Snake-Oil Liniment, Rub Some In
My final thoughts on the Beck rally:
I’m just thinking about this turnout for Beck and the weird effect it has had on the media. I mean even Savage said nice things and pretty much devoted his Monday show to talking about the rally and inviting people that had attended to call in and give their take on the experience. Wow. That’s….nice.
I think that just the fact that Beck could draw so many shook up the reality in DC and the MSM. And that these people did behave just as politely and sweetly as could be expected (of course). That the crowd were not “weirdo’s”, but were so dedicated to restoring America, they risked ridicule and being dismissed as being crazy Beck followers to be there.
There is something that seems to have unnerved the MSM and DC about this rally. Something that wasn’t there last September after the big march, which drew at least as many people. (My neighbor said that he feels last Sept. had more people ~ since he attended both events, I’ll trust his judgment.) But there is something unique in who’s name drew these people to DC. There is something unique in that it keeps happening ~ good, quiet, pleasant conservative people maxing out the resources in DC to show their love for this country. It does not matter what names they are called. It does not matter how they are bullied. None of it matters, because they will keep coming. I think that is what finally has begun to unnerve the DC people. They probably thought that many people would not attend because they would be afraid of the threat by the Sharpton’s and the new Black Panthers. They probably thought people would be less likely to attend because Beck has been so denigrated by so many.
Now, to be honest, Beck does bring some of that on himself. He is a self-described showman, and that is what they do. They make show, to make their living. As with any showman it is tough as hell to determine who is straight up and who is a phony. But boiled down, in the end the determination is how the people feel about their experience. These people all loved their experience. Sharpton had nothing he could complain about, no matter how hard he looked, there was no fuel. The MSM are scratching their heads because they cannot understand what is going on.
Apparently Glenn Beck is kind of like a good strong cup of coffee. The silent majority really has awoken at last.
Thank goodness that the rally went through without any unfortunate confrontations. They kept it, as far as I could tell, largely like a religious revival combined with a recognition of great debt we owe to our armed forces. Whew. Cause this could have gone all kinds of wrong. Politics was largely left out, which was wise considering that the good Rev. Sharrrpton, was just a-hopin’ for anything to go on a rant about. Sharrrrrpton brought up politics though, seems he just hates the very idea of the individual states having any say for themselves. I’m pretty sure that very few people in his tiny crowd understood what the hell he was talking about as his speech wandered desperately around in angry aimlessness. But to his credit, he didn’t say nasty things about the Beck rally tonight on Fox. Cool.
I was just over reading Lame Cherry. Lame Cherry rolled out some opinions, shall we say, about today’s Beck Bonanza. I agree with that assessment.
Well, it will be in roughly nine hours. I had no interest in going as I have felt all along that it is a setup of sorts. I don’t trust Beck. Hate me if you must, I don’t care because this is my very own point of view.
I developed a mistrust of Kenyan Keebler tree Glenn Beck back on 9/12/09. I was at that march in DC, with all of my wonderful fellow countrymen. Beck was not there.
I was sure that he had indicated that he had planned on attending, and I heard many, many other people all through the crowds wondering the same thing.
Then, after the march, on Fox, I heard Beck downplaying the march. Downplaying the numbers in attendance. Saying that he didn’t put in an appearance as he didn’t want the MSM trying to misrepresent the grassroots movement as something he had put together. Basically taking back-door ownership. You are all smart enough to know how I mean that.
I had wondered about him a bit prior to that, but as of that moment I knew what he was. And when he degraded the “birther” movement, I knew what he was. And when he stopped “outing” Czars, and started spouting region, I knew what he was. When he began to plan this monumental mess, this set-up, I knew what he was.
Who besides me knows what will happen tomorrow?
Do you thing it could bring dishonor to the Tea Party? Do you think the potential is there to bring dishonor to the Conservative movement, who are in large part religious?
Do you think that this man is sincere? I do not.
I’ve got the cure for what ails you, and just today I can let you have two bottles for the price of one.
Kittens, I think we will all be tarred with the
Glenn Beck brush after this Snake Oil Sale.
PS. I do think the good people of the Tea Party know, many of them anyhow, that Glenn Beck is at best an imperfect “figurehead”. But the citizens haven’t learned yet how to come together without the Beck’s herding them into a chosen venue. They haven’t yet learned, or re-learned, that they have the meeting places and podiums in their own communities. They are still uncomfortable in this taking responsibility, many for the first time ever, and seek to be led.
Like the people in the small towns of old, when had no doctors in the community, when a “traveling medicine show” rolled in with the cure for what ailed them they emptied their pockets all the while giving trust in exchange for smooth words.
If Beck does not pull this off just right ~ which depends largely on the coverage this event will receive ~ it will harm the Tea Party movement. I do not like his choice of dates, for several reasons. Most obvious is that it is the same date and venue of the MLK speech. I frankly do not think it was by accident. Come on. Secondly, I do not like that he chose to have it just two weeks before the large marches planned on the 11th and 12th. His explanation was that he didn’t think it was appropriate to hold it on the sabbath? ?? I mean there’s praying and such, so why not? I don’t like that this siphons off folks that would otherwise have attended the marches, which to my way of thinking are far more important.
You know why? They show true grassroots, not a love-fest for one man.
They show people with a common concern, not people attending a concert.
And the date of 9/11 is sacred to all of us.