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August 26, 2010

WE DON'T NEED BECK TO 'RESTORE' OUR 'HONOR'.... Deranged media personality Glenn Beck will headline a rally on Saturday, which he says is intended to "restore honor" to America. Funny, I didn't realize American honor had disappeared -- or that we were dependent on a self-described rodeo-clown and his easily manipulated minions to "restore" it for us.

Regardless, Beck chose the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech" for his get-together, and if that weren't quite audacious enough, Beck is also holding his rally at the same location -- the base of the Lincoln Memorial -- where King spoke. (Even one of Beck's Fox News colleagues thinks the choice of locations is wrong.)

Wait, it gets better. Beck not only considers himself a modern-day MLK -- he says he and his followers can "reclaim" the civil rights movement for themselves -- Beck also considers himself as a vessel for the Almighty. The media personality explained on his radio show two weeks ago that his rally is being orchestrated by God to unleash revival upon America. The Restoring Honor event, Beck said, "is Divine Providence. This is the Lord's hand at work. This is a miracle."

This is a delusional, Messianic freak.

But it will likely be a huge success anyway. When organizers applied for their permit with the National Park Service, they said they expect 300,000 people to attend. That may very well happen.

Conservative activists, meanwhile, promise that the rally will show their unity and voice, as last year's 9/12 event did. Jamie Radtke, founder of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots, predicted an event as much as twice as large as last year's, based on the number of buses that local tea party organizers have chartered. The Richmond Tea Party alone is sending 15 buses -- up from seven last year, she said. [...]

Beck, the third-highest-rated radio personality, has promoted the event relentlessly to his enormous audience. FreedomWorks, the tea party group that staged 9/12, is lending its organizational muscle and grass-roots network.

The numbers don't translate to merit, necessarily, and even if turnout falls short of expectations, Fox News will simply announce that 17 gajillion people showed up anyway.

Either way, the event itself will shine a bright light, once again, on hysterical right-wing zealots and their bizarre leaders. The party that's been taken over by the extremists is feigning ignorance.

Operatives at virtually every Republican committee in Washington claimed little or no knowledge of the event.

They might well have cause to be squeamish: Beck has accused Obama of reverse racism and of having "a deep-seated hatred of white people," and his plan to celebrate the lessons of the civil rights era creates the possibility of confrontations. It could also result in damaging imagery, similar to the photos that emerged from some early tea party gatherings, which Democrats could use to paint Republicans as extreme. That may explain why the event is being met with near-total silence by Republicans.

"In general, people coming to Washington, being organized and active is a good thing," said Doug Heye, a spokesman for Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele. "But I gotta be honest with you -- I don't know about any Glenn Beck event."

Democrats aren't passing up the chance to tie the GOP to the rally. "Republicans for well over the past year have firmly embraced the tea party and some of these right-wing fringe groups that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have rallied around, and these are becoming serious campaign liabilities in the general election," said Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The fact that they're trying to plead ignorance is just completely absurd."

Steve Benen 10:50 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (42)

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I hope Dr. Laura is a featured speaker...

Keep hope alive!

Posted by: Rathskeller on August 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

God, what a country of morons America has become.

Posted by: qwerty on August 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Oh I can't wait to see that crowd...the signs they will be carrying, the love they will be spreading, the unity they all yearn for...can't wait.
And of all the right-wing talk against moderate Muslims not speaking out and condemning factions of their radical fringe, I find it somewhat amusing how Republicans refuse to denounce their own radical element.

Posted by: whichwitch on August 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

M M , in defense of internment .
The magic of rage !
Michelle Malkin , empress of contempt .

Posted by: FRP on August 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

The photos of the crowd of several billion are already on online. The Fox Look Ahead camera has been at work again.

Posted by: Steven on August 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

Elmer Gantry, without the tent.

-although the signs promise to generate some mirth. . .

Posted by: DAY on August 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM | PERMALINK

I have a scheme! It's called making white people the real victims! By taking away 1st Amendment rights to use the N word on national radio. By suggesting there's such a thing as social obligaton. And by letting Muslims practice their evil religion amongst us.

Posted by: walt on August 26, 2010 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

That IS in poor taste.

then again FOX and taste seem to be mutually exclusive.

or rather MURDOCH and Taste are mutually exclusive.

meanwhile,

BOYCOTT FOX

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on August 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

Whichwitch, the website says they're not supposed to bring signs.

http://www.glennbeck.com/828/#Critical

We request that you not bring the following:

• Signs political or otherwise
• Aerosols
• Laser pointers
• Mace and/or pepper spray
• Helium balloons
• Sticks or poles
• Pocket or hand tools, such as “leatherman”
• Packages, large bags, duffle bags, suitcases
• Animals other than service/guide dogs

'Course they're only "requesting" that you not bring signs, hee-hee.

Posted by: pol on August 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

At what point (if any) do Christian churches step forward and say that when Glenn Beck says of his blatantly political and self-promoting event that it is "... Divine Providence. This is the Lord's Hand at work. This is a mircale." that this statement is not only crazy talk, it is blasphemy?

Posted by: tanstaafl on August 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

@pol

Guess guns are okay...no knives of course.

Posted by: whichwitch on August 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

A bunch of 99% white right-wing 14th amendment attackers gathering just where MLK held his speech exactly 47 years ago...

...are these the same people who think there shoudn't be an islam community center two blocks away from Ground Zero?

Am I the only one to see the irony here?

Posted by: Vokoban on August 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Vokoban,

You said exactly what I thought as I read this.

Ian

Posted by: Ian on August 26, 2010 at 11:29 AM | PERMALINK

The lunatic right-wing has stolen the mass demonstration stage. Regardless of turnout, the media feeding frenzy over a proto-fascist rally will leave its mark, and dumbed-down America will get another jolt of racist voltage as if we needed any more.

Blacks, gays and Hispanics have already abandoned the Rethugs, probably for good, and so we will be treated to more angry, old, white people having a temper tantrum. However, we should never underestimate the impact of a Nuremberg rally.

Will there be lots of flags, banners, drums, armbands, and uniforms before the Fuehrer-in-waiting makes his appearance?

I can hardly wait.

Posted by: rrk1 on August 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe they can get former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman to speak as well. I hear he cares deeply about civil rights now.

Posted by: Gridlock on August 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

As noted above, Beck is well within the not-so-noble tradition of American evangelists/hucksters/con men, and is ever more so as time goes on. It's interesting that snake-oil still strikes that old chord in this day and age, but it can't really be regarded as surprising.

Posted by: MattF on August 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

If the Invisible Sky Fairy is indeed orchestrating this event, does that mean we can tax churches to pay for the extra security and cleanup?

Posted by: Tim H on August 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM | PERMALINK

Keeping my eye on the Pri$e

Is it too late to set up a kiosk and sell special Beck brown shirts?

Posted by: koreyel on August 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

All about 'taking back' the Lincoln Memorial from the negroes.

Posted by: cld on August 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

I'm your uncle Ernie and I welcome you to Tommy's 'oliday camp. The Camp with a difference, Never mind the weather when you come to Tommy's .....

About the same level of seriousness. Every time I see Becks ugly puss for some reason that tune runs through my head. Everything he does is well suited to calliope music.

Posted by: john R on August 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

This is a delusional, Messianic freak.

No, he's just an extremely talented conman. A grifter par excellence.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on August 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

Let 'em waste time making fools of themselves at their rally. In the meantime I'll be knocking on doors for Democratic candidates on Saturday in Illinois as will hundreds of thousands of other Democrats across the country. You can too.

Just go to http://www.barackobama.com/index.php
find yourself a local canvassing event and sign up. We simply can't allow these clowns get back into power.

Posted by: markg8 on August 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

john R,
Keith Moon has been the deeper thinker and more serious political analyst!

Moonie and Beck? They don't compare!

Posted by: Vokoban on August 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

Welcome to the camp
I guess you all know why we're here
My name is Tommy
And I became aware this year
If you want to follow me
You've got to play pinball
And put in your ear plugs
Put on your eye shades
You know where to put the cork!

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on August 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

@Vokoban Certainly not referring to Kieth Moon just the character in the rock opera ..ya know sleazy weasel huckster.

Posted by: john R on August 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

john R:

though I'm German I don't mean everything I say... (C;

Posted by: Vokoban on August 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

So, let's see. Imam Rauf is guilty of displaying insufficient "sensitivity" in exercising his Constitutional right of freedom of worship to build a community center on private property that is two blocks from Ground Zero (about which New Yorkers and Americans care so very, very much that they haven't even gotten around to building a memorial nine years later).

But Glenn Beck isn't insensitive to hijack both the date and the place of an event that has profound meaning for African Americans? Sure, he's exercising his First Amendment rights too, but shouldn't he and Fox shut up about "sensitivity" on the part of the Cordoba House supporters? Well, that question sort of answers itself, doesn't it? If you think that your own freedom of religion entails the right to have your religion preferred over all others, and that your civil rights entail the right to be treated as the dominant race and culture, then there is no contradiction

Posted by: T-Rex on August 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

Can I have the gold coin concession on the mall? Any bets that there will be one close by?

Posted by: john R on August 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

rrk, look on the bright side. This event may be exactly what it takes to mobilize the Democratic base, and minority voters, to get to the polls in November.

Posted by: T-Rex on August 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Guys...... Glen Beck is a con artist. He doesn't believe what he says or does. He's a fraud. He's probably a liberal who has discovered how to make money from conservitive, brain dead rubes. It's all a con. Same with Rush. Make easy money from the Rebthugs. I'd do it myself if I didn't have a consience.

Posted by: smartelephant on August 26, 2010 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Congrats to markg8 for doing more than bitching about this.

Posted by: cr on August 26, 2010 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

I suspect this thing will have a large turnout as predicted: my in-laws are driving to D.C. for it, and they are definitely not the type to normally show up for a political rally. But I have to wonder if Beck's fans will soon start to tire of his endless ego-stroking and money-raking schemes. You know this rally is just going to be more of the same old, same old. How disappointed will his disciples be, after all the overblown hype? Sure they'll enjoy themselves, but every time you turn around this fraud is peddling some new Plan which is going to shake the world. At some point, wouldn't anyone get sick of it?

Posted by: E.Hatt-Swank on August 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

From up here this "rally to restore honor" is so off the charts bizzare that it defies understanding. Why not take a bus to a crazy farm instead? I sure hope that the Democratic spokesman is correct in his assessment any other conclusion is frightening in the extreme.

Posted by: xpatriate on August 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

I am struck by what this is in its simple, albeit unoriginal, brilliance - 1800's patent medicine revivalism on TV. That's all it is - let's start labeling it as such.

Posted by: WJK3 on August 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

Just more proof that religion was born when the first rogue met the first fool. ~Voltaire

Posted by: Marko on August 26, 2010 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

Imagine what Glenn Beck would say if Michelle Obama suggested that honor needed to be restored in America.

Posted by: Baldrick on August 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

The best possible outcome is for this thing to look - and be made to look - as much like a Nuremburg party rally as possible. That might wake a few people up to finally realize that the road Beck and the teabaggers are marching down in their brown shirts ends with a mountain of corpses.

Posted by: SusanP on August 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

My wife just got off a plane flying from Orlando to Atlanta, and commented about how rude many of the passengers were. The woman sitting next to her was being rude to the male African-American flight attendant (who had done nothing wrong) asking him if she needed to speak Eubonics to him for him to understand. What are the odds that many in this group are heading to DC for the big rally? Pretty good I think.

Posted by: Dr. J on August 26, 2010 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

You bet we need to restore our basis values & honor system that or nation was founded on through worship and rediscovering God in our lives. We are dealing with a corrupt and socialistic type of government who are big spenders and disregard our ability to repay the deficits we have encountered. Need to replace the radicals associated with closet communism, MAO doctrine lovers, Soros backers so that we get back to the great country we once were who don't bow to anyone. You want to keep your freedoms and turn this country around frm financial collapse, then vote the current bumbs out of COngess NOV 2010

Posted by: Ken Jabroni on August 28, 2010 at 1:28 AM | PERMALINK

I was wondering, do all of you think the way you are attacking the rally is the way we should be caarrying on. The type of hatred and hypocricy that is being spewed allows the other side to see our ignorance. I may not agree with what is going on but at least I will allow them the right to do it. You people on this blog think anyone who agrees with the thought that we need to get control of our country as far as spending and moral behavior is concerned is a bad thing. Maybe you should find out why you are all so mad and spending time hating people because it is a shame to let the other side see our hatred that we tell them they are the people who hate and are racists

Posted by: don on August 28, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

Glenn Beck is a better person then most of you who have posted your comments here, you could only hope to be such a nice, good, trust worthy person

Posted by: janet on August 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

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