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Glenn Beck And Sarah Palin Hold Rally To 'Restore Honor'

What was the point of today's Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally in which tens of thousands of Tea Party supporters swarmed the Lincoln Memorial in DC? No one, including Palin or Beck, seemed to really know. There was lots of talk about “restoring honor” but what that means exactly is still unclear.

The New York Times reports on the event:

“For too long, this country has wandered in darkness,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. “This country has spent far too long worrying about scars and thinking about scars and concentrating on scars. Today, we are going to concentrate on the good things in America, the things that we have accomplished, and the things that we can do tomorrow.”

Mr. Beck was followed on stage by Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, who said she was asked, in keeping with the theme of the day, not to focus on politics but to speak as the mother of a soldier.

CBS News has a rundown of Palin's speech at the rally.

Sp "You have the same steel spine and the moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.," Palin added. She said it was "humbling" to be with the "patriots" who had gathered for the rally, people who understand "to never retreat."

Palin said Americans will always be successful because they are guided by grace. "We will always come through, we will never give up and we shall endure," the former Alaska governor said as a "U-S-A" chant broke out.

There's been much commotion about Beck's decision to hold the rally on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech. Beck seemingly tried to deflect some of that backlash by inviting King's niece, Alveda King, to speak at the event. You may recall that she was also invited by NOM to speak at their Atlanta tour stop.

Al Sharpton led a counter protest event close nearby. Sharpton told the crowd: "Don't let anyone tell you that they have the right to take their country back. It's our country, too...They may have the mall, but we have the message. They may have the platform, but we have the dream."

A clip of Beck at the rally and Palin's full speech, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. There is no point. I just don't get why so many people follow them and listen to them when they have nothing to say.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 28, 2010 4:43:54 PM

  2. I think we should restore our country's honor by reaffirming the separation of church and state.

    It disturbs me when people regard a self-admitted entertainer as a de facto political leader.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 28, 2010 4:47:22 PM

  3. It's too bad God hasn't struck Glenn mute as well as blind.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Aug 28, 2010 4:49:51 PM

  4. ..while I understand, as all Americans should..they - like me - have a RIGHT to Free speech...but to do it under the this false premise / and fake caring..only to further thier own personal careers..using people (stupid people) ..on MLK's Anniversary,in the same place....as a 50yr old white American, it sickens me. I guess Glen beck is hoping this will go down in history as some great spectacle? Its pathetic..and says alot, about the sad state of affairs thsi country has devolved into....

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 28, 2010 4:49:57 PM

  5. Tired of these people and their thinly disguised racist undertones. Taking back America from what? A black president?

    Glen Beck is a manipulator for ratings and nothing else - his only idol is money and how to get more of it by being controversial - not for any so-called 'honor' for America.

    There is an article in the Washington Post that few young people were present - meaning that it is the older population that remembers and cherish a past of segregation and un-civil liberties that attended; people that are frankly predominantly white, conservative and probably Republican more than 'tea baggers'.

    This sort of rhetoric is gonna climax with something big and not necessarily good.....I hope I am wrong.

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Aug 28, 2010 4:55:32 PM

  6. The cynical leading the blind.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Aug 28, 2010 4:56:33 PM

  7. I guess that America will get a fake hymen.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 28, 2010 5:12:26 PM

  8. I find it ironic that the only ones who would use a gun to take out these two loser/hate mongers are members of their own party. You never hear of left wing nuts using violence. Sigh.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Aug 28, 2010 5:13:57 PM

  9. This entire day has been an international embarrassment for America. We have once again proved to the world that we are dominated by a sub-literate populace, easily led by snake and oil salesmen! Was eight years of Bush not bad enough!


    Posted by: Brains | Aug 28, 2010 5:34:26 PM

  10. The whole "restoring honor" and "rightful destiny" rhetoric is, of course, reminiscent of the 1930s. And I am not talking about Roosevelt's fireside radio addresses. There's an aura of creepiness to this that should make all minorities very nervous.

    Posted by: John | Aug 28, 2010 6:01:14 PM

  11. I've attended gay rights rallies where I also hear platitudes and boilerplate.

    Just depends on whether you're already receptive to the message whether or not you think it's substantive.

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Aug 28, 2010 6:07:40 PM

  12. I forced myself to watch this whole mess. Interesting how it seemed the only non-white people in attendance were those paraded as props on the stage.

    Then to bring out a Rabbi to display their so-called tolerance for other faiths (Beck did mention mosques in a somewhat positive tone), then to have the Christian preacher next to the Rabbi be the only one allowed to offer a prayer and then proclaim Jesus with the Rabbi RIGHT THERE...that is the kind of tastelessness this svengali Beck is known.

    I wonder if Beck has figured out yet that it wasn't the Jews who killed Jesus as he recently said on his show!?!?

    Posted by: Bobby | Aug 28, 2010 6:13:43 PM

  13. I haven't noticed any aerial photos in all the coverage of the "vast" event.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 28, 2010 6:24:38 PM

  14. BOBN, there were tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands there, all the way back to the Washington Monument and filling the fields on the sides of the Reflecting Pond and the area behind the stage up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

    OH! I forgot to mention this in my earlier post. The preacher in his prayer kept saying, "You, oh Gods". Gods????? and the he said "One nation under Gods." Gods, again? I found that very odd.

    Posted by: Bobby | Aug 28, 2010 6:30:33 PM

  15. "Restore Honor," in other words, get the black guy out of the White House.

    "Back to god," in other words, get the gays.

    It's as though the three stooges staged a Nazi rally. Where was Rush Limbaugh?

    Posted by: If Only It Rained on Their Parade | Aug 28, 2010 7:15:49 PM

  16. Bigots unite

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 28, 2010 7:31:49 PM

  17. I find it very disturbing that so many people would follow these entertainers. They really are the worst of the worst. Sure, the media is full of celebrities, but people like Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper don't hold political rallies. Any semblance of journalism coming from Fox news should obviously be viewed as propaganda! What's worse is that to Glenn Beck and Palin this is just a game. And people take them seriously! And for what? Hate. It starts with their unfounded hatred of something which Fox news then reports on and they immediately pick up that belief like they heard it from Fox news, but they really heard it from themselves first! How can they be so blind?!

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 28, 2010 7:42:45 PM

  18. Plus, all of the money collected today goes toward paying for the rally FIRST (what amount does Sarah require in addition to her bendy straws?)...what is left over (if any) will be donated to the soldier foundation. CrapSlappers, every single one of them!

    Posted by: Bobby | Aug 28, 2010 7:53:29 PM

  19. It's a bit like that election episode of South Park, only the douchebag and the turd sandwich on the same platform...

    Posted by: Sean R | Aug 28, 2010 8:04:08 PM

  20. They have a right just as everyone else to gather and talk about their "movement." The one truth that remains is the mainstream will never bend in this radical direction. More importantly, the Republican party is quickly being split by all the Tea Party intrusion.

    Posted by: Piper | Aug 28, 2010 8:04:39 PM

  21. The only purpose of this so called rally was to stroker the over inflated egos of Glenn Beck and Palin....icky poo!

    Posted by: armenistis | Aug 28, 2010 8:09:51 PM

  22. This even will not be remembered as anything in history at all.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 28, 2010 8:20:47 PM

  23. The point is that these people make their livings like preachers...they create problems and controversey from thin air, and provide stupid, uneducated congregants with "hope" by lying their asses off and making tidy profits from the deafening stupid (glenn makes about $18 million per year as a propagandist). People who follow glenn would follow anything...all they need is a direction; it doesn't really matter where.

    And don't get discouraged by the numbers--this is a old propaganda tool...every rally you have should be PACKED, regardless of actual support...it gives people the illusion that support is larger than it is... And besides, 23% of america thinks obama's a muslim...these people don't matter...unless you're making off of 'em by telling them what they want to hear, that's it going to be okay, that their baseless asinine fears are well founded, and that all they need to do is pay. "no, no, you're not a moron...you're a well informed citizen...buy my book."

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 28, 2010 8:32:13 PM

  24. Tank, now if ther were 300,000 people at a gay rights rally in D.C., we'd all be crowing about what a resounding success. Attendance numbers matter (if only 10,000 showed up today, we'd be having a big laugh)..but what is more important is always what happens the next day. In most cases it's a big sense of deflation.

    Posted by: Bobby | Aug 28, 2010 8:37:15 PM

  25. when beck talks about taking america back and taking mlk day back i think he sees nonwhite events are somehow theirs for the taking or have been burgled from them. they want their fingers in everything and resent an afro-centric celebration. everything must be anglo-centric.

    Posted by: dm10003 | Aug 28, 2010 8:39:10 PM

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