Indecision Delegate: Sara Benincasa Will Entertain You with a Bevy of Photos from Her Trip to the Rally, America!
Hello, Concerned Citizens! 'Tis I, Sara Benincasa, your Indecision Delegate, here with a bevy of photos from our nation's capital (which is Washington, D.C. Just FYI.) I had such a delightful time at the Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear a few weeks back that it's taken me this long to recover sufficiently to show you the fun pics I took with my AT&T Blackberry Torch. Behold the power and the wonder of cameraphone adventures!
We began our journey shooting a delightful video at Ford's Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was shot at close range by John Wilkes-Booth. I greatly enjoy Important Assassinations of Note, so I was in a rollicking good mood. Despite my charmingly accessible, nonthreatening exterior, I'm sort of a creepy goth on the inside.
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Cramming for Midterms, Lincoln Memorial, Rally to Restore Sanity, Sara Benincasa, Washington DC
So, that just happened, and I guess there should be a post about it. And this post seems a fitting choice, given the title I already wrote out. So, what the hey.
On Saturday, a bunch of white people and a smattering of not-white people — 87,000 by conservative accounts, a million billion by teabagging accounts — converged on the Lincoln Memorial to honor a fictional version of Martin Luther King that Glenn Beck and the other speakers of the 8/28 Rally invented specifically for the occasion. This Martin Luther King, for example, was a total war hawk who preached against the evils of social justice, urged the institutional disenfranchisement of some minorities and beseeched Americans to be satisfied with what they've got. (Bizarro Martin Luther King is presumably chillin' with Bizarro Thomas Paine up in Tea Bag Heaven right now.)
Beck seems to think that this moment will live forever in the American psyche, and maybe he's right, but I've seen no evidence of that. To me, it just looked like a bunch of angry old people spewing a lot of unprovable platitudes about God and Country, trying to sound calm and reasonable but seething with anger and intolerance just below the surface, and growing increasingly agitated that people are listening to their rants. This'll probably get wiped over in the American psyche the next time the country is forced to go to another family BBQ. At least there'll probably be some good pie at that thing.
And that, more than anything that happened at this event, is something I'd imagine Martin Luther King could have gotten behind.
(Photo via Little Green Footballs)
Tags: 8/28 Rally, Civil Rights, Glenn Beck, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Sarah Palin, Thomas Paine, Washington DC
Redditor PShap on Glenn Beck's soon-to-be-historic Lincoln Memorial rally tomorrow…
"I agree that Glenn Beck has the right to hold his rally on the same steps where MLK gave his historic speech, I just think he should hold it somewhere that's less offensive to the civil rights movement."
We know he can do it, but should he?
Tags: 8/28 Rally, Civil Rights, Glenn Beck, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Quote Unquote, Washington DC