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:
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.
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.