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Restoring Hubris

by Chris Stevenson

Glenn Beck is a sick man, crazy actually, crazy like a Fox News Network. Maybe if he never existed, it would be necessary for the Devil to invent him. He has carried through his plan to momentarily pre-empt the Civil Rights Movement and rally his Tea Party and conservative followers at no other location than the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on the 47th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He calls it “Restoring Honor.”

Ironically this project makes Beck the whitest of the right-wing talk radio grunts out there. A stark contrast to Rush Limbaugh (an admitted liar and drug addict), Michael Savage (possibly the sole narcissist of the bunch), Laura Ingram (arrogant), Laura Schlesinger (condescending), Sean Hannity (manipulative) and last and emphatically least Ted Nugent.

What makes Beck dangerous is he has just enough BS to make himself sound rational to many. He knows he’s on the wrong side of history, isn’t comfortable with that-unlike the other conservative radio hosts-so what does he do? Camouflage the wrong side. Over the course of the last few months he has taken to actually researching and studying black history and of course twist and pervert it to the current world-view he is pitching; that the Republican Party and it’s affiliations are actually the party of freedom and liberation (as opposed to today’s Democratic Party). Beck started this with his claim that President Obama has a problem with white people. Recently he is claiming he is the heir apparent to Martin Luther King and that former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is the next Rosa Parks.

I don’t doubt that Beck is the heir apparent to Lex Luthor, or even Martin Luther (who openly hated Jews), but obviously not King. Beck’s movement is actually not the array of initiatives it has advertised itself as; it’s not for war veterans, nor soldiers serving today, and it really doesn’t bear the earmarks of a white nationalist movement. He himself claims it’s non-political and has nothing to do with the mid-term elections. This is where he is blatantly incorrect. Surely he must know this, but it seems to be a case where cognizant meets con-man and the results resemble a plot worthy of the WWE.

In fact, in order to give this effort some sense of validity is his somehow drafting one of King’s relatives to participate with them; Alveda King, Martin’s niece, was one of Beck’s keynote speakers at the event. What I expected is a cramming words into Dr. King’s mouth-fest that is unequalled on the right. After all, Alveda reportedly joined the fray, claiming to be non-partisan and is even quoted in the Daily Caller as stating, were her uncle alive today, he would attend Beck’s rally. My first thought was how much was she getting paid, or hard hard did he beg her? It’s not hard to understand Beck’s true stance on Civil Rights, all one needs do is mentally transport Beck and the network that refuses to part company with him despite dozens of sponsors deserting them due to his insane rants; the Fox network, back to the past and safely assume what he would be commenting on the Montgomery Bus Boycott (‘King has a problem with white people’), lynchings (‘Lock and load’), and black voter registration (‘sigh… did Medgar Evers even think to register any good white southerners to vote?’).

Amidst Beck’s tricknology is the question of what took him so long to recognize and research Civil Rights heroes known and unknown? Doubtless Bull Conner would be adamant today against calling King, Parks, Evers and their supporters heroes. Yes, he does have a right to organize and meet at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but he is way off base in his assertions that Dr. King would be against affirmative action were he still alive today. I recall this rhetoric starting around the early ’90’s. Were it not for King, there wouldn’t be an Affirmative Action. Obviously Beck’s hindsight isn’t 20/20 as most normal people’s are.

Glenn Beck’s surprise appearance on the “Joe Madison Show” at XM radio’s black-talk station 169 “The Power” proved more revealing than the words of his 8/28 speech in DC. On the morning before the rally. He got pretty evasive once Madison questioned him about his racists tags against Obama. Beck also told Madison that he doesn’t believe in social justice. Hmmm… I don’t recall him saying that in his closing lecture at Restore Honor. It would have been interesting if he did considering just a few minutes earlier Ms. King added a list of her dreams to her Uncle Martin’s, chief among them was: “that white privilege will become human privilege.” Pretty important I say, especially since social justice deals directly with race, opportunity and the economy.

No one is really challenging Beck’s right to do this, it’s just the obvious; a jerk-off and his ilk speaking before his misguided followers (who doubtless won’t be under-counted as the black male attendees of the Million Man March were. Early Beck rally numbers estimate 100,000) on the virtual-holy ground of a man who shared his dream before millions and changed a nation before the whole world. It’s obvious to me as well that what Beck wants, amidst the multicultural presence and backdrop of Restoring Honor is a Restoring Hubris. A restoration of white republican presidential rights to do anything that he pleases provided that one can find his way back into the Oval Office.

Beck and most of the republicans don’t care how much damage Bush and the banks have caused, he’s white, he’s republican, he was their guy. Back then republican voters were proud spectators; they had no problem with no WMDs and no wire-taps. Nationalism would make them direct participants, not that they aren’t up for it, but they already feel powerless with Obama. They don’t care how much good Obama does, he’s a black or bi-racial man… oh yeah, who took their country from them. Beck’s program wasn’t aiming for nationalism just yet, that’s for smart people, he can achieve the same objective by sprinkling some black activists, soldiers and musicians to praise him and entertain rural-America’s simple-minded dregs, if the GOP loses the mid-term, in ‘012 he will bounce the blacks like a Fox Network cancelled sitcom and go-for-broke with his white nationalist movement to support the republican candidate.

Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist, his articles also appear in the Challenger Community News. Follow him on Twitter, Btweetz.com blackcommentator and Facebook, you don’t have to join either. Respond to him on the link below.

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10 Comments on "Restoring Hubris"

  1. Chris…I understand where your coming from…its really about extremism…we all need each other and must avoid polorization…this is really whats destrying our union.

  2. Chris…I understand where your coming from…its really about extremism…we all need each other and must avoid polorization…this is really whats destrying our union.

  3. Informative article Chris, it is interesting to read what Beck is up to.I really enjoy reading your view. I did see the news coverage of the rally he held, but the cameras never showed the “crowd” CBS did in fact show a short clip of Palin running her mouth about something. It’s fascinating to me that according to you Beck is using Black history to delude his followers including one of Dr. Kings relatives, this is a sad commentary on what we all have learned and need to remember about Black history. He needs to delve a little deeper into his lessons on the history of our country. Becks tactics remind me of the “carpetbagger” politicians who teamed up with freed slaves and republicans known as “scalawags.” They came from the North to the South, but regardless of their origin their objective was to prevent the success of Reconstruction after the Civil War. Beck is not traveling by train using a cheap poorly made suitcase as did his counterparts from the reconstruction period. He is traveling by way of the media into the homes of the unsuspecting, taking advantage– opportunistic and self serving, duping many and ultimately being despised by many more. He is manufacturing unfacts, tasty lies and attempting to prevent the progress of the current administration.

  4. Informative article Chris, it is interesting to read what Beck is up to.I really enjoy reading your view. I did see the news coverage of the rally he held, but the cameras never showed the “crowd” CBS did in fact show a short clip of Palin running her mouth about something. It’s fascinating to me that according to you Beck is using Black history to delude his followers including one of Dr. Kings relatives, this is a sad commentary on what we all have learned and need to remember about Black history. He needs to delve a little deeper into his lessons on the history of our country. Becks tactics remind me of the “carpetbagger” politicians who teamed up with freed slaves and republicans known as “scalawags.” They came from the North to the South, but regardless of their origin their objective was to prevent the success of Reconstruction after the Civil War. Beck is not traveling by train using a cheap poorly made suitcase as did his counterparts from the reconstruction period. He is traveling by way of the media into the homes of the unsuspecting, taking advantage– opportunistic and self serving, duping many and ultimately being despised by many more. He is manufacturing unfacts, tasty lies and attempting to prevent the progress of the current administration.

  5. Chris…OUTSTANDING article…..it puts it all in perspective…

    York

  6. Chris…OUTSTANDING article…..it puts it all in perspective…

    York

  7. I attended both the Beck and Sharpton rallies yesterday. Counted nine black folks at the Beck rally…nine! The crowd was white,Christian,friendly, and paranoid. The rumor going around was that Obama had closed down all the roads to one lane coming into Washington from Virginia to keep the numbers down. The roads were closed down, as anyone could have learned by checking with AAA for work that had been planned months before Beck filed for his permit. I estimate the crowd at close to 200 thousand.

    At the Sharpton rally, there were blacks and a fair representation of browns and whites. The people talked more about bread and butter issues and education, not the gauzy blah blah at the Beck rally. About 30 thousand participated in the march to the Lincoln.

  8. I attended both the Beck and Sharpton rallies yesterday. Counted nine black folks at the Beck rally…nine! The crowd was white,Christian,friendly, and paranoid. The rumor going around was that Obama had closed down all the roads to one lane coming into Washington from Virginia to keep the numbers down. The roads were closed down, as anyone could have learned by checking with AAA for work that had been planned months before Beck filed for his permit. I estimate the crowd at close to 200 thousand.

    At the Sharpton rally, there were blacks and a fair representation of browns and whites. The people talked more about bread and butter issues and education, not the gauzy blah blah at the Beck rally. About 30 thousand participated in the march to the Lincoln.

  9. Chris, this is brilliant. Thank you for showing exactly what beck is trying to do.

  10. Chris, this is brilliant. Thank you for showing exactly what beck is trying to do.

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