If anything, pundit Glenn Beck’s public attacks against George Soros Nazi seem to have had only one noticeable impact: Soros is not concerning himself too much with a public image as much as being aligned with the right ideals.
Some are calling Beck’s smearing of Soros reminiscent of the anti-Semitic attacks used by the Hungarian far right. Some believe Beck’s statements would be hilarious if his opinion wasn’t so important to such a large audience.
The question if Soros’s indifference to the attacks are a risk remains up in the air. Whether the source is his former country or Fox News, the financier has yet to take the bait publicly, remaining dignified and respectful throughout. Of course, Soros has been in the cross hairs of far worse than the likes of Beck.
There are those that believe Soros should take a stand. Beck would certainly be an easy target. Beck has shown no issue with launching boldfaced attacks against high profile opponents while lacking a full understanding of his targets’s ideals or history. Beck has actually attempted to use the fact a teenage Soros escaped the Holocaust as a weapon against Soros.
At 14, George Soros was a messenger of the Budapest Jewish Council who partnered with the Gestapo to preserve the Jewish community. While Soros was performing his duties, he was actually advocating defiance.
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Soros appears to be immune to Beck’s taunts. Of course, acknowledging the opinions of a Glenn Beck is probably meaningless to a man that walked the streets a Jew under the Nazi regime.
While the past implies Soros seems to appreciate being vilified and how it fortifies his status as eternal outsider, there are those who believe Beck should not be underestimated. Despite obvious misstatements and lack of knowledge, it is believed that Beck has a huge following that will believe anything he says. And as survivors of the Nazi regime have been known to say, it starts with the words.
Like his peers, including Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh, Beck has certainly aligned himself with the power of words. His is entertainment ground in right wing demagoguery that doesn’t have to be founded in fact or history. It’s about moralizing, debasing and preaching with conviction to an audience that’s already willing to rail against subjects and topics that do not accommodate their politics. From Obamacare to screaming about a shadow government (of which Soros is the mastermind) waiting to overthrow the American system for a single world government, Beck has mastered red baiting. And Soros, too dignified to respond, makes an easy target for rhetoric.
If anything, Soros has to be admired. He acted bravely, secretly promoting freedom and defiance under the eye of a murderous totalitarian state and went on to become, as Beck tries to lament, the “most powerful man on earth.” Soros’s life is a fascinating one and a testament to how success and greatness is in all of us. However you may feel about the man, his high level of achievement and dignity is to be admired.
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