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GLENN: Here's what the New York Times op ed piece says today: Mr. Beck goes to Washington.
PAT: This is pretty good actually.
GLENN: Entering this weekend, I was convinced that Glenn Beck's star was about to go into eclipse, just as Michael Moore, amid Democratic disarray, became the unlikely face of liberal opposition to George W. Bush, the mercurial, weepy, demagoguic Beck has spent the last 18 months filling the void left by the institutional collapse of the Republican Party. And just as Moore's influence diminished as the Democrats came roaring back, it seemed plausible that Beck would matter less and less as the midterms and then the 2012 elections reempowered actual Republican politicians. But after spending my Saturday at Beck's Restoring Honor rally on the Washington mall, I'm beginning to think I underestimated the man. The Fox News host had promised the rally billed as a celebration of American values that would be explicitly apolitical event, and so it came to pass, save for an occasional "Don't tread on me banner," the crowded mall was nearly free of political signs and T shirt slogans. And there was barely a whisper of the crusade against liberalism that assumes most of Beck's on air hours. Instead Beck served up something considerably stranger. This was a tent revival crossed with a pep rally, intertwined with a history lecture married to a USO telethon, and that was just the first hour. There was piety, endless piety after speaker after speaker demanded Americans rededicate themselves to God, blah, blah blah, blah blah.
So they go in and they're eating a little crow. One could call the rally a gross affront to the memory of Martin Luther King who presumably wouldn't have cared much more Beck's rightwing politics, and he would also call the day strange because it was an unlooked for fulfillment of King's prophecies. 47 years after the "I Have a Dream" speech, here were tens of thousands let's get this right hundreds of thousands of white conservatives roaring their approval of the author.
Do you get that? It wasn't just not racist. They were roaring their approval of Martin Luther King's message of I have a dream.
STU: Yeah, and certainly no knock on you here, Glenn, but the biggest applause of the day I thought was for Alveda King.
GLENN: Oh, yeah. She's a brave woman.
STU: So brave.
GLENN: She is a brave, brave woman. You'll see there's a picture here some place, I think, on in the what are these ones called? On stage, Restoring Honor on stage, Page 3. Let me look if it's on Page 3. There's a picture of Alveda and I praying. She went right before she went on. There it is. Yeah, it's on Page 2 of this. Right before she went on, she came over to me and she said, can we pray together? And I said, yes. And she was very nervous. She hugged me when I first got there and she said, oh, you are a smart man. She said, I didn't even think about wearing a vest. And I was wearing a bulletproof vest. And I said, I'm wearing this for my wife. And she said, do you have another one? And I said, we can get you one. And she stood there for a minute and she said, you know what? I trust in the Lord. I'm going to be okay. And I said, we can get you one. And she said, nope, I'm okay. And then we prayed before we went on. She was terrified.
PAT: Well, and here's a woman whose uncle and whose dad
GLENN: Died. Were killed.
PAT: Were both assassinated.
GLENN: Were killed. And I think she wasn't as terrified as being killed as she was, as I looked at the stage what the media has not reported were the 240 preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, you name it that were on the stage that represent a small, tiny, tiny fraction. We were running late. We didn't have time to play the messages from huge we have to play them on the Insider Extreme, or on the front page of the website. Huge people like Dobson and Robison and all these people that were greeting people at the rally. And as we finished, these 240 people surrounded me. I mean, it was really an amazing spiritual moment. And they just kept saying, thank you for doing this, thank you for you just keep going, we're praying for you. And I looked at them, each of them. Because they were all crying and I was crying and I just said, it's in your hands now. I pray for you. The gates of hell are going to be opened against most of these people. The gates of hell will be opened because we have opened the door to faith and dedicated that we're you know, while I may talk about politics, and I still am going to do what I always do, that is not the key. You, personally involved and turning your face to God, is the answer. And these people are going to start standing for those things in their churches, in their mosque, in their synagogues. They are going to start standing for those things and saying, all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And they are going to talk about individual liberties. They are going to talk about the religious liberty that is at stake right now. Well, once you do that, you've declared, you've declared war on darkness and evil. And if we thought it was bad before, I want you to know these guys are going to need your support, your help. They are going to stand they will feel they are going to stand alone. The Black Robe Brigade was introduced Friday night, part of it, and Saturday, and it is going to be a growing coalition.
Plus, I want to go over the challenge that I made. I cut one line out of the speech. I was going to end it with, we are 40 Days and 40 Nights away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. I chose at the last minute to drop that line because I didn't want to make it about Barack Obama. And while that isn't, it is. And I chose not to do that. But it is true, and I have regretted now not putting that line in because I know at least that line of my speech would have been covered in the press. They would have said, it got political, et cetera, et cetera, but at least somebody would have said, "Well, what does he mean 40 Days and 40 Nights." No one is covering the challenge that I made the American people, and that was the message.
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