Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on August 28th turned out to be more of a tent revival. It became necessary for each speaker to sign a waiver stating they would refrain from making political remarks to retain the tax-exempt status of the beneficiary of the proceeds of the rally, Special Operations Warrior Foundation. SOWF receives its funds after all expenses of the rally have been paid, so let’s hope there’s something left for them.
I watched the entire thing and I’m feeling better now, thanks for asking. I’ve been sipping ginger ale and nibbling soda crackers and after a Compazine suppository, I have the nausea under control. I am resting comfortably. I’m risking a relapse just thinking about what I witnessed Saturday, but I’m no quitter. I will not stop until I’ve finished this.
Sarah Palin – what can be said about her? She was beautifully coiffed and smartly dressed and gave a lovely speech about military heroes, the kind of men who don’t give up even when they are confronted with the most dire of circumstances. Sarah introduced each one after telling their tales of bravery and I certainly don’t want anyone to think I don’t appreciate what those young men did for their country. Sarah, who bugged out halfway through her term as Governor of Alaska, didn’t realize that the values she was urging us to return to were not values she herself bothered to embrace. How could a woman who failed to complete the job she was elected to perform stand up there and admonish the rest of us to be like the soldier who had both hands blown off and was still able to command his troops? The irony.
Beck had a special Badge of Merit cast and awarded three of them during the rally. The Badge of Merit for Faith was awarded to Reverend C. L. Jackson who said in his acceptance speech, “God sent his son to this earth so that we could all gather, and I think that’s the dream and the vision of Glenn Beck.” Rev. Jackson is a member of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and his term expires on 02/01/2011. The Badge of Merit for Hope was awarded to Albert Pujols who only showed at the rally when he was assured by Glenn Beck the rally was not political. The Badge of Merit for Charity was awarded to Jon Huntsman Sr. who is quite philanthropic and also a Mormon (not that there’s anything wrong with that). There is a pattern here: all three recipients are Christians in good-standing and two of them are involved heavily in philanthropic activities. As each recipient went up to accept their badge, Fanfare For the Common Man by Aaron Copeland was played. Nice touch.
Several times during the rally a film and voice-over montage was shown, sort of like the warm fuzzy pieces Disney produces for Epcot. A large white hand holding the hand of a black child; a soldier saluting the flag; a sunset; purple mountains majesty. You can feel the shiver of American pride up the backbone, can’t you? One of the vignettes even showed the Emma Lazarus poem, “The New Colossus” — another nice touch. Beck’s lower lip got quivery a few times. He mentioned that some of the people appeared at the rally at great personal risk. He seemed to indicate that those who were at particular risk were Democrats. At the same time Beck said that “Our values and principles can unite us.” Great. He says we can be united but then he makes sure that we all know that the “other” side is against what he’s doing.
Beck denied he’s a fear monger and instead likened himself to the guy in the crows nest on the Titanic who spotted the iceberg and warned of danger. Well, we all know how well that worked out. I did come to one conclusion, though, when Beck began his discussion about tithing to the church. Beck is truly a hypocrite if he can say to everyone it is alright to tithe to the church (obviously a Christian one) but it is not alright to pay taxes to the government to which we pledge allegiance. So, who are the real patriots: the people who gladly give 10% to their church or the people who give 10% to their country?