P.T. Barnum knew what he was talking about more than 100 years ago when he allegedly said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. It is generally taken to mean that there are (and always will be) a lot of gullible people in the world.
He probably would have admired radio talk show host Glenn Beck for bringing so many gullible people to his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.
“This is a moment…that I think we ‘reclaim’ the civil-rights movement. It has been so distorted and so turned upside down….We are on the right side of history. We are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties and damn it, we will reclaim the civil-rights moment. We will take that movement, because we were the people that did it in the first place!”
I’ve avoided blogging about this kook for years for the simple reason that all Beck is, an attention seeker. But I had to put my two cents in simply because now, he’s messing with something of significance. Judging from his words, Beck wouldn’t know what civil rights are. I highly doubt that he was sent to the back of the bus, or refused service on the part of his skin color.
In 1963, black people like me were considered second class citizens. “We” were shuttled to the back of the bus. “We” given less than adequate job & educational opportunities. “We” were refused service. “We” were given ‘so-called’ separate but equal. “We” were getting the shit kicked out of us just for speaking out!
All “we” wanted is the same thing everyone else in America wanted; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
This “megalomaniac” clearly suffers from delusions of grandeur.
Promoting his “Restoring Honor” rally 47 years to the day after the reverant Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously spoke at the very same place is an attempt to hijack the significance of the King’s “I have a dream” speech and it’s real meaning, social justice, something Beck despises by his own words!
Saturday’s rally is simply a pulpit to sooth Glenn Beck’s ego, in what will certainly be, the largest Ku Klux Klan rally in American history!