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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Lord Howard Hurts

August 18th, 2010
9:31 am

Yawn. Yawn. Social justice. Same old, same old. Must be something in the genes that makes blacks so negative, and always thinking that someone owes them something for some perceived wrong. Look at the entire history of black Africa, and what do you see? Want to move there today? Filled with social justice, I am sure. Glenn Beck is not the problem. He is the solution if someone like Cynthia would only listen to the entire story instead of “jumping” to negative conclusions. The majority of the white race is tired of being called racist by those who are afforded a much better life than even modern black Africa can provide today, when the freedom given was the result of the white majority winning a war over a white minority that refused to reason. Stop complaining and build in a positive manner and stop cloistering in black communities where the “sunshine of freedom” just can’t seem to filter in. You are an American and act like an American. Stop with this black American stuff.

Heavy Hitter

August 18th, 2010
9:32 am

If you have a really, really narrow mind or no mind at all, you need to go see Glenn Beck. If not, stay home or go to a movie. Don’t waste your time going to see an idiot!

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:32 am

Granny…NBC doesn’t not claim to carry a fair and balanced moniker. So they’re free to donate to and support any party they so wish. Ignorance still keeps piping its head. Imam Obama? His mother is white who received help with his upbringing from his Christian white grandparents. So anyone out there that is bi-racial knows what to expect. White supremacy thinks that other half that is NOT white makes you less a person.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:32 am

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:29 am
Hmmm Jose. I’m on prime EVERY night, aren’t I? Setting the record straight for those millions who, fortunately, weren’t able to be mislead and brainwashed by FOX.

Sorry maddcow, you get your lib behind kicked everynight by FNC and matter NOT in the grand scheme of politcal thought. Nice try at being relevant though. The left loves a radical lesbian.

Does Glen Beck cut and paste like Cynthia Tucker?

August 18th, 2010
9:32 am

Road Scholar

August 18th, 2010
9:33 am

Stonethrower, not only is there a small mosque nearby, there are pornography stores, strip clubs, and other “unchristian” businesses within the distance that the proposed mosque is proposed to be built. So the left must support these businesses, oh yeah private enterprise, as honoring the hallowed ground? Nothing like a pole dance to honor our fallen!

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:34 am

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:29 am
Hmmm Jose. I’m on prime EVERY night, aren’t I? Setting the record straight for those millions who, fortunately, weren’t able to be mislead and brainwashed by FOX.

So, you are saying that NBC is truly not a news organization? Thanks for confirming what we all believed maddcow.

Billybob

August 18th, 2010
9:35 am

Anyone who doesn’t share your views is racist Tucker. This is weak and I think you are hanging on by a thread. Trust me when I say that Glenn Beck brings more to the table than your ‘color commentary’ ever could….please don’t respond as usual…..also Beck is more mainstream than your views honey….scares you doesn’t it?

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:35 am

Jose…and the right loves a cross-dressing sociopath!

Jon Lester

August 18th, 2010
9:36 am

I know a few Seventh Day Adventists who would take issue with the idea that Sunday is the Sabbath.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:37 am

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:35 am
Jose…and the right loves a cross-dressing sociopath!

And you say he cross dresses because you have pictures? You have him on record as stating he is? Or, you just say it and it’s true. Please maddcow, grow up or tune out.

Contractor

August 18th, 2010
9:37 am

I just absolutely love how you can support a religious group that is known for terrorist views and acts to build on their conquest of blindsiding America, but you don’t support freedom of speech of an American on the day of Martin Luther King. I personally believe that the rights that King fought for have been taken way out of context from what he was striving for, but you’re right, he was a man of freedom and would not mind Glen Beck speaking his mind and thoughts. He would be ashamed of what he fought for, and to see what it has become this day and age. I firmly believe Bill Cosby is the perfect person to listen to, as he has the same kind of belief King did. Glen Beck will tell you how it is, will nail Republicans and Democrats to the wall if they are wrong in what the American way is. I know that he is a more Conservative minded guy, but the truth hurts, and all you can do is throw little five year old jabs at the issue. People are starting to realize views like yours are on their way out, and this country will get back on track, and tired of the Liberal bullcrap agenda. So all of your work will be for nothing, congratulations.

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 18th, 2010
9:37 am

Hey Dumb Follower, unfortunately, I am not as easily amused. I ride no bandwagon (one word), and while you (and perhaps Mr. Beck) may find my language “offensive” (what is it with your righties and your “feelings”? I thought you were stone cold Social Darwinists? I thought you guys embraced the “kill or be killed” ethos?). My “discourse” was not intended to be “scholarly” – it was intended to be an accurate assessment of Beck’s character. I believe he is a self-described recovering alcholic and cocaine addict. I believe he did convert to Mormonism, which is a racist faith (not that there is anything wrong with racism, but he did call Obama a racist, so “I know you are, but what am I?”). Again, you can call it an “attack” – I call it my Constitutional right to free speech (and accurate valuation of his “character”). what do you mean by “content of the argument”? this is not an “argument” or a contest. Beck is a racist, drunk and drug addict. It’s not “pseudo intellectualism” sport (thanks Kam), it’s paleo-neo-Carlinism. now go back to the kids’ table with Jose, and I’m from the government…

Billybob

August 18th, 2010
9:38 am

Rachel Maddow,

Your 15 minutes is almost over….

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

August 18th, 2010
9:38 am

CYNT WE ARE LIVING IN THE AGE OF AQUARIUS,THE INFORMATION AGE,THE TRUTH IS BEING REVEAL,PEOPLE LIKE GLENN BECK ARE BEING EXPOSE AS THE EVIL GOP THAT THEY ARE,CYNT IM FROM EAST ATLANTA THE SIDE THAT GAVE YALL MARTIN LUTHER KING,REMEMBER THAT ALL OF THE EVIL DIXIECRATS ARE NOW EVIL REPUBLICANS,JUST LIKE THEIR FATHER SATAN,KILL STEAL AND DESTROY LOOK AT ALL THE KILLING AND BOMBING THAT THE FOX PEOPLE LIKE GLENN BECK,HANNITY AND RUSH ALWAYS RUSH TO DO,WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? WILL HE BOMB AND KILL EVERYBODY LIKE THE GOP LIKES TO DO? THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS A PARTY OF DEVILS!

Dumb Follower

August 18th, 2010
9:39 am

Poor Paleo-Neanderthal…got his knickers in a twist.

Pennsylvanian

August 18th, 2010
9:40 am

Off topic #1 (That allowed here?) What do the Russian Gov’t, Imams, and Mayor Bloomberg have in common?
1) They all lie to advance their agenda.
2) Cynthia Tucker believes them.

Contractor has reading comprehension problems

August 18th, 2010
9:40 am

Tucker’s blog headline:

The odious Glenn Beck has every right to his rally

Contractor

August 18th, 2010
9:37 am

but you don’t support freedom of speech of an American on the day of Martin Luther King”

Seek help.

left wing

August 18th, 2010
9:41 am

I rarely ever listen to Glenn Beck, and most of what I do hear him say makes me wonder what rational person would want to actually tune into him.

However, I fully respect his right to cry on air, rant about . . . really, really inane things. And he absolutely has the right to his rally, just as the Nazi’s did when they marched thru Skokie, Illinois (a heavily jewish community).

Actually, I was reminded of when the Nazi’s marching in Skokie by listening to Newt complaining about the ground zero islamic community center, saying how they didn’t have the right to put a swastika next to the holocaust museum. Maybe not, but they would have the 1st ammendment right to march in front and hold their rally, and I wonder how someone with a PHD in history could have forgotten this?

Dare You

August 18th, 2010
9:42 am

South Georgia farmer, Equating “high horse” with “uppity black women” only shows what a racist you are. Very sad!

Pennsylvanian

August 18th, 2010
9:42 am

granny godzilla @ 9:34 – Obama is mulatto. I don’t think CT likes that word. Never see it in print. For the record, Bill Clinton was the first black president

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:43 am

I have a life size photo Glen wearing a speedo. But I keep it in the closet.

Call it like it is

August 18th, 2010
9:43 am

“CYNTHIA TUCKER” is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of her audience in order to keep them entertained. There is nothing too base for her to say; no lie too odious for her to repeat; no smear too vile for her to include as part of her schtick.

There Cynthia I fixed your opening line for you. Intersting how you can take one persons name out and put in another name and it still fits.

You and Beck appear to have a lot in common.

HDB

August 18th, 2010
9:43 am

BTW…no more Dr. Laura….guess she learned that making racial epithets over the air has consequences!!

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

August 18th, 2010
9:43 am

LISTEN UP ALL YOU RACISTS WHITES HERE IN AMERICA,YOUR RACIST TIME IS UP IN 2012, YOUR END DATE OF DOING EVIL,GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH OF YOU EVIL RACISTS LIKE BECK,HANNITY AND RUSH! BEST BELIEVE YALL TIME IS UP FROM DOING WICKEDNESS! AND THATS ON GOD! HURRY UP 2012

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:44 am

Pennsylvanian

August 18th, 2010
9:42 am

But if Clinton were truly the first black president, why didn’t he pull in 99.9% of the black vote like Imam Obama? Talk about sheep.

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:44 am

Granny, now you’ve gone and added alzheimer’s to your portfolio. That’s the drool coming from your mouth when I reached down to pick you up and place you back in your rocker. You may want to ask the Doc to increase your meds.

Don't you love racists who hide behind their own racism by calling others racist?

August 18th, 2010
9:45 am

Dare You

August 18th, 2010
9:42 am

South Georgia farmer, Equating “high horse” with “uppity black women” only shows what a racist you are. Very sad!

It’s a sickness of the ignorant.

Not Chicken Little

August 18th, 2010
9:46 am

The odious Cynthia Tucker has every right to her stupid opinions…thank God we have the internet so we are no longer dependent on the high-priest lapdog media to spoon-feed us what they want us to believe!

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

August 18th, 2010
9:47 am

EVIL RACISTS WHITES YOUR TIME IS UP IN 2012! YOUR TIME OF DOING EVIL IS ALMOST UP! HURRY UP 2012!

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:47 am

Sometime I think Heaven will be just like MSNBC.

DMac

August 18th, 2010
9:48 am

Cynthia is so jealous of Glenn Beck, it practically drips from the computer screen. She exhibits perfectly the tactics of today’s “progressive / liberal” journalist. When you cannot refute a conservative’s arguments using the facts, simply resort to distortions (lies) and character assassination.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:49 am

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

August 18th, 2010
9:43 am
LISTEN UP ALL YOU RACISTS WHITES HERE IN AMERICA,YOUR RACIST TIME IS UP IN 2012, YOUR END DATE OF DOING EVIL,GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH OF YOU EVIL RACISTS LIKE BECK,HANNITY AND RUSH! BEST BELIEVE YALL TIME IS UP FROM DOING WICKEDNESS! AND THATS ON GOD! HURRY UP 2012

ladies and gentlemen, I present dummy followers father. The grand wizard of the new black panther party. Hail to the racist! May his colors always fly high in the party of the modern slave owners, the democratic party!

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
9:49 am

We will never stop doing evil nor thinking evil thoughts.

BBBUUUUWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAAHAAAAA!!!

Contractor

August 18th, 2010
9:49 am

Contractor has reading comprehension problems,

Cute handle name there fella. How about you have a little depth in that brain of yours and understand it was a sarcastic slap that she threw out there. She has to say that, but she doesn’t believe it. Read a little more into her thoughts and other blogs, and then come back to the card game.

A. Nother Opinion

August 18th, 2010
9:50 am

And you wonder why the AJC continues to loose circulation with an Editor like CY.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:51 am

DMac

August 18th, 2010
9:48 am
Cynthia is so jealous of Glenn Beck, it practically drips from the computer screen. She exhibits perfectly the tactics of today’s “progressive / liberal” journalist. When you cannot refute a conservative’s arguments using the facts, simply resort to distortions (lies) and character assassination.

Tuck wishes she had 2% of his followers. Instead, she has a handful of bloggers that comment on her posts every week. How sad.

TnGelding

August 18th, 2010
9:51 am

We don’t have a hundred years. The end is nigh!

I thought Beck would be in an insane asylum by now. But Obama has made it easy for him and many others. Roll up your sleeves, Mr. President, and get to work. We don’t need no stinking commissions to lubricate the skids.

Let’s hope the rally fizzles. Surely folks will find something more important or entertaining to do. But with the “lovely Sarah” there, there’s bound to be some degree of curiosity.

leo

August 18th, 2010
9:51 am

All one has to do is read some of the hate-filled, bigoted responses to Tucker’s column to realize that sadly Beck and his ilk have their following. They certainly have a constitutional right to spew their lies, but for many of us it is frightening that hate-mongering and fear-mongering have become a part of our political discourse and that some ignorant people actually believe that trash.

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
9:52 am

A Glenn Beck rally?

I think this calls for urine balloons.

2012

August 18th, 2010
9:52 am

Wall Street and the Republicans have run this country into bankruptcy. Wall Street IS the Republican Party. They will all lose their jobs when NO job exists. Then they’ll be the first one in line asking for food stamps and handouts! What do you think happened with GM? The banking industry? They’re republican but they sure didn’t mind receiving “SOCIALISM” when it was THEM with THEIR neck in the noose!!! But god forbid poor people need help. Then they label you a free-loading dem. BTW..GM has YET to repay the $50billion bailout Obama gave them. How’s THAT for ironic? The one who helped them is now being persecuted.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
9:52 am

He is going blind so he is cashing in like palin before he does.

cons are like children who believe everything their parents tell them.

Act like children too.

barking frog

August 18th, 2010
9:52 am

What next? An article on the veracity of the National Enquirer?

Reading from Romania

August 18th, 2010
9:53 am

Don’t any of you people work?

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:54 am

2012

August 18th, 2010
9:52 am
Wall Street and the Republicans have run this country into bankruptcy. Wall Street IS the Republican Party. They will all lose their jobs when NO job exists. Then they’ll be the first one in line asking for food stamps and handouts! What do you think happened with GM? The banking industry? They’re republican but they sure didn’t mind receiving “SOCIALISM” when it was THEM with THEIR neck in the noose!!! But god forbid poor people need help. Then they label you a free-loading dem. BTW..GM has YET to repay the $50billion bailout Obama gave them. How’s THAT for ironic? The one who helped them is now being persecuted.

WOW, that was just sad. Here is an education based on msnbc. I think you better research who has been in control since 2006. 2012 is going to be a blood bath for the dems like 2010. FUGLY!!!

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
9:54 am

But Obama has made it easy for him and many others. Roll up your sleeves, Mr. President, and get to work.

It’s because Obama has rolled up his sleeves and has got to work, passing major legislation, that the wingers are apoplectic.

And about the last thing any responsible Democratic legislator should be fretting about would be whether or not some Fox News spokesmodel and his band of elderly bigots thinks it is a bad thing.

ctucker

August 18th, 2010
9:54 am

Contractor, Please have someone read my blog post to you. You clearly didn’t read it.

Tommytwotone

August 18th, 2010
9:54 am

Obama IS a racist. And so is every black person who voted for him, because they only voted for him based on skin color. Racism. Straight up.

And “social justice” is just another term for “socialism”.

Middle of the road and looking both ways

August 18th, 2010
9:55 am

Jon Stewart has Glenn Beck pegged every night for some flip-flop statement made by Beck or stupid fact hurled by Beck. Learn to laugh. Beck was hired to stir up people. He does it well. He has no real credentials besides stirring people up. We as Americans have to appreciate our Freedoms in the Bill of Rights. Right to Assemble. Right to Free Speech. Right to religious freedom. Would we condemn the Catholic Church because the burned a few people at the stake? Would we deny the Catholic Church the right to build a Church near a playground due to the misdeeds of a few parish priests? How many evangelical preachers have confessed to adultery or homosexuality or addictions? The Catholics and Protestant have set Ireland on Fire with their religious wars. Do we want the same intolerance on our land of the free? How many brave men and women have died to defend our country and our freedoms. You can not choose which people shall have which rights at a certain time. Imagine if you were on the other side and they were in charge of you? Cynthia does not have to resort to calling Mr. Beck names. He paints a fine picture of himself every time he opens his mouth and says something stupid. By the way, the red phone is a prop.

ctucker

August 18th, 2010
9:55 am

Contractor, Please have someone read my blog post to you. You obviously did not read it.