From EbonyJet — It was my intention to blast Glenn Beck for having the audacity to stage a rally called “Restoring Honor” at the same spot and on the same day Martin Luther King, Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, and John Lewis staged the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But then I quickly realized that would be no better than Beck’s critique of the folks who wish to erect a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan. Because if Glenn Beck followed the rules and obtained the appropriate permits to stage the rally, and the date was open, then he has the right to stage his rally at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010. And to paraphrase our fence-straddling President, I may question the wisdom of the location and date, but Beck has an absolute right to hold the rally.
Also, if you’re a follower of a race-baiting, xenophobic, homophobic loud-mouth, you have the right to attend that rally, too.
More importantly, I have the right to say what I have to say about Beck and his motives. From my perch, it’s a nose-thumb with a thumb-in-the-eye follow-up. Let’s begin with the name and purpose. Name: “Restoring Honor Rally.” Purpose: To reveal a Plan to restore the country to greatness by honoring service personnel and other upstanding citizens.
Taking Beck at his word, does this mean he will apologize to all the callers he’s shouted down when they say something he disagrees with? Will he apologize for fanning the flames of vitriolic rhetoric against those with whom he doesn’t agree? Does that mean he will apologize for broadcasting religious intolerance, homophobia, xenophobia, and racism? Will he begin to advocate for not just the middle class, but the working class, and the impoverished? Does this mean he will begin to speak not in sound-bites and talking points, but make his points based on credible, empirical evidence? In other words, does this mean he’s going to stop lying and taking advantage his audience’s religious impulses and failure to consume non-fiction information? Because if he truly wants to restore honor to the country, he would start with himself.
Maybe he thought he was being honorable when he told people who plan to attend to leave their guns, knives, grenades, pepper spray, and tasers at home. Think about that. When was the last time you heard of someone holding a rally having to instruct the public to leave their weapons at home? Doesn’t that imply he knows the atmosphere his rhetoric creates?