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Peter Lemkin
08-29-2010, 12:30 PM
Published on Saturday, August 28, 2010 by BBC News
Anger as US Conservatives Hold Washington Rally

by Amanda Lee Myers

Tens of thousands of people are attending a controversial rally in Washington DC organised by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck.

The 1963 march was a pivotal moment in the US civil rights movement. Dr King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial that day foresaw a united nation, free from racial discrimination. It is one of the most celebrated works of American oratory. Glenn Beck says he was unaware of the coincidence in dates (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
Civil rights leaders criticised Mr Beck for holding the rally at the Lincoln Memorial, the place where Martin Luther King Jr made his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago to the day.

Mr Beck, a presenter for Fox News, insisted the timing was a coincidence.

A counter-rally called by civil rights campaigners is also under way.

'Restoring honour'

Addressing the crowd, Mr Beck said the US had "wandered in darkness" for too long.

"America today begins to turn back to God," he said.

He told the crowd the timing of the "Restoring Honour" rally was coincidence but also divine providence.

Former US vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin also spoke at the rally.

A counter-rally organised by the civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton is taking place at the same time.

Participants are marching to the site of a proposed memorial to Dr King, not far from the Lincoln Memorial.

Civil rights leaders say Mr Beck's message runs counter to that of Dr King.

"It's an affront to what the civil rights movement stood for," Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We didn't do anything in anger and never tried to divide people. Glenn Beck is a very divisive force."

The 1963 march was a pivotal moment in the US civil rights movement. Dr King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial that day foresaw a united nation, free from racial discrimination. It is one of the most celebrated works of American oratory.
Glenn Beck says he was unaware of the coincidence in dates

Mr Beck is a prominent voice in the anti-establishment Tea Party movement. Last year he accused President Barack Obama of racism, saying he had a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture".

He said when he was planning the rally in the US capital he was unaware that Saturday 28 August would be the anniversary of the 1963 march.

"It's not the date, it's the message," he said on his television show on Thursday.

"I've heard it over and over again in the media that because of this event, on the date of this event, I'm somehow or another hijacking Dr Martin Luther King's speech. I'm not big enough to do that. No-one is."

The Tea Party movement has galvanised conservatives opposed to taxes and government intervention.

Charles Drago
08-29-2010, 02:12 PM
Not since Custer raped the Black Hills ...

Peter Lemkin
08-29-2010, 04:20 PM
Not since Custer raped the Black Hills ...

..couldn't have put it better myself. Our first 'brownshirt' rally near the heart of power in the Heimat! They will be less overtly friendly, in future...although, anyone familiar with Adolf Beck's views would know that it was not in any way friendly, democratic, nor pro-constitution, etc. this time around. How'z about a Beck-Palin Administration to set this country down the yellow brick road of full-fledged Christo-fascism?! [With Corporate backing, bien sur!]:bandit:

A mild critique to some I' sure will be posted by tomorrow...
Published on Saturday, August 28, 2010 by Informed Comment
Glenn Beck’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’

by Juan Cole

This is the ‘I have a Dream Speech’ that Glenn Beck would give at the Lincoln Memorial if he were being completely honest.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from tax increases or increased regulation of your speculative financial instruments. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of government takeover and staggered by the winds of police laxness toward Mexicans and minority crime. You have been the veterans of creative suffering, under our current strange mixture of fascism, communism and Islam (Islamo-commie-fascism as I call it). Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering cannot be cured by a government take-over of health care.

Go back to the Hamptons, go back to Grosse Point, go back to Alaska, go back to Utah, go back to Idaho, go back to the suburbs and exurbs of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation of having an African-American president can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that some men are only worth 3/5s of others.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down and recognize that our president doesn’t like white guys.

I have a dream that one day even the borough of Manhattan, a borough sweltering with the heat of socialism, sweltering with the heat of Islamic fascism, will be transformed into a mosque-free oasis of freedom for people just like me.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their gold portfolios.

I have a dream today. . .