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As many Americans are aware, radio and television personality Glenn Beck hosted his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. Leading up to the event, the establishment press was in top form, giving face time aplenty to Rev. Al Sharpton (who organized a counter-rally nearby) and prominent progressives, who had branded the event as a racist one – as prophylaxis, I can only surmise, since it had not yet occurred.
Yet, as reported in WND on Aug. 29, the event was decidedly inclusive; in fact, black leaders in attendance expressed their outrage at the incessant excoriation of the tea-party movement, the rally and Beck as racist by the political left.
Like many of us, I knew beforehand that progressives would at least attempt to spin “Restoring Honor” into something grotesque and ugly, particularly after Sharpton’s “Reclaim the Dream” march was announced. But as “Restoring Honor” progressed, it became evident that their efforts would be far more bizarre than even I suspected.
Cyberspace was like a sideshow exhibit; Beck haters, apparently streaming every second of the rally, posted vile flame after vile flame online. I can’t imagine someone sitting around on a Saturday and intently scrutinizing someone they hate for hours on end. Later, the bloggers took their turn.
The blowback from “Restoring Honor” evidences the depth of sheer delusion that exists among progressives, and press reports from recent weeks alone have been nothing short of Kafkaesque. Fox News’ own Kirsten Powers, usually a reasonably reasonable liberal, wrote a piece called “The GOP’s Long, Hot, Racist Summer” on Aug. 22, which made a blanket indictment of the Republican Party based on the embellished and misrepresented rhetoric of conservatives from Sarah Palin to radio host Michael Savage. She offered nothing to suggest any sort of racist policy developments within the GOP, instead trotting out far-left fad issues such as Americans’ objection to construction of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York and rampant illegal immigration.
Why would Americans be suspicious of Muslims anyway, Powers suggested. After all, the people who took down the Twin Towers were just a handful of zealots. And there are probably only five or so left, starving in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan. Powers, who one would imagine is ostensibly more informed than her average viewer, has apparently bought into the same impossible logic as some of the dimmer bulbs in her audience: It must be racism.
This is but one instance that underscores the somnambulistic buy-in to the racism angle among progressives. Like the Beck rally and the tea-party movement, they have radically different perceptions of all things conservative – like someone claiming to have just engaged in a lovely conversation with Napoleon Bonaparte, who just happened to be working as a cashier at the supermarket.
As I said – radically different perceptions …
For instance: On Aug. 16, ABC News reported the story of the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a former District of Columbia delegate, equating the tea party with the Ku Klux Klan. It’s a preposterous, baseless claim, but so what?
Over the last few weeks, columnist Peg McEntee of the Salt Lake Tribune has been milking the story of 1980s racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin and attempting to relate his actions to racial tensions of the present. My argument would be, of course, that racial tensions exist at present partly because people such as McEntee continue to dredge up 30-year-old instances of racism and attempt to relate them to the present day, thereby perpetuating the perception of widespread racism in America.
Then there’s the skirmish that took place at the Iowa State Fair over the weekend of Aug. 14, which is coming to be known locally as “Beat Whitey Night.” Apparently, a mob of black teens was prowling the fairgrounds, well, beating white people. On Aug. 26, James Causey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questioned whether the incident had even occurred. The following day, Causey wrote a piece ripping Glenn Beck regarding his upcoming gathering, while serving up a large plate of revisionist history apropos Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
Also on Aug. 27, Michael Daly of the New York Daily News blamed the recent stabbing of a Muslim cabbie in Manhattan on the rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. Despite solid evidence that the cabbie’s attacker is a liberal pro-Muslim with a history of alcoholism and scrapes with police, Daly delivered these outright lies, knowing that at least a million or so trusting New Yorkers would probably buy it.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration, the United Nations and the press are holding the state of Arizona up as engaging in human-rights violations and racism against Mexican immigrants – who only happen to be illegal immigrants engaged in narco-terrorism, robbery, rape, human trafficking and murder.
I could go on; the point is that this sort of coverage is on the rise. Whether driven by ideology or delusion, we can expect these factions to increase the frequency and intensity of these accounts as they perceive those electoral losses in November as imminent, as more citizens rouse from their lethargy and become engaged and as minority ethnic conservatives determine to stand up and be counted.