a savior to step in and save the day—George Soros… He’s pulled no punches about the end game. It’s one world government, the end of America’s status as the prevailing world power—but why?” Because, Beck suggests, Soros wants to rule us all like a god: “Soros has admitted in the past he doesn’t believe in God, but that’s perhaps because he thinks he is.”
Soros, a billionaire financier and patron of liberal causes, has long been an object of hatred on the right. But Beck went beyond demonizing him; he cast him as the protagonist in an updated Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He described Soros as the most powerful man on earth, the creator of a “shadow government” that manipulates regimes and currencies for its own enrichment. Obama is his “puppet,” Beck says. Soros has even “infiltrated the churches.” He foments social unrest and economic distress so he can bring down governments, all for his own financial gain. “Four times before,” Beck warned. “We’ll be number five.”
Somehow, the author finds it in her generous liberal heart to give Beck’s motives the benefit of the doubt, speculating that he just might be too stupid to know he’s saying anti-Semitic things:
It’s entirely possible that Beck has waded into anti-Semitic waters inadvertently, that he picked up toxic ideas from his right-wing demimonde without realizing their anti-Jewish provenance […] “There’s a difference between first-degree murder and vehicular homicide, which is intentionality,” says J.J. Goldberg, a columnist and former editor in chief of The Forward, America’s leading Jewish newspaper. Goldberg wasn’t convinced that Beck meant to attack Jews. Nevertheless, he described the show as “as close as I’ve heard on mainstream television to fascism.”
Really? The act of criticizing George Soros resembles a “political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition,” or a “tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control”?