Glen Beck's Rally for Restoring Honor

Glen Beck hosted a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend. Estimates vary according to who is doing the telling but most will tell you that there were about 500,000 people at the Washington Mall waiting to hear from Glenn Beck. Why?

That is the big question. Everyone has their own answer to that but I will share with you what I thought about the rally. Restoring Honor was the theme and Glen has stressed this message on his radio and TV show for many weeks and months. He started the 9/12 project which helped to spawn many other groups and started at a time when Americans who felt alone in their opposition to much of what Washington was doing. They were looking for others who felt just like they did. The Tea Party movement and are among some of the groups that formed about the same time as the 9/12 project.

Restoring Honor is more than just a cliché. Beck sincerely is asking Americans to remember their roots.  Although many today would like to deny the religious history of this country, we truly cannot.  Our founding fathers were strong believers in the providence of God.  They incorporated that belief into our laws while allowing for the freedom to express one’s religion intact.   What many in Washington know but twist to their own advantage was that the freedom expressed in the Bill of Rights was to keep the state out of religion and not so much to keep all mention of God out of the state.  We know this is true from the other writings of the founders.

Glen Beck, along with many other Americans, feels that Washington has lost its honor.  How many of have laughed at jokes about the truthfulness and honesty of our politicians.  We know they have no honor. We know they lie to us.  Beck thinks it is about time that we expect some honor from our politicians.  And judging from the result of this weekend, apparently, the American people do too. 

Naturally, this goes against the grain of the politicians, and the media who feed off of the crumbs from their table. So this message has been trampled and lost in all the hype in the coverage of Glen Beck’s rally. After all, isn’t the number of people at the rally more important than the message?  I mean Beck talked about God.  The papers can’t print that stuff.  They can’t report that on the news for Pete’s sake. Some liberal or an atheist might get offended.  Al Sharpton was offended because Beck quoted Martin Luther King on the very anniversary of the day King spoke the words, almost accused him of hijacking King’s message.  But how silly, I mean really, wasn’t King’s message for all Americans?

Ok, I get it, Beck has opposed this administration and those in the media and the left, do not like Beck. We all get it.

But to bash everything the man says or does without knowing or understanding what he is saying is doing exactly what you claim Beck is doing – opposing for the sake of opposing.

Now Beck doesn’t ask you to agree with him on every stance he takes.  What he does ask of you from this rally is to restore honor in your own lives and once you have done that, carry it through and demand a higher level of honor from the people around you and then of course, from your elected officials.  After losing his own honor for many years, Beck, with help from God, has restored his honor.  So he now urges all Americans to restore their own honor and says with God’s help, all things are possible.

Although the message at the national mall on Saturday was not a political rally, the future ramifications to our political arena will be easily be affected if people start demanding truth. Can you imagine what our elected officials will say or do when half the country calls them out and won’t stand for their lies and inactivity anymore?

Can Congress get away with telling us that they won’t know what is in a bill until they pass it if they really and yet sincerely claim to have honor? We don’t allow that kind of business dealing from anyone else, why should be allow it from people we elected, people that work for us?  Would you seriously sign a mutli-billion dollar contract that you didn’t know what the details were until after you signed?

Of course not.

It isn’t honorable.

So critics may say what they want about Glen Beck and his rally.  But the truth will be found by the American people.  We, the people are not satisfied with the status quo.  We want elected officials who have honor. If God is not how you may find honor, that is fine, but if you believe that honor needs restoring in this country, then it is up to all of us to restore honor, starting in our own lives.

Before the event, the media warned against the hate that they thought Beck would incite, they warned against the violence that would ensue.  They wrote articles after article about how this would be a Tea Party event and how Beck is trying to influence the elections, second guessing who the speakers would be.  So now that the rally is over, do we hear from them about the message that given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?  NO, we hear that there is a controversy about how many people were actually there.  We hear that there is controversy because Sharpton held his own rally nearby.  We hear controversy, that’s about it.

The newspapers may mention that the Martin Luther King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, spoke as well as Sarah Palin. They may mention that the event was peaceful and they may even show surprise that the hate didn’t happen. But they aren’t telling you about The Black Robe Brigade.  Did they mention the heroes that were honored for their Faith, Hope and Charity? Did any of the media stories tell you about the fly over in perfect formation, straight up the mall – by geese - as the first notes of the National Anthem started? 

They told their story their way. It was not however, Glen Beck’s story. His message was about God. His message focused on the need for every one of us to restore honor in our own lives so that we may expect it from those around us. If you live your life with lies, you can’t expect the world to tell you the truth. So it is with this clear message - if you demand honor and honesty from others, start with restoring honor within yourself - that Glen Beck, befuddled the media once again. I don’t know what they were hoping for but I don’t think a message of turning to God was what they expected.

Do not be fooled for a minute though. If Americans restore their sense of honor and then demand truth and honor from their elected officials and politicians, change will happen. It will have to. The deceit, double dealing and closed door policies that seem to be the way things are done in Washington right now, cannot survive under the scrutiny of honor and truth.

Glen’s quote from our Bill of Rights that he reiterated from the stage bears telling here, And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

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Apostle Jack profile image

Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

I think he just want every slice of cake he can get his hands on.He don't want to miss nothing.That's how he roll.

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Somebody said during the presidential campaign that they awoke the sleeping giant.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Apostle Jack, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughts here, but I'm not sure that is a fair statement. Do you really find fault with his message at the rally?

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

dahoglund, thanks for reading and yes, that term has been used a few times. Seems America has a tendency to fall asleep at the switch.

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Honor is a general condition that anyone can relate to,religion is Glen Beck an authority on either?

Note:I think a person who accepts subjectivity without juxtoposition is in danger of justifying what is at best unclear dogma,at worst retalitory for me I graduated out of grammer school and chatechism a long time ago;)

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Religion is the worship of one's God. Beck did not enter that territory, simply stressed the need for people to restore honor in their own lives, whatever that means to them personally. So your subjective caution, unclear dogma and retalitory agenda here ends up being hogwash.

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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

I don't always agree with Glen, but I definitely applaud him for this endeavor. Pray for Glen and his "Restoring Honor" movement.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Certainly DiamondRN. I don't always agree with him either, but he does make me think, I'll grant him that. That is what he hopes to accomplish get people to think. This endeavor, however, warrants our attention and our support. After all, how can anyone be opposed to folks finding honor?

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. I appreciate them very much.

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I think Glen did a gigantic thing here, but the left just wants to attack, because it goes against their principle of letting the government control everyone. They feel that you can't have freedom and religion. It is unacceptable.

Keep on hubbing!

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FGual 6 years ago from USA

The rally was a surprise to everyone it seems, nobody imagined so many people would show up. So Beck has struck a raw nerve, which is a good thing. Personally I think he is overly pessimist, but if Sarah showed up you know he is doing something right.

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nifty@50 6 years ago

It's clear that the country is seeking leadership, question is why isn't it coming from the Republicans, who should be capitalizing on the lousy economy and job prospects. Instead it's coming from the Tea party and talk show host like Beck.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

eovery ~ It is a huge thing. And I applaud him for it. Let's just hope and pray that folks take this message to heart. There is no reason on earth why we should have to put up with the lies and dirty dealings of Washington, no matter who is doing it.

FGual ~ He announced Sarah would be there, so that wasn't the surprise, although I'm sure it was part of the draw for the crowds. Yes, the rally and especially the message was quite a surprise, so much so that the media doesn't know what to make of it all.

nifty@50 ~ You hit the nail on that one, didn't you. The country is looking for a leader, an honorable one now!! There are many not so honorable republicans as well democrats. It is time for us all to demand honor in Washington.

**Thank you all for stopping by and commenting here. I want you to know that I truly appreciate all of your comments.

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Appletreedeals 6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA

Great hub, you are preaching to the choir here.

I really commented to answer nifty@50's question about the Republicans - They can't capitalize on the message, because it includes them also! They are politicians too! They aren't the answer, just the other side of the coin.

Let's throw them all out, and start over with people who want to serve, not be served. Include a job requirement that disqualifies anyone that tries out for the job! Representing others should be a service duty, not a vocation.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! I think that the 'sleeping giant awakened' are those that have seemingly given up on ever having honor or truth found within our federal government. The massive rally last Saturday is evidence that God is still in control and wants to help and honor those that sincerely seek Him. Glen Beck let God turn his life around and this same God is available to all who seek Him with truth and sincerity. God will Bless America if Americans return to Him. 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." Will we return to an honorable nation? It's up to us all...

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks for an interesting read!!

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singlmomat52 6 years ago

Touche'!!!!! Very well done Joni!! Just as many interpret the Bible differently, so they will take from Beck's rally what they choose! Selective hearing I say!! Many in government do not want to hear the truth, they choose to stay in the comfort of their own little shallow worlds and reap the rewards at our expense. Excellent hub and I commend Beck for his outspoken efforts!! Someone needs to step up and ring the bell to wake up those in their deep power induced sleep!!

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sheila b. 6 years ago

You made many good points. As for politicians and the media, they don't get it, and that's OK, because it makes it easier for us to find the ones who do understand.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Appletreedeals, thank yo so much for your comments. You are so right, the GOP should not be sitting back and thinking that the country will now unequivocally support them. They all have work to do and so do we.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Welcome, samsons1. Thank you for reading and voting. Your message also rings loud and clear. The attempt to change Beck's message has already begun. It is up to us, the people, to keep it going.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

carolina muscle, I am glad you stopped by and found the article interesting. You are most welcome.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Hi singlemom, I am happy to find you here. You are so right. The government can't operate they way they have been and call it - truth. Ring the bell and light the fires.....but restore honor. Thanks for your great comments.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

sheila b. Nice to see you too. The media and our elected officials don't get it at all. You got that right for sure. Honor can be found again, when we all demand it. Thanks for stopping by and posting your remarks.

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randslam 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Sarah Palin is due to make $18 million this year...Glen's ratings have been slipping to such a degree that he's taken to tactics of Oral Roberts.

That is, "God is telling me...blah, blah, blah."

Glen likes big money--and especially big attention. If you google his name and biography some of the antics he performed not so long ago--show a man without honor.

I'd be very careful how much attention anyone should pay to a man who sold his soul to money a long time ago.

Recapturing honor in America is necessary, but why can't a movement be led by someone who isn't receiving a multi-million dollar a year salary for creating controversy?

Politicians, the media, pulpit-pounding preachers who talk to God--and God talks back? If we want to use past examples of historic speeches or places--why don't we ask for a New Deal?

At least borrowing from Franklin Delano Roosevelt might be less controversial--and certainly less toxic. It might even be truly honorable in returning America to a more balanced system where wealth is sustained for all--along with justice--and not simply squandered on some mall in America that's attracted a lot of people like a circus tent.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

randslam, You realize that you have just spouted the left's talking points right? So, anyone who talks to God and listens for God's messages back are nuts? That is more than half this country.

Why not Beck? Someone without all that money, that you seem to have such disdain for, could never have pulled off a huge rally like this. You are judging Beck because he makes money? Your claim that we shouldn't listen to a guy who creates controversy, that too could stand for just about anyone. Obama creates controversy, should we just ignore him too? Or is just the money?

As for how much money they make? Why do you care? If they are earning their money honestly why should you care? So what if Palin makes millions from the sale of her book and speaking tours. Are you jealous? Did you care that Obama made millions from the sale of his book? Or that he will draw even more millions from speaking tours when he is no longer president like Clinton has done?

As for the New Deal........that is all about big government you know and that is what has many people up in arms about. BIG government is not all that it is cracked up to be.

So let me get this straight..... You are all for restoring honor as long as it isn't Glen Beck who is asking us to do so?

If you don't like Beck's show, don't watch it. Ratings are slipping for all of cable news, his are not slipping near as much as most of the other cable programs, to put it into perspective. Still, because he has lost some viewers, does that mean his message of restoring honor is no good?

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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

@randslam have you ever considered leading one, yourself? Maybe you should :) I too like the message of restoring honor. It is hard to trust those with a lot of $, isn't it. But how does someone without a lot of $, like you or me, rally a lot of people together without $? Rallying a lot of people together to to make our voice about restoring honor heard. How else can we do it?

Also, I don't think I want another New Deal. Obama's Stimulus was like that and look where it's got us!

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randslam 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

It is very easy to decide people are either left-wing or right-wing. Being a centrist is far more difficult because it requires an understanding of both sides. It also requires the need and ability to build bridges so that both sides move toward the center--come to a certain degree of agreement--that leads to positive action--instead of useless banter and sword-rattling.

If that is Beck's purpose--more power to him--I just doubt it. It is a human right to have an opinion--don't you agree? As to his income, yes, I wish mine equalled his--but I'm working on it. Am I jealous--no--money may allow one to put on a rally, but it doesn't buy a calm spirit or a happy life.

As to half of America talking to God? I believe it's probably a higher percentage. That's called prayer, meditation, etc. What my point was--and is--regards the conscious act of hearing a voice, that one decides is God, and then obeying it. Beck has announced that on the air--and I seriously question the fact that God is actually speaking to Beck.

When people start hearing voices--the medical profession would define that as a symptom of schyzophrenia.

I consider myself left of center--that is true. Not far left--just a little left. As a creative writing instructor, I try to get people to write from the center. It's not easy--try it some time. That's what Jesus did--although, the politicians of the day would have called him a left-wing socialistic activist.

The center is unbiased--bears no slant--it just tells a story that can appeal to all. Left, right or center.

As to the new deal proposal? America will have to change its consumer-driven ways--the planet just won't take much more. As for Obama's stimulus package--wasn't that created because of the abuse of the last thirty years of bad management, war expenditures and de-regulation of the banking system?

The continued "us versus them" attitudes are not going to work in America's favor. Efforts to include, explain and combine efforts are the only way the planet, not just America, are going to move ahead to find an honorable future.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you Ms Dee for stopping by and adding your thoughts here. I don't want another New Deal either.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

randslam, I did not write this hub with a slant at all. I told a story of the rally. From my perspective as I said in the hub. I left politics out of it.

As for talking to God, how sad that you can talk to God but never hear Him.

If God isn't talking to me, it is because I am not listening.

The Bible is full of stories how God spoke to His people. Why would you think that would ever change? Saying you don't think God speaks to Beck is mighty high handed of you.

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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Faith , hope and Charity , what extremists hatemongering talk huh ? I cannot help but laugh at those like the guy from Politico who was being interviewed by a fellow liberal and chose to equate the event to a KKK rally. Some people are just so shortsighted. If a person is asking you to embrace your spiritual core , how can that be bad ? The pulse of the country is very apparent now and playing all the racecards and hate speech cards are fooling no one anymore.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Exactly Tony,

Even NPR voiced their concerns over the 'hate speech' at the rally. People are finally waking up to the truth. Thanks Tony for stopping by and for your thoughts here.

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Wow! Looks like you opened a can of worms. I like your courage. Whenever you have "controversial" subject matter, poeple fly out of the woodwork to support or disagree. It is interesting to note that what Mr. Beck was talking about was unity, what we see is how far we as a nation really are from it. When people attack the messenger but cannot dispute the message, what are they really doing. Maintaining a wedge for the sake of wedges. How does that help? I love the passion he has. I don't question his motives because I don't question his message. The call to unite for the good of this nation begins with the return to the foundation principles this nation was built upon. He is right. Yet there will be many who disagree because they don't value these principles. my 2cents

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Glen Beck is a little confused and dangerous. He must first find his own way, before leading others.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

You said it Fred. And I'll give you a nickel for your 2 cents any day.

His message hit home for me and I hope it does for everyone. How can you go wrong with such a positive message? Thank you Fred for stopping by and leaving such a great comment.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

2besure, seriously? He is dangerous because he asks folks to question with boldness and to restore their honor? Have you watched his program or just listen to what THEY say about him?

Is it dangerous to ask questions really? Is it dangerous to point out historical truths and highlight amazing unknown facts about our founding fathers?

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

great work! CNN and MSNBC didn't have a beef with Glen UNTIL he was booted out or left..whatever...CNN and went to the enemy camp-FOX. I suspect his last year on CNN when he actually had ministers and authors on his show talking about Armegeddon and the endtime was the reason for his leaving. I rarely missed his shows, and I wondered to myself how long he would be allowed to remain on the CNN lineup.He makes no bones that God turned his life around, and I admire him for that very unpopular stand in our world today.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

bayoulady, I admire him too. You have to admire the effort he has made to change his life. And who in their right mind could argue with his statement on 8/28 about restoring honor?

Thank you so much for stopping by and posting such a great statement.

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TinaMarieTad 6 years ago from Michigan

Joni~ Great Hub! I understand a lot of people hate Glenn, but I personally see a man, who is a bit strange, but he is spot on with his information and tries to inform people. This rally was about unity and honor, it is only the libs that want to say it was about anything else. Thanks for writing a Hub on this rally!

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

I agree Tina, Glen may be a little strange but he is out to get people's attention. And he sure accomplishes that with his antics. It is his messages that sometimes get lost over the reporting of those antics that is the real shame. As in the reporting of this rally, they didn't comment much at all about the message, just the numbers at the rally and the controversy that others tried to place on it.

Thanks for leaving your thoughts, I appreciate it.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Very pleased to see a hub written on Glenn Beck. Honor is indeed missing within our leadership, it seems. Honor is also missing among many, many people. Our young ones must be taught high values and good principles and we must live them as an example, that they might follow. After all - our young people will be tomorrows leaders of our nation. Instilling integrity begins at home, in the home. Oh, dear, I have rambled on enough. This is what a successful hub does . Makes people think! Great writing.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you vocalcoach. Making people think is what I hoped for in writing this. I have heard so many people call Beck a fraud and a liar - I ask them to name a single lie and they can't. They are just spouting the left talking points. People need to think for themselves. I thank you so much for stopping by and you can ramble on my hubs any time you wish.

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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Glen Beck surely has his moments............. I actually commend most all of them. The numbers support that the message is being heard........... and the media continues to drown it out as much as possible. I guess we have to see it as something similar to giving testimony........... or guiding a group of young people........... if only one person hears, what you've said is not in vain. All it takes is one.......... and then that one reaches out to another, and another! Thanks for this.......... you did a great job! Kaie

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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Well written and compelling Joni. When FDR was inaugurated he said our nation has everything necessary to get us out of the mess we're in. Then he made the famous statement--the only thing we need to fear is fear itself--the kind of paralyzing fear that keeps a country from moving forward. It is easy to sit rubbernecking in your car causing the country to back up while you take potshots at anyone attempting to do something positive. Heaven forbid we should all get motivated and move forward. I say anyone who has the guts to move us forward even an inch should be applauded. Maybe your hub will move us some. Bravo =:)

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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

I have really only heard his name.

I don't have cable news.

I hope that he is not in any form like FDR.

FDR like Obama today is using the economy to pass bills that are just more taxes and control by the government.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Hello Kaie, the numbers do support his message and that is precisely why the media continually tries to change the message. I don’t know what the media gains by trying to dampen honor but it’s their problem. The rest of the country is moving on. Thank you so much for your comments.

Welcome Winsome. So true, I don’t understand what anyone gains by trying to undermine those who rally the people. It is the people after all, who do the moving and shaking here in America. We have to keep moving. It’s how things get done.

Hi Opinion Duck, Beck is not anything like FDR. His show is on Fox and he also has a radio show. If you want to know more about him, you can find him on the net. HE has a few websites. As for the bills getting passed? You bet he is. And just like the programs instituted in the depression caused the depression to last longer, so will the programs that Obama is starting up. It is the free market that will get things moving again not government. If we think about it like this…….It is our money. We give it to the government in taxes - they decide how to spend it on their special programs. If we spend it ourselves, the money spreads a whole lot farther and much, much faster.

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OpinionDuck 6 years ago


I gave up cable news over six years ago.

I am much happier now.

I agree with your statements on the government.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thanks OpinionDuck. While I understand it may not be for everyone, without cable news, I only hear half of the truth. It is hard for me to stay aware of all that is going on when I only get half the story.

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