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A RECAP AND COMMENTARY ON MONUMENTAL 828 EVENT

September 1, 2010

We are so proud to have been at this remarkable, historical, humbling, respectful, long overdue, much needed, patriotic at it’s core, and while very concerned – also celebratory event. To honor our greatest leaders from George Washington to the present, and our Veterans while raising money for the fallen’s children, administered by the SOWF – one of the nations top rated charities. And to be a part of a movement to restore honor, to celebrate faith, hope and charity, promote equality and unity, and share in concern for the need to return to the divine providence, that has lent to us, the greatest nation and the greatest exercise in freedom, in the history of mankind.

QUOTES FROM THE EVENT:

Alveda King, an anti-abortion activist, former Georgia State Rep., and niece of the civil rights leader Dr. King, appealed to rally attendees to “focus not on elections or on political causes but on honor, on character … not the color of our skin. Yes, I too have a dream. … That America will pray and God will forgive us our sins and revive us our land.” King also addressed the civil rights leaders and members of the black community who had been critical of the rally, responding that “My daddy, Rev. A.D. King, my granddaddy, Martin Luther King, Senior – we are a family of faith, hope and love. And that’s why I’m here today. Glenn says there is one human race; I agree with him. We are not here to divide. I’m about unity. That’s why I’m here, and I honor my uncle today.” She was sincerely and enthusiastically cheered and given ovations from the the steps of Lincoln to the monument of Washington and all points in between.

Sarah Palin told the crowd that calls to transform the country were not enough; “We must restore America and restore her honor.” Palin likened the rally participants to the civil rights activists from 1963, and said the same spirit that helped them overcome oppression, discrimination and violence would help this group as well. Palin’s lines such as, “Look around you. You’re not alone. You are Americans! You have the same steel spine and moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is in you. It will sustain you as it sustained them,” were also greeted by the crowd’s standing ovations and chants of “U!–S!–A!”

Glenn Beck opened his remarks by decreeing that “Something beyond imagination is happening. America today begins to turn back to God.” He later said,

Let’s be honest. If you look at history, America has been both terribly good and terribly bad… learn from the bad…repair the bad and look to the good that is still out in front of us, within our reach… We have a choice today. We can either let those scars crush us or redeem us… you are honest and have integrity! There were people on stage that took a great personal risk… that person stood on the stage because of honor… And there is a lot we can disagree on but our values and our principles can unite us. We must discover them again… Recognize your place to the creator. Realize that he, is our king. He is the one who guides and directs our life and protects us… I ask, not only if you would pray on your knees, but pray on your knees but with your door open for your children to see.

PROGRAM:

Additional features of the event included: the songs “Heaven Was Needing A Hero” and “America, the Beautiful,” sung by Jo Dee Messina; the Pledge of Allegiance, led by a Boy Scout; the National Anthem, sung a cappella; the gathered masses’ singing of “Amazing Grace,” as accompanied by bagpipers; and pastors’ offerings of invocation (D. Paul Jehle, The New Testament Church, Plymouth, Massachusetts) and benediction (the Reverend and Vietnam Veteran Dave Roever). At the event, Beck introduced a group of 240 religious leaders from among the “Black Robe Regiment.  Also there were presentations of Badges of Merit awards to selected individuals:

Badges of Merit

To armed services veterans

Presented by

 

Badge of Merit
purple heart

Marcus Luttrell

Navy SEAL, Afghanistan. Sole survivor, Taliban ambush.
Founder, Lone Survivor Foundation

Sarah Palin

 

James “Eddie” Wright

Marine Sergeant, Iraq. Lost hands but lead men to safety.
Co-founder, Operation Grateful Nation

 

Thomas Henry “Tom” Kirk, Jr.

Air Force squadron commander, Vietnam.
5½-years capitivity in Hanoi; for 2 of them, John McCain’s cellmate

 

Civilian

Presented by

 

For faith

Charles Lewis “C. L.” Jackson

Pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas,
involved in community outreach since the 1960s

Negiel Bigpond

 

For hope

Albert Pujols

Evangelizing immigrant-athlete and founder, Pujols Family Foundation’s charitable work.

Tony La Russa

 

For charity

Jon M. Huntsman

Philanthropist-author, Winners Never Cheat.
Proxy acceptor: Emma Houston (treated at the Huntsman Cancer Institute)

Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez

 

POSITIVE COMMENTARY:

We all know of course that Alveda King was a special guest and speaker at the Beck rally, but what of Martin Luther King Jr. who was at Sharpton’s rally. Hours after the rally finished, his personal attorney and speechwriter, Clarence Jones said he believes King would not have been offended by Beck’s rally but “pleased and honored”.Jones , also a visiting professor at Stanford University also said the Beck rally was tasteful and did not distort King’s message.

James Freeman, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, wrote positively about the rally, remarking that “the day was largely devoted to expressions of gratitude for the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers, for great men of American history like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and for God.” He said “you couldn’t find a more polite crowd” and remarked that he couldn’t find a single piece of trash left on the Mall by attendees. He noted how the crowd didn’t even boo when Dave Roever gave the closing prayer thanking God for our leaders including President Obama and members of Congress, Freeman theorized that “between Saturday’s crowd in Washington and the tea partiers agitating for limited government, we may be witnessing the rebuilding of the Reagan Coalition, which of course we view as a wonderful and much needed thing today.

Bill O’reilly described it as an “appeal for a return to Judeo-Christian values” and called it “a huge victory for Glenn Beck and Americans who believe the message of honor and dignity is worthwhile.”

Ross Douthat, the conservative op-ed writer for the NY Times (we know that seems like such an oxy-moron)  said it was like a tent revival crossed with a pep rally intertwined with a history lecture married to a USO telethon — and that was just in the first hour. There was endless piety, as speaker after speaker insisted that Americans rededicate themselves to God. There was Patriotism, fund- raising for children of slain Veterans, paeans to military heroism (delivered by Sarah Palin, among others), encomiums to the Founding Fathers … He went on that an admirer of this movement could certainly  indicate that ‘Restoring Honor’ is proof that left-wing fears about the Tea Partiers are overblown, as this event was free of rancor, racism or populist resentment, and that the atmosphere at the rally resembled that of a church picnic.

Catherine McDonald, head of the Atlanta chapter of the 9.12 Project, opined that Beck was providing a forum for people who believe the nation has lost its sense of honor and focus, remarking “These are people who believe this country was founded on good principles and faith in God.”

Richard Land resident of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission described the event as ecumenical, remarking that: We had Rabbis praying. We had Catholic priests praying. We had Muslims praying and participating. We had Prostestant Christians. And he kept saying over and over again this is not a political event, and politics is not the answer. The answer is spiritual renewal and rebuilding a civil society one person, one family, one church, and one community at a time.

NOTABLE HISTORICAL REFERENCE:

Martin Luther King’s Great march of 1963 was estimated to be about 300,000 and it was also estimated that about 75% were black and the rest white along with other various minorities. The event also had religious leaders of various faiths and biblical allusion were prevalent. On that day the reverend gave his “I have a dream” sermon which appealed

to such iconic and widely respected sources as the Bible and invokes the United States Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the United States Constitution. In he speech he has said such things as:

  • When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (and the note has been honored)
  • This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.
  • The Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people. For many of our white brothers as evidenced by their presence here today have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. (and so it was, and continues to be today, the same could be said 828 in reverse) We cannot walk alone. (and so they didn’t and still do not)
  • I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. (and so it has)
  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (and it has come to pass, praise the Lord)
  • “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.” (and now generations of sons have done so)
  • With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together. (and so on 828 exactly that occurs, although there was not one arrest!)
  • “Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics – will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty (Thank God indeed)

John Lewis, one of the speakers that day said, “My friends let us not forget that we are involved in a serious social revolution. By and large, politicians who build their career on immoral compromise and allow themselves an open forum of political, economic and social exploitation dominate American politics. … what political leader can stand up and say, “My party is a party of principles”? He gave criticism to those on both and left and the right that day, and interestingly most of it was directed to the left. (It seems todays movement is saying exactly that again, they want party’s of principles and principles restored throughout all of our government!)

The march was also condemned, primarily by Malcolm X, Black Nationalist and spokesperson for the Nation of Islam, who termed it the “farce on Washington” and who criticized the march, describing it as “a picnic” and “a circus”. He spoke of black anger and criticized civil rights leaders for allowing white people and organizations to help plan and participate in the march. (Today it is Louis Farrakahn and Jeremiah Wright most notably, along with some others, that are aligned with the brand of Malcolm X, and it is Al Sharpton and likes that often wade in and out of these dangerous ideologies using them to their own ends.)

WE’VE ALL HEARD VARYING AND SOME FOOLISH REPORTS ON THE CROWD SIZE AND ALSO HOW IT WAS “TOO WHITE” (HUH):

There have been estimates ranging from an early and quickly refuted account of 87,000, up to other reports of 650,000.
We are going with the 500,000 as estimated by the event organizers and confirmed by Sky News. Never the less, there were at least 300,000 as confirmed by reports of the NY Post, the NY Times, NBC News, Parks Service employees and the Washington Examiner who said it was well into the 6 figures.

We’ll never know the exact number. But anyone with eyes can see this crowd was in the hundreds of thousands. Traffic was clogged in D.C. after the event and before the event. Metro workers said they have never seen anything like it except of course recently, the 912 event. The lines at the Metro subway stretched two football fields. They had to wait hours in lines just to get on the subway to get to the event…By our estimate, this event falls about the sixth largest all-time largest crowd at the Mall. That is tied with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. So, the media can diminish the crowd size all they want, but the aerial images speak for themselves.

Also notable as far as attendance goes is the 10’s of thousand of Black Americans there. These were fellow citizens with a common theme, Americans proud, free, self sufficient, and truly equal, black by description, but by their hearts they are simply un-hyphenated Americans.

This is important to point out in light of the MSM’s constant portrayal of this as a mostly white event as well as some of the really vile reporting such as uber-liberal radio host  Bill Press, who criticized the “Christian religious fervor” of the event, and remarked that the crowd was “old, white, and angry.” Either he doesn’t like young people either or he’s blind because there was a huge portion of people in the younger category he just dismissed, and of course this same analysis is true with regard to the huge portion of non-white people there.

Let’ also look at former DNC chairman Howard Dean’s statement; he questioned Beck’s mental sanity, while referring to his audience as “lost souls” who follow the “racist” and “hatemonger” Beck, whom Dean compared to Father Coughlin from the 1930s. Now maybe Dean is deaf, or maybe he’s just stupid! Did you watch the event, what was said by the speakers, the reaction by the crowd, did you see who so many of the guests and speakers were? Does he not recall Beck’s prior discussions about Coughlin and how Beck has denounced him? We don’t think he’s deaf, must be our latter comment.

In a most facetious manner A.J. Calhoun calls Beck’s event a “rally of right-wingers, neo-cons, fascists, the delusional and wicked, and the New Kluxers disguised as patriots wanting of something they will not identify.” He must be one of Sharpton’s sharpest attack dogs. Well excuse us but right-wingers, you mean Tea Partiers who have proven to be anything but just that? Neo-cons, you mean the that which has screwed up the Republican Party and is being wholesale rejected by the movement? Fascists, you those ideologies which we openly denounce and loathe? Delusional and wicked? – perhaps you should look in the mirror and look to the left. And Kluxers? No kind of kluxers are welcome here sir!

Former civil rights leader Eleanor Norton, the District of Columbia’s (presently a bureacracy with quite a left bent) non-voting representative in Congress, opined that if Beck “has any respect for the unity across racial lines that August 28 represented, he would not hold what looks to be an all-white march that cannot possibly appeal across racial lines because of how he has modeled himself on radio and television.” Really? First of let us point out, we know it’ hard to imagine, that she is a member of the progressive caucus. It also notable that currently the entire black congressional caucus are also members of the progressive caucus, and as such they do not represent Black America, but rather only the left side of it. As for how he has modeled himself on his show? You mean like how he teaches the important history and greatness of so many black leaders as part of the heritage of our great nation, including are little known to many – black founding fathers?

And just because we want to point it out: Rev. Carlton Veazey, Babtist minister and president of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (aka advocate for abortion),
held a press conference to announce his opposition to Beck’s rally. Well sir we would like to announce our opposition to your hypocrisy. Really, how does supporting the death of the unborn with your oxymoron coalition jive with your supposed faith, come who’s the fake here?

By the way, not that it’s a contest or anything, but for context, every report under the sun indicates that Sharpton’s contrasting event was only a very small fraction of 828’s. We would estimate there was more Black Americans at 828’s than at the whole of Sharpton’s. How ironic.

THE BLACK ROBE REGIMENT:

During the weekend of his rally, Beck promoted a so-called Black Robe Regiment the name of a grass-root efforts to rally clergy to conservative American Constitutionalist activism (as did one-time Constitution Party U.S. presidential candidate Church Baldwin) combined with generalized moral revival.

The name was taken from the phrases black regiment or black robe brigade British Loyalists used during the American Revolution to refer collectively to predominantly non-Anglican Protestant clergymen that assisted in rallying the populace to rise up and resist the tyranny of the Crown. During the latter part of the decade of the 2000s, the term was promoted in an article written by Wayne C. Sedlak suggesting present-day religious Americans should rally around preserving American Constitutionalist principles.

Beck interest in the group was taught primarily through the influence of David Barton, a Constitutional preservationist and American historian as well as committed evangelical, who we have a great deal of respect for including his projects such as Wallbuilders. Beck selected from among the thousands-strong black robe regiment and introduced on stage 240 pastors, priests, rabbis and imams who all locked arms saying our honorable principles of America need to be taught from the pulpit.

AND DID YOU HERE:

Glenn Beck’s Reformed Mormon faith has surfaced and some of the visceral pundits out there have tried to make it an issue. However many notables including those like Jerry Falwell, Jr., attended the event and defended Beck, remarking “Glenn Beck’s Mormon faith is irrelevant. People of all faiths, all races and all creeds spoke and attended the event. Nobody was there to endorse anyone else’s faith, but we were all there to honor our armed forces and to call the people of America to restore honor.” 

Glenn Beck provided the platform and evangelicals provided much of the message. Beck depended heavily on renowned Constitutional preservationist and American historian as well as committed evangelical David Barton for assistance in picking speakers and selecting those who would lead in prayer and worship.

To a critic, it was in a sense that Beck as a Mormon was used to tee up the ball for evangelical Protestants, and evangelicals hit it out of the park. The reality is that Beck as a man of faith and humble in that, teed up the ball for those of all faiths, in the struggle for good to prevail for humanity, and American to restore itself and therefore continue to prevail as the greatest beacon of hope in that struggle, and we all hit it out of the park.

What’s also so notable to this end is the large attendance of both Protestants and Catholics at the event. It had this wonderful unintended consequence of being a great lesson for Ireland and other similar conflicts; as here in America we can stand up together and stand for all that’s right and good in the world!

BECK POST EVENT:

Beck used the full hour of his TV show on August 30 to talk about the rally. He remarked at the calm, politeness, and friendlieness of the crowd “was polite.  In summing up the event, he talked about a half of million people who want to change their lives so they could be on God’s side, and who want changes of restoration so that our Nation will be on God’s side once again as well. Moreover, he said in preparing for the rally he tried for a year to get a military flyover but could not as there are no exceptions; but, at 9:59 am, one minute before the rally’s scheduled start time, a flock of geese flew directly over the rally. Beck said, what a miracle. He also discussed receiving a call from the Smithsonian saying they want “items from the event preserved for the Smithsonian.” During his recap broadcast, Beck also displayed a photograph of Sarah Palin at the rally, capturing her praying “for a full 10 minutes”, remarking that it was “the most beautiful picture of Sarah ever taken.” And finally, he disussed the remarkable courage and resolve of Dr Alveda King, bless her heart.

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