8.28.2010 Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The purpose of the rally, which Beck claimed to be “non-political” despite featuring Tea Party-favourite Sarah Palin as a speaker and being attended entirely by conservatives, was unclear. The participants spoke abstractly about the need to restore “honour” and “pride” to a country that had lost it. When pressed for when America had lost its honour, most cited the election of Barack Obama.
8.28.2010 also represented the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and Glenn Beck has been criticized for by civil rights groups for trying to misappropriate the occasion. Last year, Beck referred to Barack Obama — America’s first African-American President–as a “racist…who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” When offered the chance to respond to Beck’s statements, his fans either agreed with him or simply refused to believe that he had ever made them.
While the speaker list was diverse, the overwhelmingly white crowd expressed paranoid and conspiratorial fears of multiculturalism—that atheists or black liberation theologists or radical Muslims or “free-loading” Latinos were going to ruin our country. There was the constant suggestion that white Christians and their way of life are somehow under assault, and that the attendees of this rally were here to put an end to it and return the country to what it used to be.
New Left Media’s Chase Whiteside interviews attendees at Glenn Beck’s non-political “Restoring Honor” rally in DC.
“No. No. This is the LAST bastion of hope, right here. Right here. America…God shed his grace on THEE.”
“How about Canada?” “No.”
If I were to sum this video up I would say the worst/funniest part is 0:00 – 13:03.
Basically, America is fucked. Next topic.