The 8/28 rally will be over soon in Washington. After endless 8/28 rally hype and anger, the Restoring Honor 8/28 rally of Glenn Beck will shortly pass into history. The left and right have waited on the edge of their seat to see what would come from today’s event. Would it be full of racism and anti-Obama madness, as the left preaches, or would it inspire America to restore its honor, as the right urges? The true impact of the 8/28 rally probably won’t be felt for a while, but the event itself has had a lot for both sides to cling to.
Glenn Beck himself rallied the crowd in the opening salvos, as he came out to finally give his speech. He described that “something beyond imagination is happening” claiming that this is when America will turn back from darkness.
The hype of the 8/28 rally promised that Beck and company would reclaim the civil rights movement, and America in general. According to Beck, the next generation of Lincoln and Washington was in the crowd, in a Woodstock-like event. Naturally, God was evoked several times, as Beck was even called a “servant of God” by an African American pastor.
For those looking for racist signs in the 8/28 rally crowd, Beck ensured that Tea Party members did not bring any controversial slogans. They settled for American flags, as Beck tried to give the impression that this really wasn’t a political protest. Yet some might say that Sarah Palin’s speech broke that promise.
Aside from Beck, the biggest 8/28 rally speaker was Sarah Palin, as she also spoke of reclaiming America. She warned that “some would want” to “fundamentally transform America” but that they must restore her honor instead. In addition, she spoke that supporting the men and women in the military was the best way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.
Left-wing bloggers and pundits will closely analyze Beck and Palin’s remarks for any anti-Obama and anti-progressive sentiments. Since they are used to doing this, it probably won’t take them long to find something. Nevertheless, Beck and company are likely set to fight back, no matter what opponents bring up.
As the 8/28 rally nears an end soon, Glenn Beck has already made it clear that he deems today a big success. Whether this means that the “garish light of America today” will be dimmed soon is uncertain right now, of course. In the short term, the event will best be remembered for whatever controversial and divisive remarks make the news cycle, if any.
The long term impact of the 8/28 rally is harder to determine. Perhaps the biggest sign will come in November, as Beck and his supporters will next rally to vote the Democrats out. Will the memories of this event provide an added boost to the GOP, or further divide the party?
CBS News- “Glenn Beck: ‘Something Beyond Imagination Is Happening'”
Media Matters For America- “Non political? Palin uses Beck rally speaking slot to attack Obama”
Facebook- “Restoring Honor Rally”