Former Fox News personality Glenn Beck said he believed Tuesday morning that he was capable of leading a “new civil rights movement” in America after claiming that fascism was coming to Europe.
Appearing on televangelist James Robison’s Life Today show, Beck commented on the popular Occupy Wall Street movement.
“We are in an era now of a new civil rights movement,” he said. “We are the ones that have the righteous calling for the civil rights movement. We are the ones. When you try to say that Martin Luther King would have been there with the rapes and the murders and everything else with Occupy Wall Street, I’m sorry, you are wrong.”
Don’t forget Beck is also going to start thrilling the nation with weekly “Reagan-esque” speeches from his newly built “Oval Office” set.
It’s funny how someone can remind you of someone else, whether it’s because of a resemblance in appearance or a similarity in personality or thought-process. Remember John List and the reasons he gave for killing his entire family?
List was described by a psychiatrist as having obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. A psychiatrist who interviewed List testified that he saw only two solutions to his family’s financial and health problems – either go on welfare or kill his family and send their souls to heaven. He was especially concerned about the soul of his daughter, Patty, who showed little interest in church. She was also active in the theater department, smoked marijuana, and was interested in Wicca. He was afraid that welfare would expose them to ridicule, show that List did not love them, and violate his own authoritarian father’s teachings to always care for and protect the family. [Wikipedia]
See, Beck says he has a righteous calling (!) now — and that’s not any old ordinary calling. Beware of men who claim to be burdened with such a grandiose affliction, especially when they say it’s for another person’s own good.
[...] here’s Ron Paul on Martin Luther King Day in his newsletters:
Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.
Those riding the Ron Paul Bandwagon will argue that it was Lew Rockwell who wrote these words, NOT Ron Paul. Okay, so something written in his name about one of his “heroes” by his longtime Chief of Staff is way off the mark. (take a moment to think about that…)
What about Ron Paul’s voting record? Coates writes that the RP Bandwagon is now trying to say Dr. No voted FOR Martin Luther King Day and they’re using this bill as proof. Unfortunately (for the Bandwagon) that isn’t the bill for the holiday.
. The tens of thousands of almost exclusively white Beck fans who traveled to DC to hear nothing they haven’t heard before from the self-proclaimed Rodeo Clown must wonder what THAT was all about … and they should be wondering why on earth they paid to be a part of it. (Hint: you fed one man’s enormous ego.) Was it enough to gather and know that others shared your beliefs in ‘death panels’ and ‘Obama is a secret Muslim who was born in Kenya’ and ‘FEMA camps’ and ‘tax cuts for the rich will create jobs’?
Here are some things to ponder about this utter obscenity of an event that was Beck’s Divide Divine Destiny / Restoring Honor / “reclaiming” civil rights without talking once about CIVIL RIGHTS (i.e. remember when white men couldn’t vote or had to drink from segregated water fountains or didn’t earn as much as women or minorities?) / etc etc:
Beck’s fans love MLK, because Beck “rented it” — so there! (the Lincoln Memorial location or the anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech — or both, I suppose).
Restoring Honor: “Honor” is a wingnut code word that defines the term in the same way that the old Confederacy defined the term. And when paired with the word “restoration” it is a call for a return to an American rooted in the White Supremacy of the Confederacy.
87,000 Rubes: But what about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation donations? It turns out that everyone who donated money yesterday were tricked. Shocker. All of the estimated $5.5 million in donations are earmarked to pay for the event first and the troops get the leftovers. So most of that money pays for Beck’s ego-stroking and if there’s any money that falls into the seat cushions of Beck’s limo, well that money goes to the SOWF. Nice. How do we know this? The fine print buried at the bottom of the official Glenn Beck website: “All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place August 28, 2010. All contributions in excess of these costs will be retained by SOWF.”
American Theocracy:Patrick Sadowski, wearing a polo shirt with eagles and stars and stripes, said that he belongs to the Constitution Party, because “I feel the Republicans and the Democrats are the same people who own all the horses in the race.”He said that he favors candidates of any party as long as they are “biblically based.”
Divine Yawn: The Glenn Beck fans on my subway car after today’s rally were a subdued bunch. They didn’t seem energized by having spent time with their idol and many thousands of fellow fans. Why not?
Not a political event. Whether officially a tea party event or no, tea party infrastructure [was] heavily involved in the rally’s promotion, logistics, and attendance. (So was Freedomworks.)
Snoring Honor: [Beck] started weeping while telling the crowd that somewhere out there was “the next George Washington”. Dunno about you, but when I saw pan shots of the crowd — which was one of the whitest crowds in D.C. in recent memory — I mostly thought I saw “the next Timothy McVeigh.” But your mileage may vary.
Movements — real movements that make a difference and stand the test of time — are about more than buzz words, television personalities, and self-aggrandizement. Change — transformational change that sets nations on new courses — is more than vague, shallow promises about “freedom.”
Labor unions created a movement. Women’s suffrage was a movement. The fight for civil rights is a movement. The ongoing struggle for equality for gays and lesbians is a movement. In each case, the grievance was as clear as the solution. There was no mystery as to what these patriots were fighting for. Their struggles and successes made the nation stronger, better, and more perfect.
The folks who gathered in D.C. today were awfully excited about something. The fact that it’s not altogether obvious what that might be probably isn’t a good sign.
Today thousands of angry white people have descended on the National Mall on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to whine about how they’re being persecuted and unfairly maligned, sponsored by a race-baiting lunatic Fox News host who promotes the ideology of the far right and the John Birch Society and has called President Obama “a racist with a deep-seated hatred of white culture.”
They’re broadcasting this bizarre inversion of reality on C-SPAN, where you can see that they’ve done their best to recruit as many black speakers and absolutely horrible black singers as they could, because that’s how they prove they’re not racist … at all!
Glenn Beck managed to fill the stage with black people, but when the cameras pan around the crowd, it’s an unbroken sea of white faces. And the crowd is nowhere near the 300,000 figure Beck was trumpeting in advance.
If Martin Luther King were alive today, these same people would be vilifying him as a communist and an evil progressive. The irony meter is off the scale on this parade of white victimhood.
Here’s a photo of one of Beck’s admirers; they banned signs from this rally, so he simply put his racist slogan on a t-shirt instead.