Thanks to Dave in Texas at AceofSpadesHQ
We dishonor ourselves when we declare the rights and freedoms of our fellow citizens to be conditional, and subject to our needs. Free people do not expect the State to confiscate and ration. They don’t subcontract the design of the future to political appointees. They understand such designs require obedience, and obedience requires compulsion. You cannot “honor” a neighbor you deem unfit to manage his own affairs. There is no honor to be found in the pursuit of a perfect State to rule an inadequate people.
Beck was certainly good-natured about techniques by the WaPo and others to play down the size of the crowd; as he joked to them during his speech,”I have just gotten word from the media that there is over a thousand people here today!” But these sort of techniques, combined with the increasingly hostile tone of the MSM regarding wide swatches of their readers, and coming after the same tactics were employed by the MSM to minimize the similarly massive crowds to Beck’s 9/12 rally last year, are starting to seem less like the epistemic closure of the MSM’s cocoon, and more like an exercise in magical thinking.
Sarah Palin (quoted by RS McCain):
In cities and towns across our country, you’ll find monuments to brave Americans wearing the uniforms of wars from long ago, and look down at their inscriptions, you’ll see that they were so often dedicated by mothers. In distant lands across the globe, you’ll find silent fields of white markers with the names of Americans who never came home, but who showed their dedication to their country by where they died.
We honor those who served something greater than self and made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served and did come home forever changed by the battlefield. Though this rally is about “restoring honor,” for these men and women honor was never lost! If you look for the virtues that have sustained our country, you will find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath, who pay the price for our freedom. . . .
Glenn Beck held his rally to restore honor and to celebrate the troops who sacrifice so much for us. Google honored that ambition by publishing deceptive maps on its site which directed you to FDR’s monument. Al Sharpton, who apparently did not have a black woman who was falsely accusing another of rape to support, said that Beck was stealing Martin Luther King’s legacy because Beck dared to hold his rally on the same day and at the same location where Dr. King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech. Others on the left have even attacked Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece, by accusing her of trashing her uncle’s legacy. Want more? How about this as reported by Fox News on their website, “Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s delegate to Congress, said she remembers being at King’s march on Washington, which she said prompted change and ended segregation in public places.”Glenn Beck’s march will change nothing. But you can’t blame Glenn Beck for his March-on-Washington envy.” When the left spews vitriol in quantity, one can be assured that the people of America have awakened and is aware of their deeds.
Stupid Old Race-Hustling Bigot Al Sharpton:
“His (MLK) speech says clearly that he wanted to see a nation where the federal government protects us from those in states who would not uphold our civil rights
. You can’t have a march telling government to leave us alone, and say you are reclaiming a march where they came to appeal to the government to protect us. They are having an anti-government march, on the day that King came to appeal to government. You can’t have it both ways.”
Michael Stone, Portland Progressive Examiner:
The Beck/Palin medicine show was classic American flim flam, a religious con writ large. The program at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday focused more on God than government. The whole thing was a shallow farce, a charade designed to massage Beck’s inflated ego.
Beck’s attempt to position himself as an heir to Martin Luther King’s legacy on the 47th anniversary of the legendary “I have a dream” speech was disgusting, and alarming.
Palin, speaking at the Beck rally, said “I hope Dr. King would be so proud.” Palin hopes in vain. Dr King would not be proud; he would be puzzled, disgusted, and sad.
Sinclair Lewis wrote: “When Fascism Comes To America It Will Be Wrapped In The Flag And Carrying A Cross.” Beck and Palin make the words of Lewis manifest, threatening to turn King’s dream into a nightmare.
Mr. Evil Matt:
Here’s the rub for the left. Beck and the clergy are going to go out and spread the ideas of individual freedom far and wide. It can’t be stopped. The government can take Churches, and the ideas will be preached in the streets, and in home churches. They are going to teach their children, both their own, and others. They will be immune to the left’s propaganda machine. The left’s rotting and corrupt institutions will not contain this, nor can they turn it back. Essentially, you cannot kill an idea. In the end, the people that hold these ideas simply will NOT OBEY a socialist government.
Socialism, “progressivism,” fascism, no matter what you call it, are jealous systems. They are so control oriented, that they cannot tolerate true diversity of ideas. They fail miserably when their lies, and the results of their policies, are exposed to the light of day. So, they try to control information, schools, and threaten/discredit those who dissent. We see all of this happening now. They have to control and indoctrinate everyone, or they fail. They have to “convert” or silence everyone-we do not. They also have to either ban, or co-opt religion, as they cannot even tolerate the people having any source of power higher than the state. If the people believe that their rights descend from God, and not from the state, they aren’t going to go along with those rights being limited. They are going to resist the nanny state. They are not going to accept the elites at their word. Our adversaries, therefore, have spent the last few decades trying, via Cultural Marxism, trying to eliminate or distort the meaning of our religions and of our Republic.
Much of that is about to be undone
CNN (Via Jim Treacher):
Lots to digest there. You can skip the Sharpton crap and Michael Stone’s whiney little diatribe. Everything else is well worth a read. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you come back.
First, if the professional Left didn’t hate Glenn Beck before, they sure as shit do now. You can’t organize a high-profile rally, have 500,000 (if not a million) conservative-ish people show up to Washington and do it on the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech and just think you can get away with it. The Left truly believes that they ‘own’ Dr. King’s social and political legacy. According to their self-fulfilling narrative, liberals are the rightful and only true caretakers of Dr. King’s place in America. Seeing some Faux News barely closeted bigot palling around with MLK’s niece, making inspirational speeches and having the audacity to take Martin Luther King’s words seriously is gonna be too much for the pouty progressive caucus to bear.
So watch for attacks on Beck to ratchet up dramatically over the next few weeks. Every vile slime-job tactic will be thrown at him…as usual. This will of course just raise Beck’s prestige even higher.
More importantly, American conservatives are totally freakin’ stoked. Hundreds of thousand of right-wing peeps sweated out a hot day in DC to see Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin give a warm bear-hug to American exceptionalism, traditional faith and the enduring allure of freedom. That’s pretty amazing, when you think about it.
Not only is the Right pumped, this rally should act as a valuable counterpoint to the Obama Administration’s socialism-soaked rhetoric and deeds. Remember that Obama in 2008 was…at least in the left-of-center mind…supposed to rally citizens under the banner of progressivism with his mellifluous speeches and soaring rhetoric. This grand communicative ability was subsequently supposed to ease the American voter in the warm snuggly embrace of full-on double rainbow big-gubmint liberalism. Forget the fact that the Grand Orator Obama idea was a total media fabrication. On some level, the Left bought that scenario and expected it to occur.
Think about it: Could President Obama credibly give a speech in 2010 that delivered the type of unadulterated patriotism on display at the Restoring Honor rally? Not after two years of trashing America’s history bolstered by pedantic sneering. Could the President believably discuss racial healing as expressed by Dr. Alveda King? Not after two years of having his subordinates pump out the obnoxious notion that Americans who oppose him are unrepentant racists. Could Barack Obama give a full-throated defense of the American military? Not after two years of pathetic dithering in Afghanistan mixed with naked contempt for the mission in Iraq.
More importantly, could President Obama even hope to rally anybody but the most doe-eyed leftist dupes to his causes in August 2010? Fat chance.
The Restoring Honor gathering was a repudiation of what President Obama has done to this country. Specifically, it was a ringing rebuke of the charmless arrogance and far-left ideological tone of Obama’s administration. The folks at Glenn Beck’s rally are crying out for a return to the America of the Constitution and to an unadulterated love of country. They know they won’t get any of that from Obama. But I think it’s safe to say that these people know where they could get it in 2012.