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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 — something that — where you really put your neck out and you did something of real merit, not just getting shot —

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 — 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 — restart the Badge of Merit that George Washington gave his troops. It’s what the Purple Heart is based on, except the Progressives — what a surprise — 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 — something that — where you really put your neck out and you did something of real merit, not just getting shot — not that that’s —

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 1933″. 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

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 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 —
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.
BECK: Mhmm.
COURIC: No? Don’t want to go there?
BECK: Nope.
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.

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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
Phone: 360-336-6211
FAX: 360-336-0623

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.

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  1. Glenn Beck has macular dystrophy, a progressive eye disorder that can lead to blindness.

    Seren GaloeNo Gravatar

    19 Jul 10 at 9:08 pm

  2. So he says. And even if he does is that any reason not to hold him accountable for his actions?

    TempleCatNo Gravatar

    7 Aug 10 at 8:39 pm

  3. The brain rot that started out in his childhood of drug and alcohol abuse is spreading to his eyes. I don’t feel sorry for him in the least. He mocks people’s infirmities and physical characteristics regularly, from race to physical handicaps.

    The best comment I ever read about this was from someone in the SF Chronicle who posted

    “God went for the mute button and missed.”

    Even to an atheist that’s hilarious.

    admin(Wexler)No Gravatar

    8 Aug 10 at 7:25 am

  4. About the Purple Heart- Originally the founding fathers were against any kind of medals. IIRC they saw them as being something very European(medals and titles were often awarded to officers who were usually descended from nobility). So originally the Purple Heart was for merit, and I would say the “blood” thing is figurative. However, when we think of how soldiers traditionally earn medals for gallantry, they usually involve spilling one’s own blood if not actually dying(as many medals are awarded posthumously). Later on the Medal of Honor was devised, but there was a point in time when there were two different kinds of Medal of Honor and it was difficult to distinguish between the two. Eventually the Purple Heart became the wound medal, the Medal of Honor became the highest award, and so on.

    Medals can be a tricky thing because if you read many citations for something like the Bronze Star for example, you might ask yourself how the hell did this guy not win a MOH. Sometimes someone was recommended for the MOH and more or less was cheated out of it for some dumb policy reason. For example, Captain Richard Winters(of Band of Brothers fame)was supposedly recommended for an MOH for his actions at Brecourt Manor(depicted in episode 2 of the series) on D-Day. But the policy at the time limited MOH’s to 1 man per division. The MOH in the case of the 101st Airborne went to a Col. Cole for leading a bayonet charge near Carentan. It is worth noting that prior to this action, he led his battalion of 400 men down an exposed causeway under fire that became known as “Purple Heart Lane”. But Beck could care less- all they did was get shot.

    When Beck takes his fat ass out of his chair, picks up a weapon, and get’s his knee-cap shattered by a bullet or his foot severed by a chunk of white-hot mortar round- he can promptly turn down a Purple Heart award. Oh wait that’s right, he never had to face such a situation, and never will.

  5. Arslan,

    For many decades war has reflected class. It has at least since I was fighting age in the 60s. Back then there were some people who had gotten fooled into wanting to go to Viet Nam, but by and large it was a war fought by people in the lower classes. The rest of us got deferments or joined the National Guard. Or, as in my case, got a high draft number in the lottery.

    Our current abuse of the poor continues with the volunteer army. I thought it was a GREAT idea at the time, when I was a kid who didn’t want to get shot at. But if you think about it, what we’ve got now is a system that forces people to join up if they want an alternative to their poverty OR attracts an unduly large number of psychos who want to play with bigger and better guns. I’m not saying that the entire military is like that, in fact I have family in the military. I’m just sayin’.

    I have a feeling that this is a controversial opinion, and it’s really not meant to diss anyone. I would welcome feedback on it. (Ducking behind desk)


    admin(Wexler)No Gravatar

    1 Sep 10 at 11:41 am

  6. Hi Arslan,

    Thanks so much for your readership, support, and comments. It means a lot to us.

    I appreciate your liking of the breakdowns. I too wish I could do more of those, but those take me a while and for now I simply don’t have the time. I promise, you will see more as soon as I can make them.

    In terms of the “definitions” page – yes, you’re absolutely right about several of the points you made, and my colleague Wexler has pointed some of those out as well. It’s not that I don’t know these things or don’t want to put them in. The fact is, that page was made extremely fast in order to be up in time for the 8/28 rally, and that’s why I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked for it. Since then, I’ve moved on to another high priority project which we should be seeing up here by Friday, and after then perhaps I can spend a day editing the “commies & fascists” page.

    Thanks again,

    admin(Quinlan)No Gravatar

    1 Sep 10 at 12:34 pm

  7. I can’t make any guarantees but if you want and I have enough time I can write some explanations to help shatter Beck’s nonsense about issues like that. If that comment I made was saved(the first, big one), it would be good if you could send it to my e-mail because I could just re-use certain parts.

    The key thing is that Americans have to learn that government and private sector are not separate entities, they are symbiotic.

  8. Hi, Arslan,

    Yes, the two things are (govt and private sector) are integrated in many ways. In some ways they are too much integrated (business interests have undue influence) and in others there is not enough integration (citizen apathy). Americans don’t want to get involved in government affairs because they don’t get immediate gratification. We are used to getting stroked right away, not 2 years down the road when a bill finally gets enough votes to pass.

    Oh, and the creepy George Michaels song “Father Figure” describes America’s relationship with the office of President. Hang onto your skivvies, there, Yanks. You just gave the man your VOTES, not a MAGIC WAND.

    As to your help, it would be appreciated in any way you can. I was going to address your long first post but I wanted to see Quinlan’s thoughts on it first. We still have it and instead of emailing it to you I will just approve it, along with your others. Quinlan is extremely overbooked right now, but maybe he can get some time to address your excellent comments over the weekend.


    admin(Wexler)No Gravatar

    2 Sep 10 at 5:53 am

  9. Regarding the Mount Vernon Washington incident:

    The city got stuck with a $1.4 million bill for Glenn iBeck’s visit. That mayor is going to get booted as a result.

    I went to school with Glenn Beck. He was a below avarage student. A sniviler, a crybaby and most of all, a compulsive liar.

    Very glad to see this website. Keep up the good work.

  10. Thank you very much for finding us, and thanks for the kind comments. Sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store looking at the next shiny thing to try, and sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed with the amount of hard work it takes to try to keep up with Glenn. Now that he’s speaking for God, too, it’s like he doubled his staff. And it’s still just Quinn and me.


    But it’s interesting that we have finally heard from somebody who knew Beck in high school. Congratulations, you’re the first one to check in. Please be sure to use whatever connections you have with your former classmates to let them know about the website dedicated to Mount Vernon’s finest son.

    Maybe we should set up a page for people who know or knew or worked for or whatever contact they had with Glenn and let them rant. That would be interesting.

    Seriously, would it be all right if Quinn and/or I contacted you via email to see if you had some additional thoughts? I’d love to see scans from the annual, newspaper articles, whatever. He was on the local radio station when he was 15, as I remember. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re trying to dig up dirt on Glenn, but, umm, well, maybe that’s exactly what I’m saying.

    I don’t think most people know much about Mt. Vernon’s politics. They sure don’t know about the $1.4 million that Beck stuck the city with. WTF. He couldn’t cover the cost out of his $32 million salary? I guess he’s just too much of a tightwad for his own good.

    Well, I’m hitting the sack now after an amazingly fatiguing day. There have been some comments and emails from great folks, really good stuff. But somehow this one ices the cake.

    Thanks Bill, and please don’t be a stranger.


    admin(Wexler)No Gravatar

    2 Sep 10 at 9:25 pm

  11. Bill-

    Wow, yeah, everything Wexler said. I’d love to correspond with you on a more regular basis.

    In terms of Bush – I think what’s unpatriotic is to lie about the president, as so many are doing about Obama. “Born in Kenya”, “criminal”, it’s ridiculous. In terms of Bush, however, sadly his crimes are real and illegal. The invasion of Iraq was blatantly criminal, as well as torture and also some other things that I won’t list at the moment. Do I say he’s a Muslim? That he was born in, I don’t know, Ireland? No, those would be lies and thus unpatriotic. But I do say that he should be tried in a court of law for his crimes.


    admin(Quinlan)No Gravatar

    2 Sep 10 at 9:39 pm

  12. Beck has now stated that the Japan earthquake may be an act of God. Or maybe it’s not. He’s not saying, he’s just sayin’.

    So maybe we better just cut it out, what we’re doing.

    I’m sure Glenn will tell us over the next days what exactly it is that we need to cut out. And I’m sure it will have something to do with gays, socialists, Marxists, Acorn, NPR, and any other random thought that crosses his half-alive brain.

    This was from his radio show and reported on Huffington Post.

    WilliyNo Gravatar

    14 Mar 11 at 7:58 pm

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