We'll say it anyway.
The pudgy champion (KTTH m-f, 6-9a) of preservation of the pre-WW1 state of the union, says God is working through him, and apparently it's God's will that his hopes to deliver a speech subsuming Martin Luther King's efforts 47 years ago on this date.
King is the previous record holder for historic speechifying at this location. Beck says he "coincidentally" scheduled it on the anniversary the "I have A Dream" speech, a hallmark in the progressive struggle for civil justice and equality.
It's not as much about cooption of MLK as it is about co-opportunism. The multi-millionaire Beck (he's almost as rich as Rush) "coincidentally" has a book release and will collect for a legitimate kids of dead troops charity at the event, then deduct expenses, and give what's left to the charity. It's the sleazy Sean Hannity Let Freedom Ka-ching school of charitable giving.
Many evangelicals, and the Republican Party are, at the moment keeping Beck's rally at arm's length. Despite the power he yields with conservatives, the ortho-Christians don't like Mormons, (and Glenn is one) and the Republicans are afraid he might make a mess on the rug, as in his politically problematic comments last year that President Obama has "a deep-seated hatred of white people."
If all goes well, however, it will be a show of muscle for the right-wing of the right-wing, e.g. the tea party, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. How does the Republican establishment handle this noisome insurrection on their right flank? Once the primaries are over, there will be some nut-cutting- who'll be holding the knife?Beck’s reverence for King is phony, of course. King was a Christian socialist demanding racial and economic equality; he was a true and inevitable product of the progressive movement. (Beck rejects equality in favor of libberdee).
Back in the day, people of Beck’s political ilk hated MLK, wanted him jailed and worse. Called him a commie, socialist, and African nationalist and strove to send him back to the motherland. They called him a hooligan, and and insurrectionist using mobs to rob patriots of their precious 10th Amendment libberdee. Then they shot him dead.
Does the rhetoric sound familiar?
Now, Beck and his astro-turf tea-baggers have the mobs and pretend to honor King as they kick the political shit out of the first African-American president.
Is this raw guile or profound ignorance?Knowing this crowd marching down the low-information superhighway- it’s both.