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Updated on September 1, 2010


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.



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.

Rev. Sharpton, and his ilk have made their living by promoting racial division, and we can’t survive this division anymore!!!!!!!!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Thank you for your visit and comment.

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      dswan9 7 years ago from Amsterdam and London

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I think your assessment of lack of character is right on point. It's a shame that in this country a person can't be judged on accomplishments!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your cogent comment .

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      SheriSapp 7 years ago from West Virginia


      What a powerful and totally awesome hub this is. Sharpton and hhis ilk (liked your word choice) ARE nothing but race-baiting haters. Sharptonm, had he actually paid attention may have learned a thing or two. Personally, I do not think MLK would be happy with the message coming from many black American leaders today, it seems ALL they want is to be judged by their skin NOT their character. Of course, it could be because they are sorely lacking in that admirable trait!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Your assessment is spot on!!!!! Sharpton is absolutly nothing without his bluster!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your visit and comment.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Let's face it, Sharpton is a troublemaker by profession. Without racial tension he is unemployed

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I totally agree with your analysis of Sharpton. He has been a blow hard loud mouth ever since the Tawana Brawley days!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      TimBryce 7 years ago

      Tom -

      Sharpton is nothing but a media pig and an instrument of the Left. Good analysis.

      All the Best,


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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      The update is my pleasure!!

      I don't think Beck is interested in running. At least that's what he said on Chris Wallace!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I sure hope you are correct. I would like those boots to fall off in fear of us common folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your inspritional comment.

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Thanks for updating us with this hub. I was busy yesterday.

      Beck and Palin. That would be a combo. I could here the shrieking from the left already.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great article Tom. And to think of all those people there, how many of us would have been there is if was possible. The Dems ought to be quaking in their boots.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.

      Your observation is spot on. All Sharpton could do was B***ch and moan. He had nothing positive to add to the conversation, but that's his style since he came into public life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your perceptive observation and comment.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I saw the Geraldo show, too, and was struck by the misery of Al Sharpton. He seemed absolutely depressed that he didn't have something to complain about. I noted that while he said he wants Beck to outline what he's going to do for the country, Sharpton himself didn't offer any plans. What has he done?

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but he fought the good fight and got to see his Colts.

      I don't agree with Beck on eveything either, but he has admirable qualities!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment, and sorry again.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      I wondered how the rally went. I couldn't watch because I was at my brother's memorial service. A flag was folded and handed to his widow as a soldier played,"Taps" in the background.

      It is wonderful that funds were raised for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I don't agree with Glen Beck on everything but he is standing for what he believes in.

      That is admirable in any person.

      Good hub Tom.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I agree there main value is in rallying folks and fund raising. I won't say any more about Jackson and Sharpton in polite company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your cogent comment.

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      Tom I do not think that I would want a Beck/Palin ticket. These two are making a major Impact without holding a public office. As much as MSM tries to tear them down all they do is bolster them with every petty criticism that they throw at them. The libs fear them , that is why their reaction to them is so hostile. And of course Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are gonna keep rippin them , racism is the only way these two can stay relevant !

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Sorry to hear about your personal misery, but Beck did a great job. The rally is on his web site!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your supportive comment.

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      To, Thank you for this Hub. At the time this took place, I was suffering in the dentists' chair. You did a excellent job, and wrote exactly what I had expected to happen.

      Beck takes the high road, and Sharpton scrapes his path to anywhere. H

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      From your lips to God's ears. We need to improve the country, and the economy in particular!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your constructive comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      People like Beck and Palin seem to be threat to the left and they feel they must disparage them in order to stem their power. This country has had it's highs and lows and I hope we are heading out of a very low period.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Thank you sir for your complimentary comment.

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Well Done Tom, Well said!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I understand your reluctance as I felt some myself, but I had to make a stand for America!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your visit, and comment.

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      SusanP 7 years ago

      This hub is so good that I dare not get into commenting lest I say things that I should not say .... So I'll merely say this, You are spot on, Tom!!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I believe "We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately!!!!!!!!!" to quote Benjamin Franklin!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Dr. Alveda King's speech was great. She is so pro-life and sees right through Obama.

      Unfortunately, Al Sharpton doesn't have the character to come even close to even touch MLK's feet.

      Sharpton and Obama are nothing but "race pimps."


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