Glenn Beck has once again taken out his secret decoder ring to play his favorite game of finding ways to link everything he doesn’t like to Adolf Hitler. This time it’s the UN Convention on the Rights of the Disabled, which is causing a spasm of outrage and fear mongering throughout the far right.
He had Rick Santorum, who is leading the fear campaign, on his radio show to talk about the treaty and they focused especially on language in the treaty that says “children with disabilities shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by their parents.” Beck reacted with mock horror, saying this is “really Orwellian or, quite honestly, fascistic from the Nazi days.”
Right Wing Watch has the video and points out that this exact language is already in numerous treaties that we ratified long ago. Like the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, written in 1976 and ratified by the United States in 1992:
1. Every child shall have, without any discrimination as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, national or social origin, property or birth, the right to such measures of protection as are required by his status as a minor, on the part of his family, society and the State.
2. Every child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have a name.
3. Every child has the right to acquire a nationality.
Egads! We’ve been a Nazi state for 20 years now! Or we haven’t, of course, but those pesky facts shall not get in the way of a perfectly good right wing screed. It’s almost like the entire world is a Rorschach test for Beck and the only thing he ever sees in a picture is Hitler.