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How to host a rally on the Mall

By Ed O'Keefe


Workers set up a stage and other equipment at the Lincoln Memorial, where Glenn Beck will host the "Restoring Honor" rally Saturday. (Alex Brandon)

Updated 4:26 p.m. ET
So you want to host an event on the Mall? Plan ahead and budget at least $50.

The permit issued for Glenn Beck's Saturday's rally at the Lincoln Memorial is one of about 3,000 permits issued annually by the National Park Service for rallies, cultural events, weddings and photos shoots on the Mall, Lafayette Park, Rock Creek Park and other historic sites in Washington. People looking to hold an event on the Mall can apply up to 48 hours in advance and no earlier than a year before the event.

About 60 percent of applications are for "First Amendment activities" including Beck's rally. Such activities are defined as demonstrations, religious services and events designed to draw a crowd and express an viewpoint, according to federal law.

A $50 application fee is required to apply for cultural events, photo shoots and weddings and event organizers also may be asked to pay a bond for staffing and park maintenance costs, the Park Service said.

A spokesman for Beck would not comment on the talk show’s efforts to secure the permit for Saturday’s rally.

Lucy Barber, author of “Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition," said the first so-called "March on Washington" occurred in 1894, when a group known as "Coxey's Army" marched from Ohio to the U.S. Capitol demanding money for road construction projects.

About 300 people marched from Ohio to Washington, where hundreds of other marchers joined them. The group then marched East along Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol, where police arrested the group's two leaders for trespassing on the Capitol grounds, Barber said.

Suffrage rallies and other marches for racial or economic causes culminated with Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.

"That becomes the touchstone that subsequent marches are compared to," Barber said.

Arguably the most effective rally at the Lincoln Memorial never happened, Barber said. In 1941, organizers planning to protest discrimination against African Americans in the military and defense industries canceled their rally when President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to sign an executive order prohibiting such discrimination. The group's efforts eventually led to King's 1963 march.

“A march isn’t just about getting political change instantly, it’s often about movement-building and creating a sense of solidarity and, in our lovely virtual world, bringing people into a physical space together and letting them do things together," Barber said.

Other notable events at the Lincoln Memorial include marches against the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, concerts held before presidential inaugurations, the Million Man March in 1995, religious ceremonies held by Sikhs and another rally hosted by Hemp Coalition of D.C., the Park Service said. The agency no longer attempts to count the size of assembled crowds, but President Obama's 2009 inauguration, the Million Man March and some Vietnam-era protests are considered among the largest rallies.

Six Park Service staffers review the applications, processing between 15 and 30 daily and the length of an application process varies depending on the complexity of the event, the agency said. Even the organizers of popular national events, including presidential inauguration committees and the Smithsonian Institution for its annual Folklife Festival, must submit applications each year.

The Park Service maintains a helpful Web page with all related information and application forms. It includes applications for a public gathering, filming or photography at the parks and sporting events and weddings.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 26, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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It is laughable that Glenn Beck is taken seriously. Worse, that he is even mentioned in the same breath as MLK. If you compare their accomplishments, it's a joke (see what I mean here http://bit.ly/bs5DPm). In truth all Beck is doing is promoting his celebrity and his books, thus building his wealth. And the Tea Partiers? They are willing dupes to help him, and theyget nothing but the deserved ridicule and derision from having a frat boy and morning zoo DJ their intellectual and spiritual leader.

Posted by: dh1976 | August 26, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Two points: First point-While it's fashionable and arrogant for liberals, progressives and socialists to attack Beck personal by ridiculing him, try to criticize his research and general ideas about economics and politics, in other words-use your brain. Second point-When did August 28th become a reserved day for MLK on the mall? What happened to freedom of speech? Or is that a concept and right for the left only?

Posted by: RayK1 | August 26, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What a sad comment on the lives of some people that they have to have Glenn Beck as their spokesman. Sad, sad indeed. Can't they think for themselves?

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | August 26, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"Glen Beck purpose for choosing MLK Jr's date of Aug 28th, was for maximum media exposure." To claim ignorance about the precise date in history is contrary to his"Mr. Know-It-All arrogance. The proverb that best describes Glen Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial is: "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts."

Posted by: lanlysh55 | August 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Two points: First point-While it's fashionable and arrogant for liberals, progressives and socialists to attack Beck personal by ridiculing him, try to criticize his research and general ideas about economics and politics, in other words-use your brain. Second point-When did August 28th become a reserved day for MLK on the mall? What happened to freedom of speech? Or is that a concept and right for the left only?

Posted by: RayK1 | August 26, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse


Ridicule Glemnn Beck? No way. That's like beating a cripple. Just look at this drawing on this chalkboard.

Now start here, with a dim-witted, lying Republican syncophant- and follow the arrows my staff drew using PowerPoint....

Any real American can see that the only way ro save America from socialism is to buy gold from my owners.

Sob. Sob. (or is that SOB?)

Posted by: law1946 | August 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

RayK1 - You are right. As odious as Glenn Beck is he has every right to march on the mall on August 28th.

Perhaps his march will open the eyes of decent American and shake them from their complacency. It is time that people realized we still have not fulfiled MLK's dream. Racism exist and in the case of Glenn Beck is celebrated for all to see.

Posted by: claudettew25 | August 26, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"ro" should have been "to".

Posted by: law1946 | August 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Not a big fan of Beck but these arguments against the event are so mirror-image of the arguments against the mosque.

Posted by: kls1 | August 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ray,

To liberals freedom of speech only applies when it's theirs. Lately you can point to Pelosi and her want for investigations into the 70% of Americans that want to stop the mosque project or the attempts to denigrate anyone who does not march in lock step with President Obama. You have people on these comment pages that talk about the inability to think for oneself yet, all they do in their posts is regurgitate inanities from leftist wbesites and MSNBC or insult people who they cannot stand toe to toe with, in an exchange of ideas.

On another point..
Funny how the Ed O"Keefe din't mention the largest rally.
The Promise Keepers rally in the 1990's....Hmm I wonder if the fact that it is a Christian group had anything to do with it?

Posted by: vasco44 | August 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but, the difference is that Beck's rally is going forward (first amendment rights allowed), with dissent. Who knows what will happen with the cultural center. Seems that people outside of NYC don't want it built, but that's a state's rights issue, not a federal matter. Go figure. Everyone uses everyone else's arguments.

Posted by: usblues1 | August 26, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry dude (or dudette), the Promise Keepers rally was small compared to the others. Wasn't Rush Limbaugh the keynote speaker at that event? Or am I mistaking him for some other serial-monogamist?

Posted by: usblues1 | August 26, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

usblues1

Do you think they will let Jewish Americans enter the mosque once its built?

Need I say more?

Posted by: vasco44 | August 26, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What a hate filled bunch of losers the dimcrats, progressives, liberals, whatever have become. The vitriolic hatred against anyone not in agreement with their views is unrivalved in our history. Obama and his 'fellow travelers' own the government run media (CNN, MSNBC). What more do these people want? Everyone kowtowing to their god? Not in my lifetime dimcrats.

Posted by: emyers12345 | August 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

usblues1

here is a link to a picture of the Promise Keepers rally from above, there is nothing small about it.
It covered the whole Mall and it spilled into the side streets and Washington Monument plaza.

http://throughtheveil.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/stand-in-the-gap.jpg

Posted by: vasco44 | August 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

RayK,

Beck's analysis is atrocious! I am an economist and professor. Beck's use of data and economic ideas makes me both winge and weep.

Posted by: Wallenstein | August 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Honor Rallyers,

Bring your laser pointers and definitely drive taking advantage of the free, ample parking but, sorry, firearms (real or simulated) are not allowed - no pocketknives, either.

Posted by: h123 | August 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Will they let Jewish folks into the cultural center in NYC? I don't know. Probably. But it would certainly be within their rights not to allow certain people in (like you), since it's not a public venture.

Sorry, the Promise Keepers rally was still small compared to the other events. Do some fact checking. Did the crowd extend all the way down to the Lincoln memorial???

Call me silly, but EMEYERS seems to be full of "vitriolic hatred" more than anyone else on here. Seems to be having a hard time with life itself.

Posted by: usblues1 | August 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Democrats recruit Al Sharpton to team up with the New Black Panther registered hate group to disrupt Honor Rally.

Are these the same hypocrites preaching Tolerance???

August 28th is the anniversary of the 19th amendment acknowledging women's rights, so I hope plenty of women show up to celebrate.

Posted by: stuart340 | August 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

But is this really going to be a turning point in history as Beck says. That it will be remembered 100 or 200 years from now. Isn't that a bit delusion of grandeurish?....which is a word I just made up.

If if you want your event to be non-political, then wouldn't it follow that you'd invite non-political type people to speak?

And if it's all about honoring the troops then why the "we should pick that dream back up" rhetoric.

Posted by: rjma1 | August 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

usblues1

you need to check your facts on the rally. At the time it was estimated that the rally was from 700,000 to over a million by ABC News--who is very much biased against conservative groups. Even with ABC's low estimate it would still make it one of the largest, along with the million man march and Johnson's ignaguration. By the way so you don't confuse facts or spew diatribes, Bill MacCarthy was the keynote speaker.

I have no interest in entering the mosque or for that matter any church Christian or otherwise. I would visit the cultural center but the mosque i would have no interest in. And you are right, they do not have to let anyone in, but do you really spouse allowing an entity that believes that Jews(and no I am not Jewish, so don't let your obvious prejudice classify me again, as you seemed to have done earlier) are sub-human, build where so many Americans died? I suppose you are ok with building a KKK cultural center in Selma or a Nazi center in Tel-Aviv or build an Greek Orthodoc Church at ground zero. Never mind the last one, although it had been there and was destroyed on 9/11, the city of New York has blocked all its petitions to rebuild it. My opposition to the mosque has nothing to do with religion, but with equal treatment and political correctness gone wild.

Posted by: vasco44 | August 26, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

We all know and agree that Beck and Palin have a right to assemble and speak their minds on the Mall. We also know that both firmly believe that there are times when one has to consider not only whether one has a right to assemble at a specific place, but whether the act of assembling at that specific place might be hurtful to others because of what the place symbolizes.

This makes it necessary to ask: is a monument to the US President who called secessionism "the essence of anarchy" and who worked tirelessly against i an appropriate place for two people who have voiced support for secessionism to hold a rally? Out of respect for the many Americans who share Mr. Lincoln's view, should they not voluntarily move their rally somewhere else?

Posted by: exco | August 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

usblues1 wrote:
Call me silly, but EMEYERS seems to be full of "vitriolic hatred" more than anyone else on here. Seems to be having a hard time with life itself.
***************************************
Yeah blues, read the postings of your fellow progressives. You call me full of hatred? Take a couple of pills and sleep it off.

Posted by: emyers12345 | August 26, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I was stunned to find photographs online of the Klu Klux Klan on the National Mall holding American Flags, Don't Tread on Me Flags, and slagging Communism. The racism of some Tea Baggerz is obvious, so is hypocrisy.

White Hate
http://www.vimeo.com/13991812

Posted by: BornAgainAmerican | August 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, a very large bird, flying over the rally, will release a large deposit fecal mattter on Glenn Beck's head mid-speech. Now that would constitute, "Restoring Honor."

Posted by: BBear1 | August 26, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Reclaiming honor"?

Given what seems an older demographic, Mr. Beck is merely committing social security fraud this weekend by prying Teabaggers from their hard-earned government money.

Posted by: rogied25 | August 26, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Someone here said that it was sad that "liberals" couldn't look at Beck's thinking. I think that is the problem, liberals do look at Beck, see the holes in his logic and either laugh or shudder.

They laugh if they think anyone would see through this lunacy. They shudder when they realize that approximately 3 million Americans watch his drivel and believe it. That is really scary and makes a concise commentary on the quality of education in America today.

People are not being taught to analyze what they hear, research it and make a determination. That Beck could have such a following is one of the more scary things to me, anyway. Some of the people who follow him are ex-friends and business associates.

Posted by: davidjaycrispin_2000 | August 26, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

How sad it is to see how much hatred for one man can be assembled here. Thanks to all of those who have such closed minds...while bragging about tolerance, and the 1st amendment to disclose your hate, ignorance, and stupidity for all to see, and read here. Anyone who is convinced this is a slap in the face of MLK...only proves how illiterate, and foolish you are. MLK's niece will be up there with Beck. Are you also going to Degrade her as you do Beck? If so. Stay home, stay dumb, and learn to practice the tolerance you claim to have on your own.

Posted by: freeamericausa | August 26, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I consider myself a conservative and I really don't care for Glenn Beck or any of his ilk for that matter. However, if he wants to have a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, he's allowed to, it is a free country after all, the best thing we can do is ignore him and maybe he will go away.

Sincerely,
A Liberal Republican (yes we do exist, we just never advertise)

Posted by: VAtoLA | August 26, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I would really like to know how honoring our service members who fight to protect our freedoms, including our first ammendment rights, can be considered lunacy, laughable, idiotic, or any of the other adjectives that have been used to describe this rally?

When did Americans become so unpatriotic that we call a rally to honor our hero's a farce?

Worse yet are the comments I see that bring racism into the picture. The overview of the rally clearly states that "Throughout history America has seen many great leaders and noteworthy citizens change her course. It is through their personal virtues and by their example that we can live as a free country. On August 28th, come celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future." I would include MLK in that group of great leaders who changed our nation's course and brought freedom. Wouldn't you?

How could this event be greeted with anything less than enthusiasm by American citizens? It is our troops who keep us safe. It is our service members who give all so that we can speak and worship and read and enjoy our freedoms. What's wrong with saying "thank you" for that, regardless of what day it is...and maybe especially because of what day it is?

Our service members are of all races. What better day to honor them and celebrate the virtues and examples of our heros...to celebrate America..than on the day that MLK shared his dream for "that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"?

Let's thank our service members who allow us to continue to sing those words today. Let's thank MLK and other leaders who have changed our country for the better.


Posted by: bonbon5 | August 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

RayK1: it's not that Beck can't hold a rally diametrically opposed to Dr. King on the Anniversary of that rally, it's more a question of SHOULD he? is it respectful to the feelings of the real Americans who were there?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | August 26, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

So, if Glenn Beck is a racist then what is Jesse Jackson, Al not so Sharpton, and simple minded Bigot Lewis Farakan. Its funny but white people do not have BET( Black entertainment television)NAACP(National Association adavancement of colored people)and have to have black only colored colleges. That tells me that black people or colored people what to be treated separate from everyone else. Yet, they the black people, still want to be equally the same as everyone else. So if you go to an all black everything thats when you develop a simple bigot personality because black people follow there own down a dead end and continuethe same idealogy.

Posted by: stinnettealbert | August 26, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

So, if Glenn Beck is a racist then what is Jesse Jackson, Al not so Sharpton, and simple minded Bigot Lewis Farakan. Its funny but white people do not have BET( Black entertainment television)NAACP(National Association adavancement of colored people)and have to have black only colored colleges. That tells me that black people or colored people what to be treated separate from everyone else. Yet, they the black people, still want to be equally the same as everyone else. So if you go to an all black everything thats when you develop a simple bigot personality because black people follow there own down a dead end and continuethe same idealogy.

Posted by: stinnettealbert | August 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Lighten up freeamericausa. Beck and Palin have, in recent weeks, loudly and repeatedly insisted that there is nothing wrong with asking a group of people who have a constitutional right to congregate near a revered location in NYC to congregate elsewhere.

If they believe their own words, neither Beck nor Palin should mind in the least if people ask them to move their rally elsewhere. It provides them with a unique opportunity to lead by example should they choose to do so.

Posted by: exco | August 26, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@stinnetalbert

"Its funny but white people do not have BET( Black entertainment television)NAACP(National Association adavancement of colored people)and have to have black only colored colleges. That tells me that black people or colored people what to be treated separate from everyone else."

Someone who takes the pervasive whiteness of American culture as given. Gee, how many public and media institutions for white folks are out there? All of them practically, making your whiteness "normal" and anyone trying to change that as different. 350 years of negative imagery of blacks in America takes just a little effort to overcome.

But alas. The 1963 March on Washington had 300,000 blacks and whites singing folksongs together. Beck has a perfect right to use that public space, but this time I doubt the reactionaries there on a hot DC August day will do anything but galvanize the Left, professional or otherwise.

By the way, GZ Mosque and Beck?MLK wise, me thinks I smell a Karl Rovean rat in there somewhere.

Posted by: knuckles1 | August 26, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"I would really like to know how honoring our service members who fight to protect our freedoms, including our first ammendment rights, can be considered lunacy, laughable, idiotic, or any of the other adjectives that have been used to describe this rally?"

I would be the first to honor our service members if that was truly Glen Beck's intent. But Beck has proven to be a mouthpiece for racists, bigots, and idiots. He is using our service members to promote himself. That is pathetic. And he is doing it with Palin & his tea party friends who will be the undoing of the Republican Party. The Republican Party used to be proud of its intellectuals and its highly educated base. Now its a bunch of idiots who believe rumors, half-truths, and any hate-filled email they get from a fellow nut.

Posted by: postreader118 | August 26, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Here are some of Glenn Beck’s claims, all proven completely false by Pulitzer Prize winning site politifact.com:

1. Labor union president Andy Stern is “most frequent visitor” at the White House.
2. Less than 10% of Obama’s Cabinet appointees “have any experience in the private sector.”
3. “Mitt Romney … gave you government health care that is now bankrupting the state” of Massachusetts.
4. Forty-five percent of doctors “say they’ll quit” if health care reform passes.
5. “Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? We’re the only country in the world that has it.”
6. “In the health care bill, we’re now offering insurance for dogs.”
7. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.”
8. Franklin Roosevelt never allocated more than 12 percent of GDP to federal spending, while the percentage for Barack Obama is not projected to drop below 22.8 percent.
9. Chile ranks third internationally in economic freedom, while the U.S. ranks 17th.
10. “You don’t know if this (the H1N1 vaccine) is gonna cause neurological damage like it did in the 1970s.”

There are hundreds more of course, but the main point of concern is this: What happens to education when it is based upon opinions without evidence? What happens to education when poor opinions are disguised as fact?

Posted by: postreader118 | August 26, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting how people are so distressed about a message that has not even been delivered yet.. it's just like what happened to Shirley Sherrod.. "we think Glenn is going to do this or that.." Glenn didn't even know about her but she got fired because of what some crazy folks perceive in their paranoid little minds what is going to happen. Anyone who calls him a bigot has NEVER, I repeat NEVER ever listened to a word he has said. Yeah they may have view snippits of out of context clips, or blogs twisting what he really said, but sit and listen...the boogie man may get you...It's rather funny because they call him bigot hate monger with 100% conviction, but yet... they would never, ever listen to what he says and see for themselves.. why does he scare you so much? You know what I think really frightens people.. the millions that are going to show up on Saturday.. they are voters.. if you haven't seen for yourself or bothered to listen and find out for yourself then you are being used by someone... how about you actually listen to the rally then think about it.. if you hate it fine.. but don't take others words for it, they have something to lose.. the election.

Posted by: snidewoman | August 26, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Hi RayK1 -
Your first point is problematic, you see, the majority of what Beck says is an opinion. As he said himself, he is not a journalist but more of a rodeo clown. So I ask, why would I want to use my brain to decipher what a clown says. If I use my brain for this rodeo clown, it tries to figure out the rest of the rodeo analogy, who is the cowboy riding the bull and who is the bull?
Well, the clown protects the cowboy from the bull. Mr. Beck is suporting Republicans, so Republicans are the cowboys. Who is the bull, the general public? Lets try to test the analogy.
The cowboys ride the angry bull, which just had his balls yanked hard, the cowboys falloff and the clown serves as a distraction to stop the bull from trampling on the cowboy. If this is right, why would I, as a bull in a rodeo, want to be distracted from the cowboy riding me after yanking on my balls?
As for your 2nd point, even a co-worker has said Mr. Beck should move the date of his rally to a more appropriate one. No one is trying to stop Mr. Beck or his rally, just trying to get him to respect, or perhaps a better word - honor, the history of the date and location.
If it's a 1st amendment issue, let me point out that, commercial language has never been guaranteed 1st amendment protection. The Park Service does it's best to honor requests for rallies on the mall, however, if it believes there is imminent danger associated with a rally. Then they will grant a permit, with restrictions to prevent harm to either the participants of the rally, counter rallies or general public. For example, the KKK marches, they do get to march, however the park service restricts access and no one can get within a city block of them.

Posted by: thomp | August 26, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

How do Conservatives argue? With Facts.
How to Liberals argue? With Insults.

Posted by: avalonwitch | August 26, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Beck, while on stage, will make the same comments on MLK Anniversary that he made on fox and friends...

Beck talking about the POTUS:

"I'm not saying he doesn't like white people," Beck said. "I'm saying he has a problem. He has a -- this guy is, I believe, a racist."

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 26, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Dr King would be putting the needs of all americans first, instead of bowing to foreign leaders, or allowing teachers unions to degrade education for those who need it the most. For a moment, contrast Dr King with president Obama.

As far as caring for our nation and all its people -Beck, while being much less eloquent than Dr King, would be raising the same alarms and trying to right the same injustices as Beck.

Posted by: nmurphy24 | August 27, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse


August 28th is the anniversary of the 19th amendment acknowledging women's rights, so I hope plenty of women show up to celebrate.

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August 18th... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

And I'm pretty sure it didn't happen on the steps of the lincoln memorial

Beck can host a rally anywhere anytime he wants just like anyone else so long as he gets a permit from the park services.

Good thing I can also express my first amendment rights as well.

Beck knew and knows that this would be offensive to huge segments of the population and chose to carry through with it anyways. That alone should speak to his character (more than enough other legitimate reasons obviously out there too.).

Kind of ironic though that the tea party tries to remind of us history and how the US used to be great, yet they decide to completely ignore and disrespect one such a landmark events in recent US history.

Seems the Glen Beck/Tea Partiers are choosing to have selective memories...

Pulling stunts like this certainly isn't going to help their case that the Tea Party doesn't have at least subtle racist undertones.

I for one won't watch one minute of his rally, but I am going to watch Dr. King's entire speech. Doesn't matter who you are, thats one of the most powerful, inspiring speeches ever recorded that never seems to lose its power no matter how many times you watch it. Maybe the rest of us so upset about Beck can simply start to change the discussion to the great achievements of Dr. King instead of our vile for Beck because in reality he'll take any press he can get, good or bad.

Posted by: erp2 | August 27, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm so glad that school is starting up again. Maybe with the name calling children back in school, issues can be debated in an adult manner.

Posted by: dcharlson | August 27, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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