There have been many political rallies in the past couple of years, with most of them being small-government oriented. This weekend, there was a major non-political rally that occurred, and it was a little different than most rallies. Conservative people were out this weekend trying to focus on restoring honor, faith, hope and charity at a rally hosted by a radio and television personality.
According to the Washington Times, Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally brought around 500,000 supporters to Washington D.C. Saturday. The rally was held at the National Mall surrounding the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Beck’s rally was held in the hopes that people would restore honor, faith and charity in their lives. The rally was not hate speech, and focused primarily on God and religion to get people through hard times. The rally was also supporting the Special Operations Warrior Fund, which provides a college education to every child of a Special Forces soldier who was killed on duty.
Beck’s event is similar to other major political rallies that have happened in the past, including the recent Tea Party rallies. According to CNN, about 2,000 advocates of small-government rallied on the Fourth of July. The Tea Party rallied on top of Capitol Hill instead of enjoying the Fourth of July with their families to show support for small-government and limited taxation. The rallies did not end on Capitol Hill, since over 1,500 were planned throughout the United States on the Fourth of July. These rallies were organized to show displeasure with the government spending money on massive bailouts and increasing taxation. The rally held on the Fourth of July was significant because they wanted people to come together in support of our true freedom. Beck’s rally was similar to this because they are both about small-government and getting back to the truth and freedom America was built upon.
The “Restoring Honor” rally will impact American politics in a large way when it comes to the 2010 midterm elections. People all over the nation are realizing that it is not about being a Republican or Democrat anymore, and that both are similar in values. Beck is known for being a conservative, but he is not a Republican, the group people often associate him with.
Beck’s rally was held to show people that people need to get back to the fundamental values of the United States of America. Beck often talks about restoring honor, faith, hope and charity, which means we need to have an honest conversation with our political figures. I think that Beck’s rally was a sign of hope for America to get back to the basic principles and stop relying on a letter to change the world. The 2010 midterm elections are going to be filled with people trying to get votes by associating their values with the values of groups such as the Tea Party. People are going to remember Beck’s event when it comes time to vote, and hopefully be closer to restoring true values.
Carla Harper, “The ‘Restoring Honor’ rally brings 500,000 seekers of hope, faith, charity to D.C. Mall”, The Washington Times
Rachel Streitfeld, “TEA Party activists rally at Capitol”, CNN