On Saturday, Glenn Beck hosted a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Reports on the attendance at the rally vary from 300,000 to 600,000. No matter how you look at it, it was a big crowd. One of the speakers was Sarah Palin who is looked at by the far left as the Devil herself. The rally was peaceful and was covered by all of the major news organizations. It was the major news of the day. The crowd was well behaved and the organizers were very happy with the results and turnout.
Beginning Saturday evening, numerous posts about the rally started to appear on the Internet, including on Facebook. These posts varied from adulance to outright vile hatred of both the rally and its speakers. In fact, the Left has apparently taken the position that this rally is one of the worst things that has ever happened to the Country.
According to the Washington Post, a protester at the rally, Ben Thielen, 32, a District public-policy worker, caused a stir with a sign that said:
”It’s because of the 1st Amendment that Glenn Beck can spew his filth on the steps.”
The rally which took place on the same day as Martin Luther King Jr’s,”I have a Dream” speech led the Rev. Jesse Jackson to tell CNN that Beck was mimicking King and “humiliating the tradition.”
Since when is a political rally “filth” and a “humiliation?” A few blocks away from the rally, the Reverend Al Sharpton held a rally in which less than 500 attended to commemorate the anniversary of the King Speech. You did not hear anyone trying to take away the freedom to speak from Mr. Sharpton even though he is a known racist and hatemonger.
A long time ago I wrote an article entitled “Has PC Taken Away Free Speech” and another article entitled “What is a Republican Today.” Both of those articles cover my position and views on Free Speech. To sum up, I believe it is absolute, of course taking into account the few limitations placed by the US Supreme Court. I believe it is absolute even when talking about the Cordoba Center at Ground Zero. My prior article “It’s About Respect.” which has been severely criticized does not say the Imam does not have legal grounds to build the mosque; it said that it was not the morally right thing to do. So, I have been consistent on my theories regarding free speech.
Why can’t the left take the same position? The ACLU and the left argue consistently that they defend Free Speech, but as I pointed out in my earlier articles, it is only when they agree with the Free Speech they are protecting. If they disagree, they want to take it away. That becomes abundantly clear when you look at a debate I had on Facebook yesterday. During that debate, I was basically told to shut up because I was as ignorant as was our good friends Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Further during that debate, I came to an amazing conclusion. The far left is petrified of both Beck and Palin. I cannot help but wonder why? What is there about these two people that scares the living hell out of the Far Left, especially in light of the fact that the continually categorize both of them as stupid!
Maybe it is because the left realizes that these two speak for the “main street” of America and because they support the ideals of our founding fathers. These are the same ideals that the Obama Administration has spent the last two years trying to take away. The same ideals that the socialists and those that support the new world order want to destroy. The same ideals that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have tried to suppress. These are the ideals of Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton and Washington.
Maybe some of you have other thoughts. I just want to know what creates that fear of the two. Am I missing something?
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