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September 1, 2010

Similitudes: Hitler, Obama, & Beck

By Kevin Tully

Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor Rally" got me thinking about truth, similes, and unfortunately, Adolf Hitler.

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This past oppressively hot August weekend here in Texas I worked a little outdoors and then opened a nice cold Pearl beer and sat down to rest awhile in front of the television - and there he was: Glenn Beck, all illustrative and emotive. With Lincoln and Martin Luther King at his back, it was a very evocative tableau - unfortunately not the evocative tableau that Glenn was shooting for. It reminded me of film footage of The 1936 Nazi Nuremberg rally. I guess it's kind of odd that the brain of a Texan carpenter, slightly awash in Pearl beer, would dredge up possibly the most heinous gathering of modern times from simply recognizing Glenn Beck surrounded by monumental architecture and adoring crowds of almost racial homogeneity.
He asked for it.
Beck is very fond of metaphor and simile, and so am I. He also absolutely thrives on comparisons and aspersions, as do I. If my memory serves me correctly, at some point in the past he used the words Obama and Hitler, if not in the same sentence, in the same diatribe. So here goes:
Glenn Beck is born of Germanic origins.
Obama is a bi-racial Kenyan Muslim.
Glenn Beck was raised Roman Catholic - as was the young Adolf.
Obama, I think, is Baptist.(?)

Glenn Beck has nostalgically rented and worn a Nazi-looking uniform from what may be a fascist haberdashery (on the cover of his book 'Arguing With Idiots') -it sure looks Nazi or Peron-ish to me.
Obama has never worn a Nazi-like uniform.

I read somewhere that Mr. Beck read and admired Friedrich Nietzsche - What a coincidence; so did Hitler.
Obama has probably read his work, but I couldn't find anywhere this being instrumental in his formative years.

Glenn Beck doesn't have a complete secondary education - neither did Adolf Hitler.
I'm almost certain that Barack does - but where was he born? Just kidding.

Glenn Beck has admitted to being a former drug addict - Hitler was a speed freak.
Barack may have smoked a little weed, but hey, he still became President, and he was never fired from Morning Zoo Radio for being an a**h**e while under the influence.

Glenn Beck made reference to Jews being the killers of Christ - Hitler used this kind of rhetoric to validate "The Final Solution."
As far as I know Barack doesn't talk like that.
I could go on, but I'm getting nervous and agitated. Hitler was ultimately proven to be evil and a fool. Our President is neither evil or a fool, but..
"Every word dropped by Hitler seemed like an inspired word from on high. Man's - or at least the German's - critical faculty is swept away at such moments, and every lie pronounced is accepted as high truth itself". William Shirer, Journalist, Witness at Nuremberg, Author of, 'The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich.'















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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched the Hand That Willie Touched", it, according to Kevin, is about falling in love for all the wrong reasons. Kevin is also a closet subversive. He claims he'll come out of the closet as soon as handguns are no longer popular. Kevin is a loud, obnoxious Texan and hopes that this will be held against him -- "It makes life so much harder and interesting when traveling outside of the Lone Star State." Kevin used to be a Golf columnist. He says life as a Golf columnist is not a whole lot different than life not as a Golf columnist. Kevin is sure that Jesus was indeed a Socialist. Kevin founded a short-lived organization, "FOXNO", with a mandate to get Fox News off the air. It got very little traction and as a result, over the ensuing years, Fox has propagandized a very significant portion of American television viewers, which, if unchecked, could destroy this country and the world. Kevin's Father thought Kevin was prone to hyperbole. Kevin wishes everyone would read "A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek", "In Watermelon Sugar" and all the poetry of Carl Sandberg. Kevin once, when drunk, argued, "America is not a city on a hill" for two hours, because "America is not a city, it's a rather large landmass that used to belong to Indians and porcupines!" Kevin once yelled out at a "Chicago' concert, "Steinbeck is God!" Kevin does not suffer fools or assh**es, usually. In 1969 he had a neighbor that was an assh**le who, although an assh**le, was enchanted with the Space Program and the prospect of man walking on the moon. Kevin and his best friend, Tommy, tied thread around a pinecone and at the designated hour, threw the pinecone over the neighbor's television antennae and shook it like hell -- the assh**le neighbor missed Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Kevin says that every time he watched Michael Jackson moonwalk he would be reminded of his assh**le neighbor and he would laugh like hell. Most folks that know Kevin would say that he hasn't changed. Kevin Lives in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown. Kevin, along with a few others, is trying to expose Lyndon Johnson for his equivocated humanity and possible good intentions. Kevin is pondering a short story about power and its surprises titled, "Kings Can Dance." When asked about current politics Kevin simply answers, "Trump is a turd." Kevin would like for me to express his gratitude to you for taking the time to read the above stuff and to say, "good be on you."

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