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Should Glen Beck be allowed to get a permit for his rally at the Lincoln Memorial?

Asked by Cruiser (40421points) June 15th, 2010

I guess this has been in the works for a while, but I heard this discussed for the first time on the radio on the way to work that Glen Beck got his permit to hold his “Help us to honor our heroes, our heritage and our future rally” on Aug. 28th which is on the anniversary of the day when King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

Also, I am not sure if this event spurred it or not but starting next year no more permits will be issued for public rallies at the Lincoln Memorial and GB is highlighting the fact that his rally will be the last one allowed.

Will this be another “historic” moment in our nations history? Is this just a political stunt? Is this a freedom of speech issue? Is nothing sacred in our nation anymore??? Will you be going?

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MissA's avatar

I believe it’s wholly a political thing. I vote no. His views are opposide of King’s…which make it reprehensible.

CMaz's avatar

Its called freedom of speech/expression.

Would be a violation of his civil right to not be able to get a permit.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I have no clue to the answers of all of your questions, except for 2. Yes, it is a stunt, and no, I won’t attend. Glenn Beck is someone with a bit of charisma that feeds the fodder of Christians and/or conservatives.

ragingloli's avatar

If so, there should be a counter rally. When the Neonazis in Germany have a rally, there is almost always a counter rally to oppose them and to block their path.

prescottman2008's avatar

I think Glenn Beck is a sack of sh*t and hot gas, but we live in a country that guarantees freedom of speech and expression for everyone, whether we agree with them or not.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Oh, absolutely. The more exposure Glenn Beck gets, the worse he makes the Republicans look. I hope the KKK shows up in full regalia.

syz's avatar

I’d love to give Glen Beck a permit to take a long walk on a short pier, with the fervent hope that he doesn’t know how to swim.

Seek's avatar


“Republican” meant a whole different thing in the 1860s.

He was also an atheist from a poor family. Two things modern Republicans generally can’t stand.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@prescottman2008 , the Republicans of the Civil War era were the progressives of their day. They continued in that role until 1912, when Teddy Roosevelt split the party, leaving its remains to the conservative Taft. Conversely, the Democrats of the Civil War and Reconstruction era would more closely resemble conservative Southern Republicans than the modern Democratic party.

Glenn Beck says that Progressivism is a “cancer.” What would he think of Teddy Roosevelt?

prescottman2008's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex Teddy Roosevelt is my hero! We need to bring back the “Bull Moose” party. Who’s with me?

prescottman2008's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex What Would he think of Teddy Roosevelt? “On June 14, Theodore Roosevelt was dining outside Philadelphia, when he noticed a man wiping his nose with what he thought was the American Flag. In outrage, Roosevelt picked up a small wooden rod and began to whip the man for “defacing the symbol of America.” After about five or six strong whacks, he noticed that the man was not wiping his nose with a flag, but with a blue handkerchief with white stars. Upon realization of this, he apologized to the man, but hit him once more for making him “riled up with national pride.””

tinyfaery's avatar

Oh yeah, that’s relevant.

Of course he has the right the permit, but so do counter-demonstrators. I would, however, be curious to find out if other requests for permits were denied, what groups were denied, and why.

gemiwing's avatar

The KKK get to have rallies. Besides, he could give good fodder for the Daily Show. At this point I doubt he’s converting any new followers. I’m fairly certain everyone has already picked a side.

Is it a stunt? Probably. Is anything still sacred in the U.S.? Yes, don’t let one blowhard make you forget all the good people who live here.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@gemiwing And “Real Time with Bill Maher”

augustlan's avatar

Much as I deplore him and his tactics, I would not deny him the permit. I hope masses of people show up to counter-demonstrate, though.

Of course it’s a political stunt. And, no, I won’t be attending.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@prescottman2008, that is an interesting bit of Wikipedia apocrypha, but the trail of references doesn’t inspire much confidence. I will accept in concept that the man was not a saint. He practically invented gunboat diplomacy, for instance.

He is, however, on record for saying this:

“The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.”

in 1903. I think I know what Beck makes of that kind of thinking.

BoBo1946's avatar

A cartoon depicting Glenn Beck in 1962. Pretty cool stuff.

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