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Posted on Aug 30, 2010
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By Bill Boyarsky

It’s easy to laugh off the weekend’s Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin show at the Lincoln Memorial. Palin was her usual squeaky self. Beck was bombastic and self-important, explaining how God had assisted him in this enterprise, just as the almighty helped Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt.

But don’t laugh just yet. The rally was a major event in the right wing’s effort to take over Congress and the presidency.

It marked the end of a big conservative weekend in Washington. The other event was the two-day “Defending the American Dream Summit” of the Americans for Prosperity, an organization founded by the energy conglomerate billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch. As reported in Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile, they have put many millions into ultraconservative organizations whose goal is to drive President Barack Obama and the other Democrats from office.

Saturday, participants in the American Dream Summit went to Beck and Palin’s Lincoln Memorial rally, making it a conservative mixer on a sunny Washington afternoon. Estimates of the crowd vary, but watching it on C-SPAN, I could see it was big, and also that most of its members represented the main demographics of the Republican conservative base—white and older.

With the Kochs’ billions in the background and Palin and Fox News star Beck up front, it added up to trouble for the Democrats and the country.

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Although most of the accounts of the Beck-Palin show concentrated on its heavy dose of religiosity, the most important element was its undertone of politics.

Shadowy powers such as the Koch brothers need a public face, someone to articulate their views in a way that resonates with the voters. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, was such a person for the right, although he couldn’t extend his appeal beyond the conservative Republican base. Ronald Reagan was a perfect public face, able to cross over to independents and Democrats. Consider last weekend an audition for someone to play the Reagan role.

Beck, the producer and director, made himself the star. He sought to portray himself as being above politics. He did this by appropriating both God and Martin Luther King Jr. His rally coincided with the anniversary of Dr. King’s great speech—“I have a dream”—at the Lincoln Memorial. Beck tried to move beyond his far-right moorings by invoking King’s name frequently, a ploy negated by his 2009 characterization on “Fox and Friends” of Obama as “a racist … a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, the white culture, I don’t know what it is.” Sunday, after his rally, he backed away from that statement, saying on Fox, “It shouldn’t have been said; it was poorly said; I have a big fat mouth sometimes, and I say things. ...”

But Beck’s softening of his position won’t move him into the mainstream. Nor will his ploy of claiming a special relationship with someone who has strong nonpartisan credentials: God.

Beck compared his relationship with the deity to that of Moses, who was told by the Lord that he was being sent to Egypt on a divine mission to take the Jews to freedom.

Beck’s moments with God came on two occasions, he told the crowd. One was when one of his staff asked what would happen if nobody showed up at the rally. Beck said, “My response was we’ll stand where the Lord wants us to stand, and he’ll provide the people if it’s what is supposed to happen.” His second moment was when he ran short of money to pay for mounting costs of the rally. “For the first time I challenged him a little bit,” Beck said. “I was on a plane with my wife and I looked up at the top of that airplane and I said ‘Lord, we don’t have anything else left. It’s up to you now.” Beck said more than enough money suddenly flowed in.

Whereas Beck wrapped himself in God, Palin portrayed herself conventionally as a soldier’s mom, with only one dip into politics. “We must not fundamentally transform America as some would want; we must restore America and restore her honor,” she said.

Beck was too erratic, too bombastic, too full of himself to fill the role of fronting for the Republican right. On the other hand, Palin showed much more potential. Her delivery, still too high-pitched and flighty, is nowhere near Reagan’s. But she has improved, particularly in a situation like the Beck-Palin rally, where facts and details would have been out of place. 

Moreover, she is in sync with what Jane Mayer, in her New Yorker article, described as the Koch brothers’ agenda—“drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation.”

Their money and that of other secretive Republican financiers is now flowing into Senate and House races. From there, the GOP funders will move to the presidential election. Sarah Palin could be their front person, with them pulling the strings while she reigns as America’s first woman president. So please don’t laugh. It could happen.


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By ofersince72, August 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

They just might make all the FCC commisioners
Industry Friendly and owed by the ones that own our debt
there by controlling all information and political debate.
Oh, I’m sorry Dems and Pubs already did this years ago.

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By ofersince72, August 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

They just might offer amnesty to the phone companies for
illegally evesdropping on us for the government..
Oh, I’m sorry, Dems and Pubs already did this….

They might just take public money and hand it over to
Wall Street.  Oh, I’m sorry, Dems and Pubs already did this.

They just might make our elections a bought and paid for
meaningless process..oh, I’m sorry Dems and Pubs already
did this.

They just might call throwing money at the health ins co.
a health care bill,  oh, I’m sorry, Dems and pubs already
did this.

They just might trash the consitution and give us an
ad hoc martial law.  Oh, I’m sorry, Dems and Pubs already
did this.

They just might trash the public education system, Oh
I’m sorry Dems and Pubs already did this.

They just might destroy the economy and put us in so much
debt that the International Investors will own us and
dictate policy and demand all sorts of AUSTERITY programs.
Oh, I’m sorry ,  Dems and Pubs already did this….

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By kerryrose, August 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

Mikey,

Not true that war doesn’t change, no matter who the president.  Have you heard the macho talk of Palin and other right wing Evangelicals? 

Trigger fingers itching to prove that America is #1.

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By Night-Gaunt, August 31, 2010 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

We all don’t have to buy it, just a small cadre adn the top owners of this and other lands. When they do away with our gov’t via a financial collapse they will be our saviors lead by the likes of Glenn Beck & Eric Prince to their promised land. Not the same one Dr. King had been speaking of 47 years ago.

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By ofersince72, August 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

The Beck-Palin Show is No Joke….....................

Then why are my sides splitting so?.......................

“ignoring beck and palin can come back and haunt you”
Samo…can you explain?

I can’t believe the whole American Public is taken in
by this contrived , meaningless political debate.
By the Way .....The Facists Already Have Won….........
...and the Rich Boss is Still smarter than you!!!........

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By Peetawonkus, August 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

Beck: a Mormon lecturing us about Jesus and God; a racist pissing on the memory of Martin Luther King; a fascist screaming about socialism. Do Beck and his mob of know-nothings have a chance at political power? You betcha.

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By DaveZx3, August 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

By prole, August 31 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

“Moses was indeed the first political terrorist on written record, slaying literally thousands of innocents, not only Egyptians but many of those of his own tribe that opposed him.”

And it is said that Glenn Beck makes absurd statements.  Wow!!  This statement ranks right up there on the list of reasons why honor really does need to be restored in America.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, August 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment
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According to this month’s Harper’s Magazine the states will lose $2.5 billion in corporate tax revenues this year.  There isn’t any way that the states can sustain that kind of loss and still provide basic services.  I have little doubt about who the beneficiaries of all the resultant stress and emotional turmoil will be a year from now when many states will be in economic collapse.

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By Mikey, August 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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Doesn’t matter if the next president is Obama, Palin, or Beck himself. 
There simply isn’t any difference in any of their policies regarding
war, financial responsibility or anything else—except social
differences, e.g. gay marriage, abortion, etc. I’m more interested in
stopping our murder-machine and our printing presses at The Fed.

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By kerryrose, August 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

Ernie,

I am speaking of what Sarah Palin has become since she left politics and became a media cartoon.

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By Night-Gaunt, August 31, 2010 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

i,>The Kochs’ subsidization of a pro-corporate movement fulfills, in many ways, the vision laid out in a secret 1971 memo that Lewis Powell, then a Virginia attorney, wrote two months before he was nominated to the Supreme Court. The antiwar movement had turned its anger on defense contractors, such as Dow Chemical, and Ralph Nader was leading a public-interest crusade against corporations. Powell, writing a report for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, urged American companies to fight back. The greatest threat to free enterprise, he warned, was not Communism or the New Left but, rather, “respectable elements of society”—intellectuals, journalists, and scientists. To defeat them, he wrote, business leaders needed to wage a long-term, unified campaign to change public opinion.</i> From the article.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all#ixzz0yCqrGm5A

One thing missing from this rally was the economic angle that Dr. King also promoted that Glenn Beck and company are vehemently against. But he doesn’t address that anomaly because the use of Dr. King is too important to the message. Such co-option is a well know tactic and has been done many times. One that has been hijacked by him and his billionaire backers. That is the way to destroy your enemies is to take their icons and message then rewrite it to fit your own agenda. Such has been done and the likes of Glenn Beck has a much larger mouth piece. Remember that the Al Sharpton meeting is done every year and wasn’t advertised unlike the Glenn Beck one that had a radio show, TV show and and entire network to promote it.


Great point BarbieQue, and too many people have the mistaken idea that the Democratic party hasn’t been infiltrated by the same group of like minded crypto-fascists that have been ruining our Republic directly since 1980. It still has some Progressives, Liberal and Moderates in it but not in key areas of control. But as time goes on they could be kicked out the way they have been in the Republican party. Only time will tell.

Our whole political and economic system has been corrupted by money and power over time. It has waxed and waned. Right now it is waxing greater than ever before. When you have the Supreme Court on your side it is difficult to lose.

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By prole, August 31, 2010 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

“It’s easy to laugh off”…Boyarsky’s deceitful drivel combining as it does the squeakiness of a Palin and the bombastic self-importance of a Beck. No doubt Yahweh assists his chosen prophet Boyarsky just as She assisted the Chosen People in their massacre in Gaza last year that the bloodthirsty Boyarsky reveled in. So if “Beck’s softening of his position won’t move him into the mainstream. Nor…his ploy of claiming a special relationship with someone who has strong nonpartisan credentials: God” - then it shouldn’t affect the “special relationship” that Boyarsky and his Jewish State claim to have with God; who despite Her “nonpartisan credentials” allegedly chose these people above all others to set such a lofty example. Nor should it affect the “special relationship” that the Chosen People’s State has with their client state of Amerika.
 
  “Beck compared his relationship with the deity to that of Moses, who was told by the Lord that he was being sent to Egypt on a divine mission to take the Jews to freedom”...through a massive terrorist campaign including infanticide. Moses was indeed the first political terrorist on written record, slaying literally thousands of innocents, not only Egyptians but many of those of his own tribe that opposed him. And you can be sure that if the brutish Boyarsky was around back then, he’d be cheering Moses on in his deadly deeds just as he cheered on Moses’ descendents in their murderous rampage in Gaza last year. The Chosen People have chosen terrorism ‘from time immemorial’. “Their money and that of other secretive [zionist] financiers is now flowing into Senate and House races. From there, [The Lobby] funders will move to the presidential election. Sarah Palin could be their front person, with them pulling the strings while she reigns as America’s first [pro-Israel] woman president. So please don’t laugh. It could happen.”

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By c, August 31, 2010 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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From Patrick at PalinGates, which is out of Germany. These people know exactly what is happening here:

I have witnessed in Germany in 1992/93 how a racist “mass rage” can spin out of control.

This kind of mass rage can easily happen again in other places as well. All you need is an incident, a reason to ignite the flame. There seems to be already a broad base of people in the USA who are heavily prejudiced against Muslims, and we have seen the first “incidents” against Muslims. What would for example happen if a Muslim “hits back” and hurts a “white person?” Wouldn’t that give people a reason to “strike” against the Muslims?

That’s why Glenn Beck’s and Sarah Palin’s game is so dangerous: If you whip up the masses, you might as well see some (unwanted?) results.
http://palingates.blogspot.com/2010/08/exclusive-pictures-and-report-from.html

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By bpawk, August 31, 2010 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

While Beck and Sarah Palin are reactionaries, at least they managed to get thousands of citizens/taxpayers/voters to protest for what they believe in, however misguided. Too bad the democrats wouldn’t rally their adherents - that’s the problem with everyone not right wing - there’s no passion to rally and protest as they don’t want to step on Obama’s toes (just yet). What they are waiting for - I don’t know - maybe when the social security is rolled back baby boomers will take to the streets in Washington. That’s the only thing that will make the politicians do what they want - let them know there’s angry voters and not just people blogging (which does nothing by the way). When the politicians know they can get kicked out, they will do what the citizens/taxpayers/voters want.

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By felicity, August 31, 2010 at 9:44 am Link to this comment

Interesting comments on the Boyarsky post. Lots of
straw-men built - where does Boyarsky exonerate
Democrats in his post?  Lots of ad hominems - don’t
attack what the writer says attack the writer. 

And then there are the Kochs.  It’s doubtful that same
have a political, religious, social, economic ideology
at all. Their money goes to the highest bidder, that
is, the person(s) who promise the highest return on
their investment.

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By surfnow, August 31, 2010 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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The day of Obama’s inauguration I predicted he would be a one term president. A year ago I was predicting that Sarah Palin would be our next president. I stand by those predictions.

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By altara, August 31, 2010 at 6:35 am Link to this comment
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Glenn Beck wants us to turn back to God, implying a need for a theocracy. Well, we had a president who said he was guided by God, and look how that turned out.

homer http://www.altara.blogspot.com

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By Leo, August 31, 2010 at 6:27 am Link to this comment
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[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Carlin ]George Carlin famously wrote the
joke “it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”[
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream#cite_note-Smith2010-11 ][12]
Carlin pointed to “the big wealthy business interests that control things and make
all the important decisions” as having a greater influence than an individual’s
choice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream

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By FRTothus, August 31, 2010 at 4:52 am Link to this comment

“But don’t laugh just yet. The rally was a major event
in the right wing’s effort to take over Congress and
the presidency.”

Ha ha ha ha ha!

They already have.  Thanks for playing.

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By Mike789, August 31, 2010 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

citing ~bill~ “if they won’t walk the walk, they just won’t get to hold office no matter HOW offensive the alternative may be.”

The same thought occured to me, however, I’m pretty outraged as it is when I hear extreme Right-wing candidates’ mouth off. Throwing upbreakables at the television during MSM broadcasts of vacuous Right-wing whitewash (the 5 gallon can has been replenished), has not served well as a palliative. My old cathode-ray tube may not survive if your direst prognostications come true. LOL

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By Ernie, August 31, 2010 at 12:29 am Link to this comment
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kerryrose;
Are you talking about Sarah Palin or Tina Fey?  Sarah Palin was a common citizen who served as mayor of her town and then unseated a sitting governor of her own party.  She cleaned up the corrupt bastards club (CBC) of Alaska Republicans who were in cahoots with the oil companies to run Alaska. She favors smaller government and she achieved that with her final budget being smaller than that of the guy she replaced.  She left Alaska with an 8 billion dollar rainy day fund after setting new rules for how the state was paid by the oil companies. She also had an 80% approval rate by Alaskans on the day she was selected by McCain and thrust into the national spotlight.  She also got a gas pipeline project approved that had been kicking around the state for decades.

Tina Fey could see Russia from her house.

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By BarbieQue, August 31, 2010 at 12:28 am Link to this comment

Boyarsky: “With the Kochs’ billions in the background and Palin and Fox News star Beck up front, it added up to trouble for the Democrats and the country…”

Where were Boyarsky and the others when the Koch conglomerate infiltrated the DLC?

Here’s a repost from another thread on this site posted by “someone” to someone else that was apparently confused by the Koch machine:

“Either you left out the stuff about Koch Industries giving funding to the Democratic Leadership Council and *Serving On It’s Executive Council” or you didn’t know about it. Not too sure which is worse, but at least you’ll make me think about that for a minute.

“Koch Industries gave funding to the DLC and served on its Executive Council” by Joe Sudbay on 8/25/2010

“But, here’s a key piece of information: the Kochs haven’t just given to right-wingers. Back in April of 2001, The American Prospect’s Bob Dreyfuss reported that the Kochs also funded the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)...

...One member of the DLC’s executive council is none other than Koch Industries, the privately held, Kansas-based oil company whose namesake family members are avatars of the far right

...The DLC board of trustees is an elite body whose membership is reserved for major donors,

http://www.americablog.com/2010/08/koch-industries-gave-funding-to-dlc-and.html

*******

“And for $25,000, 28 giant companies found their way onto the DLC’s executive council, including Aetna, AT&T, American Airlines, AIG…

...Few, if any, of these corporations would be seen as leaning Democratic, of course, but here and there are some real surprises. One member of the DLC’s executive council is none other than Koch Industries

How the DLC Does It Robert Dreyfuss | April 22, 2001
http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=how_the_dlc_does_it


This, Billy, is exactly why you and other blatant lying partisans are so frustrating to read. When this country needs voices for unity, all people like you seem to be able to do is fan the flames of division.

Or you’re simply ignorant and can’t quite figure out how to effectively use Google. In the meantime, people like me really enjoy seeing pompous hate flingers like you make yourself look stupid.
******

Now I surely don’t expect Conason or Boyarsky to read my comments. Their ignorance stands by itself. And people like me will try to display their hypocrisy with every single chance we get.

Articles like this by Boyarsky take for granted that the serfs are dumb and can’t remember what happened 6 months ago, let alone 8 years. Well, the Net has changed the game. The truth wants to be free and the Billys of the world can’t do a thing to prevent it. :D

We DO have the power: http://draintheswamps.com

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By samosamo, August 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

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As in ignoring history, ignoring beck and palin can come back to
haunt you.

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By Hollywood Russ, August 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

call me Roy- When are they going to remove the tumor from your brain? You
think Fox News is fair and balanced? You are going to cheer for the most evil
neoCon claptrap that is owned by Rupert Murdoch, an Australian who bought
American citizenship so he could get around laws that prevented foreigners
from dominating the media in this country. And you call yourself an American?
Glenn Beck is an ass- a stupid, smarmy ass who in a different age would be
touring the Deep South with his tambourine and black tie. “Next on the revival
trail is Meridian, Mississippi, Mr. Beck!” The media concentrated on them
because they are what people want to hear about. If the media hadn’t covered
them, you’d be foaming at the mouth, calling them liberal blankety blank
socialists. Let me tell ya something. Last May, the L.A. Times let two real estate
developers write an op/ed piece calling for the destruction of rent control. They
gave no indication who those two apes were either. Never a good sign. Does
that sound like typical liberal biased media? No! Let me know how that brain
surgery works out.

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By gerard, August 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment

Another thing about the Beck rally:  It gave a lot of people who attended the feeling that they were doing something meaningful. Hopefully they will be satisfied with that and not start to organize and do any serious grassroots work requiring time and energy of their own rather than a free ticket to DC handed to them by the mailed fist of corporate enterprise.

Problem is:  The Democorats are lazy too and looking for a free ride. They don’t believe anyone can do anything meaningful—least of all themselves. Unless they can snap out of it, this may turn out to be their biggest lost opportunity of the century.

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By Jack B. Nimble, August 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment
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Obama’ greatest legacy will be the end of far left liberal politics in America. America is a center-right country and its electorate is primarly independent. This country and its non-ideogical center has learned a valuable and enuring lesson from this administration’s misplaced and foolish priorities. We all now know what leftists want and it ain’t pretty.

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By Queenie, August 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

If Beck and Palin spell trouble for the Democrats, it’s the Democrats own damned fault. They are nothing but a bunch of spineless, corporate shills doing nothing for working folk or the poor. If they had a set, they would be fighting tooth and nail against the right-wing radicals who are hell-bent on destroying what little shreds of decency are left in our government.
The right-wing can cozy up to Jesus, but he would give them all a swift kick in the arse for the hypocrites they are.
I’m not laughing. I’m just wondering how in the hell this country ever sunk so low when two “crackers” are taken so seriously.

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By - bill, August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

By far the dominant reason why the Beck-Palin show is no joke is that the corporate-controlled national Democratic establishment is itself such a joke - and such a bad one at that.

If the Democratic party stood for the ideals that it once claimed to hold (and that Obama’s tone - though much less his substance - recalled during his campaign for ‘hope’ and ‘change we can believe in’), all the Republican/tea-party posturing would fade into the obscurity which it so richly deserves.  Unfortunately, this seems unlikely to occur, and I’m hoping for a massive Democratic defeat this Novemeber to drive home the point that if they won’t walk the walk, they just won’t get to hold office no matter HOW offensive the alternative may be.

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By gerard, August 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Don’t panic!  We’ve been through this scene before and came out wiser.  Remember the John Birchers and McCarthy and the xenophobia and incoherent destructive hearings and firings based on hysteria and thin air. Sure, we were scared.  But a lot of us got together and did what we could to prevent the intended take-over, mostly by speaking up in opposition at neighborhood meetings and in classrooms and churches. 
  Remember there are tens of thousands of conservatie folk who don’t go for this fear-mongering, and they want their country pretty much the way it is, warts and all.  Because they aren’t “activists” they probably won’t do much, but when it comes to the hysteria that is bound to get more stident as time passes, people will stay away and drop off.  Beck himself may become frightened of what he has done and lower his ambitions—whatever they are.  Someone he admires may say to him:  “You had better back off a bit, man.  With the country in the shape it’s in you may start a fire you can’t control.  You’ve set the tone.  From now on, easy does it. 
  Once I went to a meeing in the local American Legion Hall to convince homeowners in a conservative white district to refuse to sell property to non-whites.  Out of 50+ people, mostly men, in a smoke-filled room full of American flags and threats, three people spoke in objection. It looked bad then.  But when the chips fell, the initiative was defeated. Nobody knew for months what would follow.  The answer is nothing happened.  This kind of people are working out of fear, not out of assurance of being right. Fear has a short shelf life unless it is refreshed frequently.
  These people support each other with flags and prayers and quotations.  But—the world is knocking and younger people usually have more sense than people over 65.  (I say that regrettably!  But it’s true, generally speaking, from what I observe.)
  I could be wrong, so don’t just sit back and wait.  Do what you can however you can.  But don’t cave—above all, don’t cave.  The ones I used to know in my neighborhood were not only ignorant, but when it came right down to it, they didn’t want a fight on their hands. 
  That’s why God got pulled into Beck’s meeting—to keep things within the speed limit.

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By call me roy, August 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

One question Bill? Did you have your Mao cap of your Che t-shirt on when you wrote this article? I think so.
A comment from Pat C who was at the event. Wasn’t Maritn Luther King all about “character rather than color of skin”? So why does Al Sharpton think he has claim to “everything Martin Luther” simply by the color of his (Sharpton’s)skin? Don’t you think Martin Luther would be happy to see a celebration of his life by a gathering of people of all skin colors? MLK is a piece of American History. I am American. So why can’t I embrace him too? Al Sharpton’s existence and notoriety is dependent on the continuation of racism, so he has a stake in making sure that racism continues to exist, or at least portraying it as such. This does not mean that racism does not exist, but rather we have moved beyond this in the general scheme of things. Sharpton misrepresents the extent of racism and also, racism works both ways. BTW, I am blonde and I have experienced stereotyping because of my hair color. Does this happen often? No. Do I use this as an excuse when things don’t go my way? No. I don’t want to trivialize race issues, but we need to move past this.
Many of the Guest Speakers in the Restoring Honor Rally were of different races. Two of the Speakers in the rally who actually got the most applause were black and hispanic. So why did multiple news media only talk about Glen Beck and Sarah Palin? Could it be that this whole rally was not consistent with their “liberal paradigm” and their reporting simply had to make it fit their agenda? I think the answer is obvious. I am sick of the mainstream media trying to make and twist news. Maybe that’s why Fox News has a much larger audience than all of the other networks combined. When will the mainstream news outlets wake up and start doing their job the way they are supposed to?
My opinion? The important part of the story is that one man with his own money collected a lot of money for a worthy charity and brought a large group of people from across the country to one place to listen to white, black, American Indian, Christian,Mormon, Jewish speakers talk about faith, hope and charity. The S***stains in the current administration and the “news” people can try and spin whatever drug induced dreams that they choose. Again who cares? Maybe 20 years ago the New York Times was a real newspaper, but if it goes bankrupt now who cares?
The main thing about the rally for me is: You can see November from the Washington Monument.”

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By kerryrose, August 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Alot of bloggers talk about Sarah Palin as if she doesn’t exist beyond the role that they assign her.

When the writer makes statements and plugs her in, does he forget all the gaffes and swarmy presence of her already established existence in reality?

I’m not laughing, but she has already made her election impossible by becoming a cartoony celebrity with too much dirt, no matter how neatly the blogger fits her into his playbook, her own swarmy reality cannot be denied and it only deepens.

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