The Beck/Sharpton Rallies: A Telling Dichotomy

Glenn Beck has been putting himself in a position ripe for parody and ridicule lately.  Beck predicted a miracle would happen at the Restore Honor Rally. To those who  scoffed, I submit exhibit A: 

Source: Video from Glennbeck.com

 

The military may have refused Glenn Beck a “flyover” to open his rally, but God didn’t disappoint. As the event prepared to begin, a skein of geese flew over in formation as if He was blessing the event from above. 

Beck also predicted the rally would be “a defibrillator to the heart of America.”  I’m not sure about that, but after the geese thing, I’m not betting against it. In fact, I”m going to go so far as to say it’s official: America is emerging from its self-induced coma. The attendance at the rally alone established that. 

Beck predicted the rally would be the next generation’s Woodstock. Let’s hope it was. Because just as Woodstock launched my generation’s justification for self (over-) indulgence to all things liberal, maybe this event can launch a generation that inspires the benefits of conservative values and an era of honor. By virtually all measures, the rally accomplished its goals. It was, indeed, a good week-end for those of us who still believe (as Ronald Reagan did) that America’s best days lie ahead. 

For an excellent re-cap of the event, please check the guest posting by Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog

But there was also an unfortunate affirmation this weekend that racism still plays a major role in the lives of some who chose to belittle and besmirch the work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

There were two rallies in Washington this past weekend. One headed by Glenn Beck and the other by Al Sharpton. Only one of the rallies stressed the kind of character, honor, accountability, and sense of unity necessary for America’s survival and recovery and was inclusive of all, regardless of race or religion. 

It’s no surprise that it wasn’t Sharpton’s.  

Source: Photobucket

 

Only one of the rallies “got” the significance of what The Reverand Martin Luther King Jr. was referring to 47 years earlier to the day when he said, 

“I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.” 

And it wasn’t Sharpton’s. 

For well over a year now, Beck has been warning us of where America was heading both socially and politically and the resulting dangers we faced if we didn’t heed the call for a return to character. And at the 8/28 rally, he stressed those values and character: 

  • The kind of character where you take responsibility for your actions.
  • The kind of character where you choose to do the difficult thing rather than avoid it, because you know it’s necessary in order to advance the cause for all of us and not just yourself.
  • The kind of character where you unselfishly reach out and help your neighbor instead of wishing him luck then locking your door.
  • The kind of character where you lift up and suport the efforts of others rather than tear down and minimize the accomplishments of another in a pitiful attempt to “maintain equality.”
  • The kind of character that employs sacrifice for the greater good of your family, your neighborhood, you city, your state, and your country regardless of the cost to you personally.
  • The kind of character where “character” is the most important item on your list of things to impart to your children during their formative years.

Meanwhile at Sharpton’s rally, it was just the opposite as he used the oldest “blame game” technique in the world: As you smear the character of another (to maintain your image as a victim), use a descriptive, narrative lie in an attempt to project that sin untruthfully upon your opponant. It was the same technique used by Barack Obama in his campaign when he made race an issue, by projecting a lie about how he thought the McCain campaign would act: 

“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. (They’ll say) ‘He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?'” 

So it comes as no surprise, then, that Al Sharpton projected the following about Beck and those people of all races who gathered to commit to the restoration of character and dignity in America when he said: 

“They want to disgrace this day! And we (sic) not given them this day!  This is OUR day and we ain’t giving it away!” 

Click here for a video contrasting Glenn Beck’s rally with the Sharpton approach and judge for yourself as to who really is bringing honor to Dr. King’s dream of an integrated society and who desecrated it.

If there was any question of Sharpton’s rally as being one built on racism, and the antithesis of all that Dr. King fought for, one need only look at a previous rally he held (“Redeem The Dream”) on 8/28/00  when Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panthers took to the  podium and said:

“Ladies and gentlemen of the black jury, 37 years later, how do you find White America on injustice and racism?” 

Of course the crowd screamed in unison, “GUILTY!” 

Even more chilling was what sounded like a direct threat by Shabazz as he concluded a hate-riddled speech: 

We of the New Black Panther Party, backed by our national chairman Khalid Abdul Mohammad have a black dream today which is truly a vision…  We have a black dream today and a vision today of all of our people – black lawyers, black preachers, doctors, teachers, scientists, rap artists, gang members – all black people working for a common cause… of self-defense in the face of racism, in the face of police brutality, in the face of overwhelming odds against us, we today have a vision of a black dream today a black dream that… when we see caskets rolling and funerals in the black community that we will see caskets and funerals in the community of our enemy…” 

Given Sharpton’s approval (or lack of distancing himself from Shabazz’s performance at that rally, ask  yourself this question: If the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today and in Washington D.C., which rally do you think he’d have attended this year? 

Here’s a hint: If people of all colors, religions and political persuasions followed the message of Dr. King 47 years ago and the message of Glenn Beck this past week-end, the rest of our legitimate troubles (and those perceived by some) would take care of themselves without the need for violence. 

Perhaps one of the most disappointing parts of the weekend was that networks gave little coverage to Beck’s rally. What coverage there was, was tempered with an obvious attempt to minimize the significance, referring to the crowd as “several thousand tea-partyers.” With a packed crowd stretching from the Lincolm Memorial to the Washington Monument, anyone could tell the audience was in the hundreds of thousands. Anyone, that  is, with an IQ above CNN’s Keith Oblemann who spoon-fed Al Sharpton with this question during an interview this week-end: 

“Is there an attempt in here to desecrate Doctor King’s memory and what everybody stood for then or is this just  a publicity stunt by some sort of a megalomaniac? ” 

Sorry, Keith, but not everyone sets their professional standards as low as you or Sharpton. The desecration of Dr. King’s memory was pretty much sealed by Shabazz at the 8/28/00 event held by Sharpton. And I believe that sound you just heard was your last viewer changing channels. 

Gerry Ashley

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19 Responses to The Beck/Sharpton Rallies: A Telling Dichotomy

  1. Barry says:

    I may be wrong, but isn’t that Shabazz quote from a previous Sharpton rally? Not that it makes what he said any less devisive…

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Yes, the Shabazz comment was from Sharpton’s rally on 8/28/00. I’ve added a link in the post above to a video for clarification.

      • Barry says:

        Thanks, Gerry — sorry if I missed that the first time. I look at so many articles that I tend to skim more than read.

  2. Barry says:

    Sorry ^^ “devisive” = “divisive” ^^ (Not enough coffee yet!)

  3. Charasmatic megafauna says:

    I went to Beck’s event. There were fewer than 20 black people out of 100,000, and most of those seemed to be curiosity seekers rather attendees. I think they all probably got interviewed. Beck may talk the talk, but drawing maybe fewer than 5 black people out of 100,000 says the free market of ideas has spoken.

    • Not An Idiot says:

      BS. There were more than 20 just on the stage. Liberal Liar is redundant. Jerk. Charasmatic megafauna is a pos troll, and hasn’t the first clue about that Saturday…just puking up the liberal bs it was told to puke up. Scum.

      • Barry says:

        I was there as well, and there were at least a dozen people of different race or nationality within 100′ of me, including a family of four directly in front of me.

        And the crowd was far larger than 100K.

      • Charasmatic megafauna says:

        I was there, had no trouble walking through the crowd to check out the guy dressed like Hulk Hogan from the Conservative Action Network waving the SC battle flag on a 15 pole 200 yards from the stage on the south side of the pool. Everyone down front had lawn chairs and blankets and had been there all night, so the density of the crowd was very low. People stood off their blankets because the ground was muddy, so that was more empty space. It was was easy to walk through the crowd even in the most crowded areas.

        PAYING people to be on stage doesn’t count. I talked to a couple black people and they were not with Beck, and I’ve seen youtube videos taken by black people not with Beck. Have I missed any videos from or of black people there to see Beck?

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Wow, Charasmatic megafauna! You must have been really busy slogging through a crowd of that size, counting the number of black people. What a wonderful effort on your part… NOT.

      Your post is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to trivialize the rally and to insert the race bait game. I’m not sure who you think you’re going to fool with that crap, but anyone who was there will prove you wrong. Those of us who watched the coverage live can dispute it. And as “Not An Idiot” points out, there were more than 20 just sharing the stage.

      Note to other left wing hate-mongers: Give it up. Your race has been run and you wound up dead last. The only thing you had going for you was the shield of of political correctness. And that disease is rapidly vanishing because it has always been based on lies. You can continue to live with your lies, but the rest of us are choosing to face the facts. But thanks for your amusing attempt, as pathetic as it was. It merely serves to remind us just WHY we choose to ignore you… and move forward.

      But hey! If you hurry, you can catch the next installment of Bill Maher and get a free refill of stupid.

  4. Barry says:

    Having few people of color indicates only one thing — people tend to self-segregate, nothing more. It’s the same reason most neighborhoods remain a particular race, or even churches are mainly composed of a single race. Even left-wing rallies are often composed of mostly white people.

    Since Glenn is often called a racist, those of color would obviously choose to stay away, or simply because he’s white — not out of hatred for the color of his skin. Unfortunately, it’s just the way things are.

    • Ike says:

      Yes, neighborhoods are self segregated and not because of socio-economic status; they chose to live in crappy neighborhoods, because of their race!

      • Barry says:

        People will ALWAYS associate with each other based on the lowest common denominator — they always have, and they always will. Language, race, sex, family, religion, politics, social status, etc. — whatever a person can most easily associate with another will determine with whom they associate.

        It’s just human nature, and it will never change.

  5. Ike says:

    A gaggle of geese signifies a blessing??? Ok…
    And also, why the direct quotes from sharpton’s gathering and no direct quotes from beck’s??

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Ike,

      First, a “gaggle” of geese is a group of geese on the ground. A “skein” is a formation of geese flying. And yes, blessings are where you find them. Was it just a coincidence that this group of geese happened to fly over the rally at that moment? One might point to Freud who said, “There are no coincidences.” Others might say, “Divine Intervention.” Blessings are where you find them… and accept them as such.

      As to why I have no quotes from Beck’s rally? Very simple: Beck’s rally did not seek to divide the races, but was INCLUSIVE. Sharpton on the other hand, views just about everything as an attempt to victimize blacks. His comment was, therefore, relevant in that he saw Beck’s rally as “Stealing” THEIR day. It was never “THEIR DAY” It was a day that Dr. Martin Luther King dedicated to the dream of a day where ALL RACES were welcomed at any public event… which is exactly what Beck’s Rally was all about. There was no stipulation anywhere that it was reserved for the “White Perspective” because there WAS NO WHITE PERSPECTIVE… it was an event for ALL who chose to participate.

      Ask youself: Given the video of Sharpton and the earlier decree from Shabazz, how many NON-AFRICAN AMERICANS would have felt welcome at such an event? If you are unable to see the gap here, you have a serious agenda issue.

      • Barry says:

        It would have been a beautiful gesture if Sharpton would have joined the event, and they would have been welcome.

        Glenn even told Al in April, when he appeared on his show, that the event was all about faith, hope, and charity. Sharpton agreed those were all important to the country, then spent the next three-and-a-half months lying about the intent of the Restoring Honor rally. Shameful.

        Sharpton knows that if the country were to come together, as Glenn wishes, he would be irrelevant. He wants to maintain the status quo.

      • Charasmatic megafauna says:

        Maybe the geese had something to with them having the rally around a huge pond or something. Just a hunch.

      • Ike says:

        I didn’t know there was a distinction between gaggle and skein, thanks. Also you didn’t answer my question about why quotes from sharpton, no quotes from beck. Instead you just repeated what you said in the post. Still wondering about your questionable writing tactic and what was actually said at the rally.

  6. Gerry Ashley says:

    Charasmatic megafauna writes: Maybe the geese had something to with them having the rally around a huge pond or something. Just a hunch.

    Ya think? How about more likely the close proximity to the Patomic River had something to do with it? That explains the presence, perhaps. But for them to fly over the event in formation at that precise moment…? And to fly the length of the reflecting pool/crowd rather than across? Just a hunch. You just can’t consider there might have been some divine intervention, can you?

    This just in: In a somewhat similar scenario, I hear a flock of pigeons uh… “rained” on Sharpton’s parade IYKWIM.

    Sharpton immediately blamed racist conservative pigeons and is expected to file suit in Federal Court. Film at 11.

  7. Gerry Ashley says:

    Ike writes: “Also you didn’t answer my question about why quotes from sharpton, no quotes from beck. Instead you just repeated what you said in the post. Still wondering about your questionable writing tactic and what was actually said at the rally.”

    I most certainly DID answer your question. How could you miss it? Was it because I don’t disguise my agenda like so many liberals feel they have to?

    My entire second paragraph explains why there was no need for quotes from Beck’s rally. The quote from Sharpton was to show his shameful lack of honesty and total lack of comprehension as to what Beck’s rally was all about (even though Beck CLEARLY explained it to him when Sharpton was a guest on his program months ago).

    Let me spell it out for you as clearly as I can: Sharpton’s entire comment about Beck’s rally was derisive, and shamefully dishonest and played to the “We’re the victims of racism!” mentality. Beck did NOTHING of the kind. Therefore, there’s no need to quote Beck. If you can’t get that, then there’s no point in continuing this discussion, Ike.

    Beck said NOTHING to exclude others or shed a negative light on Sharpton (who was only concerned with self-promoting). If you’ve got any evidence to the contrary, it’s up to you to state your case. And we all know there’s nothing you can point to for a simple reason: Beck had no grudge, no racist intent and STOOD IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH. Sadly, Sharpton was unable to do the same. Therein lies the difference.

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