I didn’t know America had turned away from the creator of all things. I was under the false assumption that God had just turned his back on the Republicans when America elected President Barack Obama. But I’m sure Sarah Palin will sweeten the Tea Party’s elixir of disdain for Democrats with her usual simple remedy for everything: just eliminate taxes, spending, the Democrats and the federal government.
Beck, who seems to be another self-appointed spokesman for conservative white supremacists, tried to stir the pot of racial hatred and divide when he called Obama a “racist,” saying Obama had a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” He also claimed his skin is even “whiter” than most whites on his TV show. I wonder what he meant by that? Seems like some Germans thought the same thing in 1938.
But not to be outdone, the Rev. Al Sharpton organized his own rally in Washington, D.C. to celebrate King’s speech. If Glenn Beck is the whitest of the whites, Al Sharpton is the blackest of the blacks.
Sharpton, at the age of 10, was one of the youngest black ministers ordained in the Pentecostal church. He toured and delivered sermons with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson on revival tours through the black cultural centers in the South. He always fought against racial prejudice and social injustice and took his activism to center stage in the political arena.
He formed his national youth movement and in 1990 was tried and acquitted of stealing from his own organization. He was a candidate for the New York State Assembly, U.S. Senate, mayor of New York City and in 2004 was one of many Democratic presidential candidates. Like Beck who uses his TV celebrity to promote his religious and politically white agenda, Sharpton uses his church for his politically black schematic for power.
Sharpton is opposed to Beck’s rally being held on the same date and location as King’s speech. He said Beck has nothing in common with King. But Sharpton is half right and all wrong. King wanted to build a coalition between the rainbow of colors in america. Beck’s goal is to divide and segregate the races and “return the honor” of white supremacy to government under the Republican banner of hate and prejudice. King, on the other hand, would defend Beck’s constitutional right to hold his political rally anywhere, any place and any time regardless of the message.
Ironically, this is the same Al Sharpton who defended the Muslims in their motives and quest to build their mosque close to ground zero in New York City, but he challenges Beck’s motives and rights to hold his rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The rally drew thousands of people. Rather than honoring the fighting men and women in war, Beck used his stage as a pulpit for his Christian values and set the future tone for the extreme right wing of the ultra-conservative Christian Republican party; presenting a real challenge to the Democrats and a precarious presence in American politics.
Sarah Palin’s appearance at the rally officially representing the Tea Party solidified the unity of the far right political conservatives who believe they have the individual right to carry a gun on their hip anywhere in the United States and the ultra-right religious Republicans who believe returning to honor is when every American honors, worships and propitiates their Christian martyr.
It is not by accident that Rev. Al Sharpton, a black civil rights leader, and Glenn Beck, a “whiter than white” individual rights organizer, are having rallies to promote their conflicting cause on the same day and at the same birthplace of racial tolerance.
It’s apparent that both Beck and Palin planed and organized the rally as the cornerstone for their march to the White House. It’s also obvious they plan to use race, social fear and Christian values as the fulcrum to divide the collective rights and individual freedom of all Americans.
In the 2004 presidential election, George W. Bush won 20 electoral votes from Ohio, giving him his second term as president. Republicans placed an initiative banning gay marriage on the same presidential ballot. Their campaign emphasized the Christian values of Bush and the anti-Christian belief in homosexuality, creating enough fear and hatred to give Bush the victory.
If Beck and Palin have their way, the next Republican presidential strategy will promote the fear of government, intolerance of non-Christian dogma, hatred of Democrats and civil disobedience between the whitest of white and the blackest of blacks.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Web site is www.thefarsidechronicles.com.