Looking around for Jefferson and other framers..
Nothing in the promotional video mentions our troops, but he is searching for three of the framers of the Constitution (he's not crazy here; he is being inarticulate) and adds more of the usual hype over his Restoring Honor rally on 8/28/10. Beck wants to reclaim the civil rights movement to its rightful place: in the hands of rich people like him. Apparently, since the middle class tax rates are currently the lowest that they have been in forty years, the Tea Party must want the government to keep their hands off Beck's money.
There will be an actual civil rights event in Washington that day, the Reclaim the Dream march held three miles away. There are no $100 posters available, just grass roots organizing. As stated on blackvoicenews.com:
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convened hundreds of thousands in Washington and delivered his infamous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Today, on the 47th anniversary of this momentous occasion, we must RECLAIM THE DREAM – for it is still far from being truly fulfilled.
We will assemble at Dunbar High School at 11 AM sharp and march from there for the sake of our community, for the future of our children and for the betterment of the entire nation."
On Countdown with Keith Olberman on July 1st, Al Sharpton addressed the political values of the Beckerheads and Tea Party:
Sharpton pointed out that Martin Luther King's speech was the "antithesis" of what the Tea Party and 9-12ers are about. From "I have a dream:"
[Beck]’s right, blacks don’t own Dr. King– they never did. And if he looks at the video, it was just not blacks marching in ‘63. It will not be just blacks that will be rallying with us today… we knew all along that it is about bringing the country together. They are the ones that say no to government, let’s go back to states’ rights, let the unemployed go uninsured, let us pit people against immigrants. We are the ones saying let’s bring the country together under some sound judgment. Come and affirm that at a rally of affirmation, not some joke that’s saying they are reclaiming a moment that I don’t think they understand, and I’m being kind.” [Emphasis added].”
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds.
The justice that King is referring to is the "social justice" that Beck frequently bemoans as a Marxist plot. When Beck realized that his rally coincided with the date and place of King's famous speech, he could have shown a little respect and picked a different date or venue. However, Beck's style is to create controversy as a mechanism for getting noticed. As usual, it's working.
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is not time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
Now is the time to make justice a reality to all of God's children. The evidence in our investigation showed that Schlozman, first as a Deputy....
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