Saturday, August 28, 2010

Washington Post Got Beck Rally All Wrong

I read this in a Washington Post article today and thought it sounded off:
Tens of thousands of activists are descending on the National Mall Saturday morning for a Glenn Beck rally billed in part as a peaceful commemoration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the same stage where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago to the day. 

Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, which begins at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is designed as a celebration of the military and American heritage and will feature former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and other heroes of the "tea party" movement. The demonstration has drawn national attention because of Beck's many comparisons on radio and television this week between his own event and the civil rights movement.

"This is going to be a moment that you'll never be able to paint people as haters, racists, none of it," Beck said this week. "This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement."
You see, Glenn Beck claims to have been ignorant to the fact that this was the anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech, so how exactly was his alleged ignorance a commemoration of MLK?

Considering he is billing his event as a reclaiming of the civil rights movement, he implies that the there was something wrong with the movement popularized by MLK and that it requires the help of conservative punditry to get the civil rights movement back on track.

Would MLK like the idea of Sarah Palin speaking at an event designed to carry on his civil rights legacy, especially after her infamous "refudiate" tweet?

All this event will be is a Democrat/Obama-bashing event and a promotion for conservative candidates nationwide...

Here is a clip from The Colbert Report talking about how Beck's rally has nothing to do with MLK:

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