ONE DAY-TWO RALLIES
Fellow Hubbers, and other readers Saturday August 28, 2010 was the 47th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This speech was a seminal moment in the inspiration of the civil rights movement in America.
Yesterday on that anniversary two rallies were held in Washington D.C. One was organized by Glenn Beck, and had the “Restoring Honor” theme, and the other was organized by Rev. Al Sharpton, and had the “Reclaim the Dream” theme.
RECAP OF THE RALLIES
Restoring Honor Rally
I watched part of the Restoring Honor rally live on CSPAN, and I heard a very inspiring message of an inclusive blueprint for ALL Americans to follow to restore honor to the United States of America. Speaker after speaker drove the main theme of this rally home led off by Beck. Other notables included Sarah Palin and Dr. Alveda King, Dr. King’s niece, and they all made the point of personal accountability a cogent part of their remarks. Other speakers included Tony La Russa, Saint Louis Cardinal manager, and his star player Albert Pujols who won the Hope award for his foundation, which helps people with Down syndrome.
Beck’s main theme was a return to faith in God for both personal salvation and the salvation of this great nation, the United States of America. The well-behaved and enthusiastic crowd of an estimated 300,000 souls looked on and shouted their approval in a very respectful manner. This rally raised around $6.7 million for the “Special Operations Warrior Foundation”, a non-profit that provides scholarships for children of special ops troops killed-in-action or training. This amount exceeded Beck’s goal by over $1 million.
Reclaim the Dream Rally
Since both rallies were held simultaneously I didn’t see the “Reclaim the Dream” rally. This recap is based on news reports, and on what I saw last night on Geraldo Rivera’s show where both Rev. Sharpton, and Dr. Alveda King appeared.
The main thing I saw on Geraldo’s show was an angry and envious Sharpton who was upset that Beck held his rally. One quote of the day attributed to Sharpton was, “The folks who used to criticize us for marching are trying to have a march for themselves.” Another quote from this rally attributed to Avis Jones DeWeaver, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women, “..don’t let anyone tell you they have the right to take their country back. It’s our country too. We will reclaim the dream. It was ours from the beginning.”
Another quote that showed both division and envy was conveyed by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton who stated, “ The march on Washington changed America. Our country reached to overcome the low points of our racial history. Glenn Beck’s march will change nothing. But you can’t blame Glenn Beck for his march on Washington envy. Too bad he doesn’t have a message worthy of the place.”
Geraldo was quite enthusiastic in his praise for Beck and his rally. He said you had to give Beck the credit he deserved. Geraldo even opined that he thought a possible Beck-Palin ticket in 2012 would be a formidable force against President Obama.
There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind neither today nor forty-seven years ago that this nation must stand united as one people under God. There is no room for racial division, and the politics of racial division is destructive to the fabric of this nation. There’s not a doubt in my mind if I had been born with black skin I would have been an angry young man in the 1960’s, but I would have gotten over it and developed a more positive attitude after civil rights progress was made.
I’ll cast my lot with the message I heard at the, Restoring Honor Rally!!!
I’ll put my faith in God to save the greatest nation to ever exist on the face of the Earth, The United States of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BAGPIPE VERSION OF AMAZING GRACE AT RESTORING HONOR RALLY.