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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Restoring Honor Rally

September 23, 2009, Obama had given forty-one speeches so far that year, referring to himself “I” 1.198 times – Dan Gainor, FOX News

Today Glenn Beck, the Fox News Cable Channel and radio talk show host had his “Restoring Honor” celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. The conservative/Libertarian commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King's message.

Among other Guests were Dr. Alvira King (Martin Luther King's niece), Tony La Russa manager of baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals and the Cardinals first baseman, Albert Pujols. Pujols was honored for his charitable work with Down syndrome children in the Dominican Republic.  Click here to read more.

While Beck billed his event as nonpolitical, activists from around the nation said their show of strength was a clear sign that they can make a difference in the country's future and that they want a government that will listen and unite. Beck also announced that he had raised 5 million dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Click here for more.

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 said she wasn't speaking as a politician. "I've been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier and I am proud of that distinction. Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can't take that away from me." It was a reference to her son, Track, 20, who served a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Beck exhorted the crowd to "recognize your place to the creator. Realize that he is our king. He is the one who guides and directs our life and protects us." He asked his audience to pray more. "I ask, not only if you would pray on your knees, but pray on your knees but with your door open for your children to see.”

A group of civil rights activists organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton held a counter rally at a Washington D.C. high school, then embarked on a three-mile march to the site of a planned monument honoring King. The site, bordering the Tidal Basin, was not far from the Lincoln Memorial where Beck and the others spoke about two hours earlier.

CBS News estimated the crowd at 87,000 people with a confidence level of plus or minus 9,000. The company based the attendance on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which stretched from in front of the Lincoln Memorial along the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument.  Click here to read more

Probably two of the ten most hated people by the Left were on the National Mall today, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. It did not take long for left wing columnists and bloggers to viciously attack Beck and Palin as phonies who were making a mockery on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech. One particular columnist was Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun Times. Mitchell said, “Glenn Beck is a demagogue. He might have a huge viewing audience, might be wildly popular with the Tea Party crowd and might be a born-again believer, but he is still a demagogue.” To read her column click here.

Other left wing bloggers and columnists have viciously claimed that Beck had no business having his rally where King mad his famous speech. If that is so then Barack Hussein Obama had no right to give a campaign speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in 2008. He did nothing to end the Cold War or bring down the Berlin Wall; those honors belong to John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

Columnist Joe Hicks of the Minority Report on PJTV points out that statements such as these from the Left are what is wrong with the Civil Rights movement. As an African-American, Hicks believes that people like Sharpton and organizations such as the NAACP are irrelevant today. They have outlived their life cycle and to exist they must continue to race bait.

They are continuing to push for more government programs and welfare for African-Americans and claim this is civil rights. They want more diversity and affirmative action programs and see these as a means to improve the lives of their followers. They do not address the real problems of African-Americans; high birthrates among unwed mothers, lack of high school completion and poor intercity schools. These issues have nothing to do with race and have everything to with leadership within the African-American community. These so called leaders are nothing more than pimps playing the race card to maintain their own positions of power and wealth.

It has been 47 years since King made his famous speech and civil rights under the Constitution are a fact of life. What they are asking for is power within the Democrat party to grow the massive entitlement programs that have failed their communities. Sure there are prejudices within societies. People have prejudices. Prejudices against Catholics, Jews, Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, Muslims, women, men, gays, and about any other group of people you can think of. This prejudice doesn’t mean these groups are denied any civil right guaranteed under the Constitution, it just means that someone doesn’t like you or want to associate with you. George will once said, “The antidote to prejudice is excellence”, he couldn’t have been more correct.

When I hear statements such as “you don’t understand the African-American experience” it makes my blood boil. What African-American experience are they talking about? Is it Kenya, South Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Egypt or Rwanda? Africa is a big place and most black Americans have never set foot on the continent of Africa.  How about not understanding the Jewish experience or the gay experience?

Are they talking about being oppressed and discriminated against in the United States? Slavery ended 145 years ago. Is it economic slavery? There are many Hispanics, whites and Asian suffering the yoke of economic slavery, or better yet serfdom, due to their circumstances, not the laws of the nation. Every person in this country is guaranteed certain inalienable rights under the constitution of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Private property falls under the property part. These rights stem from God. The problem with the social progressive liberals is that they believe they can replace God with government. When this happens the individual becomes irrelevant and the state becomes the giver and arbiter of all rights.

As Charles Krauthammer states; “Today liberalism is under siege and it is an ugly sight. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the "bitter" people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging "to guns or religion or" -- this part is less remembered -- "antipathy toward people who aren't like them. That's a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And wanton charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media minions react to a confrontational citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking such as:
  • Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement – Racism
  • Disgust and alarm with the federal government's unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law – Nativism
  • Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California – Homophobia
  • Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero – Islamophobia.”
Krauthammer goes on to state, ”Now we know why the country has become "ungovernable," last year's excuse for the Democrats' failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?

Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities – often lopsided majorities – oppose President Obama's social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a mosque near Ground Zero.

What's a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument. The most venerable of these trumps is, of course, the race card. When the Tea Party arose, a spontaneous, leaderless and perfectly natural (and traditionally American) reaction to the vast expansion of government intrinsic to the president's proudly proclaimed transformational agenda, the liberal commentariat cast it as a mob of angry white yahoos disguising their antipathy to a black president by cleverly speaking in economic terms.”

It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with "antipathy toward people who aren't like them" – blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims – a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, "just downright mean"?

The dilemma is that the “mob” on the National Mall this Saturday was not pitchfork-wielding people brimming with hostility towards people who weren’t like them. They were peaceful citizens praying together to restore the Nation’s honor and to honor the memory of a man, who 47 years ago claimed his dream was to judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

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