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An Interesting Approach to the Glenn Beck Rally

August 29th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ll write more about the Glenn Beck rally once I’ve heard more about what actually took place there, but for now I just want to make a quick comment about a piece I read this morning on the Huffington Post, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoration of Honor’ Rally by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly—people who apparently helped organize the original March on Washington.

Written before the rally happened, this piece is essentially saying, “The legacy of Martin Luther King does not belong to any specific group. If Mr. Beck wants to champion the values of the Civil Rights Movement, he has our blessing.”

The obvious reaction is to laugh, as it’s obvious Beck isn’t doing anything close to championing the true values of the Civil Rights Movement, and that he’s actually crapping on the memory of MLK by choosing the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech as the date of his rally.

He chose this date because he knew it would create a controversy, get the lefties yelling at him and thus cast himself in the role of the courageous hero standing against overwhelming liberal opposition. Those who’ve lambasted Beck for this are playing right into his hands.

But this strategy—the “God bless” strategy—is much better.

Just imagine if instead of mocking the Tea Party people, deriding them all as racists and dismissing everything they have to say, the entire progressive movement collectively said to them, “We think it’s wonderful that you are so concerned with the future of America that you’re willing to get out and march. We solute your patriotism. Now let’s talk about what the REAL problems are and how we fix them.”

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