Written by an American expat living in the EU
Beck is at war with the progressive American dream and the progressive European dream of social justice! Beck is trying to convolute this with Communism. Don’t let him.
Soros a prominent progressive supporter,and WWII survivor correctly identified America maybe on Verge Of Dictatorial Democracy slamming Fox & Beck. Also the mainstream German magazine the Spiegel published an analysis referring to Glenn Beck as a protofascist. Given Germany’s experience with fascism we ignore these warnings at our own peril.
Spiegel:”Agitators like Glenn Beck are “nationalist, racist and proto-fascist,” says Henningsen. They take advantage of the economic situation, almost the way the right wing intelligentsia did back in the Weimar Republic.”
FORBES: Soros Warns U.S. Could Be On Verge Of Dictatorial Democracy, Slams Fox, Glenn Beck
By broadcasting their extreme hatred of the progressive model of social justice, aren’t Glenn Beck and the Fox news disinformation network by calling for an end to so called socialism now moving in the direction of proto-fascism, just as the analysis published by the German Spiegel magazine would indicate?
Isn’t Glenn Beck and Fox news in particular attempting to paint the Obama administration as democratic socialists, just like in the European Union? In doing so aren’t Fox news and Beck trying to convolute the progressive social justice agenda of the Obama administration and the European Union with a dictatorial communism of the former Soviet Union in a fantasy laden illusory vision conjuring up Orwellian overtones?!
Isn’t that a proposition at tension with itself? Considering that every country in the European Union has universal medical access, whereas isn’t Fox news/Glenn Beck/Tea Party illusory vision of America includes maintaining the status quo which is made of;59 million don’t have any medical coverage, 132 million don’t have any dental coverage, 60 million don’t have any paid sick leave & 40 million are on food stamps. Whereas everyone in the European Union has medical coverage and some type of dental plan, paid sick leave, paid maternity leave, paid annual leave no matter what job they have. To convolute this model of progressive social justice advocated by the Obama administration and the European Union with a form of Orwellian communism, shouldn’t this been seen as a proto-fascist Glenn Beck/Fox news and Tea Party disinformation campaign? Also aren’t Glenn Beck’s vitriolic scurrilous rants and railing against the Jewish born progressive supporter George Soros reminiscent of a proto-fascist rant?
Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros warned tonight in New York that the combination of Fox News, Glenn Beck, The Tea Party, and the ability of Americans to fantasize unrealistically about their political system might lead “this open society to be on the verge of some dictatorial democracy.”
Soros mentioned George Orwell’s novel, “1984″ as a possible precedent for the kind of fantasies being promulgated in our culture today. Orwell’s “1984″ satirized the Communist system of absolute control over society and politics that prevailed in the Soviet Union until 1990.
Below is from Media Matters for America.
Exactly What Glenn Beck Lied About When Vilifying Soros
December 09, 2010 12:42 am ET
Glenn Beck demanded an apology from Forbes magazine for claiming that he has been “falsely vilifying” George Soros and said, “I’d like to know exactly what I lied about.” Beck’s attacks on Soros are, of course, demonstrably false.
Below is analysis from the German magazine Der Spiegel regarding Glenn Beck. To reiterate, if we ignore the German experience of the last century, aren’t we doing so at our own peril? Isn’t this a serious issue?
“Full of Hatred:
The Tea Party, that group of white, older voters who claim that they want their country back, is angry. Fox News host Glenn Beck, a recovering alcoholic who likens Obama to Adolf Hitler, is angry. Beck doesn’t know what he wants to be — maybe a politician, maybe president, maybe a preacher — and he doesn’t know what he wants to do either, or least he hasn’t come up with any specific ideas or plans. But he is full of hatred.”
Doesn’t the quote below shows us how Glenn Beck really feels?
FOX’s Glenn Beck:
“This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people … this guy is, I believe, a racist.”
When we talk about real family values, one of the things we should be thinking about is that the Fox news, Glenn Beck, Tea Party led crowd whose hateful rhetoric is completely divorced of any family values. We see that in their attempts to maintain America as the only major industrialized country in the world that doesn’t have job protected paid maternity leave required by law. Ask yourself what kind of family values are those in support of the American dream?
Paternity Leave / international comparisons
Did you know that 157 countries offer paid maternity leave?
Check out Wikipedia: “Parental Leave”: there’s a shocking chart which is an embarassment to the United States
Let’s take a look at how the French maternity leave policies work to support families as an earned benefit provided to working people. In doing so please consider the quote below.
Maternity Leave in France
CNN: Bindi Dupouy, an Australian living in Paris, and her French husband, just had their first child, a son born in the country.
Dupouy, a 28-year-old lawyer, got almost five months paid maternity leave from her company for the birth. She can take another seven months off beyond that — a year total — unpaid, if she wants, with her job guaranteed under French law.
Let’s take a look at how the German people view real family values in the type of paid maternity benefit protected by law that they provide to their citizens.
Maternity Leave in Germany
German law is very generous when it comes to maternity and paternity leave. Mothers are allowed six weeks leave at full pay prior to the child’s birth and eight weeks at full pay afterward. In the case of a multiple birth, 12 weeks paid leave is allowed. The mother or father is then allowed up to three years of unpaid leave to stay at home with the child. Recently, the German government initiated a program that allows direct subsidies to new parents (Elterngeld).
Maternity Leave and Job Protection (Mutterschutz)
Source: Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women & Adolescents, Maternity Protection Guide 09.2005
Adjusting to motherhood is made a little easier if you happen to be an employed woman working for a German company. You will actually be provided mandatory time-off from work, before and after childbirth. This is revelatory news for many English speaking expats. Basically the Mutterschutzgesetz, Maternity Protection Act of 1968 was instituted to ensure that expecting mothers are not discriminated against when applying for jobs and to provide them with added protection from being dismissed from work as a result of their pregnancy or arrival of their newborn child. This law actually goes well beyond that fundamental claim and provides much more.
Expectant mothers applying for employment are not required to make their pregnancy known before entering into employment.
Employers may not disseminate information about an employee’s pregnancy to a third party.
Women are well protected from loss of employment due to dismissal – from the beginning of pregnancy until 4 months following childbirth
The Fox news crowd, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party, aren’t they trying to convolute the social justice movement in the US and in the EU with some type of in part religiously motivated zealotry, equating the European Union with the Tower of Babel and a Godless vision of Orwellian dictatorial Soviet era communist fantasy, in order to prevent the American people from enacting commonsense legislation creating a European style social safety net in the United States for the American working class? This would include universal medical and dental that could never be taken away. Paid sick leave, paid annual leave for all workers, even to include the unemployed as a human right, which would include paid maternity leave by right of law. Something that US law presently does not require, but that every country in the EU has and in fact that the American working class should have in support of the American dream. That is why I support President Obama and the Democrats.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Aren’t we living under the threat of the death of the American Dream and loss of American democracy to the forces of proto-fascism to the chorus voice of Fox news, Glenn Beck/Tea Party proto-fascism?
(Cross-posted by the author from DailyKos.)