Saturday, August 28, 2011 is the big Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally. It will be held at the Lincoln Memorial.
Beck, a popular figure among tea party activists and a polarizing Fox News Channel personality, is headlining the event, and Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and a potential 2012 president candidate, will be a prominent speaker. But Beck told his television audience again on Thursday that it’s not about politics.
The event’s website says the rally is to pay tribute to America’s military personnel and others “who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor.” It also is to promote the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships and services to family members of military members.
The website urges citizens to attend and “help us restore the values that founded this great nation.”
How can anything featuring Sarah Palin not be about politics? She is the embodiment of politics.
I am not sure what values Beck is celebrating or restoring. I doubt that values founded the nation. People with ideas and strong backs founded the nation. He says he is restoring honor. Whose honor? Beck bothers me because he is arrogant yet humble. He feels he needs to impart his great knowledge. He is often wrong. Of course, history is open to interpretation. Beck is living a 12 step program.
Beck rails against social justice at every opportunity and sings the praises of MLK. No one was for social justice more than MLK. Obviously Beck hasn’t made this connection yet. I am not sure how blacks feel about him going to the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of the I have a Dream speech, which is probably the best known speech of MLK. Of course, the Lincoln Memorial belongs to all Americans.
Beck has quite a following. I believe he is one of the darlings of the tea party. I just think he is emotional and bizarre. Hopefully his rally will be all he wants it to be. The eyes of America are on this event, if for no other reason, curiosity.
Meanwhile, according to the Christian Science Monitor:
On Tuesday’s show….Glenn Beck said President Obama does not conform to ‘true’ Christian beliefs, but holds views akin to Marxist aligned liberation theology.
How low can Beck go? In the first place, many people would argue that Beck himself is not Christian because he is Mormon. (I always thought saying Mormons weren’t Christian was pure silliness.) In the second place, whose place is it to judge someone else’s Christianity? Certainly not Beck’s place. He needs to stick to healing himself. It’s probably the arrogant self-righteousness that bothers me the most. Judge not, lest ye be judged seems to be the appropriate response here.