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Glenn Beck wants to take America back . . . to 1963 
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | 07:38 pm [commentary, glenn beck, politics]
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Ever since the election of Barack Obama, conservative fanatics like Glenn Beck have been ranting to anyone who will listen that the time has come to “take America back.” The first question I, and many other Americans, had in response to that sentiment was “Take it back from whom?” Afterall, it’s difficult not to notice that nearly all of those leading this charge to “take it back” are of a relatively fair complexion, while the man whose election triggered their frenzy . . . isn’t. But now I think we’ve been asking the wrong question. Glenn doesn’t want to take America back from some one; he wants to take it back to some time.
He’s planning this rally in Washington D.C. for the end of the summer, see. It’ll be August 28, at the Lincoln Memorial. If that location sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s the same place the March on Washington ended in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. And if the date also rings a bell, it’s because August 28 will be the anniversary of that same march, and speech.
“Just a coincidence,” you might think. “Glenn Beck is an idiot. He has no idea what happened there in 1963 or what it meant.”
Eh. You’re two-thirds right — Glenn is certainly an idiot, and has no concept of what the March on Washington meant to the civil rights movement or American history in general. But he definitely picked that date and location on purpose. Glenn knows just what he’s doing. He’s taking it back.
The civil rights movement, that is. Because apparently it was hysterical far-right conservatives, not the black church pushed by progressive liberals, who were responsible for the Civil Rights Act, the National Voting Rights Act and the other reforms that brought an end to institutionalized racism.
For some reason, leaders of actual civil rights organizations are offended by Glenn Beck’s attempt to co-opt their heritage, and are
holding their own rally in D.C. on August 28. Working in their favor: Glenn Beck won’t be there. Also working in their favor: Nobody, to my knowledge, will be handing out imaginary badges of merit.
I know which rally I’d go to.

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | 03:04 am (UTC)
Does Glenn Beck have any kids? If he does, maybe it's time for one of them to fall in love with someone who has a darker complexion and be very public about it.............I'm beginning to think that he isn't going to shut up for anything else.
Monday, August 16th, 2010 | 03:16 pm (UTC)
You are not tired of using the racial card yet. Well a lot of us are tired of hear it It is just an excues to do what you want.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | 04:32 am (UTC)
So, none of the black "church" members that were actually responsible for the Civil Rights Act, etc. held conservative views?

I just read through MLK's Letter from A Birmingham Jail and found several passages that could be deemed somewhat conservative. For instance, the view that groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

And what about MLK jr's notion of a just law being one that squares with moral law or the law of God?

"We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands." A pretty conservative statement, no?

And this, is this a progressive principle? or conservative one?

"One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters, they were in reality standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judaeo Christian heritage, thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence."

Kinda sounds like a hysterical far-right conservative....

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | 03:28 pm (UTC)
MLK was cosnidered quite conservative back in the day. A lot of activists were actually impatient with him because he deplored violence and violent tactics; but........when faced with more senseless violence or the possibility of dying during some act of senseless violence, some found it easier to do things MLK's way. He was conservative. It's too bad he was unable to benefit from it more.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | 04:00 pm (UTC)
Martin Luther King Jr. was a clergyman. Fortunately, he felt empowered by his religious beliefs to struggle for freedom and not oppression. He may have been the most important single figure of the civil rights movement, but by no means was he the only important figure. Calling King a conservative doesn't make the movement a conservative one. It obviously was not.

The civil rights movement was founded and driven by people like A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, and Ella Baker, who were certainly not conservatives and in fact would probably fit Glenn Beck's definition of progressive enemies of civilization. The March on Washington that Beck is trying to co-opt and emulate may have been headlined by King's speech, but it was organized by those leftists Randolph and Rustin.
Monday, June 28th, 2010 | 06:12 am (UTC)
Just for the record, I agree the civil rights movement was a progressive movement, not a conservative one. But, that doesn't mean that conservatives and/or republicans and/or certain conservative ideas didn't also contribute in positive ways. King offers good examples of it.
Monday, June 28th, 2010 | 01:16 pm (UTC)
Agreed on that one. Right-minded conservatives have always been on the side of civil rights. But Glenn Beck claims he and those who share his paranoid far-right point of view are the rightful heirs to Martin Luther King and the other leaders of the black civil rights movement. He makes this claim at the same time as he continues to rant against the evils of progressivism and the dangers of social justice.
Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | 06:32 pm (UTC)
I really think America should just collectively ignore Glenn Beck. Back in the day, he wouldn't have lasted long, with his big mouth, and now, he does not have anything credible to back up what comes out of his big mouth.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010 | 05:36 pm (UTC)
Lots of people are ignoring him already. His Fox News Channel show has lost a third of its audience this year, and it only seems to be making him crazier. I like to imagine him as the racist juror in Twelve Angry Men, who finally just goes so over the top that the others simply turn their back on him.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010 | 08:13 pm (UTC)
I don't even think he could have even been in that novel with his big mouth. In fact, if he ends up in a situation wherein he serves on a jury, he's likely to poison the jury just by opening his giant trap and since he's so loud and annoying, get himself charged iwth contempt of court after being told to shut up and not doing so. I guess he just looks and sounds like an inexperienced, immature, not-so-bright, insensitive punky kid to me. Have I mentioned that I think his comments are noninformative?
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