According to the Huffington Post:

Palin told the tens of thousands who stretched from the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the grass of the Washington Monument that calls to transform the country weren’t enough. “We must restore America and restore her honor,” said the former Alaska governor, echoing the name of the rally, “Restoring Honor.”

Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008 and a potential White House contender in 2012, and Beck repeatedly cited King and made references to the Founding Fathers. Beck put a heavy religious cast on nearly all his remarks, sounding at times like an evangelical preacher.

“Something beyond imagination is happening,” he said. “America today begins to turn back to God.”

I don’t ever recall America losing her honor. That is probably one of the most offensive remarks I believe I have ever heard. If America’s honor needs restoring, does that mean America is dishonorable? I sure hope that isn’t what Sarah Palin meant. She is on real shaky grounds with her remarks.

13 Thoughts to “Restoring Honor?”

  1. Censored bybvbl

    I seem to remember an uproar when Michelle Obama said,” “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

    Where’s the outrage now? Could it be another case of hypocrisy?

  2. Emma

    That is a bit much. Conservatives can’t exactly criticize liberals for saying Obama has restored America’s reputation with the global community when they themselves talk about “restoring honor.”

    Both sides are guilty of divisive and false platitudes.

  3. Totally agree, Emma.

    I didn’t like either situation, sitting here from my middle roost.

    However, all and all, Palin was a little more real than usual. Other than the honor remarks, which she was pretty locked in to, she wasn’t as bad as she usually is. She did have to acknowledge the theme of Beck’s revival.

    She was ok as military mom. She is just more rah rah military than I am.

    I did not realize that he had sampled as many religions as he has. He started off Catholic and ended up Mormon after his second marriage. I thought he was born Mormon.

    I keep thinking he is trying to recruit more Mormons. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.

  4. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Still claiming you’re “in the middle” huh? Think anyone’s buying it?

  5. Slowpoke, screw you. I am not your whipping boy. How’s that Neo-John Birch Society working out for you?

    I actually don’t care where you think I am coming from. You are becoming irrelevant because you are disinterested in dialogue. You, like so many of your type, simply want to lob grenades and fire shots across the bow. This is not a war, or is it?

    That isn’t what this blog is set up for. You are just being obnoxious and that behavior is not in the best interest of this blog.

  6. Slowpoke Rodriguez


    Can I start getting nickels instead of “go away” speeches? I’d be rich by now.

  7. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    No sense of humor…THAT’S your problem!

  8. You are probably right. You do wear thin on a person’s sense of humor. I have very little towards this blog today.

    And if I had nickels every time I thought about putting you in moderation, I would be rich. Want to cut a deal?

  9. Elena

    Are you suggesting we can “make a deal” Slow?

  10. Scout

    I’m sort of oblivious, I guess. When did we “lose” our honor? What are we trying to restore? I don’t have any sense that Americans have surrendered their sense of honor and duty. Look at the fantastic people in uniform. Look at the tremendous number of citizens doing volunteer work for various causes. I frankly haven’t noticed the slightest diminution in a sense of national honor. It takes different forms and expressions over history, but I think many Americans still believe this country has the potential for being an ideal that has positive impact inside and outside our borders. What concerns me is that there does seem to be a strain, largely driven by show-biz schtick and ratings, that thrives on creating false notions of decay and decline which, in fact, do great harm to others’ perception of the real, continuing strength of America ideals.

  11. Totally agree, Scout. You expressed what many of us feel very eloquently. Thank you.

  12. I like what Scout said, too. I’m still weirded out by this rally because it was led by a TV-radio personality. Not a religious or political leader. Hasn’t anyone seen the Howard Beale character in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network?” Lonesome Rhodes in Budd Schulberg’s “A Face in the Crowd?”

    I’ve also helped plan events, and it’s almost impossible that the organizers didn’t know the significance of that day and that place. The Nat. Park Service or whoever he was dealing with to get the permit to use the memorial had to have told him early on. That’s their job, coordinating thousands of permits each year.

  13. Cindy, you are right. Of course he knew. As I said, his right to do it, but not sensitive or wise, especially in light of some of his earlier remarks.

    I feel the same way as I do about the mosque issue. Their right to do it but bad taste.

    Of course, the Beck followers wouldn’t see it that way because its Beck. Remember the comments about Obama being the annointed one? I guess he has been replaced. Meow.

    I guess everyone needs their folk heroes. But you are right, weird because he is a TV-radio personality. Sort creeps me out. Makes my spider sense go whooop whoooop whoooop.

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