There has been some surprise by the reported tens of thousands of people that attended the Glenn Beck DC Rally. The rally is rather controversial because of its location, and that it happens to land on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech.
I am not surprised by the massive showing of people, wearing their American flag colored shorts, shirts, and hats. I am not surprised the Glenn Beck Rally, titled “Restoring Honor”, is popular.
Glenn Beck’s DC Rally, and all his followers, and the naysayers who oppose the followers, are part of one large cartoon. In fact, America has become a cartoon (and has been one for some time), and Glenn Beck, and his Restoring Honor rally is part of that cartoon.
And Americans love entertainment. They will show up, en masse, for anything that seems somewhat exciting and resembles, in some manner, what they see on television.
Why is America a cartoon? Because: America is a caricature. America is an overreaction, a cliché, it’s too colorful, it runs on irritating jingles, and constantly relies on childish maxims. America operates on stereotypes, it is wasteful, and it thrives on tension and fear-based competition.
Sound like Glenn Beck? Sound like most Americans? Sound like television? Sound like Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally?
I certainly think so. And the more cartoonish it becomes, the more Americans will support it.