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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Reggie

August 18th, 2010
11:26 am

sorry- already breaking my rules.

Saul- too easy. I vote for those who are fiscally responsible- one cannot personally vote on gov’t spending and tax policy last I checked. I voted Clinton in his second term. Bet- I can guarantee you and willing to put 20k in certified funds if you will that I have paid more in taxes and donated more, even non church, than you. Are you, my smart arse little friend, ready to play?

Mike K

August 18th, 2010
11:26 am

I don’t think that many people beside Cynthia Tucker consider August 28th to be an important day. I would certainly not have made the connection she claims Beck intended.

However, it’s interesting to me that Cynthia can’t see her blindness on the parallels of this “issue” (it’s really only an issue to her) and the Ground Zero mosque. Nobody’s arguing that Muslims don’ thave a right to build the Ground Zero mosque; people have simply stated that it’s offensive to build it near Ground Zero and that if interfaith harmony is the true goal then it should be built elsewhere. Isn’t that exactly what Cynthia’s saying here about Glen Beck.

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

August 18th, 2010
11:27 am

WAR

Did you not get the memo? Slavery was abolished. Your safe!

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:27 am

well ladies and gentlemen it has been fun indeed. and remember kiddies: you win the WAR even if you are the only one left.

Hobby

August 18th, 2010
11:27 am

Just another race baiting article by CT to evoke as many responses as possible to justify her continued (equal opportunity) employment. What a looser.

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:27 am

im here… help
my springfield and k-bar keep me safe ;)

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

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

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

GE owner of NBC gave Obama millions

That is a lie. The same lie posted yesterday, easily debunked from opensecrets.com. AND YOU ARE A LIAR

same old same old

Ben The Independent

August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

The comment about John Lewis is a shallow subjective argument. Why not provide a specific quote of a Beck statement and then explain why it is a lie. Your report generalizes and provides no specifics.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

Paul,

Don’t get me started on the IRS.

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

IM GLAD THAT THE SOUTH LOST THE CIVIL WAR,WE NEED TO BRING SHERMAN BACK ALIVE SO THAT HE CAN BURN DOWN,CANTON,FORSYTH.CO,MARIETTA,CONYERS,DOUGLAS.CO AND ALL OF RURAL GA!

P.S. IM A SOUTHERN YANKEE,AND PISS ON JEFF DAVIS AND ROBERT E.LEE!

Lorelei

August 18th, 2010
11:29 am

beck’s a mormon, mormon’s are racist, ergo beck’s a racist….

Racism Is At The Very Heart Of The Book Of Mormon……

lma 3: 6 “And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.”

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

August 18th, 2010
11:29 am

Tea Party

The “N” word applies to ALL races.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 18th, 2010
11:30 am

The only thing good about Lorilei was the guitar solo. Otherwise it was just another Dennis D Young piece of garbage.

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

August 18th, 2010
11:30 am

Saul Good

I work for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! Not your sorry ass!

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:31 am

tea party @11:25
i was suppose to leave and got tempted to read one last post and it was yours. that was over the top and little funny. just a little…

Mike K

August 18th, 2010
11:31 am

Cynthia says:
“Still, Beck has every right to his rally. Why? He is protected by the very same Bill of Rights he would deny to others.”

Exactly how does Beck (a libertarian) want to deny people the protections of the Bill of Rights? Unlike Cynthia Tucker, he actually believes in all of the first 10 amendments (including the 2nd, 9th, and 10th amendments).

Fireman Jerry

August 18th, 2010
11:31 am

People like you make me sick. As an American and as a Black man, I am sick of the monolithic us-versus-them culture of paranoia and racism that I see coming from our side. I work, pay my bills, don’t like high taxes, believe in honor, don’t want the government to make me buy anything, don’t want my guns taken away, don’t want a large portion of my check taken from me to be given to people who won’t work or can’t because of poor choices they’ve made, and I don’t want to be grouped into special constituency. I am an American first. Get over your own hate and prejudices. You don’t listen or watch Glenn Beck or you would know how full of crap you are. You are just another hater selling lies to other people who are inclined to think themselves enlightened yet are just uninformed haters sold the lies they love so much. Just shut up and sit down. You are very stupid and deceiving.

killerj

August 18th, 2010
11:31 am

It must be voting time! vote,vote,vote! Weeeeee doggy!

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:32 am

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.”

Here is a social fact verified by a number of sources and well documented. Nearly 70% or 2 out of every 3 children of a particular ethnic group in this country are born to women out of wedlock. Which group is it? Black women or white women? Inquiring minds want to know!

Fireman Jerry

August 18th, 2010
11:33 am

@Lorelei

You’re a hater. Jesus loves you, baby girl.

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:33 am

im here… help
i forgot my marine wife helps keep me safe along with my springfield and k-bar. thanks marines!

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

August 18th, 2010
11:33 am

granny godzilla
August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

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

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

GE owner of NBC gave Obama millions

That is a lie. The same lie posted yesterday, easily debunked from opensecrets.com. AND YOU ARE A LIAR

same old same old
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MNGL, GE is a conglomerate. Did your little research, research all their holdings? NOPE!

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
11:33 am

I’m out. Tea party get back to me when you can find out the answer to my question. Sometimes the truth just hurts don’t it?

Union

August 18th, 2010
11:34 am

granny.. thank you for debunking that myth.. yet again! sheesh… we all know obama gets his money from unions taken off the backs of poor working people.

DScott

August 18th, 2010
11:34 am

Lies…. hmmm i have sat in front of the tube and watched his show and written down the subject matter and the statements and I must say he speaks the truth, especially when he plays video of folks in their own words…. CT research what he says and try doing some real unbiased reporting… I know you are a progressive but I have been reading about them too and they are definitely not in the King model.

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

August 18th, 2010
11:35 am

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB
August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

IM GLAD THAT THE SOUTH LOST THE CIVIL WAR,WE NEED TO BRING SHERMAN BACK ALIVE SO THAT HE CAN BURN DOWN,CANTON,FORSYTH.CO,MARIETTA,CONYERS,DOUGLAS.CO AND ALL OF RURAL GA!

P.S. IM A SOUTHERN YANKEE,AND PISS ON JEFF DAVIS AND ROBERT E.LEE!
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Well you piss to much. See a doctor. Are you sure the South lost. After 160 years, the South seems to control national elections.

Wingnuts obviously don't know what "Op-Ed" reporting is

August 18th, 2010
11:37 am

and try doing some real unbiased reporting

WAR

August 18th, 2010
11:37 am

im here… help
the south doesn’t win elections. it’s ohio and florida. (florida is considered an eastern state and not southern).

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:37 am

WAR…glad to have entertained. This stuff just gets so serious, doesn’t it? wink.

worthington

August 18th, 2010
11:37 am

I agree with Lorelei, the Book of Mormon is racist, beck has a deep-seated hatred for black people due to his religious upbringing.

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

August 18th, 2010
11:38 am

MNGL, GE is a conglomerate. Did your little research, research all their holdings? NOPE!

Show your work!

Tea Party

August 18th, 2010
11:38 am

I’m still waiting for someone to bring their very own slave to my next rally…oops, I mean party!!

Brad

August 18th, 2010
11:39 am

“As a white woman, Glenn Beck brings SHAME to our entire race! What an ignoramus! When is someone going to drop a house on HIM????!!!!”
What does being a white woman have to do with anything, unless you ar4e racist? What has Beck done to bring shame on anyone? The only thing he does is make statements of fact and provide proof to back up the statements. I notice that nobody here is attempting to disprove ANYTHING he has said – why? Maybe because you can’t.

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

August 18th, 2010
11:39 am

WAR

Did you fail or just not show up for Geography class?

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
11:39 am

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

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

Sorry, I don’t deal with lazy students. I proved you wrong fair and square.

If you can prove me wrong do so.

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 18th, 2010
11:40 am

Fireman Jerry, you’re not really a fireman, are you? how long you been buying your guns and watching Glenn Beck with MY tax dollars? I hope you’re not one of those Fair Tax/Consumption Tax types. I have never “used” the fire department (I have a Firemanship Merit Badge from my days as a Boy Scout, so I can protect my home myself, thank you). Why don’t you go out there and kill your dinner like I do in the private sector?

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

August 18th, 2010
11:40 am

worthington
August 18th, 2010
11:37 am

I agree with Lorelei, the Book of Mormon is racist, beck has a deep-seated hatred for black people due to his religious upbringing.
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So do you, so what’s your point?

Book of Mormon

August 18th, 2010
11:41 am

Damn skippy we’re racists. Think about this. Why don’t blue birds and red birds not mate? Because races are not supposed to mingle! Even the birds know that! Brigham Young might have been responsible for the killings of thousands but at least he has kept our race pure!!! Which is more than I can say for the Democrats! Just look at our President! It’s embarrassing!!! He is HALF-black!!! What kind of message does that send to our kids in this country???!!!! We must preserve!

At the Switch

August 18th, 2010
11:41 am

I have great enjoyment watching and listening to the left go on and on about Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and the Tea Party, about how they are bias, liars, racists, fear mongers and so forth. They really have you scared because you can’t leave them alone. I don’t see people on the right bashing, Joe the pendaho or Rachelle aka Ricky, Maddox or the joke of all jokes Herr Olberman. Oops I forgot that Matthews guy. Instead of facing the facts that they have elected the WORST person to ever inhabit the White House. Yes the first black president will go down in history as not having a clue what should be done and definitely does not have the ability or intelligence to bring us the change he talked about. He comments that the right drove us into a ditch. He leaves out the fact that he is at that ditch covering it up.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
11:42 am

Oh and

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

Make it snappy, I have baby shower favors to wrap and tie and
cherry tomatoes to stuff.

I’m not waiting around for you all damn day!

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

August 18th, 2010
11:43 am

granny godzilla
August 18th, 2010
11:39 am

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

August 18th, 2010
11:15 am

Sorry, I don’t deal with lazy students. I proved you wrong fair and square.

If you can prove me wrong do so.
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LOL :) Cause you said so. Is that all you got. Girl you are delusional. Try heating the kook-aid.

Rita

August 18th, 2010
11:43 am

I’m here from the government and I’m here to help @11:15 AM “GE owner of NBC gave Obama millions. Pro Poor Party.”

GE gave Obama millions in what? Campaign funds? Prove it.

Another Tourette’s poster, just letting the words fly cause it feels good to say what his Fox News masters put in his brain.

JK Texan

August 18th, 2010
11:43 am

This is an odious commentary. How much did George Soros pay Cynthia to write this?

worthington

August 18th, 2010
11:43 am

my point, beck’s a race-baiter….

God

August 18th, 2010
11:44 am

@I’m here from the government.
I’m deeply disappointed in you. When you reach my pearly gates, St. Peter will have a loooong discussion with you on the merits of entering my heaven. I.E., what did you do to help others except deny food and shelter to the poor because they were black.

Lorelei

August 18th, 2010
11:45 am

beck’s a mormon, mormon’s are racist, ergo beck’s a racist….

Brigham Young:

“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race-that they should be the “servant of servants;” and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree. How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof. Until the last ones of the residue of Adam’s children are brought up to that favourable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood. They were the first that were cursed, and they will be the last from whom the curse will be removed. When the residue of the family of Adam come up and receive their blessings, then the curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will receive blessings in like proportion.”

kevinbgoode

August 18th, 2010
11:45 am

Jacobite47 sez: “Last night watching mainstream news I learned that I was a bigoted racist because I like the vast majority of Americans do not want the mosque built in that particular location. No one denies their right to build a mosque, or worship as they please it’s the offensive location that is the issue.”

Yes – but con-artist con-servatives have yet to explain how much distance is acceptable for the Muslim facility. Is it THREE blocks? FOUR? A mile? If two blocks away has been declared “sacred ground,” then shouldn’t the adult book shops and other tacky businesses be forced to removed in order to properly “sanctify” the proper perimeter of hallowed ground con-servatives claim exists well beyond the former location of the World Trade Center?

And there is a difference here – why, Beck isn’t holding his rally TWO BLOCKS away from the Lincoln Memorial. . .why, he’s a’gonna be right there on “sacred” ground. Shouldn’t he be “asked” to remove it at least two blocks away to be fair?

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

August 18th, 2010
11:45 am

MNGL,

Called your bluff. Pull your pants up. That thang is ugly!

DK

August 18th, 2010
11:46 am

Granny Godzilla- I would love to prove you wrong but opensecrets.com is a grant writing website….where again should I go? LOL

Call it like it is: your a racist when you write tripe like this

August 18th, 2010
11:46 am

Yes the first black president will go down in history as not having a clue what should be done and definitely does not have the ability or intelligence to bring us the change he talked about

You write that only because he’s black.