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.