Glenn Beck Thinks He’s Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties, and damn it we will reclaim the civil rights moment. We will take that movement because we were the people that did it in the first place…
Glenn Beck is planning a big organized rally on the anniversary of Dr. King’s 1963 March on Washington, and in the same spot where he delivered his world famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the height of the civil rights movement that King spoke. Glenn Beck plans to emulate the late great civil rights leader by fulfilling his very own “dream”.
He’s calling it his “Restoring Honor Rally.” It’s no surprise that it falls on the exact date and will be held at the exact location of Martin Luther King’s 1963 event. The ‘Special Operations Warrior Foundation‘, a military veterans charity is endorsing, promoting, and will fully fund the rally via ‘tax exempt’ donations.
Although Their Mission Statement Reads:
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.
Beck is asking his fans and supporters to make donations to the 501c3 charity. Those funds will not reach the charity or it’s intended recipients, but instead they’ll be funneled directly to Beck to fund his rally. When the event is paid in full, donations should resume going to the charity.
It is fair to note that any contributions in excess of the total cost of the rally will be donated to the Special Operations Charity Fund.
However, a federal tax-exempt charity organization is raising money for what’s shaping up to be a mass Tea Party Rally planned on the anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington. The “charity” is run by rabid conservatives like board member Erik Prince, head of Blackwater, the controversial military company whose private army military presence has been negatively felt in Iraq and Afghanistan since the start of the wars.
Beck is using people to fund an event he claims is non-political and non-partisan in order to stage an epic Tea Party Protest disguised as a Civil Rights Rally.
What kind of charity would lend their name (and federal tax exempt status) to Glenn Beck, of all people, with the belief that politics will not be in play. Why would a non-political rally be held at one of the nation’s most famous and recognizable historical monuments? Because it’s sponsorship is being paid in part by right-wing ideologues rallying for a blood-less 21st century New American Revolution.
Although several conservative speakers had been scheduled to appear, there now exists no detailed list of speakers on the agenda for the day. Sarah Palin is rumored to be attending. I’ll see that rumor and add that I believe she’ll be handsomely paid if she makes an appearance, even more for a speech.
What’s Really Real Going On?
In Beck’s mind, he is like the white Martin Luther King Jr., liberating repressed and confused conservatives from an oppressive socialist regime that is taking away their civil rights and liberties.
In my mind, he’s nothing more than a class warfare strategist who tries to paint Dr. King as a black Republican instead of the pacifist progressive he was and would damn well be considered today no matter what he was registered as.
The truth is that the original two party system made up of Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. hold very different beliefs and political ideologies than the parties of old. But, if you ask Beck or any one of his followers exactly what rights they feel have been trampled upon, they have no problem making socialism the reason, rhyme, and catalyst while offering absolutely nothing of real substance in the interim. Most hardly know the definition of socialism.
Beck considers himself a world historical figure, but the rest of us see him as a worldly hysterical figure who may potentially give some nut-job just the excuse they need to cause mayhem and destruction and call it “God’s will” being done.
I have to put on a tin foil hat on to understand the man’s message. And while I used to believe that most of what he spouted was tongue-in-cheek, it’s much more serious now.
What’s most disturbing is that now he’s using the issue of civil rights to make a joke out of what he has led his followers to believe is a serious need for a white civil rights movement.
On the April 9th edition of his show, Beck stated that he “wouldn’t be surprised if in our lifetime dogs and fire-hoses are released or opened on us.” Beck added that he “wouldn’t be surprised if a few of us get a billy club to the head,” and then warned that “tough times are coming.”
Comparing himself and any potential resistance he may face leading up to the event to the struggles faced by Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters is incredibly offensive and ignorant. Not only to black Americans, but to all of the brave who faced down police dogs, fire hoses, and violent verbal and physical harassment in actual marches for social and civil justice during the late 50s and 60s.
This clown, Glenn Beck, with his cock-eyed view of the world, doesn’t have a realistic understanding or respect for factual history. Privileged and disenfranchised people fought to expand liberty for everyone in this country, but the GOP Party of today cannot lay any claim to being disenfranchised politically, socially or economically. Tea Party supporters may feel differently, but then again, why the hell weren’t these misguided fools protesting and holding rallies around the country over the last 8 years?
Beck appears to be using the honorable civil rights movement as a way to shamelessly plug his politically-motivated and opportunistic attempt at pseudo activism for the advancement of the Tea Party Movement and its ultra-conservative right wing agenda.
I don’t believe for a second that Dr. King would endorse a man like Beck who professes to have no Black friends. Why? Because he’s afraid of offending them. What manner of civil rights activism would an individual in Beck’s limited social capacity be able to lead when he purposely alienates himself from the very people his “movement” emulates?
The funny thing about it is if Glen Beck really knew history he’d know that the 1963 march on Washington was an integrated event shared with people from all walks of life, all ethnicity’s, standing together to oppose hatred and racial discrimination. It was planned in part by an openly gay man, Bayard Rustin, who was accused of being a Communist for most of his political life. Communism and Socialism go hand in hand to most conservatives and Tea Baggers.
Glenn Beck is a Mormon. The most conservative, anti-gay religion in America. They also donated 77% of the funds used in California to uphold Prop 8, which stripped same-sex couples from marrying.
We’re supposed to believe that he honestly cares about civil rights and social justice when his religion actively rallies to do the exact opposite of what he professes to be a proponent of.
I have a fleeting suspicion that this rally will likely to be a mostly white, Tea Party endorsed, anti-government, anti-gay, one-stop rhetoric shop.
Election time is fast approaching and Republican’s and Tea Baggers want people to think they honestly give a rat’s ass about civil rights. They want people to believe that they played a role the original civil rights movement. They want you to believe that Dr. King was a man they loved and respected. They have no problem using pawns like Michael Steele and Jesse Lee Peterson (black Republicans) to project a false image of “see, now they really do like blacks and minorities” when it couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Beck’s been leading the charge to divide the nation against itself on the basis of race and political ideology for a long time now. It’s still not understood why he’d liken himself to some of America’s greatest politicians and leaders who instigated sweeping changes that greatly impacted all Americans regardless of race, color or creed. Their actions increased the quality of life for minorities in America across the board.
Beck serves a purpose in the right wing media world known as Fox Entertainment. He easily makes every other commentator on the Fox network and every other right wing media peep look sane by comparison. Unfortunately, he’s bright enough not to go too far in his views that he is shunned by his own party.
I predict that there will be quite a turnout for this event, numbering in the tens of thousands. No matter what the figures end up being, they’ll triple in size for the sake of reporting anyway, so it really doesn’t matter. He’s had plenty of time to persuade people to donate to his fake fund so he can hold his Carnival.
I also suspect that most people won’t give a rats ass until its too late, the day arrives and instead of honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the accomplishments of the march and speech, media outlets will be focused on Glenn Beck’s Tea Party rally taking place in that very same spot.
The bottom line is despite the fact that Glenn Beck is a seriously disturbed individual, there is something genuine in his wild assertions that draws people to him en masse. His narcissism manifests through paranoia and greed, and the crazier he becomes the more his coffers are filled up. He dislikes everyone, yet people adore him for what they perceive to be genuine concern for their well being.
Beck has successfully emulated those before him who were able to alienate vast numbers of people through driving fear mixed with patriotism mixed with nationalism mixed with scare tactics to mind control. Now he’s not only taking a page out of Dr. King’s book, he’s going to re-write the story with his own version’s sick twist. In classic Beck style; he always manages to make the best out of failure.