Glenn Beck v. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I don't think there is anyone on television these days that enjoys the smell of his own farts more than Glenn Beck. Not since Alan Keyes has there been a personality on television who has embarked on a mission to gleefully exploit their own ignorance. It's amazing to watch people like Beck and Sarah Palin wear their smug stupidity like a badge of honor-- as if to say "To hell with your 'education' and 'facts'-- if I say it out loud, it's true! So there!".
There is a lot being made of Beck's little "Restoring America" gathering to be held tomorrow on the National Mall in Washington DC, on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. He argues that it's not fair that Black folks claim ownership to the legacy of Dr. King-- that he, in other words, is just as relevant (if not more so) than what the Civil Rights leader represented. Audacious? Ballsy? You bet. Moronic? Idiotic? Foolish? Silly? Those things, too.
There are many that believe that he is attempting to steal the spotlight away from Dr. King. I have one word for that: impossible. Beck aspires to be something much greater than he is, or will ever be. I mean sure, he's jumping on the coat tails of someone that he may very well admire. But that's all he is doing. The only thing that Beck has had to struggle with were his substance abuse issues. If he want to pretend that he's a great man, well...that goes along well with whatever drug-addled delusions that he's had in the past. The only difference this time is that he's bringing a small cult of people along with him. Good for him, I say.
It's said that there could be anywhere between 20,000 to 100,000 people at this rally. How this is considered a threat is beyond me. Even if there are 200,000 people there-- hell, I'll give him 400,000 people. What does that mean? Not much in a nation of 300,000,000. Just as Rush Limbaugh has up to 20,000,000 fans...that's a small fraction of this nation's population. It really doesn't mean much. I mean, more people watch America's Got Talent than either of those bozos combined. I fail to see the threat, unless one of them takes to juggling kittens or something. THEN we can worry.
Back to the "hijacking" of Dr. King's legacy, and the impossibility of such a notion. Beck has previously expressed his difficulty in relating to Black folks, which is just so silly and ridiculous-- just as his proclamation that Barrack Obama is a racist that hates White people and the White culture. When Muslim Keith Ellison from Minnesota was elected to Congress, he asked Ellison why he shouldn't believe that "he is the enemy". A man that thinks this way, and believes these things, is light years away from Dr. King's legacy. Clearly this man, like millions of other Americans, have issues with race, religion, and ethnicity that blind them from good old fashion common sense and rational thought.
Listen, Glenn Beck is gonna have this rally, people are going to show up, and the 24 hour cable news cycle is gonna spin the living hell out of it, and anyone else in and around it. And then, three weeks from now, people will forget about it. A year from now, NO ONE will care. And five years from now, my daughter will STILL have no idea who the hell Glenn Beck is. It's the circle of life...or the pentagram of life, whatever. Just as this stupid "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy has been swept up into something that it's not, Glenn Beck's usurping of Dr. King's day will not amount to a pile of fresh turds.
Let the man have his fun. And let history be his judge.
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