Did Glenn Beck Really ‘Restore Honor’ With His Rally?
Matt | On 30, Aug 2010
The gut answer to my question is NO. Actually, I don’t know how or if Glenn Beck, of all people, could ever “restore honor” to this country.
If you’ve been living under a rock, there was a huge rally on the National Mall on Saturday, hosted by FOX News and radio host Glenn Beck. It was titled the “Restoring Honor” rally. The gathering had a heavy religious and military focus, two of the FOX crowd’s favorite talking points. Featured speakers included Beck himself, everybody’s favorite quitter, Sarah Palin, and a niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among others.
There was a significant amount of controversy around the rally because it was held on the 47th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” that was held in the very same spot. Critics said that Beck was trying to ‘hijack’ the dream by using the historic anniversary to push his own conservative causes. Beck’s supporters said they have a right to a piece of that dream like everyone else.
Pleasantries and details aside, it was bat shit crazy odd to see Glenn Beck standing in the same spot as Dr. King speaking to that many people. He’s entitled to his beliefs and his opinions, but I cannot take him seriously as someone who wants to change this country for the better. He wants to take it back to its conservative ways, to a time and place where the idea of Obama as president was a laughable thought. I just can’t support it.
During the rally, Beck said, “America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness.”
Really Glenn? Darkness?! Is he now the messiah that will turn us back to the place we need to be? And I’m wondering if our “darkness” includes that drug-induced, multiple-marriage hell he’s been living through? You know the conservatives always try to come for Americans on some morality police tip, so I had to interject there.
Anyway, I give Beck his due credit for bringing the people to Washington, D.C. (It always helps to have the #1 cable news network behind you). Still, the audience was overwhelmingly white and over age 40. What kind of honor can you restore to this “nation” if you can’t even properly represent it? I just don’t think that this shot in the dark stuck. In 25 years, kids aren’t going to look back at 8/28 and think of Glenn Beck. There’s only a very distinct segment of America that holds on to his every word. I ain’t nowhere near that segment.
This “rally” seems to be part rally, part stunt, and part sideshow filled with way too much media coverage. CNN talked about that damn rally like Martin himself rolled back his headstone and walked from Atlanta to DC to make a guest appearance. Yes, there was a freakishly large amount of people there. But, what concrete message was Beck et. al really delivering to all Americans?
*crickets* .. I’m waiting.