(image is Normal Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” found here)
On Saturday, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., we witnessed the birth of a new movement. And it has the potential to be revolutionary.
Glenn Beck has always been over-the-top for my tastes and his tearful moments make me squirm, but I have to admit that he’s a master communicator — particularly of others’ ideas.
Patrick Buchanan sensed that Obama was losing the middle after Scott Brown’s victory nearly a year ago with an op-ed titled “Has Obama Lost White America?”
I don’t think of it as “white America” but rather the great swath of moderates of all colors: those who pay more to the government than they receive in benefits; those who dislike the Ground Zero Mosque — not because they are bigots — but because they can read the political cues being sent by Imam Feisal Abdul Raul and his clique – and the fact that it does have a whiff of triumphalism about it; those who send their children to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They know the liberal elites hate them, and Obama is a product of their post-American worldview. His statement prior to the Pennsylvania primary is almost a parody of their dislike for the Great Middle:
And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
And, true to his word, Obama has put the interests of illegal aliens over the safety of American citizens, he sided with Skip Gates over the Cambridge police, and he apologized for our country and insulted her people until he’s alienated nearly everyone. He is acting against the interests of most Americans, and against the symbols and history we value. A he’s awoken a sleeping giant.
Insensate blogger Digby, in an overt statement of anti-white racism, describes the Restoring Honor rally as such:
The Triumph of the Wingnut rally appears to be a big success. It’s a beautiful day, the all white audience is in lawn chairs clapping politely as they give out medals to people of color on the stage. The faithful seem a little bit bored, but you can’t blame them. They’re looking for inspiration and this isn’t the kind of thing that inspired these folks. I assume the red meat is yet to come.
I just keep thinking that I sure hope all these very pink skinned, middle aged folks are wearing sun screen.
This hatred for fellow citizens based on their skin color is a rampant disease running through the Left. It is a class-based elitism masquerading as a concern for minorities. But the truth is that is the cosmic power struggle of Whole Foods Nation against NASCAR America.
In the WSJ on Sunday, James Taranto writes “Why liberal elites find Americans revolting” and how the elites don’t understand the discomfort with the GZ mosque:
The Ground Zero mosque is an affront to the sensibilities of ordinary Americans. “The center’s association with 9/11 is intentional and its location is no geographic coincidence,” as the Associated Press has reported. That Americans would find this offensive is a matter of simple common sense. The liberal elites cannot comprehend common sense, and, incredibly, they think that’s a virtue. After all, common sense is so common.
The British philosopher Roger Scruton has coined a term to describe this attitude: oikophobia. Xenophobia is fear of the alien; oikophobia is fear of the familiar: “the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours.’ ” What a perfect description of the pro-mosque left.
Glenn Beck has captured a mood and a moment in reaction against the elites’ war against the Great Middle, and against the snobbery towards Americans who view the GZ Mosque as a taunt.
Race-baiter Al Sharpton, at his pathetic counter rally, perfectly symbolized the disgust most Americans have with the stale politics of resentment and anti-Americanism. Further, the NAACP’s Ben Jealous claimed that Beck’s enormous crowd would not applaud Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech, which is ludicrous on its face. The race-baiting goes on and on. Accusing your political opponents of racism without evidence is not like racism, it is racism. The “Left” has morphed into the biggest purveyors of racism in years.
Finally, Charles Blow, the Times’ enumerate blogger, says that Glenn Beck has committed a rhetorical assassination of Martin Luther King. Clearly, the Left has jumped the couch.
Despite the Left’s frenzied attempts to label all of their opponents as racists, Beck’s rally was a massive success which proclaimed old-fashioned values of God and country, an attitude which is in sharp contrast with the filth being thrown at them. This message was clear and concise, and it cut through the clutter into the homes and cafes where the Great Middle contemplate the direction of our country.
The hysterics of the Left indicate to me their level of fear: long gone are the chants of “Yes, we can!” Race-baiting has been turned to an earsplitting decibel. The Great Middle is increasingly moving towards the Republicans. Gallup gives the GOP their highest poll numbers in 68 years. NASCAR Nation is ascendent.
(Glenn Beck’s new Web site, The Blaze, is here)
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