This week marks a very important turning point in American history by two stories worthy of noting. Â One deals with the discovery of a quote by Adolf Hitler that 'taints' a senior yearbook at Easton High. Â The other involves a polarizing rally called "Restoring Honor" with controversial TV host, and cantankerous conservative, Glenn Beck as its host. Â On the surface these two events are different in their make-up. However,Â juxtaposing the two, there emerges a startling similarity. Â In short, there is no difference.
Hitler quote: Â Background
The Post Chronicle reports that a startling discovery in the senior yearbook was made in a Pennsylvania high school at Easton High.
On page 190 of the 2010 yearbook, a quote from the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, was discovered. Â After the school's administration learned of the offensive quote, they scrambled to have it censored witih a special sticker.
Tucked away inside the yearbook along with quotes from other famous leaders was this entry by Adolf Hitler:
"And in the last analysis, success is what matters."
Michael Koch, principal of the Easton, Pennsylvania high school expressed remorse over the event and stated that they are doing all they can to prevent long and short-term negative impacts by the offensive discovery.
He had this to say:
"By no means did we want it to be there. Â It was an oversight in the revision process. Â It was an honest mistake."
By his own admission, the quote by Hitler, that was taken from the literary work, "The Face of the Third Reich: Â Portraits of the Nazi Leadership", had created a sour environment in the school. Â He admits that it "tainted the yearbook and the memories" for the graduating seniors.
The Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally: Â Background
In just two days on August 28, 2010, Glenn Beck will host his controversial "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in the national mall of our nations' capital. Â He claims that he is hosting the event to "reclaim our civil rights" and to honor the men and women who sacrifice their lives in defense of our country.
So far, I'm wondering if this announcement "taints" the American spirit.
There's just one problem with this, or several if I may add. Â This so-called "Restoring Honor" Glenn Beck rally is being held on the same day and in the same place where the world usually pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.
Beck states that he was not aware of the conflict in the dates, but his rally should put an end to the "haters" who believe his agenda and rhetoric is designed to be divisive. Â This, by all accounts, will be a strong sell.
Glenn Beck and Adolf Hitler: Â How are they similar?
Hitler was known for his brilliant style of leadership that sparked fear into the hearts of those who loved him and feared him. Â This charismatic dictator rose to the top of Germany's leadership, and left an indelible legacy behind marred in hatred, guilt, murder, racism, and genocide.
Hitler led with an iron fist promotingÂ antisemitism, German nationalism, anti-capitalism, and a single-party dictatorship. Â He is known for his fiery and thunderous orations spreading propaganda for the expressed reason for acquiring and maintaining absolute power over the nation in which he led, with hopes of world dominion.
Fast forward to Glenn Beck, there is a subtle similarity. Â Many would argue that the similarities are conspicuous, as Beck makes no effort to conceal that he aligns with the conservative and "Tea Party" movements.
Beck uses his media savvy, fiery rhetoric, and role at "Fox" as a platform to spread his separatist agenda. Â His following, largely whites, conservatives, and white supremacists, should serve as an indication as to how his messages are received.
Instead of using planes to drop leaflets around the nation spreading his conservative propaganda against the Obama administration, and minorities, he uses an event like a "Restoring Honor" rally to further his quest to synthesize a one party rule, cloaked in a "Tea Party" agenda.
The only thing that is right about Beck and Hitler, if one were hard pressed to quantify a positive is, had Hitler been part of this American democracy, he would have a right to free speech.
But, even free speech has its inherent limits.
Which one "taints" the foundations of our inherent liberties, more: Â a Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally or a quote in a year book at East High by Hitler?
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