Restore honor -- and our country

Only danger resulting from Glenn Beck's rally came from detractors

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It is sadly telling that you can stage a rally promoting God, family and country, and a return to the kind of selfless honor and individual responsibility that surrounded this nation's founding, and be pilloried for it.

Yet, the national media and others whose livelihoods depend on sustaining division and anger couldn't even wait until it started Saturday to attack Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C.

We truly pity them. If they had instead been willing to open their minds and hearts, the rally would have blown them away with its themes of faith, hope, charity and personal honor and humility -- and mostly homage to what the Declaration of Independence called "the Supreme Judge of the World."

Expecting, perhaps hoping for, a rally featuring anger and hatred and politics, blind critics of the event might have been disappointed in its upbeat and universal messages of spirituality, unity and love. Clearly a man who had, himself, looked into the abyss in his own life and moved back from it, Mr. Beck talked about the amazing grace of God as only a prodigal son can. He and a succession of speakers -- including Martin Luther King's niece, the Rev. Alveda King -- urged Americans to get back to God, get back to their families, and to restore honor to their lives and to a wayward country.

For Augustan Margaret Woodard, who was "compelled" with several friends to drive to the rally, it was all about getting back to God. "That's what I took away from it. I will never forget this day as long as I live."

Having swum in a sea of hundreds of thousands of rapt Americans at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, Woodard said, "There was not an angry moment in that three hours."

Woodard was especially encouraged by the youth of many of the participants, who left as excited and united as a football crowd after a big victory.

The only way you can be against such a spirit of unity and humility and self-transcendence is if you fear it. The only way you can fear it is to not understand it.

Don't fear it. And don't believe the news media when they tell you this was about anything other than God's saving graces -- the grace that at once saves desperate individuals and despairing nations.

It's the spirit this country was founded upon and what made it great.

As Beck so movingly noted in his address, the Founders wrote profoundly in the Declaration of Independence that "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." What an incredible sentence, packed with meaning and, two centuries later, a road map for us during troubled times.

When they pledged "to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor," they did so risking everything -- knowing they were essentially declaring war on the foremost world power at the time. For us to renew and maybe even save this country, a similar pledge of "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor" will take far less of a commitment. But it will take a commitment.

All Beck was saying Saturday was that the commitment must start with each individual, and that it best starts with a commitment to "the Supreme Judge of the World."

And maybe the ability to withstand attack.

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crackerjack
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crackerjack 08/30/10 - 09:19 pm
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And out of the over 400,000

And out of the over 400,000 people their were no arrests. Imagine that!

TNULTH
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TNULTH 08/30/10 - 09:30 pm
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What "national media"

What "national media" pilloried Beck? Who are these phantom boogeymen hurting Beck's feelings? Stop making crap up Augusta Chronicle.

chascush
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chascush 08/30/10 - 09:34 pm
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It was a great rally and I’m

It was a great rally and I’m glad I was there. It was very long day but well worth it.

chascush
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chascush 08/30/10 - 09:38 pm
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TNULTH, There was one VERY

TNULTH, There was one VERY BIG difference between Beck’s people and Hussein’s people at inauguration, TRASH. I had to search for a piece of trash on the ground and most of the time could not find even a scrape of paper. After the Hussein inauguration there was trash EVERYWHERE. They showed a picture of the Mall area and it would take several dump trucks to haul away the trash. Almost $300,000 of stimulus money was spent to re-sod & replace shrubs around the Lincoln Memorial area after Hussein’s inauguration.
But I guess that is understandable this was a WHOLE different class of people.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 08/30/10 - 09:38 pm
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He's certainly a Pied Piper

He's certainly a Pied Piper but honor isn't the demagogue's attribute.

dani
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dani 08/30/10 - 10:16 pm
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tnuth..Check out Hardball and

tnuth..Check out Hardball and MSNBC. Outrageouly hateful, spiteful comments. This is not an exaggeration. Look it up.

Name calling on here already!

dani
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dani 08/30/10 - 10:15 pm
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Remember this: Republicans

Remember this: Republicans love America, Democrats dislike America.

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faithson 08/30/10 - 10:18 pm
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chascush, why must you

chascush, why must you 'redirect' the good energy of this event. It is people like you I fear will be the real downfall of this republic. As Glenn suggested, we must all build on what is the 'good'. You sir, show no 'class' by your bemusing other groups

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sjgraci 08/30/10 - 10:53 pm
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chronicle- "in a sea of

chronicle- "in a sea of hundreds of thousands". Hardly. For there to be 300,000 at the event would equal 10 people standing on queen size matresses over the area covered, 600,000 would be 20 people. No chronicle, the event drew around an impressive 100,000. Instead, you have to lie about it and everytrhing else that it was and wasn't.

What it was was a bunch of angry white people who lost the last election to a black man they believe is a Muslim and not a natural born citizen of the United States of America following an alcoholic drug addict Mormon who lies to them four hours out of their day. It was was a gathering of 100,000 not very bright people.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 08/30/10 - 11:10 pm
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CBS commissioned aerial

CBS commissioned aerial photographs of the event and the crowd was estimated at 87,000 with a margin of error of 9,000. So the attendance was somewhere between 78,000 and 96,000 according to CBS.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20014993-503544.html

Jay Voorhees
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Jay Voorhees 08/30/10 - 11:28 pm
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Is that all y'all lefties got

Is that all y'all lefties got to say about it? Worried about how many were there, rather than the message?

Typical

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palmetto1007 08/30/10 - 11:33 pm
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Exactly what does "getting

Exactly what does "getting back to God" mean for Beck and the AC?? Or what exactly is the message here? Is is really about littering that chacush talks about...if so, I'll be sure to pick up any scrapes [sic] of paper that I leave about.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 08/30/10 - 11:41 pm
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Jay Voorhees - CBS had a

Jay Voorhees - CBS had a contractor to take photos and estimate the crowd. Do you think CBS is a bunch of lefties? The first poster above claimed over 400,000 attended.

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ohhsweetconcord 08/30/10 - 11:43 pm
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The fundamental idea behind

The fundamental idea behind the event was innocent enough, maybe even praiseworthy. It was a peaceful protest and one that encouraged good qualities. But it was still fundamentally about division, "Us vs. Them." Conservatives have good values, everyone else doesn't. If you don't believe in our way about God, values, and what not, then you aren't "American" and are unable to restore our values.

Beck and Palin are divisive, political figures. The rally was all about power. More power for Christians (especially those that practice condoned versions of Christianity) , less power for everyone else.

Jay Voorhees
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Jay Voorhees 08/30/10 - 11:58 pm
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Gasping - you are once again

Gasping - you are once again (intentionally) missing the point. It's not about how many folks are there, I personally don't care. It's about the message of the rally. In the typical left fashion, the only answer is to attempt a deflection to a discussion of how many folks were there. It didn't work for the tea parties, it won't work for this. We are on to you game. It's the same as answering "Well Bush did...." when we ask what positive things Obama has done.

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Republicant 08/31/10 - 12:27 am
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What positive things has

What positive things has Obama done?
Last U.S. Combat Troops Leave Iraq. Obama campaigned as an early and vocal opponent of the Iraq war, calling it a distraction from the more important conflict in Afghanistan. When he took office, there were about 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq on the heels of George W. Bush's combat surge.

Obama said he would bring our combat forces home and he did — ahead of schedule. Early Thursday, the last U.S. combat brigade crossed into Kuwait. About 50,000 U.S. military personnel remain in Iraq to train Iraqi government forces, protect U.S. installations and conduct special forces operations.

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Republicant 08/31/10 - 12:28 am
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General Motors to Launch

General Motors to Launch Stock Offering. The demise of General Motors would have wiped out hundreds of thousands of jobs and, it's safe to say, would have been a mighty blow to the nation's psyche. Obama ended up pouring $50 billion into the company, acquiring a 61 percent stake.

But now, after making more than $2 billion in profits so far this year, the restructured company is confident enough to sell stock on Wall Street — and begin repaying the government's investment. The company was saved, workers kept their jobs and taxpayers are going to get their money back. Nice work.

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Republicant 08/31/10 - 12:28 am
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Gulf Oil Spill Contained.

Gulf Oil Spill Contained. When BP's Deepwater Horizon well went rogue, the Obama administration was criticized for being slow off the mark. Some of the criticism was justified. But the administration managed to turn things around and quiet any talk of “Obama's Katrina.” Obama persuaded BP to put up $20 billion as a guarantee that Gulf Coast residents whose livelihoods were damaged would be compensated. Republican critics who called this a “shakedown” were quickly shushed — by other Republicans.

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Republicant 08/31/10 - 12:29 am
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President wades into mosque

President wades into mosque controversy. Supporting the facility in Lower Manhattan didn't score any political points. But Obama saw his duty to uphold the values of our Constitution and make clear that our fight is against the terrorists, not against Islam. Instead of doing what was popular, he did what was right.

Driver8
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Driver8 08/31/10 - 01:17 am
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The first sentence in this

The first sentence in this opinion piece says the rally was about "selfless honor and individual responsibility." Will someone please explain how Palin represents honor and personal responsibility? Is that what she demonstrated when she QUIT her elected position working for the people of Alaska to chase money? How is that the kind of SELFLESS HONOR and personal RESPONSIBILITY that made our country great? If George Washington had been offered a book deal, would he have quit his elected position, and handed us back to the British? Just asking.

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corgimom 08/31/10 - 02:13 am
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I love the way Glenn Beck

I love the way Glenn Beck wants to restore honor- I suggest that he start with himself, the liar.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/31/10 - 02:15 am
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"And out of the over 400,000

"And out of the over 400,000 people their were no arrests. Imagine that!"

Oh yeah, I can just imagine that. Of course, if the police are under orders not to arrest any one, then yes, I could imagine that.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/31/10 - 03:26 am
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Republicant...claiming "last

Republicant...claiming "last combat troops left Iraq" is no different that Bush saying "mission accomplished." Do you think that will keep the violence down? What will you say when our troops, who are still in Iraq (with a different official title now) are killed?

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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/31/10 - 03:27 am
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Corgi....is that really the

Corgi....is that really the best you can do? Just make some bogus claim that the police were ordered not to arrest anyone? Come on now.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/31/10 - 03:28 am
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Corgi....I asked you when you

Corgi....I asked you when you made the claim before, but you refused to answer. What lie did Beck tell........back it up with evidence please.

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Riverman1 08/31/10 - 03:46 am
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It was an amazing event that

It was an amazing event that the liberal media is trying to downplay. The energy appears to be with the conservative side these days. Liberals are pitching hissy fits BEFORE the elections. After the elections there will be even more tantrums.

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Inquiring Lynn 08/31/10 - 03:55 am
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ohhsweetconcord, amen and

ohhsweetconcord, amen and indeed!
Reactionaries will rant and weep!
Folks, why let such as the Koch Family and Richard Mellon-Scaife get millions whilst you get hardly anything under voodoo economics?
No liberal media exist! What stupidity! The media go after what's the news, and both sides get sprayed with questions.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/31/10 - 03:58 am
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"Folks, why let such as the

"Folks, why let such as the Koch Family and Richard Mellon-Scaife get millions whilst you get hardly anything under voodoo economics?"............ Because they earned it! Leave your wealth envy at home.....if you want the money that they have, do what they did.

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Rhetor 08/31/10 - 04:55 am
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Well, fine, but right after

Well, fine, but right after the rally Glenn Beck churlishly criticized Obama for being a liberal Christian. Ironically, Beck's inexcusable supporters are now attacking their erstwhile messiah for his religion. It turns out that bigoted, close-minded people don't stick together after all.

GaPatriot
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GaPatriot 08/31/10 - 05:26 am
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If you need proof that the

If you need proof that the left hate anything not-democrat sponsored, just read this drivel: http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2010/08/30/glenn-beck-and-white-self...

Nuff, said!

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