Posted by: Dave | August 30, 2010

Restoring America


Participants at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor event on Saturday witnessed a rare occurrence in American History that few commentators or government leaders have bothered to recognize.

Glenn Beck motivated his followers to travel cross-country and stand in the hot August sun for an event unlike any on the mall in recent memory. Previous gatherings of such magnitude were normally brought on by great injustices and galvanized with anger, such as the civil rights demonstrations or Vietnam War protests.  

But Beck’s gathering was different.  Not a protest or a demonstration, but nothing more than an event, and an event in which he even discouraged carrying signs. The gathering was designed to do no more than to bring people together in the hope of restoring America to the greatness it once represented to its citizens and to the rest of the world.  Only inspirational speakers and those associated with veterans, survivors, clergy, and Beck himself took the stage.  Even the music was understated, and largely gospel in nature with a strong hint of African American influence.  The crowd was subdued, and anything but angry or boisterous.

This is hardly the type of affair that one would expect to motivate the hundreds of thousands to organize bus caravans from across the country and endure the inconveniences and discomfort associated with a such a gathering. These events are not for the weak of heart.  Most attendees drove long distances, experienced a wait of over an hour to board the metro to be transported downtown, and then endured the claustrophobia of extremely overcrowded metro cars.  Upon arriving at the mall, many were greeted by angry protestors calling them racists. Because the crowd was so large, some never got a view of the stage, and those that did stood shoulder to shoulder in the direct sun, with no ability to move around, or even sit in place.  Calls for medical attention were common as some attendees fainted. Although porta-johns were numerous and well placed, they came nowhere near meeting the needs of the crowd.  Departing the area was no better, and the claustrophobic metro ride home was made more memorable since everyone had been in the hot sun all day.  

Beck’s message, and that of his speakers, was anything but controversial.  Who can disagree with an admonition to let your children see you praying, or to give money to your church or charity, or for the encouragement that you-yes, you standing in the crowd, can be a positive force for change in America.  Among the activities of the day were three awards for outstanding citizens that represented the best examples of Faith, Hope and Charity.  It was more unifying than polarizing, and more like a revival than a rally.  People came from thousands of miles, not to be angry, but to celebrate the strong fabric of American life.

But the overwhelming tone of the message was one of a need to restore traditional American values, beginning at home, and preventing our society and our country from becoming unrecognizable and a form in which it was never intended to be.  

It is a message that is not worthy of many elites in Washington and New York, who cannot acknowledge that there is intelligence outside of their city limits or the party bosses.

So what should the response be of government officials or political commentators?  President Obama said he ignored the gathering.  The majority of the commentary on Sunday and Monday was highly critical and without any serious analysis of what was said or why such a huge crowd attended.

This is a huge mistake.  Mainstream Americans showed on Saturday that they do not accept what the elites are telling them.

Those who believe they know better need to listen, or they may find themselves stepping aside for someone who will.

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Responses

  1. Mo,
    Oorah!
    martin

  2. Glad to know that y’all went. Would have liked to have gone. Proud of all of you going and standing in the sun. Good article, Mo!

  3. Big – C, Little – o – c – k – s! I too am similarly afflicted but, hopefully will be able to attend the Saturday counseling sessions soon.


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