Glenn Beck’s ‘Obama-hating’ marches set for 9/11, MLK speech anniversaries
Perhaps America needs to give Fox pundit Glenn Beck his own day, since he seems to be hellbent on usurping days that are tied to other historical happenings.
Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports that “Beck’s 9.12 Project is co-sponsoring a march on Washington on Sept. 11, 2010, to voice unhappiness with the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Congress and that the group will also become involved in voter registration drives.”
The letter, released at the conclusion of a campaign-style rally at a massive retirement community in Central Florida at which Beck discussed his plan, is short on specifics and long on self-promotion, as well as the populist, anti-government, self-help rhetoric that has become Beck’s trademark.
Nonetheless, the announcement seems to indicate a new course for Beck, who this year began encouraging his followers to organize themselves politically but had refrained from participating directly in their activities.
At Media Matters, Eric Boehlert vents, “The idea of trying to politicize the 9/11 anniversary in such a naked way is shocking. But of course nothing actually shocks us any more about Beck’s tasteless, Obama-hating campaign. What would be amazing though, is if Beck is able to get away with this. (At least this year’s anti-Obama rally was held the day after Sept. 11.) Meaning, if Beck’s followers really follow through with their plan and use the hollowed anniversary of 9/11 and turn the tragic terrorist attacks of 2001 into a day for hurling hateful attacks against the President of the United States, will there be no outcry?”
Think Progress’s Matt Corley writes, “Yesterday, while promoting his latest book at ‘a festive campaign-style rally’ in The Villages in Florida, Fox News host Glenn Beck announced that he was crafting ‘a 100 year plan’ that will be ‘radical’ and will ‘restore our nation to the maximum freedoms we were supposed to have been protecting.’”
“On August 28, 2010, I ask you, your family and neighbors to join me at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall for the unveiling of The Plan and the birthday of a new national movement to restore our great country,” Beck told the throng of fans.
August 28, the date of the D.C. event, happens to be the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech. Given the allusion to the Lincoln Memorial in Beck’s letter, I’m guessing that’s no coincidence. Eschewing the title of “leader” is thus a curious display of modesty from a guy who thinks his book launch is worthy of a modern-day March on Washington with him in the MLK role. No doubt he’s using the date and location as an homage to King, and will cite his example in bringing about another necessary “Refounding” of America. But I’m willing to bet that that’s not how it’ll be received; it’ll be treated as a window onto his ego and an endless opportunity to sidetrack his movement with racial politics. This is, after all, the guy who famously accused the first black president of having a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”
Perhaps February 10, Beck’s birthday, could become known to future generations as his day.
Or perhaps not, since a certain nemesis of Beck’s formally announced he was running for president that day in 2007.