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“Restoring Honor” rally, Beck’s biggest FAIL of all time
I am starting this list of FAILS for Beck’s insulting rally on the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The list is sure to grow….
1. First order of business, denigrate the Purple Heart
As explained below, Glenn said back in May that in the first 15 minutes he plans to start Restoring Honor by re-instating the Revolutionary War era Badge of Merit which the “Progressives”, according to Beck, perverted into the Purple Heart. (This itself is a lie, explained in detail below). He actually said
The Purple Heart was based on the badge of merit by George Washington. It had nothing to do with being wounded in action. It had everything to do with doing something of honor and integrity, something to â€” something that â€” where you really put your neck out and you did something of real merit, not just getting shot â€”
Doesn’t Glenn realize that every single person who benefits from this charitable event for the Special Operations Warriors Foundation is a member of a Purple Heart family?
2. Choice of Ted Nugent as speaker
UPDATE: Ted did not actually end up speaking and there is controversy about when and how he was cut from the speakers list. There are those who suggest that Ted couldn’t get out of a contract to play a rinky-dink little joint in Boise, Idaho. Oh, COME ON. If Ted had a chance to talk guns on a national platform, he’d have been there in a New York minute. Nobody from the Beck camp is talking, but someday there will be a tell-all ex-Mormon book about how Nugent had to be told he wasn’t on the speakers list any more. How would you have liked to be the lackey who did THAT?
Ted Nugent is a degenerate, hypocritical, racist, misogynist punk. He has nothing to say about “honor” unless he wants to confess that he doesn’t have any. To prove the point, earlier in August he told a Dubuque, Iowa crowd that he was glad to see all the white faces in the crowd and commended them for having a “white town”. Two weeks back he got busted and fined for POACHING. Hah, nice job, Mr. Conservationist.
3. Weird attempt to tie Mormonism and Christianity and Government together
For some reason unknown to rational people, Beck’s rally spent two days attempting to unify and normalize Mormons to Christians and vice versa. And then, more expected, he spent a lot of time quacking about the phony, revisionist history of how religious the Founders were. And he got a lot, if not most, of that just plain wrong.
Why is this a fail? Well, despite the apparent new ecumenical trend in the religious right (haha, that’s a joke for any reasonable clergy out there), we still have us a sitch-ation heah about the inconvenient fact that Mormons just are not Christians. They CLAIM to be Christian, but they do not follow key points of dogma central to the Christian faith. Oh, yes, they have it in their name. But anybody can call themselves anything. If I changed my name from William to Christian, I’d be a Christian, but I’d still be an atheist. As is so fond of being said, you can go into the garage and stand, but no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to convince anyone that you’re a car. I have listed 10 heresies of Mormons in the second of a series of articles I am writing (and will finish if it’s the last thing I do) about Mormons vs the fundie Christians. You see, this is a topic in which I’ve put quite a bit of thought.
The second part of the fail is the idea of running the government under the principles of some whack job fundie/Mormon religion. This is enough to get independents to pack up their folding chairs and flee the area. It’s also enough to make them stay away from the polls. Independents don’t like the idea of integrating state and religion. They understand the 1st Amendment and they don’t want a bunch of gushy religious crap from their government, they want problem solving.
So, to recap, Beck’s rally was a FAIL because he tried to glue oil and water together and he alienated the Independent voters.
Explanation of “Restoring Honor” rally
5/26/10 â€” Beck claims that the Purple Heart is a bogus Progressive perversion of the Badge of Merit instituted by George Washington (in a directive written in his New York headquarters on August 7, 1782). He pledges to correct this in the first 15 minutes of his 8-28 ‘Restoring Honor’ rally. The quote:
Glenn Beck: Today, we announced the first 15 minutes of the 8-28 event and the people that will join me on stage. We announced that we are going to start â€” restart the Badge of Merit that George Washington gave his troops. It’s what the Purple Heart is based on, except the Progressives â€” what a surprise â€” in 1933 introduced the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart was based on the badge of merit by George Washington. It had nothing to do with being wounded in action. It had everything to do with doing something of honor and integrity, something to â€” something that â€” where you really put your neck out and you did something of real merit, not just getting shot â€” not that that’s â€”
But he was trying to build people that understood honor and merit and integrity and God.
Let’s see where Glenn falls apart. It’s true that Washington gave the Badge of Merit to his troops. Did it have anything to do with being wounded? Glenn Beck says it didn’t. ‘It had nothing to do with being wounded in action.’ Whoa up, there, Glenn. Verbiage fromWashington’s directive: ‘Let it be known that he who wears the Military Order of the Purple Heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen.’ Was George talking about a blood donation drive?
Now let’s get to the obligatory demonizing of Progressives. Beck says the Progressives ‘introduced the Purple Heart in 1933â€³. Glenn says he does all of his own research. Maybe he just doesn’t have time to check out everything, or maybe he just MAKES IT UP. Want facts?
The Badge of Merit was never really implemented and in fact only 3 were ever given out. It was largely forgotten about until post WWI. On Oct. 10, 1927 General Charles Pelot Summerall directed that a draft bill to revive the Badge of Merit be sent to Congress. (So this came from the military, not the Progressives. Hmmm.) This request was effectively tabled. On On January 7, 1931, Summerall’s successor General Douglas MacArthur (‘I will return!’) reopened the drive to reinstate the Badge and through a process too detailed to describe the Purple Heart came into being. (Again, this originated from the military, not the ‘Progressives’). Originally it was to be awarded for both shedding blood AND meritorious service. However, when the Legion of Merit award was established by Congress in 1942, the Purple Heart ceased to be given out for meritorious service and was reserved to honor battle injury and death.
There are several other medals given for exceptional military service, including the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and Air Medal.
So why is Glenn Beck lying about the history of the Purple Heart and Badge of Merit? Here’s a thought. Beck is so imbecilic that he thinks that denigrating hundreds of thousands of Purple Heart recipients as not ‘really put[ting] your neck out and you did something of real merit, not just getting shot’, is somehow going to help him kick start his failed ‘Restoring Honor’ rally, even though the recipients of this charity event are all Purple Heart families.
It boggles the mind.
MARCH 23, 2010
Obama signs Health Care Reform bill into law.
Glenn Beck, you FAIL
9/21/09 Glenn Beck Fails On “White Culture” Question From Katie Couric
Glenn Beck has been tap dancing all around his racist lingo ever since Obama came onto the scene. And he knows exactly what he’s doing, namely, validating and expressing the white supremacist rage at our black President without really saying it. Once in a while he slips up, though. like when he called Obama a “racist”, then immediately tried to backtrack with what he thought was a milder remark. That’s when he said that Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for whites and white culture”. Hah. Some backtrack!
Couric tried to nail Beck down on this statement, transcript below provided by FoxNewsBoycott.com:
COURIC: A twitter question is, adrianinflorida: what do you mean by white culture?
BECK: Um, I, I don’t-
COURIC: You said he had a deep-seated hatred for the white culture, what is that? What is the white culture?
BECK: I guess it’s-gosh. I’m so tempted to make news here today.
COURIC: No no, I’m just curious, this was actually adrianinflorida.
BECK: What to do? What to do? Adrian, Go to glennbeck.com. Listen to it. You can hear all of it.
COURIC: No, but you didn’t really address white culture, I think, in your explanation about President Obama, I haven’t seen the whole show, but can you? Just for our purposes?
BECK: Just for your purposes? So this will be a little secret between us?
COURIC: No, for this show, can you explain what you mean by the white culture? Because some people say that sounds kind of racist.
BECK: Really? It’s amazing to me that, for the first time, I think in history somebody can ask a question and say, ‘Don’t you think that maybe we have several pieces here?’ We have several pieces; George Bush says my grandmother was a typical African-American that had, that had her views bred into her. You don’t think maybe we would ask questions about that comment? How is it that the first time I think in history, you should check on it, somebody says, ‘Hey. There’s some red flags here maybe we should look at?’ – How am I? How am I the target for asking questions?
COURIC: People just want to know. What is white culture?
BECK: I’m going to see if I can play your game. People just want to know.
COURIC: You know, well, Adrian wants to know.
BECK: That’s good for Adrian.
COURIC: No but I mean it’s fine if you make a statement though, shouldn’t you be able to defend exactly what you mean by it. I’m not â€”
BECK: Katie, how many times have you said, how many times have you said something where you’re like, ‘I didn’t think. What’s white culture? I don’t know. What’s the white culture?’
What? What is the white culture? I don’t know how to answer that that’s not a trap.
BECK: You know what I mean?
COURIC: Yeah I’m not, I’m just, I’m not trying to trap you, I’m just, I think people wanted to know what that meant exactly.
BECK: Well we know Adrian does.
COURIC: Yeah, and you’re not going to answer her?
BECK: I’m not going to get into your sound bite gotcha game which we already are. We already are.
COURIC: No we’re actually, this is completely unedited so if you felt like you wanted to explain it, you have all the time in the world.
COURIC: No? Don’t want to go there?
COURIC: But basically, you stand behind your assertion that in your view, President Obama is a racist.
BECK: I believe that Americans should ask themselves tough questions. Americans should turn over all the rocks and make their own decisions.
Watch the entire equivocating bloviation-fest below:
Read more: http://foxnewsboycott.com/glenn-beck/glenn-beck-refuses-to-define-white-culture/#ixzz0SyMRXKEH
9/23/09 Glenn Beck Fails to get support of Mt. Vernon City Council
Mayor Bud Norris of Mount Vernon, Washington thought it was a good idea to give the first ever “key to the city” to famous man-baby Glenn Beck on September 26. However, the City Council disagreed. They unanimously passed the following resolution on September 23:
‘Mount Vernon City Council is in no way sponsoring the Mayor’s event on September 26, 2009 and is not connected to the Glenn Beck event in any manner.’
Here’s Mayor Bud Norris’ contact information if you want to let him know what you think:
Mayor: Bud Norris
PO Box 809
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
9/26/09 Op-ed, Dallas Morning News Rod Dreher says Beck’s “conservative” credentials FAIL
It’s not usual for me to be quoting from the Dallas Morning News. They’re a conservative rag from the carbunkle on the rear end of the Bible Belt. But here’s conservative spokeswriter Rod Dreher bashing Glenn Beck for being a phony conservative. Earlier in the article he refers to Beck’s Mormon anti-government theories, which I will quote elsewhere. Enjoy.
There are conservatives who know perfectly well that Beck is an unhinged buffoon who traffics in crude, ridiculous ideas. But unlike the hapless GOP, he’s popular and effective in the political war against Obama. So these conservative cynics adopt a “no enemies to the right” approach to Beck, even though he’s mainstreaming the ooga-booga worldview of a crank prophet who believed, with the John Birch Society, that Eisenhower was a closet commie.
This is foolish. Not every enemy of Obama is a friend to conservatism. In 1962, in a time when conservatives needed all the help they could get, William F. Buckley nevertheless published in National Review a lengthy denunciation of paranoid Bircher Robert Welch. How long, Buckley asked, can the right tolerate his malicious gibberish without losing credibility? National Review eventually sidelined the Birchers for good over their “psychosis of conspiracy,” thus doing the right an enormous service by making conservatism more credible with the American mainstream.
Today, poor Bill is in the grave, Glenn Beck’s ratings are soaring, and most conservatives don’t see what the problem is. One way or another, they will.
10/8/09 Glenn Beck exposed as a phony with conflicts of interest. He’s telling his faithful to buy gold while having 3 gold sellers as sponsors. He even did one of the ads HIMSELF. FAIL.
10/8/09 Glenn Beck FAILS again… this time he’s called a “taint” by the Boston Phoenix! Now I think they meant the OTHER kind of taint, but to me he’s always going to be BOTH. You can read the article HERE.