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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The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

August 27th, 2010
6:54 am

The Beckistanis are an updated version of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. Let’s face it, the only reason they are going to DC is because they think a Kenyan is living in the White House.

Donna Fernandez

August 27th, 2010
7:35 am

“Beck is…amoral”? “…lowest passions of his audience”? “…has chosen to schedule his rally at the Lincoln Memorial for August 28″? “…a crowd, who then believe they should be able to impose their views on others”? “…the US Constitution protects the rights of minorities from the inflamed passions of a mob”? “but I don’t believe King would have tried to deny him his rally on Aug. 28″? CYNTHIA TUCKER’S vitriol has blinded her to reality. WE DON’T LIKE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO OUR COUNTRY! And, we certainly don’t like NEWS MEDIA expressing OPINION and not news. How dare ANYONE make such declarative statements about another’s motives! You, Cynthia Tucker (among others who have shamed the media industry) need to report the FACTS and not your personal anger management issues. But, hey, thanks for all of the extra hype for this event. May it be even bigger than expected and far bigger than your vomitous mouth.

Afraid1

August 27th, 2010
8:09 am

Just reading these posts makes me so fearful for my children. I am amazed that we have gotten to the point where we seem to be such hateful people ! Anyone with half a brain knows that Glenn Beck’s choice of this date was clearly intentional. Glen Beck’s message is poison for all.

Jim

August 27th, 2010
8:36 am

This article conveniently leaves out Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr. as a key note speaker. She may be the most important speaker of the event. Both the NAACP and Al Sharpton are being manipulative by not bringing this point up as well as Media Matters, Huffington Post, AlterNet, CBS News, Washington City Paper and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Again we get the story the main media wants us to hear. Why can’t we ever get the whole story rather than their version of the story. Stop spinning and just report!!!

keef

August 27th, 2010
8:48 am

Reverand King is NOT a doctor and it is slap in the face of those who EARNED their PhD. His dissertation had MASSIVE PLAGIARISM issues which was found by grad students and researchers in the 1980’s… Boston University embarrassingly spun it by paraphrasing: King just did not cite his references thus some content “looks like he utilized it as his own….B.S. ANY other grad student who did that would be summarily dismissed with NO way to re-enroll….

Roger Johnson

August 27th, 2010
10:03 am

You liberals are just squirming with frustration aren’t you? Guess what, It’s all of you own making and you don’t even know it. Glenn Beck isn’t the only one who sees right through you.

Harvey

August 27th, 2010
10:05 am

What I understand is MLK was all about the content of character, not social justice. He wanted to be judged and held accountable on his actions and not make excuses. MLK was a great man, funny how you didn’t mention his niece will be in attendance supporting the rally. You have predicted a lot of what will happen, if it doesn’t I hope you will recant your words and say sorry to Mr. Beck.

Brandon

August 27th, 2010
10:39 am

Glenn Beck For President!!

Football Bat

August 27th, 2010
11:07 am

CT and AJC are a disgrace. Anyone who has actually studied Beck knows he stands for equal opportunities for all, not equal outcomes. Dispel the myths and omissions in our history and restore honor and the ground rules – the Constitution. Promote Honor, Charity, Hope, Love, Faith.

Now really, who’s the demagogues here? It’s the liars at the AJC, Huff Post, Media Matters and the other “Mainstream.” Cursing leaders of an enlightenment will be your undoing.

David

August 27th, 2010
11:19 am

Yay Cynthia! Thanks for an unbiased media view! You’re awesome!

Interested observer

August 27th, 2010
11:32 am

It’s amazing the blatant assumptions this “journalist” makes about this event. Guess what? People who think for themselves (yourself inlcuded) have a right to speak their minds in a peaceful manner. It’s sad you have to throw out accusations and names to get your weak point across. Maybe you should watch Mr. Beck once in a while……

Jeff H

August 27th, 2010
11:44 am

To those who are against this rally by Glenn Beck. The last time I checked, it is called the Lincoln Memorial, a National Monument. Not the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, This event is intended to educate people about the struggles of the Equal Rights Movement. About people that assisted and or played large parts in these struggles. Maybe Glenn Beck will present a different view than you might have. I guess what your view is the only view that matters. Are you a racist against people who have something to say that may differ from your view? If he was giving this rally at 501 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthplace or at the King Center. I could understand any person complaining. Maybe Glenn Beck could donate some money to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation to build a memorial somewhere in the National Mall. But certain liberals just can’t understand someone trying to promote good and not spew evil comments about someone they don’t personally know I love the way liberals complain about conservatives promoting their values. As if conservatives never hear liberals spouting their views. What is wrong with certain liberals that think they are the only ones that are allowed to voice their views? This works both ways, each side of the fence. Why do liberals always have to pull out the (getting old) race card. It should be a two way street, not a one way street, Freedom of speech, no matter how brilliant or ignorant the words may be. They still have the right to say those words according to the laws of the United States of America’s Constitution.

Eric Cruz

August 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

Mrs. Tucker is misinformed and attacking character. I don’t think that she gets Dr. Martin Luther King’s message “I Have a Dream” ALL RACE TO COME TOGETHER! Don’t judge by the color of skin but the content of character. If anyone would slam Dr. Martin Luther King it would be Mrs. Tucker because, after all MLK was a “REPUBLICAN” I am a minority and ashamed of people like her who uses character assassination instead of arguing the issues. Thank God that people have sense enough to listen at both sides of every issue in effort of making a fair and balanced decision.

Bryan

August 27th, 2010
12:34 pm

Funny that Glen Beck is a huckster, but Al Sharpton isn’t included in that description. Think his race might be the diffrence?