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. 


28 Thoughts to “Glenn Beck Rally: Its Not About Politics”

  1. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Christian? I though Obama was Muslim!

  2. I guess he is what he says he is. I personally don’t care what his religion is–that’s another thing that isn’t any of my business.

  3. Well, at least the gates are up around the reflecting pool so the lemmings won’t drown.

  4. Snicker. Good one, Cindy.

  5. punchak

    I’ve been wondering – how does one go about getting permission to use Lincoln Memorial and the whole Mall? Who pays for all the police that must have to be used for an event like this?

    I’ve read that the National Rifle Assn. is funding part of the expenses. – As we all know, they aren’t political at all. And as we all have been told, this is not, NOT, a political gathering.

  6. And Sarah Palin has cast politics aside.

    I have no idea if there is a charge for the park police etc. Excellent question, Punchak.

    Anyone out there know the answer to this question?

    I hope Beck and Sharpton are both picking up their own fees and paying for all the extra security.

    Of course, when political campaigns come to town, whatever extra police/fire/rescue has to be out there, the local taxpayers pick up the tab. Let’s see, in 2008 we paid for 2 Obama visits and a McCain. City of Manassas paid for a Hillary visit. Now what was so hot about our area? 🙄

  7. Bear

    M.H. Did you notice the fine print at the bottom of the website about contributions I added it here for your entertainment:
    ” All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place ”

    This rally is about making money for Beck!

  8. Starryflights

    Beck is all about making money for Beck. Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, all of them – their only interest is promoting themselves.

  9. Second-Alamo

    Come on you know everything that happens today winds up in a political discussion. It should come as no surprise that any gathering today is deemed politically based. Even religious gatherings are looking more like political campaigns. What I don’t understand is even when there is an event which tries to instill pride and honor in being American, even if it come from a questionable source, is blasted by others who tend to never have a positive thing to say about anything American. How in the world is that going to make America a better place to live? Pride and self esteem are the corner stones of personal success, and there is damn little of either to be found in the subject of being American these days. We need more rallies, and a president, that focuses on the positives instead of constantly pointing out the negatives. Sure negatives exist, but dwelling on them constantly will only depress the nation and nothing more.

  10. Starryflights

    SA, the title of Beck’s rally in inherently negative – ” restore the values that founded this great nation.” Those values don’t need to be restored because they were never abandoned in the first place. Who stole them and when? How come Beck never has anything good to say about our country? Why is he alwasy bashing America and how lousy a country we are? Why does he hate America?

  11. I have to agree with Starry here.

    I go out of my way to post things that deal with honor and upholding America. Check out last July 4th, Memorial Day, June 6, etc. Unlike Beck, I don’t think America needs restoring. When I listen to him, and I often do just because I think he is so dangerous, I feel like I am living in some communist country that has been stripped of any moral influence.

    I would actually go so far as to say he is un-American. His sphere of influence stretches a little too far for him not to be more responsible in his speech.

  12. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Who paid for the extra security and trash cleanup for Obama’s inauguration?

  13. Starryflights

    Is ‘Beckapalooza’ about cause or Glenn Beck?

    By KENNETH P. VOGEL & GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO | 8/24/10 2:18 PM EDT Updated: 8/25/10 1:44 PM EDT

    Even as he prepares for a Saturday rally that could cement his status as an unparalleled force in conservative politics, Glenn Beck is facing quiet but persistent questions from some on the right about whether he can be a reliable partner for advancing conservative causes — or whether his main cause is advancing Glenn Beck.

    Beck, the fiery talker who has emerged as a champion of the conservative populist tea party movement, predicted the rally — dubbed “Restoring Honor” — will be a historic “pivot point” that will re-center American public life around its founding principles.

    Read more:

    This is about Glenn Beck

  14. marinm

    Bear, applying your statement does that mean Breast Cancer “walks” are just in it for the money? Funds raised go to offset costs of the event first and then towards providing money for research. Those shysters! They’ve pulled the wool over my eyes for years.

    So, question to my lefty friends here. Is Beck’s rally more, less or equally offensive to Ms. Obama saying, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

    Anyone willing to throw shoes at her for her statement or it’s inherent negativity?

    I understand that there is a lot of hate here for Beck. You have the right to hate the man and what he stands for. But, at the end of the day he’s an entertainer and y’all are getting riled up over the opinion and actions of an entertainer. Just doesn’t make sense to me. It’d be like hatin’ on Lady Gaga because she wore white after Labor Day.

  15. Elena

    Beck never disappoints with his tears. I am sick and laid up in bed, I am channel surfing and low and behold, I see Beck, CRYING, well, doing what he does to hold BACK his fake tears. What is he almost crying about……………his self aggrandizing rally.

  16. Elena

    I don’t hate beck, I think he is a genius for peddling his bizzarre antics and crocodile tears.

  17. e

    lots of piping hot chicken soup, elena. always works for me

  18. Beck isn’t a charity. @ marin Limbaugh and Beck are both entertainers but both have a sphere of influence that far exceeds that which is normal. Both carry a lot of political weight.

    I don’t think anyone is riled up. He is a jerk. Discussion is not an indication of being riled up. He is hosting a huge event in our area. Should we just ignore it?

  19. I hate the fact that so many sheeple hang on his every word as he works his way through dry drunks and emotional episodes.

    Slowpoke, most presidential inaugurations are paid for with campaign money. That includes the clean up.

    However, what gets expensive are all the campaign stops during a presidential election. Ask PWC.

  20. marinm

    MH, everyone has a mortgage to pay, right? So, he’s gotta cover his costs as does any charity or for profit enterprise. So, I think it’s silly to say that because some money is going to cost recovery that it’s suddenly about ‘making money’.

    That he does or doesn’t have any political weight doesn’t really change that he’s no different than Susan Surrandon or Sean “Spicoli” Penn. He’s an entertainer. Think about this; we’re spending cycles of our life debating a performer. I mean, it’d be different if the guy was maybe a journalist but he’s basically an actor. The fact that the thread exists is amazing both in how much play this story is getting and how it’s gotten under the fingernail of the professional left – I’m just amazed because I just don’t “get it”.

    I do sit amused that I pulled out a comparison to Ms. Obama and suddenly the tone of this conversation changed.

  21. Marin, I don’t have an answer to your Mrs. Obama question. To me, it is comparing apples and oranges. Here’s the deal….I am not a professional black woman who has made the sacrifices made in her family to educate her and her brother. I would need to walk a mile in her shoes to be able to really understand where she was coming from when she said that.

    She has a very remarkable story. Her parents gave up everything to educate both of those kids. Her life story is very different from her husband’s. That just isn’t something I can answer. I grew up in a middle class home without a lot of extras but still middle class. Both my parents were college graduates as was my grandfather. Probably what I felt proud of is not what made Mrs. Obama proud. We both have very different life experiences. I am also a different generation than she is.

    Having said that, I am not sure what point you are trying to make, especially about Glenn Beck. Ronald Reagan was also an entertainer.

  22. Need to Know

    I watched Beck for while this week as he talked about the latest economic indicators and other financial topics. He has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. He spins every tidbit of information to fear monger worse than anyone I’ve ever seen.

    We have some profound economic problems, especially the rising debt. Check out James Bacon’s “Boomergeddon” that Moon has linked in the blogroll. This blog is very pessimistic but the ideas are presented with some thought and analysis. He even makes the point that the ultimate crisis from the debt is maybe a decade or more away, and that we have time to take corrective measures.

    Beck seems to be bent on panicking people and motivating them to buy gold from his sponsors, such as Goldline. There are many problems with this but I’ll mention just two. First, gold may be appropriate for part of some people’s investment portfolios, but putting all or even most of your assets into a single investment such as gold is no better than buying a single stock. No one knows what will happen in the future, not even Beck, and if that single asset you buy tanks, your financial future could be wiped out. Second, even when gold is an appropriate part of someone’s portfolio, there are much better ways of buying it than through companies such as Goldline. Exchange Traded Funds, stocks in gold mining companies or even physical gold from brokers who charge a more reasonable price and competitive fees will serve people’s investment interests better than companies that advertise heavily on programs such as Beck’s.

    Gold does well from three factors. First, in an inflationary economy gold is a good hedge. Second, when panic and fear are high, people rush to gold for security. Third, gold has many industrial and commercial uses. Its price goes up when the economy is growing and demand for it is high.

    I share the consensus view among most economists that we are in for a prolonged period of sluggish, disinflationary recovery. Inflation is almost certainly coming but is at least two or three years off. This is not a good economic environment for gold, either as a hedge against inflation or for consumer and industrial uses. At some point, people will realize that the world is not coming to an end. Sorry Glenn, but the Mayans were wrong about 2012. If the panic investors quit listening to people like Glenn Beck and back off, gold loses its third pillar of price support. However, if Beck and others continue to keep so many people scared, maybe gold will make a lot of money for him and his friends at Goldline.

  23. Totally agree, NTK. And thanks for the mini lesson in gold. I think silver is a good investment also, along the lines of ETFs or individual stocks. It is more affordable and also has many other uses other than its jewelry attraction.

    Beck is a fear monger and he doesn’t know what he is talking about half the time. I liken his mood swings to being on a dry drunk. Too many people fall on his every word. Meanwhile, he gets richer selling his snake oil gold and whatever else he is hawking that I don’t know about. I watch Beck also. It pays to know what is out there. Ignoring Beck would be like ignoring Palin. There seems to be an awful lot of people willing to buy into those two’s crap…and that is exactly what it is.

  24. Need to Know


    “half the time”?

  25. NTK. good point. I have no idea why I was being so generous. Every once in a while he is correct. But then you can say that twice a day a broken clock is correct.

    Marin, actually I am not bitching about Beck asking for donations. He has recently gotten very wealthy but even so, I don’t begrudge him asking for donations….just so people know he is asking.

  26. Need to Know

    I’ve been watching Glenn Beck while I get some work done. There have been at least three gold companies advertising. One of them had G. Gordon Liddy as their pitchster. There’s someone we really should turn to for advice.

  27. I suppose people can change…but apparently G. Gordon is still a crook.

  28. Elena

    e :lots of piping hot chicken soup, elena. always works for me

    XXXOOO dearest! Organic chicken soup with yummy matzo balls. I had made some for Rachael and ended up eating it myself, at least when I had something akin to an appetite! We miss you.

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