Some folks on an earlier thread started talking about Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial, the site of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The date, Aug. 28, also happens to be the anniversary of that event. Commenters were debating the question of whether the scheduling was just a coincidence, or whether Beck was enough of an egomaniac to consciously try to draw a parallel between himself and King.
I think the video below answers that question definitively if not directly:
After viewing the video, Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly offered an interesting observation:
“I’m trying to imagine what the response would be among conservatives if, say, Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008 had tried to do something similar. Imagine if the campaign had organized an event at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech, and then released a video comparing the Obama-led effort to the Founding Fathers, the Moon landing, the civil rights movement, and the invention of airplanes.
Imagine if that same Obama campaign video told viewers, “It’s time to restore America. Restore the world. It’s time to believe again.”
The right would consider this egomania on an unhealthy level, and they’d be right.”
Glenn Beck: The gold standard of megalomania. We sure do live in interesting times.