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Posted on Aug 30, 2010
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By Arthur Blaustein

I was inspired by Glenn Beck’s speech at his “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington to write the speech he intended to make:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all mega-corporations with legions of lobbyists are created more than equal to anybody.”

I have a dream that the Yalie son of a Houston oil magnate can walk hand in hand with the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund operator on the white sands of Southampton while evading inheritance taxes.

I have a dream that from the glorious Pacific to the bountiful Atlantic the Castro will become gayless and Greenwich Village will become free of feminism.

I have a dream that the Republican Party will come up with one new idea, any new idea, even if it is a rerun of one of Rush’s or my ideas, just to show that it isn’t completely brain-dead.

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I have a dream that the young white guys playing with rifles at survivalist retreats in northern Michigan, that the middle-aged white guys playing Minuteman with guns at the Arizona border, and the older white guys frolicking at the Bohemian Grove, playing with whatever they play with, will keep people of different races or religions in their place.

I have a dream that the Supreme Court will vote 5 to 4 to revoke the statehood of Hawaii—but not Alaska—vindicating you Birthers out there.

I have a dream that Rupert Murdoch and the Fortune 500, thanks to another Supreme Court vote of 5 to 4, will be free to buy the Senate, the House and the White House at a Sotheby’s auction, without elections or public financing of campaigns.

I have a dream that oil spills in the Gulf, mining in West Virginia, egg farming in Iowa and predatory lending in every state will keep evading oversight.

I have a dream that all our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the content of their character, but by the size of their stock portfolios.

I have a dream that the former lily-white golf clubs of Georgia and the lily-white boardrooms of Halliburton will not be tainted by people of different races or religions.

May corporations get the American people and “government of the people, by the people and for the people” (Lincoln had it wrong) off our backs.

From the newsroom of Fox to the boardrooms of our corporate masters, let freedom ring.

Thanks to Justice Roberts Almighty, the tea party and the GOP, we’ll be free at last!

Arthur Blaustein is the chair of the editorial board of the Progressive Book Club and author of “The American Promise—Justice and Opportunity.”


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By Night-Gaunt, June 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

“I have a dream that the former lily-white golf clubs of Georgia and the lily-white boardrooms of Halliburton will not be tainted by people of different races or religions.” From Arthur Blaustein not me Rico.

Well I see MILTON CARROLL and ABDALLAH S. JUM’AH so that its 2 out of 10. Good for them. Has 2 women out of 10, good there too. So that is some improvement and Blaustein should have checked.

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By Tessica, June 20, 2011 at 3:45 am Link to this comment
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And I thought I was the senslbie one. Thanks for setting me straight.

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By rico, suave, September 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Night Gaunt:

Since you evidently don’t know how to Google “Halliburton board of directors” I’ll save you time: It is not “lilly white” as you so cavalierly claim.

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By Dennis, September 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment
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Glenn Beck’s form of patriotism is false and he is a person who has no real substance or depth.  On his radio show and Fox Network program he consistent demonstrates all the unstable behaviors of a dry alcoholic which include grandiosity, judgmentalism, intolerance, impulsivity, and indecisiveness.  His AA sponser had to drop him.  It will not surprise many of use when Beck’s next national event is to come out of the closet and announce his homosexuality to the nation.

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By Night-Gaunt, September 3, 2010 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

Those who follow Nature’s course survive, those like humanity wreck it and eventually will die off by their own hand or the balance coming due. Nature is balance and evolution is flexibility. Part of it is predation but the other part is cooperation and symbiosis. It is far more complex than the pseudoscientific ethos of the Social Darwinists “dog-eat-dog” which is how predatory Capitalists, & psychopaths think of the world. With themselves being top dog.

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By Spooky-43, September 3, 2010 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

By Night-Gaunt, September 1 at 10:22 pm

“Ever heard of the neo-cortex, Spooky-43?”

Neocortexs are like a..holes, everyone has one.  Hitler had one and Mother Teresa had one.  Even I have one. 

In the natural world, you have to protect yourself from beasts with neocortexs and beasts without neocortexs, as they all will kill you dead, often for no reason, other than they are all part of natural system which is based on kill or be killed, survival of the fittest.

Organisms of every size and type wage constant war against other organisms for domination of resources.

Men like to think they have progressed beyond that, but their behavior demonstrates otherwise.  They continue to be among the most violent beasts on the face of the earth, constantly attempting to dominate, enslave and annihilate each other on every level.

Nothing has really changed, only the technology gets more advanced.

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By Night-Gaunt, September 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

There are plenty of examples in our time of when civilization norms are negated or savagery is promoted the worse in some people come out. Even so it is in the minority unless the conditions and the way the civilization is run also promotes direct action or quite compliance against a minority. Rwanda and Nazi Germany are two examples. But “easy” isn’t a word I would use to describe it. Easy for you perhaps.

You still haven’t made your point about Halliburton, and I don’t want to waste time tracking it down. Tell me or link me. Your notion of clarity is opaque.

It isn’t a non sequitur if the conditions of the initial position is altered as it is examined. You can’t seem to fathom that. Just as the usual morphology of a predator doesn’t fit us and I gave an example of what did. Yet we rule the earth. And if they were around we wouldn’t be for those reasons given.  Also something you can’t compute at this point.

If we want rights we have to fight for them.Killing to protect ourselves an others isn’t the same as a dictator killing those deemed enemies of the state. Spooky-43 is still wrong because he is on the side of the tyrants because that is how they think too. Rights are inborn, privileges are given by sovereigns. The idea of “god given rights” is a fallacy. What can be given can be taken away. So when a god does it? Or those saying they are ordained by that god to take your rights? It is semper vigilus all the time to preserve those rights. Including from others who deem you or me ineligible for those rights like we have right here in the USA. [Marriage for one.]

Robert Heinlein was right but very few would be as dedicated as he was. To wit, You can’t enslave a free man, you can only kill him.” If every human thought that way then most dictators wouldn’t last nearly as long but ones life is valued above freedom in most cases.

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By rico, suave, September 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

By Night-Gaunt, August 31 at 4:18 pm

“I have a dream that the former lily-white golf clubs of Georgia and the lily-white boardrooms of Halliburton will not be tainted by people of different races or religions.”

And now:

“Night-Gaunt:

I checked out the board room of Halliburton. Maybe you should too before you embarrass yourself again.

Now how does that fit in with anything? How am I embarrassed by it? Be specific next time so I don’t have to waste time asking a question you should have answered in the above, but didn’t.”

Specific enough? And, you’re right. How DOES that fit in with anything? By the way, did you check out the Halliburton board?

You say, “Have you wondered why it is so hard during war to get people to become killers?” Then you waste barely a syllable (except for your pedantic bullshit about velociraptors)of your next five sentences explaining how EASY it is for people to be killers. Learn the concepts of contradiction and sequitur.

Were you at Becks’ rally? If not, why do you feel qualified to comment on it?

“...humanity’s normal state is murder and cannibalism. Wrong again. Most do not want to be warriors and killers. They need to be convinced to do it, psychologically trained to ignore their better natures.”

Now you know that THAT it TOTAL bullshit. What does it mean to be civilized? More to the point, what does it mean to act uncivilized? Civilization is an unnatural condition which requires man’s unique intellectual powers to create and maintain. Why have laws and police and jails if man is naturally good and peaceloving?

Spooky43 is correct. Ask Mao or Fidel where “rights” come from. Man has no “rights”, only privileges grant to him by stronger men. My “right to life” is backward looking: It means that, so far, no one has wanted to kill me and that I am still alive. My “right to liberty”? Ha! The only right we have is a right to die, and that is only because no one has figured out how to prevent it.

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By Night-Gaunt, September 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

Ever heard of the neo-cortex, Spooky-43? That is what makes us different and we can decide how we will act. Have you wondered why it is so hard during war to get people to become killers? Yes, humanity is the most powerful hunter species that ever was. Unless you want to count the velociraptors who if they had continued to exist after the T/K boundary we would not be here, they would be. What makes us so dangerous isn’t the usual things attributed to predators. Our teeth aren’t especially sharp, jaws aren’t powerful, stamina, speed, visual/aural/olaphactory are all below par for a top predator. It is our thumbs and cerebro-cortex that makes us top predator. The Alpha species that is gone out of control and making us the Omega species causing the on going 6th Extinction. The one species that can change the world. We just aren’t developed enough to use our intelligence while protecting our environment while doing so.

So I would say you are the naive one in this.

By rico suave, September 1 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment


Naive? Not what you meant? Here it is again to refresh your memory.

By Spooky-43, August 31 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

FREEDOM FROM RELIGION!!  No more mosques, no more churches, and no more temples, and no more singing religious songs in public.

I find its meaning unequivocal. They are your words but you deny you wrote them or did you leave out some important words in it that would modify its present meaning? If so please do. And make a more clear statement in you responses so I don’t have to query you again for clarity.

So we should give up and become animals to destroy, not live in harmony as we have the capability of doing? Size isn’t the only strength. A highly intelligent brain can outwit the plodding giant. Our rights are only guaranteed if we acknowledge them and fight for them.

You Spooky-43 sound like a nihilist. You have decided that humanity isn’t different from any other creature on this planet. You are wrong there. You are of the opinion that humanity’s normal state is murder and cannibalism. Wrong again. Most do not want to be warriors and killers. They need to be convinced to do it, psychologically trained to ignore their better natures. There is a small percentage that are ready willing and able to kill and torture and rape with little provocation. However, the harsher the environ ment the worse people will act, negative euthenics in action.

Night-Gaunt:

I checked out the board room of Halliburton. Maybe you should too before you embarrass yourself again.

Now how does that fit in with anything? How am I embarrassed by it? Be specific next time so I don’t have to waste time asking a question you should have answered in the above, but didn’t.

I didn’t see Sharpton‘s annual rally so I have no idea who was there & so have no comment.

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By Peter Knopfler, September 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

I GUESS IT TAKES A MORMON TO TELL CHRISTIANS HOW TO BE CHRISTIANS, Morons only recently let blacks into their church system, We are in trouble, Clowns to the left of me, jokers on the right, Here I am stuck in the middle!

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By Spooky-43, September 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

By Night-Gaunt, September 1 at 12:38 pm

“So you wish to do to them what they do to you, exist! Wrong out of proportion response that is evil and end in evil just as assuredly as if they demand you and I disappear. It will end in bloodshed and mass murder. Is that what you really want? Not helping.”

This naivete you show is what is out of proportion.  It is not what I want, but it is the law of nature, kill or be killed.  Man is not special, but just another beast who has evolved a tad more than the rest.

Evolution is a relative thing.  We kill cattle for our supper because they have not evolved as much as we have, so we have power over them, to kill them at will. 

If a highly advanced alien race considered us cattle, would it be acceptable for them to harvest us for their meals?  At that point, it would not matter what we thought, just as it does not matter what the cattle think when we kill them.  We don’t bother to ask them what they think.  We assume they have no thoughts or feelings because they are so much less advanced than we are.  But it is all relative.

Men think they have rights.  They think they have the right to speech and religion, among others.  But that is also relative, because as soon as something much bigger comes along, all men’s right are cancelled. 

In nature, there are no rights.  The lion devours the zebra with no regard for the zebra’s rights. 

Men, pretending to be special, invent gods who they say bestow rights upon them, but it is all a myth and delusion, as these so-called godly men kill, just as the ungodly man does, for their own benefit.  So I often wonder why anyone should bestow any rights to them, let alone some eternal god.

Kill or be killed.  That is what all history and nature shows me.  It is what drives the natural world.  Man would like to be exempt, because it scares the shit out of him.  But he is a product of it, though he spends a great deal of time trying to deny that.

so what was it your were saying again in your above paragraph?

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By rico, suave, September 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

yrscrewed:

“I have a dream that the American people are know longer stupid.  Stupid is to intelligent for them.”

Oh boy.

we our screwed.

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By stopwartaxes, September 1, 2010 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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to tedmurphy41:  not necessary to avoid paying tax, just avoid filing—no penalty if you paid enough.  i am engaged in tax court case right now, and my impression is that system is vulnerable.  my objection has been money for imperial wars.

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By rico, suave, September 1, 2010 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

Night-Gaunt:

I checked out the board room of Halliburton. Maybe you should too before you embarass yourself again.

Did Sharpton hold his hand out to Beck? What if Beck would have taken it? Beck’s rally was by far the more ecumenical and multicultural of the two.

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By Night-Gaunt, September 1, 2010 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

FREEDOM FROM RELIGION!!  No more mosques, no more churches, and no more temples, and no more singing religious songs in public. Spooky-43

So you wish to do to them what they do to you, exist! Wrong out of proportion response that is evil and end in evil just as assuredly as if they demand you and I disappear. It will end in bloodshed and mass murder. Is that what you really want? Not helping.

The only way to “rid” ourselves of the two-party system, yrscrewed is to open it up and allow all parties easy access to all precincts and TV time.

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By tedmurphy41, September 1, 2010 at 6:48 am Link to this comment

It may be an idea to get everyone in America to
evade/avoid paying their taxes, so that America can no
longer afford the costs needed to interfere in other
people’s Countries, or with the financial aid given so
freely to those Countries who co-operate with the
Government of the day.

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By yrscrewed, September 1, 2010 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

I have a dream that we can rid ourselves of the two party system err I mean the Demagogues and the Repeat Offenders or as is commonly known as the Demorepublican Party.
I have a dream that the American people are know longer stupid.  Stupid is to intelligent for them.
Peace

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By Dennis, August 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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Americans need to wake up the fact that Beck is simply another opinion pushing charlatan who is a product of mormon cult theology.  He does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, he has no qualifications and he is definitely not a true conservative. But then, what can anyone expect from someone who can’t find anything filthier than their own personal reflection. Since people like Beck cannot survive on the basis of any personal merits, they survive by puting others down with lies and half truths in order to feel good about themselves. The truth about Beck is that he a dry mormon alcoholic who never got the counseling required by alcoholics. He flippantly throws around Christian terms like “God”, “Jesus”, “Holy Spirit” as well as voices of other so called “Spirit Powers” on his radio talk show. Beck is a mormon in active standing with the mormon church and is not a Christian. Mormonism teaches many gods, that the god of the earth was once a man who attained godhood status, there is no trinity, the cross of Christ means nothing and that Jesus Christ and Satan were brothers. Because Beck does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, he is the perfect abortion poster child for Fox Network. The people who love what Beck says are no different than the impressionable sheep who loved every speech made by Adolph Hitler in his early years when he brought Germany into an era of economic prosperity. These same sheep (like the ones who listen to and believe the lies of Beck) also blindly followed Hitler into one of the darkest chapters of world history. Beck and the Fox Network both cater to the same lowest common denominator of demagogery. The man would not know the first thing about God as he is a mormon. Someone should ask him which of the many mormon gods he kept talking about during his argument with himself on Saturday. Unfortunately, these teabaggers out there do not realize that Beck is talking about a different god than that of Christianity, Judaism or Islam and that he has been a product of mormonism cultism from the day he started doing a radio talk show as an opinion pusher.

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By Spooky-43, August 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

By Joe, August 31 at 11:17 am Link to this comment
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“The scariest thing is the religious overtones.  This is why there is separation of church and state.” 

Yeah, that was totally scary, all those people standing around singing “Amazing Grace” on public property.  I don’t believe that is actually legal, is it? 

The problem is, a lot of these religious types get around the separation of church and state law by calling their buildings mosques or temples.  The separation of church and state law should be ammended to include separation of mosque and state, and separation of temple and state, and separation of all religions and state, and especially separation of god and state.  The law needs to be rewritten to separate the whole thing, not just churches, which is way too specific to christians only, and doesn’t include mormons.  That is how Beck got around that law. 

And as long as congress prays, and they put “in god we trust” on our money, and stuff like this rally, we will never be free from all this peaceful, lovey-dovey religious crap Beck and those teabaggers feed us.

What really is scary is that the moral majority is illegally taking over with religion by hiding behind the muslims and their shareia law.  This law is as bad as the old jewish law but basically the same.  The moral majority doesn’t really care what kind of law is in effect as long as they get to punish gays and other sexual perverts.  When shareyia law takes over, the religious bigots will be in their glory, punishing all kinds of victimless crimes, like drug dealing, pornography, gambling, and prostitution to name a few.  And there goes more jobs down the tubes. 

That is why the government needs to make more regular American laws restricting religions from taking over everything.  And those laws should not just restrict churches, but all other religious buildings and organizations.

FREEDOM FROM RELIGION!!  No more mosques, no more churches, and no more temples, and no more singing religious songs in public.

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By Night-Gaunt, August 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

If the book is overtly or covertly religious then I am against its distribution by our gov’t using tax payer dollars. That isn’t its place. If there are any “leftists” howling you wouldn’t hear them for the much magnified chorus of the hard Christian Right doing so since inauguration.

Would either book be considered a secular book? No preaching of any kind in them? They would just speak about how all religions should come together? Not speaking of their “superiority?” If not then they are wrong to pay for it with our tax money. No doubt about it. Can you tell me that call me Roy?

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By call me roy, August 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment

Two recent polls have discovered that as many as one-quarter of all Americans believe that President Obama is actually a Muslim. This is despite the fact that during his campaign he put enormous effort into convincing the voters that he was a Christian.

I remember thinking at the time, “Why is no one on the Left howling about Senator Obama’s claims of faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ?” When George W. Bush, early in his campaign, told reporters that the person who had most profoundly affected his life was Jesus Christ, it almost derailed his campaign! Even during his presidency, I don’t remember White House spokespersons having to reassure reporters that President Bush was really a Christian. The press took his faith at face value and constantly threw it back at him.

And remember how the Left ridiculed him for appointing John Ashcroft, a devout and open evangelical Christian, as his Attorney-General? When it was discovered that Mr. Ashcroft held personal Bible studies in his DOJ office, the Left and the press demanded his resignation. Yet, when Mr. Obama’s deputy press secretary insisted to reporters aboard Air Force One last week that, indeed, the President is “obviously a Christian [because] he prays every day,” every member of the Mainstream Media was as quiet as a church mouse!

As Mister Rogers might have put it, “Can you say ‘double standard’?” But, then, that’s the modus operandi for practitioners of political correctness, social Marxism, and thought-control.

But trust our old friend, Reality, to break up the party. Because of all the controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque (Formerly called “Cordoba House,” then “Park 51 Mosque”, and now we learn it’s not really a mosque, but a community center with a small prayer space!), ‘Happy Ramadan’ dinners at the White House, and the growing suspicion that our President may be a ‘closet’ Muslim, we’ve recently heard a lot of folks give Islam some wonderful reviews. Unfortunately, the truth about Islam doesn’t quite measure up to the good press that Islam has been getting lately.

Also, if you’re a fan of that time-honored literary tradition known as “irony,” you’ll be in high clover this week. A group of ‘interfaith’ leaders gave a press conference in Washington recently in support of The Cordoba Initiative. You will never believe the examples and parallels they cited in their efforts to shame us into going along with the idea. Either these guys are ignorant of Islamic history, they’re blatantly duplicitous (which is my bet), or they’re just plain stupid. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to have to claim any of these options to describe myself, but they’re spoiled for choice.

Looks like Glenn has Barry pegged perfect Arthur?

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By call me roy, August 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

What If Bush Did This?
by Jason Mattera 08/31/2010
Thought experiment, folks. What would the reaction be from the media and leftist agitator groups if the Bush Administration were buying thousands of copies of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and distributing them overseas? Moreover, how apoplectic would those usual suspects behave if they also learned that the Bush Administration was denying that Mere Christianity was in fact a religious-based book, while at the same time deeming it an acceptable diplomatic tool to engender tolerance and interfaith dialogue? I think we all know what reaction would be, don’t we?
A blitzkrieg of front-page stories from the New York Times accusing President Bush of embarking on a modern-day Crusade. The ACLU would fire off press release after press release screeching about the 1st Amendment being under an unprecedented assault. Blowhard Ed Schulz at MSNBC would yell unintelligibly for an hour, then cry afterward because no one watched MSNBC to see him yell unintelligibly for an hour. And Al Sharpton would find a way to blame everything on Glenn Beck.
Now, the truth. The State Department did buy bulk copies of a religious book, but it wasn’t Mere Christianity. Nope. It was the Ground Zero Imam’s, What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West. Can you guess how many copies were bought? That would be none other than 2,000! The State Department also accepted another 1,000 at no cost, for a total dispersion of 3,000 copies of What’s Right with Islam. Behold, your tax dollars at work! But it gets worse.
The State Department doesn’t see any problem handing out Rauf’s Islamic book because they don’t consider it religious material. Seriously. A State official told HUMAN EVENTS that “We don’t characterize them as religious books per se. I know it’s an issue of semantics. But we would consider a religious book to be something like the Koran and the Bible. We look at these as books on religion or books about religion. It’s certainly not limited to any one religion.”
In fact, the spokesperson likened Rauf’s work to that of other literary works which the State Dept. distributes, including Cold Mountain—a book about the Civil War—and a book on the Wright brothers. No Christian material, however.
Members of the media don’t see anything wrong with the government acting like Rauf’s personal Barnes & Noble either. The New York Times casually mentioned how the State Dept. buys What’s Right with Islam, but that particular mention was buried at the bottom of an article and, subsequently, there were no follow-up questions on why taxpayers should be on the hook for Rauf’s screed to begin with.
Like I said, just imagine the uproar and fury if a government official defended the state-sponsored circulation of Mere Christianity.
In total, the government unloaded $16,000 on Rauf’s junket to the Middle East and another $10,000 on his book.
The reckless spending of tax dollars aside, the Obama White House was elated to give its blessing to an imam who won’t condemn Hamas, argues that the U.S. is worse than al-Qaeda, and encourages the implementation of Sharia law right here in America.
A State spokeswoman told HUMAN EVENTS that Feisal is “an American Muslim voice to the Middle East.”
It’s not hard to figure out why some people are confused about Obama’s religious affiliation.
Barry Hussein Obama claims to be a Christian, but doesn’t act like one. He claims not to be Islamic, but he does act like one.

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By Night-Gaunt, August 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

I have a dream that the former lily-white golf clubs of Georgia and the lily-white boardrooms of Halliburton will not be tainted by people of different races or religions.

I would amend that to the entire nation not just the corporations and also the neighborhoods too would they want that. That is what those racial and ethnic “homelands” the white supremacists talk about, they even have it mapped out, would want to subdivide in our country. Where the Mason-Dixon dividing line of us vs them would be actual for them who dislike the co-mingling of humanity. After that was done they would look at everyone of us who are left in their country to find out who we are. They may just set up a passive system and catch us as we violate one or more of their hidden rules that would only catch those of us not of them in a philosophical way.

I am impressed at the marshaling of such a diverse group of Rabbis, preachers, imams ect. but I do wonder why he didn’t even bother to hold his hand out to Al Sharpton and company? I would be less suspicious of his motives if he had. But he didn’t because what if Al Sharpton would have said yes? Then the problem of him pointing out to Beck the inconsistencies he has when talking about concerning whatDr. MLK jr. was fully about.

Beck would be happy with a theocracy and to ignore the affects of GCC which he discounts out of hand. He can always call on Koch created and paid for think tanks like Cato & Americans for Prosperity to say the same thing and bolster his imaginings.

Well call me Roy since the majority of the Press is owned by only 5 corporations who aren’t known for their liberality I would disagree with you. What you read as “Liberal” isn’t to Liberals but are instead either neutral (no criticism/analysis) or supportive for what they write. Not Liberal, Progressive and/or at bet Moderate. It is irrelevant who the reporter is if it doesn’t pass ideological muster they will soon be out of a job.

Joe the idea of “State Church separation” is considered a “Progressive” myth by him and his guests. A rewriting of history as done by a Dominionist like David Barton whose mission is to purchase all the original documentation so he and his lackeys can filter it through their particular Christian lens point of view to us. They wish to prove we were a back door theocracy in the past and we should “return” to such a thing if not a front door theocracy now.

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By Joe, August 31, 2010 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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The scariest thing is the religious overtones.  This is why there is separation of church and state.  No matter what your religion is, if you don’t want Beck’s version, join the Freedom From Religion Foundation!  http://ffrf.org/faq/about-the-foundation/

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By altara, August 31, 2010 at 6:32 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 Sodium-Na, August 31, 2010 at 2:30 am Link to this comment

Sarcasm is evident in the article. Thank you,Arthur Bleustein,for choosing the right words.

The only thing missing in an excellent article is an exclamation mark after every sentence of sarcasm.

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By call me roy, August 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

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 (many say 300,000) 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?
The main thing about the rally for me is: You can see November from the Washington Monument.”
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?
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.

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By Peter Knopfler, August 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

Sorry I forgot, the article is well written, covered a lot of bases,Blaustein has a keen sense of Humor. HERE TO LAUGH IS TO CRY, WE are all singing the Palin Swing, Beck the Town cryer, extra extra read all about it, I wonder what Alex Jones is thinking!?

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By rico, suave, August 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

Pete:

Move over to the Marijuana story and let’s have some fun.

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By Peter Knopfler, August 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH
AND STATE? Just like a bunch of crazy muslims who can`t separate religion from politics, public spaces, Founding Fathers all were in support of separation of CHURCH AND STATE, another sad Day for AMERICANS.
Simple minded people who will follow anyone OBAAAMAAA, like sheep,OR, what the Heck It`s Beck!
As for the other side with Sharp as a marble Sharpton-AL, whining, singing crying THE BLUES, the Martin Luther King Blues! Beck crys a lot but He Don`t know the blues! AMAZING GRACE!

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By gerard, August 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

Actually, the entire charade is (was?) a pitiful display of incompetence:
  incompetence of Beck as a responsible and honest leader.
  incompetence of the attenders to grasp the innuendos in what he says, the pretenses of spiritual ardor, etc.
  incompetence of media in not being able to sift through the morass of words in his speech to point out the hypocrisy etc. for observers to see more clearly
  incompetence of representative government in not being able to create a situation where wrongs are being righted, injustices made more just, needs are being met, honesty prevails, wars end and are not initiated, exploitation is not prevented,etc.
  incompetence of American intellectuals in not being able to articulate more clearly the social and economic significance of what is happening to the country.
  incomopetence of American education to have done such a poor job of raising up a populace sophisticated enough to see through such an obvious hypocritical rabble-rouser
  Some very unsavory revelations in this performance yesterday.

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By berniem, August 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

People never learn! History has seen the likes of Beck, Palin, et al, in the persons of Marc Antony, Peter the Hermit, Robespierre, Lenin, Trotsky, Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, Jim Jones, David Koresh, etc. and continue to fall for the same demagoguery, scapegoating, fear mongering, and wild assertions based on half-truths and inuendo. Unfortunately, there still are too many people in the world constituting the “lowest common denominator” for these self-interested rabble-rousers to incite!

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By Druthers, August 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

Yes, Mr. Blaustein, just one more Friedman and the pearly gates will open.

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By Druthers, August 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

But Mr. Blaustein, your dream has come true!

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By dhough1976, August 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

If you want to see the America that Beck is urging on, you need only read his followers’ comments on this site http://wp.me/pNmlT-mI which is critical of Beck and his rally. They are completely blind to facts presented to them if they are contrary to their beliefs. It is scary to see the hold he has over them despite him offering so little substance or truth.

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By rico, suave, August 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

I am confident that truthdig’s typically overheated posters will eventually come to believe that this is the speech Beck actually gave and spend 100 posts vilifying him for it. “Repeat a lie often enough… yada yada yada”

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