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The Glenn Beck Event That Shall Not Be Called a Rally

By Jason Sprinkle

Serendipity. N. 1. Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries.

I will use serendipity in a sentence…

It was serendipitous that my recent move to the Washington, D.C. area coincided with the Glenn Beck rally on August 28, 2010.

Ok, I used serendipitous, the adjective. Sue me.

I walked the mall today with a bajillion other people. We stood for hours listening to speakers like Sarah Palin, Albert Pujols, musicians, and of course, Glenn Beck. Usually in these circumstances, I would be prone to use adjectives to describe the event, words like “electric” or “energized.” I cannot use these adjectives, however, because that was not the feel of the event.

Don’t get me wrong, the rally (sorry, even without political rhetoric I must call it that) was a monumental experience. But what I sensed was not electricity or energy. It was more akin to the deep breath before the plunge. If the 250,000 people on the President’s lawn today are a microcosm of the sentiment in this nation, he should be concerned. The dragon is about to awaken. The funny thing is, he wasn’t even peeking through the curtains like Mrs. Kravitz. He was on vacation (Really? Again?) at Martha’s Vineyard.

But this dragon did not breathe fire and burn down the Casa Blanca. No, instead the mass of humanity was respectful beyond imagination. People said things like “Excuse Me,” and “Pardon Me” as they passed. They stood shoulder to shoulder as one entity as they prayed to God. They listened intently to the speakers, and honored citizen and soldier alike.

There were two politicians mentioned during the entire rally. One was Sarah Palin, and since she was a speaker, it stands to reason that she would be mentioned. The other was John McCain, and the reference was to his time in the Hanoi Hilton as opposed to his political career. No Obama’s. No Pelosi’s. Dr. King was raised up, as well he should have been. Two score and seven years ago to the date he immortalized a generation with his speech on the same spot.

The people at this rally represent the silent majority. Their voices will be heard at the polls. This isn’t even about Democrat or Republican. It is about the self-aggrandizing politician, the men that Samuel Adams warned us about 250 years ago. Politicians do not represent the will of the people. They will heed their wrath come November.

I had heard that Al Sharpton and his hair were organizing a counter event. I did not see any evidence of this. It may have happened. What I can tell you is that the crowd was full of African Americans. Yes that’s right. Black people at a white man’s rally. These are the ones that the Democratic Party doesn’t want you to know about. I took a picture of a group of them on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial holding signs disparaging the Democratic Party. The closest thing to demonstration I saw all day, young black men ripping the party of FDR and LBJ. Indelible.

Oh, by the way, the Mall was virtually spotless when the crowd dispersed. Funny how that works…

36 Responses to “The Glenn Beck Event That Shall Not Be Called a Rally”

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