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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August 18th, 2010
10:27 am

WASHINGTON – Daily life for Marlen Lopez sounds anything but easy: The undocumented (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATE) worker cleans offices to pay her bills and hasn’t seen her 8-year-old son since she left El Salvador three years ago. (GREAT MOTHER) Yet Lopez is happy with her job, hopeful about the future and confident her son will one day graduate from college in the United States (ANOTHER GOVERNMENT TIT SUCKER)

getalife

August 18th, 2010
10:27 am

He failed at CNN because nobody bought his bs until he went to fox. I remember when he had a ss surgery and went back to cry for more pain meds. He has a drug problem like rush and follows rush’s business model. Just say anything because the cons will believe every word. Amazing how much money they make spewing propaganda. It insults the intelligence of the rest of America.

Normal

August 18th, 2010
10:28 am

Rick

August 18th, 2010
10:21 am

This is one Beck Opponent who doesn’t get hysterical…except in laughter, and the red face from face palming myself for most of the things he does. But mostly I feel a mild pity for his believers…I say mild because I know they will wake up one day…sadly, it will probably be too late, though.

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
10:28 am

We will also be at the rally doing as much evil as possible. Next we take over the TP then the repulican party at which time we will change to name to the Party of EVIL. and I, DR EVIL, will then dethrone Glen Beck as its Newest and MOST EVIL MESSIAH!!!

Because it is better than Viagra

August 18th, 2010
10:29 am

What I can’t figure out about right wingers is, if you so vehemently disagree with Ms. Tucker, why do you bed down here day, after day, after day?

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
10:29 am

Jose,

So you are just one of the claimed 2 million that listen to him, so what?

There. I think that is a more accurate assessment.

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
10:30 am

Viagra is evil but we take it by the handful in hopes of producing a new and better SUPER EVIL race of EVIL DOERS.

Valerie Harder

August 18th, 2010
10:30 am

I just wonder…if Beck is just lying to keep people entertained, why does he receive so many death threats? Curious, isn’t it? He appears to be telling the truth, and the truth certainly does hurt.

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
10:31 am

Soda….do you look at all statements that people write or say and find things which simply are NOT there? Where did I mention ANYTHING about them not being allowed to be there? I simply pointed out a FACT and gave my reason why I said what I did.

FACT: The GOP (and all those in the tea party which IS in fact a division of the gop) continues to be the party of “hate” towards minorities.

OPINION: That will cost their party dearly in the future since we’re on a straight course in this nation showing how “whites” will one day be a minority.

OPINION: MANY white people can’t deal with that fact and “in fact” are fearful of just that.

Peter

August 18th, 2010
10:32 am

Cynthia, why are you so hate-filled about Beck’s rally? Why the animosity? Are you somehow angered by his large following? Your diatribes are not exactly what I would call in keeping with Dr. King’s philosophy. Please check into your motives and see what you find. I hope it is not hate, envy nor animosity. You seem to have become everything you castigate.

Mallory

August 18th, 2010
10:33 am

Ms. Tucker, the words in your column mirror the comments made by Malik Zulu Shabazz in regards to this same topic. Can you emote anymore hatred for one man (Beck) and the people who choose to watch his program–black conservatives among them.

You bring shame to the memory of Dr. King. There was no hate in him.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
10:34 am

So Beck calls Obama a racist and you have a problem with this why? This is after all a man who sat in the pews of a hate mongering anti white Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and then claimed he knew nothing of this man’s vitriolic, hateful views. And I guess in Cynthia’s view all the black political leaders who called Bush a racist in the past well, that’s okay with her. Yep. That’s just fine and dandy. The truth is that black racism is just as vile and nasty as white racism.

Eric Pearson

August 18th, 2010
10:34 am

I hope all 100 of them have a good time at thier rally.

Union

August 18th, 2010
10:35 am

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Peadawg

August 18th, 2010
10:35 am

OFF TOPIC:
ttp://www.ajc.com/business/ap-poll-obama-at-594365.html
“AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy”

Is this the change that everyone voted for? Really?

Union

August 18th, 2010
10:35 am

dang enter button..

@saul.. thats quite the stretch you make there..

ctucker

August 18th, 2010
10:37 am

I’m here from the govt, Marlen Lopez has nothing to do with this morning’s post, but what makes her “another government tit sucker”?

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 18th, 2010
10:37 am

Wasnt it about a 300,000 man march or less?

buck@gon

August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

“A white power rally is the klan and nothing new.”

With its crude terms, the above quote is (here predicted first) the template for media coverage of all things un-Obasmic for the remainder of the year, for the elections, and for Cynthia Tucker’s columns henceforth. Please remember “angry white men” in 1994. This will happen as sure as “gravitas” was a media-hyped word in 2000.

Black power rallies, provocative mosques, Islamic religious rights and the right of free speech for Latinos (oh, I’m sorry, the right to cross the border whenever they damn well want) all must be tolerated and respected with the high-minded snobbery of Michelle O. Whites, eh? They’re all just a bunch of racists, and everything bad in the world came from them, they’re guilty, and they should be glad we tolerate them at all.

Anybody know if the Cox family is reading this?

getalife

August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

cons have a major problem being called racists.

His rally will be a all white rally.

The numbers do not lie.

It will be a klan rally cons.

Admit it.

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August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

hnf
August 18th, 2010
10:23 am

Was my comment blocked?
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ctucker operates a Socialist blog. Censorship is part of it.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

Saul Good,

“FACT: The GOP (and all those in the tea party which IS in fact a division of the gop) continues to be the party of “hate” towards minorities.”

Saul, If this is a “fact” as you say then please provide your proof. Crickets, crickets, crickets.

Incidentally you sure seem to be delighted with the idea that whites will be a minority by the year 2050. Could that be your own particular brand of racism? Why yes. I believe it is! Bigot!

Reggie

August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

A number of us enable the whack job entertainers on the far right and far left who represent themselves as journalists. This little cottage industry needs to be ignored or taken for what it is. To my far left friends, for every Beck there is a Maddow or the ex espn dude who was not even good a that. All fluff and opinion with no nuggets of truth to formulate an independent opinion- very sad.

WAR

August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

beck should have his rally at the lincoln memorial. the mosque should be located two blocks from ground zero. i don’t think either one are really bright ideas, but our constitution protects these rights for freedom of speech and religion whether we agree with the ideology or not.

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
10:39 am

Valerie,

So…Glenn Beck tells the “TRUTH” that many simply don’t want to hear? You mean truths like THESE?

Here are some of Glenn Beck’s claims, all proven completely false by Pulitzer Prize winning site politifact.com:

1. Labor union president Andy Stern is “most frequent visitor” at the White House.
2. Less than 10% of Obama’s Cabinet appointees “have any experience in the private sector.”
3. “Mitt Romney … gave you government health care that is now bankrupting the state” of Massachusetts.
4. Forty-five percent of doctors “say they’ll quit” if health care reform passes.
5. “Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? We’re the only country in the world that has it.”
6. “In the health care bill, we’re now offering insurance for dogs.”
7. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.”
8. Franklin Roosevelt never allocated more than 12 percent of GDP to federal spending, while the percentage for Barack Obama is not projected to drop below 22.8 percent.
9. Chile ranks third internationally in economic freedom, while the U.S. ranks 17th.

Valerie, feel free to REFUTE of of these “lies” told by Beck…please be so kind and state which one’s are TRUE. We’ll wait.

Thanks in advance!

markie mark

August 18th, 2010
10:39 am

man ct…your hanging in thru page 4 today….slow day, huh?

Lorelei

August 18th, 2010
10:40 am

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

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
10:40 am

My daughter actually had a teacher that asked her and the class to watch one of Glenn Beck’s shows and submit a paper on it. The teacher was blatantly pro-Beck even before giving out the assignment so most of the class submitted pro-Beck papers. Not my daughter. She asked me to watch the show with her and she asked me questions about what Beck was saying and I gave her the truth, the whole truth. I pointed out how he was cherry-picking and distorting actual events in order to support his bias and she understood instantly once I pointed out some of the details. She got an A in the class too so I am not completely disappointed with that teacher.

Kamchak

August 18th, 2010
10:40 am

This is after all a man who sat in the pews of a hate mongering anti white Jeremiah Wright for 20 years…

During the mosque threads cons play the Obama is a secret Muslim card, now you’re playing the “Jeremiah Wright” card.

Silly cons, Trix are for kids.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
10:41 am

getalife,

Sounds like one of those civil rights rallies where everyone is black and they are protesting cuts in social spending programs, etc. But I won’t stoop to calling them all racists just cause they’re black. Moochers maybe because all they want is to use the coercive power of govt to steal more goodies from others, but not racists.

WAR

August 18th, 2010
10:41 am

cynthia is sexy
no it was not. i do understand that is what the projects were, but i beg to differ the accuracy on the numbers; nevertheless, numbers in this instance are not important. what is important is the call to rally men to help their communities and families. hopefully beck will do the same which is rally Americans for America and not politicize the event.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
10:42 am

Kamchak,

Facts is facts ma’am. Just cause you don’t like it doesn’t make it true.

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August 18th, 2010
10:42 am

getalife
August 18th, 2010
10:27 am

He failed at CNN because nobody bought his bs until he went to fox. I remember when he had a ss surgery and went back to cry for more pain meds. He has a drug problem like rush and follows rush’s business model. Just say anything because the cons will believe every word. Amazing how much money they make spewing propaganda. It insults the intelligence of the rest of America.
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You seem to be jealous! CNN viewers have to be told the news. Explains why their ratings are below HSN.

Reggie

August 18th, 2010
10:42 am

Saul- you need to look in the mirror. A true conservative and independent thinker does not see black, white, or yellow as a weakness or strength. You appear to be insecure in your own thought processes and feel a need to over-compensate your own issues.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 18th, 2010
10:42 am

Thats wonderful TP…

Jose

August 18th, 2010
10:43 am

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
10:18 am
@How About it Jose…the only thing Jose IS good at is name calling or reciting something someone else says. He has no thoughts of his own which is why he is easily swayed by a dilusional Glenn Beck. Obviously.

Sorry, had to step away. Unlike the liberal sheep, I will look into the two points made about Beck lying and let you know tomorrow if they are FACT. If they are, then I will admit it. see dummy, that is what grwon ups do, they admit their mistakes. You and the messiah need to try it. By the way, take a look at your posts. You are very good at name calling. Can’t take it little boy?

I Sue Yoo Esq.

August 18th, 2010
10:43 am

“Glenn Beck is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of his audience in order to keep them entertained.”

Cynthia have you considered legal action against Beck for stealing your shtick? Well if not the clever part, at least the amoral part.

How bout it Jose?

August 18th, 2010
10:44 am

Where did you go? Get too hot?

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
10:44 am

Union and East point… since Cynthia’s blog here does not allow links… just google it yourself. Google the images from tea party rallies, and the GOP convention and tell me how many minorities you see in the pictures. Then google Young Republican clubs from around the nation and when you get a chance…click on the “officers” for each of those clubs and again… tell me how many of them are minorities.

East… “delighted”??? Tell me where I stated that? Honestly…it does not bother me, as I feel ALL should have the opportunity to live here just like our own ancestors did… though remember….some of those “ancestors” came here by FORCE and not of their own free will.

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 18th, 2010
10:44 am

Glenn Beck told a lie? OK, here’s the paleo-neo-Carlinist homework (Jose, ask your mom and dad if you can use the computer to go to YouTube); go to YouTube and type in: George Carlin/lies. here’s the neo-Carlinist mantra; “if it servers their interests, people will lie.”. it happens at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (”…I did not have sex with that woman…” “there will be transparency in government…” and “Iraq had a hand in 9/11…”). it happens in court (why do you think we have trials?), in Congressional hearings (benign ones, like Roger Clemmens on PEDs, and important ones like Ollie North on Iron-Contra). it happens at the annual shareholders meetings and earnings report con-call (AIG, Bear Sterns, Merrill Lynch 1Q 2008 guidance: “we’re doing fine”). it happens in inter-personal relationships, including parent-child relationships. and finally, but not surprisingly (to paleo-neo-Carlinists) it happens in the media (TV, radio, blogs, etc).

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August 18th, 2010
10:44 am

Saul Good

What’s the latest on the number of voters who believe your BS! Have you guys hit the million mark, yet?

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
10:44 am

Have we mentioned that Rachel Maddow is this years winner of the Walter Cronkite Award…..?

Union

August 18th, 2010
10:44 am

@ saul.. I will take #1.. from politifact..

“Stern led the pack for the first data release, which covered visits from Jan. 20, 2009 to July 31, 2009. But he was surpassed by several other individuals in the second release”

“mong those who visited more frequently than Stern, according to the combination of the two logs, were Lewis (Lee) Sachs, counselor to Treasury Secetary Timothy Geithner, with 92 visits; associate attorney general Tom Perrelli, with 49; Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski with 47; Spencer Overton, principal deputy assistant attorney general, with 38; and Health and Human Services office of health reform director Jeanne Lambrew, with 27. (Stern visited twice more during the period covered by the second batch of data, giving him a total of 24 visits.)”

difference is.. all these folks work for the govt.. stern does what exactly? glad the unions got that 26 billion bailout..

WAR

August 18th, 2010
10:45 am

taxpayer
i had students view/listen to television/radio programs that ranged from beck to sharpton. some in class. some as assignments. our job was to identify rhetoric, how it was used, and the effects. it was a good learning lesson for them and me. i hope you and your daughter received the same enriching experience!

Jose

August 18th, 2010
10:45 am

Lorelei

August 18th, 2010
10:40 am
beck’s a mormon, mormon’s are racist, ergo beck’s a racist….

Lorelei is a liberal and thus, she is a racist. Since the democratic party are the largest slave owners in the free world.
Wow, that’s pretty cool to throw out crap like that. Thanks Lorelei. You rule!

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August 18th, 2010
10:46 am

Eric Pearson
August 18th, 2010
10:34 am

I hope all 100 of them have a good time at thier rally.
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Add a coma and three more zero’s. A good time will be had by all. Thanks!

hnf

August 18th, 2010
10:46 am

Surely it wasn’t censored based on content; nothing even approaching profanity, etc. And I have no delusion that any comment I make is of any real importance. It does make me curious, though, as to why I’m able to post a comment questioning the failure of my comment, but not the comment itself.

East point mob

August 18th, 2010
10:46 am

What is a racist president? A racist president is a man who lets a bigoted hate group like the new black panthers stand outside a voting precinct with billy clubs intimidating voters and who then lets his justice dept. drop the case despite the overwhelming video evidence of voter intimidation. Now THAT would be racist!

The Democrats own slaves?

August 18th, 2010
10:49 am

What kind of bs is that?

Since the democratic party are the largest slave owners in the free world.

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
10:49 am

Reggie, you said: “A true conservative”

Funny, I’ve yet to meet one of those… know of any? Feel free to name them.