The odious Glenn Beck has every right to his rally

Glenn Beck is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of his audience in order to keep them entertained. There is nothing too base for him to say; no lie too odious for him to repeat; no smear too vile for him to include as part of his schtick.
He has called President Obama a racist repeatedly. And he is so ignorant of the civil rights movement that he once claimed that U.S. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) was trying to mimic a civil rights leader. Ahem. John Lewis was a civil rights leader — a rather famous one.
Beck has no appreciation for or understanding of Dr. King’s philosophy, which was based on the theological concept of social justice. As a minister, King preached and lived that philosophy. Beck has denounced the very idea of social justice as a theological concept.
You can understand why some civil rights activists are offended that Beck has chosen to schedule his rally at the Lincoln Memorial for August 28, a date that holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans because Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington Mall on that date.
Still, Beck has every right to his rally. Why? He is protected by the very same Bill of Rights he would deny to others.

From the WaPo:

Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech there.

The conservative talk show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a “100 year plan for America” at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country’s “values” and to pay tribute to military families.

“There will be absolutely no politics involved,” he said. “This rally will honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country.”

Civil rights leaders have denounced Beck’s plans, questioning his motives for choosing the date and place, which they said are historically symbolic of the country’s civil rights movement.

Responding to the criticism on his show June 28, Beck said he believes it was “divine providence” that the rally was scheduled on the anniversary of the King speech. He said he had initially planned the event for Sept. 12 and then realized it was a Sunday. “I’m not going to ask anyone to work on the Sabbath,” he said. He rescheduled the rally for Aug. 28 because it was the best day for the schedules of the people involved, he said.

“It was not my intention to select 8-28 because of the Martin Luther King tie. It is the day he made that speech. I had no idea until I announced it and I walked offstage and my researchers said, New York Times has already just published that this is [the same day as the King speech] — and I said, ‘Oh, jeez.’ “

I don’t believe for one minute that Beck didn’t choose the date intentionally. Of course, he did — to be provocative. And his declaration that the rally won’t be political is a flat-out lie. Sarah Palin is among the speakers. Of course, it will be political.

Demagogues like Beck whip up the passions of a crowd, who then believe they should be able to impose their views on others. But the US Constitution protects the rights of minorities from the inflamed passions of a mob. That same Bill of Rights allows Beck his rally on the mall on any date that the US Park Service gives him a permit.

There is one thing Beck said with which I agree:”. . Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Humans, humans embrace their ideas or reject their ideas.”

No, black people don’t own MLK. He belongs to America — an America much better because of the life he lived. Beck doesn’t seem to believe in that America, but I don’t believe King would have tried to deny him his rally on Aug. 28.

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East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

WAR,

I must be getting under your skin. Apparently something is working. Also, I don’t know who peadawg is because I don’t sit around on my arse all day blogging. I do have a regular job and am off this morning since I just got back from the Doctor’s office. Just decided to do a little online reading is all. Apparently you must be one of those Obama supporting moochers who sits around all day agitating on blogs for more food stamps, unemployment benefits, etc. Go get a job son and quit spending so much time on here.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

Tea Party
August 18th, 2010
10:57 am

YES. We are terrified, white racists who are afraid the black man is going to finally sit equal to us. We cannot let this happen! Of course you don’t see any other race than WHITE at these rallies. We’re trying to preserve the Confederate flag and our heritage!!! Long live the whites! Every one should own a slave.
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When the playing field is level and black, blues, greys, and pinks get off the TIT of the FEDS and compete with whites, then we will be equal. The Government programs set up 40 years ago need to go. You got a hand-up, it’s not a lifestyle.

barking frog

August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

jeree…jeree…jeree

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

east point mob
you are right. it doesn’t change the ugliness that happened in 2006. but booker has been doing a pretty good job since then. check out channel 101 and watch “Brick City”. it’s about booker and what he is doing for newark. (see how easy that is… all the facts without any of the fluff).

TommyJack

August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

CYNTHIA!! This could be a milestone! Never, ever, agreed with you. But maybe, just maybe, on this topic we have some common ground.
Beck and Hannity are RUINING Fox News. Beck is just a one trick pony disk jockey. Amazing he has attracted such a following. Not sure he’s too smart either.
Hannity is a broken record. He talks of idealogues. Now that’s just funny. Hannity is like a soap opera….miss a couple of weeks and when you come back, he will be saying the same memorized talking points.
Here’s the part you won’t agree with. Aside from those 2, Fox is not far off the mark. Certainly no more right and MSNBC is left. I’m sure you agree.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the info. Now that fox donated a million to the rnc for “pro business party”, will they drop the “fair and balance” bs?

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
11:07 am

Gore calls for protests over climate change inaction…

Guess he must be finished with his massage.

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
11:07 am

@Union: “youre funny.. what the head of a union.. going back and forth to the wh so much anyway?”

Not sure…but…. he probably had more “legitimate” business compared to Ted Haggard going to the WH for “private” prayer sessions with Bush.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:08 am

getalife,

I ran out of food stamps. Can you let me borrow some? I got 5 kids by 4 different women that need dey baby daddy to get some more food stamps. Can you help out?

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:08 am

Hey Jose! Where are you? I reserved a front row seat just for you at my rally. And you’ll get tickets to Glenn Beck if you bring a slave with you. Heritage! Keep those blacks at the back of the line!

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
11:09 am

some teachers don’t care and want little becks or sharptons. i want Americans.

agreed and good. Now, would those be North Americans or South Americans or just plain Americans. :smile:

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
11:09 am

TaxPayer
August 18th, 2010
11:00 am

So you can be bought with an “A”?

I can be convinced that said teacher did not hold her obvious bias against the lone standout, the sole voice in the class against Beck’s bias, my daughter. To that, I say good for both of them.
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Did you go to college?

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:10 am

east point mob
wrong again. you’re not under my skin. not on food stamps. don’t receive unemployment. i do support the president and the office. i don’t like all of his decisions or policies, but i support him just as i did bush 2, clinton, and bush 1. sorry you are injured, seriously. hope you get back to your job/career soon.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
11:10 am

getalife

Probably not. It’s too much of a marketing brand.

But they do carry Imus.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 18th, 2010
11:10 am

Just the fact ALONE of The Goron getting one of the prizes delegitimizes the entire thing. They are basically worthless and meaningless.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:10 am

Tea party,

bring a slave? i thought that only happened in places like Africa today. Like in the Sudan, Ethiopia, Darfur? Also, in Haiti about 100,000 children are sold or given away by their parents. They are called rostavicks I believe is the term. What do all these countries have in common??? Mmmmh. Better go to Africa or the caribbean if you want to see real modern day slavery ma’am.

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
11:11 am

Thanks for the info. Now that fox donated a million to the rnc for “pro business party”, will they drop the “fair and balance” bs?

Clearly, Rupert is planning on giving the same amount to the dnc, in the interest of remaining fair and balanced. :roll:

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
11:11 am

I’m here,

YOU are (a “true” conservative)???

Okay…I’ll play…name ALL of those you voted for who have cut taxes and DECREASED spending. Not just one area of spending..but their “total” amount of spending while in government. Feel free to “show me the money”…!

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August 18th, 2010
11:12 am

lorelei
August 18th, 2010
11:01 am

beck’s a mormon, mormon’s are racist
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Using “mormon’s are racist” makes you a racists. Welcome to the real world!

The Thin Guy

August 18th, 2010
11:12 am

Once you look under Glenn Beck you find Cynthia Tucker. A more vile visceral hate mongering harridan is impossible to conceive. One of the many things I don’t like about libs is they are constantly forcing me to do things I don’t want to do. Like watch and listen to Glenn Beck. But I have to just to Post Office CT and her swarm of Mid Town Moonbats. Glenn has something Cynthia will never have, viewers.

Lorelei

August 18th, 2010
11:12 am

beck’s a mormon, mormon’s are racist, ergo beck’s a racist…In 1954, Mormon elder Mark E. Peterson discussed blacks and the priesthood in an address to a Convention of Teachers of Religion at the College Level at Brigham Young University. He said:

“The reason that one would lose his blessings by marrying a Negro is due to the restriction placed upon them. ‘No person having the least particle of Negro blood can hold the Priesthood’ (Brigham Young). It does not matter if they are one-sixth Negro or one-hundred and sixth, the curse of no Priesthood is the same. If an individual who is entitled to the Priesthood marries a Negro, the Lord has decreed that only spirits who are not eligible for the Priesthood will come to that marriage as children. To intermarry with a Negro is to forfeit a ‘Nation of Priesthood holders’….”

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes.

August 18th, 2010
11:13 am

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Union

August 18th, 2010
11:13 am

@ saul.. i forgot.. stern got an obama appointment.. the commission of fiscal responsibility.. good choice for a guy that ran a union.. i can see where he has a lot of experience..

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:13 am

When the playing field is level and black, blues, greys, and pinks get off the TIT of the FEDS and compete with whites, then we will be equal. The Government programs set up 40 years ago need to go. You got a hand-up, it’s not a lifestyle.

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When Tea Partiers will actually admit they’re racists, then maybe the blacks, pinks and blues CAN get off the Teat. But whitey is keeping them down for fear that they ARE competing and competing well. Obviously. How else did a half-black man win Presidency. That’s why whitey is scared. But of course when we deny those same black people decent education and housing, they get angry. They won’t it both ways. Don’t let them advance but don’t give them handouts either. We are the superior race and this country is for WHITES only!!!

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:13 am

WAR,

Glad you support Obama. How’s that change working for ya? Record unemployment 19 months into his administration, record shattering deficits, yowza! Change you can believe in! .

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:13 am

taxypayer
got me there! i like good ole Americans! canadiens, latin americans, south (south) americans are okay. but give me the old red white and blue!

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

Did you go to college?

Why yes but I’m too busy to offer tutelage.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

lorelie

Wow… going back 60 years for a policy that was done away with decades ago.

Great. Now we’re gonna get all the “Robert Byrd was KKK” and “Back during the Civil War, Democrats…”

Thanks a lot -

getalife

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

mob,

No, I am not using food stamps but can loan you some money but you have to pay back three times the loan.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

getalife
August 18th, 2010
11:06 am

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the info. Now that fox donated a million to the rnc for “pro business party”, will they drop the “fair and balance” bs?
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GE owner of NBC gave Obama millions. Pro Poor Party.

When in the history of the world has “Trickle Up-Poverty” worked?

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

Whites forever! Git yur pick-up truck and yur confedrat flags ready! Whur gonna move them trailer parks over into the ghettos and take over! Yeehaw!!

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:16 am

east point mob
supporting obama is no different than supporting bush with record deficits, two wars, loss of jobs. i give bush credit for turning a point in his presidency the second term when he went less from his gut and more from his heart, especially when he didn’t listen to cheney as much. hope and change has existed in America long before it became a slogan. it’s working fine for me. i want it to work well for other Americans.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
11:17 am

lorelie

Oh, and don’t forget Catholics. They think the earth is the center of the Universe.

Or Hindus. They think cows are sacred and that bug is their grandpa.

Or Moslems. They like to stone people and cut of girls’ noses.

See what you opened?

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
11:17 am

Tea Party
August 18th, 2010
11:08 am

Hey Jose! Where are you? I reserved a front row seat just for you at my rally. And you’ll get tickets to Glenn Beck if you bring a slave with you. Heritage! Keep those blacks at the back of the line!
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Slavery in 2010! Imagine the possibilities!

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:18 am

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am
“Whites forever! Git yur pick-up truck and yur confedrat flags ready! Whur gonna move them trailer parks over into the ghettos and take over! Yeehaw!!”

Tea Party,

Oooh. That wouldn’t be racist now would it? Your true colors show at last. Turns out you’re every bit the racist and bigot that you deplore. Oh the irony of it all!

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:19 am

tea party
you are making real tea party advocates look and sound bad. please stop before someone takes you seriously.

Tantor

August 18th, 2010
11:19 am

Cynthia,

For somebody against demagoguery, you certainly do quite a bit of it yourself. We conservatives certainly get a good chuckle from liberals so blind with self-righteousness that they commit the very crime they denounce. You are perfecting the self-rebutting argument. Congrats!

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:20 am

im here… help
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

getalife

August 18th, 2010
11:20 am

Paul,

I guess msnbc will have to counter with a million for the dems. Imus is a grumpy old man with a big heart for kids with cancer. When they fail on other networks, there is always fox to bailout them out.

B. Morris

August 18th, 2010
11:20 am

Politifact? Only the intellectually lame would believe that anything, ANYTHING, penned by the human hand does not carry with it, some degree of bias. The truth will set you free. The problem with most americans is they’re too lazy to find it themselves. They would rather have someone else find it for them.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
11:21 am

Make that bail them out.

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:22 am

im here… help
please do it! please! bring a slave. as a matter of fact bring a whole bunch of them. then you would get to see what nat turner is allllllllllllll about!

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
11:22 am

Saul Good

Do the research work yourself and stop thinking I owe you something. Include the same info on your Democrats. BTW, you do know who spends the money? If not, learn.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like the Pulitzer and Nobel award.

August 18th, 2010
11:22 am

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Holder threatens to sue Sheriff Joe; Feds Move In…

Paul

August 18th, 2010
11:22 am

getalife

LOL!

Glad he got that issue with the IRS resolved over his ranch and the kids with cancer. Anyone who goes after him because of the number of kids who benefit… heck, our gov’t gives gazillions in tax credits and shelters and payoffs to a few people all the time.

StJ

August 18th, 2010
11:23 am

In other news…an Obama supporter believes that the right to abortions extends to after the birth of the children.

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:25 am

Sorry WAR. These are my true colors. Tea Partiers are ALL white and we know ALL blacks are on the welfare. There isn’t a single white person who is though. Not even those trailer park families who don’t know how to use birth control and have 5 kids.

Union

August 18th, 2010
11:25 am

would you invest your families retirement into this company?

2007 – lost 4.9 million
2008 – lost 5.5 million
2010 – lost 6.9 million (to date)

40 plus million in the hole.. currently 90% behind on expected production..

however.. our president.. mr. obama, praised it for “pointing the country toward a brighter economic future,”

maybe this is why we are going backwards instead of forward..

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
11:25 am

I’m here,

Thanks for playing! Your answer at 11:22am showed that you in fact have not ONE NAME of ONE PERSON whom “YOU” ever voted for that cut taxes and decreased spending across the board. What “research” can I possibly do on “you” since it was YOU who said you were a “true conservative”…

My statement stands: I’ve yet to meet a “true conservative”….

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:25 am

WAR,

In the little world in which I live in actions speak louder than words. Of course that’s only if you belive in facts and not mindless hyperbole. I’ve always found Cheney to be a rational, thoughtful person when you actually listen to the man give an interview. Totally different from the way the media portrays the man. But I’ll say one thing about Cheney and the difference between him and Obama and it says everything that needs to be know between the 3 men.

In publicly released tax returns Cheney gives away 20% of his income to charity. Just a fact which is well known about Cheney if you care to check his charitable giving. Over the years he has literally given away millions of dollars. Obama and Biden? Shameful. obama gave away something like $1,000 or $2,0000 the year before his presidential run. Biden? Roughly the same amount although I admit that I don’t know the specific numbers for both men it was 1% or less and was a couple thousand dollars or less. Shameful. But you know what? It tells me everything I need to know about the character of the 3 men. All 3 are millionaires of course. And while Obama is only a recent millionaire his pitiful giving to the weakest in society is nothing short of shameful. Look at the facts. Put all the hyperbole aside regarding the 3 men and take a look at their giving. It tells you all you need to know about who really has compassion for the poor.