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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Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:48 am

Okay..some of the ignorance and insensitivity is making it obvious why you like Glenn Beck. We all remember slavery. Half of us lived civil rights first-hand. I imagine commoncents’ and Jose’s parents were probably the very ones “hosing” black people for just wanting a drink of water at the “white” fountain. And now they brainwashed their kids with the same hatred and rhetoric. Forgive them people. They can’t help their ignorance or their parents’ ignorance.

lynn ehrlicher

August 18th, 2010
8:48 am

In the AJC vent section months ago, a man wrote: “I’m a US Marine. I may not agree with you, I might hate what you say. But I will fight to the death for your right to say it.” That vent has really inspired me. I agree with Cynthia. I do not like Glen Beck. I hate what he does and what he says. But I will fight until the day I die for his right to say it.

Jeremiah Plaskett

August 18th, 2010
8:49 am

Cynthia, you are absolute IDIOT!!!! Social Justice? Do you not understand that the costs of “Social Justice” are the very individual rights and freedoms that our Founding Fathers fought their entire lives for? Have you ever even read the Constitution, or the Federalist Papers to understand Madison, Hamilton, and John Jay, or Jefferson, do you even have any clue what these gentlemen were trying to build? What they were not trying to build is “Fascist Social” Shangra-La, a Utopia that you and so many other IDIOTS actually believe is due to you and your fellow looters and moochers, where even the laziest and most worthless of individual have no cares in the world, because there will always be a protective layer of security being provided by the capable, intelligent and hardworking! Cynthia, it is too obvious that you may actually be incapable of Linear thought, and you obviously fail to see the bigger picture. You would like this to all be about race, because that is the card you know best, but sorry to disappoint you, it is not. Study the fall of Rome, or any other great civilization, and you will learn that the failure of all of the great civilizations of our time came about when Government got too big for their britches and made it a priority for “Social Justice” The perfect Roman example is when they tried to put less and less real gold in their currency, to get it in the hands of more of their people….The resulting loss in value in their currency helped directly contribute to the downfall of their empire. Sound familiar? Cynthia, you are unsophisticated, unintelligent, and lastly obviously a lazy moocher if you really believe in and support “Social Justice”… People like you IS EVERYTHING that is wrong with America!!! You are more than likely a product of Government schools, at least that is what I would gather from your lack of intelligence!

THE SQUIRREL

August 18th, 2010
8:49 am

Where’s Kamy?

Unreal

August 18th, 2010
8:49 am

Dumb Followers – at least your name is fitting for you. The white people hosing blacks in the 60’s were wrong. Not many people will deny that. The problem is that since that time the black “leaders” have been terrible for blacks and America. You now have a class of people that vote over 90% for democrats because they are told to by their leaders. If they cared about freedom at all they would see that Democrats are not the answer for that at all. Do I have the freedom to choose my healthcare options now? No.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
8:50 am

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:45 am
Jose…tell me one TRUTH for that matter. Drop the other shoe and go away will ya? Same ole Republican rhetoric. yawn.

Ok, little boy, how about all the information about the Green Czar ( forgot the idiots name) that led to him leaving? Now, typical libtard you make a statement, Beck lies, and then tell us to prove he does not. Like I said little boy, list one, I did.

Liberal Laughter

August 18th, 2010
8:50 am

How to Spell Ignorant – Cynthia Tucker!!!!!!!!!!

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:50 am

Well PeaDawg and Jose…if it was good enough for Bush to bring Ramadan celebrations to the White House on HIS watch, it’s good enough for Obama. Pot meet kettle.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
8:51 am

kayaker 71

Osama Bin Laden is a vile criminal.

Blago is a crook.

David Vitter is a diaper wearing john.

and let me amaze you again….Glenn Beck is a disgusting pig.

yes, tolerance has it’s limits

but that does not mean we can’y have fun with Glen

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:51 am

Libtard. See? There it is. Ask him to back Beck’s lies with truth and all he can do is call me a name. yawn.

seems

August 18th, 2010
8:51 am

Are you jealous because Beck’s race baiting lands him on prime time TV and earns him millions while yours lands you a couple pages into an online newspaper blog?

Liberal Laughter

August 18th, 2010
8:51 am

Many of you will learn, with Cynthia that you need to refuse to go into a battle of wits with an unarmed person!

Jose

August 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:48 am
Okay..some of the ignorance and insensitivity is making it obvious why you like Glenn Beck. We all remember slavery. Half of us lived civil rights first-hand. I imagine commoncents’ and Jose’s parents were probably the very ones “hosing” black people for just wanting a drink of water at the “white” fountain. And now they brainwashed their kids with the same hatred and rhetoric. Forgive them people. They can’t help their ignorance or their parents’ ignorance.

ATTENTION, ATTENTION BLOGGERS, WE HAVE A RACIST ON LINE BY THE NAME OF DUMB FOLLOWERS. TREAD LIGHTLY WITH HIM BECAUSE RACISTS ARE IGNOARANT AND CAN NOT DEBATE FACTS. THEY ONLY SEE COLORS.

Kamchak

August 18th, 2010
8:52 am

If the people who can not understand rational arguments of say, Thomas Sowell or Jonah Goldberg…

There’s your sign.

Hey Dumb Follower

August 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Dumb Followers

Why do you left wing loons always resort to desires of physical violence? Do you really hope a house falls on Beck and kills him. Wow. I guess the days of bleeding heart tolerance is over for you libs.

JohnnyReb

August 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Glenn Beck is not the devil portrayed by Ms Tucker. Instead, every Left wing politican and pundent in America is afraid of him. Why? Becuase he is exposing them, their agenda, and Obama for what they truly are.

Cookies

August 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Another Race related article? Is that all you can write about CT? Yes, white republicans are the devil!

Keep up the good fight!

August 18th, 2010
8:53 am

Does Milton Man ever read the opinion piece or just post what he can shovel from the horse farms there? While Ms. Tucker may not agree with the Beck message but she supports his right to make such a speech on that date in that spot. Ms. Tucker is consistent with her position. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, even if you dont like the message or the speaker.

“Yet you don’t think the Muslim’s picking a spot 2 blocks from Ground Zero isn’t provocative? Just sayin….” Of course Peabrain chimes in with more nonsense and illogic that shows he’s standing at the airport but no idea how to catch a plane. “The Muslims” did not pick that spot to be provocative, they have been in that immediate area for years, well before 9/11. But perhaps you don’t really know the history and culture of New York. Of course, if the righties are consistent, then if it is “inappropriate” for Muslims to build a recreation center 4 blocks from ground zero in a 11 story or so building that used to be a Burlington Coat Factory, then should it not be inappropriate for Beck to make his speech on this day at the Lincoln Memorial…oh that is right, be afraid of burkhas but not hoods.

Here come the Beckophiles! Wonder today if they are demanding following the Constitution or throwing it out the window.

Hey Dumb Follower

August 18th, 2010
8:53 am

Kamchak

I read in another post that you wrote Thomas Sowell was an Uncle Tom. What gives you the right to say that?

realtalk

August 18th, 2010
8:53 am

To Cynthia and all of the Drones on here,
Name one Lie that Glen Beck has said or claimed? Please take your time….Now, Name as many of the POTUS lies. All you Brain dead libs need to wake up and see what is happening to our country. We are all Americans. Our Governemnt is out of control.Wait til Novemeber. Ms. Tucker, You are the Lame Stream Media. Anyone else Tired of this economy?This should have been fixed already.
Oh, And Beck is for Freedom. A True Freedom Fighter… What has Obama ever been Good ator stood up for anything?Ms Tucker and her friends want to control us from Birth to Death. Get informed people and speak up! Do Not Thread on ME!God bless US all and have a good wenesday.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 18th, 2010
8:53 am

Maybe regular folks have a dream also. Is that so hard to comprehend ? We want the country put back on the right path. We are sick of what this congress is attempting to do to this wonderful country. November is coming, prepare for the house cleaning.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:53 am

Unreal…just sayin. It’s kind of oxymoron to say Obama and Ms Tucker would denie freedoms in this country. Know what I mean. And whatever on the name calling. That’s what Republicans do best. What other argument are they going to have? Bring it.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 18th, 2010
8:53 am

I think Becks comparison was with regard to Pelosi and Lewis and a few other libtards walking arm in arm thru a Tea Party event. As I recall, Beck was comparing the pix of MLK walking arm n arm to the pix he had of the Tweedle-Pelosi and Tweedle-Lewis. MLK solemn and somber while Pelosi and Lewis & Co laughing, brew ha ha in it up.

At any rate, Lewis is pretty much a has been riding MLK’s coat-tails all the way to DC and pandering a living for himself. His constituents he couldnt much care about but like ATL govt and these same citizens keep electing him.

Ka-Sara..

commoncents

August 18th, 2010
8:54 am

Dumb Follower,
Actually, my parents were out proudly serving our country.

it's a shame

August 18th, 2010
8:55 am

It is not so much that Cynthia Tucker writes everything aimed at getting “whitey” as much as it is a shame that an editor reads this garbage and decides to print it! CT you are a amoral bigot, one who writes articles with the desire to encite and inflame passions of racism. All thses articles are based on a slanted opinion instead of anything pertaining to factual data. You are a sham, one who does disservice to African Americans and anything pertaining to a country moving in a positive direction regarding race relations. Please, next time you think of writing an article come up with some TRUTH and not just regurgitate what you read somewhere else.

kayaker 71

August 18th, 2010
8:55 am

Wow, the just below the surface intolerance and racial hatred is poking it’s ugly head through the astro turf, is it not? Looks like there are still a few out there that believe that the civil rights struggle is far from over. And Bozo was supposed to quell this divisive dialogue and brings us to a new level of understanding. What do you think, Granny? Is this one your hero’s recent accomplishments? Looks like we have a ways to go, does it not?

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:56 am

Funny that you said WE are the violent ones. We arent’ the ones who invaded a country and killed our sons over Weapons of Mass Destruction that didn’t exist in the first place. But ole’ Cowboy George had to one-up-em and go in with his big guns.

infoman

August 18th, 2010
8:56 am

Cynthia — you are clueless about Beck.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
8:56 am

commoncents

August 18th, 2010
8:54 am
Dumb Follower,
Actually, my parents were out proudly serving our COUNTRY.

dumb followers parents were busy raising a racist. Now look at him, a proud follower of reverend wright, farrakan, and a member of the new black panther party. What a guy!

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:57 am

Commoncents…so was one of my family members with THREE Viet Nam tours….god rest his soul.

Unreal

August 18th, 2010
8:57 am

I have quickly noticed that Dumb Follower cannot debate on facts like a rational person. Instead Dumb Follower chooses to use ad hominem attacks. How many times do we have to ask you to back up your claims that Beck is a liar? I have read at least 4 on here. You ask Jose to back up a truth and Jose does just that. He showed you that Beck was correct about Van Jones.

So either back up your assertions and debate with facts or get off this blog.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:57 am

Jose…there’s that Glenn Beck coming out in you. Just because you say it’s so doesn’t mean it’s so. yawn.

John Franklin

August 18th, 2010
8:57 am

Beck is one of the few investigative journalists out there today. Funny how you libbies always have to villianize anyone you disagree with, while blindly agreeing with those on your side of the aisle.

For evidence of the so-called death panels, look at what statist FDA is trying to do this week with a breast cancer drug. Since they dont want to have to pay for it, they are trying to get the FDA to ban it, so NO ONE can use it, even those who would pay for it themselves, out of their own pocket.

Your Socialism is simple, it’s shared misery for all. But, you just call it hope n change.

Bawney Fwank

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am

Another excellent example of fat Cindy’s psychological projection!

Hey Dumb Follower

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am

Dumb Followers

Van Jones, Rev Wright, and Bill Ayers….Can we add your name to the list?

Marc from Dudley HS

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am

“What’s right”…are our “rights”; it’s funny people think the founding fathers (and their respective mothers, i say) would have had difficulty dealing with “today’s” issues…as if today’s leaders?….could write the Bill of Rights>..with the likes of Glenn Beck (or Al Sharpton) in the mix.

Peadawg

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am

Well hello there Mr. Tolerant KUTGF, my faithful wittle weg humper.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am

Joe

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am

King probably would have stood with Beck at this rally because he believed in America as a symbol of freedom that the world should admire. Today democraps look at America and think we are the problem. They believe we are the reason that there are conflicts throughout the world. This is the type of lunacy that Beck exploits. And should for that matter. I guarantee you Tucker if you and Beck filled out a questionnaire on today’s hot button issues that the overwhelming majority would side with him. That’s just how loony you and your ilk are Tucker….

buck@gon

August 18th, 2010
8:59 am

Glenn Beck has a right to his rally. Ho-hum.

The Obamunist had a right to say what he did about the ground zero mosque. Ho-hum. So far, this is not a riveting blog of the kind that we haven’t seen around the AJC for many moons. Stating the obvious is fine, Cynthia, but it won’t win you more awards, pullitzers or whatever else your Washington/New York buddies think you deserve. (or maybe it will)

What’s interesting here is that Tucker is saying all day about how tolerant her fellow countrymen and the GOP should be. When it comes to material she doesn’t like that tolerance has its limits, as we see.

How will Obamunism’s freedom to say what he said be rewarded? It won’t. He waded stupidly (like the Cambridge police episode) into the wrong side of the controversy, saying what he wanted to say in order to seem mature, statesmenlike, high-minded, principled and exalted. Of course, he is adolescent, immature, mealy-mouthed, narcissistic and loony. His exercise of freedom will come to bite him and his party in the you-know-where because as we are learning, Obama is entirely out of touch with Americans. Even union leaders who support the mosque, won’t be able to threaten or brow-beat enough of their rank and file to get the thing built–Obama’s false piety and “leadership” notwithstanding.

Now to Beck: his effort remains to be seen. Like the tea party, his event is non-republican per se, and it is strictly run by private interests (Beck) with little public effect. Beck has lots to gain but he has little to lose. Unlike Beck, I’ll bet that Obama can’t gain anyting, win anything or be on the right side of a political issue for the next two years.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:59 am

I don’t HAVE to back my assertions. All he has to do is open his mouth. Besides, you’re the one on offense as you sit and dribble over your keyboard trying to prove your point. I guess I have you where I want you. :-)

Can this Baked Potato get more fans than Glenn Beck

August 18th, 2010
8:59 am

Go ahead, let him have the Lincoln Memorial on the same day as Dr. King’s speech. What a great campaign commerical for the Democats.

” See these people, they want to take you back to the 1860’s. Please vote to get rid of them once and for all” .

Keep up the good fight!

August 18th, 2010
9:00 am

Kayaker as usual demonstrates his racial ignorance. Yes, the American people have a long way to go in tolerance but its a journey they started years ago and they continue to make. Unfortuately, the ugliness continues from those who can’t keep up and want to remain in the past. As has been said by the President and others, the dialogue has needs to happen and to continue. Race and intolerance issues did not begin nor end with the election of a black President.

Kamchak

August 18th, 2010
9:00 am

Kamchak

I read in another post that you wrote Thomas Sowell was an Uncle Tom. What gives you the right to say that?

If you did indeed read that under the nom-de-blog Kamchak, then it was you, Commie/LA/Who Dat/Govt. boy that wrote it.

However, I suspect that you are prevaricating now.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:01 am

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
8:57 am
Jose…there’s that Glenn Beck coming out in you. Just because you say it’s so doesn’t mean it’s so. yawn.

There you go again racist, I give you the chance to issue facts and instead you issue childish remarks. You truly are an ignorant racist and you are full of hate. You couldn’t debate which direction the sun comes up everyday if I spotted you the east. Your argument would be I am a racist for not seeing your argument that it comes up in the north. You bring a knife to a gun fight and you get hurt everytime.

Unreal

August 18th, 2010
9:01 am

Dumb Follower – I already told you that with Obama’s healthcare scam we no longer have the freedom to not get health insurance if so choose. We have to pay for things that we do not need nor want. Those are freedoms that are being taken away by Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. Those are the facts.

By the way it is spelled deny not denie.

JustinJ

August 18th, 2010
9:02 am

What is it with all the nasty comments and vitriol from people on this page constantly being insulting and offensive towards Cynthia and others? Cynthia writes in a reasonable manner and isn’t being nasty yet the response from so many of you is just childish and immature. If you don’t like what she writes about then quit reading it. You already have your writers and speakers you like. That, or just grow up for once.

Had enough yet?

August 18th, 2010
9:02 am

The headline SHOULD read:

The nauseating Cynthia Tucker has every right to her opinion.

Dare You

August 18th, 2010
9:02 am

Grumpy, Please spend some time studying why the mosque was named the Cordoba Initiative. They are sending the message that what happened in Cordoba will happen here.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:02 am

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
8:58 am
Imagine an entire spreadsheet full of lies – by date! Oh what a wondrous thing is the intertubes…..much better than chalk!

Why don’t you list one granny or are you to simple minded like dummy followers? Put up or shut up woman!