As I had stated on my previous blog I watched Glenn Beck's Honor Rally and the phrase that kept creeping to mind as I watched him was "social justice". Anyone who has ever listened to his radio show or watched his television show knows that he proclaims that he is not a big fan of social justice because it is one step away from socialism. The longer I watched, however, it became very evident that what Glen Beck was talking about was exactly that, social justice.
I am sure that some in the crowd, who have watched and listened to every show of his, were very disappointed in these moments.
I have long been a critic of Glen Beck and during today's speech I finally figured out why. His act* is a fraud. He does not truly believe anything he says. He only says the outrageous things and does the outrageous things he does because of one and only one reason. Ratings. The pivotal moment came towards the end of his speech when he was talking about the "next George Washington". It was at this moment (possibly) that he had promised not a dry eye in the house because he started crying. Well, he started doing something that was supposed to be crying. To me it sounded like he was laughing.
I did not buy any of what he was selling. Personally it sounded like he was trying just a little to hard to sound like the man who still is known for this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Personally, anyone who truly believes that he did not know what today is truly is very gullible. If he truly did not know what today is then he is not quite the astute observer of history that he claims to be.
I could fact check what he said throughout his speech, specifically this historical part, but I will let someone else worry with that. I just want to focus on the speech itself.
This speech, he promised, was supposed to be a miracle. It was supposed to be the moment that would change America. Instead it ended up being a typical church sermon that most people hear on a given Sunday.
Crowd estimates ranged (depending on whether the people were supporters of Glenn Beck's or not) from a few thousand to 100s of thousands. I will wait until the official count comes out, but we all know whatever the number those that love Glen Beck will say that the official number is too low while those who loathe him will claim the official number is too high.
It is really immaterial in the end.
Personally for me I believe that he was in this for himself. He wants to day to be remembered for him, not Martin Luther King Jr. He is not a selfless man he is a selfish man and he has been his entire career. He does and will continue to do things that will bring attention to himself, especially if it means ratings.
Honestly to me it sounded like a decent attempt at a campaign speech. I have a strong feeling that he will make a run at the presidency in 2012 and this was how he was testing the waters.
As I said I did not buy what he was selling. I have a feeling a majority of Americans (despite what his supporters will say) did not buy it as well. It will not be a pivotal moment in American history. In my opinion it will probably be forgotten by the end of the week (for some that's at the end of today, for me it will be tomorrow).
I will not say the man himself is a fraud but he knows his audience and he will tell them whatever they want to hear. In the end he is an entertainer and that is all he is.
I know that some of you (if not most) thought that I would rip him a new one and trash him at everything he said. There is no need for me to do that, he will do it on his own soon enough.
After all he is an entertainer.
*After being notified of my hypocritical stance I realized that I had typed my original thought wrong. While I do not believe that Glenn Beck the man is an actual fraud I do believe that his act is a fraud. My apologies for the confusion.
Addendum:I did end up fact checking one thing from Beck's speech and it happened earlier. He said "Our neighbors in Canada think the Bible is hate speech now, believe it or not." Naturally I did not believe it so I did what everyone should always do when they question a bold statement like that, I researched it. What Beck was referencing was a Canadian law which ads sexual orientation into it's genocide and hate-crimes legislation. Critics say that because of the addition the Bible will now be seen as hate speech. It is a bit far fetched, but it does make for a good sound bit, which is what Glenn Beck is all about. It really goes great with the whole dreamed up "Christianity is under attack" theme. I do not personally believe that adding sexual orientation into a hate-crime bill will make the Bible hate speech, but that is not really the point now is it?