Hatred from the Left: Thoughts on Glenn Beck’s 8/28 Rally
When I finally decided to pull the trigger and find a “free” place I could blog, I had a vision of what I wanted to do. I wanted to express my opinion on topics of the day, news stories, gun news, funny stuff, and maybe do a little back-and-forth with MrsJamesLee, as she generally comes from the other side of the aisle.
Little did I expect to be drawn into the race relations debate. I’m probably one of the least “qualified” people to speak on that topic. But it seems that nearly every controversy in the news, particularly with politics, has some form of racial overtone.
First and foremost, I totally reject the notion that if someone criticizes or otherwise rejects President Obama, that it is based on racist notions. I suspect that 99.9% of that is totally false. Of course, there are racists left in this world. And absolutely it is possible to disagree with the Democrat Agenda without having race-based reasons for doing so.
The problem is that many, especially on the left side of our political spectrum, want to attribute any opposition to racism. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For example, I am totally opposed to government-funded bailouts for any private company. This includes General Motors and Chrysler, General Motors being my default “favorite” car company, and Chrysler being the one who made my current vehicle, the Dodge Dakota (unparalleled in the mid-sized truck market, for my money). If the company in question can not budget, predict the markets, and make enough sales to stay in business, then they should not be in business.
Anyway, before I sway too far off topic here, I am seeing a lot of coverage of Glenn Beck’s “8/28 Restoring Honor” Rally last weekend in Washington. And most of it is negative, condescending, and totally off base.
I was lucky enough to have a good internet connection, and listened to most, and watched nearly as much, on the Ustream/Facebook feed that went out live, as I don’t have CSPAN available on my TV at work. The interenet stream was fantastic, however, and the on-screen counter surpassed 130,000 people watching before it was over.
There was no political agenda at all during the entire time. There was scant criticism, if any, of President Obama, or anyone else for that matter. The focus was on honoring our fallen troops, honoring those (such as Albert Pujols) for their charitable work, and trying to wake people up to what is right and wrong.
Many criticized the event before it even took place; the date was the same date and the same location that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. For that reason, many felt it was inappropriate to do it.
Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. King, was a headline speaker. She gave a wonderful speech, in many ways an update, or sequel if you will, to the original. Absolutely wonderful.
Sarah Palin introduced members of the Military, who had sacrificed friends, comrades, shipmates, and limbs, to point out those who put Honor above their own needs, or even their own survival.
All day, it was the same story; we are Americans, we are one Family, we should work together, trust in God (with no demand on whose God we should trust in), and help to bring us all up.
No hate, absolutely zero so-called “racism,” and no politics. And, by the way, absolutely no trash left laying on the National Mall when it was over.
As I was watching it, though, I kept an eye on some of the Twitter and Facebook comments left concerning it. Some of the most vile, hate-filled, disgusting things you would think of another person. One that stood out to me, to paraphrase, was that “you would think Alveda King would at least take today off from spitting on her Uncle’s grave.”
Through the last 24 hours, pundits have pundificated, columnists columnated, and talking heads talked. Most, without a clue as to what it was all about, fell back into the familiar theme of “Beck is a hateful racist.” One, CNN’s Bill Press, even pontificated that the Lincoln Memorial was not an appropriate place to speak of God and Religion. Wonder what he would say about Dr. King’s speech 47 years ago?
For the record, I am not really a “religious” person. I was raised in the Methodist Church, I have a strong belief in God, Jesus, and the idea of Christian Salvation, which I feel can be accomplished without constant attendance at a particular building. And, also for the record, I don’t care if you believe otherwise; you want to go every Sunday, Wednesday, and special occasion, kneel 5 times a day, observe Passover, or not ever; you follow what works for you, I will me, and we will all get along fine as long as we are not actually causing harm to anyone else.
The point is, that Mr. Beck, in my opinion, likely gave a better, more honest, and more uplifting tribute to Dr. King than could have been accomplished by nearly any one else. Reverends Jackson and Sharpton, I’m sorry; I don’t disparage the work you may have done in the past, but your ties to the Liberal Establishment completely negate anything you do today. Just because one is opposed to Leftist Ideology, it does not mean you are somehow “racist.” I feel that sort of thinking has completely betrayed the “Dream” of Dr. King.
Recently, I put up a post on this blog about the King speech, and included a video. The course of that involved me looking through several versions posted on YouTube to find a good copy of the particular section I wanted, without it being too long, or in another language. I got to see several sections of that groundbreaking speech, several times, and believe me, the “I Have A Dream” section would send chills up my spine, and in some instances, I will admit to beginning to well up. Because it’s a truth that transcends time, that all would eventually be judged on the “content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
Those who would attempt to put a political backdrop to that in order to disparage Mr. Beck, who likely more than anyone active in today’s media, is actually living by Dr. Kings words, should be ashamed. You are taking the ideal, and twisting it suit your own prejudices.
Martin Luther King would not approve.